+  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 9TH OUTFIT: #9 in 14 acts








What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Etro Jacket, pants and bow tie
Burberry shirt
Pucci pocket square
Paul Smith shoes



How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This is another one of my hosting evening looks. I entertain a lot!



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. Definitely not a classic but somehow I feel right at home in this.



What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit? 
A paisley brocade smoking jacket paired with purple velvet pants and a bow tie made of feathers says I want to have fun…and that’s what I want to do in this look. When you get an invitation that reads “creative black tie” or “black tie optional” this is my go-to-look.



How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would repeat this one again and again and again! 


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? Somehow when I wear this look I am transported to a different time. Like I am a modern version of the rat pack in the 50s and 60s. Just give me a glass of scotch and a microphone and I would be very happy!



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