5 years in the past, the sight of three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis carrying a Carhartt work jacket and pants, a plaid flannel shirt, and a little bit rolled-up beanie set the menswear world on fireplace. The cultural cachet of canvas double-knee pants skyrocketed. Emma Specter, now a author at Vogue, likened his vibe to each an “NYU artistic writing main with an ethnomusicology focus” and “your Bushwick bartender/blogger boyfriend stepping out for a fast afternoon Juul.” The Wall Avenue Journal named him the best-dressed man of 2018. He had already retired from Hollywood by then, his remaining movie Phantom Thread (by which he performs a clothier) lengthy since out of theaters, however the “Daniel Day Drip” tone had been set.
Day-Lewis, a comparatively personal determine, hasn’t been seen in public a lot since—that’s, till final week, when he was twice seen out strolling in New York Metropolis together with his spouse, Rebecca Miller, whereas additionally sporting what gave the impression to be a wholly new set of threads. Upon first sighting, the 66-year-old wore a blue-and-brown striped tracksuit, darkish shades, and black Hoka operating sneakers, with a trucker hat from the Japanese moto model Yoshimura resting atop his chin-length grey locks. (Day-Lewis is an enormous bike man—not not like his Hollywood peer Keanu Reeves, who additionally tends to decorate accordingly.) The subsequent day, he swapped out the swimsuit for a black zip-up hoodie, blue striped tee, and butter-yellow “Swooshie Pants” from the Boston skate model One Gig.
In flip, the menswear commentators logged again on to mirror on how Day-Lewis, as soon as legendary for his idiosyncratic ’90s fits, appears to have found streetwear in retirement. (Podcaster Chris Black, who’d beforehand in contrast Day-Lewis’s 2018 workwear ensemble to that of a “chic dog walker,” tweeted he had “a sense the brand new Daniel Day-Lewis pictures gained’t be making as many temper boards because the final ones.”) However maybe the actor has merely entered his personal post-swag period, a trend apply pioneered by present Hollywood hotshot Timothée Chalamet, whom his Girl Chook and Little Ladies co-star Saoirse Ronan once described as wanting “kinda [like] a younger Daniel Day-Lewis.” (To proceed the aforementioned NYU metaphor, GQ’s Sam Hine wrote that off-duty Timmy tends to decorate like “a Gallatin pupil on a hungover bagel run.”) Publish-swag fashion facilities on mildly gauche, normally costly streetwear worn with the chameleonic, sloppy confidence solely a well-known thespian can possess. Which, as this newest public look suggests, Day-Lewis—a grasp of reinvention—very a lot nonetheless has.
So is it potential that Day-Lewis, like his non secular protégée Chalamet, might sometime reappear at seaside photocalls of Cannes, or the high-fashion canals of Venice, to advertise a brand new cinematic enterprise? Blessedly, he’s already acquired the wardrobe for it.