Saturday, October 31, 2009
As we can see, Rick is doing everything correctly. The stripes from the tie and shirt are of different size; the stripe color in the shirt is the identical to the colored check on Rick's trousers; and the pocket square is white matching with the white ground of the shirt.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Mixing one pattern is fairly easy. The key is to have some variation in size. The two pictures below show this well:
Too Matchy-Matchy, trying to hard, Credits: Alan Flusser
Mixing two patterns is not much more difficult than mixing one. There are three general guidelines - sizes should be similar, or very different, and the colors should work well together.
Gentleman 1: showing that similar sizes look great when mixing patterns. The large striped repp tie pairs wonderfully with the larger check from the suit. A smaller stripe on the tie would be overpowered by the bold check.
Gianni Agnelli showing that similar dimensions always work! Although hard to detect (and maybe this proves our point), but the checks in Agnelli's tie perfectly match the checks in Agnelli's jacket.
Gianni Agnelli going the other way: the larger check looks flawless when paired against the pin dots in Gianni Agnelli's tie.
Our very own Rick Faubion showing that although the tie and trousers have very little in common in regards to pattern, the yellow in both give a ground that allows them to work harmoniously as the tie floats in front of the pants - always classic!
There are not many rules once you start to mix three and more patterns, but the safest route is to make sure that they are all different from each other. Although different in size or pattern, the colors need to work together to bring a sense of cohesion to the look.
Sgr. Barbera showing the art of mixing four patterns. As we can see, the patterns are all different but with similar tones and grounds (a little Sprezzatura thrown in - notice the watch), he looks incredible!
However, when combining multiple patterns, and two are the same, vary the scale of the two like patterns dramatically.
Andrew mixing three patterns. Notice the tie color matches the checks, but that the sizes are drastically different allowing for the overall look to work.
Ultimately, as most things in fashion, it is all about having fun! So mix and match as you please. What we have presented are general guidelines and hopefully a good groundwork for you to begin you own looks. Patterns are fun because of the options. A new pattern can revive an old jacket while mixing patterns can bring out the blue in your eyes or add depth to the colors of a coat - again, have fun!
We would love to hear your thoughts and see your pictures. If you have a do or don't, please post it and let us know. Later next month, we will post some of the responses to see our how stylish our readers are.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Red and Navy Fenzi Mezzocollos
These knits are perfect for anything - under a suit, for travel, casual day around the house, or even around the shoulders as you walk the dog around Wash Park. Again, stop by or call the store and we can fill you in on all of the great colors.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Stop in soon as these are going fast. These are the perfect tops for a day like today, sunny and crisp, but even better for lazy Sundays around the house cuddling up with those you love.
Friday, October 23, 2009
We must also thank Enrico Di Giovanni from Caruso as he did an incredible job showing the new fabrics and fitting a never ending line for new suits and jackets. Caruso really is an amazing company, a real gem find that we could not be happier with. Please check out their website for more info (ww.raffaelecaruso.it). We will have all of their samples and fabric swatches for the weekend, so anyone interested in a new piece for their fall wardrobe, be sure to stop by to not miss the incredible deals.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Always well dressed and inspirational, Matt Damon as Tom Ripley and Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf show what casual dress is meant to be - take a cue from these good looking men and remember that when in the Piazzas of Italy, jackets and ties are requirements.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Lino Ieluzzi demonstrating the shorter, narrower leg (clearly, this man inspires a certain employee that shall remain nameless)
Luca Rubinacci showing that with a fuller pant, some added length really looks best
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This will be an amazing event, be sure not to miss out.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Located at 2906 East 6th Avenue (303.322.7363/http://www.denvertruffle.com/), The Truffle has established themselves as Denve's premier destination for hard to find gourmet food items and cut-to-order hand made cheeses.
Always happy to provide a taste of anything in the store, The Truffle is ideal for gifts and for hosting any party. Not only are we huge fans of the store, but The Truffle will be supplying all of our food for our upcoming Taste Of Parma night.
