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Dressing like Jackie O
June 21st, 2016 in Fashion

Dressing like Jackie O

It’s hard to believe that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the First Lady more than 50 years ago, because she’s still well known and loved today — that’s what’s happens when you reach icon status. Even today, the mention of her name conjures images of her perfectly tailored wardrobe, pillbox hats and well-coifed hair. Shows like Mad Men have only made it more desirable to bring...

Men’s Jewellery Boxes
April 2nd, 2014 in Fashion

Men’s Jewellery Boxes

These days most young men are not into men’s accessories but I’m here to tell you that the truly swank man has plenty of accessories and that accessories truly make the man. A well kitted out man will have a collection of tie bars, cuff links, watches and other manly accessories. But where should he place them? Should they be left on a bowl with...

The Cocktail Nation Podcast

The Cocktail Nation

Tikyaki 5-0
The Cocktail Nation on September 18th, 2016

Podcast #422: Tikyaki 5-0

Last Night I Dreamed About Maidenform

As Harry Trenner told the story, he and his wife Florence were just sitting around the kitchen table after dinner when they hit upon the idea. Harry took it to Weintrob Advertising, where he worked in New York. They showed it to Maidenform and the “I dreamed…” advertising campaign was born. It would run from World War II thru to the early 1960s, featuring images...

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Before the advent of go-go boots, which arrived in America from Europe in the early 1960s, boot wearing for women was limited to outdoor activities and inclement weather. The go-go boot became a symbol for female empowerment and independence at a time when social equality movements were harbingers for styles and fashions. I suppose my love affair with boots began one evening in 1966 when...

Where did our sense of dressing well go?

At some point in history our standard of dress has deteriorated to the point of no return. I blame this partly on the youth of the seventies and the baby boomers who seemed to think that they needed to rebel against everything and anything their parents stood for. Reading the paper today I was struck by the amazing comparison of British PM David Cameron next...

Style in the Aisle – Flight Attendant Fashion

The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington is nearing the end of a temporary exhibit called “Style in the Aisle: Flight Attendant Fashion.” The exhibit first began in 2008 and has become so popular that the museum has added new uniforms to the exhibit. Travel Channel has a great photo compilation of “Style in the Aisle” with captions describing each of the photos. The exhibit shows...

Video

Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, is without a doubt one of the biggest fashion icons to emerge from the 1960’s. Her thin frame and big blue eyes became the envy of fashionistas everywhere. The look of drawn on lashes (anything to make the eyes look bigger) and pale lips became a Twiggy staple as girls copied her look to fit in with Swinging London and everything...

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