Monday, August 29, 2011

Kory Doyle

Today's Dandy of the Day was nominated by Michael Chase, and I couldn't agree more! To quote the nominator, "Although he might claim the title of "Adventurer" rather than "Dandy," who says dandies can't have adventures? and look smashing while having them?"
I'm sure my fellow dandies would agree that adventure is an essential part of dandyism. If not in the literal sense, then certainly in the abstract. It takes a spirit of adventure to reject the mundane in favor of dandyism. And from what I've seen in my travels and submissions to this blog, dandies are certainly an adventurous lot.
So, here's to Mr. Doyle, a man of impeccable and adventurous taste.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mr. Noam Berg

Of Painless Parker fame, and a fellow member of D.E.L.U.X.E., I present Noam Berg, ladies and gentlemen.
Dandies should never be afraid of a white suit. Clearly, Mr. Berg is not. Coupling that with red socks is madness.
And I approve completely.

Photo by BabetteKD.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Artful Dandy

"The Dapper Dodger, The Baron of Beggars, The High King of Plundering"

But the question still goes unanswered. Who is The Artful Dandy?
Will we ever know?
And.. why is my fob-watch missing?

Photo by BabetteKD.
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Monday, June 27, 2011


When this chap was first recommended as a Featured Dandy, I agreed on the spot.
One must look away from the screen and then look back to catch the details in his ensemble and facial hair.
His choice of a subtle grayscale for the majority of his outfit was a brilliant choice. It allows the details to pop more, from the light stripe pattern on the hat, accented by the peacock feathers, to the small brooch and expertly curled sideburns, nothing gets lost.
And though I feel it's obvious, I still must say it. His bow-tie is absolutely magnificent. I'm glad to see a resurgence of the bow-tie in dandy fashion.

A hearty Thank You to Michael Chase for recommending this utterly delightful gentleman.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

At Long Last!

I've been a busy dandy as of late, what with all the looking marvelous and such, that I've yet to do my Steampunk World's Fair Dandy-Related Event wrap up post!

All photos are courtesy of the absolutely amazing Babs Who Takes Pictures, who can be found on Flickr here.

And here we go!

It was Saturday, around 2:00 or so, if my gin-soaked memory recalls correctly, when Misters Phil Powell, H.M., and myself began our leisurely Look At This *Ahem* Dandy Fashion Walk. Now, we weren't sure exactly what it was going to be, but we knew one thing for certain, we looked smashing. So, we began our perambulation through the corridors of the hotel, gathering up any other dandies we happened to see. As our luck would have it, by the time we made it to the courtyard, A Count Named Slick-Brass was awaiting our presence at the courtyard stage. Indeed, we had a stage!

So, being the humble curator of this very blog, I took the lead and meandered stagewards to forcefully remove the microphone from Slick-Brass's begauntleted hands. (Slick-Brass, I merely jest, please don't feel the need to use said gauntlets on me. Thank you -JMR).

It wasn't long before my fellow dandies had gathered about and stormed the stage.

I, of course, had much to say on the topic of Dandyism and of this blog, and refused to relinquish my hold on the microphone.

Much to my chagrin, I soon had to surrender the spotlight to the others. They introduced themselves and gave a bit of an explanation of their particular style and such. Apologies if I don't get everyone's name. If you see yourself or someone you know, let me know in the comments.

Twice-Featured Dandy, Phil Powell, was one of our first to speak. As always, his attire was impeccable and well coordinated. Purple is indeed the color of the year for dandies.

Another past Featured Dandy, The Late Lord Maxwell Huxley gave a bit of a demonstration of his unique blend of gypsy spiffiness. He's there with the microphone.

A new addition to this blog, Tristan (also, The Artful Dandy) made quite an impression on this blogger as a smashing dandy to make a note of.

And of course, another veteran LATFDer, Danny Ashby made it out in his battle-ready finery.

This next chap was downright brilliant. Evan Taylor. Indeed, he is wearing three shirts with clever collar arranging. Something I had only ever thought of doing. The next day, he donned what I imagine were all the ties he had on him at once.

Brendan Coleman was certainly prepared. His grey and silver ensemble was brilliantly assembled, and he had props! A Victorian pipe with a windcover, and what I'd like to refer to as a switchblade lorgnette.

And sporting some sporty summer dandy fashion was H.M., fellow Gin Rebellion member and co-moderator of the LATFD Facebook page.

This mysterious chap, his name eludes me, further represented a more badass dandy look, with a long leather coat and stark silver accenting.

There were many, many others, some of which didn't get a chance to speak, due to time limits and the sheer amount of them that showed up.

And, thankfully, we had a few lady-dandies, or dandizettes (as the historic term goes) that came up.

Of course, there were many group shots, which I will assemble for yet another future post.

