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Paris On, Crew Guide & Gossip Guys

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Runway Report: In France, the couture shows begin and Patrick Demarchelier is toasted. Celebs single file, please. [W]

Idol Gossip: The men of Gossip Girl confess their most creative use of fan gifts, female attention and which career they’d trade up for [Details]

Guy’s Guide: Is J. Crew taking a stab at the “How To” market for Men’s Style? [Drinkin’ and Dronin’]

Nice Try: Balenciaga’s foray into menswear, allegedly showing suits in Paris for ’09, off to a bad start [NYT]

Cave Man

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A while back we told you about Mick Jagger's daughter Georgia, the latest in a line of rock star offspring to try her hand at modeling. Now comes news from across the pond that rock'n'roll prince of darkness Nick Cave's son Jethro is following suit.

Young Jethro, 18, who lives in his dad's native Australia and bears a striking similarity to the Bad Seed, has apparently ditched his legal (and perfectly fine last name of Lazenby in favor of Cave. He has so far appeared in UK hipster rags *i-D* and *Dazed & Confused*, and was recently flown to Paris to meet with French fashion house Balenciaga. Of course, what he really wants to do is produce (music).

Alternate History

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Now that the industry is digging up history at an alarming rate—1962? Check. 1977? Check. 1991? We’re working on it—it was only a matter of time before we lapsed into full-blown Renaissance Fair mode.

In fact, that moment may already be here.

The New York Times style section has just devoted a full 1500 words to steampunk, beginning what trend-watchers call the “lame” period of the trend. The article name-checks Alexander McQueen and Nicolas Ghesquière of Balenciaga as potential fashionista surrogates of the style, but until we see them bust out the top hats, we’ll be skeptical»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

When he last made the MOTH scene at the *Tudors* premiere, Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was decked out in a killer custom-tailored midnight blue dress suit by John Galliano. For the Met Costume Institute Gala the other night, he one-upped the basic black tie crowd in a similarly more-sartorial-than-thou suit designed by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga.

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Well Schooled

Public School

*In our never-ending thirst for knowledge, we sat down for a few words of wisdom with Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, veterans of urban education and creators of Public School, the rugged, multi-purpose streetwear label that hits stores mid month.*

Kempt: What is the inspiration behind Public School?

Chow: New York City—of course—and anyone who's ever survived public school. Our man is someone who's well-traveled and appreciates details.

Kempt: So than who is your ideal model for Public School?

Osborne: We are our best models.

Kempt: How modest. What parts of New York inspired this line—and don't say your apartment?

Chow: I don't think it's any one place. It's more of the idea of New York, all the five boroughs. Moving around the city and just collecting that energy everywhere you go.

Kempt: What are your favorite haunts in the five boroughs?

Chow: Max probably goes out more than me—but Bar Pitti and Freeman's for sure.

Osborne: Naw, naw—I don't go out that much. I just go with the wind. Someone tells me something's going on, I'm gonna go.

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