We don’t often break protocol and bring you a Doing It Right midweek, but when we do it’s because of a moment like this.
Rockin’ Aviators better than General McArthur are few and far between, but Mr. Redford here does it like he penned the book himself. While exiting his chauffeured Buick Electra outside Mary Lasker’s in New York, a fantastic sartorial moment was caught on film. Channeling every bit of “The 3 Days of the Condor” a full year before its production, truly says a lot about the pictured gent.
Study up, most things done right have already been done before.
Many of us don’t see Sylvester Stallone as the sartorial heavyweight. This pint sized style contender was truly the personification of his most memorable role, an underdog at best in the style arena. And like any underdog, that entails a few big hits but a whole lotta’ misses.
However we find ourselves a tad more forgiving when it comes to Sly, as he was a man that was known to have fun with style – Even if it meant looking like the manager of your local Gold’s Gym in the 80’s at times.
Taken from Life Archives we bring you one of Sly’s TKO’s. Playing the role of the socialite leading man, we see him in a tan double-breasted peak lapel jacket, donning a collar pin, cap toe oxfords and a patterned silk pocket square. While we may not endorse the pinky ring and prop pipe, we appreciate the effort.
So keep on sluggin’, tighten that collar pin and strut on. Do it right. (more…)
Clint Eastwood and his ’58 Jaguar XK-1505
True motor know-how is lacking these days. Chances are if you are glancing down at something the way Mr. Eastwood is, it’s because your TiVo failed you once again. The days of greasy rags existing simply for the sake of greasy rags existing are long gone. Get your hands dirty like Dirty Harry. Take it apart, put it together, rub the sweat from your brow, and sigh. We live in a world where we have other people fix our problems. Do it right. Prepare to get grimy, rub those paws together and jump right in.
Only Jack Nicholson could do any harm (or good) with a dollar in hand. A light tweed sport coat and a young Angelica Huston can get you in the swankiest of social functions, of course a prize winning grin is half the battle. And to be honest, it was a battle won before it began. Dress fresh, wear a smile and tip well. If you’re on the post recession budget constraint, be gratuitous with your compliments – Nicholson says it best:
“Just let the wardrobe do the talking.”
– Jack Nicholson (2002)
When the legendary Argentine motorhead was asked how he won 5 Formula One races, he calmly replied “Very Easy. Accelerate more. Break less”.
Smell like fuel, Have the grit and take the Carraciola Karrusell like Fangio. Accelerate more, break less.
Juan Manuel Fangio, F1 1954-1957 Champion
For all of those spending your Saturday morning in a unproductive fashion, brush up on your manners with this entertaining PSA on childrens lunchroom manners (1959). Check out the Draper-esque look these kids sport. Lessons learned: Woo the lunch lady, use way too much soap and eat half a chocolate cake. Maintain perfect head of hair.
Kick back, like Ernie Hemingway. Loose the shirt, grab a mojito. Man’s best friend should be close and your lady even closer. Surround yourself in cats, only if your half as cool as Hemmy. Do it right.
Ernest Hemingway at his ranch in Cuba, Finca Vigia with Jean Patchett, Black Dog, Ectasy and Boise.
It’s Friday, so go out and do it right. Bring the attitude, bring the grin, order all your drinks stiff. Shake a leg, hang loose. Walk into the bar like Charles f-in Bronson, smoke your cigarette like Steve Mcqueen, and kick back like Marlon Brando. Lastly stay as approachable as Paul Newman.
There you go. Ditch the straw. Cheers. More pictures inside.