American Pharaoh was victorious on the track, but as expected, when it comes to style, there weren't many winners at this year's Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, two of our favorites, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, each fell victim to the Derby's costume-y temptations in their own ways. Gronk went, well, full Gronk, opting for a madras suit, boat shoes, fedora, and frat star sunglasses, effectively crashing and burning. Meanwhile, Tom Brady also missed the mark, if much more subtly. We appreciate him laying off the seersucker, but Tom, if you're going to go for the no-tie or air-tie look, you've gotta commit. We know you're a golden boy, but the "bandana collar as tie stand-in" feels a little too Golden Retriever.
For his 40th anniversary, Giorgio Armani invited the top one percent of the fashion world (a monumentally small bunch of insanely good-looking and well-dressed people) to Milan for a shindig of Armani proportions. They toasted to him, hung out in some of the best suits we've ever seen, and we presume they all had an amazing time. At least they look like they did.
Up-to-the-minute timepiece style from GQ's watch editor Ted Stafford
With their reissue of the time-honored Pan Europ, Hamilton is bringing back '70s manly man style. This enduring time-piece was originally introduced in 1971, and was one of the first auto chrono watches on the market, meaning it charges itself with the movement of your body. Featured in the GQ's May issue (along with a stylish group of other 70's style sport watches), the Pan Europ is a stand-out piece with it's bright blue bevel and dial. Available with both leather and nato straps, it's perfect for kicking-up your office and weekend style. Tough, sturdy, expertly made, and ready for summer, this throwback will get a lot of attention and add a bit of sexy '70s swagger to your wrist.
Though he's a big guy as is (we're talking 339 pounds big), Danny Shelton had one of the biggest nights of his young life yesterday. The University of Washington nose tackle was taken as the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. Though the Buckeye State is worlds away from his hometown in Auburn, Washington, and even further from Samoa, where his family originates, Shelton put on for his culture in a big way. In a tribal-printed vest and sarong, he shattered the oversized three-piece suit stereotype. Just before he took the stage last night, we talked to Shelton about how he was prepping for the momentous occasion.
What kind of suit are you wearing to the draft tonight? I've been preparing for this day for a while now. Basically I'm going traditional. I'm going Samoan style formalwear. And I'm wearing maroon and silver colors.
To people who aren't experts in Samoan style, what can we expect to see? I'm wearing a tribal-printed vest and what's basically a sarong. It's a more formal sarong, so there's no print. It's just a plain color. That's how we do it in our culture, for formal settings like weddings, funerals, church.
As for your hair, sometimes you wear cornrows, other times you let it flow, and you've got blonde highlights. How are you wearing it tonight? To be honest, I'm gonna let the people at the Pantene salon they've got here decide for me. I'm definitely going to wear it down and let if low, but first they've got to take care of them women in my family [laughs].
In terms of facial hair, usually you're pretty clean shaven. Have you always liked a more slick look? It's just something I have to do because I don't really grow facial hair all that well. So I have to keep it clean.
Troy Polamalu just announced his retirement. Do you think you can give him a run for his money in the hair game? Troy Polamalu has always been an idol for me, so yeah, my plan is to grow my hair out and see how long it gets. I'm gonna try to give him a run for his money because he's always been a roll model for me.
Last question: Which color combos look best on you? I think darker, solid colors look best, like maroon or navy blue. But growing up my favorite team was the 49ers, so we'll see.