Friday, October 16, 2009
We will be celebrating our upcoming Emilia-Romagna event by toasting various wines from Italy, including the Lambrusco. Lambrusco is the name of both the grape and the wine that originates from the Emilia-Romagna region of nothern Italy. The grape itself has a very long wine-making history. The most famous and highly rated of its varietals is the sparkling, frizzante red wine that we will be showcasing during our event. Not as well known given its small production, this is a sparkling red similar to a (Red) Prosecco or Rose.
Again, please stop by to taste this rare treat. We are incredibly excited about this upcoming event (October 22nd) and are looking forward to sharing some new and fun wine with our friends.
"Wow, what an amazing trip" was all we could first get out of Cathy Covell after her recent trip to Paris. She and Lawry had such a blast - running into Scott Schuman, a.k.a. The Sartorialist (old friend and supporter of the store), on Rue St. Honore, dinners at Bistrot l'Universite, tours on the Champs Elysees, it is a hard life going to the fashion shows.
The trip was also great for other reasons - optimism seems to have returned to the marketplace.
After attending the shows and showrooms for Spring/Summer 2010, Cathy has let us know that Dresses will be big! She said she saw dresses everywhere in a lot of colors, textures, and prints. Not only were dresses a major trend, but short skirts will certainly be making an appearance in 2010. Similar to the dresses, skirts were shown in a multitude of colors and prints only adding to the optimism in the air. After a few seasons or more somber colors and looks, it is refreshing to see that Spring will be more uplifting. Not only is the merchandise making a change, but Cathy said even the overall feeling of market was positive. She said people seemed much more upbeat and Paris was just that much more crowded then the past few years - again, it seems that optimism has returned.
To top off a great week, Cathy got to meet one of her industry icons and all-time favorite designers: Dries Van Noten. After almost ten years of carrying the line and visiting the showroom, this was the first time Cathy has seen Dries and had the opportunity to meet the man. Often when people meet icons, it can be a bit of a disappointment; putting people on such high pedestals is difficult because people rarely live up to the reputation you have created. However, Cathy was so excited to share that Dries was a nice as he could be! She says he was an absolute pleasure and could not have been more welcoming and cordial. It is so nice to hear such great things about a wonderful designer and a man we love to support.
For a full break down of the shows from Paris, you can see photos at http://www.style.com/.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
As supporters of the Denver Polo Classic and the Denver Active 20 30 Children's Foundation we wanted to remind everyone to take some extra time during the holidays to help out those around you.
If any of our readers are members of the 20/30 or other supporters, we will see you tonight at their annual "Thank You" ball held for the sponsors from the year.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
More from Paris to follow ...
Monday, October 12, 2009
Luca Rubinacci, a current star in Italian tailoring and industry wide muse, shows again the importance of color during the fall months. Remember, color is fun, and Luca here shows that even a simple yet bright shirt and tie combination add some real pop to a dreary day. And don't forget the socks!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Priced at only $185, these have been flying off the shelves. The skinny jean is one of our ten essentials for fall and these do not disappoint - fun and always flattering. So come in soon and make sure not to miss out.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Although often associated with spring and summer, Colors are equally if not more important during the fall months.
First glance at this photo would say "Summer", but the textures and the fabrics clearly show this to be a fall outfit. Again, color adds a wonderful pop of personality to the more somber fall and often shows your own courage and thoughts in a world of black. Anything works - be it a striped Etro shirt or a Paul Smith scarf. Remember, it is all about having fun and some color is a wonderful way to stand out and add a smile to your face.
Located at 2233 Larimer in Denver, Colorado, Twelve Restaurant has become a recent favorite of the "LC" family.
The name "Twelve" comes from their monthly changing menu coinciding with in-season ingredients. Local farms and produce are highlighted as the food is always fresh. And with a menu that changes every month, there is always something new to enjoy.
You can get more information at http://www.twelverestaurant.com/. Tell them Lawrence Covell sent you, you will love every bite!
Friday, October 9, 2009
These socks from Falke are a cashmere/wool blend and at only $35, they are a complete steal. They come in various shades of blue, brown, grey, green, and Andrew's favorite - red.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
"Always do more than is required of you."
George S. Patton
Great for sales, great for everything you do in life.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
"Elegance is an attitude, and the first rule is to be never too excessive."
We could not agree more, it reminds us of an old ad we ran in Esquire:
"The most forceful statement is understatement."
