+  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 13TH OUTFIT: #13 in 14 acts







What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Greg Lagola suit
Paul Smith shoes and gloves
Jil Sander shirt
Calvin Klein tie
Micheal Kors shaved mink scarf
Lanvin lapel pin


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I once heard a costume designer say that when she dresses a character in grey it represents “moral ambiguity”. That stuck with me. This is a study in dove grey one of my favorite looks. The suit was custom made and is one of a kind and I love the softness of the color. It’s an unusual color to wear for winter, when I love it the most!


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. No one else will ever have it but me…I never want to see my clothes “coming and going” on others!



What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit? 
The fabric is wool and cashmere and plays into the softness of the color. This is definitely a suit that people want to touch and feel.



How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear this look for evening to stand out from a sea of Black suits 


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?
This is a case of when you feel good you look good! I feel good in this! Knowing this suit was made on my body for my body—gives me a little more swagger.


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