Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
With the announcement of a hard release date of Christmas Day 2013 for Wolf of Wall Street, the powers that be have also unveiled an all-new theatrical trailer today. Apparently, the original mid-November date caught a minor snag when Scorsese turned in a reel pushing three hours—and the NC-17 envelope—but what remains looks just as exciting: a fever dream of pinstripes, fun shirts, dad jeans, power ties, money bikinis and just about everything else great about ’90s excess.
We must say, for all of the excitement over what most cinephiles are predicting to be 2013’s most stylish movie, we found ourselves gravely underwhelmed by the cast and crew’s showing on the red carpet for last night’s The Great Gatsby premiere in NYC.
GQ’s The Eye has graciously distilled the press photos down to all of the menswear, but the above triptych is all you need to see to understand the train wreck of a step and repeat—DiCaprio buttoning both suit buttons, Maguire mailing it in (or planning to pick up a few extra bucks as an usher once they got inside)—and that was just the tip of the uninspired iceberg. The only glimmer of hope was Jay-Z’s gray windowpane suit, but the dull matching tie made him look more like a well-dressed businessman than a business, man.
Somewhere, Redford’s Gatsby is rolling in his grave.
With all the hullabaloo around a bow-tied Leonardo DiCaprio, we thought it worth remembering that this is not the only pass made at turning TGG into a movie.
In fact, Robert Redford gave a master class in Jazz Age chic way back in 1974—the year young Leo was born.
We couldn’t help ourselves. With the Oscars only days away and awards season coming to a head, we felt honor-bound to weigh in on the subject of style, cinema and the intersection of the two.
So we collected our memories of the past year’s worth of handsomeness on film and tried to nail down exactly what made each film stylish—much like the actual Oscars, we’re breaking down the movie by individual garment performance, not just handing out awards willy-nilly.
We’ve said it before, but Hollywood’s been coming up handsome these days.
And even though we originally thought we’d get to see Baz Luhrmann’s neo-Gatsby this weekend, it’s been pushed back to next summer. So instead, we’ll have to settle for these recently released film posters—more evidence of all the literary good-looking-ness to come. We couldn’t be more excited. (A three-piece tweed suit can do that to us…) And don’t worry, you’ll still get your fill of rakish Leonardo DiCaprio this Christmas.
September is a big month in the print world of menswear. It sets the tone for the following season (and, effectively, the remainder of the year).
It also means the page counts are at their bulkiest—so many woolen things, so little time. And in our continued dedication to sussing it all out, we’ve thumbed through the 1,000-plus pages (we’ve thrown in the bonus round of Vanity Fair since they’ve weighed in on the year’s best-dressed men) just for you.
It’s damn near impossible to put Leonardo DiCaprio in a suit and make him look bad. But from the looks of this photo, snapped on the set of Scorsese’s upcoming financial industry takedown, The Wolf of Wall Street, Marty has managed it somehow. It’s hard to tell what’s worse: the button placement, that power tie or the unbridled excess of material—but it’s all another reminder of how good we’ve got it in the double-breasted department nowadays. Keep it tight, gentlemen.
The latest in our ongoing coverage of the return of cinematic stylishness, we bring you the Django Unchained trailer. As you might remember, it was the leaked screenshot of DiCaprio’s red ascot in this movie that tipped us off to the rising tide of on-screen dapperness. But now that the trailer has arrived, we’re predicting Jamie Foxx’s Django will be the sartorial star. He goes from a rough-and-tumble shearling coat to a ruggedly refined green (what looks to be moleskin) suit, and then shows up late in the trailer in a cravat’d blue velvet leisure suit that might have been lifted from the Spy Who Shagged Me wardrobe department. Mr. Tarantino, first you had our curiosity, now you have our attention.
The first stills from Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated Django Unchained have hit the interwebs, and this shot of Leonardo DiCaprio playing the villainous plantation owner is a study in devilish handsomeness. The gist of the movie is “Spaghetti Western set in the Deep South during slavery,” so we can safely assume that the customary black hat has been swapped out for a red ascot. Add to that the hammer-wielding, the velvet lapels and the silk waistcoat, and you’ve got one sinister-looking rake.
Though we would have rather seen the ring on his pinkie.
This advance pic comes from Scorcese’s Shutter Island, and provides a nice study in 40s style. The baggy trench, for instance, will make just about anyone look like a fed. And in our experience, the man in the bowtie is usually the bad guy. Spoiler alert?
Speaking of the Kennedy era, the Great American Novel of the period is getting the film treatment. The book is *Revolutionary Road* by Richard Yates, and the movie is coming down the pike with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the leads. Winslet’s husband Sam Mendes is behind the camera to ensure impeccable production design, which should help if you’re more interested in lightweight jackets than suburban ennui.
The book came out in 1961 offering a criticism of middle-class conformity before most people had even given it a name. It’s no coincidence the story is being dug up now—it’s a hot era at the moment, and this is one of its best relics—but we wonder how well it will translate. Like *Mad Men*, *Revolutionary Road* is more interested in burying the past than praising it, but it may pack a lot more raw desperation than we’re used to in our period pieces. At any rate, you’ll have to wait until December to find out.
When we last checked in with Blue Iris, the tint had just been named Pantone’s Color of the Year. Capturing 2007’s peaceful, contemplative side, Blue Iris was going places, we just had no idea how many places.
Seen here modeling Thom Browne’s latest collection, Blue Iris has kept busy during his tenure as Color of the Year. Here’s a few of the places we’ve spotted the season’s hippest hue:
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