Month: February 2014

Engineered Garments Cruiser Jacket

Every time I am in Paris (and I am there frequently), I always find something, even when I am walking rues that I have walked down hundreds of times before.  On one particular weekend, I had met up with a certain Mr. Coleman, who had a Rolodex of excellent restaurants, bars and cafés. We had just spent an afternoon at La Perle (yes, that bar…) enjoying cocktails and watching Donald Sutherland walk his multiple beagles past us.  The drink was beginning to take hold and dinner was imminent. As we stumbled away, we ducked down a side street that we...

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Paul Smith Mesh & Leather Shoes

I recently received these incredible shoes from Paul Smith.  There is nothing better than a monk-strap shoe.  Whether it is a single or a double, strapping your monk down is the proper thing to do.  In fact, monk-straps seem to be restricted to the Continent as I have seldom seen a pair on an American.  Or a Texan (although I have seen the “fringe” on a cowboy boot…) These will go great with a pair of slim-fit jeans, dun pants, or even a white or tan suit with a jaunty scarf.  Perfect for Lake Como on the Chriscraft! The...

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Skin Deep

“The modern man who tattoos himself is either a criminal or a degenerate” -Adolf Loos, Ornament and Crime, 1908 This slideshow requires JavaScript. Is the desire to decorate the body based on shame? Or is it vanity? The idea of tattooing seems so…anti-modern. In the context of primitivism, the decoration of the body, whether it be applied images and patterns or permanent images and distortions, is as old as humankind, so much so that I would speculate that this practice predates the wearing of clothing any greater than a loincloth. For early modernists, the reality of decoration was antithetical to...

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PROLOGUE

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.” -Diana Vreeland The insight of Vreeland is peerless. A combination of exuberance for clothes, a razor-sharp wit and a mischief for gossip. And her writing on the subject is monumental. Thus we are presented with the difficulty of writing about fashion. Much of contemporary fashion writing is consistently about trends, acknowledging the shifts in forms and colors without contextualizing clothing in a larger cultural framework. The depth that fashion has penetrated our lives is unprecedented.  Previously, our clothes dictated our social...

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