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Black coffee, a four-in-hand knot, Calvin Klein underwear. Some things are classic.

Other things—like ‘Marky’ Mark Wahlberg’s improvised dialog in this 1991, MTV-debuted television ad—don’t hold up as well over time. (See a more timeless view of the ’90s in our previous post on photographer Herb Ritts.)

To balance out some of the awkward moments (and testosterone) in the clip above, here are two more Calvin Klein ads, starring Kate Moss (sans Marky) and Eva Mendes, that will likely look as good in 20 years as they do now.

  
 

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[Ads © Calvin Klein. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

With Calvin Klein’s new ‘Modern Classic’ men’s underwear collection dropping this week, we wanted to look back at those vintage “Marky” Mark Wahlberg ads from 1992 (that’s 20 years ago if you do the math), shot by legendary LA photographer Herb Ritts.

Thing is, it’s not physically possible to google ‘Herb Ritts’ without getting distracted, if not totally awestruck, by his full body of work.

A self-taught photographer, Ritts (1952–2002) forged a distinct vision of beauty that came to define the late ’80s and early ’90s—marking an unprecedented crossover between fine art and commerce, and launching the careers of countless, now-iconic models and actors. His style exalted the human form in a mode reminiscent of classical Greek sculpture—and utilized California’s sand, surf, and late-afternoon sun to full effect, lending warmth and softness to his statuesque compositions.

Scroll down for info on the new Calvin Klein underwear we mentioned—but first take a moment to soak up some of our favorite Herb Ritts photos.


Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989 (via)
This painterly rendering of the supermodel pantheon was shot on Ritts’ own patio. Christy Turlington (in back) wasn’t initially part of the shot; she stopped by to visit and was coaxed to join.

{Top}: Ritts introduced Cindy Crawford to his longtime friend Richard Gere at a barbecue at his mother’s house. This particular shot appeared on a July 1988 magazine cover. (via)


Madonna, Hollywood, 1986 (via)
A version of this image graced the cover of Madonna’s third album, True Blue.
Ritts was one of the first fashion photographers to transition to music video director, masterminding clips for Madonna and more.


Tony Black Torso, Los Angeles, 1986 (via)


Tatjana Patitz, from the two-book boxed set Men/Women by Herb Ritts, 1989 (via)


Tony in White, Hollywood, 1988 (via)


Versace Veiled Dress, El Mirage, 1990. (via)
That’s Naomi Campbell under there, if you couldn’t tell.


Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989 (via)
An explicit example of Ritts incorporating nature into his work.
(And of his subjects, like actor/model Djimon Hounsou, being good sports.)


Christy Turlington, Hollywood, 1988 (via)

 


One of the aforementioned Calvin Klein ads, co-starring Kate Moss, from 1992. (via)
Ritts’ photography has held up better than Wahlberg’s early-’90s slang—but if you insist,
you can view one of the Ritts-directed, Marky-scripted television spots here.

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As for the new ‘Modern Classic’ collection, it’s inspired by the ones Wahlberg wore, but features an updated fit with lower rise and shorter legs (on the boxer briefs). Also available in trunks and briefs—all with the signature ‘Calvin Klein’ logo on the waistband. Shop all men’s underwear (including the new CK collection).

Further Viewing: The Herb Ritts exhibit at LA’s J. Paul Getty Museum has been extended through September 2. And for photography geeks only: Watch a 12-minute mini-documentary on Ritts and his work here.

 

[Photos by Herb Ritts, ©The Herb Ritts Foundation. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Remember that Calvin Klein T-shirt we featured last week? The one GQ Creative Director Jim Moore endorsed as part of our new GQ Selects collaboration? The one that comes in a 3-pack for just $37.50?

Well, here’s how it appears in the July issue of GQ, as modeled by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth. You might recognize him from killer guy movies like this summer’s Marvel Comics blowout The Avengers (he played Thor), and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek redux, where he cameo’d as James T. Kirk’s dad. As far as we can tell, the guy’s never stepped foot on a rom-com set. (Ryan Gosling may be dating Eva Mendes, but was it really worth suffering through filming The Notebook to get there? OK, dumb question.)

At any rate, trust us: Looking good in the most basic of wardrobe staples doesn’t require the physique of a Greek god. It just takes a T-shirt cut as impeccably as the one above.

Here are some more examples of just how great basics can be—especially after you’ve broken them in a little. Shop similar items using the links below.


Shop: Undershirts | Basic T-shirts | Chinos | Sweatshirts | Converse

 

[Photos by Paola Kudacki, courtesy of GQ.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Calvin Klein has some of the best-fitting underwear out there and their T-shirts are no different. They fit spectacularly and are our go-to T-shirt here at GQ. As much as the brand’s ad campaigns are edgy and progressive, they do iconic American basics uncompromisingly well. These T-shirts have a precisely cut sleeve that fits around the arm perfectly and ribbing at the neck that’s just the right width. It’s a chance to own a little bit of that James Dean mystique and mojo for not a lot of money.

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month for the next six months, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

Live and direct from Milan Fashion Week, our Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio sent home some choice iPhone snaps from Day Two—including picture-perfect runway moments and well-dressed colleagues spotted on the streets.

See Tommy’s photo journal from Day One here, and his favorite highlights from Prada and Moncler Gamme Bleu here.

“Ferragamo does bold summer.” [Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2013]

“Calvin brings back the denim jacket.” [Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013]

“Suited at Calvin Klein.”

“Favorite wingtip sneaker by Tod’s.”

“Belstaff does modern military better than anyone.”

The man sandal makes a comeback for Spring 2013. Here at Belstaff it looks great.”

“Trussardi. Super chic.”

“Street style. Printed pants are the must-have item in Milan.”

“Josh [Peskowitz] gives us Gandhi chic.”

 

Photos and quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.

Check back soon for more from Milan and Spring 2013.
In the meantime, shop: Salvatore Ferragamo | Calvin KleinTod’s

 

 

“It’s heating up here in Milan on Day Two. Temps in the 90s and the collections getting stronger.” 
—Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director

Here are the emerging trends Tommy spotted yesterday at Day Two of Milan Fashion Week.
In case you missed it, check out the best of Day One here.

Grey Ultra-Lite
[L-R: Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein Collection, Trussardi]

 

Earth Tones
[L-R: Bottega Veneta, Trussardi, John Varvatos]

 

Print Jackets
[L-R: Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein Collection, Roberto Cavalli]

 

The Bomber is Back
[L-R: Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein Collection, Trussardi]

 

[Photos courtesy of GQ.com.]