The Kempt 100 is our definitive list of the 100 best-dressed men of the past 100 years.
You don’t have to be Italian to make this list, but… it sure helps. And that’s why our next batch of legends includes a molto bene leading man, a couple all-American leading men, a Beatle and the fighter they called the greatest.
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…
Breaking news: starting today, you can buy clothes that Yoko Ono designed for John Lennon in 1969, at your local Opening Ceremony (and it all just landed online too).
That’s right, Yoko Ono and Opening Ceremony have collaborated on an 18-piece men’s collection that features stuff like “a jersey pullover with eyelets cut out over the nipple region” accompanied by a “lightbulb bra” (yes, this is all “menswear”). It’s a match made in high-fashion heaven—of some alternate universe where Zoolander’s Mugatu runs a sex dungeon/bed-in and breakfast that only plays songs credited to John Ono Lennon on loop. We’re not even sure if the Rick Owens crowd can get on board with this stuff, but if there’s anyone who can pull off the oddball conceptual art gambit, it’s Yoko.
The Opening Ceremony Band breakup watch begins now.
If you happen to be in Paris this month, drop by the Galerie Art District du Royal Monceau at the Royal Monceau–Raffles hotel, where you’ll find an exceptionally tasteful collection of celebrity photos from the ’60s and ’70s taken by Daniel Angeli, “father of the paparazzi.”
There’s a cerebral tone to Angeli’s shots, particularly when compared to the shit show of “gotcha” pics and videos littering newsstands and gossip sites these days. A code of sorts seems to be at play here—an invitation, rather than an interruption. Simply put, these are beautiful photographs of beautiful people in beautiful settings.
John Lennon recording “Tomorrow Never Knows” at Abbey Road, 1966
Donald Draper isn’t a Beatles fan, but his creator sure is. The New York Times reported yesterday that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner didn’t blink at the $250,000 price tag that came with concluding Sunday’s episode with “Tomorrow Never Knows,” the first song written and recorded by the Beatles to be licensed for use on a television series. Why this particular track, though? As Weiner explains, “That song to me is revolutionary. [The Beatles] were constantly pushing the envelope, and I really wanted to show how far ahead of the culture they were.” And how far behind Draper had become. Roger Sterling, on the other hand, having recently returned from his jaunt with Lucy in the sky with diamonds, was likely a much bigger fan of the song.
We’ve been on a John Lennon kick ever since his birthday this past weekend, and it’s led us to one of the better gems the Web has to offer.
Apparently Jann Wenner managed to sit down with Lennon for a three-hour interview in 1970, covering everything from the old Liverpool scene to the true definition of “a mood song.” And since the Web is generous, it’s all on iTunes for free.
It’s the kind of interview you don’t hear anymore—brutally honest and completely indifferent to how anyone else might feel about what he’s saying. If you don’t believe us, check six minutes into the second tape, when he gives an almost embarrassingly direct take on his own guitar playing, and a few hints as to the artistic and personal frustrations he was facing down in the Plastic Ono Band years.
And apparently “Daytripper” is actually about drugs.
This one comes by way of Ron Galella, who managed to capture John Lennon and Mick Jagger in the midst of an accessory-off. Personally, we’d take Mick’s buttonhole rose over John’s ’70s-sized bow tie—but Tom Ford might disagree.
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
We’ve always been reasonably amused by Sean Lennon. We can’t recall actually listening to any of his music, but he managed to avoid being too overtly annoying in a way that would be all too easy for one of his parentage. And hey, having Yoko for a mom is no picnic. If anything, old Sean has erred on the side of boring, but once in a while he trots out a new female friend to spice things up a bit.
That’s M.I.A., for the non-Pitchfork-educated. She’s been climbing the charts, soundtracking movie trailers, and getting big-upped as this year’s future of rap (according to Nas, the future of rap circa 1992). Add in a little subcontinental glamour and she should be the perfect spokesmodel, right? Well, almost»
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