John Varvatos Has Just Released the Most John Varvatos Cologne Ever

If you're familiar with the clothes from John Varvatos, you know there's a one aesthetic that informs everything: rock 'n' roll. That means lots of leather, trim silhouettes, badass boots and a fearless flair for accessories. The designer's released eight fragrance since starting up the fashion house, but his ninth and newest definitely comes closest to embodying his music-is-life ethos Called Dark Rebel, the cologne is the olfactory equivalent of wearing a leather jacket while shooting whiskey in a dive bar that ignores modern-day smoking laws. And when you take a look at the fragrance notes, you'll realize that's see more

A Chandelier Perfect for Art Aficionados

If you're a fan of Spanish Surrealist painter Joan Miró, Wassily Kandinsky's biomorphic paintings, or Alexander Calder's primary-color mobiles, you're going to love this chandelier. The five-piece lamp from the Shape Up series by Seattle-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a customizable modular system made of geometric aluminum, steel, and brushed brass and copper. The effect brings to mind the whimsical free-association works of the iconic artists, and, like their pieces, is wonderfully open to interpretation. see more

Billy Reid Shows Us the Meaning of Southern Hospitality

Karen Elson on stage performing during Reid's annual music-food-fashion festival known as Shindig. This weekend, Billy Reid's Shindig No. 7—an annual festival that the designer hosts in his hometown of Florence, Alabama—was a quartet of perfect ingredients: southern hospitality, outstanding music, town morale, and, perhaps most important, delicious food. Reid is a true southern gentleman and welcomes everyone to his home with open arms. The reason he decided to start this tradition was to show fans of the brand where it all began and the influence the city has had on the designer's work and vice-versa. This year, the event see more

Nicholas Hoult Will Star as J.D. Salinger in Biopic Rebel in the Rye

After semi-humorous roles as a postapocalyptic soldier of death and a murderous music-industry executive, Nicholas Hoult is going to get serious. The young British actor will take on the role of J.D. Salinger in the upcoming film Rebel in the Rye. The movie, which is based on Kenneth Slawenski's biography of the writer J.D. Salinger: A Life, was written and will be directed by Danny Strong. It'll take a look at the life of one of literature's most mysterious and reclusive authors when he was young and in the process of writing his masterpiece, Catcher in the Rye. And there's see more

J. Crew Looks to Focus on Heritage Styles

Oftentimes going forward means taking a few steps back to recalibrate. This is precisely what mega-retailer J.Crew intends to do as they've seen a dip in revenue, reports Bloomberg. There was a time when much was made of the brand's expansion into the high-end realm with pieces (and prices) that eschewed their successful and longstanding heritage aesthetic. However the retailer is returning to its original strategy J.Crew Group chief exec Mickey Drexler told analysts last Thursday when discussing the 13-percent, or $506 million, drop the label saw last quarter. Drexler explained that the more forward-thinking offerings will become a lesser see more

President Obama Will Film an Episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls in Alaska

President Obama's upcoming trip to Alaska is going to give us a whole lot more than a renamed mountain and a speech about climate change. While he's in the America's last frontier, the commander in chief will film an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, the program in which the titular hot British dad and survival expert shows celebrities how to stay alive if, inexplicably, they get lost in the wild. (Everyone from Channing Tatum to Kate Winslet has been on the show in the two seasons it's been on the air; Michelle Rodriguez, it's worth noting, learned how see more

A Chic, Affordable Living-Room Set That You Can Assemble Without Tools

In the past year, the direct-to-consumer model has exploded, with furniture and bedding companies jumping into the e-commerce game. Starting this week, a new chair and sofa brand has joined in. Campaign, founded by former Honda and Apple employees, offers a loveseat and a full-size sofa, as well as a lounge chair ranging between $495 and $995. The pieces are manufactured in the U.S. out of steel and Italian cotton in an array of classic colors, and putting them together doesn't require any tools (really). To make things easier, the customizable designs specifically kept shipping in mind. Everything fits in see more

Tyson Beckford on Joining Chippendales (Again), His Workout Routine, and the Zoolander Sequel

Last week, male supermodel Tyson Beckford returned for a five-week stint as host of the Chippendales at the Rio in Las Vegas. After guest-starring in the male-revue group back in May, the model turned actor turned exotic dancer just couldn't resist coming back for more—more gyrating, more ladies, and, of course, lots and lots more Johnson & Johnson baby oil. Showing your abs and bare ass to an audience nightly seems pretty intimidating, but not to someone like Beckford, who has been flashing his chiseled body since the nineties, when he was the face of Ralph Lauren. With a career see more

Study: Guys Should Wear Black on First Dates and Interviews

What did Johnny Cash have in common with a Catholic priest? Not much, except for a propensity toward wearing all black. Wearing black suggests neither extreme restraint nor a love of vices. Rather, it connotes confidence, sexiness, and high intelligence, according to a new survey. The survey questioned 1,000 people on how they perceive others based on the colors of their clothes. The results are rather interesting if you agree (as you should) that first impressions count. Two instances in which first impressions definitely count? Job interviews and first dates. Fifty-six percent of all respondents surveyed chose black as see more

Finally, Handmade, One-of-a-Kind Rugs You Can Order Online

When was the last time you went shopping for rugs? It's a piece of decor that every home needs at least one or two of, but prices (unless you get some ugly mass-produced junk from a chain store) are always through the roof. If you wanted to go handmade and one-of-a-kind, the kind of piece you'll have forever, you're almost always looking at costs in the five figures. Well, until now. Solo Rugs is a new e-commerce start-up that's (overused buzzword alert!) disrupting the space. Their skilled artisans and weavers hand-knot every rug individually, taking up to a year see more
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