It’s is sort of ironic that a menswear look should be inspired by a drag queen, no? When I first saw Rupaul strut into the workroom on an episode of Rupaul’s Drag Race in a crisp white double-breasted blazer with contrasting obsidian buttons and cobalt blue trousers, I thought to myself “I need a double-breasted blazer in my life.”
Well, necessity, the say, is the mother of internet searching. I gave up any plans I had to tuck myself into a book or film that night and dove head-first into the wonderful world of web-shopping. Fingers were eaten-sore from clicking link after link but alas, I emerged victorious with a bounty that was none other than a linen piece by Band of Outsiders, a brand whose cuts I have always found precise and for that reason, thrilling.
On a trip to New York last weekend to watch Kenneth Branagh’s turn on the NYC stage as Macbeth, I decided to take the blazer out for a spin on a lunch date with Charlton and Lola’s, Lola. I opted for blue accents rather than Ru’s blue trousers as I revel in any excuse to wear all white. A vintage Lanvin men’s pocket square coupled with my Céline bag (which I have nicknamed Carmen, by the way) did the trick. To dress down the blazer, I chose Paige denim skinnies in lieu of a formal trouser and a fun flat to dial up the punch.
Uber-chic new Soho establishment, Hotel Hugo, with it’s cozy terrace and stunning foliage-engulfed wall, was our destination of choice. The staff were exceptionally accommodating. We can’t wait to go back!
I ended the day uptown on a most frivolous mission that will go unmentioned.
A special thanks to Lola for the photos and for the laughs. I miss the Big Apple already.
What I Wore: Band of Outsiders double-breasted blazer, Paige Denim jeans, vintage Lanvin pocket square, Nicholas Kirkwood Zigzag flats, Céline classic box bag, Hermes bracelet and Zambian malachite bracelet, Celine Audrey sunglasses