Timeless Cool: The Style of Sammy Davis Jr.

Medley of: I’ve Got You Under My Skin, You Came A Long Way From St. Louis,
You Are My Sunshine, Bee-Bom, One For My Baby
An American of color, Jewish, and Puerto Rican, the multi-cultural and multi-talented Samuel George “Sammy” Davis Jr. reigned supreme throughout his life as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Not too many people can sing, dance, tell jokes, pantomime, act, do impersonations, play three instruments (vibraphone, trumpet, drums), and tap dance… but Sammy could.

We’ve watched a few of his videos, now let’s take a look at his style.

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The 1950s were really all about conservatism. Tailored suits in shades of gray, navy, and brown were popular. A hat, pocket square, tie-clip, and cuff-links were as essential as having a belt– no man was complete without his accessories (or his cigarettes).

The style of 1960s is the style many men admire in modern times… slimmer fitting suits, fitted dress shirts, slim ties, and if you were in Hollywood, or let’s say a member of The Rat Pack a sharkskin suit was a regular in your wardrobe.

Sammy’s style was that of the times, with his own Sammy or hollywood touch like maybe an intentional loosened bow-tie and collar.

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From the staple 50s/60s gray flannel suit to slim ties to Beatle boots, get a piece of Sammy’s style below:

More Sammy:

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The First Man of Color to appear on GQ Magazine. 1967.
He’s wearing a gray plaid Sy Devore double-breasted suit
with a slim black tie. (Photographed by Milton Greene)

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Always an entertainer, Sammy seizes this moment to tap dance on a table in his cropped two button suit and beatle boots.

The Style of B.o.B and Bobby Ray.

I think this is going to be Bobby Ray Day over here at The Urban Gentleman– it’s the least I can do for a fellow Eastsider and friend. All the new album info is on the previous post, and as discussed we’re all copping it for $7.99 at Amazon. Now, we’re going to focus on the style of B.o.B aka Bobby Ray.
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Like most new artist Bobby’s style isn’t quite set in stone, I’m sure he’s still dealing with contractual duties and wearing the threads that the sponsors and record label’s stylist provides. But within all of that he still manages to add his personal touch to most of the ensembles he sports.

It’s safe to say that when it comes to Bobby, there’s two dimensions, two personas, two __(fill in blank with an appropriate word)__: B.o.B and Bobby Ray… and yes they are the same person, but as made apparent by his 2nd mixtape “B.o.B vs Bobby Ray” they’re almost completely opposite, not only in sound, but in looks and overall style.

“Jock it, Love it, Own it.
Check out BoB’s vs Bobby Ray’s style below…
The Style of B.o.B

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“B.o.B…. Uno is my numeral, they said that hip-hop was dead, hmph, I musta missed the funeral”. B.o.B doesn’t like to be categorized in a genre, but humbly accepts the fact that guys like him are bringing back hip-hop… making it respectable again, making it an art form, making it the feel good music it once was instead of the, well, ummm– crappiness it had become.

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And with his hip-hop flavor, BoB brings the one day classic 2010-ish hip-hop style. An eye-catching graphic tee, sneakers, a cool jacket (if the season calls for it), trendy shades, and maybe an optional well thought-out tattoo or two, is all it takes to get his look down.

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Get the Look:

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The Style of Bobby Ray

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“B dot O dot B was the name, I ain’t like Bobby Ray, cuz I was ashamed, but you can call me Bobby Ray from this day forth and I could give a damn about the fame and fortune…” Now Bobby Ray, the artist, from Atlanta, the eastside of Atlanta, yeah, well he can’t be put into a box. He’s some type of southern mosaic of indie alternative country rock&roll hip-hop pop… basically alot of stuff in one. And his style reflects just that.

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Fedoras, classic wayfarers, beaded alternative looking accessories (usually one necklace and one bracelet), button-ups, henleys, cardigans, basic tees worn under button-ups and cardigans, and whatever shoes fit the look– maybe classic allstars, maybe boots, maybe boat shoes, its whatever that particular moment in time calls for.

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Get the Look:

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I slightly prefer Bobby Ray’s style at this point, only because his fedora collection is sick! And he manages to wear them without looking cheesy. He just looks like a really cool southern guy (georgia born and bred)… I can think of several artist that should take note, I would call names, buuuuut I won’t.

Bobby Ray Accessories & Fedoras:

Fedoras:

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Bobby Ray and Asher Roth
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Get The Red Carpet Look

Get the red carpet look of the most well-dressed stars.

2010 Oscar Awards: Men’s Fashion on the Red Carpet

Red Carpet Photos from the 82nd Annual Academy Awards
held at the Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.




Actor Taylor Lautner wearing Dolce & Gabbana



Zac Efron wearing Calvin Klein



Super-Producer and Director Tyler Perry



Actor Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey
(wearing Lanvin).

LOTS more pictures, fashion summary, and Oscar winners below:




Actor George Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis


Actor Samuel L. Jackson



Chris Pine wearing a Ralph Lauren Purple Label tuxedo
and Ferragamo shoes


Woody Harrelson and wife Laura Louie
wearing a custom tuxedo, shirt, and tie by Burberry.



Ryan Reyonolds
Wearing a tuxedo, shirt, gold cufflinks,
cummerbund, bowtie, and patent leather shoes by Tom Ford.



Actor Jake Gyllenhaal
wearing a Burberry suit and Ferragamo Tramezza shoes


Actress Paula Patton and husband singer Robin Thicke
(wearing head-to-toe Burberry)



Matt Damon and wife Luciana Damonin
in head-to-toe Ferragamo




Actress Zoe Kravitz and father singer/actor Lenny Kravitz


‘Hurt Locker’ Actor Anthony Mackie in custom Burberry


Hurt Locker’s Brian Geraghty in custom Burberry


Actor Jeremy Renner wearing a 3-piece Emporio Armani

Summary: As usual the guys kept it classic in traditional tuxedos and bow-ties. Robert Downey Jr. was on of the few who stood out wearing blue-lensed wayfarers, a blue bow-tie, and Lanvin sneakers. If I had to give my choice for the most well-groomed it would probably go to Ryan Reynolds, he looked damn-near flawless and exemplified the “grooming trend” of the perfectly trimmed, light, 5 o’clock shadow.

Winners for the 2010 Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ‘The Hurt Locker’
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock ‘The Blind Side’
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges,’Crazy Heart’
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique, ‘Precious’
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglourious Basterds’


(Front L-R) Director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and producer Greg Shapiro, and (rear L-R) actors Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie accept Best Picture award for ‘The Hurt Locker’ onstage.

Rock Kid Style: Landon Barker

Mini rocker urban gent Landon Barker is the first born son of Blink 182 rockstar Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler. Since birth he’s been turning heads with his bad boy looks.  
Landon has just the right amount of punk-rock edge  with his faux hawks/mohawks, fitted hats, stunner shades, and red and black ensembles. 

I like Landon’s choice of corduroys instead of jeans, 
it really adds dimension to his look
 
Landon keeps it gangsta at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
It’s sorta cute how he never smiles, it’s like he’s trying to emulate his dad

 
Get Landon’s Look Below:

Sleeveless shirt, 5.99; Black jeans, 16.99;
Rock Culture t-shirt, 9.99; Rocker Cuff, 1.99

Check out other mini urban gents here.

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