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Dylan Thomas had an incredibly interesting life–As a Welsh citizen, he began writing poems at an early age. “While living in London, Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara whom he married in 1937. Their relationship was defined by alcoholism and was mutually destructive. In the early part of his marriage, Thomas and his family lived hand-to-mouth, settling in the Welsh fishing village of Laugharne.
Although Thomas was appreciated as a popular poet in his lifetime, he found earning a living as a writer difficult, which resulted in Thomas augmenting his income with readings and broadcasts. His radio recordings for the BBC during the latter half of the 1940s brought him a level of celebrity. In the 1950s Thomas travelled to America, where his readings brought him a level of fame, though his erratic behaviour and drinking worsened.
The film The Edge of Love was based on his tumultous relationship with his wife Caitlin (played by Sienna Miller) and his lover (played by Keira Knightly):
His time in America cemented Thomas’ legend, where he recorded to vinyl works such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales. During his fourth trip to New York in 1953 Thomas became gravely ill and fell into a coma from which he did not recover. Thomas died on 9 November 1953 and his body was returned to Wales where he was buried at the village churchyard in Laugharne.
Dylan Thomas’s Work:
From His Official Website: “His work took many forms, including scripts for radio broadcasts, radio plays, short stories, films and an unfinished novel, although he is best known for poetry. Dylan’s most popular poems include ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ and ‘And Death Shall have No Dominion‘. He also included poetry in his famous play for voices, ‘Under Milk Wood’.
“Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not
And death shall have no dominion”
And death shall have no dominion
“My birthday began with the water –
Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name
Above the farms and the white horses
And I rose
In rainy autumn
And walked abroad in a shower of all my days”
‘Poem in October’ from Dylan Thomas’ Collected Poems (London: Phoenix, 2003)
Although writing exclusively in the English language, Thomas has been acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century. Noted for his original, rhythmic and ingenious use of words and imagery, Thomas’ position as one of the great modern poets has been much discussed, though this has not tarnished his popularity amongst the general public, who found his work accessible.
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic comedy-drama romance film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field.
The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a naïve and slow-witted yet athletically prodigious native of Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century; more specifically, the period between Forrest’s birth in 1945 to 1982.
Let’s face it. Not only did Forrest Gump’s life effect ours, but so did his fashion. His clean cut, crisp looks captured the hearts of Americans everywhere and we still use his throwback looks today. Maybe it’s time to take a hint from Mr. Gump and re-modernize his fashion?
Modernize the look
Take this simple collared shirt from H & M in a grey color and pair it with jeans (like in the photo). You’ll be more an urban, fashion-conscious Forrest.
Shirt from H & M $29.95
Modernize the look:
We especially love the blazer in the scene where Gump’s waiting for the bus. This new modern winter spin on the jacket can be found from Urban Outfitters. And of course, you have to get yourself a pair of running shoes from Nike, so you too can “run like the wind blows.”
GENERAL ASSEMBLY FIELD BLAZER $182.00 from Urban Outfitters
Modernize the look:
It’s true that Forrest went through many stages in his life and one of them was a stint in Vietnam. But even while trekking through the jungle, Gump has inspired us with his rugged, manly look. Pair these Army Helicopter Cufflinks with rugged work boots this season, like these from Doc Marten’s called the Men’s Pier Boot for under $149.
Fictional characters have a great influence in our lives. They unconsciously dictate morales, mannerisms, who we are attracted to, lifestyle choices, and…in our case, fashion. So we’ve decided to feature some of those influential fictional characters on our blog. First up on the list?
“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything. “
“I can’t get married – I’m a thirty-year-old boy. “
Duren has that rough around the edges, I’m cool whether I wear a shirt or not, rugged, dirty appeal that men seem to want to emulate. His 70s flair, which consists of print shirts with oversized collars, aviator shades, vintage leather jackets, all amount to one word: stylin’. Of course, add to that a couple of scars, bruises, and one serious over confidence complex and you have Tyler Durden. Who wouldn’t want him as an alter-ego?
Stay tuned for more of your favorite STYLE ICONS. Tomorrow who will it be? Can you guess?