Until then, there's this lovely, albeit obstructed, photograph.

Thank you, and don't you ever stop being dandy.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Things Dandies Like, Part 3

The Latest Bon Mot

In this case, latest means circa 1889. Regardless, this clever piece of writing (and reading by the legendary Hugh Laurie) is a piece of dandy literature any chap worth his salt should look into. Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. This is but a sample of the wit and humour the book is chock full of, and of course I mean that in the sense of Victorian humour. 
It was made into a film in 1975, starring Tim Curry, Michael Palin and Stephen Moore. It is superb, in this dandy's humble opinion, and certainly worth watching.

Stay tuned, dandies and quaintrelles, for the SPWF Dandy Roundup Edition!

Also, as always I am accepting any dandy you wish to send my way.
Especially female dandies. No one's volunteered any and I've certainly been searching.
That is all. Until next time.
Keep it Dapper.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Steampunk World's Fair 2011

Here's a little teaser for what's to come later today!
This was taken during the "Look at This *Ahem!* Dandy Fashion Panel wherein H.M., Phil Powell, and myself pulled up some dandies on stage to show off their apparel and talk about it.
It was like a live-action version of this blog, turned up to 11.

From left to right, starting at the top row:
Myself, H.M., The Commodore of the Red Fork Empire, ?, Tristan Toglia, Phil Powell
A Count Named Slick-Brass, Brenden Coleman,  Captain Leander Arkwright , A Steampunk Spike Spiegal, ?
Evan Taylor, ?

If you know any of the ?'s, please let me know and I shall credit them!
Thank you!

Photo Courtesy of Phil Powell

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sean Proper

Sean Proper [shawn | prop-er]
- proper noun: eclectic, quirky, nocturnal male bookkeeper who has a bedroom as a bedroom and a bedroom as a closet. Proficient thrift shopper and collector of treasures, this somewhat shy extrovert has a rich, varied social life, offset by a surprisingly reserved personal life. Debonaire and self-possessed, he is willing to go the extra mile for the people who matter and is an avid observer of the strange and curious, especially if it has a historical bent. Has a tendency toward downgrading rather than upgrading, lives out of many vintage suitcases, never fails to dress for the occasion, and is often associated with The White Rabbit.

Profile description written by Calamity H. Wayward.
Photograph by Steven Rosen.

Montague Jacques Fromage

Lord Montague Jacques Fromage is the proprietor of Steampunkfunk Bizarre, and a downright dapper chap.
I've had the pleasure of meeting him at a convention not too long ago, and might I say, his hats were always perfectly feathered.
He has recently joined the ranks of D.E.L.U.X.E (Dandies Extraordinaire Legendary Unrepentant Xenogenous Esquires) along with many of our Featured (and soon to be Featured) Dandies.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Count Named Slick-Brass

Slick-Brass. I've heard the name around the steampunk community for a while, as I'm sure many of you readers have, and at long last, he is now a Featured Dandy!
And how! Just gander at the tasteful brass appointments on his ensemble, coupled with the subtlety of black leather. Wait, subtle? I may have used the wrong word there. Fantastically ostentatious is more appropriate.

The Count hails from Steam-Funk and is a member of the A.S.S. Titulus.
He is, as well as myself and many of the other featured dandies, appearing the Steampunk World's Fair 2011.
If you're there, be sure to stop by his panel, Swagger 101. I know I will be!

Keep up the dandiness, Slick-Brass. And good form!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Things Dandies Like, Part 2

Delicious Spats and Other Bespoke Accessories. 

Ah, just look at those spats. Handmade indeed. Being a chap who owns (and therefore wears) many a pair of spats, I can say that these are a fine pair indeed. But wait, what is that? They also sell arm garters? Gadzooks, man.

 Just look at those! Yes, and I am rather sure the gents that make and sell this will work with you to make you the perfect items. 
But who are these Dandies?! 
Why, it's...

 Yes, folks, myself and the incomparable H.M. have opened ourselves an online shoppe, so please, drop by, check things out, and if you require any sundry bits, be sure to drop one of us a message with what you would like and we'll discuss it from there.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Reasoning for Hiatus

As many of you know, my last post was right before I began moving to an undisclosed location. Since then, things have been mad and hectic and such, so I didn't get around to digging up the password and info for this blog. It was inexplicably lost somehow, but it is now found and rejoicing shall commence.

Keep a monocle out for our next set of dandies!
To keep you amused in the meantime, here's a brilliant video.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Phil Powell

Mr. Powell is too much dandy for one post.
So, I found it fitting to once again feature him in yet another brilliant ensemble.
His colour choices and selection of accessories are just downright ingenious and tastefully done.
Once again, good form, sir.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Noël Coward

Sir Coward. One of the most brilliant, witty, and talented librettists that have ever lived.
Also, an utterly dandy chap.