Swag 101: The Conversation Denzel Washington Should Have With Steve Harvey
by Yvette Carnell
Am I the only one who sees this? Denzel Washington covers October’s GQ, and kills it. Denzel, fully comfortable and at home in his own skin, emotes an authentic masculinity so powerful that it borders on hypnotic.
Denzel Washington is not just a man who wears a good suit. It’s not incidental. He is a man, and therefore, he wears a good suit. In that sense, wearing a good suit is a consequence of manhood.
But thoughts of Denzel covering GQ uproot, at least in my mind, images of his fashion opposite – Steve Harvey. When I think of Harvey, I immediately chuckle at the SNL skit mocking the suits in The Steve Harvey Collection:
Steve Harvey: You like this suit playa?
Contestant: It’s very nice.
Steve Harvey: It’s from The Steve Harvey Collection! You know how many buttons it’s got? 50! 10 just inside the sleeves right here!
10 Buttons is 10 buttons too many.
To me, Steve Harvey’s look is a lot like the awkward look of a teen when he first tries to his exchange saggy jeans for his Sunday best. It’s an insecure look, indicative of a man not fully grown, not mature enough to appreciate the shape of his shoulders, thighs, or collar. It’s a flat rendition of mahood, one which grandma applauds, hoping that it will get better over time, still, all the while, knowing that it is a lot better than the saggy jeans and overpriced sneakers. It’s a start.
We tend to assume that celebrities know everything, and that’s why they’re rich and successful, but it’s worth considering that, sometimes, they don’t do any better because they don’t know any better. Maybe oversized, ill-fitting, zoot suits are all Steve Harvey knows. And maybe it’s time for Denzel to make a phone call and put a bug in his ear. Time for a man to man chat about what fashion is and isn’t.
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