'She's Gotta Have It'

The giant geek glasses. That ridiculous gold nameplate. Those unlaced Nike high-tops with lolling tongues. In "She’s Gotta Have It," Spike Lee paid cinematic homage to the Brooklyn B-boy as Mars Blackmon, a lovable, scrawny gnat of a guy best known for his relentless refrain, "Please baby, please."<br>
<br>
Blackmon was so stylin' and image conscious that he wouldn't even shed his Nikes during sex. "Fifty-dollar sneakers and I got no job," he announces in the 1986 indie film that led Lee to play his hip-hop alter ego for a lengthy stretch of hawking Nike Air Jordans alongside the basketball great in TV ads (pictured).<br>
<br>
Two decades later, you see cool cats André 3000, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West co-opting the bespectacled underdog look.  Lee has said the pop culture icon came from his imagination but "was probably a lot of me."<br>
<br>
<b>More in Image</b>:<br>
&#149; <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-ig-filmintro21-2008dec21,0,5655769.story" rel="nofollow">10 classic style movies</a> | <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-ig-movies21-2008dec21-pg,0,7227450.photogallery" rel="nofollow">Photos</a><br />
&#149; <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-igw-filmclothes-pg,0,3415253.photogallery" rel="nofollow">Scene Stealers: Movie costumes that started fashion trends</a><br />
&#149; <a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-igw-filmlists21-2008dec21-pg,0,7935769.photogallery" rel="nofollow">Style films that packed a punch? Insiders' favorites</a><br />
&#149; <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2008/12/style-that-left.html">Your turn: Share your favorites on our blog</a><br />
lat-ig_movies5_kc1iavnc20081217162703

( Nike )

The giant geek glasses. That ridiculous gold nameplate. Those unlaced Nike high-tops with lolling tongues. In "She’s Gotta Have It," Spike Lee paid cinematic homage to the Brooklyn B-boy as Mars Blackmon, a lovable, scrawny gnat of a guy best known for his relentless refrain, "Please baby, please."

Blackmon was so stylin' and image conscious that he wouldn't even shed his Nikes during sex. "Fifty-dollar sneakers and I got no job," he announces in the 1986 indie film that led Lee to play his hip-hop alter ego for a lengthy stretch of hawking Nike Air Jordans alongside the basketball great in TV ads (pictured).

Two decades later, you see cool cats André 3000, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West co-opting the bespectacled underdog look. Lee has said the pop culture icon came from his imagination but "was probably a lot of me."

More in Image:
10 classic style movies | Photos
Scene Stealers: Movie costumes that started fashion trends
Style films that packed a punch? Insiders' favorites
Your turn: Share your favorites on our blog

  • Email E-mail
  • add to Twitter Twitter
  • add to Facebook Facebook
  • Home Delivery Home Delivery

PHOTO GALLERIES

TOP VIDEO

CONNECT WITH US


2013 YEAR IN REVIEW
Look for this special section in your
Baltimore Sun newspaper on Dec. 29, 2013.
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google Plus
  • RSS Feeds
  • Mobile Alerts and Apps

Contact Us | Newsroom directory | Social Sun