Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Aristocratic Style: Benjamin Bixby

Outkast’s Andre 3000 has always been known for his otherworldly style. His lyrical skill is undeniable, but you could always count on him to perform looking like a cross Oompa Loompa, Rick James, and an astronaut. In present years, he has become a celebrated style icon for his truly unique and individual sense of style. Lately, he has been rocking looks inspired by the 1930s. Naturally his clothing line, Benjamin Bixby, debuted last year. The designs are collegiate, classic, and reminiscent of the 1930s. Anyone who knows me knows this is very much my taste. Like J.Crew designs (and similar costume designs you will find in films such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance”), Benjamin Bixby is a lot of cardigans, plaids, vests, and timeless pieces that will last generations. In the latest GQ, Andre was named one of the magazine’s best new designers.
The honor is well-deserving. And in my opinion, if Andre continues along this path, he may dethrown Diddy's Sean John to become a celebrated and legitimate design house in the industry. And that would not take much. I believe since its start in 1998, Sean John has only had two major shows in New York: the first in 2001 and the second last year. As with all his other endeavors, signed artists, and personal life for that matter, Diddy has commitment issues. He doesn't seem to put too much time into one endeavor for a significant amount of time to make it the success it could be. He seems to do best at manufacturing products that don't really stand the test of time: Unforgiveable (cologne) Boyz in the Hood (hiphop group, remember?), Danity Kane (rip), Day 26 (any day now)...At any rate, hats off to Andre 3000 for a truly inspired and aristocratic first showing. Benjamin Bixby is available exclusively at Barney's.

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