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Style Icons Playing Basketball

Basketball

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.»

Oh, Yoko

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. A few of Yoko’s sketches for the collection (which will also be made into a book) after the jump.»

When the Paparazzi Had Grace

Brigitte Bardot and constable, Saint-Tropez, 1975

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.

Here are a couple of our favorites...»

Kempt Liner Notes: “Tomorrow Never Knows”

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.

As are we, after discovering some fascinating facts about the psychedelic anthem that changed everything...»

The Lennon Tapes

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.

Valentina Zelyaeva Loves Television

Drinking Sherry with Bryan Ferry: The second sentence of this Bryan Ferry profile begins, “Unwinding a very large scarf from around his neck…” [WSJ]

Fit But You Know It: The way your clothes fit isn’t a standard or a science—it’s an art form. Nick Sullivan sounds off. [Esquire]

The Biker Crowd: A chat with the founder/designer behind Rapha. Required reading if you’ve ever thought of starting your own line. [The 99%]

Shoot the J: And just because it’s Friday, here’s some Super 8 footage of John Lennon playing basketball with Miles Davis. It turns out The Walrus has a weak jump shot. [Yahoo Sports]

Myf Sheppard is Sparrowed

Rest Easy, Sockless Gentlemen: The sockless, white-panted Picasso thief is now officially in custody—which means you can resume your sockless ways without fear of legal reprisal. [Atlantic Wire]

Glamour (Not the Magazine): The only picture of John Lennon hanging out with Mick Jagger that you’ll ever need. [Driven]

Whither the Beef: Dean Martin’s burger recipe. It involves bourbon, but not in the way you think. [TwitPic]

Ms. Dawson, We Presume: Rosario Dawson is a pretty cool lady, it turns out. [Mother Jones]