5 years in the past, the sight of three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis sporting 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 inventive writing main with an ethnomusicology focus” and “your Bushwick bartender/blogger boyfriend stepping out for a fast afternoon Juul.” The Wall Road Journal named him the best-dressed man of 2018. He had already retired from Hollywood by then, his closing movie Phantom Thread (by which he performs a dressmaker) lengthy since out of theaters, however the “Daniel Day Drip” tone had been set.
Day-Lewis, a comparatively non-public 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 appeared to be a completely new set of threads. Upon first sighting, the 66-year-old wore a blue-and-brown striped tracksuit, darkish shades, and black Hoka working sneakers, with a trucker hat from the Japanese moto model Yoshimura resting atop his chin-length grey locks. (Day-Lewis is a giant bike man—not not like his Hollywood peer Keanu Reeves, who additionally tends to decorate accordingly.) The following day, he swapped out the go well with 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 style apply pioneered by present Hollywood hotshot Timothée Chalamet, whom his Woman Chook and Little Girls co-star Saoirse Ronan once described as trying “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 scholar on a hungover bagel run.”) Put up-swag model 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 doable that Day-Lewis, like his religious 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 received the wardrobe for it.