Pretty much every teenager in America has read Catcher in the Rye, it’s a high school rite of passage thing. It’s my favorite book along with many other upper-middle-class white men I know. We seem to think alike. It’s the story of lost and wandering Holden Caulfield, an upper-middle-class (probably just plain upper, actually) white man who is battling with the trials of adulthood.
1. Hatin’ on the phonies
Coat by Billy Reid, henley by Dries van Noten, Jeans by Ralph Lauren, boots by Michael Bastian
2. Expelled from Pencey
Coat by Moschino, sweater by Michael Bastian, pants by Ralph Lauren, boots by N. Hoolywood
3. Catchin’ Phoebe
Coat by Burberry, sweater by Todd Snyder, pants by Trussardi, shoes by Louis Vuitton
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Holden Caulfield was the first post on Textbook, so I figured why not re-do it since it’s been a couple years. Anyways, we all had to readCatcher in the Ryein high school and we all know it’s a good book. Holden plays the part of spoiled New York City brat who bounces from school to school and calls people phonies. He has a sister named Phoebe and hates Stradlater. So imagine a rich kid bumming around New York and there you go.
1. Stradlater SUCKS
Coat and scarf by Billy Reid, sweater by N. Hoolywood, pants by Michael Bastian, shoes by Band of Outsiders
2. Hey Phoebs
Coat and sweater by Andrea Pompilio, jeans and shoes by Junya Watanabe, shirt by Band of Outsiders
3. Pencey Prep
Coat by Billy Reid, suit by Michael Bastian, boots by Rag & Bone
Nobody expects Steven Alan collections to be particularly forward thinking. Overall, I thought this was pretty amazing—very clean lies, lots of layering but not in an overwhelming way. There were lots of playful prints in the womenswear and some very interesting knitwear pieces for men. I dunno, this is the way I dress all the time. Very Holden Caulfield, very.
Also, that red velvet number is killer.
Good Monday morning to you all. Holden Caulfield was the very first post I ever did on Textbook. Somewhere down the line it got added into my tag line and now it’s kind of a thing. I haven’t styled him since the original post on 9/1/09 so here we go again. For those of you who don’t have a solid idea of who Mr. Caulfield is, I encourage you to read The Catcher in the Rye and get wise. But for our purposes, just imagine he is a bitter Upper East Side 16 year old aching to get out of his poor little rich boy life. What up #WHITEBOYPROBLEMS.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Don’t judge me if I post a bunch of pictures from my holiday later.
1. Pencey Prep
Jacket, shirt and tie by Band of Outsiders, pants and shoes by Billy Reid
2. Callin’ out Phonies
Coat by Robert Geller, sweater by Dries Van Noten, jeans by Gilded Age, vintage bag/shoes
3. Chillin with Phoebs
Jacket by Michael Bastian, sweater by Paul Smith, pants by Alexis Mabille (random, I know), double monks by Robert Geller (or from his show anyway)
All images from GQ