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The End of Fashion

via LGM

Culture is now officially over.

At least, that’s the premise of a new think piece by Kurt Andersen in next month’s Vanity Fair, which claims our culture stopped producing new ideas sometime around 1991.

He’s got a point, especially on the men’s style front. Swap photos of low-key men on the street circa 2011 and 1991, and it might be hard to tell which was which. You could hardly say the same for 1971, or 1951. Even the cutting-edge style pics, like the above one from Wale Oyejide, are hardly distinctive. Give or take the banker’s collar and he could be walking out of a law firm on any day in the last 30 years.

It all points to a pretty sobering conclusion: fashion is over. We hope you like those longwings, because they’re going to be with you for a very long time...

Our thoughts on the post-fashion world»

Two Things You Didn’t Know About the Agnelli Cuff

We’re guessing the last time your wristwatch was over your cuff there were a lot of other things in disarray as well.

Not so for Gianni Agnelli, aka “The Rake of the Riviera.” As we mentioned in our recent series on the 12 Jetset Playboys of the Sixties Agnelli had a penchant for tucking his French cuff underneath his watch.

But here’s a couple things you may not have known, starting with the reason he couldn’t keep it on his wrist like a lesser mortal…»

The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties – Part 2

The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties

Part two of five.

As we introduced yesterday, The 12 Original Playboys were a self-proclaimed ‘elite breed of professional pleasure seekers’ who fascinated the world in the 1950’s and ‘60s. They did so with exceptional genes, unparalleled wealth and, as we learn from today’s batch, exquisite style and grace.

Meet Gianni “The Rake of the Riviera” Agnelli, Francisco “Baby” Pignatari, and Alessandro Principe “Dado” Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri»

Lapo Gets Stoned

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Sharon Stoned, we mean—as far as we know foppish Fiat heir Lapo Elkann has steered clear of the hard stuff since that unfortunate incident with the transvestite hooker in Turin.

In fact, our boy Lapo is now such a testament to recovery he was hobnobbing with the actress at an event honoring his appointment as ambassador to some kind of newfangled medical center.

More on our esteemed Mr. Elkann»

World Diplomacy, Belted Bikinis and the Quarter Brogue

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Belt It: The unimpeachable virtues of the belted bikini. [MyFashionLife]

Lapel Diplomacy: Yet another world leader embarrasses his people with poor fashion sense. Sarkozy is looking better and better… [Manolo for the Men]

The Crew: J. Crew opens a men’s only store in Tribeca. Maybe Chelsea would have been more appropriate… [DNR]

No Quarter: Gianni Agnelli gives us a lesson on quarter brogues from beyond the grave. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Fuzzy Logic: As Chris Rock presciently advised, “take off that silly-ass hat.” [The Cool Hunter]

Randy Dandy

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Fiat heir and Agnelli scion Lapo Elkann has experienced a lot of ups and downs in his 30 years. Once destined to succeed his legendary grandfather Gianni Agnelli, Lapo's career trajectory came to a crashing halt when he overdosed in the apartment of a transsexual hooker in Turin in 2005. He has since sobered up (according to some reports) and moved to New York after the lukewarm launch of a sunglasses line called Italia Independent.

Through it all, he has remained impeccably dressed»

Agnelli Family Values

Gianni Agnelli

A new must-see exhibit for any serious sartorial scholar just opened in Rome celebrating the lush life and times of the late, great Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, one of the most stylish men who ever walked the Earth. Titled “Gianni Agnelli: An Extraordinary Life,” it features over 250 photos, some of them never seen before, plus rare film footage and a documentary. It's at the Vittoriano Complex until the 30th, after which it travels to Turin and Milan.

More on the avid playboy and racecar driver »