A unique opportunity to geek out on dandyism, menswear, personal style vs trend, and if there really is a "return of the elegant gentleman". Love it or hate it, let your viewpoint be known!
Bruce Boyer and Luca Rubinacci
Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s exhibit is now open at the Museum at FIT from Feb 7 - April 19, 2014. I was lucky enough to be at the opening festivities where I saw many old friends, Dandy Portrait subjects, and some new ones too, like Luca Rubinacci visiting from Milan. Best of all I got to celebrate with Bruce Boyer and Patricia Mears, both of whom have been working on this darn exhibit and book tirelessly for at least a year now. Bravo to them, and all the others involved, namely Andrew Yamato who was commissioned to make a film for the show! It is an inspiring exhibit that should not be missed.
More photos of the party-goes and exhibit can be viewed here.
I had a good time talking with Luca Rubinacci, who lent suits from his grandfather's collection for the exhibit. He told me what he enjoys about dressing are the sometimes hidden details that are just for himself - the lining, the print on a pocket square (a map of Italy), or this curious chili pepper charm attached to his lapel pin. It stays tucked away in his pocket, until...
David Coggins and Sean Crowley
Robert Bryan and Cator Sparks
Shannon Hill and Anthony Kirby
Natty Adams and Bruce Boyer
Michelle Coursey and Matthew Karl Gale
Gretchen Fenston (she made that hat!)
When someone asks me, "Would you like to go to a royalty event?" I always say YES.
Please enjoy these photos from the Soirée Impériale, a party to celebrate 400 years of the Romanoff Dynasty and the Russian New Year held at the Racquet and Tennis Club in Manhattan. It was formal event, but I love how some of the men had their own take on formalwear - plus their unique badges of course. A few of the ladies were wearing a designer's (name to come) interpretation of royal court costumes, which I thought were quite lovely.
Thank you to Edward di Lamporecchio, and the very sweet Princess Lucretia Obolensky for having me! You can view full set of photos here.
Edward di Lamporecchio
Prince Rostislav Romanoff - His bow tie had little skull and cross bones!
Have you heard of Dapper Day?
It is the event where over ten thousand people visit Disneyland just for the purposes of wearing their "Sunday best"! Yes, you heard it right, thousands of people simply want to dress up nice and have a good time. For the upcoming Dapper Day festivities in Los Angeles Feb 22-23 Natty and I were invited by founder Justing Jorgensen to have a party for I am Dandy which will include a talk and Q&A, cocktails, shoeshines by John Allan's, and various give aways for the "most dandy" of the crowd.
"Let's Talk Dandy" was just announced for Saturday Febuary 22, 2014 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.
It's free and open to all, but you MUST RSVP
We will be out in LA for a few extra days, and I'm curious about meeting more dandies out there...if you have any recommends please let me know at dandyportraits at gmail. Be sure to follow me on instagram @rcallahanphoto to see the journey
Photo of Enrique of FineAndDandyShop.com at the Jazz Age Lawn Party, 2012
Always the perfect glass of champagne at Mister Burton's
I'm sure you've all had the experience where there aren't words to describe how you feel - perhaps it's love, perhaps it's hate, perhaps it's a strange cocktail of many feelings at once? At this moment I have no words to describe the deep gratitude I have for all the amazing people, opportunities, experiences I've been able to enjoy this year. What a year 2013 has been!
For dramatic effect I must tell you that in May I got married to Kelly Desmond Bray, the love of my life, and the man who inspired me to first start The Dandy Portraits. At the same time we were planning the wedding I was contacted by Gestalten to do the book, I am Dandy. Well, I thought, ok, this is how it's gonna happen. Alright let's go! The book happened very quickly, so right off of the tails of the wedding, planning for the launch parties in London, Paris, New York kicked in to high gear. There were so many people that helped with the parties and promotions - and this has been a big reason why the book is a success. I can honestly say this - because I am Dandy is in it's second printing!
I want to profoundly thank Kelly, Natty Adams, Gestalten - Sven Ehmann, Lina Kunimoto, Gieves and Hawkes, Ray Fensham, Tony Sylvester, Steven Hitchcock & Celia, Hugo Jacomet, Lorenzo & Massimo Cifonelli, Massimiliano & Sorrel Mocchia di Coggiola, Rocco de Robien of Très Honoré, David Zyla & Chris Poe, The National Arts Club, Bruce Boyer, Glenn O'Brien, Bergdorf Goodman, Amber & Jake of Against Nature/Doyle Mueser, Matt & Enrique of Fine & Dandy Shop.
One of the greatest moments I had this year was at my wedding when I looked up during the reception and realized how intensely beautiful everything was. It sounds silly, but it was just one of those rare moments. I'm privileged to experience such beauty and my greatest joy is to record it. Kelly and I have decided to dedicate our lives to Beauty, Elegance, and Creativity - so that is my wish to you in this New Year!
Enjoy these photos from Massimiliano & Sorrel's recent trip to New York, and the party Mister Burton had in their honor.
For ONE WEEK ONLY (Nov 18-22) 15 prints and excerpts from the book I am Dandy are on display at the National Arts Club Marquis Gallery at 15 Gramercy Park South. Prints are for sale for the duration of the show in two sizes - 20x30in and 12x18in - both framed and unframed. Please stop by while you have the chance!
Meanwhile, please enjoy these great shots by Jane Kratochvil of our opening celebration on Nov 18 (more here). Very special thanks to David Zyla & the National Arts Club Fashion Committee, our drinks sponsors Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur (so good!) & Hendrick's Gin, Matt & Enrique of Fine & Dandy for being THE bookseller for the evening, and Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer for gracing us with his first show in NYC!
Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer playing for the I am Dandy crowd on his inaugural visit to NYC from London. Martin Pengelly of the Guardian US wrote about the momentous occasion. He is also playing the Way Station (Nov 21) and The Slipper Room (Nov 27).
Great to see G. Bruce Boyer and Simon Doonan, both book subjects, some by to celebrate.
Wonderful artist Robert W. Richards showing off his true colors, courtesy Paul Smith.
Raymond Chu and Domenico Spano
Natty and I were honored to have Dr. Andre Churchwell from Nashville join us.
Martin Pengelly of the Guardian US and Mr. B
Enrique Crame lll, Dandy Wellington, and Matt Fox
Matthew Karl Gale, Keith Tritto, David DeLucia, Andrew Yamato
Mister Burton, Daphne Malfitano, Laura Kimsey, Pandora
Daphne in THAT dress.