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out today: drive on blu-ray

upon second and third viewing, drive was my favorite movie of 2011 in front of midnight in paris and 50/50.  it’s a damn shame the academy didn’t give it any love when they announced the oscar nominations last week.  one film blogger said it was too much of a homage film to stand out amongst the other nominees.  huh?  i’m no film expert, but isn’t the artist a homage to silent movies?  moving right along…drive is out today on blu-ray.  if you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a real treat.  i’m not going to give anything away, but the movie is not what you expect.  ryan gosling is perfectly cast as the no-named driver.  dude is a total badass.  if you’re interested in learning more about the style in drive, see my previous post here.  great flick.

quick word about drive

i recently saw drive.  it’s easily one of the best films of the year.  a couple of things worth noting: 1) the soundtrack is incredible – sets the mood of the film perfectly.  2) the scorpion jacket ryan gosling wears in the film is custom made and inspired by korean souvenir jackets from the 1950s.  3) the boots are a cap toe boot made by stacy adams.  4) the jean jacket is vintage levi’s.  5) his watch is a replica of a patek phillippe and currently not for sale.  5) the bag he uses in the film is a large filson duffle.  6) sunglasses are selima optique.

ryan gosling makes a case for red wings in the summer

i assure you this is not a ryan gosling fan appreciation blog, but with a movie coming out next week he’s hard to avoid on the internet.  i grabbed this picture yesterday when i noticed his footwear of choice: red wing 875s.  if you’ve been reading this blog since it’s inception, then you know that i’m a big fan of anything red wing especially 875s.  when the temperature began to rise in april, i put my boots in the back of my closet with the understanding that they would be on my feet again in september.  seeing gosling in his in the middle of july has me wondering if i should take them for a spin this summer.  i realize the weather is 20 degrees hotter here in nashville than it is in los angeles, but who cares.  my feet can handle it.

loafers and suits

the internet is full of questions regarding style.  one such question of interest is whether or not it’s ok to wear loafers with a suit.  to be honest with you i didn’t really think this was much of a question until i saw the film frost/nixon in 2008.  richard nixon has a hard time trusting david frost because he wears gucci loafers with his suit (obviously there’s more to it than that, but it’s one reason nixon questions frost’s credentials).  quasi-spoiler alert: after the interview, the movie ends with nixon opening a present from frost which is a pair of gucci loafers.  classic scene.  so after seeing the film, i started to question whether or not i should be wearing loafers with suits.  i went to the internet for answers.  glenn o’brien says he wouldn’t do it and that “loafers are for loafing.”  interesting take from one of my heroes.  and if you dig deeper, it seems more traditionalists prefer lace-ups to loafers when wearing a “business” suit.  well, i’m going to have to disagree.  in the south, i would say 70% of men wear only loafers with their suits – my father being one of them.  i’ve never seen him wearing anything besides classic gucci bit loafers with his suits.  now, i’m not saying all loafers are appropriate with business suits.  remember cheap loafers don’t look good with anything.  stick with well known brands that make quality like gucci, allen admonds, ralph lauren or alden.  nice shoes are the one item of clothing i would insist you spend money on.  they make a difference.

recently i’ve noticed ryan gosling has been kicking around a pair of beat-up burgundy loafers.  last night i caught this picture (above) of him wearing them with a brown suit.  he nails the look, but i’m not sure who makes the loafers.  i did some internet recon and came up with nothing.  i checked out the usual suspects mentioned in the previous paragraph and still couldn’t find a match.  the closest thing i found were these crockett & jones for ralph lauren polo loafers below.  if you have any information on the whereabouts of ryan gosling’s loafers, please leave them in the comments section.

update: i believe the loafers gosling is wearing are in fact made by gucci, but i still can’t find a perfect match.  i’m wondering if they’re part of the archive collection coming out this fall.  i’ll stay on it.

the oscars tuxedo


in honor of the academy awards tonight, i present to you the academy’s best dressed tuxedo wearers.  the oscars are the one night in hollywood where it’s a requirement for hollywood’s leading men to wear tuxes and the ones that look the best are the one’s that keep it simple and traditional.  but seriously, if you don’t look good in a tux then i can’t help you.   Continue reading