The Long and Sordid History of Leopard Print for Men

Listen, as the proud owner of a pair of acid-washed, elastic waist jeans that resemble nothing more than a pair of maternity pants for men, I’m clearly a big supporter of taking some fashion risks.  But I will admit that the current penetration of leopard print into the world of menswear has given me pause.  Much love to Steven Tyler, but this is a trend I can’t 100% endorse — minus a few exceptions.

Leopard print for men is certainly nothing new.  Countless illustrious men throughout history have donned the skin of this elusive animal, from Dionysus to Alexander the Great, from Dali to Amber Rose.  But it does seem to have some new life behind it.

See exhibits A through G, below:

That would be Burberry, Paul Smith, Acne and A Bathing Ape, among others, not to mention recent looks from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott for Adidas, all making use of the Official Fabric of Menopause.

But just because your spiritual guru does it, doesn’t mean you should, too.

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Purchases: Inexpensive Sunglasses from Spitfire
April 11, 2010, 5:42 pm
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Last week I blogged about some great $35 shades from Cheap Monday.  Walking through SoHo today I found a pair at Flying A that are an even better bargain at $25.  I do think it’s worth investing in a quality pair of sunglasses (or three), but for the summer when trips to the beach, days in the park and more frequent travel often result in broken or lost shades, it’s good to stock up on some cheaper back-ups like these.  From Spitfire, these plastic frames will definitely get me through the season.  Flying A has a bunch for sale in their Spring Street location and online, all for $25.  I don’t know if OAK still has them in stock, but earlier this year they also had some nice Spitfire options for under $50.

Maybe the Sartorialist Should Quit His Day Job
April 10, 2010, 4:30 pm
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God bless The Sartorialist.  Despite giving bat-shit crazy, ego-driven interviews, making frequent, misguided attempts at injecting some deeper meaning into his work, and being regularly outperformed by younger, more interesting and more innovative street photographers, he’s really managed to carve out a nice niche for himself as one of the fashion blogosphere’s preeminent voices.  Or at least one of the loudest — have you heard he was selected as one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Design Influencers?  Well, if not, he’s placed a helpful reminder at the top of his homepage.  2007 does seem like just yesterday, I suppose.  Look, good for him for making a living doing something so many can only dream of — getting flown to the trendiest locations around the world, standing outside fashion shows, snapping pics of the people who attend said shows, and getting heaps of praise and a book deal for it!

Naturally, when I heard he had shot a spread for Vogue Pelle based on the concept “cool blogger girl,” my eyes were already half rolled.  But, then I saw the photos.  And I kind of liked them.  Mostly, I’ll admit, for the way they were styled (by Karina Givargisoff), but the idea of the model as blogger/street photographer lends itself well to the type of fashionably-awkward poses Vogue (and Tyra!) prefers. The model here is great and there are some really nice shots in there.  Plus, it’s totally not based in reality and makes being a blogger seem like the most glamorous job in the world, which it really isn’t, unless you’re Tavi or Bryan Boy.

So listen, Scott: maybe it’s time you retired the blog and moved into this fashion photography biz full-time.  Isn’t that kind of what you’ve been angling for the whole time anyway?  You’re good at this!  Take a leap of faith.  I, for one, would be perfectly fine without being introduced to people like Snowflake.

More photos below, via The Cut.

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“Tightrope,” Janelle Monae feat. Big Boi
April 8, 2010, 10:41 pm
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Six Things #2

Six things I like this week.  Click to enlarge picture.  Details below.

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Gala Gonzalez is a Woman We Love
April 6, 2010, 11:12 pm
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Personal style bloggers are an interesting bunch.  People taking pictures of themselves and their outfits daily and posting them for the world to see doesn’t always make for the most riveting material.  For every blogger who documents their genuinely interesting and idiosyncratic style, there are many more who come across as painfully self-indulgent and, frankly, kind of boring.

And then there are those, like Gala Gonzalez of Inside Am-Lul’s Closet, who just get it right: highly personal, effortless style documented regularly, broken up with enough other content to keep readers coming back for more.  A twenty-something Spanish stylist and creative director based in London, Gonzalez lives and breathes what she posts about daily, and it comes across on her site.  Created with the goal to “display, share and learn,” her daily musings and photos have catapulted her to the forefront of the bloggerati, sitting next to Gwyneth at fashion shows, hosting huge product launches in Madrid and even designing her own clothing line.  Aside from her tastemaking talent, the genuine enjoyment Gonzalez seems to get out of what she does goes a long way in setting her apart from her too-cool-for-fashion-school peers.

And, you know, the fact that she’s a complete knockout doesn’t hurt either.

More pics from Gala’s blog below.

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Carolyn Murphy looks unreal in these Tom Ford ads

And she was born in 1973, by the way.  In Panama City, Florida, nonetheless.  So she should really look like this by now.


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