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Style Icons Playing Basketball

  • Najib Benouar


It’s a big day for basketball, with March Madness finally kicking off this morning.

And it’s been a big week for basketball here on Kempt, with our own bracket pitting icons of the sidelines against one another in our quest to name the most stylish NCAA basketball coach ever. You can catch up on the first-round action here, the second-round action here and yesterday’s Final Four here. But you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for the grand finale...

Because today we’re taking a brief break in our tourney to present a roundup of style icons playing basketball.»

Roman Coppola On The return of Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray's Style, And 70's Jack Nicholson

Director Roman Coppola

Yesterday, we sat down with writer and director Roman Coppola to talk about his new film, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. This morning, he was nominated for an Oscar as a writer for the screenplay of Moonrise Kingdom, one of his many collaborations with Wes Anderson. Coincidence?

He shared his thoughts on everything from his musical inspirations and his favorite of the Godfather films to whatever the hell is going on with Jason Schwartzman's hair.»

The 7 Times It’s Okay to Wear Sunglasses at Night

There seems to be some misunderstanding when it comes to wearing sunglasses at night.

In short, you can’t. Like pony tails and scarves indoors, sunglasses at night make you look foolish. They also make your friends talk shit about you while you’re feeding the meter on your Porsche out front. It’s kind of like wearing a hat at the dinner table, if the hat read “I’M OVERCOMPENSATING FOR UNSEEN DIMINUTIVES.”

With any style rule, of course, come the exceptions. We’ve identified seven in this case, which is why we titled this post:

The 7 Times It’s Okay to Wear Sunglasses at Night (So You Can, So You Can...)»

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...»

Style Icons Spoiling a Perfectly Good Walk

Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx, Palm Springs, CA, 1954

It may prove a bit tricky to duck out of the office this week for a twilight round of golf, given that we’re coming off a 10-day Fourth of July sabbatical. To tide you over, we now present, in no particular order, 18 photos of style icons spoiling a perfectly good walk.

Gunga galunga...»

Chantal le Fevre is Letting Her Hair Down

The Lion in Winter: Jack Nicholson gets melancholy, but keeps his cool. [Daily Mail]

Carrying the Flag: Barbour launches a limited edition Steve McQueen collection. Extremely handsome stuff here. [Luxist]

Make It New: Revamping pea coats with brass buttons. One of the many benefits of learning to sew. [Valet]

The Monkey Represents Wikileaks: The struggles in Egypt, as explained through Raiders of the Lost Ark. [Boing Boing]

Swimsuits, New Suits, and a Suitable Carafe


Provoked: Agent Provocateur has basically never let us down. [FashionIndie]

The Surge: Menswear leads the economic charge. Does that mean we can start declaring short-lived trends again? [FT]

Hitting the Bottle: Evian brings in Jean-Paul Gaultier to revamp their classic bottle design. Hopefully, Coke is paying attention. [Selectism]

Can We Have Our Ball Back?: Jean Touitou of A.P.C. continues to be surprisingly crotchety about music. [Dazed Digital]

In Praise of Blazers

If so motivated, you could probably pin this picture down the particular month in the mid-70s. Between the rugged blazer, an extra-wide collar and what may or may not be cowboy boots, it’s hardly a current look. But we’re ready for at least part of it to come back.

Now that t-shirts are as common as jeans, this particular brand of cowboy gentility is ripe for a comeback. It’s rustic, old-fashioned and uniquely American all at once. We’d want to shift around the lapels and throw in a few modern twists, naturally, but this is one corner of the 70s that’s due for a revival.