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Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List just arrived on newsstands (and, if you’re so inclined, the internet), stocked with the usual cohort of financiers, movie stars and improbably named socialites. Didn’t we read about Ogden Phipps II in an Evelyn Waugh book?

We were glad to see Tiki Barber on the list, if only to provide a break from all the financiers, but we refuse to believe this is the best picture they could find. It’s a fine suit, and the brown oxfords are a nice touch to keep him on the informal side of bankerdom, but the photo editors let him slip through with a buttoned top button that throws his whole jacket into disarray. It’s not a slip-up on Tiki’s part—a strangely draped jacket happens to the best of us from time to time—but it’s a little embarrassing to end up on a best-dressed list with this many wrinkles.

But graded on the ex-football-player curve, he’s practically Cary Grant.

The Fiery Ms. Joffe


We were never really clear on the perks of being a socialite. Sure, the parties are a blast sometimes—but so are lots of parties. And they seem to spend so much time getting ready…

But this makes a bit more sense. We’re not terribly interested in Kay Rodriguez, the designer behind these snaps, but the model happens to be one Ms. Jessica Joffe, occasional Kemptress and general woman-about-town. And, dare we say it, she’s never looked better.

And being a socialite-model…well that’s a different game entirely.

Beards, Old Punks and the Crown Jeweler


Stubbling Towards Bethlehem: A field guide to beards in the wild. [BoingBoing]

No Fun: A night out with Malcolm McLaren involves frighteningly little sex and drugs, and the usual amount of rock and roll. [NYTimes]

Storming the Gates: Jeweler-to-the-stars Stephen Webster takes the reins at the royal Garrad’s firm. Expect to see Queen Elizabeth II in a diamond choker any day now. [IHT]

Well Ironed: Soulless socialites execute Machiavellian schemes…but, you know, in a movie. [The Moment]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Luigi Tadini

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Brazilian jewelry designer / socialite Luigi Tadini—full name Gian Luigi de Almeida Prado Tadini—is one of those rare fellows who can pull off an ascot. You might say he's carved out something of a niche in the offbeat neckwear department.

Tadini, a sometime model who also had a small role in *The Devil Wears Prada*, describes his style as “a mix between a young Mick Jagger and 40 year-old Cary Grant and perhaps a little Alain Delon”. The man knows his references, at least.

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Kempt Man of the Hour: Andrew Saffir

  • Jared Paul Stern

Andrew Saffir

*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

It was merely a matter of time 'till Andrew Saffir snagged his first MOTH. Saffir, one of the best-dressed men in town, is also one of the most visible; he hosts some of the hottest movie premieres in the city as founder of the chic Cinema Society.

At a dinner for *Marie Claire* magazine at Milk Studios the other night, the former Ralph Lauren exec and Hamptons habitué turned out in a *haute* hacking jacket and cargo pants combo that radiated sporty elegance.

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