since we are on the subject of dancers – let’s talk about fred astaire– mr. style!
when i was young i used to love fred astaire movies, actually i still do! how could you not? the dancing, the costumes, the glamour! my favorite movie of his was funny face, co-staring audrey hepburn in which his character is based on fashion photographer richard avedon– set in paris, music by george and ira gershwin– a love story all about fashion and style! a classic!
fred knew how to wear clothes, i mean really wear clothes- perfect tailoring, impeccable proportions, elegant silhouettes! the way he would tuck his shirt in, where his pants would sit on his waist, they way he cinched his pants with a tie, his slight frame, slicked back hair, constant signet rig, his many cravats- a top hat, tails and a white tie- so fred astaire, so stylish!
i’m not certain about this, but i’m pretty sure that fred astaire has been a huge inspiration on ralph lauren’s designs, aesthetic and style- just a hunch- how could he not? fred was so all- american, a classic, he had timeless style- he is what i call chic!
mr. astaire- mr. classic, mr. elegant, mr. chic- mr. style!
all photographs from the book fred astaire style.