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The 70 Greatest Sweaters of All Time

  • Najib Benouar

For centuries, mankind has relied on sweaters for winter layering and autumn-night warmth. But beyond that, they’ve been something of an afterthought. Until today.

Because today we’re celebrating the venerable garment in all of its forms by counting down the 70 greatest moments in sweaterdom—from lumpy cardigans to clingy cashmere hugging the shapely, we’ve found them all. And we’ve assembled them in full splendor.

Without further ado, the 70 greatest sweaters in the world.»

The Impossible Cool Goes Color

  • Najib Benouar

You’re probably familiar with the Impossible Cool—a site dedicated to black-and-white photos starring everyone from Alain Delon to Kurt Vonnegut looking, well, impossibly cool. And you might even be familiar with the ongoing collaboration with Sonic Editions—who are in the business of archival-quality prints of iconic photos of mostly rock stars.

For their latest limited-run batch, they’ve come up with a new twist: color. It’s a revolutionary idea, we know. Almost blasphemous if you’re a longtime Impossible Cool fan, but something you’ll quickly get over once you see how ravishing Marilyn Monroe’s bright red dress looks or the way David Bowie’s strawberry blond coif adds intrigue to the mostly gray palette of a 1976 photo. It’s a whole new world of impossibilities in coolness.

We’ve got the rest of the Impossible Cool x Sonic Editions collection, in the full color spectrum, after the jump.»

Happy Turkey Day, Internet

  • Najib Benouar

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get started on some epic gluttony, football watching and an appropriate amount of familial rabble rousing. Let’s also take a brief moment to recognize how awesome this photo of Marilyn Monroe is. (Sexy Pilgrims do exist!) Gentlemen, start your carving knives.

We’ll leave you with a few more black-and-whites of sexy Pilgrims after the jump, and see you tomorrow—if the tryptophan has worn off by then...»

Michelle Williams Is Really Getting into This Marilyn Business

A Dangerous Method: Michelle Williams gets the profile treatment from GQ, coming off every bit as stable as Marilyn Monroe. [GQ]

Suit Up: In praise of the personal uniform, whether it’s Steve Jobs or Thom Browne. [Valet]

Clint Eastwood Is a Badass: The story of a 21-year-old Clint Eastwood, a plane crash at sea and a two-mile swim in very cold water. [The Scuttlefish]

The Faces of Market Week: Ryan Plett offers black-and-white snaps of the Ovadia twins and Matt from Sid Mashburn, among others. [TravelWell]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Eddie Redmayne

It’s always nice to see a rising star on the make—especially when he knows his way around a velvet blazer.

The gentleman in question is Eddie Redmayne, spotted at the world premiere of My Week with Marilyn in which he seduces no less than Marilyn Monroe.

The jacket is from Alexander McQueen, impressive enough in its own right, but we’re particularly taken with that tie, which Mr. Redmayne is wearing tucked into his beltline as if he just stepped off the streets of Milan.

Not too shabby.

The 12 Original Playboys – Part 5

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Part One -- Death of The Original Playboy: Gunter Sachs, Porfirio Rubirosa Part Two -- Style & Grace: Gianni Agnelli, “Baby” Pignatari, Alessandro “Dado” Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri. Part Three – The Americans: Howard Hughes, John. F. Kennedy Part Four -- Easy on the Curve: Alfonso de Protago and Prince Aly Khan

Part Five: The Party’s Over

As we conclude our series on The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that much of our intrigue on the subject stemmed from Graydon Carter’s timely, eloquent memorial of Gunter Sachs in the July 2011 edition of Vanity Fair. “For it’s a subtle craft,” writes Carter, “the art of the playboy – the creation of a life of tasteful public and private pleasure – and it’s one that is completely lost on the rich of today.”

We also owe Taki Theodoracopulos (a renowned Playboy in his own right) a well-made cocktail for gracing us with his kaleidoscopic obituary of Sachs and recollection of a typical day spent with Porfirio Rubirosa…

The thrilling conclusion…»

The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties – Part 3

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Part One -- Death of The Original Playboy: Gunter Sachs, Porfirio Rubirosa Part Two-- Style & Grace: Gianni Agnelli, “Baby” Pignatari, Alessandro “Dado” Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri.

Part Three: The Americans

"Haven't you ever worked?" Prince Dado Ruspoli was once asked. "No," he responded, "I've never had time." The 12 Original Playboys gallivanted within the eye of a perfect pleasure storm. They wanted for nothing because they could have seemingly anything – or anyone – thanks to a never-ending stream of old, old money.

