Stylish men have always had a special relationship with beautiful cars.
Probably because, if you think about it, they’re kind of the perfect accessory. Big, shiny, powerful—a little automotive affirmation can go a long way to securing your position in the Court of Cool. (We’re sure the King would agree.) But it’s not only those men defined by their cars who drive cool ones. And we’ve got the photo evidence to prove it.
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…
The well-documented punksploitation that happened on the Met Gala’s red carpet the other night got us thinking about our love for the impromptu gallery visit.
And with it, a new season of artistic exhibitions opening across the globe in the next few weeks. So we thought we’d survey the art scene to bring you the five gallery shows worth visiting the next time you’re feeling particularly artsy in London… or Houston…
Seventy-eight years ago today, a king was born. His name was Elvis Presley and he ruled rock and roll.
The same day 12 years later, another member of rock royalty came into the world. He was christened the Thin White Duke, also known as David Bowie.
Over the years, he’s been one of music’s great chameleons, constantly tweaking his persona just so. He’s been a space oddity, a spider from Mars, a Queen collaborator, an Iggy Pop mentor, an early digital-music adopter, a supermodel husband, an actor whose diverse roles include Andy Warhol, Nikola Tesla and Pontius Pilate, an innovator, a sophisticate, a total fashion plate and—high above all—a serious artist who is always ready to take a risk.
And now, on the 66th anniversary of his birth, he drops a new single and announces a forthcoming full-length album of brand-new material, his first in a decade.
All we can say is, “And many more.”
You’re probably familiar with the Impossible Cool—a site dedicated to black-and-white photos starring everyone from Alain Delon to Kurt Vonnegut looking, well, impossibly cool. And you might even be familiar with the ongoing collaboration with Sonic Editions—who are in the business of archival-quality prints of iconic photos of mostly rock stars.
For their latest limited-run batch, they’ve come up with a new twist: color. It’s a revolutionary idea, we know. Almost blasphemous if you’re a longtime Impossible Cool fan, but something you’ll quickly get over once you see how ravishing Marilyn Monroe’s bright red dress looks or the way David Bowie’s strawberry blond coif adds intrigue to the mostly gray palette of a 1976 photo. It’s a whole new world of impossibilities in coolness.
Here’s a reminder of exactly how smooth Bowie could be—even before he switched into Savile Row trappings of the 80s.
This snap comes from the newly launched Rock Paper Photo, who dug up a whole trove of Station to Station-era black and white prints.
We like to think the flowers were for Eno…
Going bleach-blond is a pretty extreme move—kind of like a powder-blue suit, come to think of it—but when it’s done right it’s the sort of high-wire sartorialism that earns MOTHs.
It helps that the resulting ‘do is more LES punk than surfer dude—even if that’s a surfboard behind him, and later on in the evening he was shaking hands with Laird Hamilton.
The bouffant gets a more styled look in this month’s BlackBook, but we prefer to see it in the wild—particularly since it means there’s still a touch of blue at his roots. Combed upward and set against Ronson’s usual dapper style, the peroxide touch seems like a callback to early 80s Bowie, which is a comparison any genre-bender should be happy about.
And, lest we forget, it’s a pretty fantastic suit.
The punk years were pretty rough, both economically and sartorially speaking, but there’s no doubting Debbie Harry was one of the highlights.
Add in a few older gents settling into wine-soaked adulthood—we’re looking at you, Bowie and Keef—and it’s a photoset we’re more willing to take a glance at. The photos are all courtesy of godfather of rock photography Bob Gruen (hat tip to Phazerblast), and there’s plenty to like.
Don’t be surprised if the jeans look familiar.
One of the sleeper themes at CES was the rise of the designer laptop sleeve…but we can’t say we love where this is headed.
The Finnish brand Golla led the pack with a few enormous Bowie-inspired posters and a whole lot of very expensive marketing. They tend to be a bit too fond of flowers and all those bright colors are Scandanavian enough to overpower the usual slate gray laptop, but it’s probably step above most of the laptop bags out there.
Still, it does look an awful lot like something you’d find at a Best Buy…
MTV just launched the web-video branch of its empire, with its whole archive available to stream and embed for bored office workers and link-happy bloggers everywhere. They’re still ironing out the kinks—meaning half the videos will simply refuse to load—and it has the same problems MTV has always had (too mainstream, too much R&B, nothing by the Buzzcocks) but it’s worth spending a few minutes digging the archives.
At least, if you have a set of headphones handy…
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