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Style Icons with Sweet Rides

Steve McQueen

Stylish men have always had a special relationship with beautiful cars.

Probably because, if you think about it, they’re kind of the perfect accessory. Big, shiny, powerful—a little automotive affirmation can go a long way to securing your position in the Court of Cool. (We’re sure the King would agree.) But it’s not only those men defined by their cars who drive cool ones. And we’ve got the photo evidence to prove it.

Thus we present to you: Style Icons with Sweet Rides. To check out the high-speed handsomeness, follow us after the jump...»

Style Icons and Their Mothers

  • Kempt Staff

Mother's Day

Here’s your last reminder that Sunday is Mother’s Day, gentlemen.

And to kick off the weekend of maternal appreciation right, we turn to some of our favorite style icons for some dapper inspiration on how to get into the spirit of filial gratitude...

With this handsome montage of style icons hanging out with their mothers.»

23 Random Stones Photos Found at a Flea Market

This sort of shit never happens to us: 23 candid photos of the Rolling Stones on their 1965 American tour were recently discovered in an unmarked box at a Southern California estate sale.

As for our favorite of the bunch, it’s a toss-up between the above and this photo featuring a pensive 22-year-old Mick drinking a Bud Heavy in the foreground with a pensive, cummerbunded waiter reconsidering his career choice in the background. (Though it’s always a trip to see a youthful Keith still enveloped in unpunctured skin.)

Essentially, they’re the Instagram photos you wish you could take...»

The Best of the Christie’s Photo Auction

Untitled, 1975 by Ralph Gibson

We love a good belly photo.

It comes from an omnibus photo auction coming to Christies’ this Monday, and in the name of spreading the art around, we’ve pulled out some of the best of the bunch. That means Keith Richards, Mark Rothko and Horst P. Horst, along with some of best suits of the 1930s.

See the best of Monday’s photo auction»

Sienna Miller Hates the Seeds

Keef Lives: Keith Richards reflects on a lifetime of hazy memories. Master class stuff. [NYTimes]

Reflections on an Airport: Alain de Botton reflects on his week working in Heathrow’s Terminal 5. He seems to have enjoyed it. [Herman Miller]

Together at Last: Pendleton x Levi’s is looking pretty handsome. [Hypebeast]

Stone-Throwing is Prohibited: Tom Fruin has built a stained-glass house on the steps of the Royal Danish Library. [DesignBoom]

Exile’s Return

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Today marks the street date for the new reissue of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street, for our money the best blues-rock has to offer. The original album comes bundled with a slew of dropped tracks and other completist candy, but the big news is a handful of unfinished songs that the Glimmer Twins went back in the studio to finish up.

More importantly, they’re keeping the gloriously muddy mix intact. If you don’t have a copy of your own, now’s your chance to catch up.

Spirit of ‘77

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The punk years were pretty rough, both economically and sartorially speaking, but there’s no doubting Debbie Harry was one of the highlights.

Add in a few older gents settling into wine-soaked adulthood—we’re looking at you, Bowie and Keef—and it’s a photoset we’re more willing to take a glance at. The photos are all courtesy of godfather of rock photography Bob Gruen (hat tip to Phazerblast), and there’s plenty to like.

Don’t be surprised if the jeans look familiar.

See more of the scene»

Mods Vs. Rockers

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Actors and even a few writers can put up a fight, but rock stars will always be the coolest people in the room. The trick is getting a few snaps while they’re there.

Backstage Pass is the latest roundup of rock star photos, with essays by Griel Marcus and style guy Glenn O’Brien (among others) to sweeten the pot.

The haul includes a surprisingly sartorial Mick and Keith, plenty of shaggy Beatle shots, and a rare shot of James Brown at work in front of a piano. As usual, they’re at their most stylish when you catch them at work.

See the pics»

Oliver!

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Between Savile-obsessed trads and an older tribe still reliving the British Invasion, it’s easy to forget the younger generation of British designers, even when they’re churning out goods as impressive as anything you’ll find in New York. For example, our old friend Oliver Spencer.

Spencer’s Fall ’08 line has a lot to recommend it, but what caught our eye was the rough fabrics, long pirate-style peacoat, and his clever twists on the cardigan. Add in a little classic tailoring, and we’re pretty much sold. What else would you expect from Keith’s tailor?

See the line in full»

Club Jackets, Pleas for Pleats and Shaking Things Up

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Shirt Shift: Artist/Bulldog dissector Damien Hirst has created a line of almost Threadless-quality shirts to go along with his collection of $80,000 jeans. The man has brass balls the size of Volkswagens. Wait. No. That's Jeff Koons, who also has a line of "meh" tees. [Gawker]

In The Trenches: The men of Duckie Brown discuss their experimental "treated silk" jackets. [Washington Post]

Keef's Closet: Self-described "minstrel" Keith Richards wears women's shirts and, as we always believed, doesn't "do underwear." [Times UK]

Club Cuts: Soho House members can now add in-house tailors to their myriad benefits. [NY Sun]

Crease is the Word: Don't have pleats in trousers? Evidently, you are not a man. [Telegraph UK]

Posh Pack Rat: Step into the eclectic home of designer Simon Carter. [Independent UK]

The Nau Strategy: Slick, ruggedwear Nau may supplement their internet retail with physical stores. Whoh, stores that sell clothes. What won't they think of next? [WWD, subsription required you cheapos]