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post #1 of 19
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Original WAYWT post here

What this looks like: You just really never know what is in his cigarette case

“I kill people,” he tells you, “for money.” You’re not sure what to say in return, so you focus on drinking as much of your vodka as you can without breathing. Maybe, you think, you’ll pass out, and when you wake up, he’ll be gone.

“Not you, though,” he says, “I like you. Plus, today’s my day off. I do swing-dancing on Tuesdays.”

You nod at him, eyes watering. “Thanks,” you say, waving frantically at the bartender, hoping he’ll recognize the look of terror in your eyes and bring you the check. Or the police.

“Hey, hey, it’s on me,” says the man wearing black. “This is fun. I never get to talk to people about my hobbies. Do you like jazz? I play the piano.” He orders two more vodka tonics, and thirty minutes later you’re falling over each other laughing while he tells you about the time he got shot in the butt by a goat in a jazz club in Moscow.

The Goods:

Jacket: Y’s for men
Shoes: Marvielab
Everything Else: Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme

I almost hate to do this to you, but: What drew you to Yohji's work?

His stuff has a really strong voice that I relate to. Quiet, brash, witty, a bit weird, definitely rebellious. It is all the stuff I wanted to be, distilled into awesome fabrics, asymmetric collars and oversized jackets & pants. It’s like he is making this clothing for me and my moods.

It also helps that his stuff is damn comfortable and very good for people like me, i.e. Too laid-back (or lazy) to remember things like waist size. With Yohji, I know a size 4 just about covers it and in a pinch, a size 3 may do the business.


Original WAYWT post here


What this looks like: He might be your bookie, but you’ve always kind of liked him

You rub your eyes as you shuffle down the driveway to your car, thinking that perhaps you should have had another cup of coffee before leaving the house. You hesitate, key in hand: there is still time; you could go back. Suddenly, the wild cry of an enraged primate splits the air. You turn in alarm to see a man tearing down the street across from you, pursued by what looks like a pack of frenzied chimpanzees. You watch his rapid progress, foggy brain not quite comprehending the scene in front of you, tempted to give up on the day and retreat into the warmth and safety of your home.


Inexplicably, you are struck by the overwhelming desire to join him. Flailing your arms madly, you surge forward, your feet acting of their own volition, and you sprint recklessly through traffic until you arrive at his side, howling like a beast. You lock eyes for a fraction of a second, your faces twinned masks of utmost ecstasy, and greet each other in silent hysteria. As instinct takes over, you turn your attention to the concrete in front of you and let yourself be caught up in the carnal delight of physical exertion. The soles of your shoes pound out a frantic staccato, and with sudden clarity some primitive part of your brain realizes that, for the first time in years, you feel alive.

The Goods:

Shades: Ray-Ban
Blazer: H&M
Shirt: Baron Wells
Jeans: Medium-rise women's jeans from a regional discount store (I tapered the legs)
Boots: Charles Tyrwhitt

As your post suggests, you're wearing a fairly standard variation of the SW&D "uniform." What's the key to keeping things interesting and not looking like you came out of the Styleforum cookie-cutter?

Shop around. Shop in Soho, the thrift store, the mall, the camping store and the record store to find right stuff for you. Don't be afraid to go custom or customize what you've got already to get what you want. What you then get is a wardrobe that has a lot of individuality, so if/when you build the "SF uniform," it'll come out differently than if you built the uniform from, I dunno, Uniqlo 2x/APC/MMM. Not that there'd be anything wrong with Uniqlo 2x/APC/MMM, but diversity's dope.


Original WAYWT post here

What this looks like: “Tasukete…tasukete, Asuka”

When you make it to the gift shop, you’re amazed by how great the tour was. You never knew that palatial floating ballrooms could be so fascinating. Who would have thought that they’d actually manage to raise the Titanic? Much less turn it into a museum? After two hours of admiring artifacts dredged up from the sea floor, your mind is awhirl with visions of luxurious dinners and horrific deaths. You see the young man who was your guide standing in the hallway, and you make your way over to him, eager to pick his brain.

“How do you know so much about this?” You ask in amazement, fifteen minutes later.

“Well,” he says, “I have a very personal relationship with the Titanic.” He smiles, and you chuckle. You go to clap him on the shoulder, and your hand passes through his body.

“Please,” he says, “don’t touch the exhibits.”

The Goods:

Hat: Number (N)ine
Blazer: Undercover
Shirt: Stephan Schneider
Pants: The Viridi-Anne
Derbies: Guidi

What do you think about when you're getting dressed in the morning?

Man, I really hate these types of questions. Honestly? I’m really not a morning person so I don’t think much at all until I down about two cups of coffee. If it’s about how I decide what to wear in the morning… well, frankly, I don’t think too much about that either. I’m really a blazer/coat-tee-jeans kind of guy and I have enough of those in my closet to have interesting enough permutations (I actually find button downs to be a hassle 80% of the time). Sometimes I’ll get in the mood and aim for a specific look (like my most recent fit), but that’s really on a whim too. I think part of wearing clothes well is not caring too much, or else the clothes wear you because you end up peacocking. Just care enough so that the look is cohesive, though that is truly a skill that takes time to refine.

