Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Reading List…. Cafe Society

Cafe Society captures a time when there was such a thing as an international playboy– a time when ‘jet set’ had not yet become ironic, but was a new phrase meaning sexy and modern.  Looking at these pictures, it feels like a glamour that we’ll never recapture– but, mark my words: there are photographs being made today that will, 40 years from now, create the same feeling that these images do for us today.


Glamour is not lost, sometimes It’s just hard to see.


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  1. irene

    February 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  2. Natasha Fatah

    February 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    What a gorgeous post sir. I often think of my own grandparents’, both sets came from incredibly sophisticated families, wordly, well traveled, they seemed so much glamorous in their day, then we do in ours, but maybe I’m wrong. Here’s a picture of my maternal grandparents and my mother in Pakistan, just after partition of India and Pakistan: http://natashafatah.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-all-in-family.html


  3. Stylosophism

    February 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Maybe because, like an organizer that every seven years can be reused, fashion is cyclic, ten years before or ten years later the same shot could seem odd or funny. Look at the colors, at the fit… is the same today but in the ’80 would sound silly


  4. Michael Tornato

    February 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    That is what I like to call true style. Those men truly look good! You are very right about glamour not being lost. It’s just rare in today’s society.

    Check out my New York Fashion Week pictures!

  5. Elisa Eymery

    February 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Beautiful and timeless casualness in the last two pictures, these men manage to make easy layering elegant.

    Elisa Eymery

    Wandering Minds


  6. Marcel Da Chump

    February 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    That polo player looks like the notorious “playa”, Porfirio Rubirosa.

  7. White Perla

    February 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    what a nice pictues, I love black and white pictures:)


  8. Stephanie

    February 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Great photos…. love the old ones!!! Simply nostalgy!!!



  9. Reptilia

    February 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Love this old photos! The second one is great. He so beautiful!



  10. Remy

    February 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Maybe it never REALLY existed but in the eyes of the spectator, later,
    much later. Even when I try to put a finger on it I can’t touch it. May be it has to do with ‘le temps perdu’. And always when you look at it you want to be part of it, you miss it. Sweet nostalgia.
    Greetings from Amsterdam.

  11. Jules

    February 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    On my reading list as well ;) – great blog!

  12. Nothing

    February 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I love their style!!

  13. GIULIA

    February 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    this vintage pics are really beautiful!
    thanks for sharing!


  14. Ines_Cruz

    February 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I totally agree. When impromptu pictures are taken, it never ceases to amaze me how iconic they all tend to look a few years later. In any case, it’s actually the personality, and at the end, the viewer in the future that give them this kind of romantic feeling.


  15. FashionUm

    February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Cool photos! How classic is that?!
    Show Your Outfit !

  16. Leonor

    February 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    your words are inspiring and very much true!


  17. Aurélie & Angelo

    February 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Love these vintage shots!


  18. Alda Mori

    February 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    “Toute ma vie j’aurai recherché le temps perdu” _ Jeanloup Sieff

    (“I have been searching for time past all my life”)


  19. Helen Tilston

    February 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm


    Is that Dirk Bogarde in the riding boots? He was and is my idol.
    You are so right, there are some beautiful men and women who have style and put their best on to meet the day
    Thank you for this

    Helen xx

  20. grim

    February 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    the power of black and white images to give a nostalgic sense of timeless cool is central here- as in the recent B&W post of Nick Wooster. If these images were in colour they would still be images of a glamorous world but they would seem more immediate. If would be great to see a whole series of satorialist posts in B&W

  21. michael

    February 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    There will always be rich people with enough money to lanquish about in over-priced clothing. But they will probably always look better in black and white than they ever will in color.


    February 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm


  23. Ericka L.

    February 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    oh how i wish everyone can dress to the nines even if dropping by your local grocery store. =)


  24. Jane Alisa

    February 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Such wonderful and iconic pictures and sooo glamourous.

  25. kitchen afternoon

    February 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Wonderful book! The world is soooo homogenized now, old movies, brooches, porcelin, dishes, all mean soo much more. Vintage jewelery is wonderful, it doesn’t get threadbare.

  26. Imogen

    February 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    A man of quality and beauty.

  27. Labella Luxe

    February 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I love vintage pictures. Such glamour!

