Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Perhaps tired of too many obscure posts about neckties, a reader sent me a link the other day to Roger Stones' 2010 Best and Worst Dressed list. Stone, a controversial conservative political consultant in the United States, is pictured online looking fairly well dressed himself, save for the unfortunate half inch of air space between his jacket collar and the back of his neck. Not that I am being critical, mind you. I will leave it to he who has never published a photo of himself with his trousers puddled around his ankles to cast the first stone before joining in the fun.
At any rate, Mr. Stone's politics may differ from my own but his taste in dress appears similar. He expresses admiration for Charlie Watts as well as HRH Prince Charles and Alan Flusser (none of them Republicans so far as I know). We can pick nits regarding some of the rest, but I have been among those who complain that the pickings are slim among public figures these dark days and Stone has included a representative sampling of the usual as well as some less well-known exemplars. The musician Wynton Marsalis, for example, deserves more attention than he usually receives.
Truly, great style has no ideology.