Look at that jacket. And those SHOES!
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That headline is a little misleading. I'm not actually asking for your opinion here. I just pretended that I was interested in whatever counter-argument you might make, so that you'd click through. I've spent the last 24 hours poring over throwback NBA Draft photos, and Andrew Wiggins, as far as I can tell, is hands down the best dressed first overall pick of all-time. Bar none. Come at me if you feel otherwise, but I'm. not. budging.
I'm not just saying this because Wiggins has been one of the most highly anticipated draft picks in recent years—so much so that many teams this year were accused of "riggin' for Wiggins" or intentionally tanking to better their odds at landing an earlier slot and nabbing him up before the other teams. I'm saying this because look at that jacket.
Think about every college-age dude you know. Now, think about the last time you saw one of them in a suit jacket. Or some slim trousers with just the right amount of ankle showing—let alone pants that actually fit them. And I'm not even going to make you rack your brain for a memory of them ever wearing a velvet smoking slipper or a lapel pin because even though I've never met them/know what their lives are like, I'm pretty sure 90% of them have never even seen either of those things IRL. If that's not enough to convince you, let's take a look back at the past few drafts' style... "highlights" is too generous of a word, but whatever, let's go with that.
Ansel Elgort in the August issue of 'GQ.'
GQ decided to make our day/week/life by putting the one and only Ansel Elgort in their August issue (it must be noted that I originally typed "on" instead of "in," but alas, Emily Ratajkowski is the cover girl because apparently the average GQ reader is more interested in a hot video vixen than a YA dreamboat. Go figure!). If you're not a self-described Anselite (#guilty), you might be surprised to hear that the Fault in Our Stars leading man was a ballet dancer and not, in fact, a professional model before his acting career took off, because the dude is a TOTAL NATURAL. Get him on a runway stat!
Kyle Beckerman as "every boy I went to college with" and a bouquet of dreads.
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Extensions are nothing new. They've been a thing since basically forever. Urban Outfitters was even selling clip-on bangs for a minute (which, by some miracle of commerce, have since sold out). Clip-on dreads, though? That surprised even me. Boho-emporium Free People is selling "dreadlock extensions" in packs of 10 for $128. They also sell them in an alternate "blue tie-dye" if you're feeling slightly more alt when it comes to your faux style. As shudder-inducing as they are, we can't quite ignore them the way we probably should, thanks to a little American futboler bringing the matted tendril look back into popular vernacular. I'm speaking, of course, about Kyle Beckerman.
It's been a hot minute since we had some Fashion Fanfic on da blog, and when we spotted Joe Jonas having a grand ol' time during Milan Fashion Week these past few days, we couldn't help wondering what notes he'd jot down in his fashion week diary. So, we thought we'd make it up ourselves. Inspired by the (very!) real three-piece NYFW installment he wrote last season, here's a fabricated version of what went down overseas with Front Row Joe (as we're affectionately calling him) at MFW.
DAY 1: JOHN VARVATOS
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Hey. It's me, Joe. (IDK if I'm supposed to introduce myself to a diary, but I'm a gentleman, and it seems rude not to.) I flew into Italy last night and headed to the John Varvatos show first thing in the morning. Instead of my normal AM juice run (kale FTW, am I right?), I did a shot of espresso because I'm in Europe, and I'm #living. Even though it's not seasonally appropriate, I decided to play it safe in an all-black outfit because that's what NYFW taught me, and I do everything they say. In this photo, I'm trying to force a smile while thinking about all the #worldcup games I'm missing because of this. (U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!)
That's ~Professor~ West to you.
What comes to mind when you think about community service? Volunteering at a homeless shelter? Putting in time at a food pantry? Collecting trash on the side of a highway? According to TMZ, Kanye West has been knocking out his court-ordered service hours by...teaching a fashion class at a local Los Angeles college (continuing to prove that he's not like you and me).
