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DANIEL CRAIG PLAYS STRAIGHT AND SCORES

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

FROM THE STYLE REFEREE – ‘BACK OF THE NET’

NAVY ENSEMBLE EXECUTED IN LOW-KEY YET MASTERFUL MANNER AT (OWN) FILM PREMIERE

Not got loads to say about Craig’s look except that his straight take on classic navy demonstrates how strong straight can look on an older fella if done convincingly. Unfussy, manly, straight. The suit is Brunello Cucinelli (click), as is shirt & tie. A handsome, yet restrained tie knot with dimple, blades slightly splayed. Black shoes teamed with navy suit, does looks chic and tight. Pal of mine styled this, Mr.William ‘It Was Really Nothing’ Gilchrist. He can be detected just slightly in the deployment of the pocket square, other than that he’s pretty, pretty invisible. Which is good. Craigs stubble and furrowed/drawn face and neat smart hair cut helps a-lot. No-one wants to see well-fed old bald bloke in a suit. Literally, no-one. Too, too many of those hanging about as it is. Think on, Christmas business-men wine & dinners…Another potent device sartorially is to have madly fit sort like Rooney Mara as part of the story, again black with the navy looking chic. The film looks pretty exciting too from the trailer (click). Reminds me, must get hair cut, and re-furrow jowls.

Stubbs out.

PS. Think Daniel Craig actually achieves older man casual style rather well too. Unusual in an actor.

PPS. To see how not to do Premiere (click)

J.LAW & R.DOWNEY JR. – DOUBLE RED CARD

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

FROM THE STYLE REFEREE

MISGUIDED DRESS CODE SUBVERSION AT OWN FILM PREMIERE

Let’s get one thing straight. Am certain Jude and Robert couldn’t give a monkeys what I say about how they look at the Premiere of Sherlock Holmes II. Reckon they might care about style however. They almost certainly suffer from the A-list actor problem of being insulated from reality, (A-Lister Stylistic Insulation Syndrome, also know as AS-LICS). Hence Downey Jr’s (Ben Elton like) shinny suit and designer romper sho-boot. Designer trainers are always a bad thing on the midde-aged. As with most celebrities, no one on their crew ever says, “do you think it’s entirely wise to wear an Action-Gnome hat to your film premiere?”. So they end up doing it*. All the film stuff they’re known for is styled by someone else. Means when they come to get dressed they’re not so sure who they are. Elements here are most agree-able for sure, but its the devil-may-care balls-up of mixing it up where they’ve come adrift. Like the Rake blazer on Law, but then cardy and confused soft-collar shirt are rather limp. The Lanvin tight cavalry officers dress britches and boots are however completely at odds with the uncle-casual thing in the mid-secton, and more so the neck up ‘Rebelious Norwegian-geologist-at-brothers-wedding’ beard/hat look.

Look, it is Ben Elton. Look. That shirt/tie combo. Am I nit-picking? No, I’m bloody not. You’ve gotta look at them and say, ‘Lads. This is a quite, quite pony turn out. You look like jokers the pair of you. Now fuck off to Claridges with your mates for the after party.’ If they were just blokes, you’d look at them and think what a couple of hedge funded euro-pillocks. But they’re A-list actors, so they breeze through, unmolested. Pah! Am inclined to salute belligerence, but they look properly rubbish.

Thing is, when your persona/actor profile things is so strong, its almost best to just nut about in jeans, t-shirt and a nice overcoat most of the time, and look great. Then when its a Premiere put on immaculate black tie or proper cocktail get up,  job done. This nonsense above is down to AS-LICS, celeb-clueless-ness and really naff photo-opporunties. Gonna back off now. What would I know anyway? Am sat eating Olives and Taramasalta in Clapton and think I’m sophisticated cause I know about shoes. Yeah right.

Stubbs out.

* We’re all aware of Laws hair line peninsula scenario. Sympathies there, believe. But a good looking bloke like Law should become the master of the Fedora, or at least the pro-active owner of a nice Pork Pie or two.

PS. Thanks to the various fashion PRs who forwarded these pictures.


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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

MR. JUDE LAW – RED CARD

For matchy-matchy accessory quotient and dubious boot select

Feel a little bit mean having a go at poor Jude. Sod it. He’s asking for it. Sod’s law. Right, in the words of Sophia George “Young man you’re too matchy-matchy, you just a match it ’round the worldie .” Ahem. Quite. Can’t go round matching two or more accessories without like looking a bit of a tool.  Three is a definite dismissal. Such a shame as hat is lovely one and it suits him, but matchy-matchy doesn’t strike the right chord of embracing style in carefree manner. Makes you look like a meet and greeter outside a THF hotel or something. A few steps removed, but you’re on the road to being a male equivalent of those really annoying girls who gets obsessed by the colour pink, and have everything pink. Then there’s the too long trousers. They’re too long. Thens there’s the toe cap boots. They’re wrong with this sort of sharp, fitted suit Jude, and you should know this. That’s at least two book-ables. Early bath for Law. Shame as promising shape with the pocket square. The hat is also something Law should pursue on various levels.

Stubbs out in the Metropolis. Take it away Sophia..

“Big fat one she’s a go-go dancer, little slim one who’s one who’s a radio announcer, one hoity toity, one fightie fightie…”*

*amended as per Bimboinnayabombas comment. Thanks for that. Got the spelling off the internet when was well late last night and tired.

PS. More grey suits this week from Barlow vs. O’Leary on the telly thing.


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Monday, August 15th, 2011

MR. ANDREAS KRONTHALER – BACK OF THE NET

For convincingly deployed and avant garde red carpet stance

Admittedly Kronthaler has got a pretty major fashion hook up (see his Royal arm candy) and no doubt has the run of the Westwood stock cupboard, however, he wears it rather well, don’t ya think? Nice smart dress jacket teamed with crop vintage looking maritime pants, broderie anglaise shirt and tonal bow tie. Extra points for fancy cummerbund. Think he might have borrowed some of Vivienne’s maroon courts with little bow, and frankly why not? Knocks most other red carpet forays we see into a cocked hat. Actually Andreas, where is your cocked hat?

 

TS.

 

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

TOM FELTON – RED CARD – FLAGRANT MISUSE OF SADDLE SHOE

Sending off for light suede casual shoe teamed with dark dressy three piece at Rise of the Planet of The Apes Primiere.

Am gutted for the Brit, as suit is fine, while shirt collar and tie function adequately, however cannot let this ham-fisted pairing slide, especially at his own film do*. A common and fundamental mistake: Shoes far too light for dark suit. His brazen saddle shoes are also too, too scruffy for this film star caper. Must reiterate importance of delivering a look from head to toe, even if subverting things. No evidence of clever mismatch élan, and is too young to be not caring surely. Particular shame as young Tom’s representing well in U.S., however, my bin men match their strides and boots with more flair. Felton also sporting belt with a suit, a second serious sartorial misdemeanour. Absolutely no appeal. Sorry Felto’ mate , early bath. Proper dressing is after all what separates us from the apes, no?

TS out.

*Rise of The Planet of The Ape (clickage)