Christopher Legaspi’s style philosophy is pretty simple.
“My whole thing with fashion is, as long as you’re confident in what you’re wearing, it really doesn’t matter to everyone else.”
Still, the Vanity Fair menswear editor was endlessly fascinated by what he encountered at a pool party on the Strip.
Clearly the Europeans are the ones in the Speedos, and everyone else is in really long boardshorts. It’s kind of like a mixing of these two worlds, and it’s interesting to see them come together. It’s SO different.”
We caught up with the New York-based Legaspi to talk menswear and summer fashion at Vanity Fair’s Dinner Under the Stars, part of Vegas Uncork’d, at The NoMad Pool.
Luxury: The climate here is particularly nasty. Do you have any tips on remaining stylish when it’s 110 degrees?
Legaspi: I love an unlined suit. I think it’s kind of the best for hot climates. I get really hot really easily. (Addressing his suit): So I was like, you know what? We’re going to do unlined. It’s a soft cotton shirt. It’s going to be really breathable. Easy. Done.
Are there any trends or styles you’re particularly excited about this summer?
I’m very excited about lightweight, like a linen blend. For men, I really love pleated pants. I know it’s kind of a touchy subject for some men. But I feel like it’s one of those things where you have to persuade people to put it on, and then once they do and look in the mirror, it’s kind of, “Wow. That’s a great fit.” And I think it’s all about dressing for you. People have to figure out what works for them.
Any up-and-coming or under-the-radar designers or labels men should keep an eye on?
There’s a brand called Boglioli. … They’re very much like the sartorial, easy Italian suiting brand. So you have everything from really lightweight knit polos to just casual trousers. And they’re big fans of the spread collars. Also, P Johnson. One of my favorites. They’re a tailoring brand from Australia, which people wouldn’t normally think of, but I feel like it might work for Vegas. Because it’s hot in Australia. It’s hot in Vegas. They kind of get it. And they make really beautiful bespoke pieces.
Who are some of your favorite style icons that men should emulate?
One of my favorites is Brunello Cucinelli. I feel like he nails it on everything from tailoring to his weekend looks. He kind of touches on everything from casual to tailoring to formal. He’s my ideal style icon. But then you have Marlon Brando, who I love. I don’t think anyone’s ever looked as good in a T-shirt.
If you could take one thing out of every man’s wardrobe, what would it be?
I would take out every guy’s suit that they got from their dad. Because, you know what? It might have looked good on your father, but you’re a different person, and it’s time to upgrade your own style.
Is there a trend you wish more men would adopt?
I really do think that more men should adopt color. Coming from New York City, everyone wears black and white and gray and navy. And I think people really have to embrace the fact that you might look good in a green suit. You might look good in a pale-blue suit. And it’s exciting.
Based solely on style, Sinatra’s “Ocean’s Eleven” or Clooney’s “Ocean’s Eleven”?
Oh, Sinatra’s. I mean, he also is a style icon. It’s so effortless. So effortless. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re both amazing. I just think that he was a little bit more confident in how his style was.