Lately I’ve been tuning in to Million Dollar Listing http://www.bravotv.com/million-dollar-listing (which airs every thursday on Bravo at 9 p.m./8 c) just as eagerly to check out what the boys are wearing as to see the over-the-top Malibu listings and witness the catty in-fighting that’s bound to occur between three young brokers with three large egos.
While the players, Madison Hildebrand, Josh Flagg, and Josh Altman, are definitely at the top of their house-selling games, if it weren’t for the boys’ flair–their flashy cars, designer threads, and abundance of charisma to spare–the show would be as washed out and bland as the real estate economy.
I’ll start with Josh Altman, the newest member of the trio. Josh A. is the nice young jewish boy your mother always warned you about, the one with the “good solid career” who may just be slightly more in love with his job than you. Altman might seem relatively mild-mannered at first glance, but make no mistake about it, he knows just what he’s doing at the bargaining table. This young real estate shark’s finely tailored Italian suits match his personality–sharp, crisp, clean lines (Read: Lean. Mean. House-selling. Machine.). In fact, Josh A. distinguishes himself from the laid-back California bunch right at the Season Four premiere, asserting that while he’s aware many sun-blessed L.A. brokers go around in casual garb and flip-flops, that’s just “not his style”. The no-nonsense newbie explains his approach, stating that if he’s going to try to sell multi-million dollar homes, he himself needs to look and feel like a million bucks. Point taken.
Then there’s Josh Flagg, the scruffily handsome youngen’ who really likes his grandma (you know, the one who brought polyester to America). Flagg’s understated but professional ensembles belie his always-snarky humor and sassy personality. Frankly, I miss the tension between he and former Million Dollar Listing star, Chad Rogers, but Flagg still provides the reality series with all its best lines and winning moments. Mr. Flagg’s style trajectory has changed over the years, in my opinion, for the better. While last season he was taunted by a prospective client when he showed up to an appointment in jogging shorts and headband (“Is there a Pride Parade going on somewhere?” I believe was the line), Flagg’s style sense has matured into savvy knit sweaters, solid button-downs and clever business casual wear. And I’m digging his ‘do this season- the severe buzz cut from last season is finally growing out, but his locks are still neater and more kempt than in the first seasons. A++ all around.
Last but not least is my personal fave, Madison Hildebrand. Hildebrand, the openly gay Ken doll, has the most perfect teeth I’ve ever seen, has been able to retain his “good boy rep” throughout all four seasons of M.D.L. (no easy task), and manages to look adorable doing it. Mr. Hildebrand owns his style; it’s bright, but never flashy, conservative but never boring, and best of all, he puts his own funky touches on everything he wears–beautiful chunky scarves, shiny cufflinks, and gold-plated African necklaces. For his perfectly coiffed hair, mega-watt smile, and always-keen fashion sense, this nice guys’ nice guy gets my style stamp of approval.