Men in the public eye sometimes have reason to dress so that they stand out, and that does not mean they have to dress to shock. Consider, for example, the late French actor Philippe Noiret at the Cannes Film Festival for a photocall for the film Les Cotelettes in 2003. Brilliant, isn't he?
Noiret's father was in the clothing trade and that may have given him an advantage over most of us. But he's not doing anything particularly original in the photograph, is he? It is simply the combination of somewhat unusual classic elements that make him stand out: cream suit, spectator shoes, a bow tie and a fedora, on one man, at one time.
Look at Noiret. Look at his peers standing next to him. Look at a photo of Johnny Depp (well, maybe not Mr. Depp). Noiret wins.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
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