Stylist: no stylist involved
Outfit: custom Salvatore Ferragamo by Paul Andrew
Groomer: Christine Nelli
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Next week the MET Gala will be in full swing and we are full of excitement, so today we’re bringing you one of most exuberant and chic styles sported by a man–Cole Sprouse–for the 2019’s edition.
Cole was dressed in a custom Salvatore Ferragamo sleeveless oxblood tailored suit with exuberant raffia flower embroidery paired with a vicuña¹ leather shoestring for a bowtie and orange suede Chelsea boots.
Apparently, the flowers on the dress were inspired by a pair of shoes Salvatore Ferragamo created in 1938 and as you all may know, the late designer was very prolific during his career, so trying to find a possible inspiration for the shoes was no easy task, but the pair you’ll see down below can be considered a fitting one.
According to GQ.com “Andrew […] and Sprouse worked on the suit together, over the course of a month, without a stylist serving as intermediary.”
The flowers on the ensemble almost looked like fireworks, without sacrificing mobility or chicness as Cole further explained: “The narrative of camp is it’s very rooted in cheesiness and an over-the-top quality” while Andrew added that: “When I look at this, there’s a twist of those camp elements, but there’s a sophistication and chic quality.”
The theme was also an excuse for having fun and as the creative director suggested while talking to GQMiddleEast: “It’s particularly relevant for Ferragamo, […] the incredible juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity.”
Luckily enough, we were also able to find some info regarding his grooming, thanks to an interview groomer Christine Nelli gave to ‘Very Good Light‘, a beauty and skincare publication (edited for clarity):
“Christine […] had Cole wash his hair the night before as second day hair is at its best texture to style. […] After spraying the head with water, Christine […] completely wet Cole‘s hair. Then, she applied a dime-size of workable mousse, gently massaging it until she got to the roots. Afterwords, she used sea salt spray to add texture. […] The blow dryer […] is the magic tool. […] She used House 99‘s Going Strong Styling Gel to keep the hair in place.”
She moved onto the top and did loose finger waves in the direction going away from the part using the same gel. Christine finished the hair “by lightly spraying hairspray and then using the hairdryer once more to set everything in place so it doesn’t move.”
The key elements are clearly your hands and the dryer you use, as the famous groomer reiterates.
For his face, Nelli added a bit of color to Cole‘s face by using the House 99 All Bright Bronzing Gel because “it’s super light and washes off– it adds something without being obvious.”
¹ The vicuña or vicuna is one of the two wild South American camelids, which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes. They are relatives of the llama, and are now believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas, which are raised for their coats. Vicuñas produce small amounts of extremely fine wool, which is very expensive because the animal can only be shorn every three years and has to be caught from the wild. When knitted together, the product of the vicuña’s wool is very soft and warm. The Inca valued vicuñas highly for their wool, and it was against the law for anyone but royalty to wear vicuña garments.