“Photographer Baron Wolman and a writer were sitting in the reception area of the Beatles’ Apple Corps offices on Savile Row, waiting to interview and photograph George Harrison. He appeared a few minutes early, plopped down on the couch and started reading a copy of Bob Dylan’s book, Don’t Look Back.” - rockpaperphoto.com
I’ve arrived back home last night after a terrific week in London. From all the times I’ve been there this has definitely been one of the most amazing trips so far! But it was 90% fandom related this time, so that made it quite special of course. :)
Before we went to see the film on Wednesday, we spent the day visiting filming locations and continued that on Thursday. We went to Savile Row again and actually went into the Huntsman shop this time, which had put up a big poster of Eggsy in the orange suit in the shop window. We didn’t want to disturb anyone and were very quiet, but someone told us that it’s ok to go into the fitting room, so we did that and took photos of absolutely everything in there and of ourselves in the mirror.
We also went to St James’s Street again to taste some Kingsman Gin and Statesman Whisky and
we visited the Alexandra Road Estates.
On Thursday evening I joined Elle and Krissie when they went to the Black Prince, we had dinner and I had all the time to finish that lovely pint of Guinness in peace. OK, until we thought that it might be a nice idea to watch TGC once again, and we decided on a late screening at the Vue in Islington, where we had the pleasure to listen to Mark Strong in his role as Merlin telling us to switch our phones off.
Hope to see you all again in the near future - write faster, Vaughn!!
(There’s so much I have to catch up on, tumblr posts, fanfic, comments… I apologise if someone is waiting for a reply, but with the elections tomorrow and work again on Monday I’m not sure when I’ll find the time for all this…)
Richard James SS18 Collection - Pitti Uomo 92 Preview
While Savile Row is worldly renowned for its unscathed traditionalism when it comes to the school of British tailoring, recent changes in this bespoke haven have led many to question not only its future, but current contribute to one of menswear most revered art forms. Without delving too deep into the controversial that surrounds the Row, I’m grateful for the fact that some institutions still remain bastions of traditional tailoring and others have been able to materialize contemporaneity without compromising their roots.
One adamant example of what one may call “modern tailoring” is undoubtedly Richard James. As one of the “New Establishment” labels on Savile Row, only since 1992, Richard James has been able to create a reputation for itself through its irreverent use of color, pattern and design, portrayed on collections which embody its location’s trademark values of luxury, quality and craftsmanship. In fact, the bold vibrancy its garments present could easily pass as something more mainstream to the untrained eye: the unusual color palette, modern styling and mix of relaxed pieces are not what most would expect from Savile Row.
However, this progressive approach to tradition is exactly what makes it so appealing. The underlying concept is that of owning quality pieces that can then be mixed and matched to portray individual style, but always with a twist. On a personal level, this completely resonates with my own vision on personal style, heavily marked by the mix of bespoke and more easy-going garments. For SS18, the amazing color palette of green and pink suits, jackets and slacks, is beautifully complemented by crisp sneakers, knitted polos and linen shirts that immediately balance any overly stiff attires.
Some of Cathy Sarver’s photographs of George Harrison, and parts of the note George wrote to Cathy, Carol and Lucy after All Things Must Pass was completed, screen capped from the documentary Beatles Stories: A Fab Four Fan’s Ultimate Road Trip.
“An Apple Scruff was a Beatle fan that came to Apple every day Monday through Friday. Everybody knows the name of their business was Apple, and we hung out on the front steps of their building, waiting for them to arrive. And then once they’d arrived, we were waiting for them to leave.When George finished the song ‘Apple Scruffs’, he asked us to all come in. And of course, we were dumbfounded because we were never asked to come in. We’re all sitting in there and they turn on the song ‘Apple Scruffs’. ‘Apple Scruffs, how I love you.’ It was amazing. We were all in a little huddle around him. He handed us this letter.
[reading in full] ‘Dear Carol, Cathy and Lucy. Now as it’s finished - and off to the factory. I thought I’d tell you that I haven’t a clue whether it’s good or bad as I’ve heard it too much now! During the making of this epic album (most expensive album EMI ever had to pay for) I have felt positive and negative - pleased and displeased, and all the other opposites expected to be found in this material world. However, the one thing that didn’t waver, seems to me, to be ‘you three’ and Mal, always there as my sole supporters, and even during my worst moments I always felt the encouragement from you was sufficient to make me finish the thing. Thanks a lot, I am really overwhelmed by your apparent undying love, and I don’t understand it at all! Love from George (P.S. Don’t hold this evidence against me.) P.P.S. Phil Spector loves you too!
He was a sweet man.” - Cathy Sarver, Beatles Stories: A Fab Four Fan’s Ultimate Road Trip [x]
“It is clear that the man’s suit - an English invention, I must add - is still worn by men at all times when respect for tradition and hope for an ordered future prevail … The suit is the uniform of the gentleman.” Sir Hardy Amies