It may have been the softest hit he ever delivered, but on Friday night at Milk Studios, Sean Avery took a shot at Tom Brady.
The topic was menswear, the setting a panel at Milk Studios, organized by Parsons, sponsored by Gillette and featuring hockey player Sean Avery, rapper/actor Common, creative director Timothee Verrecchia, and designer
In fact, Avery was solid with the jokes throughout. When asked by moderator (and Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons) Simon Collins what his thoughts were on why men wear a uniform, as we are reputed to do, Avery offered this gem: “I signed a deal with Hickey Freeman to be their face for 2 years. So…money.” And on those who populate the fashion industry: “Fashion people are very mean. It’s an interesting group of people.” It wasn’t the Sean Show the entire time (I left halfway through to go to N. Hoolywood’s show), but for a very straightforward talk, the former Ranger elicited the most energy from the crowd.
The panel’s other star was Common, who gave thoughtful, intelligent answers in a voice of such perfect velvet you’d think Tom Ford had designed it. I had a minute alone with the bearded rapper before the panel began and we talked about the state of men’s facial hair. “It’s thriving,” he said. “We as men express ourselves through out facial hair…it’s really connected to your style. I’m a spontaneous creative person, so sometimes I’ll choose the 5’ o’clock shadow, a goatee, a full beard or ever a fuller beard. It expresses the change going on in my life.”
So does the full beard that he was sporting at the panel represent a change to the professorial? “Cultured, but still styled professional gentleman,” he replied. “With power.”