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.
We’re digging into our 1976 activewear catalog for fall outfit inspiration, and what do we see but that rare flower which blooms in fall and spring:
Hoodies and shorts.
Obviously this photo was taken in the gym. (Obviously.) But you don’t have to be working out to finesse this outfit. And you should, because it is great.
The sweatshirt + shorts team-up is for being out and about, a true transition ‘fit, an equal acknowledgement of warmth (the shorts) and cold (the sweatshirt)–and the fact of both temperatures coexisting (the wearing both at the same time).
Perfect for fall. For brunches. For strolls. And for doing pretzel hands with a special friend while leaning back like Fat Joe.
The best party nobody went to might’ve been 12 years ago in Norfolk, Virginia, when producers who would change the sound of hip-hop and R&B deejayed to basically nobody.
We’ll let our music video director friend Shomi Patwary tell you about that one.
Long story short, Patwary and British star Mark Ronson go way back, and we now have the video for “I Can’t Lose.” It’s more zesty funk from Ronson–whom we shall never fail to mention without hyperlinking to his and Aaliyah’s classic Hilfiger ad–and bigger-budget moves from Patwary, best known for A$AP Rocky’s “Multiply.”
Check out behind-the-scenes images below from “I Can’t Lose” and an edited transcript of our phone call with Patwary.
We talked about Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” Dick Tracy, Blade Runner, the cameo from Waris Ahluwalia–and what happens when the zeitgeist moves post- ‘90s retromania.
Here we see metallic Nike sneakers in the 1984 Nordstrom holiday catalog. Man, do they rule.
The wrestling shoes? Fire. We’re might start wearing wrestling shoes to the office, now. And they’re called the Hi-Jack, which is super tough.
The Vandal Supreme model in the back? With the ill nylon quilting? From the Air Force 1 design similarities to the fact that they look like a tracksuit, to the name, which connotes graffiti: these shoes are very hip-hop. Suitable for park jams, writing sessions, everything “from break dancing to basketball.”
But it’s really about the ones in front. Nike Snow Waffle. Early high-top/running shoes combo. Too fresh.
Factoid: The Snow Waffle lives on today, in slightly altered form, as the reflective Internationalist.