I've never understood why so many treat so-called style gurus like Alan Flusser with such reference, constantly referring to his opinions as if they were holy scripture. I've read his books, and personally, I'm not all that impressed. I find his writing overly ornamented and his tone effete. It's as if he has purposefully parodied himself as a rather Niles Crane-ish pompous ass While I did find parts of the book interesting, Flusser's tone is extremely off-putting, and shis tyle has always seemed to me to be overly conservative and more than a little too stuffy for my tastes. And his obsession with the trappings of class and wealth (what, doesn't everyone have a tailor in Milan?) mark him out to be a social climber and, by definition, a little class-less. I'm interested in what you all thought of Style and the Man and his other books, or those of other so-called gurus? Personally, I would recommend you read historical perspectives like the new Giorgio Armani book by Celant (although that book has some rather annoying features too) which seek to explain the appeal of a certain designer or style rather that proselytizing a rather limited religion.