Remember Michael B. Jordan as Wallace in The Wire? Well, he’s all grown up. As the star of the highly acclaimed Fruitvale Station, he’s become one of Hollywood's budding actors of the moment and a sex symbol, including a nod from GQ as the Breakout of the Year.
For the Men of the Year issue the Fruitvale Station actor was shot by Peggy Sirota. Jordan rocks five emerging designers that GQ considers “the New American Avant-Garde." The labels are Mattison, Skingraft, Public School, Stampd and En Noir.
If we had to sum the collective looks up with one word we’d go with hipster.
The cuffed skinny fit leather jogging pants, the numbered sweater, the opened button down with a tank underneath, the track jacket and all the ankle pants (that basically look like capris) are a hipsters dream wardrobe.
There is no variety in the clothing. Although Michael’s handsome looks and charm pull it off well enough, it doesn't stun. It's an unnatural preppy look. It seems more like something Fonzworth Bentley (you know, the guy with the umbrella who used to hang with Puffy) would wear. It’s not a knock to the designers or the actor. The problem could potentially lie in the styling.
To accompany the photo spread David Simon, the creator of HBO’s The Wire, wrote a brief essay.
“Perversely, we are at the edge of creating a hard-and-fast rule of film narrative in which the one assured means by which we can get America to care about young men of color is to shoot Michael B. Jordan,” he wrote. “Not Michael, to be fair. But any character portrayed by Michael.”
(Photo: Peggy Sirota for GQ MAgazine)