• 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?


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  • Fit and Trim

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    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    Noteworthy: awarded "Best Dressed" at the 28th Annual Harriman Cup, custom grosgrain trim on navy blazer, Stubbs & Wootton linen Prince Albert slippers.

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  • 28th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    It's become my Labor Day, my summer's end, my last ditch effort to let it all hang out of my seersucker trousers—the annual Harriman Cup. Rain or shine, throngs descend upon the Meadowbrook Polo Club from Manhattan and surrounding bed and breakfasts. Sam, Shane, and I roll in off the LIRR in a blaze of vintage Lilly, Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers—the usual suspects. Usually falling on or around the last week of summer, this alumni polo match between Yale and the University of Virginia is the tailgating event of the summer for the prep set (last year's Cup was a ball). Of course, awards are given out for such displays of leisurely grandeur. Best dressed, best hat, best tailgate, and so on. Max Sinsteden has just rolled out his generous tattered oriental rug under his champagne bucket stand and various hor d'oeuvres. It’s a nice spread. However, a neighboring goldenrod Land Rover with blonde hair, blue-eyed college alum promises to be stiff competition. Their snacks are nothing more than finger sandwiches and pretzels, standard fare. Turns out it's Sam's tailgate...and we discover we work together at Ralph Lauren. That's the nature of the Harriman Cup, you’re two degrees from anyone in a navy blazer.

    Vintage Lilly Pulitzer, patchwork madras, seersucker

    Van, Cooper, Max, and me

    Allegra stomping divots between chukkers

    Thanks to Town & Country, I spend most of my time in and out of the VIP tent this year, and frankly, I am quite spoiled with the experience. Booze, food (I go back for seconds on the pulled pork—shameless, I know), the deceptive feeling of self importance—all on the house thanks to the handful of sponsors like J.Mclaughlin, Knockaround, Vitamin Water, and many more. Seriously though, the best time to be had is mingling from tailgate to tailgate while only casually glancing at the match between cocktails.

    Sep 27, 2012 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

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    Ashley left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 4:46 PM:

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/23/2012 at 6:53 PM:

    @Jake—We strive for diversity here.


    Jake left a comment on 11/23/2012 at 6:35 PM:

    How nice of you to have a single Black friend, trotted out at the very end.


    Gus left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 12:20 PM:

    Fred,

    As a Yale alum and frequent Harriman Cup attendee, I disagree.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:45 AM:

    @Gus—I’d venture to guess more than half the crowd that shows up isn’t alum of either of the colleges.


    Gus left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:42 AM:

    Why would people who didn’t attend UVA or Yale make a Yale/UVA match a summer tradition?


    Max left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 5:08 PM:

    Max’s blazer is beyond awesome. Want.


    CHC left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 12:49 PM:

    Those Lily Pulitzer pants are sweet. How much does a pair like that cost?

    Thanks.


    Mike left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 12:14 AM:

    The gentleman in the green pants gets first prize.


    Desmond K left a comment on 11/19/2012 at 6:08 PM:

    Looks like you guys had a grand ole time. And VIP access makes an event like this that much better.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


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  • Cream of the Crop

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    Photographed in New York, NY by Tommy Ton

    Noteworthy: narrow end of tie longer than wide end, the fact that she is doing menswear better than 98% of the men.

    Sep 25, 2012 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    Ann left a comment on 12/29/2012 at 7:37 AM:

    Pretty sure that’s Lauren, I remember her from school. She does look very put together, lovely.


    Liz and Lo left a comment on 10/25/2012 at 3:57 PM:

    Just so chic and classic.  Thank you for sharing! 
    xox Liz and Lo {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}


    Respoken Trurths left a comment on 10/22/2012 at 1:25 PM:

    Wonderful photo. Elegant, sophisticated, and classy.

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/19/2012 at 10:00 AM:

    @LG—Nope, very straight. My fascination with androgyny is just that…a fascination with androgyny. Androgyny is kind of a thing in the preppy sub culture.


    LG left a comment on 10/19/2012 at 9:52 AM:

    Gotta ask, are you gay? You’re fascination with tomboys and women dressed as men is becoming a little…weird.


    Mike left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 9:29 PM:

    Noteworthy:  Great cheek bones!


    Diane left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 5:16 PM:

    Stunning!


    khordkutta left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 1:18 PM:

    WHOA


    Paul left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 9:13 AM:

    Another great photo. The pedestrian “walk” signal almost reads as her “thought bubble” as she ponders her outfit.


    Saturdays left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 11:22 PM:

    Lauren Remington Platt, if anyone was curious who she was.

    Was a big fan of her look last year, in case anyone was interested:

    http://citizencouture.com/2011/02/lauren-remington-platt-nyfwfw11/

    (hope its okay to link outside of your blog Fred, but I think your readers would enjoy last years f/w look just as much as this one)


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  • Mismatch Theory

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    Photographed in Oxford, England

    Noteworthy: mismatched red and blue socks, needlepoint Georgetown rowing belt hand-sewn by girlfriend, velvet Prince Albert slippers emblazoned with personal crest, cutaway collar oxford cloth shirt, impeccable fit.

    I met Jack a little over a year ago when he approached me to collaborate on a unique personal photography project. We've traveled the back roads of New England together, crashed (questionable) couches in Wisconsin together, wandered The Netherlands together, and drank in the oldest of English pubs together...and he's never not been in mismatched red and blue socks. It's his thing. I like that. My thing is tort shell glasses—I've been in some variation of them for more than 15 years now. What's your thing?

    Sep 11, 2012 | Permalink (32) View/Leave Comments

    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 11/20/2013 at 6:09 PM:

    I wear a lot of traditional prep clothing and mix it with Western/Cowboy clothing. Think Stetson Open Road with Barbour. I sometimes think I look like I am from a Wes Anderson film.


