My own style icon for many years, but with so many eccentric touches that he's dangerous to imitate (e.g. bright socks and short pants that say "look at my feet"; ties as belts;and how often have you ever seen brown suede bluchers with gray flannel-no, not suede wingtips or captoes-bluchers or even spectators). Still, it's interesting that Boyer is writing about Astaire while otherÂ style icons are hardly remembered (sorry, Adolphe Menjou). Astaire had a long career and was in a great many movies. He dressed alike in all of them and never changed his style over the years. His clothes did not show that much variation either (gray flannel and either a blue-white striped tie or a solid gray one) and Fred usually dressed just like Fred. The movies were also about style itself and movement and how Fred's "American" style always triumphed over effete foreigners in spats. Another reason (more popular on Ask Andy than here) was that Brooks itself Â "americanized" British style in the '50s and '60s (to be followed by Ralph Lauren) but was careful to remind you of its "aristocratic" British roots in the advertising-e.g. the long-point buttondown "Polo" shirt worn by Fred. Fred's combination of Anderson & Sheppard and Brooks fits right in (but these days, all "milord's" clothes just happen to be made in a factory in southeast Asia). Snicker at all these supposedly forgotten snobberies, unless you're Ralph Lauren's bank account. Anyway, I probably should have just thanked "Son of Brummell" for the tip on the book instead of trying to write it myself.