Style Never Sleeps: The Gekko Look Past & Present

This entry was posted on October 8, 2010 under Dressing Guidelines, Rules. Written by:



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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15 Comments to “Style Never Sleeps: The Gekko Look Past & Present”

  1. Patrick Paes says:

    I would like you to tell me ,what kind of collar is on Paul Vitti dresss white shirt in the movie of Analyse This .Thank You mipazon@yahoo.com

  2. LauraF says:

    @Patrick, Unfortunately, we are unaware of the technical name for this type of collar; however, we will continue to research it. The closest collar that we carry at this time would be our European straight.

  3. LauraF says:

    @Patrick, We have located the type of collar you were inquiring about. The name of the collar is “Tremont” and it was made in the early 1900′s by the company Arrow Collars (later becoming Arrow Shirts). As far as we can tell, it is no longer made. We assume the shirt was specially made for the movie.

    Another style that we carry that will be close to this collar, and is actually from the same time period, would be our eyelet collar.

    Thanks for the question. I had fun researching it for you!

  4. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and all. However imagine if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this blog could undeniably be one of the most beneficial in its niche. Amazing blog!

  5. LauraF says:

    @ Dominick – Thank you for your great feedback! We will definitely take these suggestions into consideration!

  6. Al says:

    Hi, in the same movie (Analyze this) Deniro wears some vintage looking shirts during the movie, can you tell me what kind of shirts are those? where can i find them? Thanks a lot.

  7. LauraF says:

    @Al – Thank you for your question. Unfotunately, I have been unable to locate any information on the vintage shirts Robert DeNiro wore in the movie. I believe these were also made specially for the movie.

    Sorry, I was unable to help! If you have any additional questions, please let us know.

  8. Nephi says:

    Hey, good to find semoone who agrees with me. GMTA.

  9. alex says:

    Hi, can you provide me with the link to your european straight collar shirts or eyelet collar shirts? thanks

  10. LauraF says:

    Thank you for contacting us, Alex! Below you will find the links to our European straight collar and eyelet collar dress shirts as requested.

    European Straight Collar

    Eyelet Collar

    If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know!

  11. Rosemary says:

    Robert DeNiro wore a shirt called the “Tremont Collar Shirt.

  12. John says:

    I am curious if you can tell who makes the Navy tie with large purple circle patterns in Wall Street 2 that Gekko is wearing at the end of the movie with his blue and purple striped suit.

  13. Thank you for the question, John. Unfortunately, we would not be aware of the brand for the tie he is wearing. It could have been made specifically for that movie.

    I’m sorry we couldn’t provide you with the information you were looking for. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please let us know!

  14. John says:

    Is there anything available in the Paul Frederick line that has the same look? I like that typical Wall Street look and would love to see what your company has to offer that has the same look.

  15. Unfortunately, we do not have a similar tie available. We do, however, have many ties to choose from. You can view our entire tie collection by clicking here. Or if you are only interested in blue ties, you can view that collection here.

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