The Clothes: We already knew no one does suiting better than Antonio Azzuolo, but at his Spring 2013 presentation we learned that the master tailor also makes the best day wear in town. From red and white printed short suits to a neon ikat bomber to slouchy pale pink trousers paired with an unbuttoned shirt, Read more →
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This is Cassius Clay (not to be confused with the boxer who became Muhammed Ali–Ali was named after Clay’s ancestor, the 19th century abolitionist and politician of the same name..really). He went to fancy prep school at Phillips Academy in Andover and then to Yale and then one day last summer when he was shopping at Barneys his get up caught the eye of Kanye and the rest is history. Clay took a leave from Yale to become Yeezy‘s personal stylist and creative consultant.
Clay’s remarkable story warranted a piece in the NY Post a few months ago, but the paper never managed to get a quote from Clay himself. Leave it the folks at Opening Ceremony to snag an interview with the mysterious college sophomore behind the rapper who loves fashion so much it “breaks his heart.”
Here are the best bits–it’s almost too good to be true:
What were you wearing at the age of 10?
My school had a dress code of khakis with collared shirts for the younger boys. Dissatisfied with the informality of khakis, I adopted a personal uniform of exclusively white turtlenecks, grey flannel trousers, and black & white spectator shoes. I look back on it now as a dedicated engagement with minimalism (and self-caricature). Occasionally on weekends at home I would pretend to be a pharaoh with amulet and scepter.
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