• American Fashion Menswear

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    It has been said that almost all of menswear has been mined from the sartorial-rich soil of war and sport. American Fashion Menswear, an Assouline book by Robert E. Bryan, vividly illustrates this claim. It is the latest addition to my coffee table. The book chronicles the past century of men’s style by way of a septenary arrangement: Utility, the Ivy Road, Sportswear, the American Suit, the Dandy, Hollywood, and Music. Bryan aims to prove that American men’s wear is more influential and significant than American women’s wear. “The things the U.S. is known for in fashion are men’s—jeans, Western gear, work wear, great outdoors clothing. Ivy League style is essentially about men, and rock style revolves around men, too,” Bryan notes. Pick up your own copy but ditch the dust jacket—the sartorial-rich turf of football is a much more effective conversation starter.

    Mar 20, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    psp left a comment on 3/25/2013 at 9:19 PM:

    Another area where we are pretty good is military uniforms.  FYI Brooks Brothers is once again making Navy uniforms.


  • Diane Young

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    Vampire Weekend just dropped their first single, cleverly named "Diane Young," from their forthcoming album Modern Vampires of the City. Let's enjoy and watch a car burn, together.

    Mar 8, 2013 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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  • Modern Vampires of the City

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    I'm eager to sink my teeth into this come May 7th.

    Feb 8, 2013 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    scaleworm left a comment on 2/10/2013 at 1:52 AM:

    ME TOO!

    Ashley left a comment on 2/8/2013 at 11:56 AM:

    Oh I can’t wait to hear this!!


  • Ivy Style: Radical Conformists

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    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.


    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?


  • American Beauty

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    Some coffee tables are beautiful. Others can be beautified with books like American Beauty sitting atop of them. Photographs of gorgeous young women cover a multitude of [design] sins. Claiborne Swanson Frank is a fine art portrait photographer who previously assisted Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. So she knows fashion and delicate souls. Frank gets everyone from Kick Kennedy (granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy) to Amanda Hearst to Devon Radziwill to Amanda Brooks to Lauren DuPont to Barbara Pierce Bush to sit in front of her lens. She essentially photographs her friends for this book—and her friends are stylish, pulchritudinous, and up to some very interesting things. You owe your house guests this one.

    Claiborne sitting in the back of her tomato-red Land Cruiser with her dog, Gator.

    "...I couldn't help but think of Slim Aarons and how Claiborne had opened the door to a world that seemed, after Slim's passing, to forever be closed."

    —Ivan Shaw, Photography Director, Vogue

    Jan 4, 2013 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    scaleworm left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 12:15 AM:

    Beautiful women here. I do Love female-based fashion photography. God Bless Bruce Weber for putting a shot in the arm of this art form in the 80s…

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/8/2013 at 4:15 PM:

    @Anne—Yes ma’am.

    Anne left a comment on 1/8/2013 at 4:11 PM:

    Was that Jenna Lyons sans glasses? in the all-jean look?

    Malibu left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 2:02 PM:

    Oh and @jack this is coming from a guy who is a quarter pacific islander, quarter cherrokee, quarter russian AND quarter cuban!

    Malibu left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 10:53 AM:

    @Jack- leave race out of this… Damn, that is pitiful

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 9:46 AM:

    @Jack—The book does indeed include women of all races. I simply chose these women for their style or influence or both.

    Jack left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 2:00 AM:

    Pretty pictures, but it seems American just means white women doesn’t it?

    Danielle left a comment on 1/5/2013 at 7:10 PM:

    Loving these gorgeous images. Perfect coffee table book!


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