Today, we’re digging into the archives for one of Kempt’s greatest hits—a look at 12 globe-trotting men who pioneered styles, worked as spies, dated Brigitte Bardot and put just about every one of their modern equivalents to shame. Consider it required reading for any #menswear and icon history class.
One of the more out-there theories regarding the recently returned Mad Men is that Don Draper is going to turn out to be D.B. Cooper, whose daring plane hijacking, robbery and escape took place roughly around the time the series is set to end.
There’s a story about Gianni Agnelli that the man reportedly hated. It goes that Agnelli, tipsy on Rossinis and wavering a bit in the Riviera sunlight, let his guard down just long enough for Romain Gallus to sneak over from his seat across the breakfast table and remove Agnelli’s watch. Gallus then placed the watch back on Agnelli, over his cuff. A French cuff, no less. Agnelli swore Gallus to secrecy—an oath that was never broken but by other people at the table that day.
All of a sudden, late-night television is exciting again.
Jimmy Fallon has brought a renewed vigor to The Tonight Show. Stephen Colbert will be taking over for David Letterman later this year. Conan is... still Conan.
And while the changing of the guard has been mostly a great thing, there’s still a certain je ne sais quoi these new guys are missing: the look.
So, with today’s hosts playing it straight in a monotony of charcoals and navy blues, we’re here to say: it’s time to dust off the Late-Night Sport Coat.
Today would have been legendary gunslinger Doc Holliday’s 163rd birthday.
A legend that has no doubt been kept alive by countless movies and television portrayals of the Wild West over the past century or so. And by the many bold-faced names that have played his character—everyone from Val Kilmer to Willie Nelson to Kirk Douglas.
Take it from icons like Andy Warhol: sometimes all it takes is the right pair of frames and a leather jacket to turn a soft-spoken kid from Pittsburg into art’s biggest start.
And with the recent news that a trove of Warhol’s digital artwork has just been discovered by the Warhol Institute on old floppy disks—thanks in part to an inquisitive Warhol fan and a group of “retrocomputing” enthusiasts at Carnegie Mellon—we were reminded of just how darn stylish the guy was. (Well, he is a Kempt 100 inductee.) There are striped tees, trenches, slim ties with chore jackets... he might as well have just stepped out of a F/W 2014 lookbook in a few of these shots. In other words: it’s the definition of timeless style.
It’s a fair bet that you’ll be doing some traveling in the near future (’tis the season). And since time is precious, we’re here to help you navigate the perils of holiday travel—stylishly, of course—in this weeklong series we’re calling: Travel Week.
For his latest film, our favorite downtown rock-and-roll hepcat, Jim Jarmusch, is doing... a vampire movie.
Yes, it’s true: Jimbo has jumped on the Edward-and-Bella bandwagon. Except, of course, the bloodsuckers in Only Lovers Left Alive—played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston—are anything but teenage hornballs. Rather, they spend their days driving around aimlessly, languishing on settees, smoking cigarettes and otherwise marinating in their own hyper-cultured ennui.
In other words, it’s a Jim Jarmusch movie—with fangs.
Then again, every iconic character in Jarmusch’s 30-year oeuvre has been a study in laconic cool, including the director himself.
Plato once said, “He was a wise man who invented beer.” And we can’t help but agree.
So with Saturday marking the start of that German beer-for-all known as Oktoberfest—your guess is as good as ours why it’s not called Late-Septemberfest—we’re pouring you a hearty swig of visual encouragement from the ever-handsome pantheon of men who could somehow make lager look a bit more luxury.
We don’t get the opportunity to write about women’s wear much at Kempt.
And today, that... stays exactly the same.
We will, however, discuss one of the most famous women’s wear designers: Roy Halston Frowick, otherwise known as Halston, otherwise known as one of the most iconic fashion designers—and iconic men, period—of the past 100 years.