The Psychology behind why we forget.

One of the most common things we experience in our daily lives is forgetting things, from forgetting our keys to not remembering to return a phone call. Forgetting is so common, many of us use reminders such as daily planners, digital notification to post it notes. But why does this happen, why do we forget?

Hermann Ebbinghaus

Well forgetting is not really loss of the information, but rather the failure to retrieve the info from our long term memory. Hermann Ebbinghaus who was the founder of the experimental psychology of memory. He’s three most well know theoretical discoveries are, the “Learning Curve”, “Forgetting Curve” and the “Spacing Curve”.

The Forgetting curve: The theory behind the forgetting curve is that memories or information decay overtime.

The Spacing Curve: Presents the theory that information that is learned and encoded over spaced intervals can be learned faster, and retained longer.

The Learning Curve: Is the theory that the rate of learning new information by repetition represented as a graph of the progress you learn and encoded that new data your in long term memory.

Two Types of Memory: We all have two types of memory, Short term memory which is regulated by the hippocampus is the means by which we store memory in a limited fashion. Long Term memory which is encoded for long term storage is passed from the hippocampus to the other brain structures where it is stored for retrieval much later.

Memory can also be effected by a process known as “Interference” in which other memories block the ability to recall a certain specific memory. Such a thing can also be self imposed, as in memory suppression of unpleasant traumatic experiences.  Displacement: Displacement is quite literally a form of forgetting when new memories replace old ones.

Now what was the point that I was trying to make???


Brown, J. Some Tests of the Decay Theory of ImmediateMemory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 1958;10: 12-21.

Boneau, C. A. (1998). Hermann Ebbinghaus: On the road to progress or down the garden path? In G. A. Kimble, & M. Wertheimer, (Eds.), Portraits of pioneers in psychology (volume 3), pp. 51-64. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Elegant Festive Handsome Holiday Party Jackets.

It’s that special time of the year again, and that means holiday cocktail parties, and get-togethers. The sophisticated gentleman when he makes his entrance must exude flair and a festive style, whether he arrives alone or with an elegant lady on his arm. The centerpiece of the man’s outfit is the festive holiday jacket!

Wool Tweed jacket with Turtleneck

Flashy Colors of the Season Plaid suit
Drop Dead Red 

Holiday Red with Black lapel
Harvest Hue Tones
Royal Blue with Earl Grey
Elegantly Semi-Casual
Formal Swag

By building your holiday party outfit around the right jacket, you will find that the combinations are manifold. Take your time and play with different shirts, ties and slacks as well as with “simple” accessories to create a smashing look for your festive functions to be the talk of the town!

Happy Holiday Party.

The New Rules for Men’s Hat Etiquette: Or…..”Who….Told You That”???



While sitting in a nice restaurant (one of my favorites) awaiting for a group of friend’s to arrive , and this woman asked me, “are you going to take off you’re hat”? Why do ask? I replied after taking a sip of my glass of Chardonnay. “Well men should take off their hats while indoors, or in a restaurant.” I turned to look at her and said, “Who Told You That”

The women paused for a moment confused (as if collecting her thoughts) and proceeded to give an inaccurate, as well as incomplete account of why men should observe such a ritual without knowing the history of how that practice came about. Myself knowing not only the history and origin of such, (I Am the Elegant Classy Gentleman after all) I took the opportunity and liberty to correct and educate her on the subject, as a gentleman should.

“It all started back in Medieval Times” I began (and the gentleman’s code as well). Knights would remove their helmets before the King, or Queen to show respect and humility, also before other Knights (or lift their visor) as a sign of being non-hostile. Since “the old days” men removed their hats in Christian churches, when crossed the threshold entering someones home, to display chivalry in the presence of a “lady”. The practice of men removing one’s headdress was born and evolved over time as it was a mainstay for men’s dress up until the 1960’s to suit the times.

