Menswear Monday: Medieval Magic at Dolce & Gabbana

DOL_0107.450x675 What is a well dressed, well-to-do Game of Thrones Fanboy to wear out and about, but  pieces from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's fall/winter 2014 collection?


We're channeling Robb and Jon here.

A blend of modern and medieval luxury, modeled by a collection of refined, rugged, and crowned nobility. The show featured chainmail hoods reimagined as knitted wool balaclavas, breathtaking jewel encrusted gloves and chunky knit mits as modern gauntlets. Rich, silver filigree embroidered court shoes and antique gold studded lace-ups. Oversized sheepskin, beaded fur and stitched leather armor-like sweaters printed with heraldic keys, saints and churches, and portraits of the rulers of the seven kingdoms 8 Norman Kings of Sicily. And what was for me the ultimate show-stopper: A suit of amour. As in, an actual gorgeous green velvet suit with armor printed onto it! Then they did it again on a luxurious, silk front shearling overcoat.


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I wouldn't put it past GoT cast members to start sporting these looks. Would you? (oh, and there may be a surprise at the end of this post)

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The gloves... the F***ing GLOVES!!!!

Okay, so the collection may not be directly influenced by the series a-la Helmut Lang (According to god Tim Blanks, the designers don't actually watch Game of Thronesbut I highly suspect everyone else on the staff does.) but it is a brilliant and romantic retelling of the Norman conquest of Sicily--Dolce's birthplace, with lots of highly covetable pieces for history buffs and the Westeros bound alike.

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His lordship's shoe porn

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Taking the almost black in style.

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Great show or AWESOME show? Let me know what you think after you've recovered from the following image..... you're welcome.


Oh look, it's Kit Harington (Jon Snow) in the February '14 issue of Esquire UK in... DOLCE & GABBANA

Put a Blazer on It!

Gentlemen! Dressing up has never been easier, faster, more affordable, or more comfortable. That’s right, there is NO excuse for showing up anywhere underdressed. Lose, the sweatshirt, destroy the CROCS (PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF COOKIES, DESTROY. THE. CROCS!), and pick up this easy to follow guide.

Have a favorite sci-fi tee? Let’s frame that beauty with a structured sport coat, and let your geek pride shine!



Be sure to listen to the accompanying podcast (my first guest spot!) for more in depth style tips.

SKIP RIGHT TO 26:25 (unless you want to hear about boring personal stuff)

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A few weeks ago, May 22nd, to be precise, we celebrated the birthday of renowned author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of us may have been caught unawares if not for the twitter trending topic, as for some reason, Google failed to publish a themed masthead to mark the occasion, (what up, Google? You did it in ‘06). You know, because we depend on Google for absolutely everything.

To mark the occasion, I got as far as drafting this post, before partaking in a marathon viewing party of the latest films inspired by Doyle’s most notable character— and one of pop culture’s most iconic— super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. I have a confession to make, I hadn’t actually seen the Robert Downey Jr. films until then! And as they were more or less the direct inspiration for John Galliano’s Fall/Winter ‘10 menswear show, I couldn’t very well publish this mini showcase without first understanding the reference myself.

The Galliano show was broken down into three stories, or what one LA Times reviewer more fittingly named, scenes. I give you examples of the first two (the last one’s kind of a hot mess) above. The first is representative of the iconic Sherlock Holmes look, pipe, deerstalker cap and all (a design choice made by the original illustrator, Sidney Paget). Then, from Baker Street to Savile Row, it segways into the modern, well-dressed English gent. For those opposed to deerstalkers, PVC, and exaggerated dropped crotches, the more sharply tailored pieces are more for you. Lapels, ties… you may even be tempted to rock the cape!

Speaking of not understanding the reference, sure, this last guy can pull off the man corset well enough, but what’s it doing here? According to Galliano it’s meant to evoke the idea of keeping the other parts of one’s psyche suppressed. I get it, I do. After a… err…healthy debate with a close non-fashion friend, however, it seems more like an excuse for the designer to throw in some, “signature Galliano,” and less an accurate representation of anything, as Mr. OCD, junkie, “high-functioning sociopath,” Holmes…. doesn’t really suppress anything.

And if you’re excited about this post, you shouldn’t either.