Archive for December, 2011

2011 HONOURS PART II- VIDEO STANCES

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Morning style fanatics. Best get on with these as running out of year. Here’s a smattering of best Video Stances. NB. You must click on the (clicks) to access Video Stances in question, right? You get it, don’t you Andy.


2011 HONOURS PART II – VIDEO STANCES

MOST INFORMATIVE VIDEO STANCE WITH SIMMERING OVERTONES

-CHRIS SULLIVAN-

Sullivan telling it like it is in Soho in plain Anglo-Merthyr. A genuine style merchant still in full operational mode (click for Stance). Note also Chris’s book, We Can Be Heroes that launched last month (click), check the book. Note also not the most recent shot of Sully, but never-the-less an awfully good one.


MOST LEGENDARY TAILORING LEGACY IN OPERATION AT A WEDDING

-EDWARD SEXTON ON STRETCH AT HIS WEDDING TO MARTHA-

Edward at his noble and suave best for Toby McLellan’s wedding suit. So glad these two worked together on something this important and the results were potent, we all agreed. (click) for Video Stance.


MOST SIMULTANEOUSLY ELEGANT, CAMP & TONGUE IN CHEEK STANCE

-TONY KING IN EDWARD SEXTON-

More from Edward Sexton shot at the Tommy Nutter exhibition in the Summer. This King fella really knows how to work a full outfit, then do the ’show and tell’. Taking it away Tony (click) for Video Stance. Was gonna crop those other blokes off the shot, but in the end left them in for compositional reasons.

Look, gotta go out and get some equipment for tonight, but gonna add Style &Error favourites Christos Tolera and Lyall Hakaria shortly, once I’ve invented some new categories.

Stubbs out.

Reckon might have this palaver wrapped up by February if I really push on.

2011 HONOURS, UPPERS & DOWNERS PART I

Friday, December 30th, 2011

What a smashing year, yeah? The year that Style&Error really took off in an international arena. Oh, wait. No. I’ve got that down in the diary for 2012 as it goes. Christ, OK, for now what a smashing year just had with you lot. You know who you are. Are you all tuned in? Lets amble through our faves, highs and lows. Feel free to interrupt and suggest stuff, and I might feel free to ignore/spam you off. For anyone not familiar with our thing here’s a ‘Heads Up’ as I believe certain people say.

Dustin, always did ‘fancy a Burberry trench’ he told Style&Error.

Thing is about doing an honours list is am almost certainly gonna honour all my people. Regulars already know who they are, so its a bit back-slappy and congratulatory. But then again it is my site/my people. Fuck it. Let’s recognise those who have made style triumph over error, entertained or just not given a monkey’s. I don’t give a monkey’s about the order of things either. This is gonna be a rolling awards week.


2011 STYLE & ERROR

HONOURS, UPPERS & DOWNERS PART I.

MOST SOPHISTICATED, SAVVY & ELEGANT BESPOKE TAILORS

-THOM SWEENEY-

Best fabric counsellors, excellent arbiters of taste and savvy vs. reserve. They don’t half represent the look well themselves. They’re their own muses. A template to reference. So, (click) for siting of boys on Bond Street and (click) for site/touch of Green Onions, take it away Booker…


LOW

-My fortieth birthday roof party piss-poor weather turnout (click)-

Presence of friends and prevailing Blitz spirit naturally made up for it, but looking at that accursed grey sky turning to rain in June did hurt a tad. I’ll be back, dammit.  I had a roof based dream…


MOST STYLISH, CUNNING & ATTITUDE ENTRENCHED SHOE DESIGNER

-MR.HARE-

Been into Mr. Hare’s shoes since the get go in AW09. Since then they’ve just kept getting better. I wear them, I style with them, I write about them, cause, they’re stylish, edgy, clever, original, British and not British. Cool. Nice one.  So, (clickmans) for post, and (clickage) for site.


HIGH

-LANDING MACY’S JOB NYC-

Macy’s hiring me as their Fashion Editor at Large for the season was an unexpected hoot. Was allowed to go quite mental in NYC with no one batting an eye or asking if this was normal. Hilarious. Love Macy’s crew. Got JW involved, had my own drinks party in the Lower West side, and did what we liked style wise. Mental. Living the dream? Maybe, certainly nice work if you can get it. (click).


This is taking bloody ages to do. Will get back to ya with more later..

Stubbs out.

PS. Shall I dig out the Dustin Hoffman interview and see if can get the bit where he does an improvised monologue from Kramer vs. Kramer?


HANGING BRASS MONKEYS

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I got this fella from The George to come and wire up my Tom Dixon brass ‘Void’ pendant light (click). Nog is an electrician. Nog & Void. It works. A relief as had feared not gonna function in bedroom scenario. It produces a weird, warm, glowy light in a pool below it. JW and I tried the other day but couldn’t finish the job. Quite an odd scene ensued. JW had a bloody nose and concussion from playing football. We persevered. I held the step ladder which wobbled erratically on it’s footing on the mattress. Song For Guy by Elton came on shuffle and we wobbled to that. It was a typically futile and peculiar at the same time.

Meanwhile today outside cold, cutting wind tore through denuded trees. No sign of the birds or the squirrels while I hung the new armoured feeder. Yesterday I deployed agent orange in the theatre of war that is my back garden. Chilli powder. Been told they (the squirrels) can’t bare it, but the birds are fine. We’ll see.

