In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix provided gentlemanly style advice on the pages of GQ and in his best-selling books. Style, in his view, is as simple as “enlisting clothes to make the most of what nature has passed your way.” Because they’re timeless, we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of Hix’s greatest styling and grooming hits.
Image by Bruce Weber from Charles Hix’s Dressing Right
Every guy wants to be his own man–but style-wise, it’s intimidating to strike out on your own. Never fear. Seriously, never. For a guy who wrote the rule books on style, Hix seems to revel in the manly pursuit of throwing them away.
In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was the style go-to for a growing audience of aspiring American gentlemen. His gentlemanly wisdom was on the pages of GQ Magazine and in his best-selling books. Hix’s advice has aged exceptionally well–so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits.
Images by Herb Ritts from Charles Hix’s Dressing Right
When fall turns to a deep freeze, it’s time for city folk to take a few wardrobe cues from our mountain-man brethren. Don’t worry if you don’t know one end of an axe from the other–Hix has you covered.
Without unraveling the space-time continuum or tricking out a DeLorean, we’ve made it to 2015. To celebrate Back to the Future Day, the day that Marty travels to in time to save his future family, introducing us to the hoverboard and the decades of disappointment that followed when it didn’t materialize, today we’re showing you how to get the Marty McFly look. Because as Doc said, if you’re going to do it, why not do it with some style?
Style notes: Somehow Marty predicted the perfect fall transitional look. You’ve got layers of outerwear, a comfortable sneaker and casual denim. Throw on some shades and you’re ready for awkward encounters, meathead bullies and flirty moms.
Whether you put it on for Back to the Future Day or as a Halloween costume, we think this outfit is pretty timeless.
Man, myth and fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld is the subject of an article by Andrew O’Hagan which you must read.
Through the piece, we gain a greater appreciation for Lagerfeld’s intellect and specific flavor of inscrutability–a kind of sparkling aloofness which might be annoying if he didn’t hit nothing but homeruns as the designer of Chanel, Fendi and his own line, to name a few projects.
But homeruns he hits. And so he is legend. Have you ever worn a Lagerfeld watch or gifted anything Chanel or Fendi for a special occasion? Then you already know.
Forty years ago the legendary brand began, and today it is one of the most successful fashion companies in the world. But this is an industry that tends to favor the future. There were celebrations around the anniversary and the Armani/Silos opening, and then it was time to get back to work.
Recently in Milan, the house presented their spring ’16 collection, and we were lucky enough to get some time with the iconic designer himself.
Here’s what Giorgio Armani had to say to our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy about consistency, passion, dedication and desire.
Consider carving out some of your existence for this video interview, in which Kanye West–style influencer extraordinaire–speaks candidly with Lou Stoppard from SHOWstudio and British GQ for two hours, mainly about fashion and inspiration.
To pick one of many entry points for future argument, Kanye likens himself in the interview to Michelangelo and says clothes are sculptures:
In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was an American gentleman who offered holistic, 360-degree gentlemanly advice. You could read him in GQ Magazine and in best-selling books, which gained him a loyal and stylish audience. His advice has aged exceptionally well–and so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits.
Image by Bruce Weber from Charles Hix’s Looking Good
Shaving is shaving right? You pull a sharp thing across your face and then the hair is gone. But lo, there are ins and outs and all kinds of ways you can go wrong. Hix has tips and here they are.
Ayo, what’s this? Beautifully photographed video footage of David Beckham ripping around on a radical Triumph motorcycle? And Harvey Keitel being dramatic and squinty, making foreboding statements while dressed vaguely like Macklemore? We have 17 minutes for that, yes.
This advertisement/short movie titled Outlaw comes to us via Belstaff–makers of, among other things, Beckham’s badass moto jacket. If you are badass enough to click the flick, expect something like Captain EO meets Big Top Pee-wee meets Evel Kneivel.
Music video director and friend of the Nordstrom blogs Shomi Patwary previously brought us behind the scenes with Ty Dolla $ign and Mark Ronson. Now he’s giving us rare glimpses at the creative process of the fashion killa himself, A$AP Rocky.
Patwary directed the video for Rocky’s song “Jukebox Joints” with Joe Fox and Kanye West, a highlight off Rocky’s album At.Long.Last.ASAP. West produced the track, which floats on a sample from an old Smokey Robinson jukebox joint.
Patwary’s video is purplish, smoky and the video and language in the song are perhaps NSFW. Know that and consider turning young kids away from the screen as you watch it.
See exclusive photos from the shoot below, and learn which Spike Lee movie inspired the video’s vertically stretched-out look.
Did you know Dao-Yi Chow, who co-runs the CFDA-winning brand Public School with Maxwell Osborne, is a writer and onetime rap journalist? It’s true. He confirmed it when we asked him recently at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
Chow used to contribute to The Flavor back in the day, a “real hip-hop magazine” based in Seattle in the mid-1990s. Chow went by Durwin Chow GNS, “graffiti non-stop,” and lived in New York. Most Flavor writers back then contributed their stories by fax machine.
Here’s Chow’s July 1994 cover story, an interview with the brain-twisting duo Organized Konfusion.
Fun fact: Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch would one day ghostwrite for Diddy, who would eventually employ Chow and Osborne as designers at his clothing brand Sean John–before Public School became one of the hottest brands in menswear.