Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Men's Accessories For Fall: Reader Request

This fall, menswear is all about deep earth tones, luxe fabrics (like cashmere jackets and heavy woolen tweeds) and Princetonian leather patched elbows. The theme of bringing the outside in (lumberjack-chic) via color, texture, and prints that recall the forest is also very prevalent. I've compiled a list of accessories to help the well-appointed gentleman channel the Into-the-Woods-inspired styles of fall.

1.)Sterling Silver and Enamel Fox Head Cufflinks: These sterling silver and hand-painted enamel cufflinks are dapper yet playful and make any man's shirt and jacket ensemble look a whole lot more interesting. Be prepared for a lot of compliments.

2.)Serge Lutens' Chypre Rouge: Notes of resinous tree bark, oak moss, damp earth, and leaves underfoot give this cologne a multi-dimensional woodland air. The various notes alternate in a staccato pattern in anticipation of the olfactory climax, like a scentual equivalent of the musical score of Prokofiev's Russian fairytale Peter and the Wolf. The poetic description of Chypre Rouge is perfectly captured in this passage from Beauty Habit's website: "With its carpet of leaves, its trees and shrubs, the forest gave me the feeling that I was a minute cell floating in a giant organism: aortas, veins, vessels, ramified trees that gave life to a fantastic world to which I belonged."

3.)Arrow Moc's Two Eye Tie Moc: These hand-crafted authentic mahogany leather moccasins are perfect for casual fall weekends. They are incredibly comfortable, literally mold to your foot, and at under $100 the price is definitely right.

4.)Nicholas Coleridge's paperback A Much Married Man: This hilarious satire of upper-crust British society and village life follows banking heir Anthony Anscombe as he romances multiple mistresses, copes with the stresses of planned (and unplanned fatherhood), and deals with his stuffy and domineering mother. Hunting, farming, and other such leisure sport of the landed gentry serve as the backdrop for Anthony's antics. Coleridge keenly captures the dynamics of class divisions with a humorous tone reminiscent of that master of British class-satire P.G. Wodehouse.

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