7 May 2011

Shit Worth Checking Out: What is the most epic photo ever taken?

Quora has an amazing thread right now featuring the attempt to find the 'most epic photo ever taken'.  Right now, there are over 50 photos posted, most with accompanying stories (my choice for title photo was based at least in part on it needing no such description).  Some of the pics submitted are quite epic indeed.  Many are also highly disturbing, and I thus hesitate to designate the photographs I have picked out as my "favourites", so I will instead refer you to some of the best, or most intriguing, photographs after the jump.  Which gets your vote?

6 May 2011

Shit You Should Buy: New edition of Cannes Cinema: A Visual History.

A new edition of Cannes Cinema: A Visual History of the World's Greatest Film Festival will be released next week, just in time for this year's 64th Cannes Film Festival.  The book includes over 550 photographs by the Traverso family, a local family of photographers who have been photographing the event since its inception in 1939, and text by Serge Toubian.  You can grab it on Amazon, but only the paperback edition is available.  This feels like a book where a paperback edition simply won't do, so head over to Phaidon and shell out a couple more ducats for the hardcover.  I'll definitely be grabbing this one when it's released.  The perfect coffee table book; one you can glance through with a scotch in one hand and a woman you're pretending to pay attention to in the other.

source: Gilt

Shit You Should Buy: A tailor-made suit from Miller's Oath.

"At a certain point in your life you accept the fact that you need a tailor—a real tailor, who makes a suit specifically for you. It’s going to cost more than $3000, and you respect (perhaps grudgingly) the fact that that quite serious amount of money is going to a craftsman who’s learned his trade over decades; it’s going to buy cloth woven in the finest mills; it’s going to a cutter who’s refined his pattern to create a refined silhouette. Your money is not going to underwrite a luxury goods behemoth, it’s not going to anybody who appears in his own ads—it’s not going to anybody who has ads. You seek a local tailor."

A Continuous Lean published an article the other day on tailor Kirk Miller, who used the experience he gained at Paul Stuart, Thom Browne, and Barker Black to open Miller's Oath in New York on Greenwich Street.  Miller ensures the experience is a very personal one; he employs just one tailor, and takes all measurements himself.  As he says, "I want to have a connection with the men who come here."  See below the cut for some pics of Miller's work.

Shit Worth Checking Out: Documentary on Savile Row tailor Thomas Mahon.

Put This On posted an old documentary today, following Thomas Mahon, a Savile Row tailor and menswear blogger (check out his site The English Cut when you get a chance).  If you have 25 minutes to spare, check out the doc (split into two parts) below.  It's an interesting watch.

Interesting Shit that I'm Too Lazy to Write Anything About: May 6, 2011.

5 May 2011

Shit Worth Checking Out: Debut trailer for Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Yesterday, Fox Searchlight debuted the first trailer for their Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene, written and directed by Sean Durkin, a first-timer.  Durkin took home the Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance for his efforts.  The film stars Elizabeth Olsen (the seemingly talented sister of the unjustifiably famous Olsen Twins) as a "damaged woman" who flees from a cult and tries to reassimilate with her family.  Fresh off his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod for Winter's Bone, John Hawkes plays the cult leader and appears to be at his creepy-best.  Loved him on Deadwood, and glad to see him making the most out of the indie roles he secures.  Check out the trailer below!

Shit Worth Checking Out: Boss Selection S/S 2011 campaign pics.

A very nice lookbook from Hugo Boss was released this morning, promoting the Spring/Summer 2011 pieces from their Selection line.  I have a soft spot for Boss, so maybe I'm biased, but I can't help but love a campaign that begins with a shot of the Paris setting.  The campaign features model Gabriel Aubry, whom Boss posits "perfectly represents the style of the cosmopolitan and charismatic BOSS Selection gentleman".  Check out the pics after the jump.

Arrogant Male Photograph of the Day: May 5, 2011.

Arrogant Male Quote of the Day: May 5, 2011.

"There a million good looking women in this world, but they dont all bring you lasagna at work; most of them just cheat on you."
~ Kevin Smith as Silent Bob in Clerks
written by Kevin Smith

4 May 2011

Shit Worth Checking Out: Todd Snyder F/W 2011 Lookbook.

Fall/Winter already? What the fuck?  Oh well, with lookbooks like this, I'm not complaining.  Check out a very strong offering from New York designer Todd Snyder below the cut.

Arrogant Male Photograph of the Day: May 4, 2011.

source: Street Etiquette

Arrogant Male Quote of the Day: May 4, 2011.

“If you want to seduce a beautiful woman, you don’t start by raping her from behind.”
~ Hermès CEO Patrick Thomas on LVMH’s aggressive takeover attempts

source: Pursuitist

3 May 2011

Shit Worth Checking Out: Theophilus London Backstage Pass video.

For those of you who don't know Theophilus London, which unfortunately is very likely the vast majority, he's a young hip hop artist in the tradition of Andre 3000.  Besides producing some truly original music (how many hip hop artists do you know who cite The Smiths as a main influence?), he's also very much a style icon.  Check out the video (split into two parts) below.  Besides giving some insight into the artist, it features some great B&W visuals.

Arrogant Male Photograph of the Day: May 3, 2011.

Arrogant Male Quote of the Day: May 3, 2011.

"The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more."
~ Wilson Mizner

2 May 2011

Details emerge on Tarantino's new film, Django Unchained.

For awhile now, we've been hearing about Quentin Tarantino's follow-up to Inglorious Basterds, a spaghetti western in the style of Sergio Leone.  Over the weekend, details of the script leaked, and we even got a title: Django Unchained, named after Sergio Corbucci's classic Django, an awesome spaghetti western about a dude who drags a coffin with him everywhere he goes.  If you haven't seen it yet, stop wasting your time reading this and go do so immediately.  Otherwise, feel free to read on for more details on Tarantino's script.

Arrogant Male Photograph of the Day: May 2, 2011.

Arrogant Male Quote of the Day: May 2, 2011.

"There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind..."
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby