23 April 2011

Remember When?: GQ covers, Part I: 2010 and 2011.

Tonight we start a new series, remembering the glory days of men's fashion.  Our initial focus will be on GQ cover models.  Remember when GQ actually put stylish men on the cover?  No, I don't either.  The past few years has seen the proliferation of cover models whose style sense is, shall we say, questionable.  There are exceptions, of course; Lebron James comes to mind, for example.  But for the most part the world's most popular men's fashion magazine seems intent on prioritizing sales over substance; preferring subjects who are 'of the moment' (often fleetingly), regardless of their value to or impact on the fashion world, and then simply dressing them up.  Gone are the days when the man on the cover would be sporting his own wares; we instead see pop stars and teen icons wearing the most cliche and mainstream of labels.  It's hard to blame GQ; they are, after all, running a business, and if readers prefer pop stars to men with class (so often mutually exclusive), then I guess they have to give the people what they want.  So sad.  

Shit You Should Buy: unbranded leather duffel on eBay

I recently purchased this 17" duffel on eBay for $140 plus shipping, and it was money well-spent.  I'm always hesitant about picking up anything unbranded on eBay, especially something like this, where quality is so important.  But the price was so reasonable, and the bag just looked so original I decided to take a chance.  It paid off.  The quality is superb and it's one of those pieces that will only get better with age.

Shit Worth Checking Out: Intriguing debut trailer for Another Earth.

Fox Searchlight has debuted its first trailer for their indie Sci-Fi film Another Earth, the first feature film by Mike Cahill.  The film stars Brit Marling, who also co-wrote the film with Cahill.  The trailer starts off kinda slow, but by the end I was hooked; it looks like a surprisingly original take on the whole "we are  not alone" genre, which as we all know has been beaten into the ground.  Check it out below the cut!

22 April 2011

Shit You Should Be Aspiring To: Ralph Lauren's car collection.

"They are like parts of me..."  In his soothing voice, Ralph Lauren narrates this short clip depicting some of the more than 70 cars in his collection.  The video is a promo for a special exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris called The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection, which will run from April 28 to August 28 and showcase many pieces from RL's collection.  Check out the video after the jump.

Shit Worth Checking Out: H by Hudson Autumn 2011 campaign pics.

Another brand I must admit to just becoming aware of is H by Hudson.  Looking at their Autumn 2011 campaign pics, aside from their choice of some fucking creepy-looking models, it looks like a pretty decent offering.  Check out more from the "Home is Where my Shoes Are" look book after the jump.

Shit Worth Checking Out: Original publicity stills from Kurosawa's Throne of Blood.

The Criterion Collection has released five original publicity stills from Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood.  Obviously, they're frickin awesome.  Check them out after the jump.

21 April 2011

Shit Worth Checking Out: Filippa K S/S 2011 campaign pics.

Filippa K is a brand I must admit not having been aware of until very recently.  They have a classic, somewhat rugged American style that I like.  For those who are as yet unaware of its existence, these pics should convince you of its deserving a place on your radar.

Arrogant Male Photograph of the Day: April 21, 2011

Arrogant Male Quote of the Day: April 21, 2011

"We have to believe in free will. We have no choice."
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer