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The July Issues

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July’s a tricky month in the world of printed menswear.

Because even though summer only officially started last Friday, we’ve been talking about it since early May—and the last thing on our minds in the sweltering heat we’re all now starting to feel is fall tweeds.

It’s this “trickiness,” among other things, that led the gents at two of our big three men’s rags to the same decision years ago: July wasn’t worth the hassle of its own issue, so they tacked it onto the end of June’s. Which has given us the rare opportunity to look past those dusty old stalwarts to a few of the other menswear mags out there.

So without further ado, we take the pulse of this month in menswear journalism, after the jump...»

Men of the Met Gala

Met Gala

The annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most examined red carpets of the year. It’s like the Oscars for the fashion industry—minus the awards, but plus a theme that its attendants are supposed to adhere to. Understandably, the theme generally plays into the exhibit currently on display at the Costume Institute. That exhibit this year? PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

And let’s just say, punk and black tie aren’t exactly synonyms. But some were up to the challenge.

Now we’d like to examine how the night’s more dapper set reconciled the two.»

But Who Will Be the Next Ryan Gosling?

  • Najib Benouar

Gosling

Just when it seemed like this was the year that would see the Return of the Gosling, he went and threw it all away.

If you haven’t heard the news: our reigning red-carpet champion has announced he’s taking a break from acting—and, consequently, the movie premiere circuit.

We understand it’s sad news—step-and-repeats everywhere have been pouring out liquor for their fallen hero—but it’s also great news for a handful of well-groomed contenders. They’ve been waiting in the wings, slowly building their résumés with promising showings of tuxedomanship, casually dapper park strolls and landing roles with the requisite indie cred. Granted, their “suit and tie shit” might not be infallible just yet, but with a few more of the right moves, they could find themselves on the cusp of greatness. But the question still remains: who will rise to the occasion? Who will be there when fights in the East Village need breaking up, or adorable dogs need companionship? Who will be the new face that launches a thousand “Hey, girl...” Tumblrs?

Naturally, we’ve got a few ideas on which stylish up-and-comers have got the chops and how they just might pull it off...»

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.»

Eddie Redmayne Is on a Roll

  • Najib Benouar

We know Eddie Redmayne has been getting a lot of love around these parts lately, but when you’re dominating the red carpet—even in this chocolate velvet tuxedo he showed up wearing to yesterday’s SAG Awards—it’s well deserved.

Let’s start off with the disclaimer: don’t try this at home. Especially in the unforgiving brightness of day (we’ve always been of the mind that velvet requires the glow of the moonlight to really shine). But he’s got the slim frame and modelesque angles to make it work. Not to mention the all-brown color palette—you might not have even noticed the pocket square—shows some willingness to go all in. It might still be a bit premature to start throwing around the term “movie star” (or “next Gosling”), but this is definitely another step in the right direction.

And we’ll assume he looked at least twice as good come nightfall, at the wrap party.

Man of the Hour: Eddie Redmayne

  • Najib Benouar

Menswear’s newest red-carpet darling, Eddie Redmayne, showed up to yesterday’s National Board of Review Awards in a jet-black Burberry suit tailored to within an inch of its life.

It works for Redmayne because he’s a slim guy—the smaller lapels, the sleek arms, the skinny tie all work together to create a very modern British look. But if you were to put something with the same trimmed-down proportions on a wider frame, you might be veering into Joel McHale circa 2011 territory. In other words, this is a good lesson on proportion and fit for the slimmer gents out there—and a cautionary tale for the broad-shouldered. And throwing an interesting tie into the simple black-and-white palette doesn’t hurt either.

Neither does being British.

Another shot of Eddie after the jump.»

The September Issues

  • Najib Benouar

September is a big month in the print world of menswear. It sets the tone for the following season (and, effectively, the remainder of the year).

It also means the page counts are at their bulkiest—so many woolen things, so little time. And in our continued dedication to sussing it all out, we’ve thumbed through the 1,000-plus pages (we’ve thrown in the bonus round of Vanity Fair since they’ve weighed in on the year’s best-dressed men) just for you.

Let’s dig into the September issues, shall we...»

The Kempt Guide to the November Issues

If you haven’t checked your mailbox recently, we’ve got some good news. Another round of glossy style advice has arrived on the nation’s collective doorstep, and In fact, this month’s haul was particularly interesting because of Esquire’s latest Big Black Book—a glossy tome filled with all the intricacies of style too involved for the general subscriber base. That means dark rum, exotic leathers and all manner of Italian suiting.

Of course, it’s not all good advice—so we’re stepping in to tell you what to read, what to try and what to avoid at all costs.

Here’s everything you need to know from this month’s glossy magazines...»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Eddie Redmayne

It’s always nice to see a rising star on the make—especially when he knows his way around a velvet blazer.

The gentleman in question is Eddie Redmayne, spotted at the world premiere of My Week with Marilyn in which he seduces no less than Marilyn Monroe.

The jacket is from Alexander McQueen, impressive enough in its own right, but we’re particularly taken with that tie, which Mr. Redmayne is wearing tucked into his beltline as if he just stepped off the streets of Milan.

Not too shabby.