I'd be the first to admit that everyone isn't blessed with the gift of style especially men. But the few men who were gifted with such an ability have left what some would call a legacy on the world of menswear. I've always been the nostalgic type constantly being influenced by figures of the past, men who I grew up with. Some of my inspirations are recent developments and, whether I'm being a total bad ass and wearing my aviators and a vintage bomber or channeling my inner British punk with with an all black rogue look its channeled through the elements of an icon.
James Dean- By far one of the biggest influences of men's style The Rebel w/o a cause made the Americana look what it is today. Grungy denim, distressed leather jackets, rugged boots, and a charisma that's forever changed Hollywood it's no wonder he's an icon. Immortalizing the term bad ass James Dean forever serves as a personal icon to the Ralphnerd. With the James Dean screen printed Dolce &Gabbana graphic T (from their S/S 2011 line) danging in my closet from daily use I think my obsession with the rebel is pretty obvious.
Sean Connery as 007/James Bond- Clean, classic, sophisticated and chic, Sean Connery sets the bar for the black tie look. Italian tailored suiting, immaculate accessories, an envy worthy luxury lifestyle and, a plethora of gadgets/fire arms makes Bond the ultimate go to resort man. We can all learn a thing or two from the tailored made man of espionage. It was here where i got my first longing for bow ties and, the bravado to try on a speedo (no judging!). Where James Dean is the bad ass, Bond is the man of mystery.
Hedi Slimane- Hands down one of the best menswear designers of our time turning Dior Homme into an edgy, runway inspired menswear line. A designer who embraced the skinny man, Slimane birthed a new era in menswear. One inspired by women's wear, art, music, grunge, and. glamor, he is the sole reason Karl Lagerfeld took such a dramatic weight lost (to fit into one of his amazing Homme suits). Now the retired creative director of Dior Homme, his mark is certainly distinguishable within menswear community.