And yet plenty of men have mighty bank accounts. These twelve seemed to have much more, like the ability to speak a dozen languages, the bravado to race Ferraris with every intention of one day wrapping one around an apple tree, and the possession of manhood that led to twelve-inch pepper grinders being named for them in Parisian restaurants.

With that in mind, it’s not surprising that only two Americans made this list.

And neither of them are named Hugh…»

Happy Birthday, Marilyn

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And the Suiting Is Easy: Three handsome summer suits, courtesy of Deets. Nothing mind-blowing here, but very sharp all around. [Details]

The Chairman Speaks: A dug-up doc on Frank Sinatra from 1965, making a strong claim on the next 32 minutes of your life. [Brain Pickings]

Sewn Up: The Blackbird guide to sewing the buttons back onto your shirt after you’ve ripped it open in a fit of passion. [Valet]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Intimidation: A supercut of the 100 greatest film threats of all time. We advise that you not mess with the bull. [Pajiba]

The Misfit

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The Last of the Bombshells: A few more Marilyn snaps surface. We’re game, as always. [Refinery29]

On Ice: Daniel Craig is now available in popsicle form. No, we don’t know why either. [Vulture]

The Barbarian: WSJ’s brand new culture blog weighs in on O’Brien’s brand new Tonight Show. It’s the dawn of two new eras. [Speakeasy]

Tears of a Clown: Ol’ Blue Eyes apparently fancied himself quite the painter. The rest of the world…not so much. [Luxist]

Light Reading

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The digital revolution has brought a lot of changes to the world of gentleman’s publishing, but Playboy has been remarkably slow catching on. Thankfully, with a little help from Bill Gates, they’re finally making up ground.

The first step is putting all of their archives online, thanks to Bondi Digital Publishing and MSN’s Silverlight viewer. To put that in perspective, we’re talking about 53 years worth of magazines…and more than 600 centerfolds. Not bad for a days work.

Of course, we’re guessing you already know about the publication’s storied history, the Marilyn spreads crowding Nabokov interviews, and the general legacy of Hef. But on the off-chance you don’t, this would be a pretty good place to start.

Gathers No Moss

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Speaking of street art making good, Banksy is getting a lot more marketable these days…thanks to the locus of chaotic energy that is Kate Moss.

Back in 2006, the British graffiter pasted Ms. Moss’s face over a famous Warhol print of Marilyn Monroe, making a tidy 96,000 UKP for a set of six prints. With that kind of payoff, it’s hard to resist a flip or two, so the owners are putting them back on the block, expecting up to 150,000 in return.

Even given the economy, we think it’s a safe bet. Kate’s look of vague disgust has never been more appropriate.

ScarJo, Notch Lapels, and the Communist Threat

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ScarMo: Scarlett Johansson tries being the new Marilyn Monroe. But where's a subway draft when you need it? [My Fashion Life]

Red is the New Black: Has men’s fashion gone communist? If only we could have some kind of witch-hunt to clear this whole thing up. [International Herald Tribune]

Art Cribs: Inside Ruben Toledo’s amazing loft. That’s just how MOTHs live these days. [NYMag]

White Tie: The Obama administration makes its first style faux pas. At least there weren’t any diplomats around. [Luxist]

The Gravedigging Beat

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This month’s Vanity Fair features a windy trot through the remains of Marilyn Monroe’s estate, in the name of unraveling the “mystery of Marilyn’s death.” There are a few Kennedy love letters, one from T.S. Eliot (!?), and a whole lot of morbid fetishism, courtesy of writer Sam Kashner. (The curious can find a full web-only accounting here.) Of course, the media loves a dead blonde, but this is more unseemly than usual.

Monroe’s death is only a mystery the way JFK’s death is a mystery. When a corpse is found surrounded by sleeping pills, you don’t have to reach too far for the truth. Monroe was an orphan, and struggled all her life with what Arthur Miller described (in a far superior VF article) as “the bottomless loneliness that no parented person can really know”, so her suicide not as inexplicable as Kashner would have us believe. The real shock is how blind most writers have been to her real, human problems.

We're looking at you, Truman»

Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, and Joe Biden Walk Into a Bar

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The Misfits: Vanity Fair joins Marilyn enthusiasts in rifling through the dead starlet’s papers. [Vanity Fair]

Don’t Astaire: A lesson in grooming from Fred Astaire. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

One Wheel to Rule Them All: The unique appeal of the monowheel. [Random Good Stuff]

Veep Veep: Joe Biden favors the banker’s collar…but not actual bankers. [BlackBook]