Click above for high res image gallery and full credit info. Photographed by Adrianna Ault for Luxist.
Welcome to the first in a new series of exclusive photo features showcasing seasonal style essentials inspired by classic icons of elegance, sport and design, photographed with the most beautiful and coveted cars on the road. The emphasis is on luxury of course, but of the timeless variety as opposed to mere extravagance.
In our recent Classicist
column on the 2010 Jaguar
XK convertible coming out this August, we remarked on the sleek new cat's stylistic heritage dating back to 1948's XK120
, as driven by the likes of Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart
and Clark Gable, as well as later models like the D-Type
(or XK-SS) made famous by the great Steve McQueen
. The first in our new series of exclusive shoots is inspired by them and stars the XK in homage to these stylish icons, both man and automotive (read all about the new XK here
In particular, the influence of Gable
(with his XK120 in 1954, top right) and McQueen (with his XK-SS, center right) can be seen in the summery style essentials we've assembled for this shoot. For the pastoral setting we drew on another classic Jaguar reference, an image of writer Truman Capote
in a Jaguar XK-E
, the model most closely aligned with the new XK, in the Hamptons
in 1965 (bottom right).
In the spirit of summer we've chosen a classic combination of navy and white, popular as fashionable resort wear for a nearly a century and still going strong in the right circles. While navy blazers of the type shown here originated as part of English cricket club scenery and other elegant sporting occasions such as the Henley Royal Regatta
, without gold buttons it needn't be unnecessarily nautical or costume-y.
The jacket shown here, in tropical weight wool with soft shoulders by the dashing Italian house of Etro
, references its sporting antecedents with grosgrain tipping on the lapels, pockets and cuffs; however, since it is finished in the same color as the jacket the effect is a subtle one, while the slim cut updates the look with Italian flair. A cream linen camp shirt by Paul Stuart
and white linen pants by Polo Ralph Lauren
round out the rest of the ensemble.
As an alternative on cooler days or evenings - which we've certainly had plenty of this summer - we've also included a variation
of the navy blazer by Brooks Brothers
made of butter-soft goat suede with spiffy sporting details including a throat latch, stand-up collar, action back and pure Irish linen lining, which calls to mind the jacket worn by Gable above.
While a polka dot foulard silk scarf by the venerable British clothier Turnbull & Asser
(shirtmaker to the Prince of Wales
) provides not only another classic touch and added dose of sprezzatura
, it also protects against the elements while piloting the XK with the top down at serious speeds. A hefty dose of McQueen meanwhile can be seen in the rakish cap, sunglasses and watch. For the feet and the road, a pair
of pebble-sold leather driving moccasins by Tod's
keep the haute
Italian vibe going.
The checked linen driving cap - this model
is made by Brooks Brothers - of the type favored by McQueen has no brim to collide with a car's headrest, and is infinitely more elegant than a baseball cap. Also on view: iconic Italian Persol sunglasses
, in particular the model
made famous by McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair
. Starring in this feature are a foldable version of McQueen's faves, as well as a couple of other killer Persol models; all are available at Ilori
. Also included is a pair of shades by Paul Smith
. The watch is a classic and vintage stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II
, available at Tourneau
, of a similar design to the Rolex Submariner model favored by McQueen (and which recently fetched a record price
at auction). Read on for details of the rest of the accessories after the jump.