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The 58 Greatest Hawaiian Shirts of All Time

Hawaiian shirts

Fact: it takes quite the set of cojones to pull off wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

Also fact: most men don’t have ’em.

That being said, there are some real pros out there who do. And right now, we’d like to honor these brave souls who’ve unwaveringly taken up the charge. Through painstaking research—no scene left unexamined, no paparazzi shot ignored—we’ve uncovered the best and boldest examples of tropical-print artistry. A testament to confidence, these men are standards to aspire to. (At least when it comes to visually making a statement.)

So without further ado, and in no particular order, we present to you the 58 greatest Hawaiian shirts, ever.»

Style Icons for George McGovern

Warren Beatty on the phone as he campaigns for Senator George McGovern’s Democratic presidential nomination.

Leading up to his 1972 presidential bid, Senator George McGovern, who died over the weekend at the age of 90, met with a group of Hollywood celebrities at the home of Shirley MacLaine. Since he was not well-known and had little support within the Democratic Party, it was decided that the entertainment industry could lend the McGovern campaign some much-needed credibility, charisma and cash.

And so a new generation of Hollywood liberal activists emerged, the first to do so since McCarthyite blacklists of the early ’50s had driven showbiz liberalism deep into the walk-in closets of Malibu and Mulholland Drive.

Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s brother, scheduled a series of high-profile concerts, fundraisers and East Hampton pickup baseball games, attended by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Burt Lancaster, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and so on. “We got involved because we were people who cared,” Norman Lear told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.

As such, we thought it a fitting tribute to the fallen senator to eulogize him in a pictorial we’re calling:

Style Icons for George McGovern...»

Elena Melnik Cannot Wait for Derby Day

  • Najib Benouar

Elena Melnikvia Mode

Bang for Your Bucks: The Silentist rounds up just about every option in every price range for white bucks. [The Silentist]

More Spring Sale-ing: If today’s Rugby tip whet your appetite for more in-season steals, check out Seattle’s Blackbird Ballard. (Best of all: the promotion code.) [Blackbird Ballard]

Play the Exacta: And just in case you’re feeling inclined to play the ponies this weekend, let the Art of Manliness be your guide. [AoM]

Decadent and Depraved: To leave you with some final Derby Day inspiration, here’s how Hunter S. Thompson remembers it. [Grantland]

Jennifer Massaux Chews on Curtains When She’s Happy

Jennifer Massauxvia WBE

Neckwear Continues: A short, sweet and comprehensive guide to the necktie. [Permanent Style]

It Was a Very Good Year: Behind the wheel of a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale. A good place to be. [Driven]

Gonzo Returns: A rarely seen 1988 interview with Hunter S. Thompson. Be warned: there’s an aerosol flamethrower involved. [Open Culture]

Under the Brim: The classic way to wear a hat, courtesy of Chicago’s sharpest. [The Midwestyle]

The Rum Diary vs. Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson/Rum Diary

With the release of the long-awaited film version of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary, we thought we’d lend a hand in separating debaucherous fact from debaucherous fiction.

In particular, we’re going to see how the rum-soaked shenanigans described in the book/film stack up against the real-life shenanigans that inspired them. We’ve teed up some of the most notable (notorious?) moments in the film below...

Buy the ticket, take….well, you know the rest»

Brigitte Bardot is Auctioning Her Towel

Brigitte Bardotvia Driven

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Johnny Depp on Hunter S. Thompson, who apparently was pretty quick with a cattle prod. [The Daily Beast]

A Man with a Movie Camera: Tommy Ton gets his close-up in this video, which follows the man through the fashion week hustle. [Life + Times]

The Man Behind Beavis: Vice sits down with Mike Judge on the eve of the revived Beavis and Butt-Head. [Vice]

Stop, Motion: Check out Spike Jonze’s latest project, a hallucinatory, mildly NSFW stop-motion short. [The Atlantic Wire]

You Have Been Invited to a Couch

And Aran, Aran So Far Away: In case you didn’t find the sweater you were looking for, Valet’s rounded up a few other models. [Valet]

We Imagine a Few Headaches Were Involved: Two intrepid souls took it upon themselves to sample every one of the 127 flavors in the new Coke freestyle machine. This is their story. [Serious Eats]

Boxed In: Some handsome vintage shots from Gleason’s Gym. (Nice bow tie, by the way.) [The Lens]

Hunter S. Thompson’s Hangover Cure: Is a box of amyl nitrates and as much beer as you want. Don’t try this at home. [Gawker]

Fare Thee Well, Elizabeth Taylor

We Hardly Knew Ye: Jerry Saltz gives a sendoff to Elizabeth Taylor, stopping to hang out with Andy Warhol along the way. [NYMag]

The Nautical Belt Returns: Another handsome belt option. [Mister Crew]

Two Angry Men: A profanity-laced tete-a-tete between Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman, recorded for posterity. [Letters of Note]

Mix It Up: The dangers of the monochrome outfit. [Die, Workwear]

Out Of Africa

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photo courtesy of Taschen*

43 years ago adventurer / photographer Peter Beard published a landmark book on Africa, *The End of the Game*.

The pedigreed Yale grad - whose dashing grandfather, tobacco heir Pierre Lorillard IV is credited with popularizing the tuxedo - had met author Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) in Denmark, who sparked his interest in the Dark Continent.

Beard, pictured here in Kenya's Aberdare Moorlands in 1966 displaying some of grandpa's flair, went on to become not only one of our most interesting and accomplished cultural characters, but a true style icon as well, marrying Cheryl Tiegs and discovering Iman along the way. Taschen has just come out with a revised edition of the End of the Game, with a new foreword by Paul Theroux, a seasoned adventurer in his own right.

More on the new edition of Beard's classic»

Double or Nothing

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

We're sorry to say it, but Graydon Carter is a stubborn ass. Not eight weeks after we commended him for ditching unflatteringly-padded double-breasted suits in favor of sleek-making single-b.'s, the *Vanity Fair* editor is back enfolded in extra layers of fabric again, drawing undue attention to all those late night snacks at the Waverly.

We consider the pitfalls of the double-breasted jacket»