• 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!


  • How To Be A Man

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    As a man, if your education in dressing went something like this, “Here, put this on,” unbeknownst at the time, you suffered a huge injustice at the hands of your dad, mom, your ugly uncle—or heaven forbid, your mother-in-law. Glenn O'Brien has rightly observed that "looking good, or actually looking right, is not high on the cultural curriculum of the American male." And why should it be? Many of us spent the entirety of our childhood in costume. And for those who weren't, their clothes were neatly laid out on their beds for them each morning by their mums.

    Now, this is all good and well if your mom was Jackie O., Princess Di, or even C.Z. Guest. Odds are, they weren't. It is for this reason that I find Glenn O'Brien's How To Be A Man: A Guide to Style and Behavior for the Modern Gentleman required reading. Not only does O'Brien draw upon 30 years of sartorial expertise in expounding on style (versus fashion), but he delves into areas of behavior (how to deliver the correct insult anyone?), manhood, and philosophy. And it is all delivered in his trademark droll prose. Brush up on how to be a man...and make your ugly uncle proud at the next Christmas dinner.

    "If more men read Glenn O’Brien, women would have a lot less explaining to do.”

    —Kate Moss

    Nov 22, 2012 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    J left a comment on 12/5/2012 at 12:41 PM:

    @Tom, I read quite a few things that as a whole, I completely agree with and turn to for inspiration. There will always be parts though, that I do not agree with. This is what makes it your own unique style, the ability to draw inspiration from multiple sources and make it your own.

    Just curious though, what exact does he contradict that is in the book?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/5/2012 at 8:45 AM:

    @Tom—I read every book I recommend/write about.

    Tom left a comment on 12/5/2012 at 8:15 AM:

    There are numerous anecdotes and pieces of advice in this book that your behavior and ‘style’ directly and aggresively contradict - have you actually read this?


  • November 2012 Playlist

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    Listen on Spotify

    Nov 1, 2012 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Andrea left a comment on 12/1/2012 at 2:10 PM:

    NICE! Thanks!!

    Andy M. left a comment on 11/30/2012 at 8:36 AM:

    YES!  Glad to see the playlist back.  Thanks Fred.

    NJGlenn left a comment on 11/28/2012 at 9:42 AM:

    Thanks Fred.

    Isabel left a comment on 11/28/2012 at 4:27 AM:

    Yes! Been waiting so long for a new playlist….cheers! :)


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