The Ivy Style Christmas Mix

Tue 23 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Jazz — Christian
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For this Christmas, Ivy Style founder Christian Chensvold and contributor/comment leaver Daniel C. Greenwood (“DCG”) are pleased to present a little holiday merry-making. We’d planned to just give you one tune, but ended up with four good takes, so consider this Christmas megamix the equivalent of a Joseph A. Bank sweater sale.

Now the disclaimers:

• We’d never jammed before and had trouble coming in on the same beat, hence all the head-bobbing.

• Session was set up so quickly we didn’t even notice the floor lamp was shining directly into the mirror.

• Computer microphone doesn’t pick up the keyboard well, which sounds soft and thin.

 • Daniel had to read the lyrics on his iPhone

• The Spanish brandy was indeed sherry-like as the sales clerk promised, a bit too much so.

• CC’s handkerchief is sticking out; oddly, not for the first time. It will be taken under advisement.

• Yeti needs a bath.

Merry Christmas from Ivy Style! — CC & DCG

Pop-Up Flea Highlights

Mon 22 Dec 2014 - Filed under: 1990-present,Clothes — Christian
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Last weekend was the Pop-Up Flea show, which has grown considerably. While mostly populated (yes, still) with a kind of hipster/workwear/urban lumberjack vibe, there were a few tradly items worth sharing. (Continue)


Call The Style Police: The 3/1 Roll

Sat 20 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Film — Christian
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Does this man look guilty to you? Does it look like he’s hiding something?

In fact he is: he has fastened only the top button on his three-button jacket.

Pictured above is Tyrone Power from the fantastic 1957 Billy Wilder film “Witness For The Prosecution,” which features an incredible performance by Charles Laughton as a celebrated barrister who takes one final case, defending Power’s character from the charges of murder.

The film is set in London, but Power plays an American who stayed in Europe after the war. To sartorially separate him from his environment, Power is dressed in an Ivy-cut herringbone sportcoat. It features a hook vent, so likely not Brooks, correct? J. Press? Norman Hilton?

Regardless, I’ve no idea if it was the idea of the actor, director or costumer, but when Power first shows up on screen to plead innocence of the charges against him, his jacket is buttoned in this odd fashion, visually sending a signal to even the least clothes-observant audience member that something is slightly off. Call it a 3/1 roll, and for Power, the “roll” of a lifetime.

“Witness For The Prosecution” is currently available from Netflix streaming and is well worth a view. — CHRISTIAN CHENSOVLD



Bush League

Thu 18 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Clothes — Christian
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After the extended JFK love-fest (hmm, unconscious pun there), it’s time to appease the other side.

On Tuesday Jeb Bush became the first republican to formally announce he is exploring a presidential run for 2016. Were he to win, he would be the third of a veritable Bush dynasty. His father may have been our preppiest prez, but beyond a certain taste for emblematic neckties, Bush looks just like any other politician.

His academic as well as life trajectories were certainly a bit different, however. Although he attended Phillips  Academy like his father and presidential brother (Jeb is pictured on the left around the time of his prep-school days), he did not go on to Yale as they did, but instead the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in Latin American Studies, became fluent in Spanish and ultimately married a Mexican national.

America is certainly becoming more Hispanic, and evidently our Bush politicians are, too. If he runs, expect the campaign to be mano a mano. — CC


Dateline 1960: A Time For Greatness — Updated

Wed 17 Dec 2014 - Filed under: 1960s,Personae — Christian
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Update: A time for greatness indeed. Cuban cigars will become legal for the first time since the Kennedy administration.

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The last in our troika of JFK-themed posts is the announcement of a new book by Taschen. The $150 tome reproduces the article “Superman Comes To The Supermarket,” which Norman Mailer penned for Esquire in 1960. Also included are some 300 photos for the hardcore Camelot fan. Below is Taschen’s description of the book. — CC

With his Hollywood good looks, boundless enthusiasm, and mesmeric media presence, John F. Kennedy was destined to capture the imaginations of the more than 70 million Americans who watched the nation’s first televised presidential debate. Just days after beating out Richard Nixon by the narrowest margin in history, Kennedy himself said, “It was the TV more than anything else that turned the tide.”

But one man begged to differ: writer Norman Mailer, who bragged that his pro-Kennedy treatise, “Superman Comes to the Supermarket,” had “won the election for Kennedy.” The article, published in Esquire magazine just weeks before polls opened, redefined political reporting with Mailer’s frank, first-person voice identifying Kennedy as the “existential hero” who could awaken the nation from its postwar slumber and conformist Eisenhower years. Both Kennedy and New Journalism had arrived.


Manly Trad

Wed 17 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Personae — Christian
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This morning comment-leaver “SE” pointed out on our last post that Norman Mailer was a pretty trad dresser. Even more so than JFK, the subject of his 1960 Esquire article. Behold the embodiment of “manly trad.” — CC (Continue)

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