Man’s Claims That Fashion Industry Is Pulling The Wool Over Our Eyes Fails To Materialize

Men's Fashion Through The Ages

A brief history of men’s fashion.

“I don’t want to air anyone`s dirty laundry in public but the whole industry has gotten as comfortable as an old shoe!” Men’s rights activist Lauren Ralph was eager to make his case. Ralph agreed to meet at the drop of a hat and I was a little unprepared. “Let’s be honest here. Women’s fashion is beating the pants off men’s fashion. I could put on my best bib and tucker and I bet my boots people would prefer to see a lady in her birthday suit. Sorry! I’m probably scaring the pants off you” Ralph said with a laugh.

We agreed to buckle down and get to the bottom of his claims. Firstly, Ralph purports that the men’s fashion industry is nothing more than a system designed to burn a hole in the male consumer’s pockets while manufacturer’s purses burst at the seams. Ralph claims to have been an industry insider who escaped by the seat of his pants trying to expose key players. In the end Ralph was unable to catch them with their pants down but he still wants to get the word out.

Originally The Daily Quarterly wasn’t even interested in the story until Ralph charmed the pants off a junior editor promising tales of cloak-and-dagger corporate espionage. So, the powers that be told me to put on my coat and tie and meet Ralph for an interview and a drink before the opportunity came apart at the seams.

“Before fashion had come into fashion,” Ralph began to explain, “before cutting a fine figure became more important keeping the dirt off most clothing was cut from the same cloth. People made their own clothes according to traditional designs. There was no desire to be decked out in the latest designer. People were more apt to die with their boots on. Enter the industrial age of mass production and clothing manufacturers raced to woo the consumer’s dollar like it was going out of style!” Continue reading

“If That Meant I Needed To Swallow Humble Pie, I Imagined It Was Cherry Pie:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Writer Chuti Tiu

Chuti Tiu

Look for Chuti Tiu playing the role of character Yo-Yo’s Ma’ in The Internship.

This week, our TDQ Q&A is with actress and writer Chuti Tiu. Chuti spoke with us about her role in “The Internship,” what it was like making a movie with her husband as her director and being Miss Illinois. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Chuti Tiu:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

Chuti Tiu: Jaclyn Smith! I loved “Charlie’s Angels,” and I wanted so badly to be Kelly. Seriously – the HAIR. I still love long curly hair…. I remember the episode where she went undercover as a belly dancer. It inspired my Halloween costume one year.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

CT: E.T.! “E.T. phone home!” I cried and laughed so hard, all in the same movie. I’ve always loved movies that move you on a visceral level. I also loved “The Muppet Movie.” I was such a sap (still am) – I cried during the very first scene, Kermit’s “Rainbow Connection.” I was just a little kid, but the song made me feel so lonely; it spoke to me of the impermanence of life.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CT: I love rejection. Ha! just kidding. I love the craft of acting, of helping a story get told, portraying someone’s journey and eventually moving and inspiring others. Basically, stories in visual form (film, television, computer, or stage) hold up a mirror to the audience; through the story, they can hopefully see something in themselves revealed… I want to be that “mirror.”
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Stanley Hudson Makes Good On Transition From Office To Runway

Stanley Hudson: Flab to Fab

Stanley Hudson made the most of his transition from office worker to fashion designer by designing his way into the season finale.

Much like in his longtime role in the documentary series, The Office, Stanley Hudson found that lethargy triumphed over ambition at Fashion Week. In the finale of this season’s Project Runway, Hudson struggled with motivation and timelines, completing many of his garments at the last minute, just as his models were headed for the runway.

In his sales work at Dunder Mifflin, the company featured for more than nine years in a documentary series that has recently wrapped production, Hudson was known for being lazy, disinterested, socially distant, and motivated only by his paycheck. His signature crossword puzzle book accompanied him to every meeting, where he listlessly penciled in words and studiously ignored his boss and colleagues.

Surprisingly, Hudson excelled in the team challenges early in the season. Although he was often characterized as controlling, he was praised for his work with others and attention to detail. In an interview early in the season, Hudson described his enthusiasm for his new profession, and zest for life following his departure from Dunder Mifflin.
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