22 December 2008

Not So Clichéd Fop


These image I thought I would share are from the latest editiorial, shot by Robert Mendolia, for Vanidad magazine. I think the looks pretty much speak for themselves, I love every outfit, including that interesting cape.

The literary concept of the fop became quite the slur by the Eighteenth Century, however previously had been applied to men who dressed with an elaborate amount of care. Of course modern literature still has many examples of the male fop lead. Indeed more often than not, that character used the fop identity to mask their real self, as is the case with the alternate characters of Zorro, The Scarlet Pimpernel and even Batman.

The actual realisation of this idea was in the Nineteenth Century British movement of the dandy. Arguably a backlash against the rising egalitarianism of the time, the dandy looked back to the gentlemen of the pre-Industrial era. They sought to be the perfect gentleman, taking care in their appearance, language and general demeanour. The dandy was the sober version of the ever elaborate fop.

It is a shame that since the affluence and rise of expendible income of the 1950s men have been remarketed as the lazy bachelor, the advertisers dream. Taught the other extreme, not to care for their appearance at all. Thankfully, that trend is slowly changing, however we still have a way to go before men take the pride in their clothing that the men of a mere two generations ago took - when no man would be seen without a smart hat and fitted suit.

In truth, I am now also rather tempted to grow my hair...

What are your thoughts on the shoot?

Thanks also to everyone for their lovely comments on Saturday's post.

Currently playing: Where Can She Be Found - Lee Carr

xxxx

23 comments:

  1. looks like a retro caveman shoot.lol.
    seriously.. to me tho!

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  2. I actually enjoy it. The black and white images capture the old school essence of it all.

    Thank you for sharing :)

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  3. grow your hair :)

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  4. I quite like it. I've been watching Brideshead Revisited recently and realised how well dressed these guys were also how often they changed!! oh well.

    Grow your hair. I love you curly hair, DK.

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  5. These images are amazing, and are bringing back a flood of memories of a friend I had at college! What a beautiful style - I love it when people (esp. guys) look as if they have thrown on a random selection of clothes, pulling off the most unique personal style.

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  6. I miss the dandies, too!! I'm so sick of seeing men in grungy plaid and ripped skinny jeans. Goddammit, can I get some variety?!?! Apparently I'm asking too much.

    I love watching period pieces for the men. Anything by Dickens is always a treat - OMG, "Bleak House"?!?!

    P.S. Grow it out! Have long, flowing locks like John Lennon in the '70s.

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  7. I can't help but see the resemblance between the model and Leslie Cochran, but besides that I like the cape best.

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  8. I think it is pretty good! I like the colors..

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  9. My husband manages to walk the line between looking as if he cares about style and looking like a fashion ignoramus quite well. And he gets lots of comments from his MALE friends about his looks. Positive comments. Incredulous comments, as if they don't think themselves capable of the same care. Always seems weird to me ... and I agree that it's a real shame that there's a stigma attached to sharp dressing for men.

    And I LOVE this shoot. Just love.

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  10. niice editorial. I saved the pictures in my "inspirational folder." The sepia tone contrasts very well the layered looks. About your hair.... YESSS! GROOOOW IT! WE WANT LENGTH!!! lol! merry xmas mr daper!

    love,
    ramona.ny

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  11. ohh btw... the title of that editorial "el nuevo dandi" kind of disturbs me... they could've been more creative I think.

    love,
    ramona.ny

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  12. Grow your hair :)
    Have a Merry X-Mas
    Su

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  13. i love them!! thanks for sharing, and u're right, the cape looks masterful yet completely stylish.

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  14. I like the shoot and the looks. I think the portrayal of men in advertising and the media in general is not flattering in the main. I wish the powers that be would show men as the strong, creative, intelligent, perceptive people that they are.

    This campaign is a step in that direction.

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  15. He is so dark and formidable looking =:) I was thinking like, late 1800s scientist haha.

    Oh, and I think you should keep your hair at the current length :P

    peace&love
    nicole.

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  16. i love this honey.i like the mans hair and facial hair.it lends a certain air to all the textures,prints in the outfits. id wrestle him to the ground for that cape.
    i love any guy who is not afraid to be style wise...be it dandy,rocker,metrosexual...
    love your hair Dapper Kid.
    muah x
    Marian

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  17. Nothing like a man with a mountain man beard in a tam showing his artistic side.

    I don't know why but these photos make me think of this very old picture from the cover of "Happy as a big Sunflower." Its a picture of the writer who wrote about living in western Nebraska right after the civil war. He had so much blonde hair and looked a bit like Heath Ledger.Swedish, too. But even back then, men did worry about their style..even in places in the middle of no where..due to all those wonderful penny magazines. Its really a quirky diary..about his many mishaps on the farm, buffalo hunting, getting in a fight in Denver and even getting in a fist fights with boys he had to teach at the tender age of 17. And of course, actually hopping on a train to get a free ride across the country.

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  18. I saw the third set of images and thought of an animalistic Santa Claus! How embarassing!

    Nevertheless, I love long hair and suits. We've gotten so used to the crew cut and corporate suit that grunging it up and editing the look is a necessity.

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  19. I think you'd look excellent with long hair.

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  20. Thank you for posting these photos, they are really great. I love the clothes, especially the last look and that wool hat!

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