April 10th, 2004

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09:25 pm - And I now present a cultured and sophisticated man about town...
And so it shall be and so it has come to pass...

A month ago I had this idea. I stated that I would take a simple geek and turn him into a stunning metrosexual. Some were excited. Some laughed. Some said it couldn't be done... Over the course of the last several weeks, there was much discussion about the subject and what could and couldn't be accomplished. There was concern that I might try to make Kenn (the geek) into something that he wasn't. There was concern that he would resist or that I wouldn't do enough. Sad though I am to report, there were even a few nay sayers who doubted my brilliance! Pshaw! Pshaw I say! So today, was the magic day. And here are the results.

Oh, and if anyone has actually seen Queer Eye. This is the part where we compliment and bash and generally talk about the results. So please, I look forward to commentary. I'd like to know what people like and don't like. Any further suggestions. Any first impressions... Anything that comes to mind at all. kenoubi and papertygre are probably pretty interested as well.

Oh... final tally for the entire treatment, including purchase of all new clothes, shoes, haircut, razor and much styling product: $177.70

And without further ado:

The Before Portrait

The Before Profile

The After Portrait

The After Profile

After three quarter portrait

And various outfits:

So what do you think?

EDIT: Ratha took some pictures of the makeover in progress. They are here.

Current Mood: [mood icon] accomplished

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[User Picture]From: yannaboo Date: April 10th, 2004 - 06:31 pm (Link)
Wow. You are amazing!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 05:46 am (Link)
:-) Me or him?
From: yannaboo Date: April 11th, 2004 - 11:48 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:14 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: diana412 Date: April 10th, 2004 - 06:31 pm (Link)
awww nice job, I definately like the after look:P, he single? *wink*
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 05:47 am (Link)
See, now that's the remark of success right there... I'm waiting to see how many random women start hitting on him.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2004 - 06:35 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:01 am (Link)
judging by comments, its looking like the loose tie with jeans and blazer is the most give and take look. That's fair. I never expected to please everyone.

The thing with the looseness of the tie and all is that its kind of messy, but also kinda preppy... kind of a mix between the geek world and the professional world, but I think a bit of a harder sale in the geek world. Anyway, my instructions for that particular outfit were that it was a business causual thing (depending on whether or not he was at a company that would allow him to wear jeans). I felt that buttoning the shirt and tightening the tie made him look like he actually was working, but in a relaxed environment, I think unbuttoning it makes him look a little less uptight.

The blue and green blazer was a hard sale for me. It looks very muted in photos, but its actually pretty damn vibrant in person. What's really distracting about it are the gold buttons. I believe I told him to never wear it with anything other than all black, because if he did, it just becomes really overpowering. But with the all black I like it. To me, it kind of says "date at semi-sophisticated restaurant" and I believe he and papertygre did in fact go to Soba last night to celebrate. I agree though it is kinda quirky. Most of the stuff we got him is. I kinda wanted to keep him that way. A lot of plaids or striped textures. Kind of out of place, but in a sophisticated and intentional way. Not the kind of stuff I could ever wear, but I feel like it works for him. I'll have to ask them later if he got whistled at or anything. :-)

Anyway, its all about the experimenting. We'll see what happens as he learns which stuff he is more or less comfortable in himself.
From: kenoubi Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:15 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:33 am (Link)
From: papertygre Date: April 11th, 2004 - 02:23 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:16 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: April 10th, 2004 - 06:37 pm (Link)


What a difference. Good job.

Amazing what a good haircut and a neat shave can do isn't it? My only comment on the clothes is that I'd like the blue plaid jacket better with the jeans I think. The other jacket would look better with the dark pants. The blue jeans are too blue with the jacket he's wearing. However, the tie is great with those jeans. I don't know if he's got any interviews to do, but if he does, he should wear the outfit with the jacket and dark pants; looks very good.

Who knew who was hiding under all of that hair? Bravo!

