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The End of Fashion

via LGM

Culture is now officially over.

At least, that’s the premise of a new think piece by Kurt Andersen in next month’s Vanity Fair, which claims our culture stopped producing new ideas sometime around 1991.

He’s got a point, especially on the men’s style front. Swap photos of low-key men on the street circa 2011 and 1991, and it might be hard to tell which was which. You could hardly say the same for 1971, or 1951. Even the cutting-edge style pics, like the above one from Wale Oyejide, are hardly distinctive. Give or take the banker’s collar and he could be walking out of a law firm on any day in the last 30 years.

It all points to a pretty sobering conclusion: fashion is over. We hope you like those longwings, because they’re going to be with you for a very long time...

Our thoughts on the post-fashion world»

Reka Ebergenyi is Taking Up Arms Against Her Oppressors

On the Road: In case Vanity Fair’s longform exploration of Randy Quaid’s breakdown is too slow, here are the highlights. [Vulture]

Thicker Than Most: Rugby still makes a hell of a wool pant. [The Bengal Stripe]

Right in the Kisser: The art and science of making the perfect snowball. As snow-pacifists, we urge you to consider your other options for conflict resolution. [The Art of Manliness]

Strange, Even By Balloon Standards: A detailed look of Takashi Murakami’s appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. [If It’s Hip It’s Here]

Amanda Seyfreid is Making Eyes

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This Year’s Model: Vanity Fair singles out their nine favorite starlets. Carey Mulligan seems to find it all hilarious, which seems about right. [Vanity Fair]

The Victory Lap: Free & Easy lands a sit-down with Frank Muytjens of J.Crew, fresh of his GQ/CFDA nomination. And no, for the last time, they’re not a biker magazine. [Mister Crew]

And the Winners Are…: The 20 most buzzed movies from Sundance. [Vulture]

Putting It On Wax: A few glamour shots from this year’s Beard & Mustache Championships in Anchorage Alaska. Don’t try this at home. [Behance]

Angella Lindval is Intrigued

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Back to the Wall: Apparently Corrine Day is a photographer to watch. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

One Last Q: Quentin Tarantino and Japanese commercials…how did it take this long? [Gawker TV]

Oh Black Water, Keep on Rolling: A longform peek at the Blackwater CEO, courtesy of Vanity Fair’s “War Watch.” [Vanity Fair]

Also, Booze: Blackbird’s latest “workaholic traveler” gift guide seems remarkably close to the plot of Up in the Air. [Blackbird Blog]