Dressing like a Stallone cold man

By Shelisa Melendez

Both Rocky Balboa and Rambo might be invading a closet near you.

Sylvester Stallone is officially jumping into the world of fashion without holding any punches or ammo.

Inspired by his well-known characters, Rocky and Rambo, “Stallone” will offer threads for both the good and bad guys; tempting I know.

Although I have never watched Rambo (guilty as charged), from the clips I’ve seen, there is no doubt in my mind that Rambo was nothing short of a hardcore bad a**. I mean the sweaty hair, bandana, guns, muscles – very much of a man’s man.

And then there’s Rocky Balboa; now that series I did in fact watch intensely. Rocky’s character seemed to be more softhearted. I mean who doesn’t remember the gray sweat suit, silk boxer shorts, motivational words from Mickey, his dying love for Adrian and his famous run up the stairs leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art? Cue “Rocky Theme.”

Needless to say, while both were “a man’s man” in their own right, they were also different in personality.

The new “Stallone” clothing line will encapsulate two very different fashions and sex appeals, but I’m excited to see how the two mesh.

“The line will offer looks ‘the rebel and gentleman’,” Michael Henry, president of newly formed Sly, Inc., said in a New York Daily News article.

“Stallone” has been described as a “men’s lifestyle brand,” and according to a Time article, Sly (can I call him Sly?) says it will target men between the ages of 25 and 40 and sell the range in mid-tier department stores like Macy’s.

“I want clothing that will be appropriate to my generation or the generation before,” Stallone said.

According to a Women’s Wear Daily article, the first categories introduced in the line will be jeans, shirts, outerwear, underwear and watches, followed by eyewear, grooming products, fragrance, active wear and athletic shoes (did you expect anything less?).

Stallone mentioned in his interview with WWD, that he has been interested in exploring the fashion world, but hasn’t been ready to do so until now. He also said the first time he became “truly involved in style,” was between “Rambo 2” and “Rambo 3” when he experienced a huge weight change, dropping from 185 pounds to 160 pounds. It was then we he began buying custom-made clothes.

“Nothing fit, so I started buying custom clothing,” Stallone said. “I found out I really like this world.”

Despite his overall lack of experience within the fashion world, Stallone seems confident in the success of his new clothing line.

“I really believe I have an understanding of the male psyche on all levels,” Stallone said. “I want to expose people to things that will work, and this is the apropos time. I’m not experienced in this field, but we have the proper team to move this vision along.”

Both the “Stallone” clothing line and the sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “The Expendables” are due in 2012. Looks like a strong year ahead for ol’ Sly.