Originally Posted by Marc Voorhees
the majority of fashion is an affectation. My point, is that there is nothing wrong with adding an affectation to a RTW jacket, especially if it is what will make the owner happy.
Oh I agree with that. A person can also glue and sew a rubber chicken to the shoulder of their jacket and call themselves 'Pirate Boy of the Water Cooler Despot Regime.' People will notice this quickly. Certain people will notice the alteration to the OTR jacket as well. But do they care? Does the wearer care? Does anyone care what anyone cares? The answer is a not so surprising 'yes' whether we like it or not and despite the American love of putting up a facade of individualism and bravado. So for the person who does care in his private heart, he must decide who he is trying to affect and how he intends to do that. This is a vast grey area and must be custom tailored to his own individual set of circumstances.
As to noticing, and that may have been my main point in my post above, I saw James Bond Skyfall over the weekend with a friend of mine. In the opening scene and only a few moments into the live action, Bond enters an apartment, gun drawn and you can clearly see he has a sleeve button undone. I didn't cringe at the affectation, I cringed that the Bond franchise will sell the 'honor' of dressing Bond to the highest bidder. In this case it was Tom Ford. Then I wondered if Ford did this to piss off the people who would notice? Did he do it in a seriously lame atttempt to get the "unbuttoned thing" going? Or was it a wink and a private joke to those who notice and get the joke? I don't know. My friend didn't catch it at all, but I think he had more drinks than me prior to the show. Speaking of which, I would have a beer with a guy who glued a rubber chicken to his jacket and called himself 'Pirate Boy' but if he expected to be first in line for the next big promotion, we'd both be in for a surprise.