Despite the fact that original Polaroid film is no longer in production, instant photography is far from a forgotten art. In the past few months alone, we’ve paid homage to French photographer Guy Bourdin’s vintage fashion Polaroids, talked to Band of Outsiders founder Scott Sternberg about Polaroid’ing famous comediennes, and seen impeccable instant-film festival coverage by our friends at music blog Gorilla vs. Bear.
Zombie Ryan Gosling is so 2012. And so are those scorpion jacket knock-offs from Drive. Here’s a last-minute Halloween costume you can likely pull right out of your closet, en route to hunting and gathering for peanut-butter cups with your kids tomorrow night.
While our generation’s Paul Newman (controversial! but we’re not the first to say it) wore a pretty distinctive red moto jacket in 2013’s The Place Beyond the Pines, your tried-and-true black one should do the trick. Black jeans? If you don’t already own a pair, now’s the time. And although one of our favorite parts about Gosling’s carnival-daredevil/bank-robber was his penchant for Metallica T-shirts, any black tee should suffice. (This Joy Division-themed one would be a funny alternative to Ride the Lightning, even if you’re the only one who gets the joke.)
Accessorize with a baby, if you have one handy, and a couple dollars’ worth of temporary tattoos from your nearest party store (or have your leading lady draw some on with washable marker, if you forget). Emulating the bleached-out coif Gosling donned for the film takes a little more commitment—so if you’re not into it, just pull on your motorcycle helmet. Or a terrible wig. Bonus: Your wife can probably whip up this Eva Mendes “costume” in a pinch, too. Congrats on proving you’re the coolest couple in the cul de sac—yet again.
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Editor’s Picks to Get the Look:
ATTENTION MEN (and women, too, if you’re reading this. Hi.)—you’ve got TWO DAYS LEFT to shop ANNIVERSARY SALE. To recap: This is a sale unlike any other, in which you can pick up killer Fall items, ahead of schedule, at limited-time discounts BEFORE they hit the floor at full price. Prices go up Monday, 8/5, so make the most of this weekend.
To help you navigate the sea of fantastic Anniversary items we brought in this year, we asked five men at Nordstrom HQ to curate a series of Expert Picks. And here on the blog, we’ve been shedding some light on the inspirations that make the men—and, presumably, inform their Picks. Read previous posts here and here.
Today’s entry is yours truly, Justin Abbott, senior editor of Men’s Shop Daily. Shop all my picks here, and read my rants, raves, and random thoughts below. [Note, there is, in fact, a second human on the other side of that interview: our talented men’s e-commerce writer, Laura. Not that I’m above talking to myself at times.]
[A page from Take Ivy, the definitive volume on mid-century collegiate
style in America, shot by four dudes from Japan in 1965.]
[L: Steve McQueen, tux elegantly askew. | R: McQueen, not afraid to get his
hands dirty (nor his Barbour jacket).]
[L: Off-duty Gosling. T-shirt + peacoat = ‘hey girl.’ | R: Ryan Gosling shows how to keep a low
profile at the airport. Note the lack of sweatpants.]
[One of the best of the best street-style photos from our Street Etiquette x Nordstrom New York Fashion Week coverage.]
[“If it bleeds, we can kill it.” Predator uno, 1987.]
MEN’S SHOP DAILY: Your number-one style icon?
SENIOR BLOG EDITOR JUSTIN ABBOTT: “Trick question! I think it’s not possible (or not advisable) to have just one. Ideally, a person has a wide mix of influences and experiences that forms you into a unique individual, style-wise and otherwise. That said, my favorites are mid-century Ivy League students, for the way they wore classic staples (blazers, chinos, button-downs, repp ties) in nonchalant and individualized ways; Steve McQueen because he looked tough and confident whether in a tux or covered in mud after a motorcycle race; and (though kind of expected) Ryan Gosling—but less DB-velvet-tux-on-the-red-carpet Gosling, more off-duty-in-a-rumpled-leather-jacket, T-shirt, messy-hair, on-a-date-with-Eva-Mendes Gosling. Extra points for his bleached-hair and face-tats period, even if it was just for a part.”
MSD: Where do you get inspiration for your posts on the Men’s Shop Daily?
JUSTIN ABBOTT: “I just try to touch on everything men need to live life with style—from the awesome products our men’s buyers bring in, to classic rock, motorcycles, and how to open champagne with a sword.”
[A couple wardrobe essentials, via Abbott’s instagram feed.]
MSD: Which bloggers would you say are really killing it right now?
JUSTIN ABBOTT: “Another trick question. I think we’re in a phase where the Internet is simply a medium that allows interesting people to quickly and easily share what they’re up to. Meaning: These days, a “blogger” might be a journalist, a photographer, a stylist, an artist—or any mix thereof. That said, Joshua and Travis of Street Etiquette have topped my list for years now. My favorite curators of menswear-related information are How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Nickel Cobalt, and Eye Five Style. My favorite photographers with a large web presence are Liam Goslett, Evan Tetreault, Noah Emrich, and Tommy Ton. My favorite collectors of random inspiration online are JJJJound, Haw-Lin, Wit & Delight, Push The Movement.”
MSD: All-time favorite movie. Only one. Your pick, and why?
JUSTIN ABBOTT: “I should probably say something smart like Kubrick or Kurosawa, but…Predator. You get buzz-cut Arnold in his ’80s prime, a treasure trove of classic/corny action movie one-liners, a slasher flick where all the characters are somehow likable—even the earliest ones to get offed, Carl Weathers’ severed arm still firing off machine-gun rounds as it hits the jungle floor, that mystical pessimistic guy Billy, an actually pretty cool menacing soundtrack, and one of the extremely few sci-fi monsters whose eventual appearance lives up to the foreshadowing.”
[Interview by Laura Oxford. Steve McQueen photos via Life Magazine and TWW. Ryan Gosling photos via Socialite Life, here and here. Tweed jacket detail shot by Joshua Woods. Predator © 20th Century Fox, Gordon Company, Silver Pictures, Davis Entertainment. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]
They have next to nothing in common (other than being named beacons of ‘high-bro’ culture by GQ last year)—we just think there’s something deviantly hilarious about crossing an impossibly charming heartthrob (beloved by feminists and Ellen, among others) with perhaps the most vile thing to ever infest TV screens: the reanimated corpses on AMC’s zombie drama, The Walking Dead.
Two tips for pulling this off with aplomb:
1) Comb your hair. A sloppy coif will ruin any resemblance to the always-groomed Gosling.
2) Take it easy with the zombie makeup. No festering wounds, no missing lips or jaws. Your riffs on ‘Hey girl—I love brains’ pick-up lines will have a higher success rate if you simply go matte-grey, with some dark circles under the eyes.
Watch The Walking Dead Sunday nights on AMC.
[Images: Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love. courtesy of Carousel Productions and Warner Bros. Pictures; The Walking Dead comic-book cover courtesy of Image Comics; zombie makeup courtesy of Party City. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]
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.
[Photos by Paola Kudacki, courtesy of GQ.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]