Last night London witnessed possibly the most illustrious gathering of British dandies since the days of Brummell and his circle.
They had assembled at Gieves & Hawkes, No.1 Savile Row, to celebrate the British launch of Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams’ book “I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman.” The event certainly provided an impressive array of sartorial splendors, with styles of dress on show running the gamut from full-on retro-eccentricity to contemporary elegance.
Those attending included flamboyant individualists such as Dickon Edwards and Robin Dutt, a strong Chappist faction led by Gustav Temple and Michael “Atters” Attree, as well as representatives of a more considered contemporary dandyism, such as Barima and Winston Chesterfield.
The overall effect was to leave your correspondent afflicted with a sense of sartorial indigestion and in a state of some uncertainty as to what might constitute dandyism today:
Nevertheless, the looming form of the Abercrombie & Fitch store immediately across the road stood as a reminder to all present of a common cause: that of resistance to the tide of ill-dressed barbarism that persists in sullying our streets.
As Rose Callahan said in her brief address to the assembled congregation, “Beauty and elegance matter.” — STEWART GIBSON