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The October Issues

  • Najib Benouar

It’s October (yes, already) and that means one thing: a new crop of magazines has hit the shelves. September was the big rallying point for the fall menswear transition, so now it’s less about how fall looks and more about how fall feels: there’s tweed, the upcoming elections and awards season jockeying (coincidentally, each cover featured an A-list actor). So, let’s get into it.

Digging through the October issues, one perfumed page at a time.»

Jessica Paré Didn’t See You There

  • Najib Benouar

Jessica Parevia GQ

All Roads Lead to Kempt: Complex puts together an impressive flowchart infographic to help you decide which blogs you should be reading. (Naturally, you’re already where you need to be.) [Complex]

Listen Up: Hypebeast catches up with Glenn O’Brien. Sage advice ensues. [Hypebeast]

We Have Liftoff: Save yourself a trip to Mars and check out this slideshow of installation artist Tom Sachs’s latest exhibit. [Selectism]

Getting Schooled: Where you went to school may actually affect more than just what color your repp tie should be. [The Atlantic]

The May Issues

  • Najib Benouar

The May issues are in and we’ve got a mixed bag on our hands.

May can be a tricky style month to predict. It puts us in the late-spring-but-it-might-already-feel-like-summer zone of weather, so it’s hard to know whether we’re going to want to see umbrellas or madrases. (GQ hedged with umbrellas). It’s safe to assume most of this stuff went to print while April showers were still raging (and Derrick Rose was still playoffs-bound), meaning everyone’s predictions were a little off. So, in the name of menswear journalism, we trod through the mid-weight blazers, the white canvas shoes (well in advance of Memorial Day), a few instances of déjà vu and an unsettlingly low amount of eye candy to bring you...

Everything you need to know from May’s crop of glossies.»

The April Issues

Gentlemen, a new month is upon us.

The good news is, this one features a lot more Sofia Vergara from Esquire and a 100 points of spring style from GQ, among other things. Naturally, we don’t agree with every last piece of it, so we’ve provided a running commentary for this month’s print crop, separating the sublime from the ridiculous. Consider this the Cliffs Notes version.

Here’s everything you need to know from March’s crop of magazines»

Abby Is Not Giving Your Shirt Back

The Love Song of Johnny Ramone: A choice excerpt from Johnny Ramone’s posthumous autobiography, detailing his early days in ’70s New York. [NYMag]

Panico in the Disco: Derek Guy details an afternoon with Naples’s own Antonio Panico, complete with copious espresso and patch pockets. [styleforum]

“Toward a More Bohemian Lifestyle”: The poetry of Glenn O’Brien, as relayed by the Unknown Hipster. [The Unknown Hipster]

The Wet Look Returns: In honor of Mad Men’s incipient return, here’s a guide to one of the best-loved Draper-era hair creams, Groom & Clean. [The American Project]

Elisabeth Moss Is Both Good Cop and Bad Cop

The Long Goodbye: On the 15th anniversary of Biggie’s death, Complex tracks down an LAPD detective to explain how it happened. The takeaway: they know who did it, but could never prosecute. [Complex]

Opening Someone Else’s Mail: Drew Magary opens Glenn O’Brien’s mail and has a somewhat different response to the sartorial queries. [Deadspin]

Fuel Troubles: A full-spectrum review of the latest workout gadget, the Nike+ FuelBand. [The Verge]

The Sneaker Beat: And just to keep things balanced, here’s Adidas’s latest kicks. [Hypenotice]

The February Issues

It’s been a strange month for magazines. We got to see more of Michelle Williams’ Marilyn impression, the wisdom of an ex-president and some quality drinking-and-shooting time with the bull-shaped creature known as Channing Tatum. But naturally, you’ll want more than that, so we’ve got an intricately detailed summary after the jump…

Here’s everything you need to know from February’s crop of glossies»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson, Glenn O'Brien and Andre Balazsvia GoaG

Glenn O’Brien’s Bergdorf book launch last week saw quite a bit of sharp gentlemen come out of the woodwork. This snap catches the Style Guy flanked by Andre Balazs and GQ ed-in-chief Jim Nelson—and while none of the three is exactly a slouch, we’ve got to hand this one to the man in seersucker.

He’s a little more dressed-down than the two black-clad gents to his left, but Jim Nelson is the guiding light of casual seersucker style here. The weathered jeans, skinny tie and perfectly placed tie bar play up his elfin charm, while the thin peaked lapels set his jacket apart from the more traddish models you’ll find at Brooks Brothers. He even manages to pull off the loosened tie, a move that can come off as slouchy on lesser mortals.

Hana Jirickova is Fascinated By Your Explanation of Game of Thrones

Hana Jirickovavia WBE

Staying Bright: A gentleman’s guide to wearing white pants, courtesy of Esky’s Big Black Book. For our money, we’d save the true whites for denim. [Esquire]

Today’s Factory Tour: Behind the scenes at a t-shirt factory. [Free/Man]

Dressing Up: Rivieras get a floral upgrade. [Selectism]

The Climbers: Glenn O’Brien’s opus on social climbing has finally hit the web. [GQ]

Reflections of a Style Guy


On of the most reliable sources of style wisdom in the business, Glenn O’Brien has finally channeled his wit into an all-encompassing 300-page guide to life. The book is titled How to Be a Man, and it lives up to its name with chapters like “How to be Sexual,” “How to Exit” (on death), and “Immortality: What to Do Later.” We sat down with Mr. O’Brien for a conversation about manhood, manners and when New York was at its coolest.

Our conversation with Glenn O’Brien»

Karina is Not Happy About the Nail Clippings on your Nightstand

Lonely at the Top: Glenn O’Brien’s guide to social climbing. Caution: you are witnessing a trained professional. You may not be able to pull this off at home. [GQ]

The Literary Type: A designer has made book covers for a dozen or so classic albums. Blood on the Tracks is pretty brilliant. [Mother Jones]

Embrace the Funk: An ode to the sheepish pleasures of the corduroy shirt. [Guide to Bad Taste]

Relief: Hickoree’s has turned their homepage over to a limited edition Japan-themed pocket square, with 100% of proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. [Hickorees]

Natasha Poly Has Had a Long Day

Postcards From the Edge: Christopher Hitchens stares down death with characteristic wit. We’re pulling for you, sir. [Vanity Fair]

Too Many, By Any Standard: Google Books has determined that there are 128,864,880 books in the world, which makes Twilight seem like maybe not such a big deal. [TechCrunch]

Take That, Anthony Bourdain: If you are ever moved to sample exotic cuisine, steer clear of these ten items. [Uncornered Market]

Wisdom of the Ages: Glenn O’Brien weighs in on marital fashion choices. The key line: “Before you tell your wife that what she's wearing is preposterous, decide if you really want to suffer horribly for the next few days.” [GQ]