Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bespoke Icon of the Week: Camille Paglia!

Ok, before you run and hide, hear me out. She may be the kind of woman whose total absence of softness scares men shitless, but there’s no denying it, Camille Paglia is a mean dresser. She’s not dissimilar to Margaret Thatcher, really, with her power-dressing, liberal-despising, anti-feminist approach to life. The only big difference is perhaps the red hair, which is surely dyed.

I'm sure she wouldn't mind me objectifying her like this. Image is everything, and she must be fully aware of that. Besides, I can’t help thinking she deserves some respect for upholding masculinity - and the ideals of consumer capitalism - in the face of a pervasively androgynising, leftist influence.

So perhaps we should sit up and listen to this witch? She did, after all, rave about the ‘sublime male poetry’ of construction and design in the modern world. And what represents this 'poetry' better than the bespoke tailored suit, an article of clothing that conceptualizes everything transcendentally capitalist and authoritatively masculine in man? Don’t be scared. Give Auntie Camille a hug, snuggle down next to her bespoke-tailored side and let her tell you the stories of the Maenads who tear men limb from limb.

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Who’s looking good?

“Who is this sharp dresser?” I hear you say. Surely not the same guy who graced the stage with ‘off the cuff!’ favourite Miss Kylie Minogue in what looked like a white C&A shell-suit a few years back? (see below.) Yep. Would you believe it? Justin Timberlake has discovered the joys of a bespoke tailored suit. And now he’s looking rather fine.

How many times do I have to say it? The bespoke tailored suit is a panacea for all kinds of appearance-related issues. First we had Pete Doherty transforming himself before the courts into a well-dressed Artful Dodger, albeit on amphetamines; now we have Justin the affectionately named ‘trousersnake’ giving Sean Connery a run for his money.

Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that he's got an album out now, which by all reports is said to be rather good. But more importantly for us, he seems to have come of age, stylistically at least. So let me salute the birth of a style icon. An unlikely style icon, perhaps. But then the best always are.

To catch a rear view of the be-suited Justin visit:

To take a leaf out of his book, visit: