photography by Tommy Ton
Stuff of Legends
Back again is street style photography legend Tommy Ton and style god Eugene Tong teaching us a thing or two on layering. Tommy Ton and Eugene Tong have been major influences on the Parts & Form aesthetic so take some notes when these style deities are featured in the same issue.
Like the outfit or not, Eugene Tong is always captured striding effortlessly in his sometimes surprisingly complex garments. Known for his heavily streetwear influenced style, Eugene Tong exemplifies a minimal junction between menswear and streetwear. Yet, every now and then Eugene astounds us with something more than just “menswear meets streetwear”. Tong brings us an avant-garde way to layer with down.
Style Without the Suffering
Let’s not forget just how biting a New York winter really is. Don’t suffer thinking you’ll get through the winter with just wool. After getting comfortable with wool overcoats and hoodies, we often overlook the down puffer.
Tong is actually wearing a pullover quarter-zip down jacket over a black belted overcoat. Adding to the draping-layers look, Tong adds a pair of double-layered pants—a derivative of the growing athletic shorts over tights look.
At this point, you might think this combination is beyond backwards. But this ensemble exemplifies Tong’s skill in blending minimal pieces into an impressive look.
Photography by Greg Kessler
The trick here is to keep it all black with a range of textures and fabrics. The technical nylon fabric contrasts the wool coat underneath and the black denim, the leather sneakers below. While the layered shorts and pants might be unnecessary, the key is to find a comfortable middle ground. Also, keep in mind street style photographs are primarily captured around fashion week events so outfits naturally lean a bit more forward.
Below the denim bottoms is a pair of Public School NY Braeburn High Tops. The ultra minimal and luxe take on a basketball-inspired sneaker by PSNY matches Eugene Tong’s forward thinking and innovative style.
However more inconvenient, I personally think the pullover down jacket looks better than a full zip. But just imagine having to make the decision between struggling to pull off that down jacket or keeping it on and sweating profusely every time you step indoors into an excessively heated coffee shop. Sometimes inconvenience is just the price of style (the other price being wrought in the state of constant debt).