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Monday, June 09, 2008

Jazz-Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, New York

Comments on "Jazz-Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, New York"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:33 AM) : 

cool belt ! awesome...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:36 AM) : 

Simply fanatstic styling.
His tie as a belt tied in a bow with the tattoos and the white flat cap... he keeps it just the right side of 'costume' - Superb!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:53 AM) : 

Truly very cool.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:52 AM) : 

Huzza! Finally the pants are rising again!


Blogger Jeroen van Rooijen said ... (9:11 AM) : 

Finally! the high waist for men has arrived, a full year after the women's version ... ;-) great fun, scott.


Blogger said ... (9:14 AM) : 

He kind of looks like Stanley Tucci. I love the bow in his belt, fun!


Blogger James said ... (9:23 AM) : 

Fabulous! Men can rock the high waist too!


Blogger Natalie said ... (10:07 AM) : 

Beltacular :o)

and I like the roses!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 AM) : 

lovely makeshift belt=playful twist(:


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 AM) : 

The trouser and tie color combination is very pleasing with the spring grass in the background.
Didn't Fred Astaire also do the "tie as belt" look?

I'm not sure about all the white in the hat and shirt - it might be the bright sky but his top half seems to evaporate.


Blogger sanecommunications said ... (10:57 AM) : 

looks like an armwrestling champion from the manhattan docks in the 20's ...

popeye of sorts

great shot Mr S


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:28 PM) : 

this man reminds me of a fantastic girl you posted from Paris with similarly belted too-big-pants.
Note: never throw out fat pants


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:33 PM) : 

Great look! Totally feeling the Fred Astaire vibe with the necktie around the waist. But the ink adds a hardness to the casual dandiness of his look. That's how you keep it casual with a touch of whimsical elegance at a lawn party ;-) Tops.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:11 PM) : 

Is it okay to tie your pants like that?? I kinda like it!


Blogger Jason Lyon said ... (2:34 PM) : 

Fantastic!!!! The blogger who said "arm wrestler on the manhattan docks" hit the nail on the head. This is exactly how I am working the volume of the '40s pant back into modern dress myself. The "tie as belt" thing has always left a sour taste in my mouth. Here he makes it work only because of his "tough guy" tattoos. I don't see it working once he puts his arms down. Though it is best for a person to not look too put together. I have worn similar ensembles with braces, it helps to pull the pants together with just the t-shirt. A beautiful photo, though I am dying to see his footwear here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:58 PM) : 

I like this look. 1920's rough and tumble. Probably an excellent dancer.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:03 PM) : 

he was one of the best dancers there!


Blogger Miriam Parkman said ... (3:40 PM) : 

Oh I love how he has tied his belt lika a bow! It's the dot over i.
His tattoos is also very, very loveable.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:42 PM) : 

Brilliant. Love the hat and the high waist pants. Love the tats, love the belt. He's got a great face, too. Great look. Yum, yums all over.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:53 PM) : 

Bravo bravisimo!
He's got it!But most probably he couldn't find a pair of high waisted trousers without loops...that would be just perfect..He's done well...he knows....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:09 PM) : 

Island Tattoo on Staten Island have
old sheets of 30s and 40s tattoos on their walls. They have so much charm - very sailorish.


Blogger thwany said ... (9:31 PM) : 

he's cute, i love his style


Blogger Seanrwatson2 said ... (12:27 AM) : 

Very cool. Definately a New York '30s authentic retrospective look. His face reads travails of the Depression too. I think the belt and tattoos remove it from a country club look to a docks look. He looks a little burly.


Blogger Richard said ... (12:35 AM) : 

I hate to be negative but there are certain looks which should be revived.

This is not one of them.

Diggin' the hat though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:32 AM) : 

He was such a great dance teacher...lovin' the Charleston on Saturday afternoon! He was wearing the same pants with a striped t-shirt and knotted white kerchief around his neck...Classic.


Blogger Megan said ... (3:41 AM) : 

This guy has just been waiting for the chance to wear his jazz pants!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:20 AM) : 

Fails as a costume. T-shirt looks completely wrong for two reasons: t-shirts like that didn't exist in the 20's; and even if it were period-correct, no-one, not even a burly docker, would have gone out dressed in their underwear in that era.


Blogger Maven said ... (6:35 AM) : 

Great Scott! It's Gatsby's bodyguard! I think the tee was a perfect choice. He got to go vintage and play dress up with a really authentic look, without being in danger of melting into the heat of it all. Great "ink" too! Thanks for this one...


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:27 AM) : 

oh i would love to see more of these!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:44 PM) : 

ms s, do u know his name? is it something like oli?? i think i know him from montreal...


Blogger Saucy said ... (2:05 AM) : 

He looks Dandy, as in fine and dandy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 AM) : 

Loads of style and looking very comfortable too. The perfect outfit for a warm day on Governors Island.


Blogger norawoah said ... (11:26 AM) : 

I LOVE these pants! High waist, low crotch, lots of extra fabric to move in. Amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:12 PM) : 

I think he looks like Stanley Tucci too, or John Turturro esp. in O Brother. Great look, and what a fun party!


Blogger LadyPB said ... (7:16 PM) : 

this is exactly why I'm so annoyed we couldn't be on Governor's Island this year. Next year I want to be there again with all of the fabulous people!

Thanks again for the wonderful photo diary.


Blogger molly said ... (12:56 PM) : 

i love how the boys tats really update the look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:30 PM) : 

well done, he looks a bit like Andy Hernandez, better known as "The sugar coated" Coati Mundi, Partner of Mr. August Darnell, who was famous as "Kid Creole & The Coconuts" back in the 80s. Great stuff!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:47 AM) : 

His name is Roddy Caravella.

He's a great dancer and one of the best purveyors of vintage clothes, decor, cars, lifestyles I've ever met.

And to the anonymous smarty pants who claimed no one would have gone out dressed like that back in the day, here's a clip from 1940 of some original jitterbugs:
Please note that one of them is indeed wearing a t-shirt.


Blogger repeatclicks said ... (7:42 AM) : 

This guy isnt wearing a 'costume' or playing 'dress up'. Clearly he is a fan of the era and wears this on a regular basis. If youve ever been to london, there is a massive vintage fan-base, and so many of them pull it off without being costumey. Theres loads of clubs to go to, so many that you could visit one for every night almost.

My wife and I collect and make our own clothing from vintage patterns. I wear the same high waisted trousers (from a 1954 pattern) with t-shirts all the time and it never looks wrong.


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