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January 2011

Baby It's Cold Outside - Sexy Guys in Cold-Weather Gear




Inspired by this year's harsh winter (2011), I immersed myself in a review of winter fashion ads from my archive and found a good many that warmed me up - on a number of levels.  And, as a friend once pointed out, if you've got a great physique your sex appeal shows through no matter what (or how much) you wear.  And the selection of ads I've chosen prove his point.  Please enjoy the parade of sexy men in their cold-weather attire ...



This handsome man lounging in his long johns beckons you to open the catalog - whose pages will be comprised largely of skimpy underwear on beefy torsos - which, of course, is Undergear's bread and butter.





A high-end sportswear clothier established in 1978 and based in Milan, the company is named after the famed British golfer from the 1930s, '40s and '50s known for his impeccable style of dress (and who I never heard of).  Similar to Polo, Henry Cotton's prides itself on "informal elegance".  It has a big presence in Asia, but has failed in its attempts here in the States at operating standalone retail stores.  Instead, it has a roster of exclusive stores that carry its label.





UA claims to have created the "performance apparel" category in 1996, supplying the NFL and college football teams with lightweight, breathable workout gear that hugs every muscle.  The company expanded into the consumer market about around 2000.  (Count me as a satisfied customer.)  It offers great form-fitting gear for all types of activities and all types of weather.





Before going out on his own Ferre was the stylistic director of Christian Dior.  He died seven years ago (2004), just shy of his 63rd birthday, but his label lives on.  FYI, the model in this Bergdorf's ad, Hoyt Richards, got a lot of work in the late 1980s and '90s.  No surprise, at the age of 52 (2014) he's still a handsome man.





He's got stunning eyes, a rugged and square jawline and a luxurious fur collar to keep him cozy.  A beautifully composed ad for an 114-year-old (as of 2014) menswear manufacturer headquartered in Rochester, NY (a surprise for all of us who think only of Kodak whenever this city is mentioned).





Although the company's founder, Salvatore Ferragamo, has been dead for more than 50 years, his legacy of fine footwear lives on.  And as this ad attests, the presence of a hot body isn't always necessary to exude sex appeal.






























"And Then I Wrote A Song About It" - Big Musical, One Person




Some people, like me, write a blog to tell stories about their life.  Others choose a different medium to do so.  Such is the case with Eric H. Weinberger who has written the autobiographical musical And Then I Wrote A Song About It.  A one-man show, it follows the adventures of an aspiring out actor-singer-songwriter-dancer-secretary (played by Nick Cearley, who previously appeared in All Shook Up and Altar Boyz) as he searches for love and fame in the New York of the early 80s.  




Back then, Weinberger worked at NBC and had the opportunity to appear in a talent show for NBC employees that aired on Tom Snyder's late night NBC talk show (photo, below).  This is just one of the experiences recounted in Song, a show Weinberger (photo, above) described to me as being earnest yet uproarious - with a beat you can dance to.  Song lyrics by Sammy Buck and the show's upbeat score composed by Daniel S. Acquisto were inspired by the era's classic disco tunes.  The show's director is Igor Goldin




(One reason I'm looking forward to seeing the show is that it parallels my life in many ways, i.e. new to NYC in 1979 and making my way through career bumps and the twists and turns regarding matters of the heart - with disco as the soundtrack!)    





At the end of 2010, Song had a limited run at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ.  In March/April of this year it heads west to San Diego where it will have a 3-week run at the Diversionary Theatre.  But before that run the show will preview here in NYC as part of the Musical Mondays Theatre Lab* which offers "first looks" at new musicals (among them was Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal which was first known as Feeling Electric).


The preview will be one night only, on Thursday, Jan. 20 (2011) at 6:30PM at the Jerry Orbach Theater, in the Snapple Theater Center on 210 W.50th St.  If you'd like to attend, discounted tickets are available for $10 (less than a movie ticket!) by mentioning code ZEIT.  Reservations can be made at musicalmondays@org or by calling 212-989-6706.




*Not to be confused with Splash Bar's "Musical Mondays". 

Joy to the World - More Alluring Men's Underwear Ads


Back by popular demand, here's a second installment of titillating men's underwear ads from the past 20 years (1990-2010)


  • Calvin Klein.  Part of an iconic ad campaign from the early 1990s, what makes this particular execution stand out for me is the fact that it's one of the few underwear ads for any label in which the model is smiling.  And Marky Mark's smile here is even more beguiling considering his thug pedigree (now a distant memory since transforming into "actor" Mark Wahlberg). 




  • Polo.  There's not a stitch of clothing visible, but, yes, it's an underwear ad - because the headline says so.  But somehow I'm okay with that.




  • Banana Republic.  Such a sweet ad.  It might have been a cute touch to have little boxers for the dog as well (a line extension?).




  • Tommy Hilfiger.  I like this ad for the contrast of the vivid blue background with the white briefs and the model's skin color.  And his pulling the briefs away from his mid-section is somewhat of a provocative touch.




  • Polo.  Unlike the Polo spread a few photos above (perhaps using the same model) this Polo ad manages to show the briefs (barely).  Nice use of a redhead - and the dog tag is a nice touch, especially because it draws attention to his pecs. 




  • Finally,covers of the New Yorker often make playful commentaries on trends of the day, and in this one the waistband-as-ad-message takes a jab.  Since this cover appeared in the summer of 1997, waistband labels have become even bigger and bolder.