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Chosen One of the Day: Jeff Goldblum's white ensemble from The Life Aquatic

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Oct 22, 2018

Alistair Hennessey in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is about as decadent as a Wes Anderson character gets. He has infinite funding, is more successful as an ocean explorer than protagonist Steve Zissou is, and remains on such good terms with his ex-wife Anjelica Huston that she summers with him when she’s on the outs with her current husband… Zissou. Oh, and he’s a bisexual icon. (Fair warning: This a 2004 film about a failing man trying to regain his prowess, so slurs abound.)

Now, you might be wondering if The Life Aquatic is technically genre. We could go back and forth over its qualifications, from its surreal animated underwater sequences to Wes Anderson functionally being a distinct film genre in and of himself, but it’s a moot point, as I have been reassured by our crack team of Goldblum researchers that, if there’s a single doubt, Goldblum’s presence makes it genre. You’re welcome.

Anyway, when Zissou has to beg Hennessey for money to rescue a member of his crew, Hennessey dons this iconic number.

Save for the pink scarf, it’s all white and a riot of textures: a classic Oxford, linen pants, and overcoat. The sandals add an intriguing layer of contrast. Is he warm, or is he cold? Or is just very aware that he is one of the few men on God’s green earth that can pull off sandals?

This was clearly the first picture in Chris Pine’s summer 2k18 lookbook. This is a man so wealthy he casually cosplays as the glass of white wine he is in fact holding. This is a look so iconic, in fact, that Wes Anderson gifted Goldblum a portrait of him wearing this outfit, to better enshrine it in history. He shouldn’t have bothered; we’ve already enshrined it in our hearts.

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