In the market for a winter coat that makes you look more 'distinguished' and less 'student'? Who better than Tony Bennett to model three of the season’s classiest coats.
At 84 years young, he still looks astonishingly vibrant — the same almond skin and Roman nose, and the broad smile of a New Yorker who has seen (and done) it all.
Even 62 years in show business do not have the power to change Tony Bennett. He is still the embodiment of old-world class, and he’s still immaculately dressed — he favours Brioni these days, and walks with the confidence of a man who hasn’t bought an off-the-peg suit since the Thirties.
“I study bel canto, the art of beautiful singing,” says Bennett. “It’s all about finding a balance.” With life, with singing and with style, Bennett has found his equilibrium.
He’s worked with almost all the finest recording artists of the 20th and the 21st century, including, recently, and poignantly, the late Amy Winehouse (“an incredible voice”).
His favourite? “I’ve worked with too many wonderful artists to have a favourite,” says Bennett, graciously. “Although,” he murmurs, with a twinkle in his eye, “Frank Sinatra said that I was his favourite singer.” Thank you, and good night.
Tony Bennett: Duets II is out now (RPM/Columbia Records)
Words by Max Olesker
Top picture: Black cashmere coat, £3,730, by Lanvin. Black wool tuxedo; blue cotton shirt; black silk tie, all by Brioni (made to order). Glasses, Bennett’s own
Double-breasted camel coat, £945, by Paul Smith at Mr Porter. Brown checked cotton blazer; yellow cotton shirt with white collar; brown wool suit trousers; red silk tie, all by Brioni (made to order). Black leather loafers, Bennett’s own, by Bally
Brown double-breasted herringbone tweed coat, £1,195, by Burberry Prorsum at Mr Porter. Blazer, shirt, trousers, tie and loafers all as above