Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Apollo 13

You've undoubtedly seen Ron Howard's classic before and it was by far the coolest movie I ever got to watch in school (followed closely by Contact and Outbreak).  Outside of the geeky polyester blend short sleeve button downs there's a lot of late 60's, early 70's (the events of the film transpired in April 1970) slim style to be had here.  The movie is a gold standard of how to wear a skinny tie and tie bar, not to mention there is some serious watch envy courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (check out the astronaut Agnelli shot below).  And don't worry, there will be no "Houston, we have a problem" jokes...



  1. Nice one! Never would have thought of A11...
    Let me know your thoughts on this Lawrence, but I don't like the low tie bar (or maybe even tie "clip") placements on some of these gents- to me it looks a bit corny, or maybe even nerdy, because they're attached so far south-- but they are after all playing science nerds, I guess.
    On the whole, however, this pretty exemplar of my favourite style era.

  2. TO- Conventional knowledge actually subscribes to the fact that the higher your tie bar the nerdier you are. With that said, I prefer mine north over south.

  3. Great movie...Always thought the NASA vest was the best touch.

  4. Apollo 13 is one of my all time favorite movies.
    It captures the era, the attitudes, the fashion and the feeling of what it was like to live the mission. Perhaps the best complement is that it keeps you engaged even though you KNOW the ending.

    My dad used to work at IBM in the 1970s and he dressed about the same. He's still pretty wicked on the old slide rule for calculations. Those engineers were not just book smart; they were bad-ass techies who strove to understand every possible aspect of their area of expertise. The computing power at hand was less than what's in your frickin IPhone and they sent me to the moon and back! Their 100% commitment is how they could be presented with a box containing all the stuff the crew had and be given the task of fitting a square peg into a round air filter hole (picture 8). True heroes.

    The NASA vest is truth not movie license. Gene Kranz's wife made him a vest for each mission... a good luck for a smooth ride totem.
    The 4th picture rocking the Omega Speedmaster OUTSIDE the spacesuit is also truth not fiction. It remains the only flight qualified watch for NASA for use inside or outside the spacecraft. I'm rocking a 1969 Omega Speedmaster as we speak. A 40 year old watch that has stood the test of time.

  5. well said L.A.S, this movie is indeed a great one and not to forget the way all the stars dress.. classic..and i loved Tom Hanks in this movie as well..