The Society of Cool!
We all seem to consider the white sock wearing thing to be be associated with the 80's mods but didn't the sixties mods draw inspiration from the Ivy league look with the white socks and Penny loafers. One of the big inspirations to the sixties mods was Paul Newman who I have seen photographed in Ivy League suits etc.... What does the mod generation think?
As I said on the other thread for us kids in our mid-40´s it was young Weller and the bands of ´79, though I don´t see why in turn THEY came up with it. Certainly not by copying 60´s mod bands. Maybe someone on here can come up with a picture of any member of the Who, Small Faces, Action, Artwoods or whoever wearing white socks (pictures of them playing tennis excluded). We were a whole generation of mods claiming love to detail, while wearing white socks! Mod in heaven, forgive us our sins, hahaha!!!
I´ll go and check Richard Barnes.
Here's what my good friend Matt Mccullock has to say
That would give you a sore head reading that Andy, with no full stops and no small case letters. Anyway, I have to admit that I am not sure where the white socks influence came from. I don't recall seeing many (if any) photo's of 60s Mods wearing white socks.
Richard Barnes, page 48!
Personally I don´t like the american/ ivy league influenced side of mod. For me it´s french and italian style refined in the UK. That does not say Belmondo didn´t wear white socks in 1960, lol!
Well done, Andrew!
No white socks, though!
Is that right Reggie, my south London mod friends suggested all the mods wanted to be either Paul Newman or Steve Mcqueen :)