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#27: Touch of Grey

January 11, 2009

Last night being so very cold and snowy, Malcolm and Jackson and I decided to stay in and enjoy a classic: Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. And I can’t remember the last time I was so taken by a man’s suit.

In this picture, Mr. Grant is featured in an impeccably tailored classic grey three-button jacket (buttoned only on the center button) with notch lapel, pleated front trouser (largely considered old fashioned and stodgy these days but I still think the right kind of boulevardier looks smashing in his pleats), and french shirt (french cuffs/cufflinks) with pointed collar. The icing on the cake is the matching silver/grey tie which, silly and simple as it seems– of course! a matching tie!– absolutely takes my breath away. The guy in the suit isn’t half bad, either.
Also, I’d sign a deal with the devil to get my hands on these sunglasses. You think he reads craigslist?

Here’s our hero and his suit in action:

A modern take on the look is featured in Ralph’s Black Label line this season as seen here, updated with two-button fashioning, plain front and lower waisted trousers (but still with a cuff– always with a cuff, fellas!), and a spread collar shirt. If you ask me, any way you slice it, a classic never dies.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2009 10:30 am

    1. You know Grant said, supposedly, “Everybody wants to be Cary Grant! Even I want to be Cary Grant.” 2. The woman who plays his mother in North by NW was younger than he was. 3. When I saw the movie in China, the censors had cut out the part where the EMS character pretends to shoot the Grant character, causing some confusion when he gets out of an ambulance in the next scene, but they, cultural very prudish, even more so 20 years ago, left the hot train kiss in.

  2. indiansummervintage permalink*
    January 12, 2009 10:44 am

    I’m so glad you mentioned the item about Mother. Admittedly, in first viewing I just couldn’t understand what was going on between those two. “Is he using mother as a weird term of endearment? Is that his sister? An annoying but irreplaceable friend?” Why couldn’t they have colored her hair an elegant silver at the very least?

  3. daddy permalink
    January 14, 2009 8:29 pm

    Love the blog Cutie, didnt know you were the Cary Grant type, loved the clip
    miss you
    love you

  4. January 15, 2009 4:30 pm

    I dare say Cary Grant would look good in a potato sack, more so than Monroe.

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