  28. Mark Williams

    February 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Thomas Crown Affair, these pictures remind me of…vaguely. McQueen played that role in a strained way, but it still was a great movie to watch for the style cues of that period.

  29. suzy

    February 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    i agree! have you seen midnight in paris? that’s like the whole message of the movie… oh woody allen…

  30. Pooja

    February 22, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I love your pictures and your blog. But I love everything even more when you write something, even just a tiny little blurb, with it.

    I mean you are the only person, who I can think of, that would honestly say something like “Glamour is not lost, sometimes It’s just hard to see.”

    Which is probably why I’m forever on your site, reading the archives, when I want to procrastinate at work. Thank yous so much for sharing!

  31. Johnny

    February 22, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Those were really fashionable times!

  32. Regina

    February 22, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Such an elegance!


  33. Steph C.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Stunning. The photos evoke a wonderful sense of nostalgic glamour



  34. Trace

    February 22, 2012 at 4:17 am

    I know it’s inevitable in this line of work, but it would serve fashion well to de-emphasize the “glamour” just a bit so that it’s doesn’t seem like just a thing for the urban elite enthusiasts.

  35. Hayley

    February 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I have this book and I never get bored of reading it again and again. It always makes me feel very nostalgic of a period I have not known.


  36. Carmem

    February 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

    1st picture – Porfirio Rubirosa, left Odile Rodin, Rubirosa´s wife, right lady I cannot remember her name.
    2nd picture – do not know this man
    3rd picture – Porfirio Rubirosa the real playboy, after a Polo game

  37. Sally

    February 22, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Ah, from wherever you’re grabbing these, more more more! I love these shots, I love the fuzzy/hazey film over old photos, it creates even more curiosity to reach and immerse yourself into a daydream from of that period/setting.


  38. Damien

    February 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Wearing both a carnation flower and a pocket square with white tie is a bit over loaded. But it is still beautiful to wear it now! Why did people stop dressing formal? Let’s start overdressing!


    February 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    That’s Porfirio Rubirosa – the playboy’s playboy. 12 inch pepper grinders are still called Rubis in parts of the French Riviera because their dimensions match – exactly – a part of Porfirio’s anantomy I won’t mention.

  40. kk

    February 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Reading it now, and loving it! Great post!

  41. koolphoto

    February 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Great pictures!….Cool men!

  42. cafesoc

    February 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    wonderful!if u like this kind of pics and nice comments
    i recommend the very glamorous book: Cafe Society author: thierry coudert published by flammarion(in french and in english)last year

  43. Cher

    February 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Rubirosa, the famous Dominican playboy, and Trujillo’s ex son-in-law. Read about his life in the DR, it was a crazy time.

  44. James

    February 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    This is so awesome.


  45. horny

    February 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Lol everybody talk about dating

  46. Makaga

    February 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Sart!
    I went over on my lunch break to the NYPL and looked through it in the beautiful reading room upstairs.

  47. Edward

    February 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    perhaps too many photos.. it will be up to future generations to separate the wheat from the chaff. where as in the past there may have been a bit less chaff, these days, ever bro and his mother are taking street shots with their DSLRs.

  48. LE COUNT

    March 30, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Cool pics, hes from my country Dominican Republic. His name was Porfirio Rubirosa, International Playboy :)

  49. dan

    April 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Barabara Huttons toyboy. The myth about the latino lover started with Porfirio Rubirosa. He actually needed to wear specially made trousers that would help to conceal “the package” so to speak.

  50. Porfirio Rubirosa.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    i was surprised. I’m a Porfirio Rubirosa fan and watching both pictures of him I hadn’t seen before has been surprising.

    Congrats. He was the number one.

    • Newton Paul

      February 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      He is numero uno! Style and beautiful women throughout his existence. He is in our playing cards. True Icon!

  51. Tovah

    July 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I beg to differ with you. I cannot imagine anyone in this age that could compare to these stylish, independent, glorious people.

    Those pictures are from a glamorous time that I don’t think will ever be seen again.

    So beautiful to look at though.

  52. MarianneMerceria

    March 27, 2014 at 6:05 am

    YES? “Glamour is not lost, sometimes It’s just hard to see.”

    …even can be found on some of Robert Capa’s photos as well – though those were hard times…

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