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The April Issues

  • Kempt Staff

Jason Bateman GQ

Now that it’s spring, everything is abloom—even your local newsstands, thanks to the newest crop of magazines swathed in brightly colored menswear.

In other words: the April issues have arrived.

And in our grand tradition of taking the pulse of printed menswear journalism, we’ve thumbed through all of the highly glossy/flammable pages of the usual suspects to give you the rundown on the upcoming trends, recent cultural phenomena and the requisite amount of eye candy.

Without further ado, the April Issues.»

Hedi Slimane, YSL and Why It Matters

The gentleman before you is Hedi Slimane, occasional photographer and sculptor, and (as of this morning) official creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, a post once held by Tom Ford, Stefano Pilati and, just 12 years ago, Hedi himself.

It’s big news in the capital-F Fashion world, but it should make a difference for anyone with lapels—even if you’re not keeping an eye on runway shows. So we’ve put together a quick guide to why you should care...

A quick dialogue on why Hedi Slimane matters»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Mark Ronson


Going bleach-blond is a pretty extreme move—kind of like a powder-blue suit, come to think of it—but when it’s done right it’s the sort of high-wire sartorialism that earns MOTHs.

It helps that the resulting ‘do is more LES punk than surfer dude—even if that’s a surfboard behind him, and later on in the evening he was shaking hands with Laird Hamilton.

The bouffant gets a more styled look in this month’s BlackBook, but we prefer to see it in the wild—particularly since it means there’s still a touch of blue at his roots. Combed upward and set against Ronson’s usual dapper style, the peroxide touch seems like a callback to early 80s Bowie, which is a comparison any genre-bender should be happy about.

And, lest we forget, it’s a pretty fantastic suit.

Cameron Richardson Only Knows How to Dog Paddle

cameronrichardson_crop.jpgvia GQ UK

Mr. Kent, I Presume: Matt Singer collaborates with Selima Optique to create the perfect secret identity: a pair of black-framed glasses. We always thought Clark Kent was an underrated style icon. [Valet]

Ladies…: Jesse Thorn delivers a passionate monologue on the importance of dumping your boyfriend in favor of a well-dressed style blogger who knows more about Italian film. Anyway, that’s what we got out of it. [Put This On]

See Also: Death, Taxes: Why the paywall is here to stay. [CrunchGear]

The Beat Goes On: Even wearing a black polo with a popped collar in the middle of summer, Mark Ronson can do no wrong. [GQ Eye]

My Home is the Sea


The Loose Knit Sweaters of the People: DVMan turns in a vaguely socialist ode to the nautical life. [Hypebeast]

In Essence: The perpetually sartorial Mark Ronson weighs in with his Ten Essentials. Tie bars are conspicuously absent. [Men.Style]

Close to the Chest: The paisley waistcoat is much, much cooler than you thought. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

In the Past: Woodstock’s 40th birthday prompts hazy recollections, indecision, and drug use. Shine on… [NYTimes]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Mark Ronson

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Back before he became a big time music producer and multi-Grammy winner, Mark Ronson used to DJ all the hottest parties in town—and some out of town as well (ask him about the time he flew to Milan to DJ at a Gucci soirée and got in a shouting match with Charlize Theron.) His sartorial acumen has increased appreciably since those days behind the decks; onstage these days he affects a sort of dapper nouveau-rockabilly vibe, necktie always knotted just so.

More on the distinguished gentleman»