Brett Gelman sets the standard for character-actor-drip

Brett Gelman is still on one, sartorially speaking. Fresh from the fourth season of the Netflix megahit Stranger Thingswhere Gelman plays the chaotically amiable ex-journalist Murray, the actor follows along his new side gig as a fashion gourmand.

And while he may have spent the past few weeks mixing it up in tailor-made stallsthe outfit details from his Tuesday appearance on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show read as an editorial fashion credit: a Dalmatian-patterned pajama cardigan set from Hedi Slimane’s Celine (with a print created for the label by artist Amy Dorian), Gucci sunglasses, Bottega boots.

In the realm of Hollywood dressing, character actors sometimes move the style needle best – only by eschewing the gray flannel boundaries of Hollywood tropes can one truly dig into true luxury. (See also: Brad Pitt’s latest attempt to surround his leading image with a newfound dark-fashion era.) But for Gelman, fashion is also part of a larger ideological puzzle, a facet of the “Jaddy” multiverse. “It’s about pushing me as a sexier, hot guy: I’m a Jewish guy in my early 40s who’s bald with a huge beard and a man’s body and face. And I really take pride in that and says, ‘Hey guys, let’s embrace our sexuality,'” Gelman said. GQ in early 2020, after devising his “Jaddy” (as in, Jewish Zaddy) persona. “I don’t think people like me are seen as sexy as they should be, so I really wanted to push that – both for my people, but also for my career. I feel like I keep getting the opportunity to to redefine myself as an actor and what it is that I can do.”

And he clearly also takes pride in dressing up. On Instagramthe actor gleefully identified the pieces he wore Colbert (in case you were wondering, “the bling bling of all bling” around the neck are pearl-and-green-onyx necklaces from Julia Lang’s label Veert), and gave enthusiastic shoutouts to his style and glam teams.

“Prepare for a few posts of this drop,” he wrote. “So much love and art. Jaddy kvellin!”

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