by Gillian McCain
My obsession with the haberdashery of the Rolling Stones continues. Charlie Watts may not be a household name, but wardrobe-wise, he gives Mick and Keith a run for their money.

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Normcore, normcore, normcore. I’m sick of the term, too, but how else to describe? Cute as a button could be one way.

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Understudy for Michael Caine in Get Carter? Alfie? Or some other British production that Hollywood hasn’t massacred yet?  Hmm… didn’t Michael Caine go out with Bianca Jagger pre-Mick? Interesting…

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Looks like he is walking into court for a minor infraction that is actually a major infraction, but that Oldham bloke pulled a few strings.

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Put a bolo tie on him and he could be standing between Robbie Robertson and Rick Danko. Yes, I know the timing is wrong, I’m just trying to make a point here.

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When you are young and in love, anything looks good. He could be wearing some sort of Indian Head-dress Thing and still look cool.

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Charlie wearing Some Sort of Indian Head-dress thing

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Charlie acting as Mick and Bianca’s fixer. A fixer that sells used cars on the side. And plays drums in a cover band in Soho on the weekends.

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Here’s the thing with Charlie. He knows how to be a team player. If he was wearing an outfit as “fashionable” as Keith’s, they both would look… over the top? Trying too hard? A tad clownish perhaps? But here, he is ostensibly Keith’s sartorial straight man.

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Charlie pushes product [shamelesslyand introduces the work of Robert Frank to rock idiots everywhere.

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Charlie has got it all over Mick here. Understated. You mean, this old thing? AND a great haircut.

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Was the lapel doodad a gift from Jimmy Page? A show-stopping “piece” shellacked in toad semen? Only Jimmy knows for sure. Charlie just has a strong hunch.

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Classic chic. But only if it was sunny out.

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Brilliant. Its like the rest of the Stones toned it down for Charlies sake. If Mick had been wearing some sort of football romper Charlie would have looked like he’d been photoshopped in.

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Huntsman? Whichever tailor  he uses, this has Saville  Row written all over it. In a good way.

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Interesting. Is that a down vest under his blazer? Or some sort of Patagonia lunar insulated thing? The blast of color is genius. Fur collars are so under-rated. Instant elegance. Would have looked much more chic with a pair of boots. A pair of Clarks black suede desert boots could be an interesting touch. Do Clark even make black suede desert boots? No? Well get Mr. Clark on the goddamn phone! This is Charlie Watts calling! And ditch the ho-hum colonialist duffel bag! Charlie, can’t you spring for a T. Anthony for god sakes? Elton does!

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I would have preferred navy, but that’s just me

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Since there is little chance i will ever do Charlie Watts: A Life in Hair let me just say this: That’s one dang good haircut above!

http://pleasekillme.comAlso by Gillian McCain:
MICK JAGGER: A LIFE IN CLOTHES
KEITH RICHARDS: A LIFE IN CLOTHES