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Up Front: The British Are Coming

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  • giovanni tiso,

    Nazis: bastards of the highest order but snappy dressers.

    My sister always wanted a Red Army coat but they don't make soldiers that short in Russia (or anywhere else, probably). She did however for a time use a tabard of my grandfather's and that was pretty spesh.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Nazis: bastards of the highest order but snappy dressers.

    "Green says Nazis 'Snappy Dressers'"

    You know my favourite thing about the Nazis? All their hot blonde chicks.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4369 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    After reading this I had to scroll back to the top to re-read the title.

    Took me a couple of seconds, but I clicked.

    Ashamed to say that I only just got it myself. Superb.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1563 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Ashamed to say that I only just got it myself.

    Don't be too ashamed. I'm sure I'm not the only one still working on it.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I'll have what she's having...

    Thought you might like a tattoo to go with that...

    (I am assuming yer not a Butlins gal...)

    ;- )

    yrs
    Joseph and His Technicolour Yawn
    from the Rank files and Madder Rows

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5058 posts Report Reply

  • Dinah Dunavan,

    A long time ago I made myself a wonderful grey blue vinyl coat (a bit like these only not double breasted).
    Recently it was rescued from the back of the closet and woe it had gone all sticky.
    It is a great pattern if you ignore the shoulder pads, but I see they are making comeback along with MC Hammer pants.
    My decision has been to de-coat my wardrobe and start again.
    I fancy wine red brocade. I'll start with the curtain fabric shops.

    Dunedin • Since Jun 2008 • 172 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    You know my favourite thing about the Nazis? All their hot blonde chicks.

    I imagine you'd quite like the work of Andrew Bawidamann. (Sort of NSFW due to WW2 pinups)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Mahal,

    I bought a red trenchcoat this year (for a costume party I wished to attend as Carmen Sandiego, but that's not relevant here.) Apparently I wanted something completely impossible, judging from the blank stares and disdainful looks I got from shop assistants, but I am very pleased with my purchase.

    Haven't been quite brave enough to wear it with my red fedora on the bus yet.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2007 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Excuse the plug, but there's a new NZ blog all about hats, boots, scarves and coats. The author's looking for photos of people in their favourite coats, and it sounds like many of you will be just the sort of people she wants to hear from!

    I have a few colourful jackets (and plenty of colourful shirts: they tend to be the real compliment-bait), but when it comes to outerwear I definitely tend to turn the saturation down. Too much black can get boring, but there's a reason why men's formalwear only comes in black*: it's sharp, sculptural and elegant.

    Case in point: my black double-breasted overcoat by Emporio Viri, bought from the sadly departed Satori last year. It has epaulettes and steel buttons, and fits me so crisply I swear that I look taller in it. Wrap on a white silk scarf, pull up part of the collar and scowl meaningfully: then just wait for the Mr Darcy comparisons to roll in. And I'm told that's a good thing.

    * except for white dinner jackets, of course.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    I love love my winter coat too, and it's a cross between Scarlett and Raspberry.

    Like JoJo I got it second-hand (in fact I've only had one winter coat, bought new. From Glassons when I was 17 with the big pleat running over each shoulder - very popular style at the time. In England I just went to Charity Shops, and I picked up my current coat here - I think in a recycled clothing shop

    I don't think I paid more than $10

    I've tried to guess the era (I think pre Fair Trading Act labelling regulations in 1987/91) The coat has two labels - One says "Wool and Angora, Made in England" and another smaller, less smart one says "Made in New Zealand under licence by Austin Brown" It could be anything from 50s onwards to my untrained eye, missing the mega shoulder pad era (of the aforementioned Glassons coat)

    Anyone know anything about Austin Brown? There have been a few coats on Trade Me with the label, all vintage/retro.

    The buttons are plastic, slightly squared, floral/geometric blend - I love them most of all, but sadly have lost a couple, which are proving difficult to replace (RIP Ballentynes Haberdashery!)

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    You know my favourite thing about the Nazis? All their hot blonde chicks.

    Ahem (Yes that is Ms Johansson).

    One day I will be rich, and cause it to exist.

    Yes. One day I shall be rich enough to have my own tailor. And I shall own the most finely tailored t-shirts, hoodies and jeans the world has ever seen!

