• Ivy Style: Radical Conformists

    Music & Books  

    I had every intention of attending FIT’s Ivy Style exhibit opening night September 14th, but I found myself out of town that weekend. Several months pass, I leave Ralph Lauren, ink a lease on a Brooklyn apartment...life happens, but I finally find my way to The Museum the last weekend the retrospective is in town. This Ivy style shrine is here in large part because of generous contributions by Richard Press, The Cary Collection, Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers. It was extremely gratifying to see up close originals of key iconic menswear pieces—the polo coat, rowing blazers, sack suits and the like.

    If you were not able to make it to the exhibit, fortunately for you Fashion Institute of Technology published a book chock full of historical articles by G. Bruce Boyer and Patricia Mears (deputy director at the museum), an interview of Richard Press by Christian Chensvold, and scads of old menswear illustrations and photographs. To my pleasant surprise, I found this copy of Ivy Style: Radical Conformists under the Christmas tree last month. It goes deep, very deep into certain aspects of the menswear movement...and as a menswear geek, it’s very interesting and educational. And frankly, the madras cover is tops.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    Anna Elizabeth left a comment on 1/20/2013 at 11:35 AM:

    I would have loved to see this exhibit! But I guess I will just have to buy the book.

    http://elementsofpersonalstyle.blogspot.com


    John Ingham left a comment on 1/18/2013 at 10:11 AM:

    Was lucky enough to be in NYC in early December and caught the exhibit. Wonderful and fun to see the historical roots of IVY up close and live. Great show.


    joe left a comment on 1/18/2013 at 8:34 AM:

    love the blog. never quit. what did you do at Ralph Lauren? did you work there?


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  • A Foot in Both Camps

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: camp-mocs, silk knit striped tie.

    Jan 16, 2013 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    Maria left a comment on 1/22/2013 at 12:28 PM:

    What an gorgeous man


    Brian E left a comment on 1/18/2013 at 6:31 AM:

    Looking good, Nascone.  I’m more a fan of the traditional, knee-length duffel but that length looks good on you.


    MTT left a comment on 1/18/2013 at 1:07 AM:

    @Nice-T Surprisingly, I think the coat is from American Eagle


    Nice-T left a comment on 1/17/2013 at 10:09 PM:

    Where can I get a coat like that? Doesn’t look like it’s made by Gloverall.


    Corey left a comment on 1/17/2013 at 4:43 PM:

    I really like the crew neck/necktie combination. I wear it often because it gives me a chance to be casual with the sweater but dress it up with the color of a repp tie and oxford shirt.
    I really dig the duffle coat…loks very warm!


    Clyde left a comment on 1/17/2013 at 2:49 PM:

    Love the LL Bean camp mocs.  One does not see them often enough.  A great casual footwear option.


    Ani left a comment on 1/16/2013 at 9:10 PM:

    very nice!  Love the tie and jacket

    xx Ani
    catchtwentyone.blogspot.com


    Tripp left a comment on 1/16/2013 at 5:27 PM:

    I KNOW THAT KID! craziness


    Diane left a comment on 1/16/2013 at 11:19 AM:

    great coat.


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  • Dressing Down

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY by Jory Cordy

    Noteworthy: try a down jacket over your suit when the temperatures really dip.

    Jan 14, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/16/2013 at 12:08 AM:

    @MGM—Thank you sir. My scarf is actually Rugby from about three years ago.


    Saturdays left a comment on 1/15/2013 at 11:03 AM:

    Love that shirt, wearing it right now. I hope more and more brands go the tab collar route, or at least give the option amongst their selection.


    MGM left a comment on 1/14/2013 at 3:49 PM:

    Great tie.  My guess would be that it is Polo Ralph Lauren.  Also, I am almost certain the scarf is by Gap.  I have the same scarf in blue/black motif.


    Chens left a comment on 1/14/2013 at 3:28 PM:

    Great headline.


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  • Ahead of the Pack

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: dad's vintage leather backpack (reminds me of this Harvard freshman's pack). Also publishes his blog under the moniker Perfectly Askew.

    Jan 11, 2013 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    M Arthur left a comment on 1/13/2013 at 7:32 PM:

    Nice horn rims.


    IAmSteveAndrews left a comment on 1/13/2013 at 2:03 PM:

    @James: I’d put even money on it, myself: but who can blame them for taking from the best?

    I’ll miss ‘em when they’re gone- the thieving bastards. :)


    James left a comment on 1/12/2013 at 6:51 PM:

    Alright Richard!!!! Looking Great as always!!

    @Steve, betcha that scarf is from “Rugby”.....


    IAmSteveAndrews left a comment on 1/11/2013 at 4:57 PM:

    @Lamas, I believe you will find that the venerable pattern of Lady Margaret Hall College at Norham Gardens, University of Oxford, England. A classic!


    lamas left a comment on 1/11/2013 at 4:41 PM:

    what school scarf is that?


    Marty left a comment on 1/11/2013 at 3:48 PM:

    Is that the cat from perfectlyaskew.tumblr.com?


    LDC left a comment on 1/11/2013 at 2:11 PM:

    He looks great! Nothing matches too well, and the wavy blond hair, classic glasses, and striped watch band help complete the ensemble.


    MGM left a comment on 1/11/2013 at 8:38 AM:

    I like the look.  The scarf, university/pea coat, fair isle sweater, and desert boots are items that every person should have in their closet.  The bag is also very cool.


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  • Style Icon: David Hockney

    Top Drawer | Style  

    In his closet: Canvas sneakers, wingtip shoes, striped silk knit ties, penny loafers, bengal striped button down shirts, cardigans, trench-coat, crew-neck sweatshirt, rugby jerseys, chinos, white bucks, hounds-tooth scarf

    Iconic look: Striped knit tie, bengal stripe button down shirt, cardigan sweater, chinos, mismatched socks, round eyeglasses

    Key accessories: Large round eyeglasses, paintbrushes

    Thing you can't imitate: His artistic versatility

    Jan 9, 2013 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    ali left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 9:13 PM:

    Great post FEC!!!


    C.L.Y. left a comment on 1/10/2013 at 4:56 PM:

    @Ryan. I agree with your observation…the man seems to have really had a love afair with dressing well and having fun with clothes.

    The roll of his botton-down collar is awesome! And the extra wide butterfly bowties make me think of my father’s bowties from the 1970’s.

    My favorite photo is the black and white photo of him tying a bowtie sans mirror in sight.

    Thanks Castleberry for this one!


    Chadwick St. Macamillion left a comment on 1/10/2013 at 3:26 AM:

    Fred, I enjoy everything you’ve given this community. Keep it up.


    Ryan left a comment on 1/10/2013 at 2:26 AM:

    This was a very fun post - thanks!

    It looks like Hockney enjoyed clothes.


    M Arthur left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 10:40 PM:

    Great post, great head of hair!!!


    Saturdays left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 9:04 PM:

    Favorite is that image of Hockney standing next to a painting of Hockney in the same outfit, brilliant!

    Favorite detail has got to be his eyewear.


    TRMay left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 8:40 PM:

    Long time lurker, first time poster, but god damn does that man do it well.


    cam left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 4:53 PM:

    This makes so much sense.


    Makaga left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 11:20 AM:

    Great post of images.  That one tie is so so wide!


    Byron left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 11:20 AM:

    Have you read the biography of Hockney by Christopher Sykes?


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