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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Oh, hark at him...

Back in 1968, Simon and Garfunkel won an Oscar for the score to The Graduate, The Beatles released 'Hey Jude' in the States, Martin Luther King was assassinated, and Japanese photographer, T.Hayashida took a tour around the American Ivy Leagues. He documented the styles found at these colleges and put them together for a book, Take Ivy, which is now unfortunately out-of-print (they reprinted a small number a few years ago, so if you're interested you should keep a lookout as they might get a new publisher). The pictures I've found grabbed my interest as they're unexpectedly not dated at all, you could easily picture some of these guys on The Sart's website and walking around today. It's a brilliant slice of life within what I imagine is still quite an insular environment today, and I'm dying to get hold of a copy so I can see what other gems are within.

Click on the pictures for a better look - blogger is really stingy with picture space!

It's really reminded me of the fact that I quite like the preppy, clean-cut guys. With a proper haircuts. Who shave on a regular basis. Which unfortunately isn't the look du jour for most young guys, as it's apparently easier to leave your hair unwashed, throw on a pair of acid-wash jeans that have seen better days (in the 80's), and a v-neck sweater with just a little bit too much V. I mean, say it with me my friends. Grooming. It's this thing that people do, like washing hair and shaving. If girls have to wax 80% of their body hair, why do guys find shaving their faces so damn difficult?
This point was re-iterated as I did my quarterly re-trawl of magazines and I found that even men's magazines seemed to be pushing the return of the hairstyle as opposed to the caveman approach to styling (waking up and shoving in the nearest hair product).
Man About Town
Another Man

And if you've been following the S/S '09 menswear collections, you might already have come across Neil Barratt's latest work, which I am crazy about - the shoes alone made me almost cry. It's a seriously good-looking collection though, the flashes of fluorescent colour were inspired and did I mention the shoes?

PS. Has anyone else heard about Hedi's possible return to Dior Homme? Thoughts? Does anyone even particularly care?

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