Years back, some people called me "metrosexual," a lame descriptor that meant, "I can dress myself." I felt like saying, "Sorry, I'm wearing new Kenneth Cole pants instead of those scrubs you've got on that you bought four sizes ago and that are stained with nacho cheese."
So I got on the phone with actor David Arquette to talk about the happy demise of the term "metrosexual." He's in town today through Thursday, showing his Propr clothing line at the MAGIC convention (clothes and accessories).
"That was an unfortunate label a lot of us proper gentlemen got pinned with," Arquette, 38, says and chuckles. "So I feel for you."
I'd like to point out Arquette snared wife Courteney Cox-Arquette while dressed as a supposed "metrosexual."
"I always point to the bird species," he says. "A peacock -- the colorful one -- is actually the male, the one with the big plumes. The males have to be more colorful and attractive to female birds."
Courteney never gives him grief about his style or about working in fashion.
"She's amazingly supportive. She's always known I had an obsession with clothing and collecting. I like expressing myself through costumes and whatnot."
NO FAST-TRACKED BABY PLANS
Arquette told TV host Bonnie Hunt that he and Courteney would like another baby.
"I like practicing as much as possible! But it's hard," Arquette said. "I'm exhausted!
"I love kids, and it would be great to expand our family," he tells me, saying he's not sure whether they'll adopt but it's an option. "But we're just really busy right now, and it's kind of difficult to focus on stuff like that at the moment."
Her show, "Cougar Town," has been renewed. And the couple will film "Scream 4" with Neve Campbell. They're waiting to see whether Wes Craven will return to direct.
BIG INFLUENCES: ELVIS, LIBERACE
Arquette is showing the Propr line at the ENK show at the Bellagio, along with partners Ben Harper (the musician) and David Bedwell (former creative director at Original Penguin).
Arquette says his two biggest influences are Vegas legends Liberace and Elvis -- not for the Propr line, but personally. Then again, someday he wouldn't mind creating a black-label clothing line of subtle, rhinestone-touched clothes.
"I may throw a cape in there somewhere," he says and chuckles. "And some bell-bottoms or a jumpsuit. I'm not beyond designing a jumpsuit."
Propr's made-in-America clothes have nothing to do with Liberace or Elvis. It's "affordable" and "wearable" organic fabric, enzyme-washed soft, with bold prints inspired by the 1960s mod-art revolution.
There's a women's line. But I asked about the men's line, which includes a short peacoat, a reversible twill bomber jacket, traditional denim jeans, T-shirts, black corduroy blazer, a traditional Oxford with a stylized pocket and a classic work shirt.
I told him I don't like shirt pockets. Who the hell puts things in shirt pockets anymore?
"It's just a little flair, something that sets you apart from other people," he says. "A lot of people do like carrying stuff in those pockets, believe it or not."
OK, look, men of the world. Stop with the shirt pockets unless you've got man boobs to camouflage.
TOMMY LEE'S HERE, TOO
Wednesday night, Tommy Lee private-parties at the new King Baby Studio at Wynn, then later he and DJ Aero mix dirty electro house music at Wynn's club Blush.
Doug Elfman's column appears Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.