French actor/model Gaspard Ulliel has one of those faces, like Cillian Murphy, that can be innocent and boyish or quite sinister looking, but always remarkably handsome. This of course has to do with the fact that he is an amazingly talented actor (and the scar on his cheek that can look like a dimple). Most of his work is French and may not reach wider audiences, but he is worth reading subtitles for if you have to. And if you haven’t seen Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles (or A Very Long Engagement in English) you should do yourself a favor and go rent it; it is a beautiful film with amazing performances by Gaspard and Audrey Tautou.
Gaspard’s style is pretty classic, so he is great example for wardrobe basics. (He is also a step back from the patterned and brightly colored outfits WAMSW has been sending your way lately.) He wears a lot of neutrals and darker or muted colors. His wardrobe is full of pieces that every man should own, like a peacoat, a leather jacket, blazers, button ups in various colors, casual undershirts and well-fitting jeans. Both his glasses and sunglasses in the picture above are rounded to balance out his angular face.
Gaspard Ulliel is another great example of how much different haircuts and facial hair change a man’s looks. (If you don’t believe me, just check out his look from Hannibal Rising. Clearly no one’s hair should be that slicked back.) When his hair is longer and he has some scruff he looks far older and more rugged than when he is clean-shaven. It’s true that he has grown up a lot since some of these images, but his styling still changes his appearance significantly.
Gaspard is evidence that you can have a lot of versatility even with the most basic wardrobe and color palate. Also that your haircut does not have to look the exact same every day.
Models often take a lot of risks with their looks because they are in the high fashion world, but they are also a reliable source for good, basic looks.
Oh and if you are wondering where you’ve seen him lately, you’ve probably seen him on ads for Bleu de Chanel. Also he is starring as Yves Saint Laurent in the upcoming biopic Saint Laurent. So, you know, he is obviously at least somewhat aware of fashion.