Why You’ll Always Need a Suit

By Ethan James Green

Balenciaga coat, Wolford turtleneck, Hermès pants and The Row shoes.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY BRIAN MOLLOY

Brian Molloy

“It [is] a time to relook at everything around us, things we take for granted or patterns in our life that we thought were normal. The idea of the suit has always been quite structured and straightforward—an iconic thing that everyone knows. I thought it could be interesting to look at it with fresh eyes…treating it more as a sculptural element.”

ROLE REVERSAL Flip things around for a different perspective. Marc Jacobs jacket and scarf, The Row turtleneck and Hermès pants.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY BRIAN MOLLOY
Michael Kors Collection coat, The Row coat (worn underneath), gloves and shoes, Hermès pants and Marc Jacobs scarf (around neck). Model, Alek Wek at IMG Models.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY BRIAN MOLLOY
SEAMS IDEALTraditional structures can be rethought to push the boundaries. Comme des Garçons Homme Plus jacket and shirt, Hermès jacket (worn underneath), Wolford turtleneck and The Row gloves.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY BRIAN MOLLOY
Bottega Veneta jacket, pants (also tied around waist) and boots.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY DARA ALLEN

Dara Allen

“Seduction is…a strap fallen off the shoulder or a collar askew or a button undone. The future of suiting allows people to access that vulnerability as a means of harnessing their beauty. That perspective ignites someone to wear something…in a new way. The goal is not to reinvent the wheel but to use the wheel to drive to a new location.”

ROMANTIC HERO A dance-inspired décolletage plays a starring role. Valentino jacket (tied around waist) and pants and Intimissimi tank top.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY DARA ALLEN
NEW LOOK Classics with a surprising twist. Dior Men jacket, pants and gloves.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY DARA ALLEN
TRAIL BLAZER A different approach to an unbuttoned look. Telfar jacket and pants, Gucci sweater and Givenchy knit belt.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY DARA ALLEN

Phyllis Posnick

“I tried to think of people who looked good in a suit—beyond a typical Wall Street suit. The person I thought of instantly was Timothée Chalamet on the red carpet, because he always wears a suit and has no inhibitions about what he’s wearing. He’s a completely free spirit.”

Loewe dress, jacket, shorts and boots and Tiffany & Co. ring.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY PHYLLIS POSNICK
DRESS REHEARSAL Feminine finery goes for the gold. Prada jacket, shirt, pants and tie, Celine by Hedi Slimane belt, Tiffany & Co ring (top) and David Yurman ring.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY PHYLLIS POSNICK
Tom Ford vest, jacket and pants and Alexander McQueen harness.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY PHYLLIS POSNICK
GLITTERING AFFAIR Embellished sartorial achievements add extra oomph. Alexander McQueen jacket, shirt, pants, shoes, earring and rings.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY PHYLLIS POSNICK
Celine by Hedi Slimane jacket, shirt, vest, bow tie, belts and shoes and Officine Générale pants.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY PHYLLIS POSNICK
GREAT CAPE An over-the-shoulder look has nonchalant appeal. Maison Margiela jacket, Alexander McQueen shirt and Officine Générale pants. Model, Jacob Rutledge at Red Model Management. Throughout: Hair, Jimmy Paul; makeup, Dick Page; set design, Julia Wagner and Marcs Goldberg.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ETHAN JAMES GREEN FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE, STYLING BY PHYLLIS POSNICK

SOURCE : WALL STREET JOURNAL

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