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J.Crew Goes to Italy, GQ Dives into Spring and Predicting the Papal Conclave

  • Kempt Staff

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Crew Love: J.Crew visits the legendary family-run Vitale Barberis wool mill—suppliers of their finest Ludlow suit fabrics—and rounds up 10 more historic mills.

Slideshow and Tell: And now, for the 211 spring trends that matter, according to GQ’s Jim Moore.

Insta-phonogram: Gizmodo contemplates the staying power of the vinyl LP and how their unique sound is derived by how they’re made.

Dark Horse: In case our papal conclave predictions weren’t as rooted in history as you’d like, here’s a rundown of which past scenarios could predict this one.

Style Report: Six Would-Be Popes

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The papal conclave: a time for cardinals to come together, shoot the breeze and hopefully put a little white smoke up the Vatican chimney. And obviously, the stakes from a style perspective couldn’t be higher: one of these guys is about to inherit a windfall of papal wardrobe and accessories.

The pope’s job, after all (aside from leading the Catholic Church and telling the Popemobile driver to “open her up on the next straightaway”), is to make as bold a fashion statement as a grown man can make outside of being Kanye West. And then do this on a daily basis (sadly, we never see “casual pope”).

The ceremonial trappings that come with the job—the red loafers, the Ring of the Fisherman, the many, many fantastical hats—are not exactly the easiest looks to pull off.

In the pool of contenders, we see a few guys pulling off daring ensembles during their time as cardinals, while others, not so much.

After the jump, a look at six of the most daring men who could become pope...»

A “Boy-Eat-Dog” World

In addition to crooning love-makin’ ditties, the president of the United States demonstrated over the weekend that he can deliver a joke—even if that joke refers to him eating dogs. Yes, we know it’s super cool for journalists who weren’t invited to condemn the White House Correspondents’ Dinner these days, but we’re still fans. After all, in what other setting can you catch the leader of the free world attempting, and failing, to wink.

Watch the clip...»

Grooming for God: The Payos

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With the passing of Simchat Torah, the last of the autumnal Jewish holidays, we thought we’d take a deeper dive into one of the more impressive faith-based grooming rituals: the Jewish payos (which is acceptably spelled about a dozen ways, including pe’ot, peyos, payot and so on).

Our fascination with the payos is similar to our intrigue with the burqa: we’re curious, but also wary of asking insensitive/dumb questions.

So, we did a little research.

As the story goes, in biblical times it was common practice among many idol worshipers to shave only the side of the head. The Jews, having absolutely zero interest in being confused with such heathens, decided it best (if not a little passive-aggressive) to specifically grow out the side of the head.

Thus, Leviticus 19:27: “You shall not round off the pe’ah [sides, corners] of your head.”

But how do they get those awesome curls?

Rachelle is Tailgating

Peak Gadget: Are we passed the age of all-important gadgets? We certainly hope so. [CrunchGear]

Fake Flowers: A walkthrough of the quirkier lapel pins the world has to offer. [Die, Workwear]

Wisdom of the Ages: Packing your suitcase with the wisdom of the flight attendants. Impressive stuff. [Lifehacker]

Riding the Snake: A photographer takes us into the bizarre world of snake-handlers. They’re better dressed than we expected. [Cool Hunting]

Fashion Masters, Confessions of the Damned, and Holding onto the Tie

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Flower Girl: Amanda Seyfried once starred alongside Lindsay Lohan. That wheelbarrow back there is probably a trade up. [Vanity Fair]

Four!: The "Worst Golf Fashions"? Oh, Time, when will you learn? The worse it gets, the better it is. [Time]

Save The Tie!: Hell of a lot easier than saving the whales, no? [Style Savage]

Man Talk: Shipley and Halmos discuss the finer points of male grooming—Joey or Van? It's Van. [A Continuous Lean]

Mea Culpa: An Italian couple asks forgiveness for having sex in a church's confessional booth, which we see as kind of pointless. We mean, once you've crossed that line, there's really no reason to even try to go back—hell awaits. [Telegraph UK]

Model House, The Skinny on Barack and No Boinking for Blokes

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Home Maker: In a last-ditch effort to save the housing market, Petra Nemcova has branched out into sexy, sexy field of real-estate development. [NYPost]

Separated at Birth: While Ashley Olsen made the Maxim "Hot 100 List," Mary-Kate was left off the tally of the world's hottest tail, thus solidifying her place as the "ugly one." [Hollywood Scoop]

The Legion of Superheroes: The bright stars of society and fashion enjoyed the spandex and cowls on display at the Met Gala. We'll just go ahead and presume our invites got lost in the mail. [NYMag]

Under the Burka: Islamic fashion designers just can't win. [Turkish Daily News]

Vote Thin!: Barack Obama represents a, "shining new hope for skinny men," and political marginalization for fatties. [Guardian UK]

Fitting End: Tailor to Sir Roger Moore and Ralph Lauren, Douglas Howard passes away at 73. [DNRNews]

Cool Britannia: English men are turning down sex in growing numbers, leaving more for the rest of us sloppy Yanks. [Men.Style]

Don't Try This at Home, The Future Mrs. Moss and Flashing Some Leg

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Say, "Cheese!": Jackass and Terry Richardson—a match made in chucklehead heaven. [High Snobiety]

Waif Wedding: 33-year-old single mother Kate Moss bucks the statistics by declaring her upcoming nuptials. [Jezebel]

The New Demure: Vanity Fair spoofers photoshop the new polygamist-child-abusing chic onto Hollywood's most desired ingenues. [Vanityfair.com]

Heavy Metal: The most exciting thing to come out of Australia Fashion week might be the illegal use of military assets. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Office Space: ACL visits the busy laboratory of Alexander Olch. [A Continuous Lean]

Drop Them Drawers: Remember, kids, tomorrow is "No Pants Day." [Laughing Squid]

The Great White North: The Canadian Olympic team's official gear is designed to combat smog and good taste. [Globe Sports]