Fashion Notes - Variations of Gray
Tom Ford v Thom Browne 
(Source: GQ Japan) 
STYLE | ETERNITY 
Fashion Notes - Variations of Gray
Tom Ford v Thom Browne 
(Source: GQ Japan) 
STYLE | ETERNITY 

Fashion Notes - Variations of Gray

Tom Ford v Thom Browne 

(Source: GQ Japan

STYLE | ETERNITY 

Black tie by Tom Ford

(Source: GQ Japan)

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Favourite group looks from Pitti 01/2014 
From top to bottom: Ciongoli & the Eidos Napoli crew, The Armoury dudes (HK), Restivo et Austin. 
(Source: GQ) 
STYLETERNITY 
Favourite group looks from Pitti 01/2014 
From top to bottom: Ciongoli & the Eidos Napoli crew, The Armoury dudes (HK), Restivo et Austin. 
(Source: GQ) 
STYLETERNITY 
Favourite group looks from Pitti 01/2014 
From top to bottom: Ciongoli & the Eidos Napoli crew, The Armoury dudes (HK), Restivo et Austin. 
(Source: GQ) 
STYLETERNITY 

Favourite group looks from Pitti 01/2014 

From top to bottom: Ciongoli & the Eidos Napoli crew, The Armoury dudes (HK), Restivo et Austin. 

(Source: GQ

STYLETERNITY 

"I wanna see your pompoms hit the stand"

Source: GQ

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DRESS DOWN DINNER JACKET

I can’t speak for most menswear nerds, but let’s assume for a minute my words drip like honey on their well rounded and symmetrical ears. Its my firm belief that the tuxedo uniform (at least subjectively) is not to be fucked with. I can’t fathom how to put it any less politely, but the fact remains that the traditional dinner jacket is a centrepiece that requires a similarly lofty ensemble (french cuffs, patent leather, matching trousers, the lot). 

For once though- thanks to GQ America-I can as the kids say ‘dig it’. In their October 2012 Fall Style Playbook, GQ make a fairly strong showing with their shawl lapel tuxedo plus button down combo. I think the key here is a uniform sense of luxury (shout out to Cucinelli) across the whole outfit, a moderately sized soft edged lapel (as opposed to something that smacks of formality e.g. the peak) and the minimalism of the colour palette: veering between washed out and muted tones of blues. 

Also, it helps when your shoot model is the guy who punk’d all of MI-6. 

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downeastandout:

London - first of many Tommy Ton runthroughs to come
Apologies in advance

Fashion Week street style by Tommy Ton
SOURCE: Down East & Out 
downeastandout:

London - first of many Tommy Ton runthroughs to come
Apologies in advance

Fashion Week street style by Tommy Ton
SOURCE: Down East & Out 
downeastandout:

London - first of many Tommy Ton runthroughs to come
Apologies in advance

Fashion Week street style by Tommy Ton
SOURCE: Down East & Out 
downeastandout:

London - first of many Tommy Ton runthroughs to come
Apologies in advance

Fashion Week street style by Tommy Ton
SOURCE: Down East & Out 

downeastandout:

London - first of many Tommy Ton runthroughs to come

Apologies in advance

Fashion Week street style by Tommy Ton

SOURCE: Down East & Out 

""I joke that menswear blogging now is second only to mommy blogging in terms of people trying to fucking scam companies out of free stuff. Every dude is like, "I can start a blog and scam Gant out of a fucking woven shirt.""
Michael Williams 

13 Rules To Acquaint You With The Menswear Game

In times of heated academic research, Styleternity turns to a little bit of a study break, by giving you the skinny on those critical menswear tropes (if you’ll pardon the term) that the lads of the world should never forget.

Sure there’s plenty of ways to express your brand of personal style (flip-flops and sockwear is not one of them) but there are a couple of immutable rules that a man should always have in mind in order to get the most steez out of his style game.

