You’ve seen them. Oh, you’ve definitely seen them, probably for years now. On architects, designers, directors, Italian restaurant owners, the Sartorialist’s Instagram feed during Milan’s Pitti Uomo, and on Johnny Depp.
I’m talking about men in scarves. They’re usually linen in tones of taupe, sometimes grey.
But in 2012 when Lenny Kravitz was photographed sporting a knitted wool blanket-sized scarf, he broke the mold and may be single-handedly responsible for every North American woman sporting an Aritzia blanket scarf for at least the last three years.
Last night on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon asked the 54-year-old rock star about the scarf.
“I can not escape this,” Kravitz said. “Look, I live in the Bahamas. I’m used to hot weather.”
Turns out that day six years ago was the first time Kravitz had worn it out and decided to put on a “light scarf to protect my throat and that’s the scarf I had.”
“But Lenny, this is not a scarf,” Fallon replied. “This is a blanket.”
“I had not idea that there would be paparazzi,” Kravitz said.
He also had no idea that the Internet would run with it for so long, producing memes in which the scarf just gets bigger and bigger.
He’s a good sport about it though.
Probably because Lenny Kravitz doesn’t care what we think about his scarf. Lenny Kravitz can wear anything he wants. Lenny Kravitz can split his pants open on stage and his junk was exposed for the world to see but he didn’t care because he is Lenny Kravitz and that is a fact.
But other men in scarves? Sure. It takes a lot of sprezzatura to pull if off without drawing a great deal of attention, but sure. Personally, I prefer a classic cravat on a man, although not many can pull it off, besides Michael Corleone.