I hope he's happy with the results. It turned out great. And he looks comfortable.
[User Picture]From: dariaphoebe Date: April 10th, 2004 - 10:51 pm (Link)

Re: Wow

I thought I was nuts for thinking "blue jeans too blue" but since you said it I don't feel bad commenting ;)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:26 am (Link)

Re: Wow

From: dariaphoebe Date: April 11th, 2004 - 08:53 am (Link)

Re: Wow

From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:17 pm (Link)

Re: Wow

From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:15 am (Link)

Re: Wow

[User Picture]From: mistergone Date: April 10th, 2004 - 06:39 pm (Link)
I was just wondering what happened to this project. He looks great - very natural, and very much in his own element in those clothes, while being stylish.

You should really form a Pittsburgh Fab 5, as long as I'm invited along. And as long as we can be straight.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:30 am (Link)
natural and ... well ... "Kenn-like" were pretty much the goals I was aiming for. I think a lot of people thought that I might go out there and dress him like me. But he doesn't look like me, so that would have been wrong. I think this does a pretty good job of accentuating him.

Well, if there were a Pittsbugh Fab 5 (n'at) what would your specialty be?
From: mistergone Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:48 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:29 am (Link)
From: jameel Date: April 11th, 2004 - 08:35 am (Link)
From: mamarayne Date: April 11th, 2004 - 11:00 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:21 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:19 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: sk4p Date: April 10th, 2004 - 06:39 pm (Link)
Astounding work! You cleaned him up without changing his essential look. Very nice. Kenn, it works!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:36 am (Link)
Thank you...

(as a long standing KGB, etc. member) I'm also curious as to what you personally think of the long coat. (I asked Derrick a similar question). One of the things that bothers me about Kenn wearing a trench coat is that despite the functionality, it just screams geeky CMU student. And really, its not all that fashionable. Especially for someone skinny. What I like about that coat is that it sort of has the "trench coat look" but its at a much more fashionable length, it makes him look taller, and it has a good visual texture to it (something that I have discovered is very important to clothing Kenn). I think it makes for a much more unique and appealing look. Opinions?
[User Picture]From: jetgrrl01 Date: April 10th, 2004 - 06:42 pm (Link)
Woo hoo! He looks so much more approachable and attractive from just the quick look at somebody I don't know. I'm loving the outfit with the grey pinstripe jacket. Of course, I'm a sucker for pin stripes... And I like the overcoat, which is still geeky, but looks good with the trimmed beard. Also, he has very nice eyes and you can see them, whereas before, you could only see HAIR. :) Great job, Mav!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:45 am (Link)
Thank you.

I think its best to see comments from people completely outside the situation who don't actually know Kenn at all, so that it truly is an honest first impression.

And thankyou for commenting on the coat. Its about time somone talked about that. I think that's one of the best things we got (for reasons discussed in answers to sk4p and dariaphoebe above. Pretty much for the reasons you said "still geeky, but much more appealing."

Anyway, thanx Jet.
[User Picture]From: stephtoth Date: April 10th, 2004 - 07:01 pm (Link)
Wonderful!!! The haircut and beard trim are genious! He's got a great jaw line, and now you can see it!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:49 am (Link)
Good catches...

I think the haircut really helps bring out his eyes, and since it shows a lot more of his neck, it makes him look a lot taller and more appealing. The smaller beard also helps to show his neck, and more importantly defines a scrong jawline. I actually think his chin is rather round and smooth, so I didn't want to go with no facial hair. With what we've done instead, we've sort of used the beard to define a more angular and strong jaw. I think it comes across as quite handsome actually.
[User Picture]From: cortneyofeden Date: April 10th, 2004 - 07:16 pm (Link)
Bravo. I love that the cute face hiding under all of that beard is now visible, and that the long hair was tamed instead of lost (also lending a bit to being able to see his face).

I'm also anti-tie-on-not-buttoned-shirt, but that's just me.

Most important is the added bit of confidence I can see on Kenn's face. Kudos to Mav and Kenn for trusting his crazy ass in this matter.

