’70s SNL Style, Menswear on the Come-Up and Kendrick Lamar Goes High-Fashion
- Kempt Staff
Continuing their week of revelry, last night the CFDA partied penthouse-style alongside Details for the launch of their second collaboration, the Weekender Collection.
Fashion folk took to the rooftop of the Mondrian SoHo, imbibing spirits from Japan’s Suntory whiskey distillery to celebrate the event. For their second project together (following last fall’s pocket square capsule), they tapped talent from 20 top menswear designers, asking each to reimagine the classic weekender duffel bag. And reimagine they did.
A hand-painted portrait of a WWII pinup girl donning Gilded Age’s bodice, leather handles and gold-pointed studs lining the straps of Simon Spurr’s, and a lesson in schizophrenic splatter painting by way of Yigal Azrouël, to name a few.
They’re each one of a kind, and will be up for grabs on eBay starting June 10 through 17.
Check out close-ups of some of our favorites after the jump.»
CFDA, LOL: You know who the big winner was last night (see: MOTH, Kempt), but Seth Meyers also made a good showing. [NYMag]
More Neck-cessorizing: We’re starting to think we’ve injected some renewed vigor into neckerchiefs. Selectism brings us five more options. [Selectism]
Dancing Shoes: Just some incredibly handsome photos of bench-made shoes by cordwainer Yohei Fukuda. [Die Workwear]
Two Words: Steve Kerr: With crunch time in the NBA playoffs getting crunchier by the second, ESPN analyzes who’s got a better chance at hitting the buzzer-beater: the superstar or “the guy who’s open.” [ESPN]
The big industry news of the weekend comes from Simon Spurr, who abruptly departed from his namesake label last week—just a week after he got a nod from the CFDA as one of the best menswear designers in America.
It’s left more than a few people stunned, but we’re mostly upset at the prospect that Spurr’s style of transatlantic tailoring might vanish from the scene entirely. He’s never been as trendy as the Thom Brownes of the world, but he’s been responsible for some of the better red-carpet moments of 2012 (starting with this one), and without him heading up a label, there’s no one to carry on the kind of angular suiting he worked so hard to establish.
Which is to say, we hope the man lands on his feet, if only for our wardrobe’s sake.
The Price of Education: How many Rolexes does it take to send a kid to college? The answer, apparently, is 19. Dads, you know what to do. [Hodinkee]
Mr. Cole, We Presume: A peek at the latest from Paul Stuart’s Phineas Cole brand. [Men of Habit]
The Promenade: Tommy Ton takes on the sun-dappled red carpet for the CFDA awards. Prabal Garung is looking pretty sharp. [GQ]
Fortune Favors the Bold: An open letter to a gentleman…shall we say, “misusing” the gym hand dryer. [McSweeneys]
A Fine Crop: The CFDA noms are in. Gentlemen, place your bets. [GQ]
Me and the Bean: Bloggers start playing with the new crop of Bean Boot. [Dreams of Perfection]
In the Pocket: PTO digs up a horween leather wallet for $35. Act accordingly. [Put This On]
The Chatterbox: An app tracking who talks more during your phone conversations. Use it only for good. [Boing Boing]
Billy Reid is having a good year.
After winning GQ’s nod for best menswear designer in America—and putting together a handsome Levi’s collab in the bargain—last night saw him named as the winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, cementing his status as the most exciting thing happening in menswear.
Naturally, we’ve got a few ideas as to why…
Allow us to elaborate»
As you might expect, last Tuesday’s CFDA awards saw some pretty impressive getups, but our winner of the night was one Victor Glemaud, a local designer, bon vivant and influential proponent of the double-breasted tux.
For a designer, the impeccable pocket square and hip-librarian frames are pretty much a given, but going double-breasted—and playing the trad in every other respect—is a good deal smarter. The result is a elegant, red-carpet ready look that still manages to a bit sleeker than anyone else on the scene.
Given the crowd, that’s quite an achievement.
Those sweaters aren’t going to tailor themselves.
To that end, Uniqlo has enlisted Tim Hamilton to stitch up a microcollection, on the heels of Loden Dager’s work for them earlier this year. Hamilton got a CFDA nod last year and made a strong showing at this year’s fashion week, which we’re sure has something to do with his recent success.
More pics after the jump»
There’s nothing like a little competition to stir the blood.
The nominations for the CFDA Awards were announced today, with Kempt favorites Thom Browne and Tom Ford picking up menswear nods, along with Michael Bastian. Due respect to Mr. Bastian, but we’re more excited about seeing the two T(h)oms face off. We like to think of it as bare chest vs. bare ankle. Mr. Browne took the prize last year, but we wouldn’t put it past him to bring it home again.
Having said that, our heart is with Mr. Ford.
Roger, Wilco, Out: StyleDash thinks Jeff Tweedy needs a style intervention due to his SNL appearance in a nudie suit. Similarly, we think Style Dash needs a music intervention due to their apparent ignorance of the Flying Burrito Brothers (video). [StyleDash]
Team Colors: An interview with sideline style leader and coach of the 5-and-11 49ers, Mike Nolan. [HuffPo]
Housing Futures: Figuring that all the collapsing real estate market needs is a fresh blazer, "Fashion Futurist Geoffrey Beane" (say whaa?) is teaming up with Century 21 (not the store) to redesign their iconic gold jacket. [Business Wire]
For Absolute Beginners: Buying into Mod style. [ModCulture via Retro to Go]
Best Men: Engineered Garments brings home the inaugural GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designers in America award (oh, and $50,000). [Men.Style]
Leading Lights: Luring men toward a new shaving cream is much like luring mosquitos to a high-voltage death. [NYTimes]
Historical Threads: Classic American style parsed. [A Continuous Lean]
It's Not Easy Being Green: Kermit the Frog gets his slimy, webbed hands on Terry Richardson—or is that the other way around? [Skidknee]
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
We have always regarded idiosyncratic impresario Andre 3000 (née Andre Benjamin) as one of the most stylish men in modern music. A fitting heir to Jimi Hendrix in many ways, it's felicitous that Benjamin (who has several acting credits to his name) has long had a Hendrix biopic in the works. Now he's branching out into fashion with his own line called Benjamin Bixby, inspired by 1930s football players.
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Structural Support: In the near future, girdles will actually tone your body—so go ahead and have that third brioche. [Style Dash]
Alphabet Soup: GQ + CFDA. [FWD]
H to the Izzo: Your man Sean Carter picks up another fashion label. [Female First UK]
Viva Kimmel: A less luxurious outlook from Florence. [Men.Style]
Back to The Well: More deals at Opening Ceremony. [Racked]
Legal Suit: Judge rules that prosecutor's ascot, "borders on contemptuous," a precedent soon to be employed in the case of Neckkerchief vs. State of Ohio. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Product Placement: Adrian Grenier pimps We Are the Superlative Conspiracy with the cryptic, "Remember… remember." [TMZ]
Retrospective: 2007, the year tacky broke. [Electric Warrior]
Small Cap Investment: The Journal puts a "buy" order on the fedora. [WSJ]
Boy Toy: "How To Dress Like The Perfect Couple" by Christopher "Ashton" Kutcher. [Harper's Bazaar]
"I Remember The First Time I Had Real Sex—I Still Have The Receipt": Oh, Sebastian, you scalawag you. [GQ Style Guy]
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