where the writers are
The Elephant is always fashionably attired.

Franz Kafka was appreciative of fashion and fine clothes. He was always a natty dresser, as befit his business/government employment. But he was no slouch in the after-hours, and he liked his socializing (yes - he did). But he might be a tad surprised to be  an inspiration for today's Haute Couture.



Franz Kafka


Friday, January 22, 2010Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 Menswear Collection

Vienna's Wiener Werkstätte in the early 20th century attracted a community of artists including Franz Kafka and Egon Schiele with their own creative way of mixing business and leisure style. For Louis Vuitton's Fall-Winter 2010-2011 collection, Men's Studio Director Paul Helbers, under the Artistic Direction of Marc Jacobs, is inspired by this “Bleisure” lifestyle, a mix of formality and comfort inspired by Vienna's “artist wardrobe”.

“Kafka and Schiele favored very tailored, waisted clothes with short jackets and long coats,” says Helbers. “This collection is built on layering, but it is a precise interlocking. Each piece belongs to the whole and you can add or subtract to be more casual or representational. Fabrics are bonded to do without linings and coats unzip at the yoke to layer under other pieces. This suits travel and that is always a focus at Louis Vuitton, but also today's laptop workplace which has blurred the boundaries between tailoring and casual pieces.”


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Who says the young as whole

don't appreciate good tailoring? I had to smile at a conversation between two girls I overheard in a shopping precinct a few months ago. One was describing, in some detail and in tones of awe, how smartly booted and suited her boyfriend's grandfather was '...and,' she said, 'he wears this body-warmer thing made of the same material as his jacket!'

Took me back to my younger days when I was addicted to brocade waistcoats and 'Cherubino-type' blouses. Oh, those knee-breeches!