Tumblr. It’s a vast and mythical landscape of handsome #menswear, impossibly cool gentlemen and achingly beautiful photography flying by at warp speed. Which makes it hard to keep up with it all. That’s where we come in...
One particular surprise: just like Band of Outsiders and (gulp) Ed Hardy, their path to the top ran through Hollywood. They converted Fred Astaire and a few of his friends, and have never wanted for business since.
So to show you that British drape up close—we’ve put together a few of our favorite pics from Anderson & Sheppard’s first generation of fans, including Gary Cooper, Rudolph Valentino and Laurence Olivier.
One of the startling things about Old Hollywood photographs is how comfortable all the stars are with elegance. Gary Cooper made his living playing tough guys, but when he put on a suit, he didn’t forget details like the pocket square, and he didn’t fall into knee-jerk simplicity. He wasn’t afraid to dress up.
A precious glimpse at one of the world's most incredible photo collections from the golden age of Hollywood is to be found in Robert Dance's opulent new book, *Glamour of the Gods*. The pix are all from the archives of John Kobal, who was one of the first to collect studio portraits of stars like Greta Garbo, Marlon Brando, Marlene Dietrich, Humphrey Bogart, Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth, realizing they'd one day be equally important, if not more so, than the movies they made.
Above is Clarence Sinclair Bull's incredibly elegant study of Gary Cooper, done for MGM in 1934, one of our favorite photos of all time. Further evidence, as if we required any, that they don't make movie stars—or even photographs—like they used to.