Jon Bernthal Tries On This Fall's Best New Designer Menswear
The New Slouch: Dressing very GQ usually means looking pulled together. Lately it can also mean artful dishevelment: Untuck your shirt, buy looser pants, and wear a coat that hangs like a superhero’s cape. Everything still fits, it’s just...relaxed.
Coat (similar style), $5,000, sweater, $1,000 shirt, $835, pants, $835, sneakers, $1,000, by Louis Vuitton / Necklace by Miansai
First we saw all the fall runway shows. Then we scoured the collections for our favorite pieces. Now, at last, we unveil Our Big Fall Fashion Preview a.k.a. The Return Of Macho Style. Join us as we drool over the coming season's most coveted clothes, as worn by the summer's baddest villain: scene-stealing
Jon Bernthal's house sits in the hills of Ojai, close enough to L.A. but not
close. “I'm within striking distance,” he says, providing a low-key shorthand for his preferred relationship with Hollywood: in it, though not entirely of it, with the freedom to move as he pleases.
Judging from his run on-screen lately, you maybe wouldn't guess that Bernthal has done anything to keep the movie business at arm's length. This summer alone, he appears in the prison thriller
Your Checkred Future: When it comes to streetwear in 2017, only two patterns matter: camouflage (which you already know) and this buffalo plaid (which works on everything down to your boxers, but maybe start with a nice jacket).
Stepped-Up Tweed: The first thing you notice is all that leather trim on the pockets. Then you see those pimp-worthy lapels. Tweed has never been wilder—okay, it’s never been wild at all and that’s why we’re excited.
Double Denim: All-American tough guys (like Bernthal) wear jeans. All-American designers (like Calvin Klein) make some of the world’s best. If you need inspiration to wear it all at once, cue up Badlands and watch Martin Sheen make it look easy.
I grew up with Bernthal in Washington, D.C., and he was always a full-speed-ahead kind of kid: big heart, big mouth, forever fully committed. We ran into each other in a bar several years ago, after he'd discovered acting at Skidmore and been accepted to study at Harvard's American Repertory Theater. At that point, he was starting to get great reviews onstage, and he told me he thought he had a shot at making a career out of it. He seemed only slightly less surprised than I was.
In the quick years that followed, what's made him so right in a succession of supporting roles—playing opposite your DiCaprios
—is a knack for vanishing, for inhabiting a series of wholly different and strangely compelling big-screen toughs. “I want you to say, ‘Holy shit!’ [when you realize it's me],” he says. “I want to play the role; I don't want to be the actor in the role.”
The Peruvian Sweater: Llamas are our new spirit animal. If for some reason you’re not on board with that (more of an alpaca guy?), at least broaden your chest with horizontal prints.
The Sheepish Bomber: They’re still tough on the outside, but fall’s shearling bomber jackets come with a soft underbelly.
Of course, the disappearing gets harder to pull off once you're the one up on the billboard. Later this year, he's starring in the titular role in Netflix's
a Marvel series that'll put him front and center. “I'm not going to bullshit you; I worry about that,” he tells me, though he appears grateful for the problem. And no doubt thankful for the dearth of billboards out in Ojai.
Bloody Good Pinstripes: We’re getting a very Sweeney Todd vibe from this doublebreasted jacket with stripes in punky red. It just goes to show how much danger is still left in the old banker uniform.
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