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Susan Martin: Amazing cellist, awesome socks

Susan Martin

So the royal wedding is over. I watched the ceremony, wishing I had thought to buy some marmalade to enjoy with toast and a cup of tea (rather than my usual mug of coffee).

Now, a few days later, I can't stop thinking about the 19-year-old cellist – for two reasons. First, I love the cello ‑ our daughter plays it ‑ and the performance by the young man people call a “cello rockstar” and "Cello Bae" was amazing.

Secondly, I loved his fancy socks, which he wore with a navy suit by Paul Smith.

Afterward the British cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 2016, posted this on Facebook: "A big shout out to the incredible Paul Smith for dressing me again for the #RoyalWedding - including those incredible socks!"

Justin Kirkland, the Snapchat Discover Editor for Esquire, wrote this: “While everyone showed up to the wedding to check out Meghan Markle’s fashion, I’d like to make it known that a good pair of socks can really make an outfit pop.”

Locally, custom clothier Tom Barnett was equally impressed.

“I thought it was so great that he was showing a little bit of flair, independence and style. But the first thing I thought about after that was, ‘Does the Queen know about this?’ ” said Barnett, who runs Tom Barnett Bespoke from a store at 3997 Main St., Snyder, as well as in New York, Beverly Hills and Washington, D.C.

“The sock thing (as Barnett called it) goes hand-in-hand with the trimmer men’s suits that are trending and have been for some time. Guys are wearing garments that fit well – but much more closely. And pants have never been worn shorter ... they are made to show off their ankles. Therefore the colorful socks – stripes, checks, dots, all that stuff – are in vogue."

On the other hand (foot?), other guys are going sockless – and not just for casual wear.

“I grew up never wearing socks with anything. But I’m noticing the no-sock thing (as Barnett called it) more and more. I just went to a black-tie event, and I saw many guys not wearing socks with tuxedos. It’s one thing to wear a colorful pair of socks and have fun as a little tweak at a formal event, but what about no socks with your tux? So showing ankle bone or showing sock is a big deal,” he said.

“Fortunately I have been working out. My ankles are fantastic,” he added, followed by laughter.

* Here's a video of Kanneh-Mason playing at the wedding (but you can't really see his socks too well).

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