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#30: Transcendent

January 26, 2009

tran⋅scend⋅ent
   /trænˈsɛndənt/ [tran-sen-duhnt]
–adjective
1. going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding.
2. superior or supreme

Today, the genuinely transcendent Paul Newman would have been 84 years old. Happy birthday, Paul.

Few men have ever exuded minimalistic, subtle, rugged masculunity to perfection the way that Paul did. It was effortless and quintessentially American. And he did it without the aid of shaggy hair or stubble. Remarkable!

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The lost art of the slim chino– this is an absolutely necessary element in mens fashion that we rarely seen done well or correctly anymore.

Paul was a master of basic white, be it your standard button down oxford, your white pant, or white sweater. Let us not forget the power of a well-worn plain white shirt:
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(with wife of 50 years, Joanne Woodward)
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(above photos from Mens Vogue)

I hope this post inspires everyone to run out and buy a well-fitted white button down.
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The man wore his casual basics like high fashion.
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Robert Redford said ‘this country is better for his being in it.’ His dashing good looks, perfectly proportionate style, and influence on mens fashion aside, he was also a most magnanimous public figure, political voice, and humanitarian. I love Paul Newman.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2009 12:50 am

    A buddy of mine always argue on who is more handsome in their prime, Newman or Redford. I don’t know why we feel the need to argue about a the handsomeness of two legendary stars. I remember one night out drinking we started up the age old argument and by the end of the night the entire bar crowd was in on it, and choosing sides.

    Edge goes to Newman for his eyes and style, but Redford definitely looks better in a mustache.

  2. indiansummervintage permalink*
    February 5, 2009 7:18 am

    I agree, about the ‘stache too… but maybe the real question is Redford as Hubbel vs Redford as Sundance…

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