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Kempt Man of the Hour: Colin Firth

  • Najib Benouar

We meet again, Mr. Firth...

We haven’t seen much of Colin Firth since his meteoric King’s Speech-era run, when he left red carpets and Oscar acceptance podiums in his Tom Ford-fueled wake. And then he showed up this week at the premiere of his new film, Gambit, looking like he hadn’t missed a beat. We’ll assume this three-piece was another Tom Ford joint, which Firth lends his quintessential British unassuming-dandy-ness to perfectly. The whole thing is harder to pull off than he makes it look—especially the peak lapels—but he does it by keeping it simple in the tie and shirt department. And having some American-born arm candy doesn’t hurt either.

Bravo, sir.

The Style of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Easily one of the most stylish movies of 2011, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been in our sights for a while. It’s got nearly all of our favorite things—British tweeds, outlandish glasses, a few well-placed Steve McQueen references, just for starters. So we sat down with costume designer Jacqueline Durran to find out where she dug it all up. If you’ve ever wanted to dress like a 1970s intelligence man, start here.

Orange desert boots and Steve McQueen jackets, explained»

The Real Winners of the Golden Globes

Golden Globes 2012 (Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth)

There was a lot of good style on display at the Golden Globes, but we couldn’t let the day go by without pointing out a few of our favorites. Our winner of the night was Jake Gyllenhaal, who snagged the best tuxedo of the night with his double-breasted Ferragamo number. He’s not the most broad-shouldered guy in the world, but thanks to the DB, he suddenly looked like Sam Worthington.

Otherwise, Tom Ford continued to do wonders for Colin Firth (and vice versa), and Bill Nighy worked a pair of beautiful, owl-like frames into his black-tie repertoire. The only dark spot: the usually affable Thomas Jane, who set back the cause of hats by at least 10 years.

Marina Bukvic is Angry at Her Hair

If Only They’d Played Angry Birds: Cars aside, this table/tablet is the coolest thing at CES. [Crunchgear]

I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff: Josh Ozersky contemplates pigs' tails. We’re hungry already. [Esquire]

The Examined Life: Fast Co. estimates Google’s Priority Inbox will save 13% of your time…time which you will then spend reading about sports. [Fast Company]

Stop the Presses: Breaking: Colin Firth can wear the hell out of a three-piece suit. Tom Ford must have rubbed off on him. [The Moment]

But What I Really Want to Do is Direct


Now that Tom Ford can do whatever he wants, he’s decided to direct a movie. He’s roped in Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and the sainted production designers from *Mad Men*, so he’s off to a good start, but we’re still a little unsure about Ford’s new incarnation as movie mogul.

The movie is adapted from *A Single Man*, a day-in-the-life novel about a bereaved gay college professor in California in 1962. The novel is a gay touchstone—Elton John named an album after it, to give you some idea—so Ford’s interest isn’t completely out of left field, but it still seems like an odd choice. Ford’s ads and even clothes seem designed to project a guy’s-night-in-Vegas aesthetic. How well will he transition to measured musing about the passage of time? Is this just getting back at Thom Browne for snagging the *Mad Men* wardrobe? We'll have to wait and see.

At least those goggles are going to a good cause.