• Layering Down


    Down is back again. But long gone is the marshmallow silhouette of yore. Today, it sits closer to the body and can be found with up to 900-fill Canadian HutteriteDown™ insulation to keep you toasty without looking like you’ve put on any winter weight. In fact, technical outdoor apparel lines like Canada’s Westcomb don’t even call them jackets anymore, but sweaters. This makes down, in its slimmer rendering, ideal for layering over or under your fall wardrobe.

    Here, I layered my boys in nylon down, front-zip fleece hoodies, and button-down shirting. Mixing not only patterns, but textures, is the key to layering beyond just the functionality or warmth (and the option to shed layers once you get to the office or too hot playing ultimate frisbee on the weekend). The luster of the nylon shell creates a rich contrast against the matte texture of fleece. Given its super lightweight and compressible fill, down vests and jackets can easily be layered under tailored clothing too. Tweed sport-coats, grey flannel suiting, and navy blazers...they’re all down.

    Sep 11, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Hannah left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 5:00 PM:

    This is fantastic. They couldn’t be any cuter.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 11:03 PM:

    @Big Jon—Ten and 12.

    Big Jon left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 4:42 PM:

    Very cool. How old are your sons now?

    Lauren left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:43 PM:

    I am all about layers when it comes to the fall! :)


    Stacy left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:36 PM:

    I’ve skied and worked in the ski wear industry. As far back as I can remember, there have been down sweaters. Patagonia makes some of my favorites. Down sweaters and vests are great to layer under and over many things and are versatile and light.


  • Elizabeth McKay AW13


    Street style has been all the rage for the past four years as an increasing number of designers mine their inspiration directly from it. For this fall season’s Elizabeth McKay collection, McKay looked to the actual streets of Zurich, London, and Paris as muses. Since we couldn’t exactly shoot on location (thanks economy), I cheekily shot Veronika in front of backdrops one might expect to see on a street style blog. The light set-ups and gear are all kind of part of it. I am partially fond of the little black dress inspired by the streets of Paris. Very Audrey. And Paris is always a good idea...even when it’s just a 4’ x 8’ postcard.

    Sep 9, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Caroline Jones left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 2:11 PM:

    Love Elizabeth McKay everything and would be so happy with $3000 of your clothes.  The car is just a bonus!!!

    Jennifer Baker left a comment on 10/13/2013 at 9:33 AM:

    Where can you purchase the navy top and red and navy pants that the model is wearing in front of the table and chairs? I could not find them on the website.i love the top. Does it come in other colors?

    George left a comment on 10/12/2013 at 12:00 AM:

    I’m going to say this: I think the backdrop idea is great! Especially revealed as done here. IMO, it serves to add a contextual element, but forces the attention back onto the subject. Quite effective, and for showcasing models and garments, I prefer this to location shooting. Of course, you can still travel the world to take photos to turn into backdrops, but without all the cast, crew and equipment to weigh you down (or rat you out if a wild hair pokes up somewhere far away). Nice.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/11/2013 at 2:45 PM:

    @Leith—The shorter hem lines are a design detail characteristic of the holiday collection, which boasts party dresses where showing a little more leg more appropriate and youthful.

    Leith left a comment on 10/11/2013 at 2:23 PM:

    These outfits are great, but why do some of the hem lines stop at mid thigh?


  • Piggyback

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    Noteworthy: Saturdays Surf NYC crew neck sweatshirt. While many sportswear brands churn out fleece, few are doing it really well. I'm a big fan of Saturdays' fleece line. Their 100% cotton sweatshirts are perfect layering pieces, boast thick ribbing with substantial elasticity, and provide a good value at just under $100. Size down for a slimmer fit (I went down from a medium to a small).

    Ray Ban teardrop Aviator
    • Rugby linen/silk/wool herringbone blazer
    • Rugby oxford cloth button down shirt
    • Saturdays Surf NYC cotton sweatshirt
    • Ralph Lauren wool O-ring plaid belt
    • J. Press York St. khakis

    Sep 6, 2013 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/15/2013 at 9:12 AM:

    @A Tirazona—The only place you are going to find Rugby is on eBay.

    A Tirazona left a comment on 10/15/2013 at 12:07 AM:

    RIP RRL - FE: any spots out east still have Rugby on the shelves? Or is it a secret?

