2 posts tagged "Michael Caine"
Thank you, David Bailey, for offering an affordable option for the skint art lover. “Not everyone can afford a print, so this is a nice way of making my work available for everyone,” the famed photographer told Style.com. “What’s the difference between putting it on a canvas and putting it on a T-shirt that everyone can afford? I think it’s quite nice that everyone can have a T-shirt with an image that has some history behind it.”
Bailey is referring to his debut collection of six tees, which launches today exclusively at Selfridges. The tops are printed with some of his most iconic portraits, including those of Michael Caine, Mick Jagger, Boy George, and Grace Jones. Bailey collaborated with the edgy East London creative group The Bleach Room to update the images with a cool collage effect.
The collection is a clever way to reach art collectors and distant admirers alike, especially as his new exhibition, Bailey’s Stardust, is set to open at the National Portrait Gallery next week. At £70 a pop, this is a prime chance to grab an authentic Bailey—while the getting’s good.
Simon Spurr’s stated goal is the creation of “an American luxury menswear label,” but it was his own Englishness that gave his new collection its character—and not just because of Pete Doherty, voice on the soundtrack, hat on the catwalk. So better make that Anglo-American etc. etc. There was a rakishness (Spurr called it “swagger”) to a black-and-white striped op-art suit or a three-piece in a black-and-white check that had less to do with the American school of Mr. Lauren (where Spurr earned his spurs) than the international school of Mr. Ford. Last season, Alain Delon’s loucheness was the designer’s reference point, and that decadent spirit lingered in a low-belted black trench or the double-breasted jackets shown shirtless. But the sharp-dressed man I was thinking about this time was Michael Caine in his Alfie/Harry Palmer period. (The statement eyewear was a clue.) Spurr offered a complete wardrobe for the dandy hound on the hunt. Admittedly, such a creature is a trifle démodé, so I imagine Spurr’s fans gravitating more to the modern mix of formal and casual he proposed. A grey flannel double-breasted jacket with sweatpants? The luxury is in the attitude.
For complete coverage of Fall 2010 menswear, visit www.gq.com/fashion.