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"Shinnosuke wants to present as a bad boy—all bleach-blond hair and flashy earrings—but he can’t quite pull it off. For one thing, I can see that it’s his grandmother dropping him off. He’s a ninth grader, and he looks it. At least until he changes into his sotsu-ran: the fiery red, intricately embroidered uniform he's had custom-made for his Middle School graduation next year. In an instant, his entire demeanor is transformed—you see the man he’s straining to become. His suit glows over the rice fields like a ripe tomato glowing on the vine."


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Presents "Camp: Notes on Fashion” for Its Spring 2019 Exhibition
"This is the moment of the great unveiling: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will be 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' (May 9 through September 8, 2019). Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu curator in charge of the Costume Institute, has framed the exhibition around Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay 'Notes on ‘Camp,’' which posited different ways in which the concept could be construed. Bolton explains that he found Sontag’s writings—in a nutshell, she argued that camp is the 'love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration...style at the expense of content...the triumph of the epicene style'—so timely with what we are going through culturally and politically that, 'I felt it would have a lot of cultural resonance.'"

via: Vogue

Inside the Extraordinary Universe of Michèle Lamy
"People who don’t know Michèle Lamy usually refer to her as 'witchy.' Sure, with her henna-covered hands and bejeweled fingers, piercingly brilliant eyes set amid the lines on her dark face, there is something witchy in her appearance. But more bewitching is her enigmatic personality. Most people walk, yet Lamy seems to glide. Her voice is raspy and her French accent is overwhelming, despite having lived in Los Angeles from 1979 to 2003."

via: Highsnobiety

Inside the C.E.O.’s Social Media Meltdown at Deciem
"In the last two years, The Ordinary has become one of the hottest brands in skin care, selling no-fuss products at a fraction of the prices of its competitors, to the obsessive delight of young consumers. The Ordinary is one of a cluster of brands run by Deciem, which was founded in 2013 by a computer programmer named Brandon Truaxe."

via: The New York Times

Why Men Fear Wearing Color. And the Secret to Pulling It Off
"'This ridiculous on me,' thinks Brian Madigan when he attempts to wear bright colors. It’s not that he dislikes them; he envies friends who can toss on a maroon shirt or a lemon-hued polo without hesitation or self-consciousness. 'I wish that I could have an eye for the types of color they’re wearing,' says Mr. Madigan, 36, a photo editor in San Jose, Calif. But he feels far more comfortable in his familiar gray T-shirts, blue jeans and tan khakis. Better safe than startling."

via: The Wall Street Journal

Is 10 Corso Como a Fish Out of Water?
"The Seaport district is one of those parts of New York so overrun with tourists that it ceases to maintain even the faintest vestige of the umbilical cord that once connected it to the city’s spirit. You know, like SoHo. Decades ago, my great-grandfather was a buyer at the Fulton Fish Market, and in the 1980s, when a mall was built next door—with the first Sharper Image I ever sat in a massage chair in—the dominant scent was still seafood."

via: The New York Times

Michael Peña Has Come to Play
"Michael Peña isn't quite sure why I'm talking to him. He thinks I want to hear him talk about Paul Rudd, or Jake Gyllenhaal. He tells his wife the same thing—Peña doesn't think he's one of 'the typical GQ guys,' like, say, Bradley Cooper. (He loves Bradley Cooper. He just saw A Star is Born and says it's 'gonna knock you on your ass.') Just so there's no doubt: Michael Peña has been around the block. He's been working in Hollywood for over twenty years, a film career that includes notable parts in back-to-back Best Picture winners (Million Dollar Baby and Crash) and two Marvel films. He was the drummer in a band (Nico Vega) for a spell. He's done TV both large (he had a nearly season-long arc on the acclaimed drama The Shield, and he's about to star in Narcos: Mexico, taking over for Pedro Pascal) and small (one of his earliest roles was on Felicity, obnoxiously hitting on Keri Russell, his 'University of New York' R.A.). But in a situation like this one, where there's nothing to discuss but him, he doesn't quite know what to do."

via: GQ

Mensch at Work
"I will tell you up front (at the risk of making you close the tab, but honesty and humility are in part the subject matter here): This may be the least sexy movie-star profile you will ever read. Because you know that thing where you meet a movie star and right off you bond over taking your high-school-aged kids on college tours? No, I don’t know that thing, either."

via: Esquire

Jenna Lyons is Going Hollywood
"Jenna Lyons is going Hollywood. The designer who transformed J. Crew from a preppy catalog business to a go-to for stylish women including former first lady Michelle Obama and HBO Films' Sheila Nevins has a new gig. Lyons has signed a deal with the Turner entertainment company to launch an unscripted TV series that will be the anchor for a new lifestyle platform."

via: The Hollywood Reporter

The Asian Market, Inclusivity and Sustainability Are Key for Next-Gen Designers
"'Sustainability was not something that was on the top of my mind when I started designing,' explained Gypsy Sport designer Rio Uribe. 'But as I made collections more and more often I would have inventory that I was sitting on...I hated having that much waste in my life.' Uribe was perched onstage alongside Glenn Martens of Y/Project, Verbal and Yoon of Ambush and Martine Rose of her eponymous label at the Vogue Forces of Fashion conference on Thursday in New York City discussing the future of fashion. And the crowd present certainly seemed to reflect that future: while other rooms at the conference were full of people of all ages, the crowd Uribe addressed skewed decidedly younger, full of the buzzing energy of students, interns and early-career fashion professionals."

via: Fashionista

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