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  1. Dastius Krazitauc says

    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.

  2. 24play says

    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.

  3. David From Canada says

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

  4. woodroad34 says

    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”.

  5. codpiece says

    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.

  6. will says

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

  7. Moniker says

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

  8. pete n sfo says

    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.

  9. Mike says

    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.

  10. AFFICIONADO says

    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.

  11. Randy says

    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.

  12. jamal49 says

    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.

  13. Rick says

    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.

  14. Honesty says

    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.

  15. Ronny says

    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!

  16. PhilosophyOfTimeTravel says

    Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?

    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

  17. Sean Maloney says

    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.

  18. KevinSF says

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

  19. says

    Some color to make a formal outfit “pop” is fine, but too much just screams “I’M TRYING TOO HARD!”. The white jacket with the swathes of yellow would be perfect if it was just restricted to the cuffs and pockets.

  20. Rexford says

    As others have suggested, splashy colors and a few odd accessories (e.g. the flying tie) don’t make a revolution, if the silhouette doesn’t change. It just means designers have found some new fabric choices and construction tricks, and those change on a seasonal basis. I was at the Dior Homme show in Miami where the one David describes as “having the big piece of purple masking tape on it” was shown as part of Kris Van Assche’s collection for Spring/Summer 2014. I liked the collection a lot, but it was hardly a “peacock” parade. In fact, Van Assche’s inspiration was said to be the classic tuxedo silhouette. And in terms of silhouette risks, more daring in that collection than anything shown (here) by Cunningham were Van Assche’s designs of men wearing sleeveless vests and shorts in suit sets for business and formalwear. – jmho

  21. Just_a_guy says

    I very privately turn my nose up at fashion. Truly I cannot be bothered. Such ephemeral things generally do not fill my life. Still, I am always entertained to watch a Bill Cunningham clip if and when TR bothers to post one.

    Also, Rick, buddy: be a man and call a therapist already. It’s gonna be ok.

  22. kdknyc says

    If you notice, Bill’s orbit centers around 57th and 5th–the corner where Bergdorf’s sits. We don’t see him much downtown, where the looks are much more interesting.

    That said, to those who go into the “not comfortable/can’t afford/where would I wear it” rap–fashion isn’t logical, and sometimes not comfortable. But it’s a load of fun. And as for affordability, you could mimic any of these looks with a few well-chosen trips to the Goodwill and a little creativity.

    Some folks think it makes them sound serious, intelligent, or otherwise high-minded to turn their noses up at fashion, as if by doing that they are too good to be in the game. But by reacting, whether by pooh-poohing, proclaiming indifference, or defiantly dressing like a slob, you ARE in the game.

  23. j says

    i was behind someone in the supermarket this evening – a young man – maybe 30 – who paid for his few groceries (a few packages of ramen noodles plus a few other small things) with dimes and nickles – his total was around 3.25 – but he only had about 2.80 – so the clerk and he went through and took a few items back – it was painful, and embarrassing – and grueling – I offered to loan him a buck – but he would not take it –
    as many of you know – we are living through the great depression in much of this country – and yet also the new gilded age too – apparently as evidenced by photos like this – it’s gross, shameful and ugly -the wealth – and the poverty in this country – reminds me of the worst of the developing world – poor masses and the elite sipping wine wearing clothes like these.
    i hope if a revolution comes these mother f’ers are cooked alive in their own rags

  24. emjayay says

    Unlike the previous posts, mainly interesting and witty comments guys (except a couple of the usual commenters who one must wonder what they are even doing here).

    It is a period of a bit of loosening up in men’s clothes. For normal guys who don’t have a clothing budget of many thousands of dollars a year, or prefer to spend it on a trip to some foreign country or national parks touring or a class in something they are interested in or a Phd or something, you see more pastel but bright (how do you describe those kinds of colors?) shorts and socks etc.

    But these guys who can spend $500 or $1000 on some jacket you can only wear once or twice plus a different tie for $50 or $100 plus a different shirt for $200 or $300 (times ten or twenty or thirty per year)represent only themselves.

  25. cdubois says

    Even Jesus recognized there will always be poor people and suffering… I’m not gonna let that stop me from looking cute. I’ve worked hard for my money and I don’t think I should feel bad for enjoying the fruits of my labor. Besides as someone else said, you don’t need a ton of money to look like this, just creativity and resourcefulness.

  26. Rick says

    Can you imagine any heterosexual male actually wearing any of these clothes?

    No, you can’t, can you. Think about it.