Not that the mainstream media can be counted on to discern the niceties between a rake and a poppinjay, a beau and a coxcomb (and their concept of “Macaroni” can certainly be counted on to be cheesey), but when Yahoo! Sports ran the above photo with the headline “Three Foppish Dandies attended the Chicago Bulls/New York Knicks game on Halloween night,” our diabolical monocle fell from its perch beneath our ever-arched eyebrow.
Dandies ran the fops out of fashion, with Brummell leading the way in the revolt against powder and wigs, brocade and lace. Now, 200 years later, the fashion has gone full circle, as the fops, in a gaggle of shrill laughter, get themselves taken for dandies. Sink me!