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WHIT'S GUIDE TO STYLE:
There are certain things one likes but it’s a question of how they can be put together so they can be comfortable and good-looking at the same time. There’s always that comfort/good-looking axis. There are certain things I remember fondly. Normally, if you wait long enough, Ralph Lauren will bring it out. And often the revivals aren’t successful, so you can afford it on fourth reduction at the end of August. The thing is, then you’re going to have to buy as many as you'll need for the next twenty years.
I love them. They’re so light and comfortable, and I think they can be so good-looking.
Chris Eigeman, on the other hand, doesn’t share the same point of view. He hates them. And for some reason I always dress Chris in Madras. There’s a scene in Barcelona where he’s supposed to be a very badly dressed civilian, so we put him in yellow trousers and a Madras jacket. And there’s a scene in Last Days of Disco, when he’s leaving to go to Europe with Jimmy Steinway, and I think he wears another Madras jacket. And when it came to record the DVD commentary, he was going on about how ugly that jacket was and how he hated wearing it, but I was dressed exactly like he was in the film!
My favorite thing are comfortable, cotton trousers. I really like those sort of challenging colors. That summer of Nantucket look: men who are macho enough to wear pastels. I love a deep green. And corduroys don’t always look so good, they can sort of bulk out, but they’re so comfortable. I find a pair of hero trousers and I like to wear them all the time. Do you think it’s ok to wear corduroys when the knees are sort of worn?
Isn’t that when they’re best?
Because I remember wearing trousers like that that I thought were totally cool, these green corduroys with the knees totally worn through. But I went up to my sister’s apartment, and her five-year-old son was pointing right at my knees, saying there was something wrong with my trousers. Because things that we accept as fashion, or shabby genteel, children just spot as a defect.