Today we celebrate the 89th birthday of one of the greatest bluesmen to ever pick up a guitar. Not to mention, one snappy dresser.
The term “legend” gets thrown around a lot these days, but Joan Rivers is, without a doubt, a legend. She will be missed.
In light of today’s monumental news that Bob Dylan’s complete Basement Tapes will be released in November, we thought we’d take a moment to honor the men who made it all happen: The Band.
Their sartorial style was as singular and thought-provoking as their music—not to mention, pretty damn cool when it comes right down to it.
Yesterday the world lost a lion of cinema, Richard Attenborough.
He was an actor, a director, a naturalist, a philanthropist and a bona fide Right Honorable Lord. He headlined alongside Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, played Santa in Miracle on 34th Street, was an eccentric billionaire in Jurassic Park, directed Ben Kingsley in the Oscar-sweeping epic Gandhi, narrated nature documentaries, served as director of soccer club Chelsea F.C.—and the list of triumphs goes on and on…
Today, Dr. John is releasing an album entitled Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch in tribute to a fellow New Orleans music legend, Louis Armstrong.
And it reminded us of his singular bayou-funk-meets-haute-voodoo fashion sense, from feather headdresses to flamboyant suiting—it’s exactly what fashion writers mean when they talk about “cultivating a personal style.” (What it also means: it probably won’t work for you, or anyone else not named Dr. John.)
Sad news this weekend, as we lost one of the last from the old Hollywood guard, James Garner. He raced cars with McQueen, palled around with Brando and displayed the Platonic ideal of a sport jacket with an open-collared shirt as Jim Rockford. He will be missed.
This is Bruce Chatwin.
And he was named as the inspiration for Burberry Prorsum’s S/S 2015 collection that just stepped off the runway in London.
It’s not often a label name-drops a style icon so obscure that we’re left scratching our heads. So we did some digging, and as it turns out, he really was one stylish dude—in addition to being a lifelong traveler and novelist. In other words, good inspiration for anyone looking for adventure.
“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.”
Today, with the death of Pete Seeger, we mourn a man who truly took that to heart. The celebrated singer, songwriter, and longtime activist was 94.
On that fateful Friday in Dallas, 50 years ago to the day, we lost a president and a bona fide style icon. So in memoriam of the most stylish commander in chief this country has ever known, we present:
Cue voiceover: “The Most Interesting Man in the World thought he was the most interesting man in the world…”
We speak, of course, of a swashbuckling thespian by the name of Fernando Lamas.
It’s true. In fact, the actor in those commercials, Jonathan Goldsmith, was an old sailing pal of Lamas—when Lamas passed in 1982, Jon was entrusted to scatter the ashes at sea. So when the role came up, the first (and only) voice that came to mind was the steady, Spanish-tinged timbre of Lamas. As you can imagine, the Argentine-born actor/director was the archetypal jetset playboy on screen and off—and the man knew his way around a tuxedo. So without further ado:
People tend to forget that well into the ’50s and ’60s, before rock and roll really took hold, jazz musicians were still the epitome of subculture cool—and they’d gotten even cooler since the raucous ’20s of ragtime in speakeasies.
So when Charlie Parker hit the West Coast for a string of gigs in 1951 and chose an up-and-comer by the name of Chet Baker to play with him, a new subculture star was born. He may never get the biopic treatment like Ray or Cash, but his story runs about the same—just swap in a trumpet and Baker’s magnificent head of hair.
Chet spent his formative years in the Army and was still sporting the preppy civilian style he’d picked up on base during his rise to stardom. And you can see documents of the style continue in his wardrobe as his life visibly unraveled—succumbing to the same vices that plagued most of the greats at the time (which, sadly, he would never fully get over). He was a jazz legend, a stylish dude and an all-around badass…
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