The jumpsuit has long since woven a new life as an elegant day for night ensemble, rather than as a youthful coverall. That being said, the ongoing charm of the one piece is its youthful allure, the very thought of its effortlessness. Below, with layers: cold weather silken, denim and body-grazing onesies in INA Nolita.
From top: Mayle silk black sleeveless jumpsuit, Ann Demeulemeester long corduroy duster coat, rabbit charcoal hat, Walter Steiger grommeted black leather platform boots; Norma Kamali olive short-sleeved jumpsuit, Zamir Furs rabbit coat, Lack of Color black wool brimmed hat, Celine burgundy leather center zipper boot; Philosophy brown suede fringed jacket, Prada tortoise shell cat-eyed sunglasses, denim overalls, Missoni lace-up bootie with patent maroon square toe, Chanel suede clutch with red shearling trim.
As a prelude to Halloween, is it any wonder that INA Noho can offer the finishing costume touches for Dracula and all of the rest - the Victorian, the musician, the cowgirl, the fur animal?
Ina Noho, from top: Nanette Lepore leather fringed purse, Balmain white leather cuff with gold edges; Romeo Gigli fuschia knit dress with cut-out collar; Dries Van Noten detachable velvet sleeves; Pologeorgis black capra vista goat vest; Embroidered silk tie-waist belt; Issey Miyake turn-down collar circle scarf; Vintage leather fringed jacket with beaded design.
In a fourth floor New York walk-up apartment, the debut of the day's clothing inevitably finds its audience in one's neighbors, met by happenstance on ground floor, the penthouse, and glancingly down the hall.
Here, look by look, are fall's most coveted items caught in the winding flights.
INA Soho, from top: Halston black fur shirt, vintage leopard hat, Nicholas Kirkwood black suede pumps with white swirled platform; Junya Watanabe black dress with exposed zippers and Perrin black leather glove clutch; Chanel tweed and iridescent sneakers, Armani navy tutu, Issey Miyake patent planetary purse; Dolce & Gabbana navy tuxedo pantsuit with black satin trim; Junya Watanabe red down puffer jacket; Givenchy black fringed purse with woven strap, Comme Des Garcons wool, plaid one-armed jumper with pleated skirt.
Plaid, originally called tartan, was first made in woven wool and thrown over the shoulder in the high plains. Two threads woven underneath two opposing threads at right angles: this weave was once banned in the middle of the nineteenth century as the regional dress of Gaelic warrior clans. Towards 1800, the pattern was no longer associated with the Highlands. More pleasurable than dressing up, is dressing down, now that plaid is co-opted only into symbolic association with Scotland, in the crisp men's shirt, slacks and hoodie.
All merchandise, Union Square: Black Fleece navy, white, and grey plaid shirt, John Varvatos taupe leather jacket, Koto navy and camofluage pants, Pierre Hardy white boots; Junya Watanabe plaid hoodie, denim Levis jacket, 45 RPM wool navy billed hat, Chimala cream denim jean, Golden Goose cream and blue sneaker; GXT Grilliperlatesta Italian wool grey plaid suit, Dolce & Gabbana white shirt; Paul Smith white button-up, Giuseppe Zanotti blush snake skin t-strap pump.
Taking a cue from Honoré de Balzac, this found quote guides the INA Men's wardrobe this week: "The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed." Two who get dressed elegantly, in the first fall of the season merchandise, walk the Soho sidewalks below. Ties are featured woven inside of jackets, like scarves. Losing its timeworn stiffness, the tie even accessorizes windbreaker pants and hiking boots.
From above, all INA Men: Jil Sander hooded midnight polyester jacket, Gucci silver satin embroidered tie, vintage silver windbreaker pants, Kovalum blue & white checkered shirt, INA black cashmere beanie, Lanvin black leather hiking boot with fluorescent laces; Gucci suede jacket with white trim, Raf Simons black cotton button-down with attached scarf, grey denim Nicolas Andreas jeans, black Agnes B. hat, Tom Ford black & white satin tie; Stone Island black polyester bomber, Rag & Bone khaki pants, Givenchy grey, wool plaid shirt, Pierre Hardy grey suede sneakers, J. Lindeberg black & white tie; Vintage velour jacket with embroidered tigers; Margiela silver boots.
Another day, another choice - each day's mood determines each piece of clothing, or is it the other way around, each piece of clothing determining the course of the day?
Calling collect in grey: Jordan wears a Rick Owens heather t-shirt, over top of which are other hues of grey - a vest by Yohan Serfaty, and a Rick Owens charcoal motorcycle jacket.
On the run in Comme des Garcons, wearing his heart on his sleeve so to speak, or at least on his t-shirt, Jordan wears an MCM lime green studded backpack with Wings and Horns black suede shoes. The jeans, Dior.
Around the bend, the Dior jeans get a second look, this time with a Balenciaga black leather jacket and Tom Ford pebbled day bag. The shoes, model's own: Damir Doma.
At the end of it all, the day concludes in a Reiss black & grey tweed jacket, Black Fleece tie, Dolce & Gabbana wool pants, and John Lobb brown leather shoes with monk strap.
All men's merchandise found in INA Chelsea, from top:
Look 1: Yohan Serfaty brown leather vest, Rick Owens grey, leather motorcycle jacket, Rick Owens heather grey t-shirt, Christian Dior grey jeans, and Margiela black leather tote.
Look 2: Comme des Garcons white t-shirt with green heart, Dior grey jeans, Wings and Horns black suede shoes, and MCM lime studded backpack.
Look 3: Balenciaga black leather jacket with exposed seam, Helmut Lang grey distressed jeans, and Tom Ford black pebbled leather bag with gold zipper.
Look 4: Reiss tweed gray and black jacket with leather trim, Black Fleece cream and black wool tie, Dolce & Gabbana charcoal wool pants, John Lobb monk strap brown leather shoes.