THE DUKE OF STYLE
When it comes to style, for me, one of the most important figures of the Twentieth Century is the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII of Great Britain). He is both intriguing and controversial all at the same time. Intriguing for his resolve to follow his heart, and controversial for his numerous affairs with married women, his rumored Nazi sympathizing and, of course, his great romance with the twice divorced, American socialite, Wallis Simpson - the woman he loved, and would eventually marry.
As you can well guess from these items, Edward was notorious at bending rules. As King it didn’t serve him well, as he refused to follow procedure and protocol at most every turn, but when it came to his clothing choices, his style was nothing short of genius! If the Prince of Wales wore something, you were guaranteed that everyone would be wearing it shortly!
One of the best articles I’ve ever read on the Duke and his influence on men’s fashion appeared in a 1950 issue of Mens Wear Magazine, and may be found here.
In the meantime, I leave you with a few more glimpses of Edward, Duke of Windsor, and "Duke of Style"!