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:54 am (Link)
Another tie hater... ah well, can't please everyone all the time :-)

Yeah, I think the confidence does a lot for it. If you "know you look good" without looking arrogant about it, its going to create a much better affect. I think there was some initial shock, but past that, I think he was really getting used to the fact that "wow, I'm like hot and stuff now" and that's going to really increase the appeal. But also, yes the clothes and hair do look a lot more... umm...m I dunno... "respectable?" so I think its a lot easier to have that confidence. And if he gets results, it should build on that.
[User Picture]From: vanango Date: April 10th, 2004 - 08:01 pm (Link)
that's so unbelievable! You did a super job! Kenn, you look super, I hope you like your new look b/c it looks awesome!

You look awesome in Blues, especially lighter blues, I like the light tops and dark bottems combo, it works really well! The hair is perfect and the facial hair really works well!! Bravo!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:59 am (Link)
Agreed... I think the light blues and the dark greens are very good for him. Also, as I've mentioned a few times before here, I also like the patterns for him. Hence all the paids and the pinstripes. Which light top and dark bottom are you referring to specifically?
From: vanango Date: April 11th, 2004 - 09:08 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:23 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: jeremiahblatz Date: April 10th, 2004 - 08:17 pm (Link)


Mav r00l3z!!! Kenn wins! Ratha wins! (Although she'll have to beat away the CMU geek girls with a stick.)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:00 am (Link)

Re: w00t

ah... she needs the excercise anyway... plus, you know... chick fight!!! ;-)
[User Picture]From: jeremiahblatz Date: April 10th, 2004 - 08:19 pm (Link)
BTW, it's the haircut and the shave. The clothes are fine, but the beard and split ends were hideous.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:06 am (Link)
yeah... the grooming did a lot in this case... and it really wasn't very expensive, either. I think it really did basically "make the look." But I don't want to underestimate the clothing either. Particularly the longer looser pants (his old jeans were not only too short, but too tight a cut given how skinny he is) and the textured clothing. Mike made a comment that essentially all I did was put him in some flannels but that for him that's a step in the right direction. I think that's a really important point. For most stuck in a rut kinda guys, you'd probably burn all their flannel and put them in something nicer, but in his specific case, I really really think it works for him. I think it gives him a relaxed look that works well for him. I particularly like it when mixed with the geeky Nintendo T-Shirt.
[User Picture]From: theadana Date: April 10th, 2004 - 08:28 pm (Link)


Oh my gosh! WOW!

Kenn, I should have known there was a cute guy to go with that awesome brain. I applaud your willingness to update your style. You look fantastic. (I mean, honestly, there were a few pictures in there were I was like, "I'D HIT IT!" but only in that way that doesn't get me beaten up by Ratha.)

Mav- Thank you so much for seeing the style potential in my good friend. I want the world to get to know this guy, and you've put that in motion. Thank you, thank you.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:10 am (Link)

Re: w00t!

See Ratha, Jer was right... better go out and get a nice sized stick.

And really Kenn, to degenerate into utter crassness, what better compliment is there than "fuckable?" Unless of course, theadana the way you meant "I'd hit it" was an uppercut to the chin... but if so you are a bad bad lady... ;-)
From: papertygre Date: April 11th, 2004 - 12:15 pm (Link)

Re: w00t!

From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 06:24 pm (Link)

Re: w00t!

[User Picture]From: jazzyjess Date: April 10th, 2004 - 09:00 pm (Link)
haha nice job
tell him i said hi.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:11 am (Link)
uh huh... see... He's like a rock star. High school girls are throwing their panties at him... ;-)

Thanx, Jess...
[User Picture]From: limpingpigeon Date: April 10th, 2004 - 11:00 pm (Link)
The hair and beard definitely look better. Personally, I'm not a fan of the blue jeans, green plaid blazer, and tie combination, though. As has been mentioned previously the blue and the green just don't look right together, and as for the tie, well I'm just generally anti-necktie. :)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 11th, 2004 - 07:16 am (Link)
You know... i hardly thought that that would be the questionable look. But maybe you have a good point. Maybe its the fact that ties are just kinda "formal" for people of our ilk. I like it because I think it allows him to express some character. Particularly in a work type setting, but hey... to each his/her own.
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