Sixties star Steve McQueen’s rugged sportiness, authenticity and innate good taste are such that the likes of Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors have built whole collections around his stylistic legacy (yes, he’s the reason you’re wearing that shawl-collared sweater).
They and other fashion folk routinely pore over photos of the “King of Cool” for inspiration. And while a superb new book of pix—*McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon*—focuses
mainly on his automotive pursuits, they were such a major part of the actor’s panache this one’s no doubt destined for designers’ libraries as well.
Many photos of McQueen (pictured here in 1968′s *The Thomas Crown Affair*) such as the classic snaps taken by his friend William Claxton are well-known; however, *McQueen’s Machines* author Matt Stone has dug up some stuff we’ve never seen before featuring the actor’s rare Jaguar XKSS, Ferarri Berlinetta Lusso, a passel of Porsches, one-off Lotuses and Lolas, Triumph motorcycles by the score, and more. Burn rubber to Barnes & Noble is our advice.
- — Jared Paul Stern