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Sex Sells


Steven Soderbergh has dabbled in low-budget experiments before, but this time it looks like he’s going straight for the box-office jugular. The Girlfriend Experience takes a peek at an Ashley Dupre-esque callgirl, and combines a few time-tested box office draws in the process: sex, lifestyle voyeurism, and a lead actress crossing over from porn. Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Sasha Grey…

Early reviews suggest it’s more about money than sex, but a trip through the world of high-rent prostitutes is still a trip we’re more than willing to take. It’s also one of the first films to use the new Red One digital camera in place of good old film, which gives the whole endeavor an appropriately grainy feel.

We can only imagine what Che would make of it all.

See the trailer»

The Wild Side


Whether it’s Africa or flight attendant training school, the subject often makes the photographer. And as subjects go, brothels are a pretty good one…as long as you keep the kids away from the coffee table.

Prostitution has been legal since 2001 in Germany, and lensman Patric Fouad recently made a tour of the small-scale dens of iniquity that have popped up in the seven years since, resulting in his monograph, *Brothels in Germany*. They alternate between sterile hotel rooms and fantastical holdovers from old-world courtesanship, managing to be both exotic and bleak. It might be a place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.

A few more interiors»

Abstract Dunks, Nazi Kicks and The Dukes of Broadway


Duty Free: Paul Smith takes off at Heathrow, unlike some. [Vogue UK]

Rabbit, Run: Furry chic makes its unsettling debut at Tokyo Fashion Week. [Boing Boing]

"Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red": Nike goes all Neo-plasticist on us with the Piet Mondrian Dunk Lows. []

Goose Steps: The Cut hashes out this whole Adidas-Puma-Third-Reich thing. [NYMag]

Repeat Performance: Daniel Craig, star of *Lara Croft: Tomb Raider* and some other stuff, wins GQ's best-dressed award for the second year straight. [Vogue UK]

Signing Out: Portfolio's fashion blogger Lauren Goldstein Crowe waves a "Peace the Fork Out" to the rest of the linkable world. [Portfolio]

Pig-malion: The classiest classy guy in the world of high class wants to play Henry Higgins to Ashley "The Governator" Dupré's Eliza Doolittle, though we suspect she's already had her elocution lessons if you know what we mean. No? Us either. [NY Daily News]

Big Top: David Coleman snuggles up to our favorite dandy fabulist and his long, thick hat. [NYTimes]

Dandy in the Colonies


In the old days, the drugs-and-whores memoir was a respected literary event. (I’m looking at you, McInerney.) But these days, talking too loudly about your days as a male escort is still enough to get your visa revoked.

Author of the well titled Dandy in the Underworld, Sebastian Horsley planned to have a U.S. book tour this month, but instead he got a charming eight-hour conversation with customs officials and an unceremonious flight back home. Apparently all that talk about opium and amphetamines was enough to invalidate Horsley’s travel waiver, leaving HarperCollins holding the bag. (You’d think Rupert could have pulled some strings…)

The further travails of Mr. Horsley»

Bidding War, Tax Dogers and Nerd Lovers

friday_crop.jpgKate Moss by Irving Penn

Going, Going...: Christie's will auction off a 135-piece collection of glamour photography by Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Man Ray which will include tastefully nude shots of Gisele and Ms. Moss. The Irving Penn cheesecake pics will likely go for $30,000 or so?about the same price as a night with Kristen. [Vogue UK]

Advocacy Journalism: A popular men's fashion magazine contributes to a major shift in American foreign affairs. No, it isn't The Economist. [Jezebel]

Cat's Out of the Bag: Paul Smith is having a sample sale, just try to keep it on the down lo... crap... never mind. [Racked]

Four Eyes: Pull out your prescription lenses because cute/wacked nerd-chaser Verena Von Pfetten admits, "I just love me some myopia." [Huffington Post]

Man's Man: Jason Preston is everything women could want - fashionable, attractive, connected and willing to throw down to defend a lady's honor. Too bad for them he's engaged to Marc Jacobs. [NYPost]

All Aboard: By the next decade, New York Fashion Week may have a new home on top of the West Side Rail Yards, forcing poor Conde Nasters to walk more than half a block to the tents. [NY Daily News]

No Accounting for Taste: Dolce & Gabbana may be the most famous Italians slammed for tax evasion since Al Capone. [DNRNews]