When I think “fantastic style,” the first folks who come to mind are typically not dudes. This is not because men are not amazing dressers quite often–men like Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (good god, man), Zachary Quinto and Sergio Ines all have exceptionally amazing style. But George Clooney, while being one of the most unreasonably charming men in Hollywood, is not typically at the top of the male stylesetters list. That is, until I saw his odd, absurd, wonderful cover for W Magazine today.
Accompanying his interview with Lynn Hirschberg for W is a series of stunning images shot by Emma Summerton. In them, the actor wears an incredible polka dot getup featuring a Georgio Armani suit, shirt and shoes customized by Yayoi Kusama and styled by Michael Kucmeroski. Of the outfit, Clooney says he’s “proud to be Snoopy!” which is rather adorable in every way.
As for the interview, we learn a few snazzy things about Mr. Clooney and his upcoming film The Monuments Men. For example, he’s pretty f’ing poignant regarding–duh–monuments:
I remember walking up those stairs [of the Lincoln Memorial] and looking at this carved piece of marble that had nothing to do with a carved piece of marble. That statue said something to me about us as a society. InThe Monuments Men, we question whether saving art is worth a life, and I would argue that the culture of a people represents life.
As a kid, he had good taste in ladies.
When I was a kid, I was in love with Audrey Hepburn. I watchedRoman Holiday when I was 11, and I thought she was as elegant as anything I’d ever seen. And I fell madly in love with her. I also always loved Grace Kelly. I mean, when she comes out of the water in To Catch a Thief, I thought, That’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
He does say something that peeves me, though:
Yes, [Hitler] was a failed artist in Vienna. In the film, we show a couple of his watercolors. If he had only been a little bit better at painting, history might be different.
Eh, let’s not go around claiming the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened if only Hitler had been a “little better” at making pretty pictures, but that’s another topic for another day and I’m pretty sure it’ll only make me irritated to start ranting about.
All in all, it’s nice to see a photoshoot featuring a male celebrity get really creative with the clothing rather than just doing the regular ol’ sexy-suit-and-tie combo (not that I’m complaining too much, don’t hate me, JT). Definitely check out the rest of the great Clooney shots Summerton took over at W!