Friday, September 9, 2011

Fall Shopping, continued

Thought I would finish up the series on pant hems with a hem that isn’t actually a hem. ¬†Eyeballing it as a possible DIY.

Friday, September 9, 2011

On the Street….Modern Hair (more or less), New York

Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Look from Fashion Week, New York

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Do Laundresses Still Exist?

Didn’t there used to be a job called “laundress”? ¬†Wasn’t it a job for a person who specialized in taking care of your clothes – washing, laundering, keeping them in order? ¬†Does it still exist?

 

I’ve been googling to try and find out, but no luck. ¬†I mean, to me it sounds like an obvious opportunity in this economy. ¬†Taking care of the clothes you have is better than just going out and picking up new items every season, and not wearing a good piece because it hasn’t been updated or is in slight disrepair. ¬†I think a lot of times, as Americans, we tend to just pitch things. ¬†That, or they sit in our closets for years, unworn.

 

Anyone have a lead for me? ¬†I’d love to find out if the job still exists in New York, or anywhere.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shopping for Fall, Brown Pants

I’ve been wanting to buy some dark brown pants for a while. ¬†The thing that has held me back is finding the right kind of shoe to go with such a dark brown.

 

The best answer I’ve seen is a tone-on-tone chocolate brown, probably suede, shoe. ¬†It creates a nice long line between your leg and your foot.

 

The other obvious answer is a cordovan/mahogany shoe, like an Alden – or the shoe I’m getting made by Cleverley.

 

Black is also an option, but it just seems too awkward and simple to be interesting.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Goodbye to Summer

Fashion Week starts this morning.

 

It’s rainy, and cloudy, and cool. ¬†If this weather holds out for the next week, summer is definitely over for me; I won’t be back in New York until October.

 

I’m so ready to start layering and wearing something other than Converse and shorts. ¬†Wearing grown man pants again! ¬†Having fun with fall fashion!

 

I hope you had a great summer. ¬†Let’s do it again next year.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fall Shopping, continued.

As I mentioned yesterday, Junya also had a couple great suggestions for how to hem your pants.

The one I thought that seemed most simple, but was also subversively brilliant, was this idea of a denim hem (the kind of hem you find on jeans) on a pair of classic wool trousers.¬† It’s funny, because it looks so natural – and at the same time, I don’t know if I’ve ever really seen it.¬† It gives the pant a really sporty feel, which raises the question – is there right kind of trouser to do it with?¬† I’m thinking a heavier, more tweedy fabric is the best to try it out with.

Above is a look that is again subversively simple.  The pant is finished traditionally, but the suggestion of a cuff is in reality just the pant turned up like a pair of jeans.

 

This isn’t something that’s going to rock the world of fashion.¬† But it’s something that can turn an average pair of pants into something slightly more curious.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fall Shopping, continued.

For the first time since high school, I’m considering doing the fully buttoned shirt.¬† I’ve seen guys doing it for a little while now but it’s usually with a plaid shirt, and it’s in the summer, and it looks too woodsy and hot……or it’s a dress shirt with a hard collar, and it just doesn’t look right to me.

 

But the way I envision it as being done well was reinforced in January at Bottega Veneta.¬† The shirt is with a jacket maybe, tonal, with a soft collar.¬† There’s no stiffness in the neck.¬† It’s wearable.¬† There is a hued palette; it’s not just this jarring white shirt, buttoned up.¬† There is a beautiful transition from the jacket to the knit shirt.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Breakfast with Garance at Ruschmeyer’s

I hate to put up so many pictures of Garance, but I just sincerely think she has one of the most incredibly well-developed personal styles of anyone I know.  It really has to do with her ability to mix pieces from all different price ranges.

 

And also – and this is very important – to be appropriate to the setting. ¬†In the picture above, for example, we were having breakfast at Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk. ¬†Garance stole a pair of my floral print Etro shorts and mixed them with a Breton-striped shirt under a vintage kid’s sweatshirt, and pink Zara ballerinas. ¬†As you can see above, she does sporty as well as she does the red carpet.

And here, for example: on the way back from the beach at Ditch Plains, Garance has stolen my shirt. ¬†However, when you looks this good, I’m not complaining.

 

She is also wearing a hat that she bought at a Montauk drugstore, because she hates the direct sun. ¬†Again, the key here is not the maker of the shirt, the maker of the hat…it’s about the visual impact that it makes. ¬†I think Garance’s background as an artist helps her look past the price tag and see the potential of things.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Beginning of Fall Shopping

It’s supposed to be a high of 65 degrees, and rainy all day today. ¬†It’s the perfect mood to start my Fall shopping.

 

Actually…I’ve already started. ¬†My first real decision is going to happen when I go to the tailor and start hemming the pants that I bought. ¬†I know it sounds simple – but it’s not so simple. ¬†It’s actually one of the few places that a man can put a more personal stamp on his clothing.

 

I’ve been looking through my old files and thought Burberry had a lot of good suggestions for pant hem options.

ABOVE: Slim, and right at the ankle, no break.

ABOVE: Slim, past the ankle, with lots of break.

ABOVE: Last but not least: above the ankle, with an extra wide cuff.

Junya Watanbe also had a couple very interesting suggestions for pant hems; I’ll show you those tomorrow.