    ROI left a comment on 2/23/2013 at 12:40 AM:

    Isn’t he precious!


    kathie left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 9:27 PM:

    Blunt 1940’s bob, cowboy boots, pearls and a red Chevy pickup.


    Meg left a comment on 10/9/2012 at 5:15 AM:

    A thick flannel and Bean boots in the winter!


    RHM left a comment on 10/8/2012 at 9:07 PM:

    @Danger—I have a tweed SC from Gieves & Hawkes in what looks to be the same cloth, and with very similar shoulder expression as well. That would be my guess.


    Danger left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 10:26 PM:

    Where did he get that fantastic jacket?

    I want.


    Ann left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 12:36 PM:

    I have known Jack for 7 years and can testify that he is a man of good taste and character.  Jack performed the duties of Best Man for my son, Eric, and maintained his sock tradition throughout the formal wedding!  :-).  His “Toast” rivaled the top stand-up comics.  He’s a man of many talents!!


    Nic left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 4:49 AM:

    Love the trousers.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 12:22 AM:

    @Mike—The bag keeps the look youthful, it adds an unexpected twist. It says, “I’m still at university.”


    Maisy left a comment on 10/6/2012 at 8:58 AM:

    I should explain I am no longer at school and am far less often surrounded by the girls I once wished I was. Now I have lots of kicking rad friends that wear what they want, how they want and look blooming marvelous doing it.


    Maisy left a comment on 10/6/2012 at 8:56 AM:

    Wild, curly red hair and my Barbour. You can spot me in any crowd and pick me out of even the grainiest pictures. I used to wish I would blend in with my friends at school but now I’m just me (cliché that it is) and feel more comfortable than I ever would with straight blonde hair, pearls and a cardigan.


    christina, Esq left a comment on 10/6/2012 at 6:38 AM:

    Love the red pants and blazer. My thing is wearing my mother’s solid gold bangle alongside my husband’s Rolex (that I gave him as a wedding present). Gives me a powerful feeling and makes me happy to have a piece of each of them with me all day!


    Mike left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 9:25 PM:

    All top drawer!  Only tweak, the bag undermines his look.


    Rose left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 8:42 PM:

    I live roughly 20 feet from the University of Wisconsin boathouse.  This fellow has impeccable style!


    PSP left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 8:41 PM:

    Ray ban Wayfarers and navy blue Paul & Shark sweaters


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 4:20 PM:

    @Sam VanRyzin—We were in and around the University of Wisconsin…boathouse, etc.


    WMM left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 8:26 AM:

    @FEC I would have to guess he thinks about purposely mismatching his socks together when he’s doing his laundry…


    Sam VanRyzin left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 11:38 PM:

    Where were you in Wisconsin? I live here and there are only a handful of locations with any sort of “preppy- ness”. Also, I love the glasses in his breast pocket, I am rarely seen without my glasses or sunglasses dangling out of mine.


    ladybleu1920 left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 8:46 PM:

    my cardigans and stud pearls….always :)


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 5:37 PM:

    @SomeDude—That would be your cure to educate a woman on the simple premise that you never touch a man’s tie ;)

    @TT—He probably thinks about it as much as I think about wearing tort shell glasses…which is hardly at all. It’s a style choice I made once so that it would be one less thing to think about when getting dressed. It’s part of his/my uniform.


    SomeDude left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 4:00 PM:

    I’m rather fond of accentuating the curve of my tie by using a tie bar to push it a little more. Additionally, wearing my tie a little off - too many pics of Agnelli, or from Pitti. my current squeeze, as well as too many generally fussy girls have the horrible habit of trying to fix it. I guess it gives me an excuse to flirt I guess.


    TT left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 3:22 PM:

    “@Desmond K—It doesn’t matter what Jack is wearing: blue sock on right foot, red sock on left foot. He doesn’t even think about it.”

    This is where you lose me, FEC. He doesn’t think about it? Bollocks.


    Matt left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 9:17 AM:

    Fray. I like things to be a bit worn and lived-in looking. When things are too perfect it makes me feel stuffy.


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 2:13 AM:

    A mountain of sweater vests…every season,every color, every day.


    C.L. Young left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 12:38 AM:

    Give me plenty argyle socks and I am a happy man! I can’t go without them. I guess that’s “my thing”.

    On the gentleman’s outfit, I will say that for me, the pants are a glaring distraction from the awesome jacket. My eyes are drawn to the pants and I have to force myself to “see” the other items, which are all great! I suppose THIS is the reason they call it G.T.H.  Love the mismatched socks!


    Scot Meacham Wood left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 11:39 PM:

    Stubbs and Wootton, and a little tartan.


    canvas left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 11:12 PM:

    something that ive made

    i love when im able to tell someone theyre not going to be able to buy what im wearing


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 9:08 PM:

    @Al—Yes, that is his J.Press oar tie bar.

    @Desmond K—It doesn’t matter what Jack is wearing: blue sock on right foot, red sock on left foot. He doesn’t even think about it.


    Al left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 9:04 PM:

    @FEC is he wearing a J. Press oar tie bar? If so (or regardless) I tip my hat to him—from one style-minded rower to another. Very solid look.


    Desmond K left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 9:04 PM:

    I must admit, it works. So does he typically keep a neutral color palate with his shirt/pants/blazer? Blue socks are universal, but I would think there are a few things that red would clash with. Btw, my “thing” is that I’m almost always either in a pair of desert boots or loafers.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


    C left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 8:52 PM:

    Look at my fucking red trousers


    Jen left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 8:51 PM:

    Cardigans w/double strand pearls.


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