TV Fashion: Mike Cannon from 'Las Vegas' (NBC)
Making color a safe betUnder most circumstances, we'd like to think that whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - the ugly carpets, the losing streaks, the cheesy Elvis impersonators. But when we're talking about the smooth sartorial styling of James Lesure's character, Mike Cannon, on "Las Vegas," we'd be OK with that look going international.
Costume designer Jennifer Bryan ("Barbershop 2: Back in Business," "Dark Angel," "Jungle Fever") has pulled together a look that is equal parts hip and elegant, suave and chic for the Montecito Resort and Casino's bookish surveillance expert.
"He's quite brilliant," says Bryan of the character. "He's a bookworm, but he has a lot of personality. There's a freewheeling, hip spirit about him."
Though Cannon - as Danny's sidekick and co-conspirator - may be exceedingly professional in the bright lights of the casino, Bryan has infused subtle cues to his inner artist.
"Mike is the male character with the most color," Bryan says. "He has a style about him and isn't afraid to take chances. He is tall, so he can pull off a three-button flat front with exaggerated pinstripes - bolder - in unorthodox combinations, perhaps a charcoal suiting with aqua or bronze stripe in it. Suit labels of preference are Rigatti, Hugo Boss, Zegna and Hart Schaffner Marx. His shirts are more optically vibrant in color, and his ties have very strong patterns.
"One of the first principles in costume designs for me is color; the human eye responds to color first," she adds. "Color drives me."
And it's those rarely-used color choices that help Cannon stand out - from a clothier's point of view.
His signature look would find him in a mid-tone three-button suit - mid-tone is anywhere from charcoal to dark brown - with a micro pinstripe in a contemporary color instead of the traditional chalk. "It's very subtle, but it really is a relief from seeing your normal banker stripe," Bryan says.
For shirts, he leans toward oranges and bronzes that have a little brightness behind them that reflect off his skin. His ties - usually Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Ted Baker or Calvin Klein - feature a bold geometric pattern in a copper or bronze with perhaps a peach highlight, finished with a Windsor knot under a spread collar.
Bryan prefers not to use pocket squares because of the level of distraction they create on television. She then finishes off Cannon's look with Donald J Pliner shoes and belts, which she keeps traditional.
"The shoes and belt should match; that's pretty much a standard in men's clothing."
Finally, a sure thing in Vegas.