In modern times (The 21st Century to be exact) men’s fashion has taken on a more “casual culture” to wearing hats. The elegant gentleman who wear a headdress for fashion (like myself) noticed that women were exempt from this outdated taboo of wearing hats indoors (or wherever they pleased).

Why you ask? Well their were no women Knights (with the exception of Joan or Arc). In the 21st Century there are no more “Knights”, Chivalry is dead or at least on the brink of extinction (due to females not being ladies, and not respecting the good manners of a gentleman. Yes Chivalry is being wiped out by females.) And from women’s lib since the 1960’s to the current “Me Too Movement” (Which I’m all for), Men and women should be treated as equals. And that includes etiquette and manners as well.

While taking off one’s hat (or “tip” it to show respect to someone you admire, or a deed that they preformed) is still a fair practice (I still do that) It’s time to “update the custom” to reflect the times. I concluded.

The woman was now at a loss for words as I urged her to glance around the dining room and bar area of the restaurant, which reveled several men wearing hats (baseball caps/one was wearing a paper-boy cap) sitting with their dates or group of friends with no worries or a care with those outdated customs.

The woman than nodded her head in agreement with my “accurate” history and rational. Now I asked her “Why out of all the men in the restaurant you felt that you had to say something to me?” You look so…..good and dashing in your suit and bowler. I had no other way to strike up a conversation with you……… “Who Told You That”? I replied!

Till next time……..Hats off to you!

Harlem Fashion Week: Fashion for Everyone.

This falls Harlem fashion week 2018 held at the Museum of the City of New York, was full of uptown fashion, great styles, and beautiful Full Figured Models showing off designer Diva Bigg, (@divabigg on instagram) fashion collection which overshadowed the others and stole the show, proving that Style and Fashion is for everyone regardless of age, sex, body size, skin color, or ANYTHING!

(Large and in Charge on the runway)

(These models and styles are a big deal)

(Full Figured High Fashion)


(Diva Bigg with one of her beautiful models)


(Photos by Jessica Phillip) 42677592_10217399067266141_5908588227094118400_n

(Jean German & Mike Strange patronizing the vendors)



Editor in Chief: Mike Strange

Logistical Executive: Jean Germain

Business/Market Executive: Jessica Phillip

Museum of the City of New York

Harlem Fashion Week Staff








New York Fashion Week: Style Fashion Show Day 3.

On day three of NY Style Fashion Week, the Elegant Classy Gentleman team while catching the last of Style NY’s fashion designers, we also managed to have a little fun ourselves, and realized we are our own fashion show wherever we find ourselves at.


Here are some of the highlight’s of the Elegant Classy Gentleman’s team at New York Style Fashion Week.


(Mike Strange: Editor in Chief)




(Raya IOffe: Special Assistant/Staff coordinator)



(Jessica Phillip: Business/Marketing Executive)


(Jean Germain: Logistical Executive)



Special thanks to all of the Elegant Classy Gentleman team for keeping it classy and stylish on and off the runway at New York Style Fashion Week.




Photos: Jessica Phillip, Jean Germain, Natasha Swartz.


New York Fashion Week: Style Fashion Show Day 2.

On day 2 of Style New York Fashion Week the ECG team was hands on with the performers, vendors, designers and models for day two of fashion week at Style NY.


New York Fashion Week: Style Fashion Show Day 1.


New York Fashion Week 2018 was very exciting this year (as it is every year), and the Elegant Classy Gentleman team was on the move again at the Style NY Fashion Show for their three day showcase of the hottest fashion designers, with their Spring/Summer collections at the Manhattan Center. Here are the highlight of Style NY day 1.

Opening performances by: LaRose, Natalya and Naima.



Manifesto of Futurism by F.T. Marinetti 20th February 1909.

