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The Colorful Legacy of Michael Bloomberg

  • Najib Benouar

1105_Bloomberg_HED Today marks the beginning of the end of an era in New York City.

The Bloomberg Era.

Voters are currently electing a new mayor for the first time in over a decade, and it’s got us feeling a bit nostalgic for the benevolent billionaire. His banker-y penchant for pinstripes and Windsor knots. His flair for preppiness, rooted in his Massachusetts upbringing. His determination to announce emergency alerts in Spanish without a translator... We can’t say we’re not going to miss it all dearly. And while we’ll leave the analyzing of his political legacy to the pundits, we think his sartorial legacy while in office is also worthy of review:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg in five iconic photos...»

The Lights Are Back On

  • Najib Benouar

This is what Manhattan looked like for the better part of last week. (This snap comes from the New York Magazine cover shoot.)

But after spending nearly a week in darkness, lower Manhattan has finally regained power and is quickly returning to normalcy today. Kids are heading back to class, most offices are open for business, cell phones are at full charge and Mayor Bloomberg took the subway to work this morning. Things are still rough around the edges (and people could still use your help), but seeing the city light back up over the weekend was a heartening sign of return. And now, back to our regularly scheduled handsomeness...

Kempt’s 5′7" and Under All-Stars

No one paid much attention to Spud Webb at the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk competition. At 5′7", he was (and remains) the shortest player ever to compete in the contest. The rest of the field dwarfed him by over a foot. Even Dominique Wilkins, Webb’s teammate and the reigning slam-dunk champion, brushed Spud aside. “I don’t think he’s ever seen me dunk before,” Webb said in a pregame interview. Then he did the following:

An elevator two-handed double-pump dunk, a one-handed off-the-backboard jam, a 360-degree helicopter one-handed dunk, a 180-degree reverse double-pump slam and a 180-degree reverse two-handed strawberry jam from a lob bounce off the floor, the latter two of which received perfect 50-point scores in the final round to bring home the gold.

We have no control over how tall we stand—height is fixed from the start. How we stand, though (or soar, in Mr. Webb’s case) is measured in stature. And stature knows no bounds. With that in mind, we proudly present:

The 5′7" and Under All-Stars...»

Juicy Gets Dirty, Cuff Links and The Nominees Are


Pink Hearts and Purple Horseshoes: Italian Elle gets a hold of Adriana Lima's Lucky Charms. [Egotastic]

Winged Migration: Swoop in on Birds of Prey. [Refinery29]

Clapped in Cuffs: Will you roll up when the mercury rises? [Style Savage]

Dropping Names: The horridly named Juicy Couture Men's has rebranded themselves as "Dirty English," a marginal improvement at best. [DNRNews]

Mayor McCheese: Did you know that Michael Bloomberg is a style icon? No? Him either. [Newsday]

Award Season: The CFDAs are tonight. Is your fave nominated? [Men.Style]

Working Girls: Also from Men.Style, a collection of the finest women in fashion. We can think of a few they missed, but enjoy nonetheless. [Men.Style]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Bruce Wagner

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Browsing through photos of the usual muttonheads at the Washington Correspondents Dinner the other night we were surprised to see our old friend, brilliant writer/director Bruce Wagner, among the throng.

Wagner, whom you might know from his masterpieces cinematic (*Wild Palms*, *Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills*) and literary (*Force Majeure* , *I'm Losing You*, *Memorial*), is a writer/producer of British actress Tracey Ullman's new satirical series, *State of the Union*.

More on Mr. Wagner»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Graydon Carter

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

A few months ago we appealed to *Vanity Fair* editor Graydon Carter—in an avuncular fashion—to discard the double-breasted suits which added an unflattering layer to his majestic midsection; the wrong kind of camouflage, if you will.

He has apparently taken our advice to heart»