Manolo for the Men Fashion and Lifestyle Advice for Men

June 21, 2006

All Buttoned Up

Filed under: Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,Suits — Izzy @ 11:17 pm

buttoned tux

In case you needed any evidence that tuxes, like most jackets, look far better when buttoned.

June 20, 2006

The Scrawny Hobbit

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,Tailoring — Izzy @ 6:32 pm

Tiny Elijah Wood

It’s one thing to be short, another to be skinny. But when the two are combined, as in the case of Elijah Wood, a painted-on “tux” with overly long trousers only makes things worse.

June 19, 2006

Star-Crossed Trousers

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Men's Fashion,Trousers — Izzy @ 12:16 am

Paul Rogers

As the replacement for the Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock band Queen, Paul Rogers has had to bear a heavy cross. Why he chose trousers that visually depict this, Izzy will never know.

June 16, 2006

The Amputated Dress Shirt

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Suits — Izzy @ 12:34 pm

Marc Jacobs short-sleeved shirt

According to The New York Times, young designers like Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne, Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders, Alexander McQueen, and Michael Bastian are offering stylish versions of the short-sleeved dress shirt this summer.

The article rightly points out that this look will work, if at all, only on men who’ve spent a lot of time at gym. It fails to note, however, that the short-sleeve dress shirt is the only element of men’s businesswear that derives from women’s clothing. Izzy believes that that should be all you need to know when deciding whether to don one.

June 15, 2006

Balled Head

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Grooming,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 12:04 pm

soccer head

Presumably both before and after getting this haircut this World Cup fan was kicked in the head.

June 14, 2006

Save Lipshitz

Ralph Lauren at CFDA

First he wore this. And now here is how Ralph Lauren (né Lipshitz) recently showed up to a black-tie event. Is that the same turquoise (?) on his jeans as on his earlier giant belt?

Dear readers, Izzy believes we must stage an intervention.

June 13, 2006

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Thomas Pink

Filed under: Cufflinks & Watches,Men's Fashion,Ties — Izzy @ 12:46 pm

Some novelty cufflinks for the World Cup fan.

football cufflinks

A power tie for the paterfamilias.

Thomas Pink red power tie

Or one for the dandy in the family.

Thomas Pink Andros stripe

Tips and Purveyors for the Not Tall Man

Filed under: Men's Fashion,The Not Tall Man — Izzy @ 12:17 pm

Yesterday the Today show featured a segment on clothing advice for short men. The advice, most of which was fine, was delivered by Alan Au of Jimmy Au’s, one of only ten stores in the U.S. that cater to men under 5’8″ tall, even though one-third of the male population falls into that category. Izzy must admit that he did not even know that such stores existed. By contrast, there are about 1,000 stores for big and tall men.

To any entrepreneurs out there, there is a huge, er, small market out there waiting to be tapped.

June 12, 2006

Battle of the Architects

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Outerwear,Shirts,Suits,Ties — Izzy @ 12:42 pm

Norman Foster, architect of the new Hearst Building in New York, proves himself dapper in a fitted cotton suit with very high lapels and hacked (i.e., angled) pockets, a bold checked shirt with an unusual button-down collar, and an asymmetric tie.

Norman Foster

Whereas Richard Meier, most famous for his Getty Center in Los Angeles, opts to pop his heads out of a giant brown paper bag.

Richard Meier

June 9, 2006

The Abominable Uomo di Neve

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Manolo's Internet Friends,Ties — Izzy @ 1:04 am

Over at Whirled Events, a World’s Ugliest Tie Competition is taking place in honor of Father’s Day, which is quickly approaching. With so many atrocities out there, Izzy prefers the challenge of submitting an entry from a legitimate fashion house. Lord knows what the fashionistas at Etro were thinking when they cut this…

Etro snowman tie

Izzy finds it particularly odd that in place of a coal, carrot, or even biscotti nose, the snowman has just a squiggle. At least the white polka dots could pass for snowflakes.

June 8, 2006

Ken Don’t

Filed under: Celebrity,Grooming,Men's Fashion,Shirts,Ties — Izzy @ 11:39 am

Kenneth Cole's collar

Not to be outdone by Ralph Lauren’s bad example, Kenneth Cole here combines a soggy collar, gobs of hair mousse, and a tie knot far too tiny for his Frankensteinian head. He would appear to have chosen his wife well, however.

June 7, 2006

Polio by Ralph Lauren

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Celebrity,Men's Fashion,The Not Tall Man,Trousers — Izzy @ 11:25 am

Ralph Lauren in leather pants

Merchant prince Ralph Lauren here helpfully teaches us three lessons: 1) Black and brown tend to clash, 2) Men of a certain age ought to avoid leather trousers, 3) Texas-sized belt buckles do not belong on a Lichtenstein-sized man.

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