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The August Issues: GQ, Esquire and Details

August Issues

Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring Bryan Cranston, Porsche 911s, Aubrey Plaza, fathers-in-law, biceps, porn star names, overcoats, Jon Voight, holograms, absinthe summer cocktails and words of wisdom from Richard Simmons—is after the jump.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

Edina Ronay is a Woman of Many Faces

An Up and Comer: An introduction to James Deen, a 5’8”, 150-pound porn star. We may have missed our calling. [GOOD]

Mr. Cooper, We Presume: The Trad has put together the definitive Gary Cooper blog post, complete with countless pictures and some heartfelt words. [The Trad]

A Mighty Growl: That growler might be ruining your beer. In fact, it’s almost certainly ruining your beer. [Bon Appetit]

Rhapsody in Blue: Bill Nighy loves a dark blue suit—as well he should. [Mr. Porter]

Elsa Hosk is Sun-Dappled

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Two Gentlemen in Vegas: The Street Etiquette chaps check in from Las Vegas, dapper as usual. [Street Etiquette]

A Life in Porn: The rise and fall of a pioneer of online pornography. [Details]

The Origin of the Ironic Tee: In advance of the Oscars, Joel Keller sits down with the brilliant mind behind every word on the teleprompter: Mr. Bruce Vilanch. Shine on, you crazy diamond. [A.V. Club]

Time to Make the Donuts: Red Wing makes its own factory tour, complete with plucky locals and a leather stitching. [Red Wing Shoes]

Alison Brie is Tired of Pillbox Hats

The Good Old Days: The charms of adolescence in the bygone days of scrambled porn on cable. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s universally available. [Gizmodo]

It was all a Dream!: Joaquin Phoenix was faking, and not crazy at all. Well, maybe a little. [NYTimes]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Corduroy: The gents at Valet provide a wale-based education, and tip us off to a good supplier for suede elbow patches. [Valet]

Sometimes People Suck: Sketchy happenings in the modeling industry, as related by Sara Ziff. We’d like to take this opportunity to scapegoat the French. [Gawker]

Frances Tulk-Hart is a Morning Person

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The New School of Editorial: You’ll see this one in a gallery, not a glossy mag. But it’s only a matter of time. [Refinery29]

Choices, Choices: Amanda Seyfried is worried her fans don’t want to see her sleep with Julianne Moore in Chloe. We would like to assure her that this is not the case. [Vulture]

Turning Pages: Bruno Maddox is nostalgic for the world of plain-text erotica. Not to be a whippersnapper, but it seems like the sexual equivalent of riding a horse to work. [GQ]

To Go With Your Power Tie: Lifehacker praises the power nap. Unfortunately we fell asleep halfway through reading the piece. [Lifehacker]

Watch Out for Apples

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Solid Snake: Fashion editorials have started cribbing from 80s hair metal videos. [Refinery29]

Combat Rock: A free download of a Sandanista! covers album, when we need it most. [Boing Boing]

On the Charge: A first look at the Tesla chargers. They look strangely familiar… [Luxist]

Liz Lemon Party: 30 Rock finally makes the leap into pornography, unfortunately missing a delightfully pun-based name. Was 30, Rocked too obscure? [Jezebel]

Just In Time for the Doublemint Spot

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Double Vision: Agyness Deyn brings a second Deyn into the city, namely her younger sister Emily. [Grazia Daily]

Party Animal: Vanity Fair ponders the tragedy of Cameron Douglas. [VF Daily]

On the Beach: Photographing ten-foot waves for fun and profit. Fair warning: you’re going to get pounded. [Gizmodo]

The Kids Are Alright: A younger generation trained on internet porn is rewriting the sexual rulebook. [DETAILS]

Space, Relics, and Wahlberg’s Type

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In the Year 2000: Now that we think about it, what’s the holdup on space skiing? [Dark Roasted Blend]

Humble Beginnings: Art and porn continue their awkward flirtation. Hopefully the pizza boy will speed things up. [Wallpaper]

Penny For Your Thoughts: An old New York relic speaks up. [New York Observer]

Funky Bunch: Apparently Marky Mark prefers his girls a little thicker than Kate Moss. That doesn’t narrow it down very much. [The Cut]

Behind the Chucks, Floral Details and Skills to Pay the Bills

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Petal Pushers: Yes, we admit it, we love flowers, but there's a limit, people. [NYMag]

The Razor's Edge: Men's Vogue takes on the razor blade arms race. [Men's Vogue]

Con Job: Sit down with Converse's creative director. [Coolhunting]

The 75 Skills Every Man Should Master: We're solid with about 58 of these. [Esquire]

Bowery Mission: Rogan Gregory opens a new store on the Bowery, serves the local cocktail. [Refinery29]

In a Huf: A skate-punk brand grows up. [Coolhunting]

Silver Foxes: Black, grey, whatever - as long as our hair stays on our heads, we're good. [NYTimes]

Porn and Politics: The Italian Parliament is starting to look more and more like a strip club. [Radar]

Oh, and remember to call your mother on Sunday. There's nothing wrong with a ladies' man admitting that he's also a momma's boy.

Dirty Dita, Cavemen and Comme des Garçons Goes to The Mall

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Bathing Beauty: Get out your water wings and take a dive with Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin. [Men's Vogue]

Rock-A-Fellas: It's shaping up to be a banner week for ex-label mates and eternal hustlers Damon Dash and Jay-Z. [NME]

On The Trail: Will this campaign season ever end? [Guardian UK]

Ol' Blighty: Meanwhile the sceptred isle has its own sartorial issues. [Daily Mail UK]

Style Points: This seasonal scorecard of surviving menswear designers is probably the best digest of critiques we've seen all year... except our own, of course. [NYTimes]

Shock Teese: Our favorite burlesque star, Frau Dita Von Teese, once - surprise, surprise - filmed some kinky girl-on-girl porn, some of it hot, some of (particularly the bit with the shoes) not so much. Not to worry, we still file her under "classy broad." [Fleshbot, soooo NSFW]

Budget Kawakubo: H+M will borrow the outré edge of Comme des Garçons for a limited line this November. [Vogue UK]

Spelunking: Share your mancave with the world. [CNN iReport]

Guy Liner: Pete Wentz creates a make-up line for men, you know, because buying women's make up is kinda gay. [Styledash]

Deal Alert: Get your Hicky's. [Racked]