Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jack White

I need to start off by pointing out that this is a sort of experimental post that's not very timely. I finally traded in my Toshiba Satellite for a MacBook Pro (which just arrived yesterday). Obviously the Mac is amazing and I can imagine the blog improving because of it (mostly cause I rely on photos so much), but I'm still feeling things out. Hopefully I'll let go of my old PC habits soon and be more agile with this thing, but it will take some time. So, without further ado, I will share a quick post discussing one of my favorite people on the planet: Jack White.

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He's clearly thinking about more red/black/white combo possibilities.

I've had Jack on the brain since his new band the Dead Weather released their debut album a few weeks ago. I started thinking about how under-appreciated Jack is as a style icon. Aesthetically, people usually point out how ghostly pale his skin is or the particularly bright color red of his t-shirts. Then there's the ever popular "What's Edward Scissorhands doing at the Grammys?" But I think there's something to be said for a guy who can limit his wardrobe to three colors (red, white and black--the most powerful color combination possible according to J.W.) and come up with some truly creative and appealing ensembles. One of the main tenants of Jack White's philosophy is simplicity. It's easy to throw on layers upon layers of clothing and call it fashion forward, but its more challenging and rewarding to hold back and express yourself more subtly. That's what I've been attempting to do in my own fashion life these days, and I can turn to these gems from Jack's wardrobe for inspiration:

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Check out the texture of this coat. I've never seen this picture before, but I love the cut of this thing.

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I could do a completely separate post for Meg, but I love when these two coordinate. These outfits might be my favorite Meg/Jack collaboration because they keep the color scheme without appearing costume-y. I'd wear Meg's suit in a nanosecond.

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He cleans up nice, too! Good thing tuxes are traditionally black. Here he's with his model wife, Karen Elson, at the Met Costume Institute Gala. You can't see them in this picture, but he was wearing some dapper wing-tipped shoes.

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Now we have all three power colors represented. I'm guessing this is from the Icky Thump era when Jack thought he was a bullfighter and caught the most sartorial flack. Of course, I didn't mind cause I love a fashion chance-taker like my boy Jack White III.



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