+  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/ROBERT VERDI: talks about his 10th outfit. #10 in thirteen acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
White button down – Thom Browne
Black vest – Ann Demeulemeester
Black kilt – HRN designs
Black boots – Thom Browne
Black leather bowtie – Mckenzie Liautaud
Sunglasses – Ray Ban


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I like conceptual clothing. Clearly this shirt can’t be worn like this; it would leave you without the use of your hands. It’s meant to be shirred on the arm, but I like the whimsical and the extreme look of the sleeve hanging.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Once I selected the shirt and tried it on I thought it would look great with the kilt and I just started pulling pieces out of my closet and it all came together.


In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?  
9.5 (even though I look pregnant.)


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
I love the high contrast of black and white, while that in itself is not original I try to select pieces that are.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I never wear same thing twice.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
I have a deep-rooted connection with ideas, but not necessarily the pieces. But I am very attached to the boots as they were a gift from Thom Browne.

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