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Magic Changes: Welcome To The New Ivy Style!

One of the more interesting books I read during my fascination with cultural decadence in my twenties posited that there is no progress or decadence, only change — change interpreted as good or bad. Today I think we can all agree that change is a good thing. As we approach our seventh anniversary, Ivy Style


Two Losses: Frank Zachary And Hugh Auchincloss III

Last week saw the deaths of two accomplished men. They came from very different backgrounds, but both would have crossed paths, metaphorically speaking, in the society pages. One as subject, the other as reporter. Frank Zachary (pictured above) was the editor of Town & Country during the WASPy ’80s. The son of Croatian immigrants and


Wayward Preppies

This week I heard about a prime-time drama on Fox called “Wayward Pines” featuring a preppy with a wayward-fitting school blazer. Apparently the show has a sci-fi theme. I’ve actually been on a sci-fi kick lately since watching a movie called “Predestination,” based on a story by Robert Heinlein. I got a collection of his


Squeeze Into This

J. Press windbreaker currently on eBay with Buy It Now of $250. Wear it to the Yale Club and see whether they let you in. — CC


Barbarians Storm The Gate Of Yale Club

Yesterday the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six reported on the annual meeting of the Yale Club, where some members aren’t too happy about all the tatterdemalions running amok. Writes the paper: One member wrote in a letter to the club, “A horrifying example of this denouement, this sad decline in the atmosphere and


Golden Years: Rebel Without A Suit

Yesterday saw the e-publication of phase one of Richard Press’ memoirs, which he has been hard at work on for the past couple of years (and which is why you haven’t seen as many Golden Years columns). The lengthy stand-alone essay, entitled “Rebel Without A Suit,” is available from Amazon for $2.99 and can be


Full Rise, Narrow Leg: The Ivy Style Khaki Project

Take a look at the illustration in this vintage advertisement: would you like pants like that? Recently I’ve been in talks with a menswear manufacturer about making a batch of khakis with a very specific cut: full rise with a leg that tapers to a relatively narrow opening. It’s a very heyday kind of look

National Seersucker Day

Modest Capitol Hill Turnout For Seersucker Thursday

Turnout for yesterday’s Seersucker Thursday on Capitol Hill was a modest nine, down from previous years. It was also predominantly, though not exclusively, Republican. In the interest of balance, here’s a brief history of political seersucker, courtesy of NPR. — CC Update: There are some quotes from me in this article at The Daily Caller.


Ornette Coleman, 1930-2015

Jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman has died at the age of 85. Here is the Wall Street Journal’s coverage. I don’t know what the guys are wearing in this photo, but for me it’s always been the epitome of ’50s-“Talented Mr. Ripley” suited-up blacks-and-whites making music together jazz cool. — CC

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Ivy League House Party

Here’s a random image posted recently on our Facebook page. Anyone seen it and know the date and source? I’m guessing it’s an ad by a Main Street clothier who’s using collegiate terms to sell the look. You know, the argument presented ad nauseum by a certain member of the Talk Ivy forum. The men


Style Icon: Jon Carlo Dominguez

On May 23, The New York Times ran a story called “Catching A College’s Eye,” based on an open call the Times holds for college application essays that address the subjects of money and class. One of the high school students featured is Jon Carlo Dominguez, pictured above in a Times photo by Bryan Anselm.


Six Years Ago — License Revoked: John Gavin, Almost a 007

As part of our regular new series revisiting topics from the early years, here’s a fresh look at this post that originally ran in June 2009. * * * Take a look at the guy above: Mild-mannered schoolteacher, or James Bond, license to kill? Providing Ivy Infotainment comes with constant pressure to dig up fresh


‘Sucker Bait: Guess The Maker

National Seersucker Day is a week from today. To get the festivities started, see if you can guess the maker of the jacket above, which is currently for sale by an American retailer. The jacket has a 3/2 roll, patch pockets, and no darts (though obviously some shaping). — CC


Dog Days Of Summer: Introducing Logan Richard

June arrived with a letter of introduction in my inbox from Logan Szidik, a young style entrepreneur looking to corner the market on preppy dog collars. No kidding: Szidik, a 23-year-old who graduated last year from the University of Vermont, has launched a collection called Logan Richard featuring collars for canines and belts for humans.

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Did designers at Ralph Lauren find a fountainhead of inspiration in the Rand-reading, madras-clad scoundrel from “Dirty Dancing?” This outfit from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection, at least from the waist up, echoes the screen shot in our last post. — CC


Six Years Ago: Dirty Rotten Scoundrel

We close out the month of May with this post, which originally ran in May of 2009. Pegged on the movie “Dirty Dancing,” it’s a short but fascinating look at how heroes and villains have switched places in pop culture — at least when it comes to messy issues such as social class. * *


The Young JFK, Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

Yesterday was the birthday of John F. Kennedy. Here are a few pictures of him while a student at Choate, submitted by a reader a couple of birthdays ago. Above Kennedy is pictured in buttondown collar, which he would abandon during his presidential election — the first to reach a mass audience via television —


Golden Years: From The Pale To Yale

“Blood lust” describes my passion for Daniel Horowitz’s engrossing saga, “On The Cusp: The Yale Class Of 1960 And A World On The Verge Of Change.” Dan Horowitz grew up around the corner from me in New Haven. We haven’t been in touch for over 50 years, but his visit to the Ivy Style Exhibit


Six Years Ago: Haole Spirit

As we approach our 1,200th post, I’m going to start giving some of the early ones an encore in a regular series of reposts from five, six and seven years ago. This one originally ran on this day in 2009, and concerns heyday-era Ivy in unexpected places (or maybe not), as well as the interesting


Miles Ago

Today would have been the 89th birthday of Miles Davis, the jazz legend who briefly got hip to the Ivy League Look at none other than The Andover Shop in Harvard Square. It was seven years ago, while telling that story for Ralph Lauren Magazine, that I got fascinated by the social and sartorial history


Madras Season Now Open; Nostalgic Fun Encouraged

Madras season is officially open, and what better way to declare it than with these shorts, found inside an Orvis catalog that arrived on Saturday. A few years ago — during, say, the heyday of American Living — you may have noticed how it seemed like all the patch madras out there was excessively bright