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A Pop-Culture History of Men and Shorts

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The prospect of celebrating summer’s inaugural weekend might have you toying with the idea of spending the entire three days in a pair of shorts (especially if you plan on being poolside the whole time).

But going pantsless is a deceptively tricky move—wrought with pitfalls and misconceptions.

More often than not, they’re considered a necessary evil. Tom Ford famously said that a man should never wear them. Inevitably, someone will rib you with that moldy chestnut about never taking a man in shorts seriously. But in the right hands—er, on the right gams—they can be serviceable, arguably even stylish. It’s been done before, to varying degrees of success.

So, as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to find out how we got into this pantsless existential crisis, we present to you:

A pop-culture history of men and shorts.»

THE REENTRY: Monday, September 12th

We’re confident that you were presented with ample opportunity over the weekend to memorialize 9-11 in cathedrals of your own. One of the more poignant moments we saw at yesterday’s service came from former president George W. Bush who quoted a 1864 letter by Abraham Lincoln to a Massachusetts mother of two sons killed in the Civil War:

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

Today, September 12th, we take a collective deep breath, and press on…»

Joi Lansing Cannot Be Contained

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The Go Bag: Valet concocts the perfect grooming first aid kit, in case you don’t have time to stop at home before your after-work date. [Valet]

The Talented Mr. Greenleaf: The Eye dissects the style of Jude Law from The Talented Mr. Ripley. Just watch out for emotionally charged boat rides. [GQ]

The Bass and the Movement: Jeremy Kirkland breaks down the difference between quartz and mechanical movements. In general, you want the latter. [Esquire]

The Big Time: The jackpot for a movie-optioned magazine piece might not be quite as lavish as you thought. [WWD]

A Rager

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The fashion world has provided fodder for dozens of movies, but this week’s model is definitely the most portable…

It’s called Rage, it features both Lily Cole and Jude Law (the latter in drag), and at the moment, the only place you’ll see it is on a mobile phone. The film takes the form of a series of faux-interviews—with a murder thrown in to keep the plot moving—so it should play pretty well on the small screen…but how many folks are willing to watch it there remains to be seen. Babelgum has been posting sections of the film serially through their mobile app, and you’ll be able to see the whole thing there by the time Monday rolls around. Of course, with a single camera setup and limited sets, it’s not quite as monumental as what you’ll find in theaters…but as the film equivalent of fast fashion, it does just fine.

See the trailer»

A Scantily Clad Heiress, Deadly Hipsters, and Exiled Rum

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Part-Time Model: The occasionally exhibitionist heiress (no, the other one) strips down for Myla. [NYDN]

Hipsters will destroy us all: But not in a cool Mothra kind of way. [PSFK]

Rum in Exile: Forbidden rum is always the sweetest. [The Bachelor Guy]

Receding Clothing Line: Jude Law models for dunhill. Baldness jokes ensue.[Brandish]

It’s the Shades: Kanye makes the cut for Vanity Fair’s best dressed list. Once again, his MacBook Air is in danger. [Kanye’s Blog]

The Talented Mr. Minghella

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In the wake of Anthony Minghella’s unexpected death, we thought we might take a look at the sartorial legacy his short body of work has left. His longtime collaboration with costume designer Ann Roth—beginning with *The English Patient*—cast a long shadow over his short body of work. His movies had a real sense of style, remarkable for both its faithfulness to the period and its emotional effect.

More on Anthony Minghella»

Lagerfeld Shoots Homme, Harvey Shoots Halston and More

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Name Game: Glam-obsessed Roberto Cavalli hires French rock and roll band… um… Rock & Roll to star in his ad campaigns. "Rock & Roll"? Really inventive there, garçons. [FWD]

Join the Hunt: _Field and Stream_ magazine expands its licensing hoping to tap into that juicy casual game hunter/rampaging Vice President market. [DNRNews]

The Oracle of Omaha: Is master capitalist Warren Buffett giving Ralph Lauren his Midas touch? [Seeking Alpha, #11]

New Republic: Simon Kneen, one of the many creative directors and designers responsible for Brooks Brothers recent renaissance, takes over the helm at Gap's Banana Republic. [AP via Fox Business]

Inside Hollywood: Jude Law, who has starred in several Miramax films, will star in the Weinstein-produced biopic of Halston—a line now owned by… yes, Harvey Weinstein. [Men.Style]

Homme Coming: New ad campaign, shot by Monsieur Lagerfeld, gives us a closer look at Kris Van Assche's Spring Dior Homme line. [Eye4style]

Box Set: Addicted to Polos? This $5,000 commemorative collector's trunk should cure that—forever. [Rock Box]