Friday, October 26, 2012

Today's Outfit

Polo poplin shirt
Polo linen paisley tie
Merona cotton v-neck sweater
Polo corduroy trouser
Lands' End cotton sock
Allen Edmonds Maxfield loafers

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kahlil Gibran

The life of my ancestor, Kahlil Gibran, is being turned into a movie. Wow.


Boston ties ‘Gibran’ screenwriters to revered poet

By Tenley Woodman  |   Thursday, October 25, 2012  |  |  Movie News

As a movie about Lebanese poet and artist Kahlil Gibran gets under way, the Bay State has a starring role.
Gibran’s “The Prophet” has been on college students’ dorm bookshelves for generations, helping to make the 1923 collection of poetic essays a classic. Canton-raised siblings Rob Shalhoub and Grace Shalhoub Yazbek wrote the screenplay for “Gibran,” a feature-length biopic scheduled to begin filming in 2014.
“I spent 25 years in Boston and never really knew one of the most famous artists I revered traveled the same footsteps,” said Shalhoub, 34.
Born in Northern Lebanon, Gibran and his family moved to Boston’s South End when he was 12. The city became a home base for much of his adult life.
Photo“We’ve spent so much time in the actual places he spent time in, Chinatown and West Roxbury,” Shalhoub said. “It was so familiar to me going back and seeing these places. This is a story that needs to be told,” Shalhoub told the Herald during a phone interview from Los Angeles. As Lebanese-Americans, Shalhoub Yazbek said Gibran’s teachings and stories were a staple.
“The subject has always been very inspiring. We grew up hearing stories about him,” said Shalhoub Yazbek, 40, from her home in Beirut. “We could identify with him living between two worlds.”
Independent film producer William Nix (“Return to Afghanistan”) snapped up the script after it was nominated for best original screenplay at the European Independent Film Festival this year. Filming locations are being scouted, and Boston tops the list.
Nix said the duo are the right people to tell the story. “They have a lot of Gibran’s perspective,” Nix said.
Helping guide the team is Jean Gibran, wife of the poet’s cousin, the late Boston sculptor Kahlil Gibran. She and her husband co-authored a biography of the elder Gibran, “Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World.”
The project also fulfills a personal mission for Shalhoub and Shalhoub Yazbek.
“We made a pact with each other that we would steer our careers toward film. We had to make films with Arab or Arab American heroes to foster a bridge between East and West,” Shalhoub said.
Both said there is no better emissary than Gibran.
“(His) main message through his art and writing is unity and diversity. If there is ever a time we feel the world needs to feel more unified or celebrate each others’ differences it would be now. Everything just feels so polarizing,” Shalhoub said.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today's Outfit - Tuesday Orange

Polo semi-spread poplin shirt
Polo silk crewneck sweater
American Living paisley repp silk tie
Polo chinos
Lands' End cotton socks
Allen Edmonds tassel loafers

Monday, October 22, 2012

Today's Outfit - Monday

Polo silk/cotton shirt - eBay, $12
Crooks & Creed pin-dot tie - thrift shop, $1
Lincs fair isle sweater - Macy's, $15
Levi's 550 - Marshall's, $20
Smart Turnout socks - courtesy of Smart Turnout
Allen Edmonds Harvard loafer - thrift shop, $1

My apologies for the awful photo resolution.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wish List - Plaid Cardigan

Surprise! Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply came out with something that doesn't appear to be made for a hobo hipster. While I can't agree with the rest of the outfit, this cardigan is a piece I really enjoy. Unlike many of the label's sweaters which feature acrylic and nylon blends, this piece is all wool and seems to be well-constructed. I plan to buy the moment it hits clearance. After all, a heavyweight cardigan is a great investment as a layering piece, and this option in plaid is relatively unique.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Today at the Thrift - Allen Edmonds Maxfield

Allen Edmonds Maxfield loafers, $5 at my favorite thrift, accompanied by very old Brooks Brothers shoe trees.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Questions from the Audience - Color

A reader asks, "How can I make a statement in the fall when everyone's wearing brown and black?"

Color and quiet.

When it comes to your outfits, stick to no more than one loud item and keep other pieces subdued. Too often in autumn, we slip into wearing nothing but earth-tones, leaving our looks bland and boring. Sometimes though, the opposite may be true and we overcompensate with bright colors as though it were still summer.

The trick is finding balance. These orange cords are so bold that adding much more color to this outfit would look silly. (left) Instead, neutrals supplement the orange tone, from the camel-colored sweater to the walnut-colored belt and shoes.

(right) Rather than using supplementary tones, these cords would also work nicely with a complimentary navy blue sweater. As navy is also a neutral, it wouldn't compete with the orange for color dominance. In this case, the belt and shoes could be black.