The Monsieur’s Fashion & Culture Brief

Posted on July 18, 2011


The Monsieur’s Top 3 Fashion and Culture Stories Men Should Know From Around the Web

How to work the Gingham Check shirt - Jennifer Kim for BusinessWeek

1. How to Work the Gingham Check Shirt

As gingham season descends, office workers fall into two categories: a) those who know how to work their gingham check shirts with the appropriate tie, and b) utter doofuses who end up looking like Fonzworth Bentley. Remember, this is gingham, not Vietnam: There are rules. [Read the rest on BusinessWeek]

2. Watches Are Rediscovered by the Cellphone Generation

MICHAEL WILLIAMS, who runs A Continuous Lean, a men’s style blog, ditched his Timex when he got his first cellphone in 2001. Tyler Thoreson, the head of men’s editorial for Gilt Man, the flash sale Web site, often kept his forgettable watches stashed in a drawer. And Eddy Chai, an owner of Odin New York, a downtown men’s boutique, gave up wearing watches regularly in his mid-20s, when he outgrew his Casio. But after going watch-free for much of the last decade, the three men — all in their 30s and considered style influencers — are turning back time. Mr. Thoreson, 38, is shopping for a vintage gold IWC with a white dial or a Rolex GMT-Master. Mr. Chai, 38, has been wearing a vintage Rolex, loosely dangling around his wrist, “not as a timepiece, but as a piece of jewelry,” he said. [Read the rest on NYT]

3. A Love Hate Story: Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones writer-creator George R. R. Martin left Hollywood in 1994, determined to do what he wanted for a change. He’d had some success in television, working on a new version of “The Twilight Zone” and on the fantasy series “Beauty and the Beast.” But the pilot for “Doorways,” a series he’d developed, hadn’t been picked up, and he was tired of the medium’s limitations. “Everything I did was too big and too expensive in the first draft,” he told me recently. A line producer for “The Twilight Zone” once explained to him, “You can have horses or you can have Stonehenge. But you can’t have horses and Stonehenge.” He decided, he’d write his own epic the way he wanted, the product? A Game of Thrones. [Read the rest on TheNewYorker]

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