A Face or just a ticket?

Are there any Faces in this day and age?

We all know or knew a bloke who we thought was a Face. Perhaps you consider yourself one? In the 60's it was the bloke people aspired to be like, ahead of the fashion, the popular one who could pull the birds and handle himself. Billy Watts so to speak.  In the late 70's it was the one with the most gear, who could pull the birds and handle himself. Nowadays the clothes we wear on the whole are staples in all our wardrobes so no one is copying anyone. Haircuts are moot points on a lot of us or horrendous takes on the current day Weller cut. Most of us are old enough to not be overly impressed by being hard or a snappy dresser. I think there are cool guys and girls but Faces are a thing of the past.

We probably all looked up to weller at some point so he had some of the characteristics of a Face. However some pictures of him you could argue he's no longer even a Mod let alone a Face. I'm not criticizing, when you see what happened to 60's faces like Plonk, Marriott, Feld, Stewart et al, a mere few years after they stopped calling themselves Mods. I do not consider Miles kane a Mod, neither is Bradley Wiggins and Eddie piller, the jury is out on him.

Anything to add? Am I talking bollocks?

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  • Don't be too hard on yourself Mike, anything that provokes a bit of thought and discussion is welcome IMO as the only thing keeping this site going otherwise is endless pictures of CD or vinyl covers!
    You kinda answered your own question in the end. Weller looks a mess but I'll stick up for a few of the oldies who cycled through the horrendous fashions of the intervening decades and have come out the other side looking ... well maybe not faces but at least reliably well turned out and on occasion with something to admire about their kit. I include the late Bowie in his later years, Ferry has become a connosseur of Anderson and Shepherd, and I've always had a soft spot for poor ol' Rod who never seems able to shake off his regrettable cheetah-skin-and-spandex era but often sports some decent threads these days. I'm not interested in Charlie Watts' attempt to reinvent himself but some people like his style. I don't know who Miles Kane is. Eddie Piller is morphing into Tommy Lee Jones and most pics of him I see he's in polo and jeans. We recently discussed Martin Freeman about whom I'm yet to be convinced. Maybe for all the claims that Mod style never went away and recycled into mainstream culture over and over, there are precious few examples of people who 'nail it' time after time. 

    • Thanks Rod, wise words once again.

       

  • God, I put this drivel up after a few pops months back and forgot about it. It's one of those posts that you read back and think WTF. I spent all of my young adult life in the Paras, with a suedehead crop, Fred Perry, Levis and desert boots what do I know about being a face. Please accept my apologies for having to read it. I must say though,  Dave has a point and Harry will always be someone to emulate.

  • Weller's still a mod just evolved and not stuck in the past.  I think it's pretty 'un-mod' to try and be like anyone else.

  • Harry Palmer aka Motown is definitely the Face among the Mod Generation lot.

    • A Gentleman and friend, I really appreciate you Kai.

    • Pleasure,  Harry! ;-)

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