The Show/Presentation Divide

MILAN — Does the men’s wear industry need fashion shows?
After trying out the catwalk, several men’s wear brands — from Brioni to Canali — have returned to the presentation format this fashion season just as Pitti Uomo continues to shine, drawing international buyers and press to the exhibition. To be sure, the Florence-based trade show has been growing by inviting young or cutting-edge designers from around the world for runway shows and presentations. But much of its authority and relevance rests on the array of men’s wear brands showing their collections at their stands.
At the same time, Milan’s Men’s Fashion Week is going through a transition phase, as several brands have opted for coed shows and moved to women’s fashion week, from Gucci and Bottega Veneta to Missoni and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Whatever the case, it appears that there is no longer one clear-cut strategy to unveiling a collection and that anything goes. Actually, experimentation is key.
“I think that breaking the patterns is good and nobody knows what will happen next,” said Kean Etro, creative director of men’s wear at the family-owned company. “Entrepreneurs should take risks, and if you do the same old, it’s boring.”
Etro last season opted for a coed runway format, although

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Dusty Rhodes Bridged the Racial Divide

My family moved to Georgia from Vermont when I was seven, in late 1971. It was quite a culture shock as both my parents were ultra-liberal poodle kissing bed wetters.

Then, in early 1972, after several months without a TV, we got a nineteen inch black and white Curtis Mathes.

It was then that my brother and I discovered two things; Johnny Carson and Georgia Championship Wrestling, hosted by the “Dean” of wrestling announcers, the late great Gordon Solie.

Like all good pro wrestling shows, there were bad guys and good guys. The bad guys had names like Abdullah “The Butcher” and Ox Baker. The good guys had names like Tony Atlas and Dusty Rhodes “The American Dream.”

At that time probably the biggest name in wrestling was Andre “The Giant,” the massive Frenchman who stood over seven feet tall and weighed over four hundred pounds. But in the Deep South there was nobody more loved in the squared circle than Dusty Rhodes.

Rhodes, a great blond bear of a man, was even more entertaining as he bantered with Gordon Solie, than he was in the ring. In his banter, Rhodes was a beacon of positivity and all things good. As his nickname, “The American Dream” implied. And the small but rabidly enthusiastic studio audience gobbled Rhodes up.

It was obvious that Rhodes’ act borrowed heavily from then hugely popular boxer and global icon Muhammad Ali. Like Ali, Rhodes frequently referenced his own good looks and sexual prowess. “I can make luv like James Bond!” Rhodes would croon into the microphone. Heady stuff for an eight year old.

Rhodes even had his own version of the “Ali shuffle,” which he called the “Rhodes shuffle.” Duh.
To further thicken the stew, I once saw Ali being interviewed by Howard Cosell, and he told Cosell that he had developed his own bombastic style of self promotion, after watching a performance by the legendary wrestler of the 1940s and 50s, “Gorgeous George.”

Ali said, at nineteen he met “Gorgeous George” and George told him people pay to see someone try to “shut me up.” He told Ali to “Keep talking, keep sassing” and “always be outrageous.” Mission accomplished.

So, for those keeping score, Dusty Rhodes was a white country boy from Texas, imitating a black man from Kentucky, Ali, imitating a white man from Nebraska, “Gorgeous George.”

If “Gorgeous George” was imitating someone, Wikipedia failed to mention it.

During the 1990s, years after Georgia Championship Wrestling had gone off the air and after Rhodes had retired, I had the honor of meeting Dusty Rhodes in person. I had just walked into the house of Atlanta comedian James Gregory, for his annual Christmas party, and, in the kitchen, wearing a baseball cap, was Dusty Rhodes. My knees almost buckled. I walked up and started blabbering about Georgia Championship Wrestling and Gordon Solie and who knows what I said.
Mr. Rhodes could not have been nicer. I wish I could remember what he said, but I was so nervous I didn’t know what was going on.

I do recall that I asked about the series of vertical scars on his forehead and he explained that early in his career, he would sometimes have a pin taped to his index finger and he would intentionally scratch his own forehead, during matches, to make the blood flow. That tells you all you need to know about how tough Dusty Rhodes really was.

Dusty Rhodes the man may be gone, but “The American Dream” will never die.

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The Way Couples Divide Household Chores Can Make Or Break A Marriage

Taking out the trash, washing the dishes, or doing laundry may not seem like make-it-or-break it moments for marriages — but according to a new study, how household chores are divided greatly affects relationship satisfaction.

In the study, recently published in Sex Roles, researchers examined 220 newlywed couples who had married within the last 24 months.

Participants were given an online questionnaire that measured two things: cognitive egalitarianism (meaning how couples perceive male and female household responsibilities) and behavioral egalitarianism (how couples actually divide household responsibilities). The participants were asked not to discuss the answers with their spouses.

After examining the results, researchers found that an uneven division of household chores negatively affected wives’ marital satisfaction, especially when wives felt the roles should be more equal. The same was not true for husbands.

“These results were interesting because usually marital satisfaction is studied in only one spouse. Here we were able to see what happens when there’s a discrepancy in spouses’ attitudes on this issue,” Brian G. Ogolsky, a lead author of the study, said in a press release. “If a woman believes that household chores should be divided equally, what happens if they adopt a traditional approach to the matter? The most satisfied couples have similar expectations and follow through on them.”

“For husbands, sharing household tasks isn’t as directly related to their satisfaction. Either they don’t perceive that there is a discrepancy or they have bought into the idea that the [housework] belongs to women,” he said.

The takeaway? Ogolsky notes that since expectations play such a large role in marital happiness, couples should discuss these matters early on. “Newlyweds need to thoughtfully plan how they can make their expectations about sharing chores work out in real life, especially if the new spouses strongly value gender equality in household labor. This issue will only matter more after children start arriving,” he advised.

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