Icons / July 2018

Style Icon: Jeff Goldblum

Having cultivated an eclectic and playful approach to dressing, Jeff Goldblum is injecting fun into fashion and proving that age is no hindrance to great style.

Jeff Goldblum as Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park (1993).

He has that trademark, part mumble, part can’t-remember-his-next-line style of delivery. His acting is replete with enough quirky mannerisms to give Stanislavski cold sweats. His form - his lankiness, those outsized ears, a complexion that means he could be from anywhere on the planet - hardly makes him matinee idol material. And yet, as the chat show host Conan O’Brien noted to him, “there is nobody remotely like you. You’re one of a kind. There’s just one Jeff Goldblum in the world.”

He’s back in another world this year, in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, once again playing the scientist-with-style that has become a career staple. But what style: while much of the cast is dashing about in outdoorsy action duds, Goldblum’s there in tone-on-tone, darker-than-dark tailoring: Richard Dawkins as though outfitted by the yakuza. That may have been the costume department’s choice - although it’s become a rule of thumb for most of Goldblum’s roles that he puts a little of his own wardrobe into the character mix - but it fits the man as well as the role: for while other Hollywood big-hitters have been lauded for their dress sense - many of them without much evidence - Goldblum has been unfairly overlooked. And this an actor who - excepting perhaps his madcap snakeskin-jacketed style in ‘Nashville’ - tends to look that much better in his civilian attire than he does on set; an actor, lest one forget, who will be of pensionable age this year.

But don’t expect that to mean a man who has retired in a litany of respectable suits. He’s more likely to be found in something akin to a biker jacket, printed shirt, chinos and sneakers - all of which sounds like a much younger man’s game, all of which Goldblum pulls off in a way that makes it entirely in keeping for a man of his years. His dressing has, in fact, got better over the last decade. OK, so he’s used a stylist to overhaul his wardrobe - but has been very open about the fact. And it’s worked.

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Josh Sims

Josh Sims is a writer on menswear, design and much else for the likes of Wallpaper, CNN, Robb Report and The Times. He's the author of several books on menswear, the latest 'The Details', published by Laurence King. He lives in London, has two small children and is permanently exhausted.