Just to mix things up around here a little bit . . . I thought we might spend a Sunday every now and again taking a closer look at not just the 'fashion' of men's fashion . . . but, also a bit about the industry as well. So . . . let's begin our conversation with 'the beard that launched a thousand advertising campaigns.'
|Tom Bull, on the runway for Michael Bastian, Fall 2012.|
|Tom, on the runway for Michael Bastian. Spring 2013|
Despite his incredible success . . . Australian-born Tom Bull is only in his early 20's - in a world where most menswear models only begin to get major work after they've turned 30. Because . . . in a calculated move . . . Tom stopped shaving.
And thus began his trademark beard. It immediately gave his blue-eyed, boy-next-door appearance a bit more maturity - and also helped him to become a recognizable figure in the world for men's fashion.
|Tom in Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Holiday 2011|
|Tom in Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Spring 2012|
With major runways shows for Michael Bastian . . . and photo shoots for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, and Hugo Boss . . .
|Tom Bull, on set for a Hugo Boss photo shoot.|
As with so many models (both men and women), it's rare when one begins to notice the character wearing the clothes . . . so keep an eye out for the 'bearded one.' In spite of his youth . . . he seems to have an amazing future ahead of him.