You have four years to be irresponsible. If you’re ambitious, five. Then it’s over. And if you did it right, you spent money you didn’t have, slept through classes you didn’t love, and drank too much. Some of it should be a blur. Ideally, you forged bonds that will never be broken and memories that will never be forgotten. That’s college. Few films capture that...potential...quite like National Lampoon’s Animal House. Released in 1978, it is considered one of the greatest comedy films ever made. In fact, in 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National film Registry.
The lighting in a bottle that is Animal House was made possible by the hands-off approach of Universal Pictures. Although they landed Donald Sutherland, the low budget comedy lacked sufficient star power. The suits didn’t have high expectations. In the words of studio head Ned Tanen, “Screw it, it’s a silly little movie, and we’ll make a couple of bucks if we’re lucky—let them [director John Landis and crew] do whatever they want.” Well, that couple of bucks turned out to be $141million. The film became a true cultural phenomenon setting off toga parties at campuses across the country.
The heart of Deborah Nadoolman’s costume design was quickly overshadowed by the widespread adoption of the sheet-wearing ritual. Madras shirting, satin baseball jackets, Jennings’ three piece corduroy suit, and Bluto’s iconic “COLLEGE” sweatshirt lent an uniquely American texture to the film. She showcased the marriage between sportswear and clothing that a post-war American youth pioneered. Looking at menswear’s landscape today, it’s quite obvious that Nadoolman’s rich work is, in large part, why Animal House holds “aesthetic significance.” I have pulled together a collection* of pieces I found on eBay inspired by the classic comedy. Follow me on eBay to check out the rest of my shoppable collections at prices that allow you to be, well, a little irresponsible.
*My eBay Collection was created as part of my collaboration with eBay and Style Coalition #FOLLOWFINDIT
Photographed in Brooklyn, NY
Noteworthy: effective layering is about more than just warmth—keep it interesting by mixing up fabrics, colors, textures, and patterns. Fleece pants outside the house are easily worn when cut to sit closer to your body. Ribbed cuffs at the ankles are ideal.
• Ebbets Field Flannels Brooklyn Eagles ball cap
• Randolph Engineering aviators
• Gloverall mid length duffle coat
• Boast warm-up jacket
• Ralph Lauren flannel
• Ralph Lauren cotton cricket sweater
• Saturdays NYC fleece pant
• Vintage Susan Bennis Warren Edwards lizard tassel loafers
Tucked away in a dark, crowded American gastropub in Santa Monica is the one burger I go out of my way for when I'm in L.A. The gospel served on a soft roll. It’s simply a patty of fine dry-aged beef topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère and Maytag cheeses, applewood-smoked bacon compote, and arugula. A local and self-proclaimed foodie introduced me to the joint back in 2007. Every time this burger hits my lips, I crown it "Best Burger…Ever.” Every time.
Welcome to Father’s Office.
The nationally acclaimed gastropub is helmed by Chef Sang Yoon. The Korean/Russian restauranteur took over the tiny, unpretentious local bar in 2000, opened the kitchen, and gifted the much touted “Office Burger” ($12.50) to Angelenos. Known for its world-class selection of beers on tap (a seasonally rotating selection of 36 craft beers) and burgers, the Office is just as notorious for what it doesn’t have—ketchup and empathy for your menu substitutions. Hey, Yoon’s genius is not without its madness. But he does us one better with two aioli sauces of garlic and blue cheese for your sweet potato fries. In a single epiphanic moment, the very idea of ketchup becomes foreign. Baptize it all in one of the local microbrews and consider it a religious experience.
1018 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Last week while in L.A., I shot a fashion editorial with actor/model Barrett Crake. We lounged around on a lazy California morning chipping golf balls with coffee and cigarettes and then headed to Pann's for brunch. These are some of my favorites.
Photographs: F.E. Castleberry
Styling: F.E. Castleberry
Model: Barrett Crake
Wardrobe: Polo Coat by Ralph Lauren, boxer by Sleepy Jones, sunglasses by Garrett Leight for Boast, tee-shirt by Saint James, captain's hat by Art Caps (vintage), watch by Omega (vintage), watchstrap by Smart Turnout.
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