Stopped by Sunglass Hut to pick up those WISHLISTERS I mentioned before. Ordinarily I wouldn't wear a large pair of sunglasses but I tried these and enjoyed the Italian oversized style that for once suit my face. Once you have the necessary pairs you can start having more fun with your sunglass choice so I try on random pairs or get the great guys at the Waterfront to show me newer styles to get me out of my Wayfarers comfort zone. Large black sunglasses are ideal for running around in and these Dolce & Gabbana's are super light and comfortable. Must say I'm surprised I chose them but it's a great pair to mix things up a bit. Despite the way the weather is turning suddenly!
A lot of fuss has been made over Audrey Hepburn over the years. As Holly Golightly she captured the hearts of many a man and woman. Naturally, she was so sweet and sexy, a charmer and a goof and we loved her for it. But above all Breakfast at Tiffany's has been worshiped by fashion followers for decades. Style paraded around so recklessly as if that's just how we live our lives, it was decadent and above all, fun.
So, naturally all the attention gravitated towards Audrey Hepburn and her chic outfit changes, but little has been said of Paul the love interest.
When I grow up I want to be George Peppard as Paul Varjac. From the sleek side-path to his grace and good-manners. I loved everything about this man because so few men today conduct themselves like him. Not the sex-for-money thing though, of course. And yet he is a little bit awkward and it only adds to the on-screen chemisty of the duo since she is so direct with him. Plus it's so wonderful that the two of the characters just jumped head-first into their roles after meeting.
Paul Varjac if you haven't seen the movie is a gigilo who wants to end things with his... employer once he meets Holly Golightly. Throughout the movie the eccentric Golightly drags Paul, or Frank as she renamed him all over as she schemes to marryJosé for his money and he tried to convince her not to.
Of course the most well-known or popular scene in the movie is the lavish party which is oddly still conducted like a frat party from today. This is where we see Paul in his slim blue suit and skinny tie. Towards the 1960's the longer and wider cut started to fade away. A more refined and slimmer look appeared. Details like a simple folded pocket square complete this look.
When we first meet Paul it is also the first time he meets Holly. He is wearing a wonderful combination which takes a more formal look down a few notches by adding a cardigan. The varying tones are important to note. The woolen jacket matched with a beige/camel cardigan seems perfectly assembled which tells you he dresses well but isn't so strict with is look.
For cities like Cape Town it's not as easy to don items like a Burberry trench because of the immense heat, but come July August September it gets cold and wet like anywhere else. Paul still maintains his style throughout the movie but as the more urgent scenes come forward he wears a beige overcoat over a grey woolen jacket and sticks with the white button down and black tie. You can have more fun in terms of colour though. A blue shirt would easily suffice over a white one and you wouldn't even need a tie for either looks.
If you're neat, charming and well-mannered it would be the perfect accessory to any of these looks. Prove them wrong about chivalry being dead along with the old-fashioned gentleman. Somebody. Anybody!
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If you are a regular reader of this blog (gracias) then you may have caught on to the fact that Man of the Cloth is all about the modern gentleman and the revival of his etiquette, manners and attention to detail. I recently came across a blog dedicated to just that called 'The Art of Manliness'.
The blogs creator focuses on all the topic you may want to improve on from Money & Career, Relationships and Grooming plus a whole batch of other interesting reads from an older generations perspective. He even published a book by the same name and you can find out more about purchasing a copy on his blog.
Converse Addict recently designed a Japan specific line which will be released as part of the Spring 2011 collection. Featuring slightly worn/desaturated looks these Chuck Taylors also offer additional zebra and leopard pattens. These will be available at select Converse Addict stores and possibly online too so keep a look out. Not sure about the leopard for myself but I could make those zebra printed high-tops work nicely.
Top: H&M. Skirt: Zara. Shoes: Pour La Victorie. Bag: American Apparel. Sash: Lilly Pulitzer. Hat: H&M. Jewelry: Michael Kors, David Yurman, Pomellato, AE, Jcrew., Max&Chloe, BR. Lips: Make Up For Ever Professional #41.
Nicknamed "The Jesus Sandal" the strappy men's sandal has become the new staple. With plastic flip-flops the look will always lean towards a lazier and casual look. That said I own Havaiana's and wear them proudly, but a leather strapped sandal can transform what would be a Saturday morning Woodstock stroll in shorts and a tee, to a more evolved version. Team it with shorts or jeans and try it with a light shirt instead. The above boot is on my coveted list and is from the Buttero Spring/Summer 2011 look book.
Tom Ford – fashion powerhouse, film mogul and old school romantic – is the cover star of the spring/summer 2011 issue of Another Man. Alongside web exclusive images from Jeff Burton's shoot, AnOther presents Tom Ford's five easy lessons in how to be a modern gentleman, taken from Jefferson Hack's intimate conversation which appears in full in the issue.
1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.
2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.
3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they're walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.
4. Don't be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background.
5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.
Interview: Jefferson Hack
Photography: Jeff Burton
Photographic assistants: Eric Larson, Brooke Kegan, Rene Gomez
Digital technician: Matthew Grover
Retouching: Epilogue Inc.
Set design: Jamie Dean at Walter Schupfer Mangement
Great hair finds Jacques Naude and Julian Schratter for Terranova's latest campaign. While it looks like the accompanying images to Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' I am still thoroughly enjoying the quick escape. Dressed in stylish American Summer attire the Wilhelmina models bring us some great images a moment away from the busy city.