Before They Were Stars, Style Tips from Grenson’s Man and Sizing Up Your Pocket Squares
- Kempt Staff
Perhaps the best part about last night’s Fey-Poehler-helmed Golden Globes was that all the tuxedos on the red carpet kept it on the straight and narrow. (It’s a trend we’ve been readily noticing for a few awards shows now.)
There weren’t many faults to find in anyone’s tux—aside from the usual suspects and nitpicking bow tie sizes—so we had a hard time nailing down the winners. The competition was strong. So strong that we think Clooney may have been temporarily dethroned from his notch-lapel tuxedo reign. But in the end, there were a few contenders who became champs last night. And it had nothing to do with who ended up on the podium.
So without further ado, the three real winners of last night’s Golden Globes.»
The May issues are in and we’ve got a mixed bag on our hands.
May can be a tricky style month to predict. It puts us in the late-spring-but-it-might-already-feel-like-summer zone of weather, so it’s hard to know whether we’re going to want to see umbrellas or madrases. (GQ hedged with umbrellas). It’s safe to assume most of this stuff went to print while April showers were still raging (and Derrick Rose was still playoffs-bound), meaning everyone’s predictions were a little off. So, in the name of menswear journalism, we trod through the mid-weight blazers, the white canvas shoes (well in advance of Memorial Day), a few instances of déjà vu and an unsettlingly low amount of eye candy to bring you...
Everything you need to know from May’s crop of glossies.»
In this case, the MOTH may be more of a good-sport award.
The picture comes from an American Cinematheque fete for Mr. Downey this past Friday, in which he was honored for his general, sustained delightfulness.
But after RDJ offered some forgiving words toward Mel Gibson and accepted his award, he entered into what seems to be a sustained mugging competition with Mel on the reception stage.
The strange thing here is that, with the loosened tie and the wayward collar, Downey actually looks less put-together than Gibson. But keeping a non-crazy look in your eye can go a long way.
Here’s one thing we like about sunglasses: not a lot’s changed. If it looked good in ’56, it looks good now. So to help you settle on your own personal style for the summer, we’ve brought together some of the most stylish gentlemen ever to block out UV rays, together with the modern equivalent of their signature shades.
Our first candidate, naturally, is Mr. Steve McQueen…
The Second Coming of Schott: What happens when you throw some leather jacket gurus into a room full of selvage? Easily the coolest jackets we’ve seen all year. [Esquire]
Lots of Fish: Everyone is two inches taller and 10% poorer than they say on their online dating profile. Also, out of their goddamn minds. [Gizmodo]
Insecticide: Someone made a portrait of a cowboy out of 200,000 dead ants. We just thought you should know. [ANIMAL]
Trust the Beard: Anything with both Robert Downey Jr.and Zach Galifianakis in it, we will watch. For instance, this trailer. [/Film]
Also, Six Other Women: Nine just gets better and better. [Style.com]
The Augmented Interview: Eighteen surprisingly intense quotes from Robert Downey Jr., courtesy of Esquire’s latest hi-tech issue. [Esquire]
Moc Trial: After declaring war on the half-zip sweater, the new kids of style blogging shine a light on Arrow Moccasins. [Put This On]
I Have Not Yet Begun to Twee: A discourse on airports, sketchily rendered in colored pencil. [The Awl]
It would appear the neckerchief is once again at the throats of the stylish populace. Don’t say you weren’t warned…
The Cut just shined a spotlight on a new line of western cravats out of Brooklyn, and took the opportunity to call “trend.” Of course, Mr. Ford was on this particular tip long before Williamsburg caught on, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Zodiac look included a well-placed foulard before just about anyone. But we’re crying foul on this particular retro kick for one simple reason: the weather.
The Brooklyn-based gentlemen of leisure are using the neckerchief to protect their neck and collar from summertime sweat. It’s rooted in function and comfort, making it a much better idea than most trendspotters realize. The problem is, it’s August, and while it’s still gross out there, nobody’s going to be gearing up for a neckerchief purchase until next spring. There’ll be a lot of options waiting for them after the thaw, but it’s a little early to start making predictions.
The trailer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes just made it to the internet, and while it’s not quite as bowler-heavy as we’d hoped, it’s enough to get us excited. Although we don’t remember quite so many hammer fights in Mr. Doyle’s version…
See the trailer»
If you’re really trying to nail the Old Hollywood look, a bit of tweed should help.
This Bentley Tweed cap harkens back to a time when London was still a fashion capital, and the occasional non-fur-lined earflap was still acceptable. It may seem like an unlikely style revival, but when Robert Downey Jr.’s take on Sherlock Holmes comes out in November, it may seem a whole lot likelier.
AskMen just put up its list of the 49 most influential men of the year and, naturally, we’re furious we didn’t make the list. Of course, we would have been the only blogger other than Kanye…
Now that we’ve gotten over the initial shock, we have to admit it’s pretty good work. It’s got its share of our favorite movie stars—The Cloon (22) and Robert Downey Jr. (4)— mixed in with who-the-hell-is-that picks, like Jonathan Ive (23), the design mastermind behind the iPhone, and Rob Kay (8), the brains behind Guitar Hero. On the style front, Kempt favorites Thom Browne (43) and Tom Ford (4) also weigh in, although we’re surprised Ford is so high and Browne is so low. Maybe the accountant look isn’t as popular as we thought.
But any list that puts Kanye two spots ahead of Ben Bernanke can’t be all bad.
We’ve known about Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie, but the fine ladies at Jezebel were kind enough to draw our attention to this picture of the leading man (the inestimable Robert Downey Jr.) in full costume.
Unfortunately they were more interested in his coffee cup than his ascot, but we’ll call this one a victory without seeing another frame. Between the striped waistcoat—which has a touch of Mr. Smith about it—and the finely checkered pants, we’re ready to declare Dr. Holmes the unlikely style icon of the year.
Plus, bowlers are coming back in a big way. And the usual double-brim is so last century.
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
There are few things as entertaining down Hollywood way as Robert Downey Jr. in full wackjob mode. His cinematic comeback was that much more compelling because of all the guns, drugs and jail time he slogged through to get there. Now making waves with his blackface *tour de force* *Tropic Thunder*—and still sporting the '70s 'stache he grew for the role—he showed up to the flick's LA premiere the other night looking like a cross between George Harrison and Robert Goulet.
More on Downey's getup»
There are some pretty great life stories out there, but Hugh Hefner has to be one of the better ones. So we’re understandably excited to hear that someone’s finally thinking about the movie version.
In an interview with Comingsoon.net, Hef gives some details on the project including attached director (Brett Ratner) and hopeful star (Robert Downey Jr.). Although Hef claims *Iron Man* has nothing to do with it, it’s hard to ignore Downey’s recent take on Tony Starks as a techier version of the Playboy magnate. As for Ratner, we assume he’ll go easy on the car chases.
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