    Alexander left a comment on 10/11/2013 at 3:50 PM:

    Dig that herringbone blazer. You definitely get a lot of (worthy) mileage out of it in your posts.

    What are your thoughts on a flipped up blazer collar? Obviously a nice tweak for shoots, but I’m thinking more about the day to day of looking stylish.

    Keep up the good work.

    @alex_m_ingram / www.abostonblazer.com

    PSP left a comment on 10/10/2013 at 8:38 PM:

    Soon he will be too big for you to carry.  Enjoy your time together.  I find it goes by too fast.

    gbourgeaiseau left a comment on 10/10/2013 at 10:09 AM:

    Very cool you with your kids Fred. Congratulations on being a cool dad.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    @Farrah—No. If something is gifted courtesy of a company, it is disclosed in the post.

    Farrah left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 4:16 PM:

    Was the sweatshirt gifted to you?


  • Apples to Apples


    "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

    —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

    The New York air is crisp again. The cool of autumn rolls in, slow and steady, like an ocean liner. This signals not only a permanent respite from the heat of summer, but that apples are ripe for the picking. Apple picking in New York and New England is an idyllic way to waste a Saturday. With my boys in town for the week, it means the perfect chance to escape the city for the weekend, create some lasting memories, and actually eat apples plucked right off the branch. Just the way Mother Nature intended.

    We head up to Masker Orchards just an hour outside of Manhattan with some friends. A haze of fog lingers just above the stunted tree tops. The Hudson Valley morning is overcast, the air still wet from the night before. It quenches whatever thirst we've mustered on the drive up as we breathe it in. Apple donuts (tasty), hot dogs (not even remotely close to tasty), a haunted house, pony rides, and suburbia cover the base of the orchard. We make a beeline to the Red Delicious patch, meandering from tree to tree like pollinating bees. I reach to the sky and come down with a Delicious that swallows my hand. The first bite is crisp, light, and makes that hollow cracking sound.

    It's clean. Pure. Crisp. It tastes like life starting all over again.

    Sep 4, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    NJGlenn left a comment on 10/10/2013 at 1:57 PM:

    Love Masker Orchard, it’s an annual tradition for my family! And I concur, the hot dogs are atrocious. It’s a couple of months away but if you’re going to be looking for a Christmas Tree, Palmer’s Tree Farm in Bethel, PA is a great place.  And tailgating is encouraged.

    Leith left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 12:35 PM:

    I am going to go ahead and leave the expected “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” comment here.  Your sons look exactly like you.

    CMQ left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 11:35 AM:

    What lucky boys to have a dad who so beautifully photo-documents such moments! A beautifully done post about a much-loved fall tradition.


  • September 2013 Playlist

    Music & Books  

    Listen on Spotify

    Sep 2, 2013 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Jacob left a comment on 10/13/2013 at 10:54 PM:

    hell ya

    Natalie left a comment on 10/6/2013 at 9:28 PM:

    Ecstatic to see that you put a song from John Mayer’s new album - he’s my all time favorite singer and i saw him in concert recently! I love lorde as well and pure heroine is awesome.

    OMK left a comment on 9/25/2013 at 10:29 AM:

    Superb selection. Can’t stop listening to it.

    Allie left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    Love the playlist! Even better that it’s downloadable!!



    Shaun left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 1:38 PM:

    Must be the music that’s turning me on!  Thanks!

    KIT left a comment on 9/20/2013 at 2:53 PM:

    Uh…how do you play these without Spotify? I do the double-clickie have no files in the folder. Maybe I am too stupin.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:53 PM:

    @Meg—I just updated the Spotify playlist to reflect the correct John Mayer song with Frank Ocean.

    Meg left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:47 PM:

    Downloaded the zip file.  First John Mayer track isn’t the same song as on the Spotify playlist for some reason.

    Brian left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:09 PM:

    Fantastic!  Thanks Fred!

    Meg left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 5:38 PM:


    C.G.D left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:13 PM:

    Great tunes! Thanks man!

    Isabel left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:25 AM:

    Stoked to see the resurgence of these playlists…they make great study companions!

    matt left a comment on 9/17/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    thanks again for making it downloadable!  Cant wait to listen to it on my way home.


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