Photographed by Bek Andersen.
If you’re looking to invest in a dapper new formal ensemble for the holidays (and who among us isn’t?), look no further. The ever-stylish doormen of Barneys New York were kind enough to model the season’s most stunning evening looks, and as you’ll see, they do so with no shortage of panache.
It was veteran doorman Rashid Manigault’s first time in front of the camera for The Window, and he loved every minute of it. “It was crazy to see what goes into a photo shoot—all the camera equipment getting set up, having makeup on. Now I know what celebrities go through every day.” (Well, maybe not every minute: “The makeup! I was at the sink forever—it looks good but it just doesn’t come off!”)
While we’d like to think of his feature on The Window as an all-time career highlight, Rashid confessed that one of the best days on the job was in 1999, not long after he started with Barneys: “I was the personal escort for Michael Jackson while he shopped before the store opened. We brought him in through the truck loading dock, and it was just him, me, and his personal security guard. It’s experiences like that in which you really get to see what a person is like—separate from his or her public image. It was a rare once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I got to have through Barneys.”
Scroll down to discover five perfectly polished outfits modeled by the men who keep an eye on the stylish folks streaming in and out of Barneys New York all day long.
A BOLD BET ON THE CLASSICS
Add something new to your sleek rotation of slim, one-button suits. Here, a modern take on a double-breasted jacket is your key differentiator, as the old-guard feels new once again.
Karl Josef Co wears: Isaia Double Breasted Tuxedo; Sartorio Shirt; Title Of Work Bow Tie; Ann Demeulemeester Scarf; Salvatore Ferragamo Antoane Loafers.
ARTFUL & AVANT-GARDE
Make a statement with a truly one-of-a-kind, hand-embroidered jacket—and unexpected shoes to match.
A TWIST ON TRADITION
A midnight blue velvet dinner jacket is eye-catching but not ostentatious. The beaded bow tie adds a beautiful, subtle texture-on-texture detail. Give it a try.
THE PROPER RISK-TAKER
Subdued florals add a pop of pattern to the traditional three-piece tuxedo, and a playful inversion of the expected white-shirt-black-tie tradition.
Dark, racy—Burberry Prorsum’s signature trench has all the classic details you’d come to expect—but with an after-eight upgrade in the form of bold stripes and refined textiles.
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