Manolo for the Men Fashion and Lifestyle Advice for Men

April 12, 2007

Shrinky Dink

Filed under: Celebrity,Men's Fashion,The Not Tall Man,Ties — Izzy @ 12:02 am

Lance Armstrong

At 5’9″ and 165 lbs., Lance Armstrong is not that small. But this tie makes it seem like he’s a jockey, not a cyclist.

April 10, 2007

You Had Me at “Hello”

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Etiquette,Men's Fashion,Trousers — Izzy @ 7:38 am

Abercrombie & Fitch in-store models

An intrepid British reporter went undercover as an in-store model at the new London branch of Abercrombie & Fitch, a brand that, in Izzy’s mind, is popular with obnoxious, spoiled frat boys despite—or because of?—the explicit homoeroticism in its advertising and store displays. (The flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue features a giant mural of barely-clothed men climbing ropes in gym class. At many stores, the women’s department likewise features smutty photos of nymphets. Not for nothing has the brand been called Abercrombie & Filth.)

While interviewing for the job, the writer, presumably as ripped as the in-store living mannequins above (complete with matching widow’s peaks, areolae, and angular lower abdominals that come to a rude vertex), discovered that

that the company had a “tagline” which we would have to use when greeting customers. [The interviewer] explained, very seriously, that it was, “Hello, how are you?” “How did you come up with that?” I asked. She said a company of marketing consultants had worked intensively at developing it.

They wanted to audition me to see if I could deliver the line – this was make or break. “Hello, how are you?!” I said clearly. “Very good” she reassured me.

I had cleared my first hurdle and said four words in the right order, a test that floored some of my fellow-would-be-models – honestly.

It seems likely that those would-be models received their education at the Derek Zoolander Center for Children Who Can’t Read Good.

Bright Sol

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits — Izzy @ 12:56 am

Sol LeWittSol LeWitt Wall Drawing No. 752

Ever since becoming attuned to clothing, Izzy has been fascinated by the attire of visual artists due to their superior sensibility to color and form. So while reading the recent obituary of Sol LeWitt, Izzy was pleased to discover that the shy, modest artist would combine a conservative tweed jacket with an eye-popping magenta shirt, a fitting choice for the enthusiast of cheerful colors who once called one his paintings ”Loopy Doopy (Red and Purple).”

April 5, 2007

Wedding Belly

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Suits — Izzy @ 9:39 pm

summer wedding

Izzy is not usually one to critique ordinary Joes on their wedding day, but, putting aside his decision to wear a t-shirt, this gentleman would have looked a little bit more svelte had he buttoned his linen jacket (assuming it were properly sized).

April 4, 2007

Larry Kudlow’s Comparative Advantage

Filed under: Celebrity,Glasses,Grooming,Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits,Ties — Izzy @ 6:48 pm

Lawrence Kudlow

Inspired by a post on the well-dressed economist, a reader queried Izzy as to whether he knew anything about the attire of the dapper TV business commentator Larry Kudlow.  Ever happy to oblige, Izzy has it on good authority that Mr. Kudlow wears bespoke suits by Savile-Row trained Leonard Logsdail (whom Izzy has had the pleasure of meeting) and ties by Turnbull & Asser, Vineyard Vines, and Venazi.  His contrast-collar shirts, ever beloved by financiers and capitalists, are also by T&A.

April 3, 2007

Into the Void, or Trending Like Beckham

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Celebrity,Men's Fashion,Suits — Izzy @ 8:24 pm

David Beckham in white suit

This article speculates whether soccer superstar David Beckham’s professional arrival in the U.S. will fill a “fashion void” in American sports. With great fear, Izzy recalls Nietzsche’s warning: “When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”

Oshkosh B’crotch

Filed under: Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 12:33 am

fly dog

Just in time for the first night of Passover, this photo features two plagues not afflicted on the Egyptians: silly dogs in overalls and unknowingly well-ventilated trousers. Have a happy Passover!

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