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Black has been an infallible color since time immemorial. It’s flattering and goes with every other hue, no question. You also don’t really have to think too hard, especially if the fit is all-black, because it works for all occasions, from traveling long distances to attending impromptu meetings to dining out. Black: great for blending in (publicists and stage crews will confirm). This certainly isn’t new information. But factor in a great pattern on a great sweater and you have something of a standout on your hands.
This point was demonstrated early this week by John Legend. The EGOT-winner was photographed exiting Craig’s restaurant in Los Angeles with his wife, Chrissy Teigen. He was all smiles, greeting passersby and signing autographs wearing the following: a black trench coat, skinny black jeans (the cut is not dead, despite what detractors will say), lace-up boots, and, the highlight, a silk crewneck sweater with a bandana design by Givenchy. Without the pattern, the all-black look is fine—nothing that really warrants a mention. But Legend is a celeb who consistently dresses to impress, wearing styles that are trendy without ever being try-hard. He always packs a punch with his fits, often subtly, and, in this instance, that was done with his knockout knit.
The bandana—an intricate paisley-printed, two-tone design, usually found on cotton kerchiefs—has reputedly been around since ancient times, and is fixed firmly in the uniforms of cowboys, farmers, bikers, seafarers, skaters, and streetwear enthusiasts. Over the last few seasons, the pattern has found its way onto fashion runways, tweaked by today’s designers. There’s, of course, Givenchy’s Matthew Williamson, along with Emily Adams Bode, Sacai’s Chitose Abe, Mike Amiri, Kapital’s Kiro Hirata, and Alanui’s Nicolò and Carlotta Oddi. All have cast the pattern on shirts, pants, outerwear, and accessories in a variety of materials and according to their own aesthetics. Oh, before I forget, no discussion about bandanas and paisley is complete without Etro; the design is a part of the brand’s DNA.
Like I said, Legend is aware of fashion trends, at least the ones that you can incorporate seamlessly into your wardrobe. If you want to follow suit and hop on the bandana bandwagon—and take some inspiration from the rest of his look while you’re at it—here’s how.
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Source : Esquire