Archive for August, 2009

Purple Leather Suit

If you like to laugh, you are going to like this post.  My first question is this… if you saw a man walking down the street in a skin tight purple leather suit you’d think he were crazy right?  I’d imagine you’d at least laugh to yourself.  It’s actually incredible how individuals in the entertainment industry really get away with fashion suicide because on stage the outfits just seem to fit with the theme of the show.  Take these individuals out of their element and place them on the street somewhere, and I guarantee nobody thinks they fit in.  (New York City the obvious exception because it’s just crazy there…..and I love it).

Anytime a singer goes on stage there is no telling what type of outfit they will be wearing.  You can bet that it is not going to be simple.  This is especially true for individuals that rely more on their ability to entertain, rather than actually sing (i.e. Britney Spears).  I have to admit that I look forward to special effects, and all of the cool outfits that people wear and the stunts that the dancers do. But, let’s put concerts aside for the moment and lets focus on something else.

Stand-up comedy is pure entertainment.  There is no faking here.  Either you are funny, or you are not.  In addition, there aren’t usually a ton of special effects going on in the background of a stand-up comedy act. There aren’t scene changes after every couple of jokes to get you in the mood for the next one.  It’s just pure on-stage, spotlight, time to work, action from the get go.  Therefore, there is no reason to change outfits, and there is no reason to try to wear something that fits with the scene.  I imagine a lot of stand-up comedians like to dress comfortably for this reason.  A pair of jeans and a shirt.  They need to be relaxed, and loose.  So, I ask you, who in their right mind would wear a skin tight purple leather suit to do a stand-up comedy act?  The answer is the one and only – Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy Raw is 2 hours of pure entertainment, from start to finish, and is by far one of the most hilarious stand-up comedy acts I’ve ever heard, and it all begins with him coming out from backstage wearing the tightest purple leather suit I’ve ever seen.

Eddie Murphy Raw

Eddie Murphy Raw

I think that there is aboslutely no reason why Eddie Murphy needed to wear a purple leather suit during this stand-up comedy act.  The fact that he did, is priceless.  I realized later that he had actually worn a skin tight red leather suit for his Delirious stand-up comedy show.  So, the purple suit was a sequel.  In any event, you have to be pretty confident to wear something like that whether it’s red or purple.  At the same time, I feel like only he could pull it off with his ridiculous facial expressions and his plethora of unconventional jokes that I think were ahead of his time.  He made the suit infamous and it worked wonders for him.  I don’t think there is anyone who follows Eddie Murphy (or anyone in the entertainment industry for that matter) that doesn’t know about the purple leather suit.  For some reason, the suit just fit in with the show and his character even though there is no good reason why it should have.   This is one time when fashion suicide actually became fashion history.  In terms of his career, his fashion became a statement.  Nice work Eddie.  Absolutely hilarious.

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Full Length Coat vs. 3/4 Length Coat

I’m not sure why my first post is going to be about coats.  It’s probably because I’m discouraged that summer is almost over and the colder weather is starting to set in.  You can feel winter just around the corner.  It makes me start thinking about getting out sweatshirts and winter coats in order to battle the brutal winds associated with winters up north.  Ultimately it led me to question whether I prefer the style of a full length coat or a 3/4 length coat.

I feel like both of them are appealing in their own way.  Full length coats project a stronger image.  I feel like they make a statement that the person wearing them means business.  Maybe it has to do with the cliche that FBI agents are inevitably portrayed wearing some sort of all black full length trench coat and I therefore associate full length coats with authority figures.  Still, I think they make a bold statement.

On the other hand, 3/4 length coats are more fashionable. They usually contain much more design attributes, whether it be buttons, straps, buckles, or a cool collar.  So I suppose the choice really depends on the occasion.

Men's Full Length

Men's Full Length

Women's Full Length

Women's Full Length

Men's 3/4 Length

Men's 3/4 Length

Women's 3/4 Length

Women's 3/4 Length

I think full length coats are great for everyday use during the winter or spring season when it’s snowing or raining.  I think substituting a full length coat for a 3/4 length coat on a Friday or Saturday night is probably a wise decision.  In the summer months, if you are going somewhere that requires a coat on a cooler night, I would almost guarantee that a full length coat would not be appropriate over a 3/4 length coat that is lighter and more fashionable.

On a side note, I personally feel that full length coats are meant for guys.  Although there are a few full length coats that certain women can wear fashionably, I almost always feel women should stick to 3/4 length coats.  Men, on the other hand, have an upper hand when it comes to coats because I feel that they can wear either depending on the situation.  Generally speaking, I think men can wear a 3/4 length coat when the situation is formal.  A formal 3/4 length jacket to wear with suit pants can look sharp.  But, a heavy 3/4 length coat worn with the wrong pants can look mismatched.

I think women should stick to 3/4 length jackets that have a strap that ties around the coat with a buckle of some sort to add some detail.  I think that 3/4 length jackets that strictly use buttons to close with nothing to break up the design are just too plain for something as fashionable as a 3/4 length jacket.  Thoughts?

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