Pitti Style Icon: Mr Raro

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Pitti Uomo is one of the most salivating experiences for internet-trawling fashionistas and the sartorially savvy. I won’t insult the intelligence of readers by explaining, for the 96th time, exactly what it is. You all know what it meant to be, what it actually is and why it gets so much feverish coverage from bloggers and style columnists at this time of year. Personally, I delight in the trove of Pitti peacocks. Life, and people, can be … [Read more...]

Clad Like the Gandy

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It must be hard being David Gandy. Not only is the British male model the most in-demand in the men’s fashion industry, he’s also one of the most-gushed about guys in the glossy weekly mags, propelling him from beautiful anonymity to bona fide celebrity status. He’s seen at premieres, openings, soirees and on primetime chat shows; the kind of rarefied world your average clotheshorse never gets near. Brand Gandy is well and truly under … [Read more...]

Gatsby Tailoring Revisited

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Last week I bought the DVD of the recently released Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the film that caused such a stir earlier this year. Regardless of what you may have thought of it, you'll have to agree that its aesthetics, and particularly the tailoring, made for thought-provoking viewing. In purchasing the DVD and re-watching the film, I've had an opportunity to figure out why; to my mind, it’s just not … [Read more...]

Style Icon: Aristotle Onassis

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I recently spent an enjoyable sojourn on the Ionian Sea, on the island of Lefkada, just south of Corfu and north of Kefalonia. While, culturally, the island is bereft of the kind of richness that other Greek islands afford, the place is surprisingly popular. Thanks, I have no doubt, in no small part to the proximity of the island of Skorpios and the lingering legend of Aristotle Onassis which pervades the area like an intoxicating fog. Once, … [Read more...]

Style Icon: Emperor Akihito

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Emperor Akihito is the 125th Emperor of Japan. His ancient line have, according to legendary manuscripts, been on the Chrysanthemum Throne since 660BC, making the Japanese imperial family the oldest rulers in the world. And, like most of the other monarchs in the 21st century world, his role is now largely ceremonial. Though his ancestors would have led giant armies into battle, his duties are confined to that of grand ambassadorship; hosting … [Read more...]