Rakish and Urbane is a forum for my thoughts on style and what inspires me: From the Harlem Renaissance to the streets of Brighton with everything else in between!

One Quote that Inspires Me Day in Day out

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Martin Luther King

Monday, 23 August 2010

The change over has happened

I didn't think I'd start a new blog quite so soon after that last post (5 minutes later eh?!) but here is the link to it. It's a lot cleaner and less cluttered and it's tumblr so I can upload pictures with ease for once! Here is the link: http://mostserindipitous.tumblr.com/

Perhaps a new Look

So after almost a month of having this blog I think I've become used to blogging. As I cannot access blogger for over half the year I'm thinking about switching platforms and with this change perhaps altering the style of the blog. All types of clothes, lenghtier posts discussing sub cultures, new original pictures (hoping to get a camera soon) and perhaps the odd interview here and there. Also, I intend to start doing a few book reviews, a few quick guides to certain things and I hope the blog will become a lot more interesting and varied. I'm not sure whether it will have the same title or whether I'll change it. There will still be a few posts similar to the ones seen here but it won't just be preppy/varsity clothing and discussion on fashion. Expect everything and anything. I can't say exactly when this change over will occur but expect it before the end of the year hopefully. Bear with me!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Sorry no posts

Sorry I've been slightly slow on the posting but I promise I've decided to step away from the Mad Men theme. Until I think of a proper article to write, here's a few band recommendations:

Eli "Paperboy" Reed and The True Loves. Best modern funk/soul music I've heard, Reed has a great voice and the songs prove that there's still life in the old Motown music even now.

The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker. Another funk group, this one though slightly different. The songs are generally faster and more racy compared to the previous band. Also, the singer (Charles Walker) has a completely different voice, it sounds slightly less controlled though not in a bad way at all. It's more that the songs are more raw (for lack of a better word).

Finally, not a band recommendation but an album one. Oscar Peterson et Joe Pass a la Salle Pleyel. It's a live album with (obviously) Peterson and Pass dueting on most of the tracks. Pass was an incredibly talented jazz guitarist and Peterson was a sensational piano player who could play both lightning fast tunes as well as more mellow songs. The two came together in France and Peterson played some songs on his own as did Pass. The album doesn't seem to be very well known (I found it in a small record shop in Brighton) but I think it's Peterson's finest achievment. He really excels by himself and one can only imagine his fingers dancing across the keys faster than the eye could follow.

That's all for know folks, I'll get back to you

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Roger Sterling

So the first of the Mad Men themed posts is here: Roger Stirling. I'll take a few pictures of the man himself and also post a few pictures of others who have a similar style/character in the real world.
Stirling favours three piece suits which makes him my favourite character (sartorially speaking) and doesn't wear many colours other than grey,black and light brown. As such, he cannot - in my humble opinion - go wrong with anything! In one episode in Series 2 he sports a grey double breasted jacket which looks really good on him. It doesn't make him look too stocky and he wears all of his clothes with such nonchalance that nothing looks stiff or overly formal. He is one of the few characters that does not wear the famous Mad Men Tie Clip (obviously it would look ridiculous with the waistcoats).Without further ado, I give you Mr Sterling.
And now a few well known faces wearing similar outfits

Now I know Beckham's three piece is quite different to Sterling's but Beckham wears the three piece suit in so many different ways that I felt we had to have him here anyway. Brad Pitt and Ethan Hawke are far more Sterling-esque in terms of style here.
That's all for today (I think) folks. Tomorrow we'll cover Pete Campbell.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Back at Last

After a week in Yorkshire and Derbyshire I've returned to the internet. It was alright, not my favourite place in Britain though (Brighton is still Number One!). Anyways while there I spent any downtime watching Mad Men season 2 on the laptop and cannot get enough of it!
On the subject of Mad Men I've decided that the next few posts will all be based on a few of the character's style and personality (only men as women's fashion still confuses me!). Tomorrow's will be Roger Stirling and then the next few will follow probably on a daily basis.
I'll also be trying to get an interview with a musician or two over the next few weeks left of the holidays.
Finally, while I was away it seems three people have become my "followers" (that makes me your leader?!) which is really good. Please comment on any post and feel free to contact me if you have any wishes for posts or if you have a complaint/rant.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Great Looks

Here are a few great looks I've seen recently in advertisements in magazines and a few others from around the net. In about a week I will do a slightly more substantial post, but I'm off to Yorkshire for a jazz festival and then on to Derbyshire for a break.
The lower one is a Ralph Lauren advert. I love the padding on the gillet and the mix of patterns with the tie/shirt/jumper. The one above it is a beautiful Nicole Farhi ad from ages ago. Sadly I cannot find any other pictures of Farhi's adverts but they are all spectacular.
This is a picture from the Brooklyn Circus lookbook. The BKc is more than just menswear, more than a brnad, it's more of a family and less a business. More on them in a later post though.Next is Day Birger et Mikkelsen, FW10, I love the top hat, though I suspect one might not want to wear it out and about!

Finally we have a picture from the new Tommy Hilfigger campaign. One big happy preppy family of models. Slightly idealistic?

Expect a lengthier post in a week or so. For now, I leave with a quote: "Surpass the extraordinary" (From Robert I Brown: robertibrownstyle.com)

Sunday, 1 August 2010



Pharrell talks with Diggy on life, aspirations and inspiration. I used to think Kanye was fairly clever, hell I thought fiddy had some spark, some business savvy, but Pharrell has blown me away. Perhaps later I'll post up some more of his inspirational talks (hoping he has some).

Also see the site Kidult.com, the site which Diggy and Pharrell support.