Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Mar 19, 2014.
Butler is the man. @Clags, you skipped another fit yet again!
I am taking the piss with you as well. Such was the point of my original statement, because everyone seems to be throwing out reasons that they chose things. I was being a little bit of a bastard just to have a bit of fun with it. My statement regarding being better dressed is specifically aimed at your list.
That said, I've already made one of these lists so far this year. That list was curated with things I liked and I felt represented what had happened so far this year in WAYWRN, but again I did not spend much time explaining any of it. A number of the looks there were not featured as having 20 likes and as I recall Ed pointing out: 20 likes is not really much of a criterion on the quality of anything other than that the members liked it.
There are things I like, and things I think are the best. I'm a huge fan of TDF (less so, but also of cycling in general). When the race is running, my favorite racer is Nicolas Roche. My first tour watching was his first tour cycling, in which he was the only racer from Ireland. I enjoy following him in the race and rooting for him. However, he's not the best cyclist in that race. That I would begrudgingly give - on average - to Alberto Contador. I may not like Contador, but I can certainly accept that he is the best.
Since I'm wandering that way anyway, this brings me to my selection. I am on record as not being enthralled by navy or blue. However, In trying to take things from the list, that's what consistently came out at me as I whittled things down. So I went with it and came out with this. It doesn't represent the things that match my personal preferences, but it is (mostly) the list I would have come up with had a gun been put to my head.
I can assure you that if I put a gun to your head that better not be the list that you come up with.
If you put a gun to my head, I'll make any list you want. However, if that list you want is what I think the best things from the 20+ thread are, then that's pretty much the list I will come up with. The reason for "Pretty much" is that Butler's blue 6x1 is not in that thread. I don't think it got posted anywhere other than the challenge thread. Which is sad, because it's fucking fantastic.
Well thats a fair enough point. Im still offended and you're buying dinner next time.
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It's been around forever. It's a bit of an institution:
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Your flamingo pose? It's in the most recent batch!
MY KINDA PLACE!!!
I can be done detouring and get this thread back on track.
Aportnoy: The photo quality is not great, but that is totally independent of the quality of the 'fit. In terms of 'fit, I think only Butler's pieces from Steven Hitchcock rival this, however overall - biases be damned - I still have to give it to Despos. Aportnoy's arm may be cocked, but even so you can see just how friggin' clean that jacket and those trousers are. The way I describe Chris' lines is by saying that they look animated. This is a great example of how the silhouettes he cuts look like they've been done with a razor. The real way you can tell that from the picture is to look at sleeve and trouser on the left side of the image. Especially the trouser. Also, even with the picture quality, you can still see the cleanliness and sleekness of that ungodly shoulder line.
gdl203: Greg's look here is five colors done in a WTF that most of us will never manage. The wrinkles in the jacket play with the look of the cotton pants, and yet the lines are there again, especially when you look at the curve of the lapel as it moves down into the fronts. There are also a bunch of little details like the play between the checks, the shirt, and the tie.
Terrorsquad: I have no idea whether or not this is a bespoken suit, but my guess is yes for several reasons. The silhouette against the body is first. It's very well matched. Speaking of matching, the way the check is situated is the second reason for thinking it custom. While the horizontal across the sleeve to the body is one thing, the vertical between the skirt and trousers is another. The real kicker to me though is the pattern matching of the check across the plunge. It's well cut, well fitted, well matched, well put together - in that the ensemble is rather classic though the overcheck is a nice twist - and beats out a home run on fundamentals. Parker noted above that Henry Carter is also very good at this, however I found the details on this to be slightly more appealing.
MaoMao - I believe this got thrown in from another thread because I think this fit is actually pre-2010. However, it's hard to argue with Mao. This look pretty immediately went into my folder headed "things to figure out how and why they work." He makes this look effortless, and yet to try and emulate it would be folly.
Butler - Were I doing this on individual photos rather than posters, this list would probably be Aportnoy, MaoMao, Butler's Blue DB, His green lovat tweed, and the Uniform with the ventless navy jacket. However, it's well established that Butler can consistently throw 9s and 10s. So can portnoy. So can MaoMao. So can gdl, but if I had to cut one of the three it would be his because of the casual disheveled-ness of it. But I only went with one, and I went with this one because, as I said above, it's not in the thread. 6x1 is almost never seen on this board, neither is blue. Neither is a large contrast collar candy stripe shirt. Yet it is impeccable. The cut is obvious - especially the line of the lapel approaching the button. That is beautifully done. It has shape and volume. It really is a beautiful thing to behold. It's obvious that Butler and Mr. Hitchcock have an excellent relationship.
Found it. The pinstripe for the challenge.
There's great stuff here, but it's such a limited subset of the excellence. No Vox, Wongolini, Matt, Barims, MBreinen; gdl, o/o, niidawg, Spoo poorly represented. Plus tons of other great posters of the recent past who happen to have posted before thumbs became a thing in MC.
I agree with the sentiment that this thread is missing much. However, throwing all of that into the mix would almost certainly push much of the new blood out. I think of this sort of like the best of the recent season, rather than of all time.
good stuff, tits. fwiw, if i were to make of list of 6 - 10, i have some overlap with your list.
also, yes, we have an all stars thread for fits from years gone by, the previous, and probably better, generation, and lets not forget trini, and i think its nice to have the compendium thread and this thread, for recognizing the successes of SF current crop.
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