Category Archives: fashion

So Dude, How Stylish is Your Cool Weather Jacket?

Good question. For more years than I care to recount, I cared not for my outer coat appearance. I thought functionality ruled and layering was king.

I was right. Functionality is key. Layering is key in order to feel comfortable.

But I would not want a lot of pictures taken of me in the snow.

Could I do better? Of course! With a bit of thinking. With a bit of shopping.

And this link may be a good starting point.

Go for it men! Your partners want you to! I want you to! You want you to!

Carey Grant’s Timeless Style

Here he is in a classic image with Marlene

Dietrich in sparkly tailcoat wtih Cary Grant wearing a single end bow tie with his white tie ensemble

Grant was one of the most stylish men of the last century. No doubt about it. And he cultivated his style over his career. He did so because he knew that it was his calling card. Others might have been better actors or more amusing. But Grant proved that folks would come out and pay money just to get a taste of his stylish screen persona.

Here is his style story.

The thing I like about this story is that Grant achieved his style hall of fame stature by being understated. He was not into fads. Nor did his clothes draw attention. He wore the clothes. They did not wear him. Simplicity with high quality.

That works for me. How about you?


Giorgio Armani Thinks Fashion has Gone Bonkers!

Giorgio thinks that the fashion world is losing touch with several key ideas. The first is sustainability. The accelerated pace of upgrading designs and creating trends is not sustainable. The second is, shall we call it, discretion. Too much is getting revealed just to get a bit more attention.

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A return to timeless fashion? To a time when adherence to long held traditions was considered a marketing plus?

We shall see, said the blind man!

Yes, My Dear, the Paris Look Still Kills!

Paris is still the center of fashion. And it is so for a variety f reasons. One of them relates to the urge to accessorize.

No, men, this post is not for you. It is for your loved ones. Their adventure starts this way.

In the quest to dress like a Parisian, we can’t forget accessories. They’re the small but vital details that complete a look, and the French certainly know how to accessorize. We all know locals love their sneakers, and we’ve already covered French sneaker brands Veja and Pairs in Paris.

Catch the link for the inside word on cool Parisian accessory brands – with pics of course!

And enjoy your cappuccino!

Cool McCool Lives! Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Hollywood is not a place. It is instead, a craving. A craving that we all have — to be cool. To be the thing that others crave to be. In that sense, Hollywood oddly reflects back to us who we wish we were, or perhaps still dream of becoming.

Very Fitzgeraldian!

This does not always work out. There are missteps. But once in a while, Hollywood films strike a nerve. And Quentin Tarrantino’s film about Hollywood – nay a love song to Hollywood – appears to be striking that nerve now.

How do I know? I know because it is creating a fashion trend.

Read on!

Whilst it is only just set to launch in UK cinemas, Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated ninth film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is already a strong contender for the most stylish film of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. Set in Los Angeles circa 1969 – an iconic era for fashion – the film is brimming with strong looks, the most notable of which are sported by its two main characters, Leonardo DiCaprio’s struggling television star Rick Dalton and his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt.

As the pair wrestle with the prospect of their dwindling careers, they still manage to maintain an air of effortless cool, cycling through a series of punchy late sixties-style outfits, which renowned costume designer Arianne Phillips (who also worked on A Single Man, Walk the Line, and both Kingsman flicks amongst others) was tasked with putting together. She attributes her inspiration to the richness of Tarantino’s script, which provided detailed insights into each of the characters and the era in which they were getting loose. “This isn’t a movie about fashion,” Phillips told Vogue. “Fashion is a reflection of the culture, it’s a reflection of what’s happening at a specific time. There were real historic references to trends, but mainly these costumes came from the characters and their personalities as Quentin wrote them in the original script.”

I am reminded how the film “Out of Africa” spurred an interest in Ralph Louren safari jackets back in 1985.

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It is easy to make fun of this, and I cannot help but chuckle a bit as I write this. At the same time, there is something to it. We do aspire to things. We do want to be magical. And we need the clothes to make it happen, right?

Is Vivian Vau the Most Engaging Woman in Tallinn?

A quick report on my lunch with Vivian at Ribe

Tallinn has a wonderful atmosphere, especially in its old town. The space has that “lived in” feel because it has been. Many of its buildings and pathways date back more than 500 years. That means, if there are ghosts, there are loads of them! And  btw, saying all of that gives one the wrong idea. The fun part of Tallinn’s old town is actually how young it is. Young in terms of people.

Like Vivian Vau!

Vivian Vau h presides over a rather glamorous old town shop at Kuninga 1, that caters to women’s fashion in footwear.

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BTW, she claims that there are more than one ghost who share her space. Not to worry, they are mostly friendly.

It is not just a shoe shop because Vivian has a much bigger vision for her clients. She looks at them — and at you — in terms of your individual potential. Your potential unique style that is expressed in what you show the world. Shoes are  a critical part of that.  Vivian also lives that lifestyle herself. She is, shall we say, a rather striking person. Tall, blonde, statuesque, and dressed always in bold colors!

With this sort of vision, Vivian does not just re-sell shoes from mass producers. Instead, several times a year, she goes to Italy and Spain and gives shoe makers new designs to be made from scratch for her next collection. In other words, her collections embrace her design sensibilities — and they offer bold colors (as well as high quality craftsmanship).

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A sample

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Yesterday, I met Vivian for lunch at Ribe in old town.

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There was just enough sun left in the afternoon to sit outside for our appetizers. The scallops, btw, were delicious!!

I wanted to  see if Vivian would agree to a marketing idea. You get that idea from this picture

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This is a fun image as well

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Juxtaposing great shoes with unusual settings. I would do this in black and white, with only the shoes in color.  Perhaps also, a woman directing workers at a construction site wearing heels. A woman directing traffic in flowered pumps.

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And of course, the woman astronaut, working the controls of a space vehicle wearing — you guessed it.

We started talking. Very soon, however, Vivian was telling me about her incredible 3 week vacation in Croatia. Dancing until 6 in the morning, and then off to the market for morning figs. Nice!

We are still thinking about how to capture her design sensibility. Getting the most out of life! Being free to experience the best that life has to offer! Being open and unafraid! Having a unique individual style!

What do you think?

Enjoy! Stay tuned! I will be following Vivian’s adventures here!