• Icons of Style: Truman Capote


    In his closet: Tuxedos, bow ties, Fair Isle sweaters, cardigans, trench coat, polo shirts, club collar shirts, Prince Albert slippers, chalk-stripe suits, tweed topcoat

    Iconic look: Thick framed eyeglasses, peak lapel tuxedo

    Key accessories: Alligator leather watch strap, cigarette, female socialite

    Thing you can't imitate: His flamboyance

    Feb 27, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Joe L left a comment on 3/1/2013 at 7:21 PM:

    There’s a photo that GQ published a few years ago with Truman Capote at a dinner party at George Plimpton’s apartment.  It looks like it’s right out of Mad Men set.  I found the link.  It’s worth a gander, and it shows how much style everything had back then. athttp://jamiemalanowski.com/blogwp/2010/08/

    M Arthur left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 10:57 PM:

    With the exception of Philip Seymour Hoffman!

    M Arthur left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 10:52 PM:

    Thing you can’t imitate…......the voice.

    Andy M. left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 4:48 PM:

    Loving the classic E-Type pics.


  • Quadrille Couture


    Winter can really blow in the Northeast. Not unlike birds, preppies migrate south for the season. Boca Grande, Palm Beach, and Lyford Cay are my favorite warm weather sanctuaries that resuscitate during the wintertime. Some fly down on just weekends, others stay for the entire season. While the migration south means sun and tropical climates, it also connotes an island sensibility when getting dressed. Stubbs are king, bright prints en vogue, and go-to-hell hues a secret handshake for the initiated. Anything goes. I was fortunate to escape down to Lyford Cay earlier in the season (thank heaven for gracious friends) for a much needed respite from Manhattan's bitter wind-chill.

    Last year, Quadrille, the venerable purveyor of decorative fabrics and wall-coverings, quietly announced their foray into women's fashion. I photographed their introductory campaign last January in Lyford, where the neighborhood is literally covered in their quintessential island prints. Alixe Laughlin produced the shoot and we really aimed to keep it simple. Hopefully the collection will inspire warmer thoughts, or better yet, rouse a much needed trip south.

    Feb 22, 2013 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Babs Lawther left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 3:48 PM:

    Fabulous line!  Love the shirt-waist dress.

    Veronica H left a comment on 3/5/2013 at 5:24 AM:

    This is a lovely post, but I help think that it just looks like something from Lilly Pulitzer. Is there a distinction I’m missing? Love your blog, Fred! :)

    Allison left a comment on 2/24/2013 at 1:41 PM:

    Beautiful photos and chic island style!

    Kellyinthecity left a comment on 2/23/2013 at 6:39 PM:

    Absolutely love everything about this post.

    EBCDesq. left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 9:31 PM:

    Fabulous! The new line is even lovely, too!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 5:02 PM:

    @Farrah—It is perfectly accepted and strongly encouraged to wear white while wintering in any number of the above mentioned locals. The rules of white do not apply to “island style.”

    Farrah left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 4:53 PM:

    This is an interesting post. I really like her style…however, I cannot condone white shorts after Labor Day.


  • Icons of Style: William F. Buckley, Jr.


    In his closet: Repp ties, Shetland wool sweaters, monogrammed dress shirts, Oxford cloth button downs, shawl collar tuxedos, 3/2 roll suits

    Iconic look: Oxford cloth button down shirt, Shetland wool sweater, khakis, plimsoles

    Key accessories: Grosgrain watch strap, tortoise shell eyeglasses, car phone

    Thing you can't imitate: His intellect

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  • 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 10:16 PM:

    @Ken—How’s that for perspective!

    ken left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 5:14 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 3:50 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 10:33 PM:

    Nice find FEC!!  They look mint!

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/4/2013 at 8:13 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 5:11 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 3:20 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 1:44 PM:

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

    AEV left a comment on 2/4/2013 at 1:42 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 9:17 AM:

    The houndstooth dress is lovely.

    RP left a comment on 2/6/2013 at 12:08 AM:

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

    Barbara left a comment on 2/2/2013 at 1:26 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 9:05 AM:

    Love these dresses—www.motownsavvy.com


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