  1. Find a good tailor- in the land of menswear, fit is king, and by establishing an excellent relationship with a tailor you ensure the most boring clothing are revitalized by the most flattering of cuts.
  2. Button up (or not)- the bottom button of one’s jacket should forever remain undone. The result of an unhappy old world English accident, the bottom button  is entirely for maintenance and not for show. In a land filled with men who boast of their knowledge of ‘clothes and shit’ this fundamental piece of knowledge separates those who care from those who pretend.
  3. The width of your tie should match the width of your lapels- its a simple concept; if going for a skinny tie go for a thinner lapel, if going for a traditional peak lapel go for the appropriately wider tie. Its not microdynamic theory but you’d be surprised how many men fail to pay attention and end up looking like The Thin White Duke aften an evening with A Flock of Seagulls. 
  4. No puddles- ‘puddling’ is a term that the menswear community affectionately uses when referring to the excess material that pools at the top of a man’s shoe. It results from ill-fitting pants and is upfront unpleasant to look at, never mind all this menswear jibber jabber. Have a tailor address it if its a problem tout suite
  5. Learn to tie a bow tie- there’s nothing worse than being mistaken for Peewee Herman’s doppleganger, and with a stiff jilted pre-tie bowtie, its merely a matter of ‘when’ before this fate befalls you. Not only are self tie bow ties pleasantly assymetrical but as the night wears on (when the occasion calls for it) one can simply wear it long around his collar in a dégagé fashion.
  6. Tie a four-in-hand-the go to knot of Patrick Grant of E.Tautz, the four-in-hand gives a rakish shape to one’s tie without providing a hilariously tiny knot. In an age of slim ties, this is a happy compromise that won’t reduce you to part of the Bon Iver cursing, slim tie and skinnies pack.
  7. Do not buy square toed shoes-the square toe has NEVER been ‘fashionable’: it is a boxy and pudding faced shape that will do nothing but draw attention to one’s feet, which are admittedly not the most attractive part of the human anatomy anyway. Go classic with a round toed Oxford or if you’re feeling adventurous for a pointed derby.
  8. Know your shirt collars- there’s more than one? The type of collar that adorns a shirt says more about it than you’d initially assume- a button down collar tends to fall into a more casual sphere, the point represents the brave American style school, and a semi-spread will give you more gauge for your tie. The ‘point’ (chuckle) being: learn the difference.
  9. Always keep your jacket buttoned, it will improve your silhouette-Tom Ford advice, need I say more?
  10. Upgrade your suit game- no you don’t have to go to Zegna every time you want to improve your suiting options. Simply dive back into your wardrobe, pull out something that can be re-cut in a more flattering fit. Switch out cheap buttons for those made of pearl or horn, or indulge your English heritage by having your tailor sew a ticket pocket into it. Its an upgrade not an overhaul.
  11. Black on Black-the black tie formula is not something to be trifled with. The only time a man should be wearing a black suit is at the appropriate night time formal gathering. Are you a member of the Secret Service? A city traveling coroner? Will Smith’s body double? If any of these questions you answer resoundingly with no then remember: the BLACK suit should only be deployed during a BLACK tie event (see what happened there?).
  12. Personal maintenance- there is nothing more hilarious yet somehow distressing than a man who has no idea how to iron a shirt; polish his brogues; sew on a button et cetera. One of the foremost qualities of a stylish man (and a good man) is that he understands some basic life skills and if you don’t know all or any of the 3 above, you can now utilize Youtube for something other than hilarious cat videos. 
  13. Stay the course- puns are despicable, but they serve a purpose here. Collar stays are tiny pieces of either fabric or solid material in the shape of arrows that are inserted into the underside of the shirt collar points (left and right). They help a collar maintain their shape and will assist in assuring your collar does not prevent your tie from sitting right. Most shirts from department stores tend to come standard with a pitiful temporary pair, but you can remedy this by purchasing a pair of your own.

