Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Glamour: What About The Men?


































































Glamourous men.  Not an easy challenge. But I know you'll have some excellent ideas.

Again, I'm choosing only those who are still on this earth. 

At least we know -- hope (?!) -- none of these gentlemen in the entertainment business have stylists. Even when they're walking the red carpet their vestment choices were probably largely in their own hands or the tux was sent over from Armani with a tailor to guarantee a perfect fit.

No matter how often we see these men in photographs I think we know very little about them, therein one of the essential definitions of glamour -- "mystery." We know what they do, but do we really know who they are?































































My choices include: George Clooney (yes, yes, I know, but I think he has that Old Hollywood glamour); Robert Redford; Clint Eastwood; Jean d'Ormesson (brilliant, terrifyingly cultivated, prolific writer with a huge sense of humor); Andy Rooney, how can one not be enchanted by a curmudgeon (?); and My-Reason-For-Living-In-France, really, he is.

For the men, I've created an entirely different subcategory called simply: "Maybe, Maybe Not. I'm Not Completely Sure." 

Johnny Depp, for example falls into this group. Apart from being a brilliant actor and a talented painter, he is a private man when and where it counts. And, he certainly knows how to get himself up in some exceedingly creative get-ups and we know he pulled them together all by himself -- or maybe with a little help and encouragement from Vanessa.

Also in the sub crowd:


























































































Bernard-Henri Levy, the fascinating, media-loving philosopher.

André Leon Talley, American Vogue contributing editor.

Johnny Depp (I imagine many of you are thinking, "Move him up, move him up!")

28 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for a pretty face. Both Clooney and Depp get my top votes.

I would add Gabriel Byrne to this list too.

Duchesse said...

Any man with obviously dyed hair (Redford) is not glamorous. Pseu's list is right on. Prince Charles wears the most exquisite clothes but lacks the charismatic element.

Marcello Mastioanni the ultimate glamourous man.

Anonymous said...

Non, non et non! I can't seem to
apply the word glamourous to any
men. But go ahead and move
JD and GC any MRFLIF to the top!

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

Letitia you must have been my sister in another life! I am soooo pleased you put my FAVORITE Frenchman at the top of the list: Jean D'Ormesson is perfection: class, intelligence, humour, humility. When Marguerite Yourcenar was the first woman accepted into the Academie Francaise he made the acceptance speech and said something like this:" Gentlemen, a woman has just entered (this male dominated) institution and the coupole of the Academie has not come creashing down on us". LOVE him and of course George Clooney, and Johnny Depp both proving that glamour comes more from the way you act than what you have. On the other hand I do not agree with BHL who is macho and pretentious in my book. He did shock a group of US listeners once by suggesting a very vulgar way to get rid of Bush with the help of a potential female volunteer... no glamour there.GREAT posts.

Marsi said...

George Clooney is delicious.

xoxoxo

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Clooney....yes and Depp, sigh
I'd add Colin Firth...

Marguerite said...

Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery make my heart happy! I like the old word debonnaire to describe a well groomed glamourous gentleman.

BODECI body said...

Move him up, move him up! I know this may sound crazy, but Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are simply timeless and so talented. We do love talent, don't we. Daniel Craig...?

James said...

I think Tim Gunn should be considered. His sense of style, charisma and personality added to his good looks should put him somewhere on the list.

knitpurl said...

Oh my, so many choices, Clooney and Levy for sure. Redford has not aged well. Of course we must select your RFLIF. I thought of Pierce Brosnan, but maybe too much plastic surgery or whatever has removed his ruggedness.

You know George Clooney's father is very dapper and may be another selection. xoxo, C.

PS the wind is still attempting to blow us out of the Midwest.

Belle de Ville said...

BHL...bof.
Tish, I linked to this post in my post today about Lorenz Baumer.

Kim said...

Oh, yeah Johnny Depp, Al Pacino and Ralph Fiennes...Who I would unfortunately leave KennyRogersLookAlikebeforetheplastic surgery for.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WELL.....I think Ruben is up there on my list, but I have to admit that Mr. Clooney is one of my favorites...why? RUBEN LOOKS A BIT LIKE HIM!teeeeeheeee, he really does! And a kick-butt sense of humor like the fabulous Frenchman here and of course, you know Ruben's style and potential of writing...GREAT POST! Bises, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest, which one of Jean d'Ormesson's works do you suggest to read? I read French, but Ruben does not. I would love to find one of his French works, but which one shows his wit and brilliance the most? Anita

Deb said...

Ohh, Johnny Depp is a move-up in my book! Not so much Robert Redford - too much plastic surgery on his previouslu gorgeous eyes. I'm a big Pierce Brosnan fan - that chin is spectacular! How did Andy Rooney sneak in ? His cranky old man schtick is not attractive - plus those eyebrows are just wrong!!
Love all the eye-candy!

Beth Hazelton said...

Colin Firth definitely needs to be added...he is the one and only true Mr. Darcy and I swoon for him in "Love Actually." Colin is an absolute dream!

Gretchen said...

LOVE Clooney, Depp is fascinating (and certainly his very own man, which I'd argue is a huge component of glamour), and would like to hear others' views on adding Tim Gunn. Is he glamour-worthy, or like C. Herrera, more elegant? Tom Ford wishes we'd consider him glamorous, but he wants it too desperately. Warren Buffett? Borderline...

the gardeners cottage said...

i think jd should be moved up and leon should be dropped altogether. clooney is so classic. what about paul newman or steve mcqueen?

~janet

gucci watches said...

Although I do agree with your post, I have my own reservations.

sanctuaryhome said...

I am with the gardener's cottage, Andre Leon Talley should be removed all together. Any man that frequently wears a cape is off my list.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

For me, it will always be Cary Grant.

Sara Louise said...

Clooney, Redford, and Depp! Oh my! My heart is all a flutter!! Lovely post with my morning coffee, thank you!

"All things French" said...

George Clooney gets my vote - he's the whole package and I can't think of anyone who comes even close - perhaps at a squeeze Richard Gere.
~Dianne~

Lisa said...

Pierce Bronson and Steve McQueen absolutley! Did you see The Thomas Crowne Affair?!? Oh my, I seriousley wanted to be Renee Russo in the remake.
Stop by if you can. I have some real lookers on my page today.
Glad you did a post for the men.
Lisa

Pearl said...

Oh, I agree about Mastroianni. Oddly, not Tin Gunn or Colin Firth, although I admire both and they certainly dresses well--but not glamour, here. Depp definitely has glamour, but only when he is "himself" and not a character (actors are tricky that way). The thing with men is that their standard gear offers much simpler and much more available uniforms, and it is only recently that men (outside fashion, perhaps) have messed up such simple and elegant opportunities as suits and shirts and tuxedos. Glamour comes in either gender from knowing onesself and in men, as in women, it is enhanced with a sense of humor, intelligence, and a wider eye on the world, as well as personal charisma that attracts others to you.

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Mary said...

When I saw George Clooney's movie about the Travelor in the Airport last Christmas, I couldn't get his "look with a smirk" out of my mind! He is sooooo ravishingly charming. He would have to watch out if I met him in an elevator!!!
Johnny Depp - DEFINITELY. He has the same attraction for me. I loved him in the J.M Barrie bioptic.
Robert Redford appears to me like he refused to go for sunglasses or facial conditioner even though he lives in Utah with all that cold and wind. I don't think he belongs in the same group, unfortunately.

Tiffany said...

I'm with Pseu & Duchesse.

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