Most stylish New Yorkers: Baron Von Fancy

The artist and designer embraces wild patterns and sporty accessories.

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    "[This look] is comfortable for me on a crisp city day," says Stevenson. The mink coat is from Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com) and was a gift from a friend. He wears it with a pair of Levi's and Gucci boots from Barneys New York (660 Madison Ave at 61st St; 212-826-8900, barneys.com).

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    "I love the pattern and the boxy fit [of this flannel]," says Stevenson of his Bugle Boy shirt, scored at the Gold Mine thrift shop in Idaho.

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    Stevenson can't recall exactly where he found these vintage workout gloves, but he has a hunch they came from a thrift shop. "I love the white mesh and [the fact] that they're fingerless," he says. "They definitely draw some stares!"

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    The artist shows off some of the gold jewelry worn beneath the gloves: a skull ring by Loree Rodkin (loreerodkin.com) and two bracelets he crafted himself. One says creep, and the other features Minnie Mouse holding his nickname, baron, in balloons above her head. Both were custom-made at Bargain Bazaar (510 Fulton Street Mall at Grove Pl, 718-834-1799). "I love gold materials and custom anything," says Stevenson. "These pieces are prized possessions of mine that I never take off."

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    This kool-guy pin was a gift from the aNYthing store (51 Hester St at Ludlow St; 212-777-0919, anewyorkthing.com), and the Bowery Bob and Baron Von Fancy Never Forgive 9/11 badge was an artistic collaboration Stevenson created with Robert Waltzer (a.k.a. Bowery Bob, robertwaltzer.com). "I wear them both religiously," he notes.

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    These eye-catching trousers are Stevenson's favorite pair of vintage Versace jeans. "The ladybug pattern is perfect. I feel amazing in them no matter what I wear with them." He pairs them with a vintage Ralph Lauren Polo country jacket (867 Madison Ave between 71st and 72nd Sts; 212-606-2100, ralphlauren.com). "[These pieces] are game changers, the stuff legends are made of," Stevenson adds.

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    "These socks are one of many objects I make and sell under the trade name Baron Von Fancy," he explains. "I have had the nickname for as long as I can remember, to the extent that my friends and mother call me Baron as often as they do my birth name if not more. The origin of the name is a mystery to me, but it has definitely stuck all these years. These are the samples of my newest sock design: Rastafarian Charlie Brown."

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    Stevenson models a Prada tuxedo (575 Broadway at Prince St; 212-334-8888, prada.com), a chenille scarf from Barneys New York and a bow tie of his own design. "This is me at my fanciest," he says of the polished look. "It's what you'll catch me in when formal attire is required."

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    "I love how fancy these Stubbs & Wootton (987 Madison Ave between 76th and 77th Sts; 212-249-5200, stubbsandwootton.com) velvet slippers are," enthuses Stevenson of his footwear; the shoes are embellished with an embroidered falcon. "They lighten up or tone down any formal outfit without cheapening the look I am trying to attain. I also love the idea of a tux being worn without socks."

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    This vintage Starter jacket, another gift from a friend, is the foundation of one of Stevenson's everyday looks, something he says he "wears to my studio on any given day." The shirt is Ralph Lauren Purple Label (locations throughout the city; visit ralphlauren.com), paired with Levi's skinny black jeans.

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    "These are my winter boots for this year," notes Stevenson of his Gucci kicks. "I love the tone of the leather, the lace locks and the laces. The more visible use and wear and tear, the better!"

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

"[This look] is comfortable for me on a crisp city day," says Stevenson. The mink coat is from Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com) and was a gift from a friend. He wears it with a pair of Levi's and Gucci boots from Barneys New York (660 Madison Ave at 61st St; 212-826-8900, barneys.com).

Gordon Stevenson (a.k.a. Baron Von Fancy), 27, artist (baronvonfancy.com); Upper West Side

His personal style: "I like to stand out, and be bold."

His favorite stores: "Dagny + Barstow (264 Bowery between E Houston and Prince Sts; 212-675-2346, dagnyandbarstow.com) carries unique designers, and always has fancy new things that catch my eye. Five Story (18 E 69th St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-288-1338, fivestoryny.com) has amazing clothing and amazing objects. I also love that the store is an Upper East Side townhouse. The Reformation (156 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 646-448-4925, thereformation.com) stocks beautiful handmade and altered vintage clothes, and a lot of lace, which I love."

His signature piece: "I'm known for my vintage Versace jeans collection."

Favorite local designer: "Reece Solomon is a dear friend of mine, and the head designer for Reece Hudson (reecehudson.com), a New York bag line that is designed and produced in the city. Every time I see a girl wearing one of their bags, I am impressed."

His New York fashion icon: "Calvin Klein: His work has not only affected fashion, but advertising and popular culture, and really I admire that. He transcends fashion."

How his career influences his style: "Not [having to go] to an office allows me the utmost freedom in what I wear. I can get away with almost anything stylistically, and I take full advantage of this when dressing."

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