Drake for GQ America April 2012 Issue 5

Side aligned tie pin, patent derby footwear and a raffish pocket square to boot…

BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch
Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:
Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 
BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch
Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:
Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 
BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch
Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:
Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 
BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch
Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:
Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 
BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch
Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:
Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 
BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch
Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:
Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 
BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch
Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:
Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 

BATCH OF STYLE- The rise of Benedict Cumberbatch

Since his much acclaimed performance as Sherlock in the titular BBC reboot, this quintessentially English, highly lauded GQ man of the year has also become an undeniable style icon. Though much has been made of the look Benedict cultivated for Sherlock, here’s how to get a handle on Benedict’s very dapper real life style:

  • Pick a slim fitting dress shirt with a cotton blend. Italian sizing is a good place to start, and to take after Benedict go for block colours and neutrals: there’s no need to dandify anything, simple is best! Great shirting brands include Spencer Hart and Dolce & Gabbana
  • Benedict on and off-screen tends to favour classic and simple suits with a modern twist: this means suits in traditional more darker neutrals with slim lapels and a slim fit. The staple look for Benedict can be found at Spender Hart, but he is also known for love of Dunhill which is a worthy and classic substitute
  • Benedict (much like any great style icon) injects a bit of flair into his footwear, adding mischief to an otherwise classic ensemble with his much lauded Louis Vuitton butterfly shoes, these are made-to-order however, so if you’re stumped how about trying a more pared back look inspired by Benedict’s turn as the accidentally dapper detective Sherlock 
Jacket, $695, by Rag & Bone. Shirt, $88, by A|X Armani Exchange. Tie, $160, by D&G. Pants, $248, by John Varvatos USA. Suspenders, $22, by Topman. Hat by Borsalino at JJ Hat Center. Glasses by Tom Ford. Watch by Aldo. Leather bracelet by Tod’s.

Jacket, $695, by Rag & BoneShirt, $88, by A|X Armani Exchange. Tie, $160, by D&G. Pants, $248, by John Varvatos USA. Suspenders, $22, by Topman. Hat by Borsalino at JJ Hat Center. Glasses by Tom Ford. Watch by Aldo. Leather bracelet by Tod’s.



10 suggestions for Summer 2012 (because preparation pays)…

(1) Paisley- it’s back: in a BIG WAY, in the trunks or on the shirt its a wonderful detail…

(2) Tortoiseshell- on the foot or on the eye, its a charming and very rakish choice of color palette…

(3) Try new scents- avoid the mess of Cool Water & Acqua Di Gio sheep and go for something more radical; something with tangerine, wood or vetiver…

(4) Make the unsuitable seasonal- items that are winter staples like the trench or the biker jacket are being updated for the sun, try lightweight fabrics like lycra, nylon and hybrid polyester…

(5) 'Glad' to be here- pardon the awful puns: but gladiator sandals are a solid, with a blazer and chino shorts they are a fun yet safe combination…

(6) Fat of (off) the sand- summer is the perfect time to do some physical improvements, start with a bear crawl on the sand or the ever popular duck walk: they sound ridiculous but continued use of these exercises will give you results…

(7) Pastels- yes, no man truly can go wrong with the tonals of navy and black, but for Summer 2012 try a little daring experimentation with some pink, off-white, lavender and mandarin…

(8) 'Plaid' to win- more awful pun related advise: plaid is a very popular element of summer garb that ties in well with paisley and tortoiseshell, the key is not to overdo it, start with something small like a plaid belt, bracelet or detail…

(9) Appreciate time- time is that most precious of commodities in our world already: so learn to appreciate it by making it pleasant to observe, an old rose gold watch, or timepiece with a beautiful red/wine crocodile skin strap is a bold summer statement and (more than you’d think) a viable financial alternative to all the blase posturings of heavy silvers, platinum and plastic…

(10) Patent leather- a somewhat risque and often overlooked component of modern men’s attire, patent leather is that rare material that shines (literally) in both summer and winter. In summer veer toward lighter and richer colors like wine or burnished yellow and let a patent leather shoe be your bold standout in an otherwise neat and reserved outfit…

Tweed and cashmere are classic exemplars of style….so are the dapper black gentlemen of the US of A!

Michael Kenneth Williams (of Boardwalk Empire/ The Wire fame) sports a fitted cashmere three piece suit by Ralph Lauren Purple Label (sans pocket square). A fan of the brand, Williams also has a penchant for Brioni, Acne and Givenchy! 

Here’s to you sir, may others follow your example and earn the title of swagger as you so clearly have! 

CAROLYN MASSEY for ASOS, exclusive, retails $209.95 AUD (GQ Pick of The Month)