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January 31, 2008

Robot Teddy

Filed under: Celebrity,Glasses,Gloves,Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits,Ties — Izzy @ 10:09 am

Karl Lagerfeld with noose

The fine folks at Kempt pointed Izzy to a story in WWD about a teddy bear being modelled after Karl Lagerfeld:

FUZZY WUZZY: It’s a bear market out there — at least where Karl Lagerfeld is concerned. The famous German teddy bear maker Steiff plans to immortalize the indefatigable couturier in stuffed-animal form. The fuzzy Karl comes complete with dark glasses, a dark suit, high collar and logo belt buckle — nuclear-powered design prowess not included.

Izzy can’t help thinking that the teddy bear ought to be a creepy robot like the one featured in Steven Speilberg’s A.I. (which was originally a project of Stanley Kubrick’s, a director with a far darker sensibility).

Teddy supertoy

The plot, including the character of Teddy, was inspired by Brian Aldiss’ short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” which contains a passage that could well describe any ursine automaton based on Lagerfeld:

“Come down here, Teddy!”

She stood impassively, watching the little furry figure as it climbed down from step to step on its stubby limbs. When it reached the bottom, she picked it up and carried it into the living room. It lay unmoving in her arms, staring up at her. She could feel just the slightest vibration from its motor.

January 29, 2008


Filed under: Bad Fashion,Hats,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 11:54 am


“While suitable for Princess Leia, the world’s largest earmuffs are best avoided in this galaxy. Despite being absolutely hideous, those earmuffs are probably absurdly expensive, so much so that most people would have to consider taking a cheap cash advance in order to afford them.”

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January 28, 2008

Parla Inglese?

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits,Sweaters,Tailoring,Trousers — Izzy @ 11:56 pm

Angelo IngleseAngelo Inglese detail

The Sartorialist today featured a certain Angelo Inglese, whose surname is too-good-to-be-true for those who enjoy British style all’italiana.  While his jacket sleeves and trousers might be too tight, his subtle combination of patterns should be an inspiration to us all.  Also, although his cardigan appears have been tucked in carelessly, it is more likely a messy example of sprezzatura.

January 25, 2008

Old English Sheepdog

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Grooming,Hats,Shirts,Ties — Izzy @ 11:07 am

Old English sheepdog wig

When you’re having a bad face day, there’s nothing better than a shaggy wig topped off with a tartan beret.  At least you can’t see yourself in the mirror.

January 22, 2008

Go, Speedracer, Go!

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Wallets — Izzy @ 10:31 am

Jack Spade Monza wallet

Perforated like a racing glove, Jack Spade’s Monza wallet is designed to hold the driver’s license you show the policeman who caught you on the autostrada doing three times the limit in your1964 Ferrari 275.   Needless to say, the only reason you were stopped was because the Polizia di Stato had one of these.

January 21, 2008

Pink Eye for the Conservative Guy

Filed under: Hats,Men's Fashion,Shirts,Suits,Ties — Izzy @ 12:10 pm

pinks and reds

Capturing a sentiment that originated with the French Revolution, Republicans in France for a long time subscribed to the slogan, “Il n’y a pas d’ennemi à gauche,” meaning “No enemies to the left.”  Whether or not that should be the case in politics, it is certainly true with respect to the colors on the political spectrum: Pinks and Reds can indeed get along.

January 17, 2008

What’s the Matter with Kansas?

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Shoes,Trousers — Izzy @ 6:33 am

Moschino ruby oxfords

Izzy has little doubt that clicking your heels in these ruby oxfords from Moschino will indeed take you somewhere over the rainbow.

January 16, 2008

Afro Halo

Filed under: Grooming,Suits,Sweaters — Izzy @ 5:43 am

Cavailli with afro

…I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for an afro to fit through the opening in a turtleneck. Isidore 19:24.

January 15, 2008

Fur Is Organic

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Hats,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 7:25 pm

Dolce & Gabbana trapper hat

Pitti Uomo, the most important men’s fashion show, has opened in Milan with offerings like his trapper’s hat from Dolce & Gabbana.  It looks strangely familiar, and not in a good way.  Oh, wait.

January 14, 2008

Angular Momentum

Filed under: Celebrity,Glasses,Grooming,Men's Fashion,Shirts,Ties — Izzy @ 11:47 am

Wesley Snipes with angled collar

As a celebrity, it’s part of Wesley Snipes’ job to a draw attention to himself, which he easily accomplished with an oddly angled collar. The non-traditional collar didn’t offend Izzy as much as he would have expected, but the extra-long dimple in the tie had the opposite effect. Is it possible for a necktie to be too silky?

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January 10, 2008


Filed under: Etiquette,Grooming,The Big Man,Ties — Izzy @ 9:44 pm

lawyer in ascot

A Milwaukee-area judge has gotten hot under the collar due to a prosecutor’s wearing an ascot in lieu of a court-mandated necktie.  While the judge might be extreme in threatening the lawyer with contempt, his Honor is correct that an ascot must be seen as an informal piece of clothing.   While donning one in court might not amount to a full-blown violation of the canons of legal ethics, the real question is why the prosecutor would want to accentuate the girth of his already hefty neck.   His goatee was a smart choice, however.

January 9, 2008


Filed under: Men's Fashion,Outerwear — Izzy @ 1:03 pm

Nom de Guerre high collar coat

Part military in inspiration, this high-collared coat from Nom de Guerre cuts an excitingly modern figure.  Izzy found it Notcouture, which is an excellent source for the fashionably avant-garde.

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