“I’m connected to my commerce.”
It takes a lot for me to deem anyone a “style icon,” much less add them to my personal list of sartorial inspirers. Certainly it requires a developed aesthetic that is unique to the individual. A sense of individualism… with a delicate touch of pride. And perhaps a pinch of snobbery. Waris Ahluwalia is a public figure with neither specific training nor distinctive skill, simply captivating people with his image and ideas. With a career spanning from film (a fixture in Wes Anderson Films) to modeling and jewelry design Waris has mastered the art of relevance: being at the right place at the right time. Chloë Sevigny, anyone? Perhaps that, in itself is a distinctive skill: To have your personal aesthetic respected not by designing clothes but by… wearing them. And perhaps that’s something to be respected in its own right.
Needless to say, the man knows how to dress. While signature turban and beard make him a red carpet regular, Ahluwalia weaves between black-tie and casual cool with no apparent effort–which, as my embarrassing Facebook history will reveal, ain’t easy to pull off. What I find truly intriguing about Ahluwalia is his sense of humility. A balance between style and substance. A consciousness to his every action, and “connection to [his] commerce.” Plus, the dude consistently makes pink look reeeal dapper.
Despite my personal objection to all things buttons, seams and tailored clothing, much respect for this fellow.
Meet the muse: Waris Ahluwalia.
Warris and Terrence Koh
Gap’s first major ad campaign with a Sikh model.
Waris and Scott (AKA The Sartorialist)
discover the House of Waris
all images via Tumblr