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A Gentleman’s Guide to the Summer Hat

The sun just woke up. And it is angry.

So while during the other eight months of the year, a brimmed hat might be a lovable affectation, we’ve entered the scorching stretch of days when that brim serves a vital function. You need shelter from the sun—and if possible, you’d like to do it without looking like a complete yokel. If you’re ready to move beyond the baseball cap, we’ve got three places for you to look...

Three prime options for your summer hat»

The Avant Flannel

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File this one along with your pre-fall wishlist. It’s from Adam Kimmel’s forward-thinking Carhartt collab, and a sharp twist on the plaids you’ve been seeing just about everywhere. We’re calling it “futuristic lumberjack.”

That means muted colors and line arrangements that look straight out of Tron. It also means a surprisingly versatile item: Throw a blazer over it and you’ll be straight out of a Woody Allen movie—we mean that in a good way—but leave it untucked and you won’t look out of place at a Fruit Bats show. Not bad, Mr. Kimmel.

Street Life

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After dressing up the art world in sharp suits and grotesque masks for his F/W show, Adam Kimmel seems to be running wild again.

This snap comes from his new Snoop Dogg-inspired collection, modeled by a clever mix of street-cast naturals and look-perfect models. The suits are still the same continental sartorialism you’d expect from Mr. Kimmel, but you’ve probably never seen it matched with a jeweled low-rider bike before.

It's easily the most Crip-friendly collection you’ll see all year.

Saunas are the New Nude Beaches

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This Sporting Life: Jacques Magazine is up to its old tricks again. [ANIMAL]

Punk’s Not Dead: Wired rounds up some of the best punk snaps the world has to offer. [Raw File]

Be Easy: Some of Dennis Hopper’s best early snaps. Think cowboy hats, not anesthesia masks. [Secret Forts]

Pick a Card: Apparently Adam Kimmel is friends with David Blaine. Honestly, we’re still coming to terms with that fact. [Interview]

It’s Full of Stars

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On the heels of enlisting the photographer behind the Marlboro Man for his fashion week presentation, Adam Kimmel managed to sneak this tie into shops. The stripes are missing, but the stars on their own do a pretty good job of signaling an Americana vibe that appears to be Mr. Kimmel’s new stock-in-trade.

It’s all the more impressive because this is still a skinny tie—hardly a cowboy staple. Think of it as a well-timed cross-cultural purée.

Throwing a Shoe

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Hoof in Mouth: David Lynch produces predictably terrifying erotica. [Wallpaper]

Black and White: Adam Kimmel channels Andy Warhol with hip, arty results. [Material Interest]

Beck and Call: Beck launches a “record club” for re-recording classic albums, presumably just to infuriate Pitchfork. [Vulture]

Pride of the Yankees: A team shot of the 1927 Yankees pulls down $350,000 at auction. In related news, a camera phone snap of Derek Jeter just sold to TMZ for 18 cents. [Luxist]

Stompers

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Big Black Boots usually fit into what might charitably be called “the industrial look,” but when it’s this cold, you may be able to work them into your wardrobe a bit more subtly.

It’s not a formal look, so we’d keep them as far away from your suit as possible, but when you’re trudging through the snow on your off-hours, you’ll be glad to have something heavy between your toes and the outside world—and it may match with your puffy coat better than you think. Like we always say, the right clothes for the circumstances will always be stylish.

And if you’re wondering which boots are the right ones, these Adam Kimmels don’t look too bad. Provided you don’t mind paying in Euros.

The Usual Suspects

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Men.style’s Spring ’09 preview just went up and it looks like next year is going to be interesting. The names are all familiar—Condé Nast has clout for a reason, after all—but they all seem to be working just outside their comfort zone. Band of Outsiders shows up looking uncharacteristically yachty, Duckie Brown has a depressive moment, and Shipley & Halmos indulges their inner corporate raider. It’s good to know nobody’s getting too comfortable.

The outfit that really caught our eye was this vertical-striped number from Patrik Ervell. The stripes are a little on the carnivalesque side—coincidentally, Adam Kimmel has some matching pants—but it’s just bold enough to work, especially paired with a banker's collar and neutral pants. Well played, sir.

Guitar Heroine, Do The Brady, and Crushing on Squash

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Picture Perfect: The only thing hipper and wackier than Adam Kimmel's clothes are Ryan McGinley's lookbook shots. [Selectism]

Newly Available: These starlets are all suddenly single. Have at it boyos. [Radar]

H&M is Pushing Menswear: Yes, but where to? [Fashion United]

Pull The Blinds: There's something deeply creepy about Hussein Chalayan's new T-shirt. [Men.Style]

Lanvain + Acne: Equals one very cool, very classy hightop. [Scotch and Plaid]

How to Get The Tom Brady Look: Giselle Bundchen not included. [Valet]

Squash is The New Golf: Yes! We can finally make good use of our super tight shorts! [Vanityfair.com]

Chic Rock: When we boot up Guitar Hero at home, we can only wish things like this happened. [Crave Online]

Bloody Butchers, Bad Dogs and Model Prisoners

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Fresh Meat: These gory Eva Herzigova shots by Mario Testino have us hot, hungry and a little bit scared. [The Photography Link]

Curb Your Dog: Some horrid pooch went and peed on our beloved Natalie Portman while she was traipsing about the part with Freak-Folk boytoy Devendra Banhart. Gentlemen that we are, we already have a contract out on the hairy mutt (and the dog as well). [NYPost]

Drawers Raise a Stink: The latest banned ads in Europe aren't by Tom Ford, but rather the product of Hanes' anti-racism, anti-subtleness marketing department. [DNR]

Car-Port Chic: Ksubi, Maison Martin Margiela and Adam Kimmel create couture car covers for Intersection Magazine. [Intersection]

Designs from the Pokey: Germans are buying up prisoner-made clothes. The prisoners, predictably, not so much. [CNN]

Street Talk: Izzy points us in the direction of Times fashion photog Bill Cunningham's new audio slideshow. [Manolo for the Men]