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5 posts tagged "Stetson"

Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and More Remembered in Christie’s Famous and Infamous


Marilyn Monroe & Russell PoseFor lifelong fans of icons like Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, and T.E. Lawrence, seeing their most famous articles of clothing is the closest thing to traveling back in time. Former banker David Gainsborough Roberts is one of those fans, and he amassed dozens of collectibles over the past 20-plus years. To share his passion with the world, he has opened an exhibit titled Famous and Infamous at Christie’s in London. He told the Daily Mail, “In 1989 I bought a Marilyn Monroe film costume and my life changed completely.” Included in the exhibit is the red sequined dress Monroe wore in the 1953 film Gentleman Prefer Blondes and John Wayne’s signature Stetson hat. Pharrell, take note: The competition for most celebrated topper of the year just got really steep.

Famous and Infamous will run through September 2 at Christie’s in London.

Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images 

Fashion Falls for the Wild West All Over Again


VERSACEWhen Karl Lagerfeld rounded up the fashion set in Dallas for Chanel’s rodeo of a Métiers d’Arts show back in December, sending all manner of Lone Star-inspired embroideries and fringed suede (not to mention a Chanel No. 5 holster) down the runway, we figured we’d see a Western revival. Just weeks later, both Alexander Wang and Fausto Puglisi featured city-ready cowgirl boots in their respective Pre-Fall lineups. Not long after that, Donatella Versace went maverick with her Fall menswear collection, which boasted updated chaps, bolo ties, and sharp suits embellished with horseshoe, cactus, and sheriff’s badge motifs. And don’t forget Ralph Lauren. An original pioneer of the frontier style, he put his Polo women’s collection on the catwalk for the first time, and trotted out serape blanket coats and prairie skirts. The Americana movement has taken hold in the streets, too, with models such as Hanne Gaby Odiele incorporating old-school bandannas into their off-duty wardrobes. Stetsons and 10-gallon hats, meanwhile, have become a phenomenon in their own right: The wide-brimmed toppers have replaced fedoras as hipsters’ headwear of choice. But fashion isn’t the only industry romanticizing the Wild West. A new wave of Western flicks (including Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, which debuted at Cannes over the weekend) will hit theaters this year.

Here, a slideshow of Western-inspired looks.

The Split-Second Preview: Ruffian


The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.


WHO: Ruffian, designed by Brian Wolk and Claude Morais

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Saturday, February 8

WHAT: “For Fall ’14, we explored monastic opulence and tailored volume with lavish sumptuousness. We’ll also introduce a new hat collection with Stetson.”—Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. The designers sent us an exclusive first look at their Stetson hats, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Ruffian

Billy From ‘Bama


To the insular, New York-centric work of American fashion, Billy Reid is a bona fide Southern ambassador—he doesn’t need to get two words out in that molasses voice of his before you realize that he ain’t your average Seventh Avenue man. The twang—in tone and in clothes—is Reid’s calling card, but lest you might forget, he trucked up a tableau’s worth of Alabama leaves, twigs, and bushes to fill out the set for his Fall 2010 presentation at Milk Studios, ordered in a coupla cases of PBR, and blasted the Jack White jams. You’d have to look north to see the Mason-Dixon from here.

Thing is, many of the clothes resist the classification. They’re cut from “very English patterns,” Reid says, and despite being made largely in America—including the rough-and-tumble outerwear, crafted on heavy-needle denim looms—take away the summer and smoke and you might as easily be in the old country. There are exceptions to the rule (a patch-pocket railroad-stripe jacket is true blue U.S.A.) but Billy’s strength belies his backstory. There’s an understated cool to his square-cut double-breasted suits and overcoats, and even a metropolitan touch of seventies suave in the turtlenecks he’s showing more of this season, that’ll work all over. That’s good news for Reid’s ever-expanding fan base—sure to be bolstered by his latest accolade, the GQ Best New Menswear Designer in America Award—nationwide. The collaborative Stetsons, on the other hand, made with BR collection fabrics, are all down country. You can take the boy out of Florence, AL…
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Photo: Andrew Thomas

Mizrahi For MObama, Gaga In Girdles, And More…


The First Lady selected a plum, high-waisted Isaac Mizrahi dress—with sleeves!—for last night’s State of the Union address. We’d say she came off at least as well as her husband. [HuffPo]

Having exhausted every even barely reasonable trend, It piece, and runway-only gewgaw, Lady Gaga is now sporting infomercial-peddled girdles to her concert appearances. Well, at least it’ll broaden her audience base to include grannies. [Glamour]

Cowboys, your headgear is getting a tune-up. Stetson announced that it has tapped CFDA award nominee Albertus Swanepoel to design a capsule collection of around ten hats inspired, variously, by Sherlock Holmes, the Bauhaus, and classic models from the label’s archive. Yee-haw? [WWD]

The Wall Street Journal launches its latest fashion investigation: denim on denim (a.k.a. the Canadian tuxedo). Its findings: Practice with caution; outfits in the mirror may be uglier than they appear. [WSJ]

Photo: Susan Walsh / AP Photo