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The 'Best Of' Friday Challenges 2016

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

  1. DirkD

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    Very nice, thank you
     
  2. Mr Knightley

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    So, we are at the end of April - a third of the way through 2016 and have had 14 Challenges.

    Each has been won by a different poster. The most consistent appearances on the podium are as follows:

    @Cleav 6 top-three places and 1 win

    @Gerry Nelson also 6 and 1

    @EFV 5 times on the podium and 1 win

    @Anden 4 times and 1 win.

    Some of our FC winners have not yet made any other podium appearance in 2016 (as at end April):

    @AlexRamius

    @CruzAzul

    @in stitches

    @sugarbutch

    Moving on to May it seems there was another gap to the 13th. Not a propitious date but the Ode to the Odd Waistcoat Challenge produced some good entries:

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    Winner @bienluienapris

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    Vintage @Roycru in second

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    Joint third place @AlexRamius

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  3. Mr Knightley

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    One more batch for your delectation - the oddly named 'Particular Jacket' Challenge of 20 May:

    Winner @CraftsmanCo
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    Second - @Gerry Nelson
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    Third was organiser @bienluienapris
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    The last Challenge in May was hastily organised by @Gerry Nelson who kindly stood in - as last week's runner-up. It was also fittingly won by him! Second was @bienluienapris who is becoming a regular podium visitor and third was @jcmeyer

    The Freestyle Friday Challenge of 27 May 2016:


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    June kicked off with a great Challenge - Seasonal Incongruance. This required entrants to mix items from different seasons in a tasteful manner!

    I recall it was @Claghorn 's original idea. He came second with @Pliny in third. But the clear winner in this Challenge for grown-ups only was @Anden

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    @Anden chose the next Challenge - and to welcome in summer in the Northern Hemisphere he went for The Bow.

    @Mr Knightley was the winner this week, 10 June with @upr_crust in second. Joint third were @An Acute Style and @Caustic Man.

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    Here is a bonus pic from the Challenge thread - The launch, on Winston Churhill's birthday, of the Bow Tie Club of Great Britain and Ireland at the Ritz, London (2012).
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    The next week, all the talk was of Pitti Uomo so I chose 'Pitti Peacock?' as the Challenge for 17 June.

    There were some interesting entries with @sebastian mcfox a very clear winner on 41 votes - perhaps striking just the right balance between sprezza and trash? Second was @Claghorn on 12 votes and @mossrockss completed the top three with 11 votes.

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    As an antidote to all that colour the week before @sebastian mcfox chose 'Greyscale' as the Challenge for 24 June and came third himself.

    It was won though by some truly great photography by @DiplomaticTies

    @Claghorn was second again this week.

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    Nearly half-way through the year now and I am signing off for Christmas. Can't wait to post some more great pics soon.

    Compliments of the Season to all!
     
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    Before we move into July a look back at the first half of 2016. We have had 21 Challenges at this point with a wide variety of themes and many different winners. Only four people have won more than one Challenge up to end of June and they are:
    @Anden
    @DiplomaticTies
    @Gerry Nelson
    @sebastian mcfox

    All with two wins each.

    Other winners are (in date order):
    @upr_crust
    @Andy57
    @EFV
    @justkwan
    @Cleav
    @Murlsquirl
    @sugarbutch
    @in stitches
    @CruzAzul
    @AlexRamius
    @bienluienapris
    @CraftsmanCo
    @Mr Knightley

    Most consistent Podium finisher to 30 June @Gerry Nelson with eight!
     
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    The second half of the year - 1 July and 'What the Hell was I thinking' Challenge:

    Clags and AAS had their first wins of the year - as joint winners. DT and RoSaCe came joint second and Thin White Duke was third.

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    @An Acute Style in patched Madras

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    @Claghorn in Yohji

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    @RoSaCe in a rather sudden tie

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    @DiplomaticTies in a shirt that defies description

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    @Thin White Duke in a boating blazer much beloved of mid 1960s English Mods
     
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    The next Challenge was not until 15 July and was called the BD Collar Challenge.

