There may not have been any plaid scarves, argyle sweater vests or velvet blazers, but Ed Westwick put his best Chuck Bass head tilt, squinty eyes, sucked in cheeks, and pouty lips to good use on the catwalk just a couple weeks back. Westwick took his swag all the way to Milan for Men’s Fashion Week to strut his fine Upper East Side down the runway for German designer Philipp Plein’s Spring/Summer men’s fashion show. And for that, he is officially blue-steel certified.
Westwick is also fronting Plein’s latest ad campaign (cue my envy for the model that got paid to give a hot-and-bothered Ed a lap dance, while being photographed by Terry Richardson – but that’s beyond the point).
Plein is the same designer who’s helping Lindsay Lohan initiate yet another comeback by using her as the face of his womanswear collection – though we’re thanking the heavens we got cheated out of a Lilo-catwalk.
To celebrate his model debut, we’re paying homage to the Ed Westwick Blue Steel:
ph: Arena Homme Winter 2009
It’s no wonder Ed got his career kick started with appearances on British soap operas – is this not a face made exclusively for cheesy daytime dramas? I’m guessing this photo was captured on set upon learning his evil ex-girlfriend has awoke from the dead…
Oh does he ever make the “excuse me I just farted” expression so damn sexy. How does he do it? Can he teach our boyfriends?
ph: Gossip Girl
Westwick becomes notorious for his blue-steel pout in his hedonistic role as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. He captures the racing hearts of girls around the world with a single bat of his lashes and tilt of his chin.
ph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Ed’s career gets a major boost when he’s casted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar. At this point, he should trademark that signature smarmy expression while he’s still in his prime.
And so the evolution of Westwick’s blue steel takes a frightening turn. I suppose it was only a matter of time until the infamous duck face crept its way onto yet another young celeb. Pucker up for the camera all you want, my friend, but you look terribly ridiculous and honestly like the biggest prick.
Opening and closing a fashion show is a big deal – and almost unheard of when it’s your first time walking the runway. But with cheekbones like Ed’s, it’s no wonder such was the case. What do we love more – Westwick’s irresistibly seductive grimace, or his Plein get-up, featuring a leather jacket with skull detailing?
ph: Gotham Magazine
Let’s call this le grand finale – because there’s truly no other photo that can come close to topping this face. Concluding thoughts: he’s obviously self-absorbed, and rather repulsive, but there’s something about his unpleasantly suave ways that make me squirm.