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The Soft Touch

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Dreams, et al.: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the King Center has done a revamp of their site. Worth browsing, if you’re feeling reflective. [The King Center]

Man in Florence: 250 Pitti photos in one place. By the end, your eyes will be double-breasted. [Men of Habit]

All The World’s a Stage: In the hands-down the coolest thing to happen at Milan Fashion Week, the Prada show employed Gary Oldman, Adrien Brody, Emile Hirsh, Tim Roth and Willem Dafoe as models. A neat trick. [GQ]

Love, Canadian Style: Apparently Canadian menswear brands are politely elbowing their way to the forefront of fashion. We’ll believe it when we see it. [Financial Times]

June Palmer Has Seized Control of Your Windowsill

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Mr. Darmody Returns: Our old friend Michael Pitt takes a turn modeling for Prada, braving double-breasted suits and Eisenhower-era prints. [F-Tape]

Inside Out: A welcome look at the guts of a pair of unsanforized Cone Mills jeans, courtesy of Roy’s. [Selectism]

The Very Last Minute: An extremely last-minute gift guide, full of high-design trinkets. In our experience, everyone needs a wooden radio. [Better Living Through Design]

Bike vs. Mountain: Three crazy Germans (one of whom is named “Jello”) tackle an unbelievably treacherous mountain path on bicycle. Yes, there’s video. [Kottke]

Europe, On Sale

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Farfetch isn’t as well known in the States, but it’s a great resource for anyone who gets a thrill from browsing through boutiques. (We’ll go ahead and assume that’s you.) They’re an e-commerce hub for a whole cohort of European and British shops, which means you end up sorting through thousands of designers at once. And when they go on sale, they really go on sale.

Now is one of those times.

Here’s our tour of the goods, including Prada wingtips, swim trunks and Brunello Cucinelli»

Heritage Goes Worldwide

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So far the big luxury houses have mostly sat out the heritage movement, but it looks like they may have a few factory-minded tricks up their sleeve.

Prada recently launched their “Made in…” project, focused on digging up the heritage items from around the world. In particular that means alpaca sweaters from Peru, tartan kilts from Scotland, and Chikan embroidery from India, all handmade locally by artisans born into the craft, arriving in stores next year. It’s good stuff—and the kind of thing you’d normally be hard-pressed to find without leaving the continent.

And for anyone looking to move beyond waxed cotton and work boots without losing touch with the way their clothes are made, it’s a pretty good place to start.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Cameron Silver

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Here claim his third MOTH—only the second fellow to score a hat trick so far, the first being Hamish Bowles—is dandified Los Angeles vintage clothing kingpin Cameron Silver. We might have expected the irrepressible Mr. Silver to rescue us from the sartorial lapses of summer with something like the study in brown and cream he wore to the opening of the new Prada store in San Franciso.

More on Mr. Silver»

Into Bondage

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Apparently The Moment has bondage on the brain.

After the recent round of Milan shows, the style blog of the internet’s favorite punching bag decided to declare a microtrend of shoes with rubber straps around them, “as if that’s all that may be holding the two pieces together.” That’s all very well and good, but why, may we ask, does this qualify as bondage-inspired? Do these Louis Vuitton wingtips remind anyone else of quality time in a dungeon with Helga? Pilates-inspired might be a little closer.

We’d guess Mr. Pask is thinking about something other than shoes.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Bruce Wagner

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*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: Isaac Mizrahi

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Dashing designer Isaac Mizrahi makes a splash but always stays on the safe side of zany—no easy feat when you're establishing yourself as a too-*beaucoup* TV personality. Though his women's clothes and various bringing-style-to-the-masses projects get all the attention, he turned out a damn fine men's collection for Fall 2008, which was good enough to get the nod from Bergdorf's.

More on Mr. Mizrahi»

Prada's Revenge, Squiring Bosworth and The Fur Flies

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Vengeance is Hers: Guy Trebay reports that Miuccia Prada called her new collection, "revenge on men for the social and sartorial contortions they impose on women." Run you fools. [NY Times]

Blue Crush: Kate Bosworth's beau asked if she was Kate Hudson when they first met. Great "neg" dude. [NY Observer]

Wooly Bullies: There is no escaping the fur. [AFP]

Shoe Shine: The bestest sneaker polish kit ever. [Cool Hunting]

Hot Wrap: "Gossip Girl" character drives sales of polka-dot J.Press scarf. [Racked]

Hip Waders: The new Levis Red line—jeans for anime characters.[Denimology]

Bye Bye, Miu Miu: Prada discontinues the men's side of their bridge line. [WWD, 1st item]

Designer Knocks Off: Margareta ven den Bosch, the longtime head of design at H+M is retiring and being replaced by pupil Ann-Sofie Johansson. Now, maybe, that Ma and Pa shop can finally sell some clothes. [DNR]