Belated birthday wishes to Robert Redford, who turned 80 this week. Here, in The Great Gatsby. The film captured the covers of Time, Newsweek, GQ, and People, in its premier issue of March 4, 1974. I once ran into Bob in NY, as it turns out on one of Bill Cunningham's preferred blocks, on a late fall day. He was unescorted and clad in denim shirt, chunky tweed hacking jacket, jeans, and cowboy boots. I stopped him and briefly related a humorous anecdote that Paul Newman had told me about the two them. Looking every bit the movie star, he laughed and winked at me and said, "Thanks, old sport" (the words that he used over 50 times as Jay Gatsby). Like Newman, his preferences have always been toward quality classics. Off duty, Redford kept things simple- denim, white button-downs, aviator shades, tweed jackets, and scarves were his staples and to some extent still are. The timelessness of the streamlined pieces back in the day could be evidenced by the fact that he could likely pull much of his vintage wardrobe out and wear it today. Janelle Okwodu wrote this week for Vogue.com:
"The enduring appeal of Redford's cinematic looks speaks to the power of his films- seminal movies always seem stylish- and his ability to make almost anything he wore feel necessary. Guys can still look to his archival images and find inspiration in what he wore and the effortless way way in which he wore it."
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