Love The Borzoi. The Cape, Fur Gauntlets and Pointy Little Moustache, Not So Much

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OK, these images are not for me. If you’re male, they’re aimed at you — today’s New York Times Style Magazine, is all about men’s fall fashion. Are men, truly, into this sort of object fetishization?

The magazine’s editors, this issue, suggest you drop $27,350 for a rose gold Rolex chronometer (that’s a watch to most people) or — yessiree — $748 fur gauntlets by Philip Sparks, a 27-year-old Canadian whose bio website photo is appropriately moody, blurred and black and white. Fur gauntlets? Wearable where exactly? Frobisher Bay? Then there’s a gray flannel tux, $865 faux-leopard-fur sneakers and — I really do love this piece of clothing — a bright teal toggle coat at $600.

There’s a spread urging men to fashion themselves on patriot, poet, dandy and war hero Gabriele d’Annunzio. I sort of like that touchingly catholic menu — I know fairly few patriot-dandies — but the whole twirled, waxed moustache thing? Not so much. The borzois in that layout are magnificent, the breed trotted out every time someone wants to signal rareified esthetic taste. I thought women’s fashion magazines were slightly nuts in the mixed messages they keep sending us (recession fashion! $2,500 shoes!)

Good to know that men, and the magazine editors who love them, face just as many confusing choices.

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