In which G.M. Norton becomes a seersucker-wearing shouty man.
Last Saturday, I went along to Salford's Big Day Out where I spent the day sauntering around with a megaphone in my hand making announcements. Think of me as a town crier, only at a festival, and wearing an American seersucker suit.
In which G.M. Norton goes on a time travelling meander.
I live around five miles from Rochdale, a small town in the north west of England. From the age of 16 to 22, I worked in the town and but now I only occasionally visit. It's been a good three years or so since I had a proper mooch around. This week I had a small errand to run visiting the magnificent Rochdale Town Hall.
It really is a stunning building. According to folklore, Adolph Hitler was rather keen on it and had plans to have it moved elsewhere. While I was there, I decided to have a little wander.
In which G.M. Norton looks ahead to his favourite time of the year.
Now we're in September, I simply can't wait for autumn to be here. I'm not one for summer, I must confess. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have a little sunshine and clear blue skies. Indeed, I've just returned from a summer jaunt away with the family. But I do so terribly miss my finest tweeds and woollens. With my favourite season on the horizon, I've greedily been lusting over photographs of tweed ensembles. Don't these pictorials (purloined from Cordings) just look grand?
In which G.M. Norton falls under the spell of another smouldering siren.
As regular readers will already be aware, I love sitting down to an old film. Especially comedies. such as Private's Progress, Brothers in Law and The Green Man. Quite by chance, an utterly charming English actress by the name of Jill Adams starred in these pictures and I've been smitten ever since. Doesn't she look divine?
G.M. Norton looks back at a swashbuckling Scotsman.
me to introduce to you another war hero, Sir Thomas Macpherson.
the “Kilted killer”, Sir Thomas, or Tommy as he was known to his comrades, is
the most decorated British soldier in history.
war heroes are honoured to have the Military Cross proudly pinned to their chests.
Macperson had three of them! That’s in addition to three Croix de
guerre, a Légion d’honneur, and a papal knighthood for his heroics during the
Second World War.
In which G.M. Norton hits upon a
fail-proof way to spot a bounder.
As the 11th incarnation of Dr Who quite rightly observed, bow ties are cool.
But according to mid-century British films, bow ties were crooked too. Or at
least, the wearer of the bow tie was crooked.
Yes, I realise that Sir Winston Churchill favoured this entanglement of silk
under his jowls but the evidence certainly suggests that the bow tie is the true
mark of a cad, bounder, cutpurse and stinker.
Here are some notable examples:
William Hartnell as Dallow, one of Pinkie’s henchmen in Brighton Rock
Chumrades, it's time that I came clean. I have a bit of a thing for Mr. Clark Gable. As my most recent Style Icon, I'm afraid I paid Clark a disservice by failing to capture him in more relaxed attire.
As an aficionado of casual clothing, Clark pulled off the dressed down look with aplomb.
In which G.M. Norton studies period fashion illustrations for some summer inspiration.
This week in Blighty, we’ve experienced something of a heatwave. Of
course, we've also had thunder and lightning and the usual rain. But sunshine,
While I find
it relatively easy to dress in the colder months, dressing for the warmer
months can be quite the hard slog, as it were. On the other hand, ladies seem to have the opposite conundrum
and positively embrace sunshine while bemoaning winter.
In order to seek some
inspiration from the halcyon
days of yesteryear, I've been seeking out period illustrations from the likes
of 1930's Esquire and Apparel Arts. Laurence Fellows was one of the more prominent fashion artists, with a distinctive style. Of course, other artists soon started to imitate his style.
These fine thirties fellows certainly show how it should be done.