CLOTHING THE CANDIDATES

FOUR MEN AND THE POLITICS OF DRESSING FOR SUPER SUMMER ’88

Gib Lewis

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Gib Lewis makes the Marlboro Man seem smaller man life. Husband, father. grandfather, he is venerable, accessible, ruggedly handsome, and exudes die kind of quiet power mat Texas made famous. When me House is not in session, Lewis divides his time between the family’s exotic game ranch in the Hill Country outside Austin and his business and civic concerns in Fort Worth. His political portfolio reveals impressive legislative accomplishments on environmental issues and in the areas of mental health, medicine, education, and energy. He is also a man adept al tailoring the politics of fashion to suit his tastes and his torso. We spirited away his conservative, navy gabardine Hickev-Freeman suit and introduced him to Claude Montana^ very European, relaxed alternative to formalwear. A soft-shouldered, beautifully woven black linen jacket, pocketed on the diagonal, and pleated black linen pants are paired with Montana’s hand-embroidered white cotton and linen shirt-sans tie. .And he wears it well. Clothing from the men’s store al Stanley Korshak.

Jerald Larry

State Representative

Jerald Larry recently completed his first term as a House member from Oak Cliff. A very vocal member of the Financial Institutions Committee charged with troubleshooting banks, savings and loans, and other financial entities suffering in the state’s beleaguered economy. Larry has quickly broken into the ranks of political players worth watching. He is warm, enthusiastic, and principled, with disarming good looks. Gifted with the psychological advantages of stature-he’s f>foot-2 without his wing-tips-Larry towers over many of his peers in the House. At home, he must occasionally resort to a stool and smoldering, steady eye contact while parenting sons Jerrod, who logs in al 6-foot-8, and Andre at 6-foot-4. His build is the perfect structural support for the European silhouette and attention-to-detail tailoring of Hugo Boss. We traded Larry’s classic summer khaki suit for Boss’s double-breasted linen and silk jacket and pleated trousers: slender, lightweight, and striking in a subdued summer stripe of taupe and tobacco. Clothing from Sebastian’s Closet.

Chet Edwards

State Senator

Some of the outward and visible signs of Chet Edwards’s growing political power have been accolades in The Wall Street Journal, which hailed him as a “potential political star1 and The Dallas Morning News, which named him one of Texas’s “Seven Best Legislature.1” Edwards led the passage of the Super Tuesday Primary bill, which has made Texas a key state in the 1988 presidential campaign, and has maintained a to-be-emulated 99.7 percent voting record since his election in 1982. Many of Edwards’s capitol colleagues also envy his status as one of the state’s most eligible bachelors. Addressing the casual side of die senator’s social calendar, we selected sportswear from one of summer “88’s most spirited menswear collections by Ronaldus Shamask. An unlined jacket in aubergine linen pulls on over a black linen, zip-front cardigan and Shamask’s great white summer shin. The generously pleated trousers are khaki linen, cut full, gently falling toward unstructured cuffs. The Shamask collection is available at Neiman-Marcus. Bloomingdale’s, and Stanley Korshak.

Steve Wolens

State Representative

Steve Wolens is an attorney whose knowledge of the law and (aient as a debater have brought accolades from both his peers in the House and his West Dallas-Oak Cliff constituency. Dodging born liberal and conservative labels, Wolens is affable and analytical, open-minded and ready to make waves when necessary. He spearheaded the revision of Texas s antitrust laws and has waged a continuing campaign to scotch budgetary boondoggles. He is married to Laura Miller, a woman creating considerable splashof her own as a much-read columnist for the Dallas Times Herald. At thirty-seven, Wolens epitomizes wholesome charm, appearing both well-read and well-bred. We suited him for spring in a double-breasted, six-button jacket and triple-pleated trouser by Cianfranco Ferre mat takes the edge off traditionalism but will seem prudent to even die most moral majority. The no-nonsense shirt is a classic in true blue cotton, with Ferre’s silk tie adding a touch of gingham dot and dash. Clothing from Hippolyte. Dallas. Cordovan alligator belt from Tie-Coon Trading Go.

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