February 25, 2014

Does glamour have to be grim: thinking about the cruelty of chic...


In June of 2006, I encountered the chicest woman I have ever met. I can’t say for sure if she was tall, but I remember distinctly that her heels were. She wore sharply pointed slingbacks—no cutesy peep toes for her—that easily could have been used to gouge out the eyes of anyone who looked at her the wrong way.
She walked in with a big snakeskin purse and an even bigger reputation for being indomitable and sharp-tongued. She was a national broadcaster from Toronto—and still is—so let’s call her Isabella.

Read more of JJ's story, "Do you have to be cruel to be chic," in the latest issue of ELLE Canada.

For the groom: how to wear lapel flowers aka boutonnieres


"...spotting a man on the street wearing a bloom on his lapel outside of prom or a wedding is akin to a unicorn sighting. (A very stylish unicorn.)


I rarely see them and that’s a pity, because a well-chosen flower can unleash the sexual energy of the suit. It’s been argued before but here’s an abbreviation of the symbolic concept: the suit jacket blooms out like a flower and exposes the man’s chest; the lapels are the flower petals and the tie is the, ahem, stamen. A good boutonnière unlocks this hidden sensuality."

Get JJ's tips on how to wear the boutonniere at National Post Style.

September 10, 2013

The Glory of Tweed is in the Terroir...


Some people think that tweed is a fussy, itchy fabric, that it is simply too warm to wear.

They're wrong. Or maybe they're right BUT it doesn't matter. When fall comes, I hope for cool brisk mornings and a North Atlantic wind so I can wear it.

Want to know what makes tweed, Harris Tweed, absolutely glorious? The land tweed comes from. One look (I dream, I dream) at the land of tweed and you'll want to make the journey.

Take the A859 Road in Scotland (just follow the road in Google Map) and you'll want to wear tweed for the rest of your life.

If you can't be bothered, check out this video from Esquire and Martin Koddenberg on the weavers of the Isles of Lewis and Harris, the land of Harris Tweed, and the Orb!







Sockless still...

It's been a while...and though I wrote it in The National Post in July and fall is just around the corner, I'm still going sockless.


Summer style is about less. It’s about taking a break from the rules and lightening up.Not ironing so much. Letting khakis get dirty. And though you may look best in dark ties, it’s time to take a sartorial vacation and wear bright ones.
Ungird yourself and go beltless. No really. Just enjoy that feeling of your tropical weight wool suit flowing over you. Be tantalized by the thought of being a button and a zipper away from simply flapping in the wind. It’s OK. It’s summer.
And: Go sockless...
Read the rest in The National Post.

June 25, 2013

Event: presenting Michael Mann's HEAT on the big screen in Vancouver


Watch on the BIG SCREEN the stylish and classic thriller by Michael Mann:

HEAT


Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and VAL KILMER on July 2 at the Vancity Theatre!

I'm presenting it as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival's Cinema Salon.

It would be great to see you there.


June 3, 2013

Before and after: post game analysis on the hockey analysts of the NHL


The flashes of brilliance, the moments of poor judgment, the grit of a journeyman’s effort, the blatant violations of code and the dramatic crescendo of the final — it’s hard to tear your eyes from the screen during the NHL Playoffs. And I’m not even talking about what takes place on the ice. With the profusion of analysts, panellists and insider columnists able to fill every waking moment of our lives with hockey talk, we are also treated to an endless parade of clothes.

Not surprisingly, there have been a few sartorial offsides and several major infractions. Commentators like CBC’s PJ Stock and TSN’s Aaron Ward are on TV because of their hockey knowledge, not their fashion smarts. It’s a missed opportunity, as many Canadian men take dressing cues from these guys. In the spirit of post-game dissection, I pulled out the digital crayon to draw attention to the hockey cognoscenti misplays, and to sketch out how they can elevate their style to a championship level.

A side note: I will not comment on Don Cherry. That would be akin to complaining about a Christmas tree being too gaudy and bright.

Read more! http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/06/01/two-minutes-for-looking-so-good-the-menswear-of-the-2013-stanley-cup-playoffs/

March 8, 2013


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