Conceptual 4est:

Original WAYWT post here

What this looks like: “We can’t stop here, this is bat country!”

You’re standing in line at the supermarket, waiting to begin the tedious process of unloading your cart when the guy in front of you starts putting his groceries on the conveyor belt. It’s nothing but whole raw chickens. You chew your gum idly, counting thirteen of them before you realize you’ve forgotten to unpack your own purchases. The cashier stares at you. The man behind you grumbles impatiently. “What kind of person buys thirteen whole chickens?” You ask yourself, mystified. You must have been louder than you thought, because he turns around and stares at you.

“Fuck you,” he says, “I’m an alligator.”

The Goods:

Jacket: Junya Watanabe
Sweater: Soulland
Shirt: Uniqlo
Pants: SasquatchFABRIX EO TO TO
Sneakers: Ann Demeulemeester

You've got some great textures going on here. What's your approach to VISUAL INTEREST, and where did that focus come from?

I think any success I’ve had with adding some interest to what I wear has been less about having the mindset of adding visual interest (in the sense that your typical product copy or advice-spewing blog would use it), and more about not not doing something interesting.

My personal approach has just stemmed from being attracted to pieces that have a lot of character themselves, typically through texture or pattern and not through cut, and having the eye to work out how successfully I can incorporate it into the rest of my admittedly loud wardrobe. I mostly keep things to navy, grey, green, ecru, burgundy, and brown, and it’s hard to go wrong with any combination of those. Because of this it’s a lot easier to play with texture and pattern and let those shine instead of focusing on fit or color.
Find a rhythm in your clothing, then break it where you see fit. It might be interesting to more than just you. (Click to show)
• moss
• bog
• fog
• est
• forlorn
• ramp
• damp
• clone
• clone
• drone
• drip
• cork
• coma
• omen
• cornwall
• cornmeal
• corm
• phlegm
• cedar
• sitar
• fiddle
• fennec
• chase
• mason
• levee
• lohan
• haven
• thimble
• grotto
• grotty
• cichli
• kecksburg

• martyr
• striper
• stoma
• stripper
• strapped
• trapped
• aped
• feels
• fees
• frees
• breeze
• brougham
• handle
• handel
• satie
• sated
• overrated
• recherché
• deflated
• shame
• shrim
• snog
• goad
• grime
• climb
• ascend
• transcend
• bend
• portend
• condescend
• befriend
post #2 of 19
fuck. i'm whiny shinji? fml.
post #3 of 19
My wife loved this. Excellent stuff as always Synth.
post #4 of 19

ahaha nahneun's is so good

post #5 of 19
Originally Posted by Ivwri View Post

My wife loved this. Excellent stuff as always Synth.

You get to be a sexy contract killer/most interesting man in the world. What woman wouldn't like that? It's like 50 Shades of Grey for the pulp set.
post #6 of 19
Originally Posted by Synthese View Post

“I kill people,” he tells you, “for money.”


I spat out my drink.

post #7 of 19
nice writing. why can't teger be this interesting?
post #8 of 19
he's too busy talking about his obscure thesis and his new job and the bland clothes he bought for his new job with the average salary he's getting from his new job
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post #10 of 19

Another great issue. I enjoyed 4est's word association spoiler answer. I had to look up "grotty" and "brougham". 

post #11 of 19
Nice work
post #12 of 19

These just keep getting better. If only all of SF was like this.

post #13 of 19
Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

These just keep getting better. If only all of SF was like this.

Thanks. Hey...

Actually, SF is huge. There are tons of conversations that have trailed off, not just through the years, but even in the last couple of weeks. If you feel like you'd like to talk about something, just start something new, or revive something. I've found that if only a couple of people care enough, then a lot more people will catch the bug.

In terms of features like this, I want to really emphasize that they exemplify what Styleforum is all about. We are not a "publisher" in the usual sense. Our editorial coverage and other activities are meant to show what the community is talking about anyway. There was a lot of talk about Robert Geller (for example), and we had a tenuous link to him, so we made that interview happen. And now, barring some wierd circumstances, we will be holding the first online sample sale of Robert Geller's stuff, and then doing pre-orders. We have other designers who are nibbling as well. We can't yet get you guys interviews and pre-orders directly from Burberry Prorsum, or Dries van Noten, or MA+ (though we've had inroads with interviews with guys like Luciano Barbera and Gianluca Isaia), but you know what, if there is a groundswell there, and we can just find that first string, we'll do our best to make it happen.

tl;dr? This is a "many-to-many" platform, unlike the plethora of blogs, advice sites, and what not our there, which are really top down. And unlike, say, Tumblr, our focus is on the conversation, not on a stream of information of many voices speaking in parallel. You have an opportunity here to directly influence the direction of this community, without intermediary "editors", "curators", or whatever. Use it. Please.
post #14 of 19
This one is my favorite. Asian street urchin, teenage dirtbag, and resident evil villain. Luv.
post #15 of 19
Originally Posted by Synthese View Post

“Fuck you,” he says, “I’m an alligator.”

Yeah, that one did it for me.
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