Saks Fifth Avenue Presents St. Louis’ 2009

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Principal Cellist, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

There are two sides of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Daniel Lee. On one, there‘s the dedicated cellist who is inspired by Beethoven, practices five to six hours a day and performs Elgar and Shostakovich concertos in sold-out shows while wearing full dress tails. On the other is the messy former skater who listens to Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Radiohead and works a “casual, punkish” wardrobe consisting of cool tees collected on his many travels and Marc Jacobs shades. This Seattle native’s signature style once consisted of baggy jeans, a wallet chain and wild hair; today, it seems, he still longs to rebel. Whether he was so excited about his upcoming solo due to his performance or the allowance to stray from his typically required tux was somewhat unclear.

On Daniel: Hugo Boss suit, Burberry shirt, Calvin Klein tie, Ferragamo belt and Saks Fifth Avenue shoes available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

Designer, The Exquisite Corpse

While it may have taken two decades for Michael Drummond to confidently define his true style, it was well worth the wait. Transitioning from a timid school boy who consistently buttoned his top button to a “bohemian disco ball” defined by dirt and glitter, the designer has reached a very happy medium; today, he invests in classic and edgy pieces from American Rag, statement shoes from and hats, scarves and jewelry from H&M. While a fan of Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto and Viktor & Rolf, he admits to being too focused on his own designs (best described as intricate, “askew,” high-fashion knitwear) to know what other designers are currently doing. We’ll avoid telling him high-buttoned collars are back…

On Michael: Boss vest and pants, Calvin Klein shirt and Prada shoes available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 314.567.9200. Cap, his own.

President, St. Louis Board of Aldermen

As a suit is standard dress for most any politician, St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed–whose style icons include Martin Luther King Jr. and Rat Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.–is lucky; he owns just two pairs of jeans (one blue, one black) and enjoys dressing up. Hitting Macy’s, Sam Cavato and Saks Fifth Avenue for dark suits (he owns 15), he has his shirts custom made and accessorizes with his City of St. Louis Seal cufflinks. Still, sporting Ray-Bans and managing an active Twitter account, the politico is much more progressive than one might imagine, which also fares well; fearing change is rarely a positive trait in a politician.

On Pres. Reed: Loro Piana overcoat, Armani suit, Ike Behar shirt, Brioni tie and Gucci shoes available at Saks Fifth Avenue,
Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Knox hat available at Levine Hat Company, Downtown, 314.231.3359.

Safety, St. Louis Rams

A fact that will likely leave most women dumbfounded, St. Louis Rams Safety James Butler discovered fashion through football. First signed by the Giants in 2005, the Georgia native credits his four-year New York stay with opening his eyes to fashion, and his new teammate Ron Bartell with inspiring his “simple, yet effective” style–defined by True Religion jeans, Banana Republic tees and Nike Dunks for day and three button suits post-game. As for the details, he rarely leaves home without a David Yurman necklace, a Breitling watch and 2(x)ist boxer briefs. Coincidentally, he made no mention of accessorizing with a beer helmet or foam finger; men of the world, take note.

On James: Armani tuxedo, Ike Behar shirt, Boss tie, Prada
shoes and David Donahue cufflinks available at Saks Fifth
Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

Founder, London Calling and Clockwork Productions

“It’s come as you are,” says Doug Curtis, aka London Calling’s DJ Clockwork, of his twice-monthly London Calling hipster dance parties, where music and fashion have collided since 2006. For Curtis, that usually translates to a mix of indie rock and ‘60s mod-style pieces picked up everywhere from thrift stores to local boutique Splash. A fan of Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, bandannas and cool concert tees, it only makes sense that the man behind the turntable–like the lead singer on a stage–is among the best-dressed in the venue. His style icon? Paul Weller of The Jam.

On Doug: Armani jacket and pants, Calvin Klein shirt and bowtie and Saks Fifth Avenue shoes available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

News Anchor, KSDK NewsChannel 5

When it comes to fashion advice, KSDK news anchor Jeff Small has but one tip: “Don’t let the clothes make you.” Easy for someone who’s “model size” and has a face for TV. Still, the Alton native has been having fun with fashion for as long as he can remember; he was voted Best Dressed in eighth grade, spent most of his high school years finding creative ways to get around the Cardinal Ritter dress code and was tying bow ties when most were learning to tie their shoes. Today, he keeps his closet stocked with conservative and elegant suits for work, track jackets, jeans and fedoras for play. “I don’t care if it’s $50 or $5,000, if it works for me.” And, really, what wouldn’t?

On Jeff: Calvin Klein suit, shirt, tie and pocket square and
Allen-Edmunds shoes available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza
Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

Defenseman, St. Louis Blues

Men like Erik Johnson are a rare breed. A six-foot-four athlete, for starters, he showed up fashionably on time to his Men
of Style interview (wearing a Siva tee, 7 For All Mankind denim and Lacoste sneakers) and took off his game face to talk openly about fashion brands (favorites include Armani
and Wet Cement tees and John Varvatos) and fashion icons (Hugh Jackman, Jamal Mayers and Matthew McConaughey). What’s more, he uttered the single statement every man should ingrain in his brain (“When shopping with a lady, let her make the decisions; it’s not worth the battle.”), and admitted to listening to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” to get psyched for a game. Now that’s style…

On Erik: Burberry trench, Ike Behar shirt and Calvin Klein tie
available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.










Photo credit: Tuan Lee; David Hsia; Jennifer Hengst; Annette Gleason; Moira Dorsey, Megan McCalla; Marylyn Simpson; Dan Harsell From Dominic Michael Salon;

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