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Then and Now: A Visual Ode to the ’70s Style of Vinyl

  • Kempt Staff
Then and Now: A Visual Ode to the ’70s Style of Vinyl

Here’s what we know about the new Scorsese-Jagger vehicle, Vinyl, that’s premiering this weekend on HBO...

It looks like it’s going to be good. It’s got Olivia Wilde. And it’s set in NYC in 1973, a pivotal year for music: marking the inception of punk rock, disco and hip-hop all within a few months—and a few city blocks—of one another.

Meaning, it was also a pivotal year for style: from the rise of the denim-and-leather-clad rockers to the floppy-collared disco’ers to the Kangol-hatted rappers. So we thought we’d take a look at the new show and look back at major players of the time—your Kool Hercs, your Sex Pistols, your Andy Warhols—to see how they stack up.

Let the fever dream of ’70s style begin...

Five Reasons Vince Vaughn Won’t Nail True Detective (and One Reason He Might)

  • Jason Wire

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Okay, you might remember all the way back to when we laid out the five reasons Colin Farrell will nail True Detective. (That was this morning.)

Well, there’s already been another big development since then: Vince Vaughn has just been named Farrell’s colead.

And, well, we must say that we’ve got the exact opposite opinion on this choice...»

The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Najib Benouar

Bob Dylan

Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So welcome to our most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Here’s the rundown of shoes, shows and shenanigans we’re digging this week.»

The July Issues

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July’s a tricky month in the world of printed menswear.

Because even though summer only officially started last Friday, we’ve been talking about it since early May—and the last thing on our minds in the sweltering heat we’re all now starting to feel is fall tweeds.

It’s this “trickiness,” among other things, that led the gents at two of our big three men’s rags to the same decision years ago: July wasn’t worth the hassle of its own issue, so they tacked it onto the end of June’s. Which has given us the rare opportunity to look past those dusty old stalwarts to a few of the other menswear mags out there.

So without further ado, we take the pulse of this month in menswear journalism, after the jump...»

How Mad Men Gave Itself the Mad Men Treatment

  • Najib Benouar

Mad Men

A little show called Mad Men returns this Sunday.

And heralding this great news has been one of the most stylish ad campaigns we’ve seen in a while. (Not that we’d expect anything less.)

We’re especially digging the chalky illustrations that look like they could’ve been borrowed from the boardroom easel of Draper’s latest pitch. Which isn’t far off, considering the artwork was done by a real-deal advertising illustrator from the 1960s: Brian Sanders, who actually lived the life and lives to tell the tale. AMC recently sat down with Sanders to hear some of it and got a look at the illustrations in their various stages of production—which reveals some interesting details, like the inspiration photo collage depicting Don Draper walking past himself (in the lighter gray suit).

Take a closer look after the jump.»

The Anatomy of a Trench Coat, Game of Thrones Returns and Visiting Southwick’s Suit Factory

  • Kempt Staff


Entrenched: Well Spent goes hands-on with American Trench to get an itemized look at the return on investment.

Game Time: With the return of Game of Thrones on Sunday, Wired endeavors to get you up to speed. (Spoilers abound.)

Fitting In: Gilt MANual has some solid advice for anyone still wondering exactly how a good pair of pants should fit.

Well Suited: An up-close-and-personal tour of Southwick’s legendary suiting factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Epaulet’s New Made-to-Measure Shirts, Sporting Fashion and the Most Stylish TV Characters

  • Kempt Staff


Hair Force One: Gilt Manual has some ideas for your next visit to the barbershop, now that you’re ready for an old-school cut.

Good Shirt: Oxford cloth shirt aficionado Wax Wane has the lowdown on Brooklyn shop Epaulet’s new made-to-measure shirt operation.

Fast Fashion: T Magazine explores the recent uptick in the intersection between sports gear and menswear.

On a Role: Vanity Fair counts down the 10 most fashionable characters on television right now.

The Wisdom of Marty Kaan

  • Kempt Staff

High finance hasn’t had much in the way of stylish role models since Gordon Gekko hung up his suspenders. Until now...

Enter House of Lies headliner Marty Kaan (played by Don Cheadle, who received a Golden Globe for the role this year).

He’s already spent one season as the rogue agent taking corporate America for all it’s worth—with his crew of fast-talkers played by Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson, among others—and he’s back on the Showtime blockbuster Sunday lineup at 10pm EST. Aside from the smart Italian suiting and knit ties, there are some sage lessons to be learned from the wily Kaan. And luckily, Showtime was gracious enough to give us a couple never-been-seen clips from this season where Marty dishes on a few key areas of gentlemanliness.

Check out Marty on promotions up top, and a few more clips, here.

The 10 Style Lessons from 30 Rock

  • Najib Benouar

The final episode of 30 Rock airs tonight. Forever optimists, we’ve decided to focus not on our sadness, but on opportunities for growth. So we mined the past seven seasons for the most important sartorial lessons the show has offered.

While Jack Donaghy undoubtedly stands head and shoulders above the rest of the show’s unkempt misfits and trucker hats, there are still plenty of examples of what to do and what not to do. And here they are:

The 10 style lessons to be learned from 30 Rock

Kempt Man of the Hour: Marty Kaan

  • Kempt Staff

It’s not often we’ve given Kempt’s Man of the Hour distinction to a fictional character, but in honor of season 2 of the Showtime series House of Lies, we’re making an exception—to applaud leading man Marty Kaan (played by Don Cheadle, who received a Golden Globe for last season’s tour de force).

As the Internet’s torchbearers of gentlemanliness, we’re obligated to mention that Kaan plays by his own rules (something that goes a long way in the personal style department), so there’s plenty to learn from the boardroom-dominating firebrand—whether it’s his stance on boundaries (never enter a liaison that could one day involve Jean-Ralphio) or the running man (Kristen Bell is still working on it, we hope). He’s also got his own nuanced take on politeness. Tune in for more life lessons Sunday at 10pm EST.

Remember: Marty knows best.