Jul 13, 2016 | By Sara Radin
Sep 18, 2013
By WGSN Insider
For some, fashion week is the ultimate opportunity to gorge oneself, wholesale, on the personal style choices of those who are purportedly amongst the world’s most fashionable people. The collective gawking, chronicling, and obsessive analysis that follows is now so firmly entrenched in contemporary fashion culture as to render the very [fashion] itself common, digested in the time it takes to scroll through the day’s instagram feed, leaving a voracious hole of desire for newness that gains momentum season after season. For this reason, books like the new “I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman”, out now on Gestalten, are such a vitally important source of inspiration today.
Writer-photographer duo Nathaniel Adams and Rose Callahan spirit us away from this fashion system, behind the scenes, and into the delightfully anarchic sartorial world of people whose fashion choices stem from a deep inner conviction, rather than collective influence. Their profiles of some 56 men from England, France, and the United States – several of whom attended last night’s genteel launch party at Gieves & Hawkes on London’s famed Savile Row – offer ample opportunity to laugh (Simon Doonan’s professed love of Liberace), drop one’s jaw (the internal syringe pocket in Dickon Edwards’ three-piece velvet suit, inherited from Sebastian Horsley), nod in agreement (why yes, Winston Chesterfield, women do appreciate elegant men) or simply take note of fun facts (Hamish Bowles now wears mostly Dries Van Noten, Paul Smith, and Tom Ford suits. Got it). But more than that, they espouse the deeply important notion of dressing as one’s most authentic self, unswayed by the turning tides of fashion, rooted in a profound understanding of, and ease with, the alchemy of style.
Co-hosted by Gestalten and Gieves & Hawkes, the launch party brought the authors, minglers and sartorial wizards themselves together for a lovely evening at their store on Savile Row, replete with a tailor live-chalking jacket patterns, a jazz trio providing the essential standards, and a portraitist snapping those looking to step behind the camera. Below, a series of our favourite shots from the evening.
Special thanks to Lina Kunimoto at Gestalten, and to the book’s authors, who have given us such a riveting book to add to the collection.
Teenage wunderkind tailor Zack MacLeod Pinsent.
Works in progress and finished specimens pop against a wall of pattern slopers.
Dickon Edwards in his famous silver velvet three-piece suit, inherited from Sebastien Horsley.
Two dandies discuss pressing sartorial matters while the spectre of Nick Wooster looks on in the background.
Happy guests enjoy their drinks against the ideal closet, Gieves & Hawkes-style.
Drinks. Lychee martinis, elderflower cocktails, whiskey, and champagne.
Fun times. Also, stripes.
A Gieves & Hawkes staff member sitting pretty. Very pretty.
Photographer Khalil works his magic.
Two dandies serenade a striking young lady.
The woman and man of the hour, elegant co-authors Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams.
Conversations are happening.
Gustav Temple and Michael “Atters” Attree ham it up outside on the ‘Row.
…yes, that is a taxidermy-ed bat on Mr. Atters’ lapel.
-Kelly René Miller
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