 

If you’re wondering how the Manifesto is going, it’s fine. Not as long as would have hoped, but coming along. Also the Style & Error honours lists. Honestly. A lot of hanging about to do today though you see. Elton, if you’d be so kind..

Stubbs out.

MANIFESTO PLANNING

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Am working on the new manifesto. It’s absorbing. Not sure what or how it’s going to function. What blend of aspiration, criticism and personal belief to put together? Or best way to deliver. Tricky stuff. Meanwhile got pendant light up and hanging in bedroom and squirrel war has entered new phase with new hardware and new chemicals, but can’t just keep going over old ground, can I? Nearly confused the two scenarios earlier. Would have been pretty surreal. Service will be resumed later. Do please bare with, thanks awfully.

Stubbs out.

PS. Roxy are laying out their’s below should you fancy a look, 1979. What a year for vividly coloured suits and plucked eyebrows.

POWER DRESSING – KIM JUNG UN

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

LIL’ KIM GETS UPGRADE. NOW WHAT TO WEAR?

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un was given the title Supreme Military Commander yesterday. Not only an interesting Boxing Day gift, but strong affirmation that he looks set to inherit the whole country by right of birth. Quite mental for a 28 year old, (an approximate age, as nothing is clear in North Korea).

Kim Jung-Un: Style Icon in waiting?

As his country grieves/starves for ‘Dear’ Kim Jong-Il, who many believed was their salvation, newly installed Lil Kim’, must be pondering not only his supper, but his future stance. He’s the son who was given the directorial nod from Dad, after oldest male offspring Kim Jong-Nam got collared trying to slip into Tokyo to visit Disneyland with a couple of fit, young sorts. A look deemed quite bad for a future communist dictator. So, well covered Lil’ Kim is The Man. Aside of the economic mess and the permanent military alert/deadlock, Lil’ Kim Jong Un has got to develop his stylistic signature. He’s not even claimed a convincing moniker yet. Paps was known as ‘Dear’, Grandpa, the founder of everything, Kim Il Sung, was called simply, ‘The Great’. Maybe ‘The Man’ would work? Un’s currently ‘The Great Successor’, but given his Dad’s penchant for Parisian Fashion Doyenne-esque heavy framed sunglasses, perhaps he needs to come back with something a bit more fashion slanted and impactful. ‘The Great Accessoriser’ maybe? Then he could really set to work on this whole style thing.

Kim Jong Il : Prestige outerwear/eyewear phase.

Kim Jong Il made potent, style-driven wraps his thing, teamed with teased/lightly crimped hair. However he also combined a taste in important outerwear, such as C.P. Company touring cabans and field jackets. Note also shaved mink hat. Other occasions would see him champion directional Japanese designers, such as Yohji and Comme des Garcons, despite the two nations being sworn enemies. This underlined the importance Dear-Il placed upon style. See below.

Kim Jong Il inspects site of proposed new Issey Miyake super-store in Pyongyang.

Grandpa’s deitific status allowed him to freely flit between traditional Western tailoring based stances and futuristic, highly directional styles of chukka boot, see below. These almond-toed nubuck and rubber contrivances went on to spawn a whole genre of smoothed around shu-boots in the region. Suits made from the Korean Republic’s own freshly invented fabric, Vinylon were less successful however.

Kim & Son.

Back to the ‘The Great Accessorisor’ in waiting, if Kim-Un is gonna keep up his end on a sartorial front, and that he needs to do, his people in the Ministry for Dictators Chic need to get right on the case with the mood-boards. Currently this navy military thing is clean and smart and rigorous, but far from engaging. We’ve seen this look before, no? When they’ve stopped crying, his people are gonna want Now! not Mao. Right?

Young Un scopes Dad Il’s shoe flex in emotional private moment.

It’s a shame the boy Un didn’t get involved more with European luxury style while at school in Switzerland. There’s still time. He’s got a fine hair line, but I’m seeing a Homburg hat or similar teamed with statement bins (continuing tradition), perhaps power dressy bold black numbers by Oliver Goldsmith or some vintage Carreras. A key piece of custom jewellery might also be an interesting addition. Perhaps the stone stele of Great King Gwanggaeto could be a strong motif cast in gold with a discrete hammer and sickle? This could all work again a back drop of classic communist/Japanese tailoring fusion, (re-igniting a tradition). Maybe a change in colour palette would up the style quotient too? I’m seeing pale ice blues and rich wheaty, golds for summer. As China further embraces consumer culture, Lil’ Kim is missing a massive trick here if he does not take the mantle and run with it. Look at Hu Jintao. He’s properly letting his side down with that tobacco-sales rep based garb. Alpha-dictators lead the way by looking suitably mental. President Asssad for example is in a right state for not representing sufficiently on the style front. He’s doing that whole ‘middle-management meets Lord Percy from Black Adder face’ thing, and it’s getting him nowhere. Isn’t it? Kim Jong Un has got to pull his finger out, get ‘out there’ and amongst it on a common consciousness level. Un, we’re expecting something poignant from you. Otherwise what’s the point in being a dictator? Don’t be shy Un. It’s your party, be fly if you want to.

Stubbs out.

Bar Homburg.