Name: Michele Incerto Age: 24 Profession: Student “My style is not very elegant,” Michele told us when he walked into our photo studio. We’ll bet he’d never worn a white dinner jacket, which is no longer just for your Bogart-in-Casablanca costume.
Dress From the Ground Up
Name: Prashan Joseph Age: 21 Profession: Electronics technician
If you’d walked into a black-tie event wearing velvet a few years ago, you would’ve been greeted with a bunch of Hugh Hefner jokes. But nowadays velvet slippers are as dressy as lace-ups, and a bottle-green blazer gives a thoughtful and considerate zillionaire vibe.
“Your shirt should fit like a second skin. The jacket is your first skin: You shouldn’t even feel like you’re wearing a jacket.” —Domenico Dolce
Half the Tux, Double the Swag
Name: Cheikh Bara Ka Age: 22 Profession: Souvenir vendor
One of the joys of owning a tux is the option of wearing the jacket and pants as separates. And this time of year, you can even trade your jacket for a coat with seriously regal vibes. You’ll breeze right past the coat-check station and move into the “being mistaken for a count” portion of the evening.
“I love when people understand the clothes and play with the clothes. You are not a victim of the clothes.” —Domenico Dolce
Throw ’Em a Curve
Name: Franco Papagno Age: 52 Profession: Lawyer Notice how Franco’s original jacket is shaped like a perfect rectangle? That’s what D&G might call non bene. The bene? A black turtleneck, which has quietly become even dressier than your sharpest shirt and tie, worn with a suit intended to bring the party.
“He looks like 007.” —Stefano Gabbana
Think Way Different
Name: Aiyu Waka Age: 27 Profession: Hotel receptionist “I would like to try something different,” Aiyu told us when we met him. So we ditched his seen-it-all moto pants, got his hair out of his face, and put him in the kind of metallic suit that’s a little wild for work but just right for a night out. “It’s a texture and a color that I’ve never seen in my life,” Aiyu said, “but I would definitely wear it.”
“You don’t talk just with your mouth. You talk, too, with your body. And clothes talk with your audience.” —Domenico Dolce
Grooming by Thomas Dunkin for R&co. Production by Soloprod.