Jon Kortajarena and Colin Firth in A Single Man. (Try to look like the guy on the left, and dress like the guy on the right.) I’ve been asked a few questions recently about what a young dude who’s heading out for his first summer clerkship should wear to work. Here’s what I reckon: Remember that amazing opening scene in A Single Man where Colin Firth wakes up, takes a shower, shaves, and opens his drawers to reveal an immaculate selection of white tee shirts, black socks, and perfectly packaged white button-downs? He knots his black tie, clips it securely intoClick to Continue!
Yves Saint Laurent Photo: Haw-lin 1. As someone who’s lived in this country for a while but never really ventured outside of New York or LA, it’d be safe to say that it’s easy to forget you’re in America until you leave the main cities and can’t find healthy food or standalone restaurants without the help of a knowledgable local. On Saturday we asked a young bartender at the hotel to recommend a non-Disney, non-Universal Studios, non-touristic neighborhood restaurant to us. He said he knew just the place: “Head out of the hotel, hang a right on the main road, hangClick to Continue!
Photos: Tommy Ton for GQ Temperatures officially dropped from cool to fecking chilly overnight, to the point where I had to take my air conditioner out of my window because the plastic grates were allowing freezing wind to blow into my cold, cold room, which goes entirely against the point of having an A/C unit in the first place. With the change of season comes a new set of problems, like: What did I used to wear over this tee shirt? Where do I find that perfect Fall layering piece? And my personal favourite: Brown!? In short, I’ve been thinkingClick to Continue!
Phoenix. Photo: Filter Magazine 1. I have two best good friends in all the world, and their names are Nic and Sheida. I introduced Nic to his wife — who just so happens to be Sheida’s cousin — I was best man at both their weddings, and you might remember Sheida from such comedy dance videos as Singapore Shufflin’. It also just so happens that both Nic and Sheida’s wives got pregnant within a week of each other approximately nine months ago. Sheida and Allison had their son yesterday in Singapore, and Nic and Lua are currently in the throes ofClick to Continue!
Photo: Tommy Ton 1. I finished up my 10 week contract at Gilt last Friday, and I gotta say that it was one of the best experiences of my entire career to date. There’s a lot to be said about the joys of freelancing, but sitting in an office with people working day in day out is when you actually get better at whatever it is that you do, plus there’s the added benefit of MAKING FRIENDS. Shout out to my homies on the men’s team, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you all, and I won’t forgetClick to Continue!
Photos: Greg Lewis Here’s the good news: What you need to buy for fall this year is the same thing you need to buy for fall next year, and the year after, and the year after that. Men’s style is a static beast — what looked good in 1960 still looks good today, so killing it on the clothing front does not involve hopping on a bandwagon or buying into whatever trend some magazine is telling you YOU NEED TO OWN RIGHT NOW. Wanna know more? Head over to MyHabit’s blog theFix to find out what to wear for fall.Click to Continue!
Photo: Tommy Ton If you’re tuning in for the first time in a while and you’re going through my posts thinking, ‘What’s the deal with all this personal self indulgence, where’s the fashion!?’ let me break it down: I’ve been writing men’s editorial at Gilt for nearly two months now, and I decided when I started that due to the extraordinarily high amount of menswear posts I’d be writing for those guys, I was going to need to keep my mind otherwise occupied with alternative topics on my blog. So I did this thing called The 30 Day Blogging ChallengeClick to Continue!
Me and Ashika at my 29th birthday party last night. I turned 29 yesterday. (If you’re reading this and you’re way younger than me and you’re going, ‘God damn it that guy is old,’ trust me when I tell you that I’ve never felt more youthful in my entire life, and that aging really is a state of mind. Also, shut up dick!) I like to think that we glean a few pearls of wisdom as we get older, even if we don’t put them into practice on a day to day basis, so without further ado, here are theClick to Continue!
1. The biggest frustrations in my life come from a refusal to take control of basic situations: Work, finances, love, friendships, exercise, diet, post-pubescent pimples, and the rest. What happens? All the bad emotions come rushing to the surface – anger, helplessness, jealousy, pettiness, resentment, and insanely high levels of nervous energy that make me (and everybody else who does this) the worst possible person to be around. It’s so much easier to just sit there passively and allow things to happen to us than to take charge. Plus, that way we get to blame everything on other people or outsideClick to Continue!
Suzy Menkes and Jefferson Hack at Paris Menswear Fall 2009. Trip funded by me, photo taken by me. 1. I agreed with a lot of what Suzy Menkes wrote in her article The Circus of Fashion last week, but the bit about bloggers bugged me. As a blogger who paid for myself to fly around the world for eight seasons of shows, I feel like I’m in a unique position to comment. What she didn’t mention is that not every blogger’s aim is to be a fashion critic, and that being one is not the sole route to becoming a visual orClick to Continue!