Well, would you look at that…
First it was 25 style lessons from Seinfeld. Then it was Kramer taking a modeling turn for Calvin Klein. And now, today, we bring you news that Jerry Seinfeld himself has become a fashion model—this snap comes from Rag & Bone’s newly released S/S 2015 lookbook, with Jerry joining the fashion ranks of Carmelo Anthony, Camille Rowe and the One They Call the Style Guy.
It’s been 25 years since the very first episode of Seinfeld aired, and 16 since its grand finale, yet it’s still as relevant as ever.
In fact, you could even say the show is suddenly experiencing style renaissance—look no further than the stonewashed rallying cries of #normcore. But it wasn’t all just white sneakers and dad jeans. The show was woven with a rich tapestry of personal styles, from George Costanza to J. Peterman himself, and we’ve tracked down the clips of some of our favorite sartorial moments to see if we’ve learned anything from a show about nothing.
Fact: it takes quite the set of cojones to pull off wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
Also fact: most men don’t have ’em.
That being said, there are some real pros out there who do. And right now, we’d like to honor these brave souls who’ve unwaveringly taken up the charge. Through painstaking research—no scene left unexamined, no paparazzi shot ignored—we’ve uncovered the best and boldest examples of tropical-print artistry. A testament to confidence, these men are standards to aspire to. (At least when it comes to visually making a statement.)
Ah, those were the days. Archie and Edith agreeing in song, “Gee, our old LaSalle ran great.”
We realize it’s a little odd to be waxing nostalgic about the Bunkers waxing nostalgic, but this much is certain: The All in the Family theme song—she wailing, he demonizing “the welfare state,” they embraced in the end over thunderous, authentic applause—had as much to do with setting the voice and tone of the working-class show as Meathead, George Jefferson and anti-Semitism. That’s because sitcom theme songs used to matter.
Part One: “We Gather Together” — The Cosby Show
Part Two: “The 20 Year Callback” — The Newhart Finale
Part Three: “Delightful Accidents and Fortuitous Blunders” – Friends, The Jack Benny Program, Seinfeld
Lucy, Gervais, Silvers, AbFab, SCTV, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ensemble
In a pretty bleak scene at the top of Moneyball, Billy Beane looks on as the stadium crew dismantles a trio of 10-story-high banners featuring Jason Giambi, Jason Isringhausen, and Johnny Damon: the team’s marquee players who’d fled Oakland for more money and more wins in more exciting markets. Once the final banner falls to the ground, Beane is left staring at a nondescript, cement façade — fractured and ordinary.
“Delightful Accidents and Fortuitous Blunders”
Friends, The Jack Benny Show, Seinfeld
On a cold morning in 1930, Ruth Graves Wakefield, the innkeeper/chef at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, was preparing her famous Butter Drop Do chocolate cookies when she realized she was fresh out of baker’s chocolate. Improvising, she found a semi-sweet chocolate bar (that had been given to her by Andrew Nestle) and cut it into little pieces, expecting the pieces to liquefy and absorb into the dough.
To Ruth’s chagrin, though, the tray she (carefully) removed from the oven did not contain Butter Drop Do chocolate cookies. It did, however, contain butter cookies stuffed with slightly softened chocolate chunks. And so began America’s braying waddle toward childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The shaved head was enough of a 90s staple that it had a Seinfeld episode dedicated to it (“The Little Jerry”, for the curious), but it may be time for something else. The folks at GQ believe they’ve found it in “The Power Donut,” a look championed by the deftly macho Ed Harris and lovably bumbling Gerald Ford. The slideshow makes a pretty good case for letting your follicles make a last stand.
It’s definitely time for a change, but we can’t help but think wistfully of the 90s icons to rock the cueball: Andre Agassi, Michael Jordan, and even Natalie Portman. It was so good for so long! But by the time Moby came along, we knew it was on the way out.
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