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July 25th, 2013


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08:40 am - Pinstripes, Pattern, Silk
Twenty-five things today:

1) I've been thinking a lot about pinstripes and pattern lately.
2) Because of Reasons, yes, plural.
3) Part of this is because I've been watching Series 2 of Silk (thanks, multi-region player, for this access).
4) This series, focused on a set of barristers in London, is full of the most amazing clothes. (And performances!)
5) Let's examine this picture of Rupert Penry-Jones as Clive Reader, just for a random example pulled from nowhere, what, I know I'm predictable.

6) (RPJ, by the way, does a cracking job of playing a privileged, floundering fuck-up with some good impulses but no common sense at all, who lurches from self-made crisis to self-made crisis. Bless his well-dressed heart.)
7) So, that image: note the way three different stripes (pinstriped suit, striped shirt, club or school tie) play with and against each other, the way the colors harmonize, the way the textures go from fine with heft (the suit) to finer cotton to smooth silk.
8) The effect is muted at first glance, but repays closer attention.
9) Unlike, say, a fashionable menswear look like this from Jeremy Hackett, which harmonizes in terms of color but goes wild with pattern: Wide-striped blazer, thin-striped shirt, with the clash of a polka-dot scarf and a tie which appears to be much more textured.
10) I muse on these things because I live in a place where men don't dress this way.
11) Part of it is because this Subtropical Town feels (on a July day like today) like a steamy jungle or similar: hot, with air so thick with moisture that one struggles to move through it.
12) But I also don't see the kind of summer suits described thusly by Bernhard Roetzel in his book Gentleman: "You will be astonished to realize that this lightweight fabric [of a light, half-lined Italian suit] hangs as well as the suit you wear in the fall. You can feel cool air around your legs, light actually seems to shine through the jacket, and the sleeves are so thin that the double cuff of your shirt seems heavy and stiff by comparison."
13) Lightness, ease, movement.
14) And yet still protected, still armored for the difficult world.
15) I like that.
16) I like layers.
17) I like the shine of a cufflink against thin, fine cotton.
18) I like the shimmer of a faint stripe revealing itself when a man moves.
19) I like blue against blue, light against dark, or light against light, or dark against dark.
20) I like the architecture of a vertical pin-stripe calling attention to the breadth of a man's shoulders, the play of the perpendicular.
21) I like womenswear interpretations of it too -- when shopping, I'm always drawn to those kinds of clothes -- but I like it on men even more.
22) Which might be moderately obvious.
23) I like heroes (film, television, books) who wear pinstripes.
24) You'll see that in a little while. [coughs deprecatingly]

25) And now I rather want a finely striped bandanna for the Dangerous Dog. :)

May you have 25 delightful things in your own day today!

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From:janus_74
Date:July 25th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
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RPJ, does seem to play the privileged fuck-up a lot :) I like the picture, never would have noticed the different stripes though if you hadn't pointed them out.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
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He's extremely skilled at playing roles like that! ;)

I'm glad you like the picture, too.

Cheers and thanks!
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From:wildrider
Date:July 25th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
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I have a vast fondness for pinstripes, myself. And it even came around for me long before Ten!

I'll have to ponder 25 wonderful things today -- it's almost as thick here today as in your neck of the woods, the storm this morning planted itself right over our building and knocked out first primary power, and then backups (the backups to the backups have the servers going, but no workstations or LIGHTS or A/C)...

Hugs and happy Thursday!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
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I should have linked to a picture of Ten! Ah well, missed opportunity. He's a great example. :)

But alas for your power outage. May there be A/C by now, may there be light!

Hugs and a good day. :)
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From:mamculuna
Date:July 25th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Sigh for gorgeous guys in pinstripes! I'm sure the Dangerous Dog will be one of them.

Thanks for the elegant pictures.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Master Dangerous will no doubt resent all attempts at adornment, but what the heck, I won't very often torture him thus. ;)

Cheers, joy, and elegance for you today!
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From:kathyh
Date:July 25th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
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I do enjoy Silk. One of the best things I've seen RPJ do. Nice picture :)

One of my 25 delightful things has been escaping from the dentist without root canal work...again. It can't last much longer but I'll enjoy the respite.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm liking Series 2 much more than Series 1 -- less of the soapiness, maybe? And also more Alex Jennings. ;) (And Jennings will be back for Series 3, as evidenced by this on-the-set shot which the great Frances Barber tweeted.)

Hurrah for your escape from the dentist with no major work required! Hurrah! May the rest of your day be equally awesome. :)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:July 25th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
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16. I like layers.

Yes. This.

Although Cordelia's voice is in my head now ("What? I can't have layers?")

Even here, the air is a bit thick as the thunderstorms pass us by and head for higher ground.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
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The judges will accept Cordy's assertion. :))

And hurrah for layers of all kinds! I hope there are cool breezes in your immediate future, and lots of joy all around.
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From:paratti
Date:July 25th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
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He does look delicious.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
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And we know he always looks delicious. [beams]

Cheers and an awesome day, L!
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From:freixenet
Date:July 25th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
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If you convince him to wear a potentially strangling device (perhaps with the argument that he would look Dashing And Dangerous), then I would think he needs one. Yes?

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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I'll try Master Danger with a Union Jack bandanna first, then.... :)

Cheers and a great afternoon, F!
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From:gwynnega
Date:July 25th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I love pinstripes!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:July 25th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Because you have impeccable taste, Gwynne.

[beams]

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:roguedemon
Date:July 26th, 2013 06:52 am (UTC)
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Sounds good. I like all these things. I like them in women's clothing as well. Really, I just like things subtle, which makes shopping hard in today's fashion climate, where one is supposed to wear a combination of eye-searing colors and loud patterns or be declared "boring". I miss minimalism. And I'm talking about women's clothing because I have seldom hung out with men that care about fashion at all, and certainly Seattle is not the place to find them! My husband fits in well here -- all he wears are 5-shirts, jeans, and fleece. The Tech guy's uniform. :)

((Hugs)) to you.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 26th, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
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You have a very NYC urban-modern aesthetic, my friend, and that is a perfectly fine aesthetic to have. Even if those around you don't share it! :))

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 26th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
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They ARE great. :)

Hugs and cheers to you, L! Happy Friday!
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From:stateless82
Date:July 27th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
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For some reason this reminded me- I finally saw Skyfall and it was excellent.

And I hope that today brought you an additional 26 things.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 27th, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
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Bond doesn't wear pinstripes, but he COULD. [beams]

And hurrah for watching Skyfall! Hurrah for M and Eve! :)

[hugs hugs]

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