Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the original “Wall Street” movie is one of the great style icons to come out of the ‘80s. When future historians want to know what “power dressing” was all about during the “Masters of the Universe” era of high finance, they’ll need look no further.
Now Gekko is back in Oliver Stone’s sequel “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” and he’s a changed man both inside and out — or is he?
You may not have Gekko’s magic ability to turn $100 million into $1 billion in a matter of months, but here’s how to get Gekko’s look past and present.
Adrift in the more relaxed dress codes of today, new Gekko spends much of “Wall Street 2” without a tie, and sadly looks like a peacock without its tail. But in one scene Gekko dons a plaid patterned sportcoat paired pale shirt and solid tie. To get the look for yourself, try our Blue Windowpane Sportcoat (the single-breasted peak lapel is the film’s primary suit style), our Cotton Pinpoint Traditional Straight Collar Dress Shirt in light blue, and one of our Essential Silk Ties in solid satin.
For an ‘80s Gekko look, start with our Glen Plaid Wool Flannel Suit (authority-oozing double-breasteds were as comfy as pajamas for Gekko). Then add our English Button Tab shirt in elegant blue or burgundy stripes and contrasting white collar and French cuffs, or our Blue Patterned Dress Shirt with rounded club collar — both very Gekko. For neckwear, try a timeless classic like our Silk Houndstooth in grey. And don’t forget our pocket square in a classic ‘30s-inspired polka dot.
Bonus look: For one of the final scenes in “Wall Street 2,” Gekko appears in a sweater, Chesterfield coat and patterned scarf, revealing himself the master of casual elegance as well as the power look. To get the look, try combining our Lambswool/Cashmere Town Coat with our Reversible Silk/Wool Scarf in black paisley or wine medallion, or our Houndstooth Scarf.
Take a closer look at items from our Holiday 2010 collection that we feel represent the Gordon Gekko Look.
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