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A Brief History of the Modern Man’s Hat

In the final decade of the eighteenth century, impelled by the ideals of the French Revolution, the top hat replaced the tricorne as the vogue item of headwear for fashionable Europeans. Already popular in France where it would become part of the costume of the Incroyables, the first top hat in England has been credited to the Frenchman George Dunnage, a master hatter…

Buster Keaton and His Pork Pie Hat

Following the rise of the top hat, bowler or derby, Panama, fedora, and flat cap across the nineteenth century, by the first decades of the twentieth century a man could scarcely open his front door, much less appear before a discerning public, without some suitable form of headwear. In the realm of silent comedy, Charlie Chaplin tramped about in a tight…

2016 Oscars Best Dressed: The Definitive Analysis

The big story of the 88th Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, saw Leonardo DiCaprio finally receive the nod for Best Actor. DiCaprio had previously been nominated for five Academy Awards – Best Actor and Best Picture for The Wolf on Wall Street, on which he also served as co-producer, Best Actor…

Beanies and Bobble Hats: Winter/Spring 2016 Collection

Building up a worthwhile rotation of beanies and bobble hats can sometimes prove a lengthy process. The need to keep one’s head warm during winter never changes – or will not unless the rate of global warming outstrips and denudes us all – but trends and design choices shift from season to season, so that years may pass before it…

Put This On Your Self: Daddy-O Shampoo by Lush

What is Daddy-O? A form of address, an entreaty, an exclamation? Daddy-O today is a shampoo by Lush, the 100% vegetarian, ethically buying, environmentally conscious, UK-based fresh handmade cosmetics company. Given the name of the shampoo and the leering illustration on my bottle’s rear of the man who created it, one might worry that Daddy-O will prove a too intimate experience…

The Best of Christmas Sweaters 2015

Where is the irony in the contemporary Christmas sweater? Did their popularity – which snowballed over the last decade or so – stem from a sort of casual festivity, with individuals earnest in their lack of sartorial care inadvertently looking good and beginning a trend? Does the irony in this instance involve a genuine case of the unexpected, with the Christmas…

Winter Fragrances 2015

The holiday season always brings a flurry of new fragrances, and more than usual this year Guerlain is leading the way in the luxury category. October saw the launch of Ne m’Oubliez Pas (‘Forget Me Not’), a new fragrance by in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser, which is inspired by Guerlain’s historic address at 68 Champs-Elysees and the perfume of the same…

Who Wore It Best: Ryan Gosling vs. Billy Corgan

Everyone who knows anything about film, or a little of something regarding popular culture, agrees without hesitation that the satin flight jacket worn by Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is the costume high-point of the decade so far. In off-white, somewhere between cream and silver depending on the lighting, with black detailing round the collar, over the shoulders and under the…