“The picture street style gives is not completely accurate or real. It’s a mostly a mise en scène. I mean, when you are aware of the eye of the photographer and that he is taking pictures, you’re not natural.”—
“Often, photographically, the look is very stylish and very elegant, but most of the looks at Pitti are very forced. The fact that it is ‘street style’ makes it sound or look like a documentary, but it’s not a documentary; the pictures are taken during fashion week and not during the ordinary year. Brands lend clothes for these weeks, because they know they will be photographed.”
“For me, being a gentleman has always been more about how you behave than what you wear. It’s about manners, and about a manner. I think clothes are an extension of that. Being well but appropriately dressed just allows everyone to feel at ease.”—
Today it seems quaint to think of people getting the time from church bells and factory whistles, but before World War I it was commonplace.
"The Great War was a turning point. Crouching in a trench or exchanging gunfire with the enemy, soldiers hardly had the time to grab a watch from their pocket, open the case and check the time. They were also encumbered with gear, so that the wristwatch overcame its effeminate image to become a practical necessity."
"For men, the wristwatch had a brief career during the Boer War at the turn of the century, but was abandoned when the conflict ended. In World War I, when timing was crucial, it enjoyed a revival among officers that eventually made it ubiquitous."