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Is That A Suit Or A Sack of Potatoes? Plus, Shine Good; Fire Bad!

Hello again, friends.  I hope you will forgive my being so forward but today I have asked The Princess to indulge me as I clear the air on some troubling issues.  As the Princess Consort I feel it is my obligation to use the bully pulpit you have entrusted to us.

Courtesy AP Photo

Courtesy AP Photo

These are perilous times.  We’re watching the economy implode as decent people are thrown out of their jobs and houses.  In many cases that turmoil is a direct result of knuckleheaded, greedy executives who should know better than to make some of the decisions they’ve been making.  If you are one of the unfortunate thousands who soon will be polishing up the resume and honing those interview skills then it might be a good time to review how you can look your best even when you’re in the middle of a ****storm.  This post is directed to the males; The Princess is better skilled at addressing the females who find themselves in this same unfortunate situation.  We’ll make this short and to the point.

Let’s start with the business suit.  Here is a succinct explanation from Esquire magazine of how your suit should fit.  Your tailor (and you should at least have a passing acquaintance with one) can work wonders for you.

1. Shoulder pads end with your shoulders.

2. Your flat hand should slip easily into your suit under the lapels when the top (or middle) button is fastened. If you put a fist in, the suit should pull at the button.

3. The top button of a two-button suit — or the middle button of a three-button suit — should not fall below your navel.

4. With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket.

5. Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist.

6. Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible.

7. One inch of break.

Suit and photo by Ermenegildo Zegna.

Give your tailor a halfway decent suit with which to work.  You can’t go too far wrong in an interview situation while wearing suits from Brooks Brothers or Hickey Freeman.

I have to confess I have a weakness for well-made dress shirts.  I’ve made no secret of my fondness for Charles Tyrwhitt in London.  But a good tailor again can give you a custom look with an off-the-rack shirt.  When I read these tips I shook my head and marveled at the simplicity of it all.  I think you will too.

Lastly, shine your shoes.  I know it’s a cliche but a shoe polished to a mirror finish will make a lasting impression.  Someone once told me the only way to achieve a high gloss was using fire.  Not necessarily so.  You’ll have to work at it but after reading this step-by-step guide from our friends at the BBC you’ll be willing and able to put the finishing touches on your overall look.

You’ll look great.  Anybody would be fortunate to have someone as well put together as you join their firm.  Soon you’ll be facing the decision of whether or not they deserve you.

Thank you for your time and attention.  Now please enjoy the musical stylings of The Troggs and remember we have two-for-one drink specials until 9pm.


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Early Look at Ralph Lauren, Zegna & Burberry Spring 2009 Collections

Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 #1

Crazy as it sounds, fashion’s heavy hitters just finished showing their Spring/Summer 2009 Menswear collections in Paris and the different looks have been amazing. (And yes, a few are fodder for the “Help Me Understand” feature here at the Prepatorium.) We thought we would share a few with you. Above, two looks from the Ralph Lauren Purple Label line. Always brilliant, Suzy Mehnkes writes in the IHT (International Herald Tribune):

Ralph Lauren‘s neckties were so big, bold and colorful that it was as if the American designer, in his first presentation in Paris, were determined to bring the focus back on the symbol of men at work.

“The purple man is confident,” Lauren said in his program notes, referring to the Purple Label collection that has always been focused on the seductive, shapely pinstripes that seem like a caricature of the big boss. With them went ties as wide and bright as could fit under the lapels. But, significantly, Lauren had expanded the range by including upper-end sportswear – mostly jockey club elegant (think molded leather and race horses on the neckties) but also smart casual wear. That included not just the made-over vintage tennis looks but also ultra-light raincoats in high-tech fabrics.

We also took a glance at some of the Polo Ralph Lauren looks for the Resort/Spring 08/09 Women’s Collections.

Ralph Lauren Resort 2008/09 Womens

Another favorite of The Princess, along with several siblings and The Princess Consort, is Ermenegildo Zegna, his tailoring skills evident in every part of the suit seen below. Zegna Pink Suit

Below right we have a divine piece from Loro Piana who makes just about the finest cashmere a Princess can buy, here with an ultra-light bomber jacket and on the right Burberry Prorsum’s “Crumpled Classics” collection designed by Christopher Bailey.

Loro Piana Soulfly Men\'s Bomber Jacket

Burberry 2009 Look

One FYI for true blue Burberry fans: if you would like to watch the entire Burberry 2009 runway show online you can do by clicking here or going to their front page. The same option is also available to the ladies, simply click on the Womenswear Link.

Madmen NY TImes magazine

And now a gentle nudge for all the “Mad Men” fans out there: the Season 1 DVD is now available for your viewing pleasure! And for those who may not yet have seen it, get ready! This one is a must, absolutely, positively… a must. Non-fans are asking why all the hoo-hah, and well, to be frank Princess, why the somewhat dictatorial tone of this portion of the post?

We apologize if we sound overbearing, we just become so excited about little things like this that at times we find it difficult to maintain the proper level of decorum. Now back to the show! If you’ve not watched it, the show is set in 1960s New York, following high-powered advertising men on Madison Avenue, the women who love them, and it is edgy. The costumes and sets are just TDF (to die for), not to mention the hair and makeup; the whole thing definitely has an air of fantabulosity to it! And remember, Season 2 Premieres Sunday, July 27 at 10pm on AMC, so check your listings or go to amctv.com If you don’t care to wait that long to get in touch with the program there is an ‘official’ blog on the amc site and there is also a recently released music CD, Mad Men: Music from the Series, Vol. 1.

Madmen Season 2 Trailer


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