11 February 2013
Todd Snyder's "Badass"
A while back I met with a blog editor. His boss asked him to take me to lunch to discuss working with him. The editor, 25, took me to a sandwich joint, grabbed a tray and proceeded through the line where he paid for his lunch leaving me to pay for mine. Not a big deal, I thought. It's tough everywhere, but... if this was the companies idea of being taken to lunch...I'm grateful they didn't invite me to dinner.
I joined him at a table where he was typing on his phone. Without looking up, he smiled and said, "I'm tweeting that I'm having lunch with the Trad." I told him I didn't really think a lot of people should know that when he announced, "Finished!" and put his phone away. We unwrapped our sandwiches, he popped a straw in his drink and I asked what he wanted me to write for the blog. "Uh, you're too old to write for our blog," he said.
Todd Snyder's "Rebel Gentlemen" is younger but it's also like trying to kick start a motorcycle on a cold November morning. Despite macho goods of shaved beaver, throat latches, pony hair peacoat, horsehide and thermal cashmere, this show needed an electric starter. Not that anyone has to see you press the starter button.
Sometimes, if it's a real cold morning, that kick starter kicks back. You look around to see if anyone's watching and if it's clear, you just push the button and she starts right up. Simple really. But some folks just kick and kick and kick.
Snyder went for beaver in big way. The shawl shape reminds me of Uncle Fester's collar...the kind you'd attach a leash to. Not sure it adds anything -- like the tilted breast pocket. That's an interesting Moto jacket next door with quilted shoulder but the tuxedo pants look they came from a Citadel winter uniform.
But it's the young who "...bring the bravado to the ballroom" by wearing tuxedo pants with a motorcycle jacket.
In real life, this looks even more like split pea soup. All of the models were channeling a "badass" attitude. "Outlaw" is also used to describe the collection along with, vintage shop, iconic, forward-leaning, re-engineered, Dylan, straight Americana, midnight blue, bravado and Serge Gainsbourg. Sounds like a Tumbler.
Up close and at a distance, it's mostly flat with little warmth. Geez, it looked like a Tumbler.
Split pea again but an elegant look where the starter button looks to have been pushed. A shame the jacket doesn't cover the bulge -- Maybe Bruce likes it that way.
Pitti Uomo sneaked in.
I'm too old for Todd Snyder. I'm too old for anyone who would use, "Badass" in anything. I once worked for a guy who blurted out that he'd never cheat on his wife. Right outta the blue. "I'd never cheat on my wife," he said. Know what? He was cheating on his wife. If someone tells you they're honest? Chances are good they're not. Anytime a man has to tell you what he is...chances are...he isn't. Think about that the next time you wanna wear a motorcycle jacket and tuxedo pants.