Thursday, November 27, 2008

He's so Continental (not the soup)

Question: Why do so many men in the 1930s-40s have those little trimmed moustaches? Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Walt Disney?

Answer: Called The Continental or the After-8, the fashion was first set by early movie star Douglas Fairbanks, and further propagated by top nightclub Latin bandleaders like Xavier Cugat. Other cinema stars like John Gilbert, Gilbert Roland and Ronald Colman followed, and soon every leading man needed a pencil thin moustache to look cool. Clark Gable’s moustache even had it’s own name- Sir Sharpness.

(from Tom Sito's excellent Blog)

I call mine "The Toff Tache" or "The Mod Wolf"

Monday, November 17, 2008