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Our friends at UrbanDaddy put us onto this late 60s picture of Miles Davis—currently on sale in limited edition at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery—and it made us reconsider the man as an unlikely style icon.

For one, those sunglasses were custom-made, and should look familiar to anyone who’s walked around Los Angeles in the last few summers. (Then again, you probably mostly saw them on women.) Even if the afro-futurist look hasn’t caught on outside of a few Atlanta natives, Davis’ ideas about style deserve a lot more attention than they get.

After a buttoned-down phase in the early years, Davis’ clothes moved farther and farther out—just like his music. He once said, “For me, music and life are all about style.” It’s a common enough sentiment, but before Davis, no one ever took it to such an avant-garde place.

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On the Hollywood front, Don Cheadle has had a Miles Davis biopic in the works for years now, which should give him a *Ray*-like boost (if it ever gets made), but we doubt it will get the core of Davis’ nervous energy.

Then again, there’s nothing more stylish than an enigma.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom