The Streets of Manhattan

Bill Cunningham in NYC

Bill Cunningham, the famed New York Times street-fashion photographer, has created a new audio slideshow, in which he notes that pocket squares seem to be making a comeback, especially on men who aren’t wearing neckties. As a proponent of judiciously chosen ornament, Izzy thinks this is happy news.

Speaking of the joys of people-watching, as the weather is increasingly conducive to walks in the city, it’s worth remembering some lines from Walt Whitman:

Keep your splendid, silent sun;
Keep your woods, O Nature, and the quiet places by the woods;
Keep your fields of clover and timothy, and your corn-fields and orchards;
Keep the blossoming buckwheat fields, where the Ninth-month bees hum;
Give me faces and streets! give me these phantoms incessant and endless along the trottoirs!
Give me interminable eyes! give me women! give me comrades and lovers by the thousand!
Let me see new ones every day! let me hold new ones by the hand every day!
Give me such shows! give me the streets of Manhattan!

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4 Responses to “The Streets of Manhattan”

  1. Annalucia April 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    Has Izzy ever seen a pocket square with four points?

    That is not a mistake – four points, like four little cocoa-brown mainsails, sailing across the gentleman’s jacket pocket. The Annalucia was so fascinated by this display that she could scarcely listen to what the gentleman was saying.

  2. Jeff the Baptist April 23, 2008 at 10:01 am #

    I liked it how the pocket squares were being used to accentuate the colorful shirt instead of the tie. Very clever and stylish.

    I didn’t like everything though. Lots of people did not have enough break in their trousers. For instance, the harris tweed 3-piece. No break. Ewww. The suit might last forever, but the cut might not and who knows if the guy will still fit into it in 10 years.