english boy, king's road, menswear, petticoat magazine, quorum, sixties, stripeyness

Ahhhhh. Men. So few know how to dress these days. I’m lucky that, more recently, I have been spending time with a gentleman who definitely knows how to dress. If you’d asked me a few years back, to describe how I would like my ideal man to dress…..well, it would be pretty much spot on. But a few years ago, it would also have felt like a very impossible dream.

For some reason, the odd odd-man would come along and would want me to ‘re-style’ them. And then, for some reason, they would fail to listen to a damn word I said. The rest lived in t-shirts and jeans. Sigh. Anyway, you should never try to ‘change’ someone. I just wish they taught this kind of stuff to boys in school. Or that I lived in the Sixties.

(Mmmm, yes, the latter please!)

Anyway, I bought this copy of Petticoat from July 1967 the other day and was having severe fits of menswear-lust. The cover boys are all ‘English Boy’ models, the agency famously linked with those Quorumites in the late Sixties King’s Road scene, but I doubt any of them would be considered model-standard these days. However, they are instantly raised to godlike status simply because of the way they are suited and booted.

I also noted with amusement that the far left chappy is wearing a coat/jacket remarkably similar to my favourite (and now, inevitably, very shabby) burgundy velvet autumn coat. Confirming the fact that, I think, I often aspire to look like a male dandy when autumn hits, rather than a lady.

6 thoughts on “MenMenMenMenMenmimenmenmen….

  1. Oooh how lovely, I've always been intrigued by the English Boy Model Agency, thanks for putting these rather delish pics up! I think I love mens vintage fashion almost as much as I do womens! I love to find stuff for my other half, but like women's it's getting really hard to get good pieces.

  2. I do love a bit of Mod fashion and those guys are just so cool and natural, no sign of the 34inch chest and androgeny so prevalent today.Men's stuff is tough to get hold of cos they wear their clothes to death but I do snaffle some rather glorious stuff for my bloke from time to time. xxx

  3. That boy on the back right is so gorgeous! Rather Brian Jones-ish, right?Anyway, this cover got be all hot and bothered- funny how a naked man with a great body doe nothing for me but a man in a burgundy velvet peacoat? Well, now you are talking! Have you or your man ever been to The Dandy in Aspic in Camden Market? That's where my man buys all of his vintage suits- the guy (I forget his name- maybe Cedric?) has the most amazing selection of 60s and 70s suits in perfect condition. Whenever my boy comes to London with me he leaves with at least three…

  4. Just marvellous! I don't think I've never seen any other pictures of the 'English Boys' apart from that iconic picture taken outside the shop, with a female model barefoot in an Ossie Clark. Like Smashingbird, I love vintage menswear too, and have a small collection that I can't seem to bring myself to sell. Daft really, but then good pieces are incredibly rare (and I've got one or two absolute corkers!)I love how individual they look, not inimidatingly handsome, but interesting.

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