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Django Unveiled

  • Najib Benouar

The latest in our ongoing coverage of the return of cinematic stylishness, we bring you the Django Unchained trailer. As you might remember, it was the leaked screenshot of DiCaprio’s red ascot in this movie that tipped us off to the rising tide of on-screen dapperness. But now that the trailer has arrived, we’re predicting Jamie Foxx’s Django will be the sartorial star. He goes from a rough-and-tumble shearling coat to a ruggedly refined green (what looks to be moleskin) suit, and then shows up late in the trailer in a cravat’d blue velvet leisure suit that might have been lifted from the Spy Who Shagged Me wardrobe department. Mr. Tarantino, first you had our curiosity, now you have our attention.

The Man in the Red Ascot

  • Najib Benouar

The first stills from Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated Django Unchained have hit the interwebs, and this shot of Leonardo DiCaprio playing the villainous plantation owner is a study in devilish handsomeness. The gist of the movie is “Spaghetti Western set in the Deep South during slavery,” so we can safely assume that the customary black hat has been swapped out for a red ascot. Add to that the hammer-wielding, the velvet lapels and the silk waistcoat, and you’ve got one sinister-looking rake.

Though we would have rather seen the ring on his pinkie.

Angella Lindval is Intrigued


Back to the Wall: Apparently Corrine Day is a photographer to watch. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

One Last Q: Quentin Tarantino and Japanese commercials…how did it take this long? [Gawker TV]

Oh Black Water, Keep on Rolling: A longform peek at the Blackwater CEO, courtesy of Vanity Fair’s “War Watch.” [Vanity Fair]

Also, Booze: Blackbird’s latest “workaholic traveler” gift guide seems remarkably close to the plot of Up in the Air. [Blackbird Blog]

A Moviegoer’s Guide to Google Wave


In the wake of our earlier etiquette lesson, you may still be wondering what in the world Google Wave actually does. Luckily, the internet’s tendency towards one-note regurgitated jokes has produced what may be the ultimate user’s guide to the ornate messaging tool. Instead of a dry tech demonstration, this video walks you through one of the most memorable scenes in Pulp Fiction via Google Wave, offering an effortless, Rosetta Stone-style explanation of embedded image searching and conversation replay and various other previously confusing gadgets. It’s everything you need to know…and it’s hilarious.

See the world’s funniest tech demonstration here»

A Malaise of the Sole


Foot Note: Sometimes not even fondling Diane Kruger’s feet can cheer up Quentin Tarantino. [NYTimes]

Down with the Ship: American Apparel’s increasingly bizarre lawsuit succeeds in the difficult task making Woody Allen look less crazy. [Racked]

Thank God For Abu Dhabi: Yes Virginia, there’s still a market for glitzed-out helicopters. Unsurprisingly, it’s in the middle east. [Luxist]

Head On: Apparently Kiefer Sutherland headbutted a fashion designer at the MET Ball. We assume national security was at stake. [Guest of a Guest]

Dancing with the Stars


In these media-saturated times, criticism can come in many forms. But the recontextualized dance mix is a new one on us.

The Brooklyn-based video group Eclectic Method chopped up Quentin Tarantino’s film work for this AV/DJ set, which boils down into a stew of kung fu, drug use, gunplay, blood spatters, female feet, and retro dancing.

In other words, it's pretty much what Tarantino gave them to start with. But the set lays out Q’s obsessions better than a whole crowd of critics, with a few handclaps and sirens thrown in for appropriate emphasis.

Just imagine how it looks with a real sound system behind it.

See the mashup»

In It For the Glory


We’ve had our eye on Quentin Tarantino’s *Inglorious Bastards* for a while now, but this snap is the first sign that it might be a breath of fresh air on the style front.

*Bastards* is Tarantino’s take on war movies—specifically *The Dirty Dozen*, which deserves a post all its own—and rumors have been swirling around it since the script leaked onto the internet. Since then, there’s been a steady stream of casting rumors, including *The Office*’s B. J. Novak as “the little one,” torturey director Eli Roth as Donny Donowitz a.k.a. “the Bear Jew,” and, of course, Mr. Jolie playing Lt. Aldo Raine, the group’s leader. In other words, it’s classic Tarantino madness, with equal doses of ultra-violence, obscure filmic references and general profanity.

And anyone interested in army boots and coarse wool coats is about to get a big boost of inspiration…and maybe even sales.