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Videos of Beautiful Suits (and other Men's Clothing)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieworkwear, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    StyleForum is mostly about photographs, and our discussions about those photographs. Sometimes they're product shots; other times they're "fit pics." Either way, we're talking about pictures.

    On the MC side of the board, we can often get too obsessed with certain details of a fit, such as whether there's a crease along one side of the leg, and miss the bigger picture, such as whether a man looks elegant in his suit. Perhaps this is because we only view things as two dimensional, flat representations, and we don't get a chance to see how a man looks as he moves around in his clothes.

    So I thought I'd start a thread dedicated to just videos. Please post clips of well dressed, classically styled men.

    A few to start us off:

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  2. thesilentist

    thesilentist Senior member

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    I'm a fan of Akira Kurosawa's films and the roles Toshiro Mifune played in them. And while the Mifune-Kurosawa team is best known for their samurai films, their movies exploring post-war Japan are equally great and gets Mifune out of his robes and into a suit. One of my favorite Mifune performances is "High and Low", where Mifune plays a successful, self-made businessman. While one of the most pivotal scenes in the movie actually features him in a bathrobe, his styles throughout the film range from casual to dressed in a suit with French cuffs. Throughout the film, however, he retains a powerful presence that is commanding yet polished.

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    Another favorite Kurosawa film of mine is "Ikiru". While not a film staring Mifune, it takes place in the setting of the Japanese government bureaucracy, showing a great many pencil-pushing cogs in their daily suit and tie. (I'm vastly underselling the movie here, and encourage you to read Ebert's review.) This particularly humorous scene shows a great many styles as some citizens attempt to navigate the bureaucracy:

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    I wish there were more clips to share, but it seems like some copyright holders are really determined to take down a lot of these clips.
     


  3. dgonsh

    dgonsh Senior member

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    i have nothing to contribute, but this has the foundation of an exciting thread. looking forward to more.
     


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    Comes with beautiful music!
     


  5. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Speak softly, and carry a big lapel roll

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  6. thesilentist

    thesilentist Senior member

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    I'm a fan of the 1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life". Every year I still seem to get something new from it, noticing a detail in a scene or start to pay attention to background actors and characters a bit more. But in regards to style of decades past, it's a treasure trove of men's clothing you don't see very often. Perhaps easily noticeable is Old Man Potter's wing collar shirt, but in this scene you'll notice a detail on George Bailey's suit that you might not have picked up -- especially if you're a purist and insist upon watching the movie as it was filmed in black and white -- a black armband on his left bicep.

    For those who might not know, black armbands were worn as a symbol of mourning. This particular scene takes places after George's father has died, hence the armband. For those more curious on mourning wear for men as I was, here's what Emily Post says about the topic:

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    thesilentist Senior member

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    When it comes to fashion trends spawned from popular film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is best known for a renewed interest in the fedora thanks to Harrison Ford's treasure-hunting character. And it's not surprising that lots of young boys (and men) wanted that iconic hat, associating it with adventure and looking cool.

    But Indiana Jones has dual lives as we come to find out at the beginning of the film when we see him in a tweed suit teaching archeology as a professor. It's obvious the filmmakers are using costume as a way to show these opposing sides: no hat, glasses, a necktie, a three-piece suit, clean shaven. Indiana Jones isn't just a guy who hits Nazis and dodges poison darts, but he's a huge nerd, too! Well, the kind of nerd the ladies still swoon after anyhow. (Sorry for the Italian sound, but it's the cleanist video on YouTube that hasn't been yanked down.)

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    And while we're on the topic of love, here's a bonus clip from the "Young Indiana Jones" miniseries where a young Indy has dinner with Adler, Freud and Jung -- who are all wearing dinner suits -- as he asks them about the topic of -- what else? -- love:

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  8. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Here's Fred Astaire dancing in his 6x1 double breasted suit. Note the interesting choice to pair his black loafers with a rain coat, and match his light blue socks, tie, and socks together. The jacket is also conspicuously short, but seems to work well here.

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  9. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Though it's been posted a few times before, we can't have a thread about videos and beautiful suits without posting these two on the ever stylish and elegant Mr. Luciano Barbera

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    This will also serve as a "you young guys should watch these movies" thread.

    Couple of quick ones.

    Astaire shows some kids how to do it:



    Kelly and O'Connor lose the coats and make the pants, shirt, sweater and tie work.



    William Powell makes everything look good.


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