Tony Bennett’s Life in Footage

Like his singing voice, Tony Bennett’s private type was supple, easy and certain of itself.

He resisted the temptation to alter his method to music when rock overtook the pop charts, and he largely stayed away from many sartorial developments that got here and went throughout his seven a long time in present enterprise, correctly sticking with tuxedos and neatly tailor-made fits, lots of them from the Italian trend model Brioni. For extra informal moments, he went with slacks and a blazer, typically with a good-looking darkish turtleneck instead of a button-down shirt and tie.

Paradoxically sufficient, by sticking with the type that allowed him to really feel most himself when it got here to each music and trend, Mr. Bennett managed to keep away from the entice of changing into related too strongly with anybody period.

In current a long time, when males’s trend magazines celebrated the ring-a-ding-ding type of the Nineteen Fifties and early Sixties in backward-looking trend spreads, they tended to deal with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and different dyed-in-the-wool members of the Rat Pack.

And because the different singers of Mr. Bennett’s era grew to become topics of retro-chic fascination, he was nonetheless taking part in theaters, nightclubs and awards reveals with a brand new batch of stars together with Stevie Marvel, okay.d. lang, Elvis Costello, the Purple Scorching Chili Peppers, Bono, Sting, Celine Dion, John Legend, Amy Winehouse and Woman Gaga.

“The one factor that lasts is high quality — fits, music, individuals,” Mr. Bennett stated in a 2010 interview. “It’s all the identical. My fits are very costly however they by no means exit of trend, and I can preserve them for as much as twenty years.”