Monochrome Motion Glory. “Coco – Inside Chanel”.

Brilliant motion graphics and design work for Chanel. This is a quick history of Coco Chanel for the Inside Chanel online project. The animated short has no credit roll but Creative Review suspects that illustrator  Lorenzo Petrantoni was probably involved and I can see that. This is a video that almost begs for repeat viewing so you can catch anything you might have missed. What great timing and pacing throughout the entire black and white piece.

This is Not Colonel Sander’s Bow Tie.

A number of years ago I had to wear a necktie on a regular basis for work. I have to admit, I didn’t really mind having to dress like a professional from time to time. Hipsters will hate me for saying this, but its true, you get more professional respect when you’re dressed like a pro.

I learned this a long time ago when I was trying to collect payment on a freelance job. At the time I had hair about half way down my back, I looked like I was 12, and dressed like a slob. Needless to say the client was dragging their feet when it came time to cut me a check. For better or worse I showed up at their office with a fresh haircut, wearing a suit, and ready to threaten legal action. Their attitude changed, I got paid, and yes I fired them as a client. Anyway that isn’t what I wanted talk about. I wanted to talk about bow ties.

20130102-092700.jpgThe bow-tie is back, and just like in the mid 1970’s its back with a modern crazy colorful vengeance. The English brand Charles Olive encourages the once stuffy neckwear to be seen as a hip, stylish, fashion statement. A sartorial choice that sets you apart from the crowd, without appearing nerdy or uptight. The new collection from Charles Olive features non-traditional patterns of tiled rectangles, with complimenting colors of blues and aquamarine, punctuated with pops of yellow, and orange. Their new line of bow ties are timeless, yet very contemporary, and guaranteed to stay in style longer than the oversized velvet bow ties of the 1970’s. I really like the color pallet, patterns, and classic size of this neck ware. Now, if I could just remember how to tie one.





Tied Up, Pinned Down

There was a period in time when I use to wear a neck tie on a fairly regular basis for work. Yes there are certain segments of the design industry where you might have to dress up a little bit. That is an entire topic of conversation that could receive multiple blog posts, but not today’s subject matter.

If you are the kind of individual that wears a necktie on a regular basis, or just occasionally, you probably have a tie tack, or tie clip in your fashion arsenal. If you don’t, you should. Keeping your necktie from flapping around in the breeze, or falling into your soup helps you to look more polished and finished.

For a while now, I’ve wondered why no one had come up with an alternate to the tie clip, or tie bar that doesn’t require you to poke a hole through, or possibly snag that expensive piece of fabric tied around your neck. Yes good neckties are expensive, and yes your tie tack pokes a hole through it, and your tie bar usually has teeth on the clip. We now have an alternate solution. “Tie Mags“.

Though limited in selection, Tie Mags offers three choices to hold your necktie in place. Made from industrial strength NdFeB magnets, and non-corroding alloys, Tie Mags literally snap together between your shirt and your tie to keep it in place. They run about twenty bucks, and come with a nice wooden box to hold them when your not dressed up. I just wish they had a wider selection of styles to choose from. Then again, I don’t wear a tie all that often anymore, so I could probably get by with what they have.

“For The Love by Alfred Dunhill” a Film about Passion.

I’m not a horse guy. I don’t have anything against horses, or horse people, I’m just not a horse guy. In other words I don’t get all giddy when I see a horse. I know people who do, and horses are their thing, and that is OK. Now I am a clothes guy. I like the finer sartorial statements, and have no issue dressing up for a night out on the town. One thing some people might not be aware of is, the connection between equestrian sports, and fine clothing. Alfred Dunhill, has decided to change that.

About a month ago I saw a trailer for “For The Love by Alfred Dunhill”. It was an exquisitely shot black and white film with a 21 by 9 aspect ratio. It featured slow motion shots, solid editing, a great tease for the story, really nice cinematography, and it left me wanting more.

The film centers around Sam Waley-Cohen became the first amateur jockey in 30 years to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.  Waley-Cohen did it in a record time. For Waley-Cohen horseracing is a hobby, a passion, that he does it in his spare time. The man isn’t paid to it. Waley-Cohen rides horses simply for the love of it. This film is the true story of when the Waley-Cohen became the champion.

Originally it looked like this 30 minute short would only be showing on BBC 4 in the UK, but thankfully the entire film was posted online. Below is the full 30 minute film courtesy of YouTube.  If you have some time give it a look.