Monday, October 5, 2009
We have an amazing selection of products from both Art of Shaving and Truefitt & Hill to protect your face during the cold. During the winter, we put our faces at constant exposure to adverse elements such as snow and cold wind. This combined with the ever-present cold weather and drier than normal climate, men really do some serious damage to their skin. Although we recommend these products for year round use, again, it is extra important to use pre-shave oils, rich and nourishing creams, and after-shave moisturizers to keep your skin at its best during the winter.
We have a wide range of oils, creams and balms, razors, and badger hair brushes (once you use a brush you will never go back!) and even cologne in scents such as Lavendar, 1805, Trafalgar, and Grafton. So please stop in - also, these make wonderful gifts!
And for those of you new to the store, of for those that have yet to come it, yes, that is a pool table. So stop in and get to know us over a pool match and a glass of wine.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Although not updated as frequently as our blog, definitely check it out when you get some time. This gentleman travels everywhere and is always full of great stories.
My father, he too was in the industry and a complete master at his craft; Cary Grant
Describe your personal style ...
Favorite Labels or Designers?
Luciano Barbera, Kiton, Oxxford, and Etro
Your most cherished possession?
Matchbox Car Collection, but in the distant future it will be my grandfather's pocket watch
When you wear ..... You feel at your best
Quality, and my bathrobe
What do you first notice in someone's outfit?
Normally the overall impression
What would you never wear?
Bone colored khakis paired with a camel hair blazer (Always a bad look!)
Who do you dress to impress?
No one, it is about feeling good mentally and physically. Fine clothing and style should not shout out "look at me!"
Do you shine your own shoes?
When I have time, I am fairly lazy in this department
"Must have" next purchase ...
A soft unstructured Cashmere jacket - the perfect travel piece because you can wear it with anything and anywhere while still being dressed
When you were younger you wore ...
I was a total nerd, but look at me now!
I do not have one, I cherish and keep certain items that remind me of the great times in my life.
Favorite place to holiday?
Anywhere where I can find great golf, great food, and a comfortable bed. Do not Disturb!
Favorite local restaurants?
Rodney's, Zaidy's, and Barolo for some great rich Italian food.
Golf (but I intend to quit), Rock Band, Movies (love the classics!), Talk Radio, Working Out ... the normal "stuff"
Favorite "fashion" movie? North by Northwest
My father was the perfect example to "keep on going, keep on striving." He has incredible personal strength and will power. When the chips are down - keep on going! And more importantly, if the party was a hopping - keep on going! He really instilled in me a terrific work ethic.
What keeps you inspired?
I have been fortunate in my career to meet the best makers, vendors, designers - the top end of the industry. But at the end of the day, it is the amazing clients and great friends that keep me coming back.
Friday, October 2, 2009
8) The Pencil Skirt
5) Shaving Accessories from Truefitt & Hill
Never forget the person that makes the man, the new bags from Henry Cuir make wonderful holiday gifts.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Although better known as an actress, her iconic status is enhanced by her biggest passion: UNICEF. Hepburn was a life-long humanitarian stemming from her good fortune as a child. After enduring German occupation as a child in World War II, she dedicated much of her life to helping poor children in impoverished nations around the globe.
Audrey Hepburn will always be remembered for her role as "Holly Golightly" in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The image of her (top photo) is the epitome of beauty and helped to create the now-famous "little black dress". The film is considered an American classic and the wardrobe was designed by Audrey Hepburn herself and top designer Givenchy.
Although Audrey Hepburn admittedly enjoyed fashion, her personal tastes were geared towards casual and comfortable clothes. Although she used the words casual and comfortable, she always appeared perfectly chic whether at home with her family or out in the world reconfirming her status as a legend.
Although a top Italian industrialist, Agnelli is best remembered for his personal style quirks (Agnellisms) and as the embodiment of Sprezzatura. The tie pulled to the side, no tie dimple, hiking boots with suits, watch over the cuff, unbuttoned collar, the list goes on. The impressive thing - no matter how affected or contrived these might sound, everything seemed natural, nonchalant - Sprezzatura! He was clearly a man who knew "the rules", but he was also a man who knew when to break them. We recommend that from time to time, incorporate an "Agnellism" into your daily look, remember, it is all about having fun!