An appearance on The Today Show is a relatively conservative affair (lower case 'c'). You smile and talk about your latest film/album/commuted prison sentence in no great detail, as an unnervingly chipper hosts ask you deeply personal questions about your relationship with your father, or if there's "a special lady" around right now. Armie Hammer may or may not have faced such questions. But it turns out there is a special something hanging around of late. It's just not human.
During a fan mobbing outside the show's New York studio, the 33-year-old debuted a jacket that didn't so much throw caution to the wind as lock it away in a crypt forever. For Hammer's usual rotation – nice boy knitwear, classic trousers and so on and so forth – was amped up by a very special Navajo-print jacket.
Black and beige (not an obvious colour combo), and in the sort of weave you'd find on an antique rug in Ralph Lauren's Colorado ranch (not an obvious print), it's a piece that heralds the power of One Big Jacket: statement enough to lift staples below, but not so loud that it completely drowns out your normal wardrobe. Which is all pretty wild for a 15-minute slot of utter magnolia on daytime television.
This is not a tick off the old S/S '20 laundry list, either. While patchwork and stripes are set to be big on the back of prep 2.0 (y'know that trend, the one in which we all dress like Ivy League grads that are too cool to discuss our family fortunes), Hammer's not looking to the runways. He's not looking at 'reworked classics', or 'restructured tailoring', or 'archival prints'. He's not even looking at anything remotely classic.
And it's not suitable for The Today Show. That's a very good thing.
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