• National Lampoon’s Animal House

    Culture | Prep Essentials  

    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

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    Aaron left a comment on 11/12/2013 at 3:03 PM:

    Many forget this amazing film was filmed on the campus of the University of Oregon… Campus obviously has changed quite a bit.

    Meg left a comment on 11/11/2013 at 9:56 AM:

    Easily one of my favorite movies.  This post made my day.  Thanks, Fred!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/8/2013 at 7:46 AM:

    @Alex—Right on.

    Alex left a comment on 11/8/2013 at 7:42 AM:

    It’s great to see these looks aren’t dated at all. The movie is set in 1962, right? Except for a detail or two, these guys would look as good in 1962 as they would in 2013.

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  • 29th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    Those who go, know. The Harriman Cup is all about the tailgate. More importantly, how you tailgate. Awards for this stuff are handed out you know (along with Best Outfit, Best Dog, Best Hat, and a few awards for actual sporting achievement). Maximillian Sinsteden knows this. In fact, he's banking on this (he was snubbed last year but still walked away with Best Outfit). Max arrives with a U-Haul carrying his beloved beat-to-hell Oriental party rug, ten box hedges he rented from a company in New York, five crates of liquor, two bartenders, and an open bar.

    Now it's a party.

    Adam Klopp of UVA picks his poison

    Swirl striped paper straws, wicker beer pitchers, and mason jars with your initials written in wax pencil were only a few of the details that made The Party Carpet Tailgate so fun

    Otis, the German Short-Haired Pointer who took Best Dog, with his owner

    Max being sprayed with Champagne at the announcement for Best Tailgate

    After blowing out his entire backside before halftime, Adam Klopp taped what he could together and kept riding

    The annual polo match between Yale and University of Virginia alumni is a bittersweet reminder summer is on its way out. Most everyone is four or five in by the divot stomp just to cope with oncoming summer separation anxiety. You don't have to be an alum to enjoy the festivities though. Harriman has always seemed to embrace "the more the merrier" ethos—just come in your Sunday best. This, of course, means not a single thread of madras, seersucker, or linen is left on a hanger within a 100 mile radius. If you're a lady, points for donning a hat. Sponsors, including JP Crickets, my friend Karen Klopp's What2WearWhere.com, Harpoon Brewery, and Frava (caffeinated juice...brilliant when you think about it), line the safety zone alongside games of ladder toss, croquet, and a grip of tailgates.

    Three hours later, Max humbly accepts the award for Best Tailgate...while being doused in Champagne.

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    Ize left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 4:00 PM:


    Tyrone left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 10:38 AM:

    Those pants are from vineyard vines

    J left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 7:37 PM:

    Any idea who made the geometric colored pants?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:24 PM:

    @Bradford—Unfortunately I do not know who makes that white oxford.

    @Cam—Best Outfit went to a young man named Dean.

    Bradford left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:16 PM:

    http://unabashedlyprep.com/up-posts/Culture/29th Annual HarrimanCup/theharrimancup20130907_0232.jpg

    Fred, do you know who makes that oxford? Been looking for it for a while. Thanks

    scaleworm left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 1:29 PM:

    What is not to love?

    cam left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 10:41 AM:

    fun event…who won best outfit?


  • 16th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge

    Culture | Sports  

    Millbrook, New York in the summer is God’s country. I’m convinced of it. I catch the 7:48am Metro-North Saturday morning and half-consciously witness the city fade into wide open spaces over the next three and a half hours. And then time just stands still. I meet Cooper at Smithfield Farms, Karen and John Klopp’s place. Hospitality is one of their many virtues. The two story house is buzzing with family and friends while still nudging you to get lost in a novel. It doesn’t take long for me to realize this might be the most heavenly escape from the city possible.

    Unlike the Hamptons or Nantucket, Pine Plains (and it’s surrounding towns, including Millbrook) is home to rolling farm land—and the Mashomack Polo Club. In a celebration of sport and fundraising, the club hosts the Mashomack International Polo Challenge every year. Brazil is here for the first time to take on the locals in front of the 1,000+ guests and spectators dressed up like they have somewhere better to go afterwards. And neither disappointed.

    White Levi 501s are the jeans of choice for the local players

    The use of this silk Givenchy head scarf around her hat is smart

    The best party wagon I've ever seen, custom built by a retired local polo player

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    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 4:21 PM:

    JC, I’d absolutely wear madras pants and assuredly most others on this blog would too.  With a white or blue oxford, maybe a blue blazer if it’s not too warm outside, and loafers…no socks.  Wear to a summer party, cook-out, some gathering that your girlfriend drags you to, or a college football game in late August.  When September rolls around, they go back in the closet until next summer.

    jc left a comment on 7/31/2013 at 2:01 AM:

    Hi, i have been reading this blog. I have a question about madras pants, would you wear them and how or where?

    Aaron left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 6:58 PM:

    I was slightly scared when I saw the “U.S. Polo Association” patch but thankfully—this was the real thing.

    As a side comment, I attended a match @ Newport a couple weeks ago, but most attendees were not as dressed up as I predicted they might be.

