Monday, June 27, 2011

Suiting up, suiting down

Paris in calmer days

An eventual dozing off at the switch of gender sabotage is suspected for the present notable exception to the rule at Louis Vuitton for Men. True, the structural and mechanical details remain predictably shabby, still no threat to the durability of Hermès. But someone of long espionage in that direction has made off at last with the open glaring secret of dress-ing this complexion, in fawn and beige and white and, by ancient association, navy blue. This flimsy will go the way of all manufactured detritus; the colours, meanwhile, defy effacement. We think of the intrepid model, lending himself to irony.

That said, a glitch in sellier multi-tasking has probably accounted for the runaway surprise at the new sport necklace from Hermès. Defying the bespoke house's many generations of resistance to the one-size-fits-all principle of assembly-line production, it is said that the new ornament can be created by no more than 23 craftsmen at the rate of one per month, in further mockery of a priceless renown for inefficiency.

Indeed the news from Paris for Spring, 2012 (commonly accepted as the bellwether of consumer confidence in markets, worldwide) was inconclusive as to whether suiting up or suiting down were to represent the theme of the season. The Bourse responded to the confusion with an abrupt Long Weekend, closing while industry analysts parsed the tea leaves of runway oracles. Models, from whom this fallout was to have been kept at all costs, inevitably caught wind of it, flooding the streets of Paris with runaways from the plantation making off in the last thing they happened to be touting at the time.

For this reason, all eyes will likely now be riveted on the outcome of the Papandreou government's hurried announcement of a swimwear show in Athens, which some industry cynics are denouncing as a desper-ate gesture to arouse neo-Classical sentiment in the face of a gathering Protestant consensus for flogging cheap and selling dear, and on the backs of our innocuous goddies at every opportunity. Apprehensions of unravelling, long an unspoken assumption in the capital of couture, lay under threat of Attic exposure as a panic with the familiar. We shall see.

For LV Ryan Alexander
For Hermès and Panic Harry Goodwins
For Mabile Francisco Lachowski


  1. Nice swimsuit. For guys it still is all about the hair-fashion is too challenging an arena for them. pgt

  2. The central horror of the likelihood you spell out would be, of course, the lingering vitality of the impression that "the guy" IS the fashion, to which Wilde, himself, despite all his protestations to the contrary, contributed mightily. This would then account for the rising importance of that limited number of variables subject to fashionable intervention, the hair being one of the more conspicuous, ordinarily.

    Of course, you realise, you have just airily laid down a blistering gauntlet to a very sizable sector of your own readership, with this observation. I love it when the irreverent lark of the place can take such authoritative wing - not that I'm competent to be associated with it. But you're right, the entire posting was obviously built around the ineradicably unblinkable gorgeousness of Ryan's (LV) haircut. Sorry the habit of concealment's lifelong strain is so visible, that confession can be elicited by such insouciant seduction. Try a duller thought next time, if you please.

  3. But, I add for women it is to the death (christians and lions) they are inundated with the worst choices- and inevitably that is what the choose. the"guys" always come off better in any formal setting in black tie. pgt

  4. Decay in the refuge of black tie is all about us, as you know, and is even encouraged by some well-intended people in one's followership. And this is odd, in so many ways and for so many reasons (odder, still). I'll never understand why a man would reject an opportunity for his expression to be sought by other than visible distinctions. "Black tie" is delightful, liberating.