This isn’t the first time we’ve championed dressing up for a flight, and it won’t be the last, but here’s a perfect example of what we mean...
You’re looking at the Italian National Team stepping off their flight to Brazil for the World Cup. In three-piece suits.
It’s one dapper sight to behold, and unlike Team USA who, naturally, opted for sweatpants—okay, it wasn’t that bad, they wore sleek, Nike-issued warm-ups—the Italians look like they’ve dressed for the occasion. Because it’s not just about getting to the tourney, it’s about arriving on the grandest of world stages and looking like you’re supposed to be there—before even stepping foot on the pitch.
The annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most examined red carpets of the year. It’s like the Oscars for the fashion industry—minus the awards, but plus a theme that its attendants are supposed to adhere to. Understandably, the theme generally plays into the exhibit currently on display at the Costume Institute. That exhibit this year? PUNK: Chaos to Couture.
And let’s just say, punk and black tie aren’t exactly synonyms. But some were up to the challenge.
The Death and Rebirth of a Dolce & Gabbana Suit: There is a dry cleaner in Arizona who can clean any suit—even one that’s been smeared with Turkish probiotic yogurt. Good to have in your rolodex. [Put This On]
Stealing Granddad’s Pearls: Attention, virile men traveling through Zimbabwe: you may be kidnapped for your sperm. [The Telegraph]
In Search: The story of Google, from search pioneer to info-swallowing monolith. [Gizmodo]
There Are More Than You Think: And just because it’s there, a ranked list of songs with “Jane” in the title. [The Awl]
Choosing just the right scent for the season is a tricky business. Sure, you could head to the fragrance department at Barneys.
Or you could go to YouTube and watch what, in our humble opinion, are the “Top 10 YouTube Videos Featuring Random Dudes Offering No One in Particular Their Favorite Fall Fragrances of 2011, Broadcast from What Appear to Be Their Parents’ Basements.”
The Italian sale site is roughly a T.J. Maxx for the Dolce & Gabbana set, which means it’s the best place in the world to find an Etro suit for $325. But alongside it you’ll find the worst examples of Bruno-esque Euro excess. (Also, for some reason, a Budweiser hat.) So naturally, it helps if you’ve got a native guide.
One thing we always look forward to during Fashion Week is the daily appearance of Hamish Bowles, *Vogue*'s European editor-at-large -- not to mention an impeccably-plumed peacock who was one of our original MOTHs.
Josh Brolin was named after Steve McQueen's character in 1958's *Wanted: Dead or Alive*; consciously or not, he seems to be living up to the name. Like McQueen, he's a rugged fellow who races cars in his spare time, and now he's picking up something of the legendary King of Cool's style as well.
At the National Board of Review Awards gala the other night (where he rubbed shoulders with fellow MOTH Julian Schnabel), Brolin stood out, but subtly so, in a two-button, single-breasted peak lapel suit in lightweight wool from Dolce & Gabbana's fall collection, with a texturally interesting diagonal weave and flat-front trousers.
Note to *GQ* readers: think twice before following the advice on three-piece suits in the January issue too closely. While we're all for the return of vested interests, proper tailoring is absolutely essential when it comes to adding the extra element. You do not want your shirt and tie peeking out between the vest and trousers, and nor should your waistband be on public view, as has happened to *GQ*'s unfortunate model pictured here. Without a smooth, uninterrupted vest-to-trouser transition, “the entire elegance of a three-piece suit is destroyed,” as the great Alan Flusser notes. For this reason, low-slung pants, as on display in *GQ*, do not work on a three-piece, and belt loops have no place here either; side tabs are preferable, and braces are of course the classic choice.