Fashion

Mindy Kaling’s ‘ELLE’ Cover Controversy: Why Fashion Magazines Will Never Change

This month’s ELLE has four different covers, and one of them is the black-and-white photograph of Mindy Kaling you see above. If you asked me, without context, if the photograph was attractive, I’d say yes. In fact I quite like it, as a photograph of Kaling. … Read More

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Heads Up, Hypebeasts! NBA Jerseys Redesigned in the Style of Famous Artists and Fashion Labels

If any league decided to up the design quotient of their uniforms, it would definitely be the NBA. Basketball players have long brought (or have tried, at least, to bring) some sartorial game outside the court. From Jordan to Wade, the fashion decisions of basketball’s most famous names have often been fodder for those looking to pick on people many times the size of the average human and their consequent difficulties in finding cool clothes that fit. Ontario-based graphic artist Dead Dilly took that and ran all the way with it, creating a tight collection of dream rebrandings of NBA jerseys as designed by the likes of Banksy, Supreme, and Marc Jacobs. Truly, we fear what would happen if these ever hit the streets. Hypebeast mayhem would surely ensure. … Read More

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Celebrate Evelyn Waugh’s 110th Birthday With the Fashionable Film Adaptation of ‘Brideshead Revisited’

I consider the 1981 television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited a litmus test in gauging another person’s Anglophilia. Sure, you might be a huge fan of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, have a line on the best fish and chips within a hundred-mile radius, call yourself a fan of a “football club” rather than referring to Chelsea as a “soccer team” — and you might be a really big fan of the book that’s widely considered Waugh’s greatest work. But if you don’t love all 659 minutes of the film adaptation that made a star of Jeremy Irons, then I need you to please take that Union Jack off your bedroom wall. … Read More

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Simon Doonan’s Retrograde Rant About Female Pop Stars Belongs on Fox News

Slate is rightly known for its contrarianism; indeed, its writers tend to rejoice in it. This is generally fine — it’s always good to have an outlet for dissenting and unconventional opinions. Of late, though, they’ve outdone themselves as far as publishing clueless tracts about gender politics goes. First there was Emily “Dear Prudence” Yoffe’s depressing and ill-advised decision to wheel out the “women shouldn’t drink because it leads to sexual assault” argument. Even that, however, was trumped by “hilarious” fashion “personality” Simon Doonan’s preposterous piece yesterday about Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and other “porn-inspired pop divas.” Published under the giggle-inducing sub-LiveJournal headline “I Do Not Like Miley’s Outfit,” Doonan’s rant managed to be classist, sexist, borderline racist, and offensive to just about everyone, all within the space of 1000 words. … Read More

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15 Famous Authors and Their Fashion Label Counterparts

Literature and fashion meet once again as Club Monaco has announced that its flagship retail location will host a bookstore when it opens up this week, leaving us to ponder: what are our favorite authors’ fashion-label counterparts? … Read More

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Awesome Tarot Cards From ‘Rookie Yearbook Two’

Open Rookie Yearbook Two, and you’ll find a contributor list that includes Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte fame, and Grimes, as well as interviews with Morrissey, Molly Ringwald, and Emma Watson. It’s a big best-of from the popular website edited by Tavi Gevinson, a compilation that includes plenty to read, lots to look at, and a special set of tarot cards that you can pull out. Preview them after the jump, but if you want the actual set, you’ll have to buy the book. … Read More

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10 Reasons Why Abercrombie & Fitch Is the Absolute Worst

Abercrombie & Fitch wasn’t always the worst. Founded in 1892 by David T. Abercrombie and Ezra H. Fitch, the company became the place where sportsmen went to shop for decades; it outfitted Charles Lindbergh for his famous solo flight across the ocean, Ernest Hemingway made A&F his first stop when visiting New York — and eventually did himself in using a shotgun purchased from the store – and the delightful 1964 Howard Hawks comedy, Man’s Favorite Sport?, saw Rock Hudson as a clueless salesman for the store passing himself off as a fishing expert.  … Read More

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The Literary World’s Most Fascinating Dandies, Past and Present

We’ve already called I Am Dandy the fashion book of the fall, but we can’t just leave it at that. It’s impossible to give this topic its due without paying tribute to the Oscar Wildes and the Charles Baudelaires — great writers who also knew the importance of always looking good. That’s why we enlisted I Am Dandy co-author Nathaniel Adams to tell us about his favorite literary dandies, past and present. Click through to read about Adams’ picks. … Read More

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Dramatic Photo Portraits of Contemporary American Dandies

The characters documented in I Am Dandy — a new book by Nathaniel “Natty” Adams and Rose Callahan that is as elegant-looking as its subjects — are a colorful bunch, dressed in their bespoke suits, fingers adorned with rings, and perfectly sculpted facial hair. Most modern men might consider these sartorial flourishes extravagant and unnecessary, but they’re a way of life for the gentlemen Adams and Callahan interviewed and photographed for what I can confidently call the fashion book of the season. Click through for a preview of some of I Am Dandy‘s most striking portraits. … Read More

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