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The 'Best Of' Friday Challenges 2016

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr Knightley, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. Mr Knightley

    Mr Knightley Well-Known Member

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    Almost three-quarters of the way through the year and for the 23rd September @sebastian mcfox enticed us out of the sweaty confines of the basement to embrace the glory of the elements.

    Show us, he begged, the sun illuminating that Solaro suit. Reveal how that double-breasted, 30oz tweed overcoat shields you from the blizzard. The Challenge was The Great Outdoors:

    Well, I wonder if we really lived up to that tall order!

    As it happened I was leaving for ever the sweaty confines of my old office for a new one with AC! So I took a few pics round and about the old place and was surprised to win this one. @upr_crust was second again and @RoSaCe was in joint third place with @Roycru - all in rather more glamorous settings...

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    The final Challenge of September 2016 was very kindly organised by @upr_crust who had been runner-up the previous week. I was, at the time, getting ready to leave for the US and hoping to meet Upr_ while in NYC. Regrettably, his nasty fall prohibited that...

    Anyway, back to the Challenge it was about debunking the ancient myth of "blue and green must never been seen".

    Called 'Blue and Green Now Must Be Seen', it attracted a good field and was won by @Cleav

    @heldentenor was second with @Tom Miler in third.

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    October and one of the best months of the year for dressing - at least in the northern hemisphere. Cleav chose Stars and Stripes for the Challenge on 7 October. Entrants were asked to show us their stripes. They themselves were the Stars!

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    @sebastian mcfox wins again!

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    @Cleav was joint second in a three-way tie

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    @RoSaCe - joint second

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    @SYCSYC - joint second

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    @Mistraldpec was third
     
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    For the next Challenge on 14 October @sebastian mcfox chose 'Bond, James Bond' as his theme.

    The challenge was to reproduce your favourite ensemble from the James Bond 007 movie series.

    Entrants were free to mirror any outfit, from any character, in any Bond film.

    @Rais completely blew the field away with this entry scoring 39 votes:
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    @EFV was second with this smooth look:
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    @chocsosa was third in his cardigan - with the loveliest accessory:
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    Then we slowed things down a bit with the next FC, The Sleaze Challenge being on the 28th.

    @StanleyVanBuren was a suitably sleazy winner with @upr_crust in second place.

    @sebastian mcfox was third. In a high-scoring week each got over 30 votes!

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    Next up - November!
     
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    Racing towards the end of the year now with the next challenge on 11 November 'Your Establishing Shot'.

    The credits fade out, the sky fades in, the camera pans down, and an individual starts to come into focus...This FC brought some great entries and @Clouseau appeared on course to get a maiden win but @Shen found some early snow and stole it! @DiplomaticTies took third.

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    But on the 18th @Clouseau nailed it with a great win in 'The Drugstore Years' celebrating la Bande du Drugstore and their massive influence on 1960s modernism.


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    @EFV in second
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    @Rais in third
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    Now for the last Challenge of November, which followed on the slightly off-beat feel of some of the other spring / autumn Challenges.

    For 25 November @Clouseau selected 'The Cane'. It produced some wonderful accessories and great photography too. As we may have expected @Butler stole the show in his stroller.

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    @Mr Knightley - sharing third.

    A few detail shots worthy of inclusion :

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    And finally December...just two Challenges. On the 2nd we had Corduroy and on the 16th Fair Isle

    @bienluienapris took the first and @EFV rounded off the year with another win.

    The Corduroy Challenge was a slightly odd one with few entries, very few votes but no less than four people sharing second place! New member @everyday made his first appearance of 2016 in third.

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    For the Fair Isle Challenge we had a number of very nice seasonal looks with @EFV looking great. @bienluienapris was on the podium again in second. @StanleyVanBuren took third.

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    And that, gentlemen was 'the Best of' the 2016 FCs. I'll finish off with a couple of stats and maybe a few entries that didn't quite make the cut.
     
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    So who was the best in 2016? Well, on number of wins we had a tie with both @Anden and @sebastian mcfox scoring four victories. Very impressive!

    @Claghorn got three wins in 2016 and the following Challengers all managed two:

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    @Cleav
    @DiplomaticTies
    @EFV
    @Gerry Nelson
    @Mr Knightley

    In terms of consistency @Claghorn appeared most times on the podium with 11 top three placings followed by @sebastian mcfox with 10.

    There were also some great entries that just failed to make the top threes in weeks of strong competition including these two that caught my eye:

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    @Caustic Man in 'Fair Isle'.

    So, signing off after a very enjoyable look back through the many and varied FCs of 2016. Well done, gents! As we start 2017 there is evidence that they are less popular just at the moment so perhaps 2016 will end up being a 'Classic Year'.
     
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    Thanks for starting this thread @Mr Knightley ! It was really fun to get an overview of 2016 like this. I know it must have taken some work to go through.

    I think this thread also shows that the challenges might be vain and slightly nerdy, but that they actually provide some interesting perspectives as well. Therefore it is a little sad to see that there is not that much engagement in them right now. It is a tricky balance to find challenges that are fun and interesting, hopefully also original, without being to complicated and excluding many readers with demands that people do not have the time or even the garments needed to participate.

    When you went through the whole of 2016 like this, did you get a sense of which kind of challenges really brought high participation?
     
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    Thanks gents.

    @DiplomaticTies I suppose I was aware of the ups and downs in terms of participation as I was going through the various Challenges, but didn't really get a feel for the reasons. So, over the weekend I did a little random sampling and it seems the levels of interest are affected both by the time of year and the nature of the challenge itself.

    There is generally more participation in spring / autumn. The quietest times were from Christmas to the end of January and again in high summer.

    Those Challenges that you might expect to be more accessible like the Green Tie, for example, in February attracted about 20 entries and over 60 votes. But 'Checks', also in February and seemingly fairly straightforward, only attracted 11 entries and 28 votes.

    October is generally considered a good time for dressing but 'Bond, James Bond' only attracted seven entries - but 64 votes!

    In May we had a Freestyle Challenge, which should have attracted loads of entries but we only managed 12.

    So, I am not clear even now how to up the interest. Perhaps we just have too many FCs? Why not try the SW&D approach of only 5 or 6 competitions a year?
     
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