Live the life

Live the life

German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder was never one to shy away from the provocative, and his last film before his untimely death, 1982's dreamlike Querelle, was no exception. Loosely based on Jean Genet's book Querelle de Brest, it tells the violent, homoerotically charged story of a degenerate sailor, detailing his misdeeds while off-duty in a small port city. With his low-cut top and butt-hugging pants, Fassbinder's titular character, played by Brad Davis, epitomized hyper-masculine archetypes reminiscent of Tom of Finland and the Village People. Anchors aweigh, indeed.

 

August 04 2011 8:00 PM

Miles Davis was a vital force in the evolution of jazz, amassing critical praise, pioneering movements like bebop and jazz fusion, and ultimately changing the game for his peers. But while his career was rooted in a complex world of rhythm and melody (he produced the best-selling jazz album in history, 1959's Kind of Blue,), his dress reflected a simpler notion of cool.

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While many people equate the King with a rhinestone-studded jumpsuit and long bushy sideburns, his lip curled and brow damp (you know, elope-in-Vegas Elvis), we prefer to remember him as the young, dreamy crooner with an affinity for island life. In addition to a trio of 1960s film musicals revolving around tropical exploits (Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style), Presley staged 1973's Aloha From Hawaii, the first-ever concert to be broadcast worldwide.

 

Photography by Jonathon Kambouris

 

January 26 2011 7:00 PM

The thing about Mick Jagger as a fashion icon is that he's been around forever. And he's been skinny forever, too, meaning he could always wear pretty much whatever he wanted and still look good. But it's '70s Jagger we love best, when the Rolling Stones front man was in his late 20s and early 30s'confident, cocky, still raw, at the height of his sex appeal (he married Bianca in 1971 and a year later released the band's best album, Exile on Main St.). His look then was louche, relaxed, and feminine without being high camp. In short, he was hot.

December 20 2010 7:00 PM

Polymath English playwright No'l Coward's greatest production might have been himself. Born to a middle-class family in a London suburb in 1899, Coward was soon carried to the English demimonde by his innate genius with words''' -- he wrote more than 50 plays, musicals, novels, and revues -- and his flamboyant style. 'I'll go through life either first class or third,' he once said, 'but never in second.' By the time he died in Jamaica in 1973, Sir Coward had ensured it would be first all the way.

 

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