Norman Hilton was known for his high quality and impeccable taste in fabrics. He also knew how to commission a sharp wordsmith. Just look at the copy in the ad below. “Yesterday, today and tomorrow are all one.” Nice line.
As for the gentleman depicted with such ample aplomb, I can imagine him in a staring contest with Lord Ribblesdale in the famous portrait by Sargent. He’s got poise and he’s got grace, which leads us to a remark made this morning on another post by longtime comment-leaver “SE,” who wrote:
A book hit the shelves not so long ago. It’s entitled “The Art of Grace.” The author is Sarah Kaufman. It’s a great book. Elegantly written and very much about elegance. The subtitle summarizes the subject nicely: “On Moving Well Through Life.” Too many people don’t move well through life. The lack of grace is all too apparent: hunched over, sloppy, unkempt. Whatever the complaints anyone may have about bygone eras —and yes, to be sure, they weren’t so great for everybody — grace abounded.
Kaufman sheds light on the importance of good posture (no trivial matter), and how one quite literally moves. But there’s also mention of clothing — clothing that moves with the person. She quite correctly derides clothing that’s too tight: clothing that can render a stiff, shrunken look. It’s a stinging indictment of the modern, fashion runway-driven obsession with too-skinny pants and overly tapered jackets.
Here’s to well fitting clothes that stand the test of time. Go forth on this Friday The Thirteenth, as always, with style and grace. — CC