+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/ JAMES AGUIAR TALKS ABOUT HIS 12TH OUTFIT: #12 in 14 acts








What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
H&M suit
Helmut Lang shirt
Paul Smith pocket square and scarf
Dior shoes.



How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Color, color and more color!! This satisfies my need to be seen and noticed and yes I am not afraid to wear this head to toe. Why not throw a pair of gold shoes with it?




Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
I compose everything ahead of time!




On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
I will give this outfit a 10! It represents the best of the high-low mix that I think is so important in dressing




What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit? 
This is a summer look for sure. I am always on the hunt for the perfect cotton suit. This one has the right color…not too orange, not too red and a slight polish on the cotton. This is perfect for an early evening sunset cocktail party!




How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
This is one I will break up and wear many different ways..it can go many different places…and has! 




There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
Many of my looks start out as part costume and end up somehow sneaking their way into my everyday wardrobe…this is the perfect example!   

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