    Clear winner was @jcmeyer with @fieldofdreams and @Coxsackie in joint second. In joint third were @mossrockss and @FrankCowperwood

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    A very sophisticated Challenge for the 22nd - Victory in Detail.

    @RoSaCe was a clear winner with his combination of warm hues.

    @Claghorn and his impressive image lighting was joint second with @EFV whose green socks lifted his already excellent outfit.

    Third was @DiplomaticTies with coordinating orange accessories.

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    The final Challenge of July 2016 - The Local Challenge. This challenge gave entrants the opportunity to highlight a very local craftsman by wearing his or her production. The rules also demanded a little explanation about the piece chosen - all with a view to increasing our knowledge of truly local artisans.

    @Claghorn won this one with a Harris Tweed briefcase handmade by his good friend, Younghyun Kim. Clags became her first customer. His second commission from her is this lovely Harris Tweed briefcase which was the prototype of a small run.
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    @Mr Knightley was second with his Van Buck tie. Van Buck is a second generation family-run business. Founded by Peter Rayner and Tim Buckman in the 1970's, their factory and office is located in a small village in Sible Hedingham, Essex, which lies about 15 miles from Mr K's home.
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    @Prince of Paisley was joint third in his waxed cotton moto jacket from Burke & Wills. These are handmade in Victoria, Australia.
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    @SYCSYC was joint third with his Howards tie. Frederic Costa, founder of the brand , was at age 16, a mechanic at BMW and a very gifted one. The story says he decided to make a career as a tiemaker because he was unsatisfied by the tie he wore during a meeting at Ferrari. At the age of 20, in 1997, he opened his first store in Paris.
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    OK, time to move into the holiday season proper, with slim entries and votes rather thin on the ground too. @Claghorn tried his best to raise some interest with a challenging Challenge called 'The Subtly Odd'. Too subtle for most, obviously, as only four of us took part [​IMG]

    @Claghorn and @SYCSYC were joint winners.

    @bienluienapris was second.

    @Mr Knightley was third.

    Spot anything Odd? No, I didn't think so!

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/527443/friday-challenge-08-12-2016-the-subtly-odd

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    Only two Challenges in August 2016 and this was the second on the 26th - the dubiously named 'Drown in Brown'.

    Never a fan of brown, @Anden has helped me to see the colour differently. His winning fit was quite superb! @Claghorn was second.

    @Brovsko was in third place.

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    Two-thirds of the way through the year now and some interesting figures emerging.

    Most consistent podium finisher and most wins:

    @Claghorn with nine! Also three wins.

    @Gerry Nelson has been on the podium eight times with two wins.

    @Anden has six podiums and three wins.


    Winners with no other podium placing so far in 2016:

    @CruzAzul
    @in sitches
    @sugarbutch

    Most podium placings but no win yet:

    @Tom Miler - (3) incl. one joint pic with EFV.
     
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    Great pants, @Gerry Nelson . What are they?
     
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    Thank you. They're lambswool flannel by Epaulet.
     
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    The changing seasons often bring the most interesting fits so let's see what happens on the Friday Challenge front as we move into September 2016.

    The first Challenge on the 2nd was another #menswear contest. Called #Menswear Aficionado it produced some great entries. @Coxsackie won it.

    @An Acute Style came second and there were no less than four tied for third:

    @Claghorn
    @DiplomaticTies
    @EFV
    @sebastian mcfox

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    Let's move further into September and the 'Untie your Tie' Challenge of the 9th. A hard look to pull off? Not for @Anden the winner this week! Nor for @sebastian mcfox runner up. In joint third were @Coxsackie and @Kaplan both looking pretty cool too!

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    So, continuing our Review of the Friday Challenges of 2016 let's get into 'Some Kind of Blue'

    For the FC on 16 September @Anden specified that you could wear any blue except navy - navy could only be used with other blues.

    @sebastian mcfox is on a roll at this point in the year, comfortably winning this one. @upr_crust was second with multiple blues and @Coxsackie third with one of my favourite colour combinations of the FCs so far.


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