Admit it. You know it’s true. Everyone, no matter where they are in the world, has met one… or used to be one… or maybe, still is one? No matter your race, ethnic background, gender, sex, sexual orientation or religion, they are present. Some are the richest people in the world. Then there are those that have made it possible for us humans to see Pluto, in all its dwarf planet glory, up close and personal. Others still, have ended up on the wrong side of the tracks or may be plotting to overrun the world… or both.
However, this doesn’t make them any less annoying or any less capable of creating excruciatingly cringe-worthy socially awkward situations. Yes, you all know who I’m talking about. Everyone has encountered… A NERD!!!
Nerds. The mere mention of the word conjures up all kinds of images of fashionably challenged, irritatingly smart oddball individuals who would much rather read an encyclopedia with their pet iguana than do anything remotely cool. Oh, but these anti-popular kids are so much more than that washed up and tired stereotypical image. Ah yes, there is so much more to nerd-dom that we’re willing to give credit. There’s the painfully shy but harmless awkward nerd; the friendly, but still awkward nerd that’s willing to tutor you; the just plain annoying nerd who feels the need to throw how smart he/she is in your face just for the pure enjoyment of making you look and sound stupid… again. And then there is the evil nerd. Yep. You know, the backstabbing, manipulative, deceptive, evil genius who uses his/her intellect to plan, connive and steal your idea only to greatly improve upon it, take the credit and watch billions fill up his/her bank account (you know who they are).
But, let’s play devil’s advocate for a second. What if nerds were… cool? I mean really cool, like… trendy or dare I say…stylish? What would that look like? Who would that be? Well, look no further! That’s right, Bally has our answer… in the form of its Spring 2016 Menswear collection! Revenge of the nerds, indeed.
Hmmm, what if nerds were actually fashionable? Was it possible? Could it be done? Did a cute fashionably forward nerd exist out there? Impossible to prove… or so I thought. That is, until my BFF Ms. Amal Alamuddin steered me to this collection and thus, the evidence I had been looking for was discovered! Ahhh… as I gazed upon each look presented in the collection, I couldn’t help but reminisce about all the nerds that had come and gone in my life.. except now when I pictured them.. they looked like the models sashaying down the runway… and that wasn’t even a stretch. A first!
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Mr. James, all the smart fashion editors for fancy smancy glossies who use really big words that nobody has ever heard of in their fashion reviews are calling Bally’s Spring 2016 Menswear show, hipster chic! And that’s not nerdy at all”. Au contraire my little bow ties, au contraire. You see, hipsters and nerds are much more alike than you might think. Swap out the anti-social and annoying attributes for attributes that are still anit-social and annoying…but on a much smaller scale. Add 3 full cups of a coolness factor thrown in and what do you get? A hipster that’s what! A hipster is just a polite way of calling someone a nerd.. a nerd gone “good” that is! Yes, a hipster and a nerd are very similar, just on the opposite sides of the same scale. Hipsters are very intelligent, follow an unbeaten path and tend to favor unique non-mainstream pursuits like finding a peace of mind with, as Taylor Swift taught us, “some indie record that’s much cooler than mine”. See. Much like nerds only more attractive.
And what a great look that formula has produced! Modern with a touch of retro, neat and slick lines in a beautiful color palette. I believe the “Hot Nerd” may be a better moniker than the hipster! And if you are like me, I tend to favor a hunky, but smart look. It’s what all men should strive for. Trust me, its what your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/groupie/mistress/friends with benefits wants! Besides that, there’s no rule that says you can’t create medically revolutionary machinery that will be able to perform the as yet possible operation of “placing your head on a genetically engineered and hand crafted lab grown body” while looking devastatingly dapper in the process. Now, that’s a look worth seeing! My fashion faves for Bally Spring 2016 Menswear Collection, below. Enjoy!
(all images from style.com) *Click pictures for full size images!
What do you think? Love my choices? Hate them? If you have a butthole then you have an opinion…and now would be a good time to share it! Comment below (but please be respectful).