Carroll saw Wasserman nearly every Saturday after the mogul had his customary breakfast with his grandson Casey Wasserman, who is president of his grandfather's foundation and owner of the L.A. Avengers. "He was a very conservative dresser. I never saw him unshaven. There was never a button undone. Seven days a week, he was always very elegant."
Wasserman also understood the ease and power of a signature look. Virtually every fashion icon-- Jacqueline Onassis, Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, designer Halston--dressed from a limited vocabulary of items. Wasserman's black-and-white wardrobe was partly serendipitous; it was the result of his wife, Edie's, attempt to end his mismatched suits, according to author Dennis McDougal, who wrote in his 1998 Wasserman biography, "The Last Mogul," that the executive was colorblind. And like the late fashion journalist Carrie Donovan, the Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray, or uber agent Irving "Swifty" Lazar, the most recognizable element of Wasserman's look was his big, black glasses.
"People would come to us and ask for the Wasserman look," said Victor Duval, owner of Optics by Victor, a Beverly Hills shop near Carroll & Co. Though Wasserman wasn't a customer, the veteran optician identified the famous, solid-black rims as the Goliath style by German manufacturer Cazal. "They were a very powerful look," he said.