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Originally published in GQ magazine.
Orlando Bloom, star of The Fellowship of the Rings (the first in the Lord of the Rings series), was a little wary of wearing velvet, as most men might be. Men are inclined to lump velvet in with lame and rhine-stones as a fixture of gratuitous flamboyance: a little too libertine, a little too Liberace. Take a cue from Bloom, though, and reconsider; open your mind to a tradition of flair, Grandeur, even. Not only is velvet a throwback to the mod ur-love of Carnaby Street shag-ins but it also speaks of a still earlier time, one of kings and rings and flagons and dragons and rescuing damsels in distress with a little derring-do.
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