Why We Love What Alex Badia Wore to Milan Fashion Week
Photo: Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com
A cinched waist. It’s a flattering thing, but something we imagine first and foremost on a woman. On a man… well, it’s tricky. That nipped-in waistline has been cropping up in the men’s collections for fall/winter 2015 — James Long is belting it, and so are Miuccia Prada and J.W. Anderson — but, and as is often the case, it’s been done better on the street than on the runway. Our case study of the day: Women’s Wear Daily fashion editor and M magazine fashion director, Alex Badia.
Badia is certainly not the first man to venture into waist-defining territory; another male editor did it years ago, but maybe not quite as well (there’s a certain portrait taken by The Sartorialist that I think of when I think of male tied waists done badly… but you can ask me about that privately.)
When I think of who did the look well before Badia — and by well, I mean it enhances masculinity, emits grace, and is chic and entirely unfussy — I think of Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Brando’s slim waist highlighted by a higher rise, nipped-in pant. Sure, he was greased up, and not necessarily of a character to aspire to, but who could deny how good he looked?
Badia’s belted coat calls to mind that forgotten masculine grace. The proportions are on point (and that’s a thing you either have the instinct for or not,) and consistency of tone is enviable. If a man’s defined waist can be this good, then here’s to its comeback.