    Ian left a comment on 7/10/2013 at 1:31 PM:

    Use my discount code ian2 for 10% storewide at the frat collection- also know as fraternity collection . com!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 9:47 AM:

    @Dan—The player slipped on what appeared to be a fox fur jock strap…then partiers proceeded to pet it.

    RD left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 10:52 AM:

    here is more on that tailgate truck: http://polo.epubxp.com/i/36777/35

    y l hollander left a comment on 7/5/2013 at 9:36 AM:

    My God, that tailgate truck! I want that thing parked in my backyard as my refuge from a home overrun by the estrogen-laced tyranny of a wife and two daughters.

    Dan left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    Okay. I’ll bite. Why are people patting a guy’s crotch in the last picture?

    cam left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 4:40 PM:

    mr castleberry, looks like you guys had a good time. k. cooper ray looks spot on as usual. i would have enjoyed a picture of your rig.

    Tim left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:55 AM:

    great pics!

    Really enjoying the recent flurry of updates

    Paul left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 12:26 AM:

    Great pics. I grew up a half hour south of Pine Plains. Millbrook is a great town too. Cheers


  • Brooks Brothers Clothes The Great Gatsby


    Apr 22, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    TS left a comment on 4/29/2013 at 12:31 AM:

    Thanks for sharing this Fred. What a wonderful partnership and exciting behind the scenes look at what undoubtably will be the best dressed cast this year!

    Tripp left a comment on 4/28/2013 at 2:39 AM:

    Fascinating! I just wish that this video would have covered the partnership with Prada too!

    Erica left a comment on 4/27/2013 at 12:38 PM:

    This is so thrilling! Gatsby is my favorite book, and I believe this movie will do it justice, especially because of their partnership with Brooks Brothers.


  • A Tour of JFK’s Georgetown Homes


    by Moses Y. Bension

    President Kennedy occupied several homes in Georgetown as a congressman, senator, and presidential candidate. He moved frequently over the course of his legislative tenure, taking his naval souvenirs and family mementos with him. From his election to Congress in 1946 until his move to the White House in 1961, President Kennedy lived in seven Georgetown row homes and mansions. Although now private residences, they can still be seen on a walking tour of the quiet streets of Georgetown.

    At age 29, after having been elected to the House by Massachusetts’ now-retired 11th Congressional District, Jack moved into this 2600 square foot apartment at 1528 31st Street NW in 1946. He would live here for three years until moving in with his sister Eunice five blocks away.

    Jack and Eunice entertained regularly at their 1400 34th Street apartment until she became engaged to Sargent Shriver. This Georgian-style mansion was built around the turn of the century, and he lived here from 1949 to 1951.

    Defeating Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. for his seat by a margin of 70,000 votes in 1952, Jack rented this five-bedroom 1819 apartment at 3260 N Street NW for two years. Washington journalist Charles L. Bartlett introduced him to Jackie at a dinner party at Bartlett’s house while Jack was living here.

    3271 P Street NW was a relatively modest four-bedroom home for the junior Senator from Massachusetts. In January of 1953, shortly after moving in, he took Jackie to President Eisenhower’s inaugural ball. He was living here when he proposed to her.

    3321 Dent Place NW, known affectionately as The Red House, was the first home for the newlywed couple. Senator and Mrs. Kennedy rented this attached four-bedroom town-home for five months until October of 1954 when Jack was admitted to the hospital for a risky spinal operation. The procedure meant to cure his wartime back injury, but Jack lapsed into a coma, and last rites were administered.

    A recuperating Senator John F. Kennedy lived in this modest row home at 2808 P Street NW in 1957. It was the year that Jack’s Profiles in Courage won the Pulitzer and solidified his reputation as a deep political thinker.

    Senator Kennedy found himself at 3307 N Street NW with Jackie just before Caroline was born. The Kennedys campaigned for Jack’s presidency from this 1811 three-story four-bedroom Federal mansion. It was up the street from Jack’s residence when he had first met Jackie. It would be his last residence before the White House.

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    psp left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 10:41 PM:

    FEC: Please also try the Red Fox Tavern in Middleburg, prep in the extreme.  DC is the new New York.

    psp left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 10:30 PM:

    FEC: John Kennedy proposed at booth number 3 in Martin’s Tavern on Wisconsin.  Try it when you in town.  My Sunday routine is to bike to Trinity Church and Martins for Lunch. Great tour.  Kathie is right about Hickory Hill.  Please also consider visiting Middleburg VA home of Glen-Ora.

    S/Amatourist left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 8:52 PM:

    i liked this a lot. thanks for the tour

    Kathie left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 1:29 PM:

    I can’t believe you didn’t go out to McLean to Hickory Hill. Hickory Hill was the late 17 hundred something? home that they purchased when she was pregnant with one of her babies that she lost…I think it was the third one she had right before John but not exactly sure or it could have been Arabella - the little girl that died at birth after Caroline. Anyway, she couldn’t bear to live in the house so they sold it to Bobby and Ethel. The house was recently sold and is being completely renovated. Next time you’re in DC let me know (via your blog) and I’ll let you know how to get there.

    khordkutta left a comment on 12/7/2012 at 10:50 PM:

    Great Shots, Great Article, well done FEC


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