Icon of the Month: Leonard Cohen’s Suit Collection
2016 has been quite the year. First, it was Bowie, then it was Prince and now: Leonard Cohen. Today, we are paying our respects to the iconic songwriter as we crown him King & Allen Icon of the Month.
Cohen started his music career at the age of 33; later in life than many, having previously pursued a career as a poet and a writer. His love of words is evident in his huge catalogue of music, penning some of the most celebrated songs of the 20th century. In fact, ‘Hallelujah’ has been covered by over 200 different artists in several different languages.
Not only was Leonard Cohen one of the most talented songwriters of our time, but he was also a very sharp dresser, spending much of his career in great suits. Whether it was a wide pinstripe or a rustic tweed, he usually wore it with a wide, peak lapel and lots of style.
Here are our favourite suits worn by Leonard Cohen…
Leonard Cohen's Suits: Our Favourites
Cohen channelling that country style wearing a rustic tweed overcoat with a houndstooth baker boy cap. We love those strong lapels.
Leonard Cohen wearing an unusually narrow notch lapel here – not our favourite look on him, but that trilby and 1970s style shirt worn with the unusual bolo tie pulls it back.
This is such a fantastic look on Cohen here: a 6×2 double-breasted suit in a bold pinstripe with wide peak lapels. Worn without a tie (controversial!), he accessorises it with a trilby instead.
In his iconic trilby once again, Cohen wears a pale grey melange suit with very fine, wide pinstripes. It’s an elegant look, contrasted with a simple black shirt. Again, Cohen is not wearing a tie with this suit, yet he pulls it off with flair.
This outfit would not look out of place at London Collections: Men. Tone on tone suiting is very “now.” Although, going barefoot is not recommended.
Decades later, Cohen is still a fan of the tone on tone trend – this time, in silvery blue. He sticks to his signature look of a trilby worn with a pinstripe, double-breasted suit – a simple style that is true to his way of living
“I feel most comfortable and most abundant when things are very simple and I know where everything is and there’s nothing around that I don’t need.”
– Leonard Cohen
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