At the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on March 31, slender senior gentlemen with velvet jackets and boutonnieres will mix with muscular young spiffs sporting handlebar mustaches and fitted tweeds. The two groups may seem to belong together, but when they meet on the streets, parasols will be drawn.
In recent years, a gap has emerged between New York’s more established boulevardiers and a younger set of hipster dandies who go by sobriquets like “the Nostalgia Crew” and sport vivid tattoos under their bowler hats and suspenders.
“I am the dandy of New York,” said Patrick McDonald from his closet-sized apartment in the East Village, surrounded by what he estimates is a fashion collection of more than 300 hats, 100 pairs of shoes, 50 jackets and 150 ties. “I think other people try to take the title, but I am the one.”
“Oh I love The Observer — it comes on pink paper!” said Carson Kressley, best known as the fashion expert on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. He was standing toward the back of the marble ballroom of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, on the Upper East Side at this year’s Couture Council Read More
BRYANT PARK, THE SALON, 1:15 P.M.—Moments before the Duckie Brown autumn/winter 2008 show began, a few stragglers found their seats, bass-heavy trance blared.
Seat F-25 (male, effeminate, floor-length alpaca sweater, glasses): “Oh, my god! I didn’t see you there!”
Seat F-28 (male, euro-butch, fur-trimmed puff-parka, gleaming ponytail): “Ja?”
Seat F-25: Read More
“They need to get women’s stuff, c’mon guys!” said a dejected Lauren Ezersky, host of the Style Network show Behind the Velvet Ropes and Fashion Week gadfly, as a crowd was seated in the Salon at Bryant Park to see menswear label Duckie Brown. “I don’t even have a boyfriend I can steal it from!” Read More
Hurrah hurrah, fashion week is over. But before the fashionable door smacks us on the ass and sends us back to the real world, a brief portfolio of some of our favorite looks in Bryant Park. (Now with obligatory Patrick McDonald photo!) Photographer Anna Del Gaizo went coolhunting.
I was having tea in a few days with the celebrated New York dandy Patrick McDonald. I was supposed to be working on my novel, but instead I was worrying, already a wreck about what to wear. We’d met once, at the Dandy Bohemian Salon I hosted to launch my new book, Bohemian Manifesto. Hairstylist-to-the-stars Read More