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Dior Homme Creative Director Kris Van Assche's Parents Have Never Missed a Single One of His Shows

Mr. Van Assche, as the creative director for Dior Homme you deal with beauty all the time. Do you remember the first time you recognized beauty? No, but I do know that as a child beauty was a big part of my upbringing because my grandmother was a real aesthete and I used to be really close to her. When I was a kid she was making her own clothes and at one point started making clothes for me, so it was already a big part of it when I was like 10 or 12 years old. see more
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Why Long Hair Is Perfect for Summer

Last August Rakesh Baruah had turned 30, finished grad school for the year, and broke up with his girlfriend—as good a time as any to have an epiphany about his hair. "With my Mad Men high-and-tight, I'd been spending so much energy trying to be this person I saw walking through the streets," the New York filmmaker says. "It came from wanting to be a good kid that looked the part of an Ivy-educated, white-collar one-percenter." With every inch of curls he adds (eight and growing), his Don Draper phase is more distant, and he looks forward to this summer's see more
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Health

Which Rest is Best: Active or Static?

If you've wondered what circumstances call for "active rest" (taking it easy while still moving) versus "static rest" (stopping completely) between sets, let us clear something up right now; static rest is never the ideal choice. see more
Design

Hot New Homes: Minimalist Masterpieces

The elemental appeal of minimalism is far from cookie cutter, finding expression in spaces as different as a pied-à-terre in Paris' fifth arrondissement to a sprawling rancher's estate in the hinterlands of Australia. You wish you lived here. see more
Food + Drinks

Ask the Wine Wise Guy: How Do I Get a Sommelier to Offer Me Off-the-Menu Wines?

I'm going to assume that you're comfortable talking to a sommelier, which is both admirable and a tad abnormal. Most people who ask me questions about wine are terrified of talking to the somm for fear of broaching the "wrong" questions, revealing their inferior tastes, or, in general, sounding like a buffoon. In the other extreme, of course, are the buffoons who love to talk to somms just to hear themselves pontificate about things that make them feel important (i.e. "I see you have the '82 Blahdeeblah; I have six cases of that in my cellar, but they're coming along see more
Design

We Want It: Tai Ping Carpets' Chroma Collection

If you're tired of the Moroccan-rug craze that took root right around the time we all started bragging about our furniture being made from reclaimed wood, look to Hong Kong–based Tai Ping Carpets and its Chroma Collection. These room-sweeping pieces (like the one pictured) double as artwork and are a welcome relief from the devotion to red. "They're not trying to be too perfect and pretty," says Yasmina Benazzou, Tai Ping's global design director. Achieving these imperfections is deceptively involved, however. The bleeding effect looks like a freehand watercolor painting, but it's actually created by weavers following a computer-traced pattern, see more
Health

How Do You Stack Up Against U.S. Averages in These 6 Key Health Tests?

You know your height, weight, and maybe even length (you know what we're talking about), but chances are you don't know the numbers that really matter. See how you measure up against national averages (and actual ideals) in these six health tests: see more
Fashion

We Want It: Custom Sunglasses From Garrett Leight

As endearing as it is to find out your friends have taste that's as good as yours, it's an even better feeling knowing you own something no one else can get. Which is why Garrett Leight's new Mod Shop has us so excited. see more
Grooming

How to Get a Healthy, Natural-Looking Tan Without the Sun

Single out the one feature many of Hollywood's leading men—like George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and even this month's cover star, Justin Theroux—share. It's not as obvious as you think, and sometimes so subtle that you don't even notice it: tanned skin. see more
Wheels

The Best of the New Breed of Light-Weight Coupes

The sport coupe is having a moment. And here's why: Carmakers have finally found ways to create performance models that are strong, sturdy, and lightweight. This is a big trend in the world of sexy two-door cars, boosting both acceleration and gas mileage. The primary credit goes to nimble materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, which help trim the fat off car designs and reduce carbon gas emissions. Beyond those things, however, these new-to-the-market cars all go in separate directions. see more
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