Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chasing a dandy dream - SignOnSanDiego.com

Chasing a dandy dream - SignOnSanDiego.com:
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"The 53-year-old El Centro native and San Diego State graduate has been in the garment game for more than two decades. The local branding, design and public relations firm he founded with his girlfriend, Robbi Ely, helped create looks for Tommy Hilfiger, Hang Ten, Cole Haan and Robert Talbott, among others.

One thing he’s learned about fashion is that everything old becomes new again. And that it sometimes pays to zig when everybody else is zagging.

Right now, menswear is mostly a sleek and sometimes severe world of close-fitting, pleatless pants and slim-cut shirts and jackets. It’s been that way for several years now, and Stinson thinks people are getting bored with it. He is.

“The next trend is usually the reverse of what’s voguish now,” he said. “It’s like Einstein said: For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.”

That was Newton, but no matter. Stinson’s “equal and opposite reaction” is to go back some 60 years to the Golden Age of Hollywood, to Fred Astaire in high-waisted, deeply pleated, elegantly draped pants. He’s taken that classic look and walloped it with hues (butterscotch, eggplant, raspberry) and patterns (argyle, houndstooth, polka dot) that make the eyes pop. He calls it “tasteful flamboyance.”"

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