is officially over, since Lizzie McGuire
went off the air when I was in middle school. (They’re equally important texts, don’t @me.) Over the show’s four-year run, we’ve analyzed everything from Shiv’s hair to every line in every episode, so maybe the finale offers another dress code for interpretation Moment: Gold-brown turtleneck sweater from Lukas Mattson. Opting to have Mattson wear GQ
writer Sam Parker recently called “a big, bright, itchy turtleneck that doesn’t make a lot of sense” a must is well thought out, but what is it saying? Mattson (who, to be fair, is played by hot Swedish giant Alexander Skarsgård, who looks good in anything) usually wears athleisure, but he celebrates big company moments…dressed like Don Draper on vacation in Los Angeles? Or, no, not even Don… Pete. That’s the harshest thing I’ve ever said to anyone.
Mattson’s turtleneck is definitely ugly, but in a way that has status and makes me wonder if I should be adding more mustard brown to my wardrobe. (No. Also, Mattson is a known pervert who involuntarily mails his blood to women, so why should I romanticize his style choices? All I can say is that the Pinterest mood board revolution made My brain exploded.) As business whiz Jack Donaghy once said on 30 Rock
about outdated clothing, ” It’s called a power conflict, and I’m doing it because I can.” Is that what Matteson is doing here? He’s celebrating the fact that he’s finally getting the source of strength he’s coveted for years by wearing a worn-out turtleneck that leaves no doubt who’s really calling the shots here?
Perhaps the interpretation of the turtleneck is cultural. However, when I google “Scandinavian turtlenecks” I get a lot of results asking me “Did you mean Nordic turtlenecks?” (I also get it from brands I’ve never heard of Got some ads for suspiciously cute turtlenecks there, but that’s neither here nor there.) It’s also possible that Mattson is just a really weird guy (see: involuntary blood mailing) who thinks the big merger day is going to the DMV A great opportunity to dress like one of Heidi’s friends on an important trip. One thing is for sure: There will never be another show like Succession, and there will never be another villain like Lukas Mattson. (Personally, I choose to honor his legacy in my mind with a sweatshirt rather than a turtleneck.)