Category Archives: Fashion

Men’s Fashion: All Eyes On…

Timothee Chalamet. He is part of the menswear vanguard challenging the notion that dressing up means black suiting. He uses color, textiles, and embellishments typically reserved for women — but why should they have all the fun?

Timmy has been consistently delivering impeccable looks for a couple of years now. With a big new movie about to come out, keep an eye on his fashion choices over the winter season.

Below are six favorite recent outfits, each of which has a dominant element that can be taken as inspiration.  While some of the tailoring will be difficult for civilians to pull off, let it inspire you to rethink gender restrictions and body proportions.

  1. Electric Blue.  Regardless of skin tone, there is a shade of rich blue that can work.
Haider Ackermann

2. Embroidery.  High contrast works best when used sparingly.

Haider Ackermann

3. Color Blocking.  Keep the neutral more prominent.

Haider Ackermann

4. Florals.  A black base grounds things and keeps it edgy.

Haider Ackermann

5. Evening Wear Beading.  Okay, we realize this may be double-black-diamond, expert level clotheswearing.  Something to aspire to.

Louis Vuitton

6. Gender Non-Conforming. *Warning: below is a trained professional on an enclosed track. Do not attempt at home.*  His success pulling off multiple femme elements is what makes this his best look ever. You have got the satin, the cinched waist, the curls, cropped pants, and a camisole top all in sync.

Consider trying just one of those elements if you are feeling daring.

Haider Ackermann

The Life Cycle of Our Treasures

The retirement, downsizing, and death of baby boomers has created a huge glut in the marketplace of furniture antiques, especially midcentury modern.

Unlike with past generations, the contemporary elderly of the Western world were a part of the post WWII boom in consumerism and the rapid acquisition of goods.

In the last 50 years, average home square-footage has doubled, and people filled these spaces with artifacts bought both at home and abroad.  As the years have gone on, many of these pieces have lost 75% or more of their value, regardless of how well they have been preserved.  The lack of resale value–or even ability to sell–can feel like a personal rejection to the owner, because these items were carefully curated over decades.

Why is demand not keeping up with the sudden supply?  In addition to the basic economics of scarcity, people (especially millennials) want and expect brand-new, self-chosen possessions.  Having a family member’s taste foisted upon you can feel oppressive if the aesthetic is not shared.

In our disposable society marked by renting indefinitely, Ikea furniture, and Forever 21 clothes, we have not planned for the entire lifecycle of stuff.

Estate sale businesses are unregulated and murky, because few people have the forethought to consider this need until it is upon them.

Personally, I have been benefitting handsomely from the high supply.  In recent weeks, I have bought 1940s-1960s designer clothing and unique midcentury home goods for a few dollars.  The guilt of so easily acquiring someone’s long-cared-for treasure is offset by the thought that if I were not giving it a new life of appreciation, it would likely be gathering dust in the dark.  Or tossed.  I encourage you to take a walk through an antiques shop the next chance you get, to connect yourself with the march of humanity and to pay respects to what was once enviable, and can be again.