• Elizabeth McKay AW12


    Last spring, I shot Elizabeth McKay’s 2012 autumn/winter collection in their own backyard of Central Park. Scouting for the shoot was a fun opportunity to discover corners, coves, and openings of the 843 acre park I’d never seen before. It was only now that I realized I never shared any of my favorite images with you lovely people, hence its belated nature. But just because it’s 2013 ladies, doesn’t mean you still can’t pick up this exploded houndstooth silk wrap dress (one of my favorites from the line) at their eCommerce shop.

    Feb 1, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Tartangirl left a comment on 3/2/2013 at 8:17 AM:

    The houndstooth dress is lovely.

    RP left a comment on 2/5/2013 at 11:08 PM:

    Beautiful photography—Seen all over tumblr, with no credit. You deserve it.

    Barbara left a comment on 2/2/2013 at 12:26 PM:

    I remember looking at those photos when they came out, thinking whoever shot them did a beautiful job.  That houndstooth is fabulous.  Great work!!!

    Carla left a comment on 2/2/2013 at 8:05 AM:

    Love these dresses—www.motownsavvy.com


  • Icons of Style: Andy Warhol


    In his closet: Tuxedos, knit and repp ties, leather café racer jacket, grosgrain belts, Oxford cloth button downs, plaid sport shirts, sweater vests, striped tees

    Iconic look: Clear frame eyeglasses, sportcoat, dress shirt, repp tie, Levi's jeans

    Key accessories: Cartier tank wristwatch, camera, human skull

    Thing you can't imitate: His satirical eye

    Jan 30, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    ernie left a comment on 2/1/2013 at 5:33 PM:

    for a style icon, his hair sure is out of wack

    scaleworm left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 8:40 PM:

    I never thought of him as ugly. He was very creative, very inventive, and very cool, but not “ugly”.

    TRMay left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 8:24 PM:

    Style Icon indeed, but also a Friend Icon; look at the company the man kept!

    Tripp left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 3:35 AM:

    i love all of Andy’s work, but he was just so ugly. i can’t get past that.

    scaleworm left a comment on 1/30/2013 at 11:42 PM:

    I do love Andy. I used to not, thinking him an art fraud, but then, years ago, I attended a show of his work as a student artist, and I really did like what he did. Wish I could have met him. Oh Well, too late for that now….


  • 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?


  • Softening the Pea Coat


    I’ve long preferred the look of women in menswear. It’s down-to-earth and yet still beautiful. While some pieces translate literally, others often require a more feminine touch. The military styling and rugged undertones of the classic pea coat can feel too masculine for women despite often being cut in a cropped silhouette. Simply swapping the traditional metal anchor buttons for knotted leather buttons like my girlfriend did here softens it altogether...even when you are popping that generous collar.

    Dec 4, 2012 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/17/2012 at 5:29 PM:

    @Travis—I own a Schott. Hers is from Club Monaco.

    travis left a comment on 12/16/2012 at 12:59 PM:

    where is her coat from? you own a Schott right?

    PSP left a comment on 12/14/2012 at 8:03 PM:

    If you are looking at the buttons, you are missing it.  Beautiful woman.

    Alexander left a comment on 12/12/2012 at 5:13 PM:

    I’ve seen a few posts on switching out the plastic buttons for shiny/brass ones. Too flashy or delightfully different?

    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 12/12/2012 at 11:51 AM:

    I love that! Swapping out those buttons is a great idea.

    Ashley left a comment on 12/12/2012 at 11:11 AM:

    I have one with a fur collar and it gives it a softer look… I love pea coats! Www.pinkjulepabroad.com


  • Century 21 Blogger Project

    Style | Dress Code  

    I love seeing what my friends are up to. You'd think that since moving up to New York I'd have more time to do so but the city has a way of overbooking your calendar. It was last fall that I introduced my good buddy Ali in his Brooklyn loft space chock full of vintage clothing (in fact, his vintage Ralph Lauren collection is currently being featured on the Ralph Lauren Vintage website). Recently, Ali and I headed across the Hudson to Century 21 in Paramus, New Jersey to check out some installations he created for the men's floor. I typically don't frequent department stores but I couldn't believe the prices Century 21 was asking for these designer duds. Is this the tri-state's best kept secret?

    As he walked me through his "preppy" installation I thought it'd be fun to pull together a fall look on the cheap. In the end, I saved $578 off retail*.

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    • Shades of Grey wool tweed blazer (suggested retail: $216, Century 21: $80)
    • Jack Spade Oxford cloth button down (suggested retail: $135, Century 21: $67)
    • Ralph Lauren tie (suggested retail: $115, Century 21: $25)
    • Psycho Bunny cable knit sweater (suggested retail: $195, Century 21: $70)
    • Ralph Lauren scarf (suggested retail: $52, Century 21: $30)
    • Jack Spade corduroy trousers (suggested retail: $225, Century 21: $115)
    • Adidas trainers (suggested retail: $65, Century 21: $38)

    *courtesy of Century 21

    Nov 6, 2012 | Permalink (14) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 5:17 PM:

    @C—I would certainly encourage you to pick up a university stripe scarf in your school colors…SUNY school or otherwise.

    @John E.—I wear the Nike Killshot and it’s quite simple as well.

    C left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 4:54 PM:

    Nice scarf Castleberry! Is it still prep to get a scarf in your school colors if you come from a SUNY school or something boring?

    John E. left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 3:48 PM:

    Nice look. I agree on today’s sneakers—mostly too garish to wear. I’m an active tennis player, and I wear Nike City Court VI shoes. They’re plain white with a modest black swoosh, and they go perfectly with the rest of my whites.

    Oh, and Fred, no need to go all the way to Paramus for your Century 21 fix unless you need to be in New Jersey for something else. Go to the original location, across from the World Trade Center.

    J.Miller left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 6:46 PM:

    I remember several years ago on a visit to NYC, a friend suggested this store. I thought he was pulling my leg because Century 21 is a real estate company. But i found it downtown new york with great deals on suits.

    John left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 10:03 AM:

    At last a look I can reasonably afford!

    Elizabeth left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 8:07 AM:

    N ice. I hope the women’s clothing is of similar bent!

    Mike left a comment on 11/22/2012 at 9:05 PM:

    F.E.  I think Harris was looking for a different answer than what you provided.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 6:25 PM:

    @Harris—Does there need to be any other explanation about the minimally designed trainers other than the fact that I like them? This entire blog is built upon that premise—things I like.

    @Saturday—Century 21 is the kind of place you need to shop in the store and explore/dig. This is definitely not an online shopping experience.

    Harris left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:53 PM:

    @emj—I’m in agreement, classic sneakers are better looking than most news ones and are great with shorts/a casual outfit.

    emjkmj left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:43 PM:


    I would assume that people like retro sneakers because they don’t want to look like they’re wearing something from a sci-fi flick.  Have you been to a champs or foot locker lately?  Hideous! I have been wearing Rod lavers and Stan Smiths since high school, and don’t ever plan to stop…

    Harris left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:36 PM:

    what’s with all the retro-y sneakers?

    Saturdays left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:11 PM:

    Unfortunately, their website isn’t as well stocked as the brick and mortar store is.

    Great tidbit nonetheless.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 10:07 AM:

    @Davis—They are an Adidas Originals trainer…the specific model name I am unaware of.

    Davis left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 10:04 AM:

    Exactly what kind of Adidas trainers are those? They look superb with the pants.


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