Mr. Dool Approves: Junya SS11 Striped Blazer

I’ll do a full post of some of my favorites from Milan and Paris sometime this weekend, but this striped Junya blazer is the first thing I’ve seen that I really wanted to own right away.  The whole show is basically like a nicer version of my current wardrobe and I love pretty much every look they sent down the runway today.  Nothing terribly groundbreaking here, just a nice collection of well-executed, wearable clothes.  Yes, please.

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Dana Lee AW10 Lookbook
May 24, 2010, 10:34 pm
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Back in February, we got a sneak peek at the fall collection from NYC-based designer Dana Lee out in Vegas at (capsule).  Now, a few months closer to these clothes hitting stores, you can see the AW10 lookbook on the label’s site.  Even though Lee recently noted in an interview with Secret Forts that she’s not too concerned with creating “head-to-toe” looks, it’s not hard to imagine leaving the house on a crisp October day dressed like the models here — especially artist Mat Bushell (above), who embodies that downtown, Ginsbergian nerdy-cool in these shots.  These pieces are the basics that provide a solid foundation to any wardrobe — simple enough to be worn season after season, but with enough character to keep you from getting bored.  See some more from Dana Lee after the jump.

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Viviane Sassen
May 8, 2010, 11:40 am
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Fashion photography centered on African themes is often so fetishized or romanticized that it becomes less about representing a continent or a people than it is about being exotic for the sake of exoticism.  So much so that the personal touch Viviane Sassen injects into her work goes miles to separate her from others who travel to the continent as visitors.  Sassen, a Dutch fashion photographer who lived in Kenya as a child, has a way of making her portraits feel authentic despite how highly stylized they are.  Even the most obviously posed portraits have an almost candid quality.  And throughout, her love for Africa and affection for the people she shoots come through as vibrantly as the rich colors she favors.  Sassen is also creating an alternative view to what many outsiders think of Africa, in a way that only an insider can.  As she told Karin Nelson of the New York Times, “People in the West have a quite limited idea of what the place is about.  Hunger, war, AIDS … It’s so much more diverse and exciting.”  See more of her work after the jump.

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Dickchicken has a monopoly on hilarious tags in NYC right now
May 7, 2010, 12:08 am
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And we all know my love for graffiti.

Palladium Goes Inside London Pirate Radio

Despite the fact that this marks my second post this week celebrating illegal activity, I’m kind of fascinated by the latest installment of Palladium Boot’s Explorer film series, examining the world of London Pirate Radio.  The first time I heard about this underground scene was back when the first traces of Dizzee Rascal made its way to the States, but the roots of the illegal broadcasts go back to the 50’s and 60’s when unlicensed frequencies would transmit from boats off the UK shore and rusted anti-aircraft towers at the mouth of the Thames in an act of rebellion against BBC radio restrictions.  Just like so many other things that the Internet has decimated (magazines, video rental, the recording industry, taking out a personal ad in the classified section of your local newspaper that, in a wacky twist, ends up leading you right back to your current partner), pirate radio has taken a hit from the web and isn’t what it used to be.  But, as the video Palladium filmed all over London shows, some pirate radio transmitters still thrive in the UK today, hidden in plain site.

See more photos from Palladium’s Explorer series after the jump, and watch the 16-minute movie now streaming on the Palladium site.

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Mr. Dool Approves: Crewneck Sweatshirts

Complain all you want when a beautiful weekend in the high 70’s is followed by a week of rain — that’s spring in the Northeast.  So to be prepared for the ups and downs of the season, why not turn to an old standby: the crewneck sweatshirt.  Despite the best efforts of Justin Bieber, hoodies no longer reign supreme; everyone from American Apparel to Alexander Wang has their own take on the ultimate layering piece, meaning you can spend anywhere from $20 to triple digits.  Thankfully, if you do splurge, it can be a sound investment — keep the shirts around for cool summer nights, crisp fall days and under heavy coats in the winter.

From left to right: T by Alexander Wang ($115); Viktor & Rolf ($395); BDG ($39); American Apparel ($42); J. Crew ($98); Trainerspotter (£55); Acne ($149).

Mr. Dool Approves: Pierce Brosnan & the Art of the Subtle Hand Gesture
March 14, 2010, 7:56 pm
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In which I post a photo of Rihanna pretending to play the drums in front of a green screen for no reason other than to look at a picture of Rihanna pretending to play the drums in front of a green screen

(Photo via  Yes, that’s right, her official website.)

Mr. Dool Approves: Lacquered Life
February 4, 2010, 9:53 pm
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My “disposable income” — which, for me and a lot of other twenty-somethings in New York, is loosely defined as “not rent” — is primarily funneled into the following three categories:

1.) Clothes

2.) Beer

3.) iTunes

And, you know, food.

But, if there were to be another category that could use some extra funding every now and again, it would probably be My Apartment.  Luckily for me, my old friend Olivia has arrived on the scene with her excellent new blog Lacquered Life, to show me and other booze-addled style bloggers that not only is it possible to create a great space for yourself on a budget, it’s also not very difficult.  Opting for timeless over trendy, with a great eye for detail, Olivia’s meticulous blog is updated almost daily with tips and tricks for making your home feel more like a home and less like the place where you sleep.  Extra attention to living in small spaces is a huge plus for apartment dwellers, and the “Cheap and Chic of the Week” feature let’s you keep up with the Stewarts on a decidedly Rachael Ray budget.  Plus, you’ve got to love any interior design blog that leads a post about retro wallpaper with a shot of Richard Nixon bowling.  I am not a crook or ashamed to bring people to my apartment anymore.  So move the laundry off of your futon and head on over to Lacquered Life.  And while you’re at it, eat something.

Mr. Dool Approves: Fred Perry Short Sleeve Selvedge Edge Shirt
December 25, 2009, 10:07 pm
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Fred Perry is one of my favorite labels, a classic British brand that manages to stay fresh with top-notch and interesting collaborations with the likes of Raf Simons and Comme des Garcons.  This selvedge edge denim chambray shirt is a perfect example of the innovation that has reinvigorated the brand in recent years.  I especially like the small collar.  The sleeves are admittedly a bit awkward in length, so I recommend styling it like they do at oki-ni (on the weird unibrowed model they use for everything), by giving it a little cuff that still shows off the selvedge detailing also found on the back yoke and front pocket.  Speaking of oki-ni, this shirt is currently on sale there — so if you or someone you love is a size L or XL, jump on it.  A few more pics after the jump.

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