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The 10 Most Stylish Moments of 2014

  • Kempt Staff


As we bring 2014 to a close, we would be remiss not to take stock of all the stylish moments we witnessed over the past 12 months...

There were flashes of brilliance in Cannes, Brazil, Venice, wherever it was that Joe Biden stopped in for that epically stylish cone of ice cream and more...

And we narrowed it down to these 10 most stylish moments of 2014, in no particular order...»

Style Icons and Their Mothers

  • Kempt Staff

Mother's Day

Here’s your last reminder that Sunday is Mother’s Day, gentlemen.

And to kick off the weekend of maternal appreciation right, we turn to some of our favorite style icons for some dapper inspiration on how to get into the spirit of filial gratitude...

With this handsome montage of style icons hanging out with their mothers.»

Eddie Redmayne’s Tuxedo Slippers and More Oscar Handsomeness

  • Najib Benouar

Eddie Redmayne

We spent the better part of last week ruminating on the state of black tie on the red carpet (it’s as strong as ever) in the lead-up to last night’s Oscars.

And we were hoping to see some of our handiwork out on the red carpet. We were not disappointed—and, aside from Daniel Day-Lewis’s pitch-perfect getup (right down to the tipped pocket square we suggested here) our proudest moment was when newcomer Eddie Redmayne traipsed in wearing velvet tuxedo slippers (another one of our suggestions).

We’ve been tracking Redmayne’s red-carpet ascension closely this awards season, and this move solidifies his bid as Red Carpet Rookie of the Year. (The rest of his kit was also impeccable, as you can see.) But it was an undeniably handsome night all around, so we couldn’t let the chance to point out a few more of our favorites go by.

Another look at the real winners of last night’s tuxedo games.»

The Real Winners of the Golden Globes

  • Najib Benouar

Perhaps the best part about last night’s Fey-Poehler-helmed Golden Globes was that all the tuxedos on the red carpet kept it on the straight and narrow. (It’s a trend we’ve been readily noticing for a few awards shows now.)

There weren’t many faults to find in anyone’s tux—aside from the usual suspects and nitpicking bow tie sizes—so we had a hard time nailing down the winners. The competition was strong. So strong that we think Clooney may have been temporarily dethroned from his notch-lapel tuxedo reign. But in the end, there were a few contenders who became champs last night. And it had nothing to do with who ended up on the podium.

So without further ado, the three real winners of last night’s Golden Globes.»

Bar Refaeli Would Like to Show You Her Capital

  • Kempt Staff

The Hottest Tour Guide in Israel. From chic shops to secret beaches to her parents’ house, Bar Refaeli takes Vanity Fair, and now you, on a tour of her native Tel Aviv. Mazel tov. [Vanity Fair]

Abraham Lincoln Looks Like a Movie Star. The fate of human dignity is in the hands of Daniel Day Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stars of Spielberg’s eagerly anticipated feature, the trailer for which was released today. Esquire’s got the review. (Honestly.) [Esquire]

The Babe. (No, the Other One.) Grantland presents the remarkable tale of Nanci Donnellan, better known as “Fabulous Sports Babe,” the first lady of sports talk radio. (Though not married to Steve “The Schmooze” Somers.) [Grantland]

Your Ski Poles Just Got Greener... Two former World Cup alpine racers, tired of snowless ski seasons, developed state-of-the-art ski poles made from sustainable materials, including bamboo. (Wait, what?) [Gear Patrol]

The Icon: Daniel Day-Lewis

St. Patrick’s Day is just two days away, so we thought we’d dedicate this week’s icon to one of the most stylish Irishmen currently on the scene. We’re thinking of Daniel Day-Lewis, he of the piercing blue eyes and the method intensity. And as a man of refinement, he also happens to know his way around a tailor’s office.

Our five favorite Daniel Day-Lewis pics, after the jump»

Scarlett Johansson Has Just Seen a Mouse

Zoos and Avenging: Scarlett Johansson talks with Arianna Huffington about her next few movies, and yes, those photos. [Interview]

In the Country Fair: A tour of what the English countryside actually looks like. There’s less tweed than you’d expect. [Vanity Fair]

A Man and His Blade: A guide to choosing the perfect survival knife. Yes, this is the woodsiest blog post ever. [Art of Manliness]

The Chinstrap: The first pictures of Daniel Day-Lewis in his Lincoln beard have leaked onto the Web. It’s spectacular. [/Film]

There Will Be Flood Lighting


Daniel Day-Lewis earned quite a vacation after There Will Be Blood, and it looks like he’s taking it in Rome, surrounded by some of the most beautiful women in the world. The trailer for Nine just landed, with Mr. Day-Lewis enduring the temptations of Penelope Cruz, Sofia Loren, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman…and someone called “Fergie”? Well, five out of six ain’t bad.

The bar is pretty high for this one, given that it’s a quasi-remake of one of the most stylish movies of all time (and best, while we’re at it). In fact, we’re already a little peeved that they changed Guido’s shades...but we’re willing to let it slide for Ms. Cotillard’s sake

See the trailer»

Alfa Romeo, Pigeons, and the Bicycle Valet


Revolution #9: Daniel Day-Lewis gets Sophia Loren and an Alfa Romeo, also known as paradise circa 1962. [NotCot]

Pigeon English: Add pigeon smuggling to the list of recession-proof industries. [BBC News]

Leave the Seat: Bike valets start to take off…possibly reviving the green tuxedo. [PSFK]

Send Me a Postcard: Walker Evans as seen through vintage postcards. Call us crazy, but kind of prefer the postcards…[Men.Style]

Little Gold Men and Aliens in Your Drawers


Leading Man: Sure, Daniel Day-Plainview may have drunk George Clooney's milkshake last night, but with his shawl-collar tux and styled arm candy, Dr. Ross walked away with our award. [Observer]

Fit to Be Tied: Speaking of the Oscars, a few attendees, including Scientology's unofficial co-pilot Ms. John Travolta, can't manage a bow on their own. For shame. [Manolo for Men]

Sparkle, Sparkle: Dear Diablo Cody, remember that those snarky, insipid style critics have a job to do and tearing you apart is just part of it. It's nothing personal. As far as we're concerned, you'll always be the second or third hottest former stripper to win for best script. [Beauty Fashion Life]

Hand Me Down: Adrian Grenier says vintage style is good for Mother Earth. Damned hippie. [Hoopla]

Watch out for Klingons: Ted Baker goes zoom! zap! bleep! bleep! in your underwear. [Retro to Go]

The White Pages: Social injustice, the class system and America's yawning racial divide arrived bundled with P.C. Richards circulars this Sunday. [PSFK]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

We would never have guessed it, but quirky actor Daniel Day-Lewis has garnered the much-coveted distinction of becoming the first fellow ever to be named MOTH more than once. At the New York Film Critics Circle Awards the other night where he picked up Best Actor honors for *There Will Be Blood*, Day-Lewis was dashing in a custom-made charcoal grey double-breasted chalkstripe suit, worn with a tattersall shirt, subtly spotted silver silk tie, and brown suede shoes, Duke of Windsor-style.

More on today's MOTH »

Kempt Man of the Hour: Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Jared Paul Stern

Daniel Day Lewis

*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

We were first drawn to the turn of the century Texas oil flick *There Will Be Blood* by the tweedy wardrobe of its star Daniel Day-Lewis. Very Freeman's Sporting Club, we thought.

And how apropos for the Times to subsequently declare the return of tweed—yet another of those things that never really went anywhere to begin with, as far as we're concerned.

More on today's MOTH »