Design

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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11 Ingenious Bookshelves Made From Unusual Repurposed Items

Things you may have noticed about Flavorwire include: we love bookshelves. We really love them. So it was that when we noticed a photo of a car that someone had repurposed as a bookshelf, we got to thinking about other items that could be reworked for similar purposes. Not everyone has a Jaguar kicking about, but various designers — both professional and amateur — have come up with some impressively innovative designs, using items from the quotidian to the completely outlandish. Here are some particularly interesting… 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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Well-Dressed Rulers of Britain, Past and Present

Who doesn’t love a good story about how a high-ranking British official’s affair with the mistress of an alleged Soviet spy grew into a massive scandal that destroyed the reputation of an entire government, shocked a generation of postwar Brits, and at one point entailed the lady in the middle of the whole thing — Christine Keeler — posing for now-infamous photos that were meant to promote a film about the whole mess? … Read More

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15 Amazing Examples of Invisible Architecture

Architecture the James Turrell way states: “The qualities of the space must be seen, and the architecture of the form must not be dominant.” That’s the approach one firm is taking with the Tower Infinity in South Korea, marketed as the first “invisible skyscraper.” The building will be wrapped in a “reflective skin” that reveals the surrounding environment. This transparency lends a beautiful and often fragile quality to buildings, but it can also be a poignant statement about man’s intrusion upon the environment. Here are 15 examples of invisible buildings we… Read More

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Robin Givhan Talks Model Diversity, “Inner Swagger” in Reddit AMA

Fashion critic Robin Givhan never lacks for quotability, whether she’s eviscerating Michelle Obama’s fashion choices for the Washington Post or breaking down Marc Jacobs’ latest collection for The Cut. So it’s unsurprising that Givhan’s Reddit AMA, in which she fielded questions on everything from runway diversity to the essentials of a collegiate wardrobe, is as full of candid, concise prose as any of her reviews. Below, our roundup of the highlights from Givhan’s Q&A, which focused on fighting systemic racism in the fashion industry as much as Givhan’s personal experiences as a renowned critic. It includes her instructing a 30-year-old man to “find your inner swagger,” so needless to say, we highly recommend a quick read. Here are the highlights.

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10 Beautiful Posters Inspired by the Books of Roald Dahl

Today is Roald Dahl’s birthday. The beloved author’s reputation is, according to some commentators, undergoing a decline. But just this past summer, Galerie F in Chicago held an exhibition they called The Fantastic Mr. Dahl, consisting of 18 posters inspired by Dahl’s most beloved stories. Here, in celebration of the great man born 97 years ago today, are our favorites. … Read More

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