    Slightly less tongue in cheek, the only thing that stops me becoming a serious dandy is the lack of the serious money needed to make it happen.

    I'd love a frock coat. Preferably in black leather with a red silk lining.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • RaggedJoe,

    I spent days worth of hours dragging my partner around shops looking for the perfect winter coat.

    Recomended listening for this activity, Winter Coat by Paul Kelly

    City of Sales • Since Sep 2008 • 60 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    When I was young I just sewed anything I wanted. I remember making a long black wool coat with scarlet lining (all readily available at Evans' in Cuba Street) and it was so successful I made another one of cream canvas with purple satin lining. Have completely lost those skills.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2099 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Recomended listening for this activity, Winter Coat by Paul Kelly.

    ...been going round my head as well. It's either that or 'Fired our guns and the British kept a-coming...'

    Two of the times I've seen Kelly in Wellington he's opened with that song, accompanied by comments on the Welly weather. Soft Aussies....

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • bronwyn,

    I too, have a winter top layer that I'm inordinately proud of. It's not a coat, as such, but a thick wool, bright red, nurses cape, complete with name label of the last sister who wore it.

    Purchased from an op shop in Gisborne during what was meant to be a scorching hot summer East Cape camping trip turned out to be anything but (except for the East Coast, that was still present and correct).

    I'm embarrassed to say it has led to many many sitcom-esque jokes with a co-worker who insists upon calling it my superhero cape - e.g. "well, my budget came in under this month, that's how amazing my super powers are etc. etc."

    tamaki makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    I have my (Dutch) great grandfather's pre World War II great coat, which I wore for three years of high school but abandoned it in Wellington when I moved to Auckland for uni because it weighs like a metric ton due to its horsehair stuffing. Man I love that coat, but my father and his trips to Canada and Mongolia and so forth has more need of it now, so I'm happy with my bright purple coat from good old Ezibuy, although the sleeves are way too short - apparently purposefully so, which seems ridiculous. Damn coat makers in league with the glove makers!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    At the risk of crossing the threads (satorial pun intended) I'm pretty sure Rick Wakeman would have the purple frock coat of which you speak. Probably tailored slightly on the tall & lanky side though.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 841 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I once wore a beautiful Harris tweed frocked coat - silkvelvet darkgreen lapels, dark green silk inner-lining- and got it offered to me, after...my teeth in the picture are beautiful, and my smile innocently joyous. My breasts are obviously already too large to be enclosed by the wonderous winter coat-

    I also have a pre-1939 Swedish Army cavalry great-coat- grey, superbly-tailored, wonderful buttons, and weighs - o, 2 stone?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I've remained quite for long enough.

    Photos, please?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Recomended listening for this activity, Winter Coat by Paul Kelly.

    ...been going round my head as well. It's either that or 'Fired our guns and the British kept a-coming...'

    Two songs I love, but didn't have running through my head. Previously. I love Paul Kelly, but my partner can't stand him.

    Loving all the coat love, by the way.

    Too much black can get boring, but there's a reason why men's formalwear only comes in black*: it's sharp, sculptural and elegant.

    A male friend of mine has a very beautiful black overcoat purchased from Smith and Caughey's (who apparently now have a brand called Not Your Daughter's Jeans) which makes him look very hot indeed.

    Photos, please?

    I shall see if can get my daughter to take some tomorrow. You can all be disappointed - it's a very ordinary coat.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4369 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I shall see if can get my daughter to take some tomorrow. You can all be disappointed - it's a very ordinary coat.

    Thats going to depend on what goggles we wear, when we look at our Internets. I have safe to look at laser beams, welding and the usual snorkeling sort. But I really want to get those x-ray jobs that are advertised in the backs of comic books. Do they really work?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    And I forgot to mention that I like getting blood tests. It's cool how those glass tubes are vacuumed. Thats why the blood gushes out so fast. Its getting sucked out. I don't know why, but it feel weirdly exiting or something.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Ahem (Yes that is Ms Johansson).

    Ah yes... a serious 'what the...' moment in the careers of everyone involved.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    I'd love a frock coat.

    Ditto.

    Can anyone see a market here?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1660 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    I really want to get those x-ray jobs that are advertised in the backs of comic books. Do they really work?

    Everything advertised on the back of comic books works (click to enlarge).

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3557 posts Report Reply

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