Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde on the Set of “Vinyl”

Posted on October 15, 2015

Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde spotted filming for the TV series “Vinyl” in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

 

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That is some deliciously on point circa 1975 costuming. Olivia’s styles have come back at least twice since the seventies (and you could make it 2015-ready with some minor tweaks), but the world of menswear has never gone back to Bobby’s Saturday Night Fever style, which is kind of a shame. We don’t mean that as a defense of this particular suit, just that it reminds us how staid, conservative, and unchanging menswear has been for a very long time. There was a period, which began about 50 years ago and ended about 30 years ago, where menswear went through some experimental phases and pushed the envelope a bit, but for the most part, menswear has remained barely changed in the last 100 years. The only difference now is that men dress much more casually than men of previous generations. That’s less an evolution and more of a regression, because the casual male uniform of say, a t-shirt and jeans or polo and jeans or occasional plaid button-down and jeans is essentially a grown-up version of what little boys have been wearing for roughly the past 70 or so years.

Wow, we got all serious and tangent-y there for a moment! We think it’s because we lied to you. We do mean the above as a defense of Bobby’s shiny wide lapels and flared pants. It’s so easy to joke about disco suits or Flock of Seagulls hair or leisure suits – and we’ve made plenty of those jokes ourselves – but the more we comment on men’s fashion, the more we realize what a massively depressing rut it’s in – and has been for decades. We really mean it when we say we’re not arguing for its return, but the classic disco suit had an easy sexuality and party-ready vibe to it, which is why it tended to be so liberating for men because they wore them everywhere – not just to discos. They wore them in the office and in church and on parent-teacher night; a constant message of “I’m DTF and ready to party,” even if it wasn’t remotely true. Sleazy in retrospect, sure, but in its own way, it was as liberating to the men who grew up believing they’d be wearing grey flannel suits every day for the rest of their lives as it was to the women who thought they’d be stuck in a girdle until the grave.

 

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