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The Best Headwear at Last Night’s Grammys

  • Najib Benouar


Last week we prefaced the Grammys with a retrospective on LL Cool J’s greatest hats but we weren’t expecting everyone to get in on the headwear action last night.

Smokey the Bear hats. Shiny helmets. Whatever you call that hirsute mound atop Macklemore’s head... Even Yoko went for it.

So we’re dedicating this weekend update of our ongoing coverage of awards-season style to the toppers that stole the show at last night’s Grammys.»

LL Cool J’s Greatest Hats


Rapper. Actor. Fitness guru. Awards show host...

LL Cool J has worn a lot of hats over the years. (Most of them Kangol.)

And since he’s reprising his standing gig as host for the Grammys for the third time in a row this weekend, we thought we’d take a look back at how the man known as Ladies Love Cool James has managed to stay relevant over the past three decades. (Hint: it’s the hats.)

Wherein we look back at LL Cool J’s dizzying array of headwear over the years...»

And the Menswear Grammy Goes to... Billy Reid

  • Najib Benouar


The red carpet at a music awards show is often host to the most egregious of questionable fashion choices—mostly because musicians have never been ones to shy from experimentation or making statements.

Which is why we were happy to learn that a few prudent musicians chose to wear Billy Reid—it paid off especially for the Mumford boys as they collected the big award of the night, looking like the sort of guys you’d want to hear crooning with banjos despite their British accents. The other group that wore Billy’s stuff was equally well suited for the task, being fellow Southern natives, the Alabama Shakes. Even their songstress, Brittany Howard, wore a custom-made dress from Reid—lest you forget the man has mastered both sides of the aisle.

Or that Billy Reid has just as keen a taste in music as he does in style. A few more shots of musicians sporting his looks after the jump.»

A Little Thing Called the Grammys Happened Last Night

  • Kempt Staff


Handsome Harmony: The gents from across the pond at British GQ ranked the most stylish men at the Grammys.

Can’t Stop the Sideboob: Meanwhile, the folks at HuffPost Style identify the lady lawbreakers of the Grammys’ dress code (and discuss things like “bare fleshy undercurves”).

Candid Camera: People snapped a dozen or so photos of off-camera celebrity mingling—and speculated whether play dates were discussed.

Mumford’s the Word: And just in case you missed last night’s festivities entirely, Rolling Stone recaps it all.

Julia Nobis Has Been Tilting at Windmills

  • Kempt Staff

Get Your Fil: Mr. Lean heads to Seattle to check out the factory of the venerable outdoorsy outfitters, Filson. [A Continuous Lean]

Xmas Marks the Spot: Hitting the right note of festiveness on the holiday party circuit will require a bit of soul (and suit) searching. [NY Times]

The Dudek: Long lost in the back issues of Sports Illustrated is the story of how Bo Jackson changed the life of a kid named Dudek. [Grantland]

Nouuurishing: Vice manages to catch up with the most enigmatic Grammy nominee of all time, virtual unknown Al Walser. [Vice]

A Weekend of Whitney

Last night, for the first time in recent memory, the Grammy Awards kind of felt relevant. Not for the entire three and a half hours, of course—but one would be hard-pressed to stage a more fitting memorial to the late Whitney Houston than Jennifer Hudson’s haunting, a cappella rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” As for the rest of the Grammys, here’s how we saw it...

The Biggest Winners: Adele, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver The Best Winners: Civil Wars, The Book of Mormon, Louis C.K. The Coolest Winners: Gustavo Dudamel, Levon Helm The Oldest Winner: Betty White Best Moment: B-side of Abbey Road finale by Paul McCartney

Elsewhere: Greece and contraception under fire, Whitney remembered in Abu Dhabi...»

Justin Vernon’s New Suit

If you’ve ever wondered where the indie folk crowd gets those woodsy on-stage suits, we’ve finally got an answer.

Behold Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. More importantly, behold his new Dunderdon tweed suit, which he’s wearing to the Grammys. (The shirt is Levi’s Vintage Clothing, for the curious.) It’s a halfway point between black tie and “wandering in the woods,” which makes it a pretty good fit.

Of course, he won’t be performing in it on Sunday... but there’s always the next tour.

Valerie van der Graaf Has Remote-Controlled Curtains

A Man and his Skiis: A style appreciation of one of our favorite flicks: Robert Redford’s Downhill Racer. [A Treasury Of…]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Caring About the Grammies: Here’s everything you need to know, if you should suddenly decide to watch the Grammies. (We in no way endorse actually watching the Grammies.) [Vulture]

Stiff Upper Lip: Is Movember good for mustaches or bad for mustaches? One mustache says, “bad.” [Gawker]

Bad Dog: Today in news so depressing, it’s almost a parody: Are military dogs getting PTSD? [NYTimes]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Usher

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The music industry circuit has always been a bit more dandy-friendly than the black-tie Oscars, so it's only right that there was a lot of style on display at last night’s Grammys. Fortunately, was enough to distract us through the music and awards-giving sections of the broadcast.

The standout for us was one Usher Raymond, who sported this light gray three-piece, with surprisingly hipster friendly piping. And, of course, we can never get enough large-check gingham.

There’s a Tony Manero vibe to the whole piece which matched the occasion just about perfectly. At just about every point in the broadcast, he looked like he was ready to bust out a moonwalk…which, if you happen to be a pop star, is a pretty good look.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Tom Hanks

  • Jared Paul Stern


Welcome to the MOTH makeover edition. Rather than an award for a single outfit, this one goes to Tom Hanks for his recent transformation from Tinseltown schlub to one of Hollywood's best-dressed men.

Up until the past few months, it was strictly sack suits and Today's Man looks for the hapless Hanks, when he could even be bothered to wear a tie. When Hanks started turning out extra nattily, we quickly detected the hand of Machiavellian style master (and MOTH mainstay) Tom Ford, whose new ad campaign is causing such a ruckus. Ford prescribed well-cut suits and elegant ties with bespoke details in classic monochromatic palettes worthy of Cary Grant.

More on Hanks' latest transformation»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Tom Ford

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

While he may have dressed multiple MOTHs (four to date) as well as James Bond, every so often we're reminded that Tom Ford is really his own best model. In the same sort of way that a restaurant with an absentee owner never seems quite right, Ford's clothes come across so well precisely because they've been road tested and perfected by the man himself, who just happens to be one of the most stylish men on the planet.

The other night at the opening of a new wing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art»