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post #61021 of 61034
Hey there guys. I have been looking through the thread and haven't found an answer to a question that I have. What are the differences between the different tiers of MJ BALE suits? I have suits from both the blue label and the classics and was wondering
what differentiates them. Is it the fabric? If so what fabrics do they use? Is it attention to detail? If so which? If someone could explain for me I would be thankful.
post #61022 of 61034
Hat tip to Paul Barry of Media Watch for this:

Article - spelling mistakes and all (including the fine wool suit that is a blue blazer and grey trousers) copied from The SMH.



Malcolm Turnbull has made the front cover of GQ magazine – a trendy men's lifestyle publication which offers designer menswear and grooming tips, as well as other articles on culture, art and design.
Business Insider spoke to Jon-Michail, a former Christian Dior designer, who is now a personal branding expert and CEO of Image Group International, for his opinion on Turbull's new look (which was actually photographed in 2013). His first words were: "This look is fashion on cocaine."

Incongruous look
Jon-Michail's biggest problem with the outfit was that it made the federal minister for communications – and perhaps the man after prime minister Tony Abbott's job – look like a phony. "It's an incongruous look for an Australian leader," he said. "The message this photo says to me is that: 'I have come from a photo shoot, it's not what I would normally wear'. "It's not genuine at all. This is not him … If this was Abbott on the cover he would cop a lot of flak for this look."

Tale of the tie
But that aside, Jon-Michail said it could have worked, if only he had worn a different tie. "This outfit would have made more of an impact with no tie, than this particular tie. If it was an open neck-look, then it would have looked far more powerful and very, very confident.
"I'm not saying that from a fashion point of view that it doesn't work, but from a physiological point of view – which is important for a politician – it creates confusion in the mind. You've got vertical stripes and horizontal stripes… so it is where they eye is drawn [instead of his eyes]." "It's confusing and we don't need confusion in any form of communication in politics. We're already confused to hell." Jon-Michail said when dressing to influence people, accessories might only make up 5% of the look but it's the 5% that glues the image together.

Here's his breakdown of Turnbull's ensemble:

The suit
"The suit is beautiful, it looks like a fine wool suit. The brown buttons are more of a fashion look … they aren't actually of any influence when it comes to business. If they had been dark navy, or near black they would have worked better from a business point of view. "The electric blue of the suit works for his positioning, brand and works with his colouring. It makes him look influential and fits in with the expectation of a leader."
The shirt
"The white collared shirt with the blue stripe, and the French cuff signifies power and speaks banker and money – which is his background. The lighter blue of the shirt is softer and friendlier."
The tie
"Everything works in this look except for the tie. The contrast of different angled stripes is a mish-mash. It brings the whole look down, and the image down … it's about fashion, not power. "The red in the tie historically is very American. A lot of American presidents wear a red tie with the navy suit and white suit to replicate the American flag. "The four colours used may be fashion and 'in' from a retro/ vintage point of view but we're not talking about this for a politician. Had it been Fortune, or Forbes, they would not have dressed him like that."

The pocket square
"The pocket square is also beautiful, and coordinates the look. Even though it's polka-dot, it works because it's got a contrast and an eclectic feel."
post #61023 of 61034
^^ Too loud for my tastes.
post #61024 of 61034

Overall I'd agree with that assessment. But the most tell-tale "accessory" in this shot is the closed eyes, which say "I'm embarrassed to be wearing this shit."

 

Which he probably was - although the closed eyes are more likely to have been because he blinked at the moment this particular frame was snapped.

 

Which leads to this question: Why would GQ pick this particular shot when they probably had two bracketed, near-identical images with the PM-elect's eyes squarely and "sincerely" open?

 

We'll likely never know. And indeed, never care.

 

Which leads me to another question. What if, instead of the final five horrendous years of that appalling little toad Howard, we'd had Costello? And what if, instead of the last abysmal couple of years of Peter-Principle-In-A-Budgie-Smuggler Abbott, we'd had Turnbull?

 

Why does Australia always end up with the wrong guy as leader? It seems that for every actual Australian PM, there's another far more obvious and capable choice waiting in the wings.

 

A sad indictment indeed. Of what, I'm not entirely sure...

post #61025 of 61034

Speaking of the Turnbull/GQ fit, here's vertical shirt/horizontal knit tie done really well. @VictorSFreturn on WAYWRN:

 

 

post #61026 of 61034
coxxy - I picked that picture basically because it showed the clothes - - it was from 2013 photo shoot - I think the coming GQ cover shot is a straight on one.

edit:: If I was styling Mal for that shoot* - keeping in mind leadership ambitions and not SF - I'd have got him into a blue university striped OCBD with a plain blue knit tie.

* I know it will surprise Oli - but I am NOT styling Mal (currently)
post #61027 of 61034
Would look ten times better if he did what you suggested but went with one of the bespoke outfits.
post #61028 of 61034
If you had to take one coat for a holiday for warmth, wind resistance along with taking in mind size for luggage. Any recommendations?
post #61029 of 61034
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Originally Posted by Dusty Brogues View Post

If you had to take one coat for a holiday for warmth, wind resistance along with taking in mind size for luggage. Any recommendations?

My recommendation would be to wear your coat on the plane if you can to save luggage space.

As for what type of coat - probably a pea coat or even leather jacket that you can layer under. Depends where/how far you are going. If Europe or the US/Canada, you would probably be able to pick something up when you get there better and cheaper than anything available here. Plus you'll only have to worry about it on the way back.
post #61030 of 61034
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Originally Posted by Dusty Brogues View Post

If you had to take one coat for a holiday for warmth, wind resistance along with taking in mind size for luggage. Any recommendations?

Honestly, unless I was on holidays somewhere like Italy or Spain where I might be somewhat worried about how I looked, I'd probably opt for something waterproof and fairly warm (Goretex etc) which generally fold up fairly small as well. I'd be more than likely to be doing heaps of walking anyway which would see me in trainers etc most of the time.
post #61031 of 61034
Sevan Minasian and his Classic Shoes for Men site is a rip off and snake oil salesman. His "vintage" or "NOS" shoes are incredibly overpriced and he acts as though he is the archivist, archeologist of vintage shoes. He isn't. He preys upon those who don't know shoes and charges 500eu for shoes, often Florsheim, that sell for 100$ on EBay. He is a charismatic fraud. My opinion only
post #61032 of 61034

A Barbour sounds perfect.

post #61033 of 61034
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Originally Posted by bespoken4me View Post

Sevan Minasian and his Classic Shoes for Men site is a rip off and snake oil salesman. His "vintage" or "NOS" shoes are incredibly overpriced and he acts as though he is the archivist, archeologist of vintage shoes. He isn't. He preys upon those who don't know shoes and charges 500eu for shoes, often Florsheim, that sell for 100$ on EBay. He is a charismatic fraud. My opinion only

 

@bespoken4me - I agree that the shoes on the "Classic Shoes for Men" site are over-priced, but I'm not sure why you're posting this here - did you mean to post in another thread? It looks as though you're responding to something but we haven't been discussing it at all (as far as I can remember).

post #61034 of 61034
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post

Speaking of the Turnbull/GQ fit, here's vertical shirt/horizontal knit tie done really well. @VictorSFreturn
 on WAYWRN:


Mixing stripes of really different widths. One of the rules SF harps about on how to deal with patterns. Also one of the few SF rules that is not just pure wankery.



Also you know you've dropped the ball a bit in keeping up your dress standards, when you turn up to work one day after making a little bit more of an effort and everyone asked you whether you got an interview.
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