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Style Notes on Duran Duran’s “Rio”

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Last fall, when the music video for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was still conquering the charts, we felt compelled to scrutinize a few of its most daring style moments to better understand the cultural phenomenon.

And we learned some things in the process (namely: the mystifying powers of a triple-breasted dress shirt).

But we’ve come to realize that while there might be style lessons to be learned from modern-day music videos, the past is really where it’s at. So today we’re going back to the ’80s to have a look at Duran Duran’s video for “Rio.” It might not have had the same fanfare as their raunchy “Girls on Film,” but this is the video where they let their sartorial greatness shine, as they sailed the open sea, flitted around the beach with their bikini-clad nymphs and played the sax on cliffs... and rafts.

Now join us once again, as we give you a look-by-look breakdown of this gem of a music video.»

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.

You Should Be Reading Kempt Right Now

  • Kempt Staff

Bloggerly Love: Complex rounds up the 25 men’s style blogs you should be reading now, including yours truly. Suffice to say, they know what they’re talking about.

Wind Power: Esquire gets the first look at the Windmill Club’s foray into shirting.

Sinfully Short Shorts: Reminiscing over the budding abstinence promoter Kirk Cameron—and the hilarious video that started it all.

Pregame Ritual: The sexiest Super Bowl commercials in GIF form, courtesy of GQ.

Justin Timberlake and Tom Ford Are Collaborating

  • Najib Benouar

News of Justin Timberlake’s return to music took the Internet by storm—but we were more interested in the actual suit and tie he repeatedly mentions in the intro (of his appropriately named single, “Suit & Tie”).

Turns out it’s a Tom Ford number—not surprising, since JT chose to wear a Ford tuxedo during his secret wedding in Italy last year—but it doesn’t stop there. Timberlake and Ford have collaborated on a collection of suits (and ties, presumably) that will be “feature[d] heavily” in the album, The 20/20 Experience (presumably in the videos, but perhaps also the lyrics?). Mr. Ford styled the music video for the single. More than anything, we’re happy to see that JT is really taking the whole suit-and-tie thing seriously.

Naturally, we’ve got the video after the jump.»

The Artist in His Natural Habitat

  • Najib Benouar

To celebrate their latest collaboration with artist Hugo Guinness, famous for his quirky linocut prints (think: Japanese woodcuts of squiggly paper airplanes and friendly rhinoceroses), Coach has made this equally charming video of the London-born artist in his Brooklyn home/workshop. What’s more, the collection isn’t just all bags and wallets—there are some interesting additions, like a pocket multi-tool (in a leather pouch) or a valet tray (with the rhino on it). It’s all in a rich, glove-tanned leather and so should age like an old baseball mitt.

Which is the best way anything could age.»

The Only Bow Tie Instructional Video You’ll Ever Watch

  • Najib Benouar

When it comes to navigating the nuances of a bow tie, sometimes it’s best to listen to the tie—let it tell you where it needs to be pinched, folded and tugged.

And the tie masters at the Hill-Side have come up with a clever instructional video that does just that: using stop-motion, a rather amiable chambray bow tie talks you through tying himself. The real genius behind this video that lifts it head and shoulders above any other bow tie how-to you’ll find online is that the hands have been removed from the equation, freeing the viewer to actually see every minute step in the process without any blocked vision.

It’s almost more exciting than the big news that the Hill-Side is now making bow ties.

Watch the enlightening video after the jump.»

"Gangnam Style" Style: 5 Notes On The Most Viral Video of All Time

  • Najib Benouar

This week, the music video/dance phenomenon that is “Gangnam Style,” from Korean pop’s prodigal man-child Psy, has entered the record books as the most watched Internet video of all time. We’ll link it here, in the rare event you’ve just woken from a long coma, but here’s the gist: a baby-faced man dressed in a colorful assortment of tuxedos, spectators and one curiously triple-breasted button-down shirt dances amid horses, boats, lasers and explosions (usually caused by the power of dance). It’s exactly as good as it sounds.

There are a lot of reasons the video has become the most virally viral Internet sensation of all time—Psy himself cites the “strongly addictive beats and lyrics ... thus certain to penetrate the foundations of modern philosophy,” which we couldn’t agree with more—but we think it really comes down to the seriously stylish undertones of the whole thing. Sure, at the video’s heart, the characters and their dress are meant to be send-ups on Seoul’s nouveaux riches, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still appreciate the style of Gangnam.

So we bring to you a look-by-look breakdown of this millennium’s most famous style (and possibly, some Halloween costume ideas).»

Bunny Yeager Welcomes You to Leopard Town

  • Kempt Staff

The Other Pussycat: Esquire reminds us that there’s something about the union of beautiful women and dangerous animals that brings out the suppressed zookeeper in all of us. [Esquire]

Do You Enjoy Laughing at People Fainting?: We didn’t think we did either. [WorldWideInterweb]

Ode to the White Shirt: Unionmade went and made a series of short films devoted to white button-downs—and the films are about as interesting as white button-downs. [Unionmade]

Helen Gurley Brown on Female Sexual Pleasure: If you’re wondering who to thank for those iconic naked images of Burt Reynolds, Marky Mark and Scott Brown, Salon would like to direct your attention to Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown. [Salon]

Bar Refaeli Is Wearing a Performance-Enhancing Bodysuit

  • Kempt Staff

Brush Up: How to revive your suede tassel-loafers after a rough night. [The Nordic Fit]

Still Fly: Mr. Lean catches a flight with luggage-makers Rimowa on a vintage German plane that inspired the look of their aluminum luggage. [ACL]

In Character: We often talk about stylish actors, but here’s a list of the 30 most stylish characters. [ShortList]

Switch Pitching: And now, a strangely mesmerizing video of guys throwing rocks with their off hands set to a melodious French ballad. [Kottke]

Don’t Call It a Comeback

  • Najib Benouar

Gentlemen, today we come bearing good news: Lindsay Lohan has returned to form. Interview caught up with filmmaker Richard Phillips to get an exclusive peek at his Art Basel 2012 entry: a short film harking back to the surf aesthetic of yore (Endless Summer et al) and starring one Ms. Lohan, looking as vibrant and even-keeled as ever. It’s artsy stuff, sure, but we’ll make an exception for this—especially if it means we’ll be getting more Lohan on this end of the press spectrum. It’s no Parent Trap, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Watch a snippet of surf, sand and those piercing emerald eyes after the jump.»

Dusting Off: Alpinism

As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off alpinism.

It’s hard to know the meaning of our lives.

We muddle through, doing the best we can, but we’re mostly making it up as we go, ignorant of any larger significance our time on earth might have.

So we’re just going to tell you. The fates have guided you to this blog post, and now we’re going to provide you with the purpose of your existence. We’re not even going to put it after the jump.

Your purpose in life is to ascend the tallest mountains on earth, bringing glory upon your name and country.

It sounded strange to us at first too …»

THE REENTRY: Monday, August 29

Hurricane Irene

Like an insecure lover, Irene silently came and went Sunday morning.

We wanted so much more from her, and we weren’t alone.

Maybe she was embarrassed by her appearance, all bent and bedraggled after a long night slamming The Outer Banks of North Carolina (which, according to CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers, “knocked the stuffing out of her eye.”) She seemed reluctant to arrive in Coney Island -- and who can blame her, really. She’d been stripped of the only thing New Yorkers cared about: her title. A once promising, hurricane-ic starlet was now just a run-of-the mill ‘tropical gale.’

And Coney Island’s seen plenty of those…»