We couldn't ignore the new Great Gatsby film, nor did we want to do another predictable 'Get the Look' feature. So we thought we'd do a 'Great Gatsby-Off!' Ralph Lauren Vs Brooks Brothers. There may be nearly 40 years between them, but, who wins in the style stakes? Join the debate and have your say on Twitter using #GreatGatsbyOff.
Left - Robert Redford in Ralph Lauren. Jay Gatsby's ego wasn't always as big as his house
WHO? RALPH LAUREN
What? The Great Gatsby
Director – Jack Clayton
Starring – Robert Redford, Mia Farrow
Cost - $6.5 million
Costume Designer - Theoni V. Aldredge
Left - This pink suit was specially made by Ralph Lauren for the 1974 film
TheChicGeek says “Ralph Lauren’s entire billion dollar business has been pretty much based on The Great Gatsby; a timeless masculine look that references the past while looking contemporary. For the film, the majority of the wardrobe was from his Polo line, with the exception of the pink suit, which was specially designed for the film and a 1930’s striped bathing suit.
"I recently went to a cocktail party at the Ralph Lauren Mansion on Bond Street and because his style is so well known and so associated with this look, it's hard not to think of Ralph Lauren being the first person to ever create these 1930's looks, which of course he isn't and wasn't."
Below - Nice work if you can get it! Robert Redford on a lilo
WHO? BROOKS BROTHERS
What? The Great Gatsby
Director – Baz Lurhmann
Starring – Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan
Cost - $125 million
Costume Designer - Catherine Martin
Left - Leo & Toby out on safari!
TheChicGeek says “It was quite a coup for Brooks Brothers to get the new Great Gatsby film. I'm sure there were plenty of brands queuing up to do the menswear for this one. But, Brooks Brothers is a believable collaboration, having being mentioned in Fitzgerald’s books and of course, dressing the real Jay Gatsbys from its store in New York during the inter-war period.
Right - Cheers! It's 3D, take the glass!
"For the film, the brand created 500 day and evening looks as well as 1700 accessories for the cast and extras, all based on its archives. The looks are good, but they do look too costumey. They need to be ultra-fitted to give them that flawless chic appeal."
See the Brooks Brothers Great Gatsby Collection here
Below - The famous pink suit recreated and on sale now at Brooks Brothers
Firstly, these pictures don't do this jacket justice. Secondly, it deserves a name, 'Cotton Hooded Jacket' makes it sounds like just any other anonymous Summer jacket.
This is a great jacket from Jigsaw Menswear and would look perfect with shorts for any outdoor British Summer event. The orange colour is a really nice 'sunny' and warm orange. The treated waterproof cotton hooded parka features two metal fireman's clips at the neck, two bellows pockets at the waist and a zip fastening with a button placket. And, best of all, it is limited collection to only ten, with a number on the label, so you won't see it everywhere.
Left - Jigsaw Menswear - Orange Cotton Hooded Jacket - £395
Japanese brand MUJI's new diffusion clothing range, MUJI Labo, is, don't tell anyone, designed by Margaret Howell. *Scream*. Only available in their Carnaby Street branch, it was launched with an ethos 'under the umbrella of a new laboratory for thinking'. All the simple and stylish Howell basics are here; the white button-down shirt, cardigan with pockets and linen jacket at a fraction of the designer price. All fabrics are organic and buttons are made from recycled plastic. The range continues into Autumn/Winter 13 with gorgeous alpaca knits and handsome peacoats.
A new study of 1000 UK women by Johnson Cleaners has highlighted the Top 5 items they say a gentleman should never wear. These are, in descending order, 1. Onesie, 2. Baseball cap, 3. Football top, 4.Flip-flops, 5. Tracksuit.
The poll also revealed the importance of acting and dressing like a true gent, with almost half of women questioned (43%) insisting there is nothing more important for a potential suitor than being a gentleman.
Left - Ricci from Geordie Shore in his scoop neck T-shirt - Not alreet pet!
However, almost one in ten British women claimed they would rather be with a man with a pretty face than one who behaved like a perfect gent. For those men who can’t rely on their looks, the study also identified the clothes that will make women believe they are a true gentleman. Glasses were judged to be the modern gent’s fashion statement accessory, closely followed by a shirt and tie, chinos and polo shirts.
Johnson Cleaners managing director, Paul Ogle, said: “It’s surprising to see this increasingly popular fashion choice provoke such a strong response from the general public. Onesies may be comfortable, but they certainly aren’t giving people a positive impression of their wearers.
“It’s clear that women prefer to see their men smart and well turned out, rather than wearing something that resembles an overgrown babygro. With looking good becoming more important than ever before, we want to help the modem day gentleman by making sure their clothes look their best.”
TheChicGeek would also like to add a few more items into this sartorial Room 101;
1. Heavage or scoop neck T-shirts. Yes, you have pecs, but you don't have to show the line where they join.
2. 3/4 length trousers/shorts. Always in a cheap synthetic material, they look plain weird.
3. Jeans tucked into boots with the tongue flapping. Save this for your X-Factor audition.
4. Mankini - Not sure anybody has ever worn one of these seriously, but don't even think about it.
5. Crocs - You're a grown-up, enough said.
6. Ugg boots - Wear thick socks if your feet are cold.
7. Knitwear with toggles on. Awful.
8. Drop-crotch trousers. Shit-the-bed bad.
9. Those trainers that make your feet look like gloves or hooves. We rose up onto two legs for a reason.
10. The 'I've been travelling' beaded necklace. You got on a plane, well done.
What do you think? Have we missed any? Tweet us on @thechicgeekcouk #ChicGeekRoom101