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Throwback Thursday: Suit Yourself

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

The fashion spread in the December 1986 issue of D Magazine is all about the guys. The feature highlights the fashion choices of five of the city’s most notable gentlemen at the time. The six-page piece features familiar faces, from Dean Fearing, then-executive chef at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, to Ed Budanauro, then-disc jockey and music director for KZPS-FM.

Writer Liz Logan explains the inspiration behind the spread:

These days, men who dress themselves are art increasingly widespread breed, and certainly, the fellows on the following pages don’t need anybody’s help to look, sharp. Each of our quintet of local hotshots manifests his passion for fashion differently, which isn’t surprising. The members of this Gang of Five range in age from twenty-three to forty and in profession from DJ to ad agency CEO. Still, the guys do have one thing in common: they’re aces at what they do, and they dress to fit the part.

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Ali

When we first met Ali Burks, we didn’t expect her to have a tattoo sleeve or be a three-times-a-day yoga enthusiast, but that’s exactly what makes her so fascinating, her unexpectedly alternative approach to life and fashion. Not only is she the buyer for Blinc at Inwood Village, but she is their stylist. A term that’s thrown around loosely today. (Side note: Carrying a limited edition Birkin bag does not automatically make you a stylist, nor does it give you a Rachel Zoe expertise on clothing). But that’s exactly why we love her, she’s the real deal!