The Kempt Five
Every Wednesday, we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.
The Mark McNairy S/S 2014 Runway Show. “I’ll admit I wasn’t really a McNairy fan. Sure, the shoes seemed well-made, and I even picked up a hat once upon a time, but the whole ‘Fuck Off’ shtick grew tiresome, and there seemed to be something a bit try-hard (or at least confusing) about the heritage-meets-streetwear aesthetic. All of that changed this weekend. First of all, the Tumblr-baiting in-jokes (sending Nick Wooster out as a model, for example) felt more joyous than cynical. Second, the clothes themselves felt more coherent—a triumphant mix of sexiness and cool, of self-awareness (‘Hey hey my my camouflage will never die,’ proclaimed one T-shirt), sexiness (a busty braless model wearing a sexy basketball uni-type tank) and even menace. (Greg Chapman kicked off the show carrying a paint can down the runway; another model had a baseball bat. Both seemed vaguely threatening, at least by fashion-show standards.) But the real aha moment came, yes, when Wooster sauntered out, all tattoos and smiles, and the crowd did something you almost never witness at anything related to fashion: laugh.” —P.L.U.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer. “I suppose there’s ample room for skepticism—Ben Stiller adapting humor god James Thurber and using a sort of Eternal Sunshine vibe. But Stiller’s track record as a director is pretty impeccable. There’s not a masterpiece among Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, Zoolander and Tropic Thunder, but there ain’t an unfunny picture in the bunch either. No reason his streak can’t continue a little longer…” —P.L.U.
The Hollow Crown on DVD. “So next week there’ll finally be a US release of this BBC miniseries that brings four of Shakespeare’s histories to the small screen. I mean, sure, ‘Shakespeare on the BBC’ doesn’t necessarily send a thrill through many people’s hearts, but these 2012 Sam Mendes adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V have some brilliant acting talent going on (Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, a bit of Sir Patrick Stewart…) and all the costuming and epic-battle production value you’d expect on the big screen. My favorite thing about the series, though, is that they’re not awkwardly modernized—it’s straight Shakespeare, and the language just gets into your head after a little while, and it’s amazing.” —J.R.
Bequeaths from My Grandfather. “Good ol’ Grandpa has gotten in the habit recently of preemptively passing down his most interesting possessions. And I quote: ‘Why should some lawyer reading a will get to see your face when I give you a Civil War–era sword, three framed portraits from the 1500s and a Walther that I stole from a Nazi?’ And he’s obviously got a point. This week’s addition to my growing collection of dusty memorabilia is a pair of shoe trees he bought with his first pair of loafers after getting home from the war. They’re adjustable by this simple little butterfly screw in the bridge, and you can feel that they were made by some little old man who just loved shoes. Gorgeous.” —S.P.
Barton Perreira Darwin Shades. “The past seven days have been stacked with all things fashion week. As expected: models have been gorgeous, parties have been sceney, and clothing has been handsome. An extra bit of excellence has been the runway accessorizing, which was taken up a notch at the Ovadia & Sons presentation where models were sporting IWC watches along with Barton Perreira’s Darwin sunglasses. They have a classic silhouette and matte plastic round frames with a notched bridge, and just looked stellar on everyone. Positioned to be a must-have for sure.” —C.G.
— Caitlin Ganswindt
— Stephen Praetorius
— Jessica Rusinak
— Paul L. Underwood