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Scraggly Beards, Ecko, and Wild Things

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Dirty Young Man: Terry Richardson does a watch spread for Vogue Homme International…but we did not notice the watches. [FashionIndie]

On the Record: The Steel Closet tracks down the Men’s Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue for a chat about spring collections and fashion during the downturn. [The Steel Closet]

Ecko Chamber: Marc Ecko may be the next big designer to fall victim to hard times. Also, in retrospect, everyone agrees the sequined Star Wars tees were just asking for it. [The Cut]

Wild Thing: The new Where the Wild Things Are trailer is officially one of our favorite things. [TakePart]

Disobey

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We have officially turned on Shepard Fairey. It took a lot, but he’s finally soured us on the idea of him ever doing anything at all.

It took a lot. His early work was so interesting, he’s paved the way for a lot of more interesting street art, and let’s face it: the Obama poster buys a lot of good will. But he’s finally run through the last bits of it.

How he lost us»

Not My Department

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The New York department stores seem to be taking a page from stockbrokers—the page marked “frenzied panic.”

It was only a few weeks ago that Barneys and Bloomingdale’s announced a simultaneous across the board 40% markdown, but it looks there’s no bottom. Barneys has since raised the number to 60%, with Bergdorf and Saks offering up to 70%. It’s a feeding frenzy, and it has very little to do with Christmas.

Our take on the madness»

Kempt Men of the Hour: The Barker Black Boys

The Millers

*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

We've been keeping an eye on the dapper Derrick Miller and his brother Kirk since they started their very sharp shoe line Barker Black back in 2005. Derrick, a veteran of Ralph Lauren's design studio, describes his personal style as “sophisticated, with a touch of fuck you.” We couldn't have said it better ourselves. The Millers love to blend their own designs with tailor-tweaked thrift store finds—as Derrick puts it, “all the favorite things in my closet I paid less than 30 bucks for.”

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