“The kimono-front style sweaters—a really cool, unique spin on the classic V-neck. “—Matthew Sebra, GQ associate fashion editor
What We Love:
The lighter feel of the traditional blazer becomes apparent in the rolled up and shortened sleeves. They are cut shorter than your regular sleeve and then loosely rolled up. The extra soft and slinky sweater hangs just below the belt and exposes itself just right under the sleeve. The cool thing is you can swap the light sweater for a collared shirt and add these English Pound Cross Hand Painted Cufflinks:
“Green corduroy shorts.”—Garrett Munce, GQ fashion editor
What We Love:
The slightly “shorter” shorts to show off the top of the calf muscle, along with the subtle aqua marine color. Let’s be honest, it’s not quite green like Munce says, but he knows what he’s talking about. Coupled with a white belt, the loose, relaxed fitted collared shirt peaks out of a stunning red mauve colored blazer. The blazer is one of those perfect spring/summer jackets, with a color that will complement everything (or close to everything at least. Pair this kind of relaxed, Harvard meets Bayside look with these Green Layered Paisley Cufflinks:
What We Love:
Again with the perfectly relaxed, yet tailored blazer in an off-white/egg shell shade, coupled with a light blue collared shirt (only buttoned in the middle, mind you). The loose fitting, shorter 30s style shorts give a considerable nod to Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby and Long Island Ice Teas on, well…Long Island. Pair this look with these Silver and Mother of Pearl Cufflinks:
Fashion Night Out, or FNO, isn’t just for the hip stylish women of NYC. It’s also for the men…(hint, you will be surrounded by all those hip, stylish women of NYC).
Solange Knowles will be spinning at the DVF store at 874 Washington Street at W 14th. Allison Williams from Girls and Vogue‘s Melling Burke will be on hand, along with M.A.C artists for makeup touchups. 6-11PM
“While many enjoy the block parties, special events, and complimentary makeovers on Fashion’s Night Out, others head out into the night hoping to rub shoulders with their favorite model or celebrity. Here, take a look at some of the personalities supporting fashion’s most famed shopping extravaganza. On the big night, many of them will be decked out in what’s sure to be the uniform of the evening—a signature FNO collection T-shirt (40 percent of the proceeds from the sales will benefit the New York City AIDS Fund in the NY Community Trust)—so hurry, pick up one of your own, and get ready for Fashion’s Night Out on September 6.”
Margherita Missoni will be on hand at Missoni‘s Madison avenue location. Meet the designer and buy special rings designed by the iconic Italian label to benefit Edode Onlus, a charity committed to bringing safe drinking water to African Villages. 1009 Madison ave at 78th street, 6-9PM
Meet ex-Top Model judge Nigel Barker and the Runway Relief models at Nine West located at 1258 avenue of the Americas and 50th street. Chrissy Teigen will also be on hand to help raise money for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Catch the hoopla from 6-11PM.
From 9- midnight, QVC is planning a live broadcast on FNO, complete with a smattering of celebrities (Isaac Mizrahi, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Richie) pedding their newest wares for the shopping channel. Have an “interactive experience” in the Meatpacking District at 14th and 9th ave starting at 6PM.
Alexis Bittar is having a karaoke extravaganza at their SoHo store. Sing a tune and get a $50 store certificate good until the end of September. 6-10PM
Azealia Banks will perform at M.A.C Cosmetics in NoHo 506 Broadway bet Thompson and LaGuardia place. Enjoy tunes by DJ Cosmo from 7-10PM
Former America’s Next Top Model photo shoot director Jay Mauel will be at Lane Bryant doling out fashion advice. Enjoy a 25% discount, a little booze, and snacks on snacks on snacks. RSVP on Lane Bryant’s Facebook page by September 1st. Located at 380 Fulton Street (corner of Smith St.) in Brooklyn, 6-9PM
Michael Kors will host a game of fashion trivia at Macy‘s Herald Square from 7-8:30
Loehmann’s on 7th ave promises a celebrity fashion show, although they have not yet disclosed exactly which celebrities would be in attendance. Expect a designer sample sale in both New York and Los Angeles locations, featuring designs from Oscar de la Renta, Etro, and more. In New York: 101 7th ave bet 16th and 17th and 2101 Broadway at 74th st. In Los Angeles: 333 South LaCienega Boulevard. 6-11PM.
Mya will appear at Cesare Paciotti from 8-9PM.bet 69th and 70th. 8-9PM