The covers of GQ, Interview, V, At Large and countless other publications serve as gorgeous miniature billboards for the portfolio of George Cortina, known within the fashion world’s elite circles as one of the industry’s most sought-after stylists. With almost 30 years underneath his belt, Cortina has had the opportunity to work with countless talented icons from the fields of fashion, movies and music, ranging from Kate Moss to Brad Pitt. And his resume reads like a who’s who of the global fashion-entertainment complex.
One of fashion’s most respected arbiters, George Cortina has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated photographers (like Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Lachlan Bailey, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, and Mikael Jansson), styling some of the world’s most talented and beautiful models and entertainers, to create editorial and advertising for some of the world’s most prestigious brands, including Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Thom Browne, and so many others.
Since mid-March, Cortina has been living in the infamous Chateau Marmont, part of a group of semi-permanent residents, like model-actor Luka Sabbat and actor Duke Nicholson. Together, they form an odd trio of creatives whose informal quarantine crew was featured in the November issue of GQ. According to the article, “Cortina has stayed at the Chateau since it was the cheapest hotel in West Hollywood at $80 a night, making him the elder statesman of the bunch.” But with age comes wherewithal and wisdom, as well as what Jacques Marie Mage founder Jerome Mage calls “one of the most impressive suit collections in the world.”
As an established statesman of style, Cortina has found himself in a position to shape trends, influence the success of brands, and branch out into creative endeavors of his own. And so it’s with great anticipation that Jacques Marie Mage announces the release of our collaboration with Mr. Cortina, a project that consists of two specially developed variations of two of our most iconic styles: the “Dealan” and “Jagger”.
For Cortina, the goal with these frames was to create them in their most pure expression. The ultimate Riviera frame, the “Jagger”, inspired by Bianca Jagger and Studio 54, is a titanium frame in gold with a Boxier lens shape and a triple fade gradient lens color that speaks to the hedonistic heyday of the late 70s.
A huge Bob Dylan fan, Cortina wanted to take the “Dealan,” which is modeled after the famous pair of glasses the singer-songwriter toured with in the mid-60s, and strip it down to its essence. To do so, we created a pure black frame (no lamination) and included as few details possible, not even the signature arrowhead hardware that has embellished the style since its first production in 2014.
Chic, sleek, and iconic, both frames are filled with an understated and powerful confidence, fitting for any upscale analog influencer spending their days as part of a magical commune in a hotel with a historic reputation for its rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.
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