I love reading the New York Times. I came across “What I Wore” for the first time this weekend. Hopefully in the future I’ll have a “What I Wore” posting here. Pasted below is the actually Chloe Malle (daughter of Candice Bergen aka ”Murphy Brown”) article or you can click on the pic to be directed to the nytimes.com. Each “What I Wore” highlights a different person who describes a number of outfits they they’ve worn. Celebrity chef and restaurenteur Marcus Samuelsson is picture above. Read on to see what he wore.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17 I wore my green low-top Converse sneakers for St. Patrick’s Day. Sneakers for me are the ultimate. Growing up in Gothenburg, Sweden, they were the one thing my mom and my grandmother couldn’t just make, so they developed an amazing importance. Today was the first warm day. I paired these very soft Nudie jeans with a nice Barneys shirt; it’s blue-checkered with a little brown in it, and a vintage gray vest on top. I don’t wear a watch or any jewelry because it gets so hot in the kitchen and I’m sweating.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18 I was on “The Early Show” on CBS this morning and then headed straight to the airport with my wife. We’re going to Toronto to visit her sister. I wore the same vintage gray vest as yesterday but with a purple tie and a purple checkered shirt from Burberry and a blue scarf with a very funky pattern by Psycho Bunny. It’s very rare that I wear double-breasted, but this jacket is fun and sort of retro; it’s by Acne and it’s warm. I also wore maybe my favorite pair of sneakers: Paul Smith, they have yellow, green, blue and red stripes down the side so they’re sort of the Ethiopian-Swedish-American flag.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 I wore the Brooklyn Nikes — white with burgundy suede — but I’m only wearing these until the Harlem ones come out. It’s a lot colder in Toronto so I wore a black long-sleeve undershirt with a turtleneck sweater by this great Swedish designer, Junk de Luxe. Then a green leather pilot-style jacket that I bought at a vintage store in Finland. Also a Paul Smith scarf that I love because it’s light but still really warm, blue with sort of the Burberry checked pattern. All my clothes have stains on them: fat, oil, beet juice, red wine, pork, vinegar. That’s my imprint on them.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20 We flew back to New York. I wore the same Nikes as yesterday with a pair of deep blue Levi’s 501 jeans, a yellow T-shirt with Africa in red, a soft white Filippa K sweater and over it this thick black Valentino cardigan that I have black and white pins in. There’s a great vintage store in Aspen across from the Jerome Hotel, and every year when I go for Food & Wine I stop there and buy some luggage. The ones we have on this trip are old brown leather Ralph Lauren bags and one burgundy Louis Vuitton. Every city I go to, I try to find a good local vintage store. I like visiting the B-sides of America; you become very patriotic, like an old Springsteen album.
MONDAY, MARCH 21 I wore an old pair of Levi’s; they’re orange but when you look at the seams and the cuffs you can see the blue underneath. They scream spring and they’re fun. With them another turtleneck sweater by Junk de Luxe, my grandfather’s overcoat, which has his name inscribed inside, and a checkered leather Japanese cap. I’m not really an umbrella guy because I lose them and I don’t mind getting a little wet when it’s raining. I designed a pair of chef’s shoes for Mozo, and I wore those today. They’re black and between sneaker and professional shoe.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22 I put on a blue, green and red checkered shirt with these Pony rooster-red high-top sneakers and a pair of blue G-Star pants, which are a nice combination between jeans and slacks for when it’s this kind of in-between weather. I also wore a striped vintage Dior blazer; it’s part of a full suit that’s one of my favorites because it’s wool, so it’s warm when I head out of the house at 7:30 a.m. But when I have to go on ABC later in the day I can slip it on and it looks sharp. On top of the blazer I wore this old leather jacket that’s straight out of “Shaft.” It’s sort of beige-brown with this fun fake-fur collar. I got it at a flea market in Gothenburg and I just took it to my tailor to have the inside replaced, so now the lining is brand new but the outside is just totally beat up and worn.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 I wore these military green John Varvatos high-top Converses that are good for rainy days. Also a pair of blue Burberry pants with a strong Burberry pattern on them, with a white tuxedo shirt with some fun green embroidery. The shirt has French cuffs so I wore a pair of Ethiopian cufflinks with the Ethiopian lion on them. On top of the shirt I layered a Fred Perry beige cardigan and then this old-school vintage black tuxedo jacket that I got in Stockholm.