Lang Lang Wears Armani, $36,000 Montblanc

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Classical pianist Lang Lang in a Rosemarie Umetsu suit while backstage after a concert at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston. The musician chose the Toronto-based Umetsu to design several suits for him to wear during his performance schedule for the 2012-13 season.

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Classical pianist Lang Lang in a Rosemarie Umetsu suit while backstage after a concert at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston. The musician chose the Toronto-based Umetsu to design several suits for him to wear during his performance schedule for the 2012-13 season. Close

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Lang Lang shows the back of his suit designed by the Toronto-based Rosemarie Umetsu. The pianist says he likes the suit because the fabric is soft and allows him to move easily while performing. Close

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Lang Lang wore a cotton Spencer Hart shirt when he took the stage with the Houston Symphony in Houston. He rarely wears a tuxedo shirt and bow tie when performing; he said the Hart shirt doesn't make him sweat. Close

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Lang Lang in a pair of Giorgio Armani shoes. The pianist owns more than 100 pairs of shoes, Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo among his favorite brands. Close

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Lang Lang in a pair of Diesel jeans and a tailor-made Spencer Hart sport coat at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. The pianist says he always likes to pack a sport coat when he's not onstage and dressing down while on the road. Close

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Lang Lang shows his sneakers at the Four Seasons in Texas. He likes to wear a pair of Nike running shoes when dressing casual because they're comfortable. Close

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Lang Lang shows his Armani Exchange t-shirt at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. The artist prefers V-neck cotton T-shirts when dressing casually or rehearsing for their comfort. Close

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One of Lang Lang's favorite watches in his collection is a $36,000 Montblanc. The Nicolas Rieussec special edition watch is named after the inventor of the chronograph. Close

One of Lang Lang's favorite watches in his collection is a $36,000 Montblanc. The Nicolas Rieussec special edition... Read More

(Corrects information for concert in second and last paragraphs of story published Oct. 29.)

Before Lang Lang leaves his Carnegie Hall dressing room for the stage tomorrow night, three things will be as close to perfect as humanly possible: his memorization of the music, the tuning of the piano and the cut of his jacket.

Tomorrow’s concert and dinner for his Lang Lang International Music Foundation are expected to raise about $1 million. (The concert has been rescheduled because of hurricane Sandy to June 3.) Hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, the evening will feature Lang Lang performing with violinist Joshua Bell, jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, Danish singer-songwriter Oh Land and a group of musicians who have received scholarships from the foundation, which mentors young pianists.

One of the world’s top classical pianists, Lang Lang is particular about his wardrobe. This season, he turned to Toronto-based designer Rosemarie Umetsu, who specializes in dressing actors, singers and maestros.

We spoke about clothes at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston following his performance with the city’s orchestra.

Cole: When you walked on stage last night in that shiny black suit, you looked like a character from “The Matrix.” What’s it made of?

Lang Lang: Rosemarie Umetsu made it for me, I’m not sure what the material is but it’s very, very light. She’s making a suit for the Carnegie Hall concert, a dark blue one, I think.

Armani Shoes

Cole: And the shoes with the interesting pattern?

Lang Lang: Those were made by Giorgio Armani. Giorgio also gave me 40 outfits, so I’m pretty set for at least the next two years. I was so happy! He makes clothes that are most beautiful and of the foremost quality. The most comfortable shoes are Ferragamo.

Cole: How many pairs of shoes do you have?

Lang Lang: More than 100. More than half are Armanis. My father and I have the same shoe size so he wears mine, and some of them have become his.

Cole: The watch with all the moving parts is by Montblanc?

Lang Lang: Yes, it’s a limited-edition Nicolas Rieussec, named after the creator of the chronograph. What I like about watches is the movement, and it has a very complicated movement. A watch like this is like a work of art.

(The pianist is a cultural ambassador for Montblanc. A company representative said the model he wears retails for $36,200.)

Cole: You like to dress casually but smart when you’re not onstage.

Lang Lang: I’m a big fan of jackets. This is a Spencer Hart sport coat, custom made. I like a tight fit around the shoulders. I always have a casual jacket.

Cool Design

Cole: And the jeans?

Lang Lang: Jeans are the best for traveling. I like Armani. This Diesel pair I’m wearing now has a cool design. Look at the detail! They fit so perfectly.

The Benefit Concert for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation has been rescheduled to June 3 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Seventh Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan. Information and tickets: http://www.carnegiehall.org or +1-212- 247-7800.

(Patrick Cole is a reporter for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own. This interview was adapted from a longer conversation.)

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To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Cole in New York at pcole3@Bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff in New York at Mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net

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