Handicapping The GQ 50/50
If you want to defend your precarious position as the né plus ultra of men’s fashion rags, you should put a little more effort into features like “The 50 Most Stylish Men of the Past 50 Years.” Specifically, how in god’s name could you leave out Tom Wolfe? Not to mention Andy Warhol, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, and a host of others: Jean Cocteau, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Short, Robert Evans, Lou Reed, Malcolm McClaren, Serge Gainsbourg, Jim Morrison, Gay Talese, Wynton Marsalis, Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Peter Beard, Hunter S. Thompson, Prince Charles, and yes, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, to name a few.
Just not stylish enough, apparently—or, according to you, a lot less stylish than the likes of Bjorn Borg, Kurt Cobain, Woody Allen, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan and Pete Doherty, all of whom have the dubious distinction of making your list. Of course, we’re cutting you a break on some who were past their prime, though still stylish as hell in later life—Fred Astaire, the Duke of Windsor, Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton—because of the “Past 50 Years” thing. But don’t do it again. Like, ever.
p.s. Tom says he’s going to kick Jim Nelson’s “skinny white ass.”
- — Jared Paul Stern