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Bill Cunningham Forecasts a 'Peacock Revolution': VIDEO


From the streets of Manhattan, Bill Cunningham has spotted a new trend in menswear. The New York Times fashion photographer and living legend has released a YouTube video where he features suits that refuse to sacrifice polish for pizazz. He calls this new wave of dandyism the "peacock revolution." The looks he features are smart and covetable, but Cunningham's irresistible personality clinches the video's must-watch status. In Cunningham's words:

If I'm not mistaken, I think I'm watching, on the streets of Manhattan... the first regiment of a new Peacock revolution. It's almost inconceivable that it would happen, but something is going on with men's clothing... after decades of being torn, shredded, deconstruction — I'm now seeing a sartorial splendor.

Check the video out AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Yuck.............

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 29, 2014 9:22:58 AM

  2. Orange is the new hideous.

    Posted by: Raybob | Jun 29, 2014 9:24:32 AM

  3. Dandyism comes and goes. Everything old is new again.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Jun 29, 2014 9:25:06 AM

  4. The problem with splashy clothes like that is you could only wear them a few times before people go, "oh, that again". Maybe there is a market for splashy clothes rentals.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 29, 2014 9:39:01 AM

  5. are these pics all of gay men?

    Posted by: anon | Jun 29, 2014 9:43:11 AM

  6. Gotta love Bill Cunningham. Too bad Towleroad didn't cover this video when it came out over a week ago. He does one of these videos every week, y'know, Jake.

    Posted by: 24play | Jun 29, 2014 9:47:55 AM

  7. One sportsjacket looks like it has a big piece of purple masking tape on the back of it. Maybe for a Masquerade Party........

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jun 29, 2014 10:21:10 AM

  8. This isn't anything new. Look at some old 30's-40's films with the lead actor (Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott) all in tailored suits with mixed patterns of houndstooth, striped shirts, or dotted ties. Graham Norton does it all the time to varying degrees of success. I have ultra conservative friends both gay and straight, who take time off from their stultifying belief systems to sartorially "let it go"--think Aaron Shock. It's the new "preppy".

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 29, 2014 10:29:14 AM

  9. At the end of the day these are all still mens suits. The same silhouette that men have been wearing for over a century now. And I'm tired of it. For this to really be a "peacock revolution" there should be a "new" silhouette for men. The men from the past as seen in the paintings of history books, have taken more fashion risks than what I'm seeing here. Where is the codpiece, the giant full sleeve, the toga, the cape, the armor, etc----with a modern twist? These colorful "suits" are what Robin Williams has been wearing to Oscar night for 20 years.

    Posted by: codpiece | Jun 29, 2014 10:39:52 AM

  10. Great clothing for attention-seekers, clothing that will make you stand out -- because, otherwise, nobody's gonna look at you.

    Posted by: will | Jun 29, 2014 10:42:28 AM

  11. New York is the center of New York. No one else cares.

    Posted by: AZXPAT | Jun 29, 2014 10:42:53 AM

  12. Your mother dresses you funny.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jun 29, 2014 10:48:09 AM

  13. Not a good investment. This trend will pass in a few months - or a year the longest. I will stick to the classic look.

    Posted by: Moniker | Jun 29, 2014 11:18:35 AM

  14. Wow, kind of a cranky bunch this Sunday AM.

    These guys look mostly to be headed to parties & are 'dressed'. And you're faulting them, why again?

    Summer is short in the northeast & always has its own wardrobe... this is just a little jazzier. If you don't know who Bill C is, or follow what he does, quit griping. It's nearly my fave part of the NYT each week... and yes, it FEATURES New York. duh!

    NY often leads fashion & all I can say is, thank god for a more tailored look. I can't wait for board-shorts & cargo pants to hit the $1 bin at Goodwill. Bring back stylish men already.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jun 29, 2014 11:44:02 AM

  15. The truth is that the vast majority of people in the US can't even begin to afford dressing this way, especially gay men, who get paid less than straights. Every day Towleroad ignores real, important LGBTQ stories, and feeds us more and more celebrity news and stuff like this.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 29, 2014 11:53:55 AM

  16. not sexy nor comfortable looking

    in the end isn't that what we enjoy and want

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 29, 2014 12:09:45 PM

  17. Wow, what a bunch of cranky old geezers we have logging on today.

    I say good on 'em! I wish more people did make more of an effort to dress well. It would be a far more colourful, interesting and less oppressive world.

    Posted by: AFFICIONADO | Jun 29, 2014 12:24:30 PM

  18. While it's nice to see new colours and patterns and designs, where are the new shapes?

    I don't care if it has flowers on it... it's still a suit. I want something new.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 29, 2014 1:56:57 PM

  19. I like the idea of a slight course correction in men's style of dressing. But, what places are there for men to wear such peacock clothing? Mostly, they will be places that are exclusive, out of the reach of the majority of us. These are not the 1950s or 1960s where discretion ruled and men mostly dressed like this and went to private parties or discrete clubs. I doubt if this will catch on anywhere except for the well-to-do. One reason will be that most of us cannot afford to buy such clothing and the other reason will be there just isn't a good social or cultural reason to do so. Memo to writers who declare the "next big thing": don't make such ridiculous predictions based on the contrivances of a New York Times fashion photographer who, like his newspaper, is so far out of touch with EVERYTHING these days that any pronouncement that is Times-related must immediately be suspect. The Times is over. It has absolutely no credibility or relevance to anyone.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 29, 2014 2:10:07 PM

  20. The end of real men is looming on the horizon. The effeminate masses are slowly taking over. You're here, you're queer, the extinction of masculinity be dammed.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 29, 2014 2:26:19 PM

  21. Anything to usher in a new era of fashion that can overtake the mundane black, blue, and grey suits!!!!! The millennials will get this done, old people be damned.

    Posted by: Honesty | Jun 29, 2014 2:39:02 PM

  22. Fun, though yes, it does date quickly, and will be cost prohibitive for many. But let's hear it for not being so damn serious and so afraid of color (a very American tendency.) Lighten up!

    Posted by: Ronny | Jun 29, 2014 2:51:15 PM

  23. Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?

    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

    Posted by: PhilosophyOfTimeTravel | Jun 29, 2014 3:11:55 PM

  24. Seriously? A guy with a tie that looks like it's blowing in the wind but really isn't because it's permanently in that position due to wire? Just stop, already. From the sublime to the ridiculous.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jun 29, 2014 3:32:40 PM

  25. Some of the ensembles very subtly say "fashion victim" while others flat out scream "crack whore".

    Posted by: KevinSF | Jun 29, 2014 4:26:40 PM

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