Fashion Week Observed
The Ivy Style exhibit, opening Friday and running through January 5, 2013, centers on the “Ivy League look,” or what came to be viewed as classic menswear: suits and letter sweaters, bowties and khaki, madras and tweed (but never together!).
As we near the end of Fashion Week, we’ve invited some friends and experts to join us in a lunchtime conversation about the origins and current state of college fashion. We will be using the discussion tool Branch, and the conversation will begin in this post at noon.
Richard E. Press, columnist at ivy-style.com, former CEO of J. Press, consultant at the FIT Museum
Amy Levin, founder/creative director of CollegeFashionista.com
Lawrence Schlossman, editor at Complex and co-writer of the forthcoming book Fuck Yeah Menswear
Scott Lipps, president of model agency One Management
Mary Alice Stephenson, style and beauty expert
Peter Davis, editor-in-chief of Scene magazine
The point at which the traditionally-unfashionable-overcompensating-men-obsessed-with-menswear trend seemingly reached fever pitch was in December, when GQ’s website published an “Oral History of Menswear Blogging.” The genre, seemingly a construct of a parody blog, is the furthest thing from it.
The article’s participants and their self-serious tones inspired their own parodies. How could they not? Fuck Yeah Menswear to A Continuous Lean to Selectism and Valet and back, what was once a niche sub-genre of editorial output usually relegated to the front-of-book features of lad mags is now its own full-on genre of reading and writing glorified shopping catalogs for men. And not just men, but Men Who Traditionally Have Not Openly Embraced Fashion.
And now, the numbers exist to prove it. Menswear is back. Straight menswear, that is.
When 200 hundred people line up on Bleecker St. at three o’clock on a Friday to gain access to a flea market, it makes you ponder a few things, a couple being: what’s inside? And is there really a recession going on?
What was inside 159 Bleecker was some rather fine American-made gents clothing, as Read More
The current it-site for fashion blog aficionados is the wildly inventive and undiably crisp Tumblr, Fuck Yeah Menswear. The posts are literally poetry, free-verse flows mainlined into the pleasure lobe and cut with both the slang and tempo of hip-hop and the self-aware knowledge of blog mechanics.
Slate took a look at it Read More