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The couple that dresses together, stays together—or so goes the (assumed) motto of Iggy Azalea and her L.A. Laker boyfriend Nick Young. Both mindblowingly busy and wildly in-demand, this power duo somehow manages to be photographed around the globe together with admirable regularity (seriously, how do they do it? Private jets? Magic?). To make things even more impressive, they're often dressed in undeniably coordinated clothing. This weekend, for example, they attended two events in two countries (!) wearing adorably matching outfits. There are a lot of ways to show your love for another person, and dressing like them appears to be Iggy and Nick's M.O. (My go-to? Trolling Harry Styles on Twitter in hopes that one day he'll reciprocate the feelings. #Thiscouldbeusbutyouplaying, Styles.)
Hair today, gone tomorrow.
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Jared Leto posed a very complex and thought-provoking question on Instagram today: "How ya like my #stash"? The query accompanied a selfie showing off the latest in his facial hair game—a long, ombré (yes, ombré) handlebar mustache. Would you expect anything less from the man with the most perfect two-tone hair in the world? On one hand, Jared's piercing baby blues ensure he'll ALWAYS look pretty damn good. But on the other hand, this new patchy 'stache errs on the side of creepy. So, to answer his original question: AHHH WE DON'T KNOW!
Let's sort through our issues together. First of all, why are his mustache hairs so long? And more important, are they silky smooth like the hair on his head, or coarse like the facial hair of mortal men? I'm going to assume the former, because Jared Leto isn't like most other boys. And I think the dip-dyed ombré effect is making the hairs appear longer than they actually are, so that makes me feel a little bit better.
Greetings from Brazil! For the past few days, I’ve been hanging in Salvador, paddleboarding at the beach, listening to a whole lot of bossa nova, and, oh yeah, watching more soccer than I ever have in my life. Honestly, I’m a World Cup newbie, and as a style writer, one of the things that’s caught my eye is all of the attention to HAIR. Past all of the splashy kicks and colorful World Cup kits (that’s sports code for "uniform"), I’ve learned that hair is really where the players stylistically ~flex~. And there’s been a whole lot of flexing. A week into soccer’s quadrennial tournament, every team has played at least once, so we’ve gotten a full look at all of the hairstyles. Here’s the best of the World Cup hair.
NEYMAR — BRAZIL
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Neymar, who’s emerged as the face of the Brazil World Cup, made his hair his signature well before the tournament began. But yesterday, he upgraded his mohawk-bangs-hybrid for his team’s game against Mexico with some Aaron Carter- and Lance Bass-esque frosted tips. I’m guessing Neymar is a fan of '90s boy bands?
DANI ALVES — BRAZIL
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IMO, Brazil’s whole team pretty much kills it in the hair department. I hope they got a group discount at the salon when Neymar and Dani Alves showed up to get their bleach on. But Alves, who also debuted a blonde 'do at yesterday’s game, might have had different inspo in mind, like America’s Next Top Model’s Jay Manuel and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal. Or maybe they were just paying tribute to the 1998 World Cup when all of Romania’s team showed up with bleached hair.
Kanye West at the 2014 Cannes Lions on June 17 in Cannes, France.
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Even after his balls-out wedding weekend in France and Italy, it seems that Kanye West still can't get enough of ye olde Europe. Today, he made a surprise appearance at the Cannes Lions Festival for the "Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape" seminar and talked about—you guessed it—all things tech and style. After dropping a few sentimental words for his idol Steve Jobs ("Steve Jobs, as everyone knows, was my biggest influence—just seeing the way he fought to make things easier for people. After he passed, I made it my life's mission to do what he did inside of that company"), he mentioned how his first-ever Vogue cover also seriously (seriously!) impacted his life.
If you want to see dudes draped in lace and fringed body-con dresses (I mean, why wouldn't you?), you needn't look further than London Collections: Men. This biannual fashion fest showcases the best of British menswear, giving designers the opportunity to debut their trendiest, most envelope-pushing looks. Those lucky enough to attend the Spring/Summer '15 edition of LC:M (June 15-17) get to check out everything from tailored suits to Japanese-inspired mankinis. Meanwhile, I passed a shirtless man wearing flip-flops and jorts on my sidewalk this morning—but their way sounds cool too, I guess.
It can be admittedly hard to digest some of London Collections' avant-garde styles, so we decided to use our trusty Fashion Math method to break down this season's crazier looks. Enjoy!
A Matisse painting + Vanilla Ice = this Hunter Gather shirt.
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Hanson + The Hamptons White Party = this Common outfit.
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