It seems to me that American menswear is at the peak of its popularity. Maybe it is the weak dollar or all of the interest workwear or just all of the raw talent that is being flushed out of New York right now. Any way you look at it, this fall is the season of American style. Look at D&G from AW08, that collection surprisingly looks like it would work well in New England, in the sixties. Going through the September DETAILS I was loving all of the classic American style in the issue. It started out with a great still-life feature called Born in the USA — which basically epitomizes my personal style. The front of book continued with a few pages on “How to Pull Off American Style” which is pictured below. The issue also highlights the ongoing, and very successful Gant and Jeffrey partnership and there is a page on new designers which features two of ACL’s very talented friends Antonio Azzuolo and Richard Chai.
Fall is coming, fall is coming. I keep saying it and last week another meteorological sign of autumn appeared, the September issue of GQ. The fall fashion issue — with one James Franco on the cover — features copious amounts of tweeds, wools, corduroy, suits, cashmere, not to mention loads of football coverage. My favorite section of the issue is the four page chunky knit story. I’m counting the minutes until sweater / football season is upon us…
It is pretty obvious that Alex Carleton — the man behind the Maine-based brand Rogues Gallery — has great taste. The gentlemen at Men’s Vogue took a trip to Cape Elizabeth, Maine to give us a look into Mr. Carleton’s beautiful home. As one would expect, the house is littered with nautical-themed artifacts collected over time. Seeing this home gives me a greater appreciation for the the Rogues Gallery collection — knowing the inspirations and authenticity of the guy at the controls. Impressive to say the least.
Our friends at DETAILS put together another great Rules of Style with Consuelo Castiglioni, the forward thinking creative director of Marni. As I have said before, these types of Q&As are hard to do in an interesting manner, but DETAILS is on a roll. Some of my favorite bits from Ms. Castiglioni:
5. Shoes define the kind of man you are. They should never be too trendy or showy but lean toward the classic. There are a lot of ugly shoes out there, and they can ruin even the most sophisticated attire.
The August issue of GQ is out and as to be expected, it is great. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better than the Summer Dresses Summer Suits story in July they hit you with Mr. John Slattery AKA Roger Sterling cloaked head-to-toe in plaid goodness.
The Japanese book store receives magazines in two types of shipments, one by air mail (or via All Nippon or whatever) and one by “sea” as they say at the store. Well it seems I might have sparked some interest in Free & Easy, because the first three times I went to pick up the new issue, it was sold out. Not until the “sea” shipment arrived did I get my hands on “Cadet Style” in all its glory.
The issue is no where near as pleasing as The Navy-ism, which mesmerized me so much I was forced to devour it in a series of five posts, but Free & Easy still reigns supreme as my favorite magazine that is written in a language I cannot read or understand.