Archive - May, 2007

It’s Curtains for Trousers

paisely trousers

Izzy likes to imagine that in some alternative universe, it was Rhett Butler, not Scarlett O’Hara, who had to have an outfit made out of drapes.  Presumably, he needed it for a vacation at New York’s Fire Island.

Conspicuous Waste

Gucci mailbag

Modeled on an old mailbag, this Gucci carry-all ought to be filled with Eurotrash.

The Prep Step

J Crew spring madras flip-flopsJ Crew madras flip-flops

Perfect with seersucker trousers on the beach, these flip-flops from J. Crew are more fun than most.  Make sure to wear them when doing this heavy reading:
Tipsy in Madras: A complete guide to 80s preppy drinking, including *proper attire *cocktails for

The Naked and the Nude

cheeky Mexicans

Provoked by these cheeky artist’s models, Izzy bids you to savor this poem from Robert Graves:

The Naked and the Nude

For me, the naked and the nude
(By lexicographers construed
As synonyms that should express
The same deficiency of dress
Or shelter) stand as wide apart
As love from lies, or truth from art.

Lovers without reproach will gaze
On bodies naked and ablaze;
The Hippocratic eye will see
In nakedness, anatomy;
And naked shines the Goddess when
She mounts her lion among men.

The nude are bold, the nude are sly
To hold each treasonable eye.
While draping by a showman’s trick
Their dishabille in rhetoric,
They grin a mock-religious grin
Of scorn at those of naked skin.

The naked, therefore, who compete
Against the nude may know defeat;
Yet when they both together tread
The briary pastures of the dead,
By Gorgons with long whips pursued,
How naked go the sometime nude!

Showing Too Much Leg

Rupert Murdoch in short socks

Friends of Rupert Murdoch, take note: The next time you need to get him a gift, buy him some long socks or even sock garters, for “shin cleavage” is unbecoming on a billionaire.

The Revolution in Pants

no pants on subway

Be afraid, for today is No Pants Day. Started by some college kids, the “holiday” is an insolent affront to all that is good and decent. Izzy, for one, has locked himself in his chateau to protect himself from these descendants of the sans-culottes.

Valenti, not Valent-ino

Jack Valenti with LBJ

Jack Valenti, the big macher who for 38 years headed the Motion Picture Association of America, was Napoleonic (or, more positively, Churchillian) in stature, but, like many diminutive but ultimately powerful men, he skillfully used his attire to make the most of what nature gave him. Sartorialists everywhere will miss him.

Jack Valenti in shirt and tie

The Shawl-Lapel Tuxedo

Tim Gunn in shawl lapel tuxedo

Although tuxedos with peak or shawl lapels are more traditional and proper than those with a notch lapel, Izzy has rarely found a shawl lapel that suits his fancy. But by going with narrow lapels, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn demonstrates an exceptional case.

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