I'd like to formally introduce you guys to the nerd side of Ralphnerd. I'm just as passionate about comic lore as I am about fashion if not more, so one could imagine how thrilled I was to see X-Men First Class last week. One of my favorite elements about this movie (besides the thrilling action sequences and awesome cameos) was the wardrobe/styling done by Sammy Sheldon. The sixties era happens to be one of my favorite decades in mens fashion. It was here we saw the birth of the skinny tie and European influences in menswear. The cuts are ultimately slimmer and and more refined. George Peppard in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a prime example of sixties menswear.
In the movie several decades are shown but none is as a prominent as the sixties given that the main plot centers around the Cuban Missile Crisis. Erik Lensher also known as Magneto later in the film showcases a series of chic menswear like his killer body hugging bodysuit. He's the definition of GQ in this movie. His bravado supports his styling. Ankle boots, leather jackets, turtle necks, and slim chino's were break through articles in this era and he sports them effortlessly. Inspired by Sean Connery's early 007 Sheldon states that Magneto along with Emma Frost were her favorite to style.
Riptide played by Alex Gonzalez gives the viewers a bit of Miami Vice fashion. Flashy and bold statement suits were pretty much his characters closet. Color in men's suits was explored in the early 50's. I'd have to say Alex looks incredible.