College officials have declined to provide details, but the fraternity’s attorney, George Ostler has described the branding as a voluntary form of self-expression like body piercing or tattooing. He said the practice was never a condition of membership and has since stopped.
It’s not a good time for fraternities nationwide. The article goes on to say:
Dartmouth’s decision comes amid increased scrutiny of fraternities as colleges nationwide grapple with issues of high-risk drinking and sexual assault.
Different clothes for different occasions is a concept that is increasinly slipping away. I just filed a story to one of the rag trade trade rags about “sportscore” or “athleisure,” or basically wearing sweatpants when you’re not sweating. — CC
Last night I attended an event held at “the lodge,” a funky townhouse in the distinguished Upper East Side environs of Fifth Avene and 77th Street. It’s the showroom for the brand VK Nagrani, which caters to “alpha males,” or jet-setters with money to burn.
But it also caters to another jet-setter whose aircraft was none other than Air Force One. VK Nagrani began as a sock brand, and George Bush, who’s taken to wild socks in his old age, is one of the brand’s most distinguished fans, as Town & Country reports. Nagrani has even made a special sock just for him with the presidential seal.
Yesterday I had a long discussion with a writer from Put This On about the waxing and waning of Ivy and prep over the decades. One of the topics was how watered-down the term “preppy” has become in the mainstream media.
Emphasis on water.
Yesterday Bloomberg.com put up a video segment on what it called “the preppiest office in America,” namely, the new Stamford, CT headquarters of Vineyard Vines.
Is Rand Paul the coolest/squarest/hip-to-be-squarest politician so far in the 2016 presidential race?
While he’s yet to be spotted in JFK’s Nantucket reds, or GHWB’s striped watchbands and J. Press suits, Rand’s wardrobe has the tradly touches of buttondown collars, conventional striped ties, and gold-buttoned navy blazers.
That’s pretty unusual for a pol in the national spotlight, where all of them sport the American Boardroom look of blue suit, white shirt with moderate-spread collar, and shiny tie in random pop color. With presumably an army of advisers, Paul will no doubt make his wardrobe more generic as he gets more air time.
Paul is known for another style quirk that harkens back to our 35th president: he’s more than willing to be photographed in sunglasses, and has a special fondness for Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
Final note: lest Ivy Style be accused of endorsing one political party over the other, “style” was put in quotation marks in the headline. When it comes to politicians and clothes, the term “style” should always be used loosely. — CC (Continue)