• Susan Bennis Warren Edwards Tassel Loafers


    Susan Bennis Warren Edwards sold the most expensive shoes in New York City out of their West 57th Street boutique in the ostentatious 80s and early 90s. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Jackie O. flocked to the exotic skins Bennis and Edwards employed in their designs. While the team disbanded after 20 years (1977-1997), they designed some sublime (and some would later consider excessive) Italian handmade shoes. This pair of tassel loafers in dark brown lizard caught my eye while perusing the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show this past weekend. Anyone that knows me well is familiar with my burgeoning tassel loafer problem collection—so naturally, I had to have them. While originally retailing upwards of $1100, they came home with me for only $150. And yeah, the woven label screams “American Psycho” but there’s something charming about that.

    Feb 4, 2013 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 9:16 PM:

    @Ken—How’s that for perspective!

    ken left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 4:14 AM:

    The last time I heard about this brand Susan Bennis Warren Edwards are back in the 80s when I’m still in University. My college mate bought a pair for $700; back in the 80s, $700 was huge because back then a Brooks Brothers BD shirt was $33! I still have the Susan Bennis Ad from my GQ mag & M mag collection dated back in the 80s. Nostalgic!

    J.B. Cavazos left a comment on 2/6/2013 at 2:50 PM:

    How the HECK do you score lizard loafers for $150?  I live in Texas, deals like this just don’t exist.

    M Arthur left a comment on 2/5/2013 at 9:33 PM:

    Nice find FEC!!  They look mint!

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/4/2013 at 7:13 PM:

    @Al—Definitely at least once.

    @Makaga—I was there on Saturday. Sounds like you found some nice things for yourself as well.

    Al left a comment on 2/4/2013 at 4:11 PM:

    @FEC I believe these shoes were referenced quite a bit in the novel American Psycho.

    Makaga left a comment on 2/4/2013 at 2:20 PM:

    Good score, Castleberry.  What day were you there?  I walked away with a detachable Arrow collar and a nice ascot.  My GF picked up an amazing Lanvin dress once owned by a DuPont.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/4/2013 at 12:44 PM:

    @AEV—No sir, these are men’s shoes…I bought them for me.

    AEV left a comment on 2/4/2013 at 12:42 PM:

    I assume you bought these for your girlfriend, yes?


  • 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


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