The painter Alex Katz has a lot of fans out there, but before now we would have hardly thought they were J. Crew’s demographic.
Apparently a few of the more Pop Art-inspired minds at J. Crew decided Mr. Katz would make their clothes look better than any model, and put together a few shoots with the grizzled master for their March catalog. There are a few other icons thrown in there for good measure—including some San Francisco shots and, possibly more importantly, Lauren Hutton—but there’s no better way to add cachet to a shoot than bringing putting a veteran artist in front of the camera.
And if he got a few crew necks out of the deal, all the better.
The celebrity profile is wearing pretty thing these days, but luckily Esquire has come up with the kind of Pop Art idea that ade their name in the 60s: use the same language to write gushing profiles of random, everyday people. What was that about 15 minutes again?
The result is Esquire’s profile of the Best Dressed Real Man in America named as the most sartorially accomplished non-model/actor/designer/musician. His name is Kenyatte Nelson, he’s a pharmaceutical rep from Cincinatti, and this was the only way he was ever going to get a profile in Esquire
The icon this time around is Limo, a wide-mouthed cartoon head adorning various brightly colored goods from totes to parkas to laptop cases. Some of it verges into M.I.A. territory, but we like Limo himself. We’ve seen enough logos that it’s nice to see a genuinely fresh face.