Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Good Reads: Menswear


Leading Mannequins (GQ, April 2012)
A great behind-the-scenes look at how the Hollywood "It" boys get dressed. 

Spoiler alert:  Most of them don't have great fashion sense.

Asides:  Money begets money, and Ryan Gosling can do no wrong.

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Come as You Are (The Morning News, April 2012)
A humorous consideration of the restrictions of men's fashion, framed by a discussion of drop-crotch pants.  There's a shoutout to thesartorialist.com amidst a foray into avant garde japanese style. 

Hidden moral:  If you think way too hard about something, you may lose yourself.  (Or find yourself.  Don't want to be too judgemental...)

Quote #1: Then there are the crazy, unapologetic drop-crotch pants where the drop is so great that the material hangs, billows, and drapes in between the legs in all sorts of unbecoming ways.

Quote #2:  There is a crucial difference between fashion and style. Fashion is the context that we live in, the trends that cycle in and out. It is the industry, the magazines, and the advertisements that form the dominant paradigm. Style is what we choose to do with it.

(Please don't take this as an endorsement of drop-crotch pants.)

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