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The Kempt Guide to the September Issues

Esquire September Issue

As you may have noticed from the stack of glossy pages threatening to break your coffee table, it’s time for the September issues—the print-world primer for everything that happens in style for the next six months.

So we took it upon ourselves to methodically flip through GQ, Esquire and Details (which add up to roughly the page count of Crime and Punishment) and provide scientific analysis.

Brace yourselves…»

Life of Bryan

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Brit music and style icon Bryan Ferry, one of the world's best-dressed men, wants to try his hand at designing clothes—and why the hell not? Surely being such a lifelong sartorial savant qualifies him more than most. As the man himself tells the London *Times*, “If P. Diddy can do it, why can't I?” A private label is “something I would really like to do,” Ferry says, noting, “I should have done it years ago.”

After all, last year's Burberry men's collection was basically an homage to the Roxy Music frontman's signature *haute*-lounge lizard look, and he did once collaborate on a collection for Brit retailer Topman. So what would a Bryan Ferry collection look like? Well, he's partial to bespoke dress shirts from Dunhill these days and suits from Richard Anderson of Savile Row, so that might give you an idea.

Shelby Gets The Green Light, Tattoo Jew, and Miranda Gets Greasy

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Mean Green Machine: Who says hybrids have to be slow? Not Shelby, that's for sure. [Wired]

No Smoking: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sometimes it's a pointlessly complex electronic device. [Crave]

Kosher Ink: Seems you can still get buried in a Jewish cemetery even if you're tattooed. Hide your "No Fear" brand from the world no longer. [NYTimes]

Downgrade: Miranda Kerr switches from Orlando Bloom to the greasy scuzz who first called Lindsay Lohan "firecrotch." Meanwhile, you are charming, polite, fresh-scrubbed, thin and alone. [Popcrunch]

User Friendly: Man, that Mac guy gets all the starlets—all the starlets. [D-Listed]

Lady Law: Señor ACL picks his favorite men's style rules set down by Consuelo Castiglioni of Mari. [A Continuous Lean]

Going Both Ways: See, you can become the womenswear model you always wanted to be. Dreams do come true. [Jezebel]

Topping Out: British mom-and-pop store, Topshop, continues to roll out the goods. [The Pipeline]

Assembly Lines, Pocket Squares, and Salma Forever

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Certified Classic: Salma Hayek—still beautiful, still badass. [Camel Tap]

British Invasion: Save your pence—Topman will arrive any day [DNRNews]

These Nike Canvas Lows Are Kinda Awesome: That is all. [Hypebeast]

Pocket Protector: The history of the pocket square revealed. [Art of Manliness]

Putting It Together: Assembly, the omnisexual store from one of the creators of Scout, is picking up all kinds of press. [We Are The Market]

Misunderestimating: President George W. Bush tells French President Nicholas Sarkozy of his wife, Carla Bruni, "I can see why you married her". Apparently his degree from Yale was in stating the obvious. [BBC]

Hanging In There: The tie is dead? Go tell it to CBS. [A Continuous Lean]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Alan Cumming

*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Scottish actor and *parfumeur* Alan Cumming has always been one of the more interestingly-dressed Hollywood types treading the red carpet. While a little theatrical for our taste at times, he often pulls off a nod to showmanship while still managing to be the best-dressed man in the room. Such was the case at the Italian Trade Commission's *Made In Italy* cocktail party hosted by Isabella Rossellini the other night.

Cumming turned out in an equestrian ensemble »