Evidently there’s a royal wedding today. I’ve been in a blissfully ignorant news blackout for the past month and only learned of it from two old Italian guys when I went out for gelato last night.
So here’s a post pegged on the day’s big event. It shows the Duke Of Windsor — that other royal who married an American — who helped popularize a number of things that entered the Ivy canon, such as Fair Isle sweaters, argyle, and much more. His “soft” approach to dressing was also likely hugely influential on the development of WASP style in the ’20s and ’30s.
I found this pleasant pic of him in double-breasted blazer and blue canvas sneakers. Now the greatest photographic memory in Tradsville I’ve come across is that of our frequent contributor Chris Sharp, from whom we haven’t heard in quite a while. But the above image got me thinking that it must have been an influence on photographer Bruce Weber at the stylists at Polo during the ’80s. It’s a sort of combination of this guy’s shoes:
With this outdoor, legs-crossed shot:
And actually it just made me think of that passage in “The Final Club” about tailored clothing and blue sneakers:
Booth’s houndstooth, cut for his father on Savile Row by Huntsman during the Battle of Britain, was pinched at the waist; the boy rescued his presentation from foppery with a black knit tie and faded blue canvas Top-Sider sneakers, spattered by specks of bronze boat-bottom paint.
Try it yourself. — CC