The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism:

  1. We intend to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness.
  2. Courage, audacity, and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry.
  3. Up to now literature has exalted a pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We intend to exalt aggresive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer’s stride, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap.
  4. We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car whose hood is adorned with great pipes, like serpents of explosive breath—a roaring car that seems to ride on grapeshot is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.
  5. We want to hymn the man at the wheel, who hurls the lance of his spirit across the Earth, along the circle of its orbit.
  6. The poet must spend himself with ardor, splendor, and generosity, to swell the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
  7. Except in struggle, there is no more beauty. No work without an aggressive character can be a masterpiece. Poetry must be conceived as a violent attack on unknown forces, to reduce and prostrate them before man.
  8. We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!… Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We already live in the absolute, because we have created eternal, omnipresent speed.
  9. We will glorify war—the world’s only hygiene—militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman.
  10. We will destroy the museums, libraries, academies of every kind, will fight moralism, feminism, every opportunistic or utilitarian cowardice.
  11. We will sing of great crowds excited by work, by pleasure, and by riot; we will sing of the multicolored, polyphonic tides of revolution in the modern capitals; we will sing of the vibrant nightly fervor of arsenals and shipyards blazing with violent electric moons; greedy railway stations that devour smoke-plumed serpents; factories hung on clouds by the crooked lines of their smoke; bridges that stride the rivers like giant gymnasts, flashing in the sun with a glitter of knives; adventurous steamers that sniff the horizon; deep-chested locomotives whose wheels paw the tracks like the hooves of enormous steel horses bridled by tubing; and the sleek flight of planes whose propellers chatter in the wind like banners and seem to cheer like an enthusiastic crowd.

Neo-Futurism Fashion: Is the Future Now? (Part 1.)



(Part 1: In the Beginning) 

Futurism which began in Italy around 1909, and was launched by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and his Futurist Manifesto which appeared in various Italian newspapers and early magazines. “This first and highly successful manifesto was followed by others, such as that of the Futurist Painters. In 1912 the movement’s followers were 120,000. Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero introduced the concept of Futurist Fashion. Futurism was poetry, painting, music, and life, so also with fashion. A fully theoretical speculation, at least at the beginning, when Balla presented his Manifesto of anti-neutral clothing in September 1914.”

Manifesto_of_Futurism Filippo

( Filippo Tommaso Marinetti )


(Giacomo Balla 1930)

“What evolved into a cultural movement that swept through other art forms, including fashion design. The Futurists called for a break with the past, and a celebration of everything new, urban and industrial. For fashion, Futurism meant fabrics, designs, colors and cuts that reflected audacity, movement and speed. Futurism faded with the onset of World War II, but the movement’s emphasis on revolt, risk and modernity continues to inspire fashion today.”


(Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto.)

“Futurism redefined the purpose of fashion. The movement gloried action and aggression, and Balla called for simple and comfortable clothing designed to allow the skin to breathe, and the body to move with ease. In 1920, Futurist designer Ernesto Michahelles, known as Thayaht, introduced a roomy, utilitarian, unisex jumpsuit called the tuta, short for the Italian word tutta, which means all. The tuta caught the attention of the public, and was the one Futurist design to achieve commercial success. Still, Futurism’s new emphasis on clothing designed to accommodate an active lifestyle was a genuine innovation and the start of what would eventually become modern sportswear.”


(Photo by Ugo Mulas 1966. Dress Mila Schon
Vogue Italia, July/August 1966)

“So as the idea of the future evolved, so did Futurism’s role in fashion. In the early 1960s during a fashion era that Vogue editor Diane Vreeland defined as “Youthquake,” miniskirts, vinyl dresses and neon colors signaled the same revolt against the past advocated by the Futurists.

A youth-dominated culture generated styles that stressed originality and equality. At the same time, Pierre Cardin and Andre Courreges introduced space-age collections that reflected the era’s interest and enthusiasm for space exploration. The new look was built on sleek, minimalist clothing constructed with geometric shapes. Designers introduced synthetic fabrics, plastics and metals into clothing that relied on colors such as metallics, day-glo and white for a futurist effect.”