Fashion

THE NEW GUARD: PATRICK ROBINSON

Courtesy of Gap Meet one of the men shaping the future of American fashion. Courtney Colavita Name: Patrick Robinson, 41, Executive Vice President of Design, Gap Résumé: Paco Rabanne, Perry Ellis, Giorgio Armani Plan: "Gap isn't about dressing one person or one point of view," says Robinson, who is updating the brand's staples like khakis, jeans, and V-neck sweaters rather than overhauling them. This fall, that means washed gray jeans, heathered cardigans, and unadorned cropped trenches. Available at Gap stores.

60 SECONDS WITH 90210'S JOE E. TATA

Courtesy of Allocine.fr Got a minute? Joe E. Tata, better known as the Peach Pit's lovable proprietor Nat, speaks out about returning to Beverly Hills for the new 90210 and what we can expect the revamped crew to serve up. Q: How do the new actors compare with the original cast? A: It's tough to say that yet, because everybody smiles and everybody is nice. And when we first met back then, everybody smiled and everybody was nice. Q: So we don't have any gossip-column divas yet? A: Oh, not yet. Give 'em a chance to make some money. see more
Grooming

COLOGNES FOR DAY

Photograph by Greg Delves Before night falls, stick to a light, citrusy cologne with undertones of bergamot, neroli, ginger, or mint. Kayleen Schaefer 1. Versace Pour Homme ($72), nordstrom.com Geranium and bitter-orange notes reminiscent of the Mediterranean. 2. Prada Infusion D'Homme ($100), neimanmarcus.com Clean and soapy with a kick of iris. 3. Tommy Hilfiger Hilfiger ($59), macys.com A papaya-and-grapefruit blend that's as subtle as a chalk-striped suit. Check back next Thursday for colognes to wear after dark.
Fashion

MACKO'S MATERIALS: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

-By Michael Macko, Details Fashion Director The keffiyeh started out as a headdress for Arab men, protecting them from direct sun exposure and shielding their eyes and mouths from blowing sand. In the sixties, the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat adopted it as a symbol of the resistance movement and was rarely seen without one. And like the Che Guevara T-shirt, the keffiyeh quickly went from political symbol to fashion statement, causing controversy along the way: In May, Dunkin Donuts pulled a commercial featuring Rachael Ray after the conservative columnist Michelle Malkin claimed that the scarf she was wearing in the see more
Style News

THE PURCHASE: THE JEAN JACKET

Photograph by Greg Delves. Denim jacket ($90) by Levi's. The jean jacket may be the most egalitarian article of clothing a man can own. Embraced over the years by both the Establishment and the anti-Establishment, it transcends time, class, and trends. Wear an inky version with a polo shirt and khakis and it's unequivocally preppy; put the collar up on a washed-out model and it reads punk. But the mostversatile and modern breed of denim jacket is close-cut and worn and looks like it came with a built-in history.  Courtney Colavita see more
Movies + TV

HAMLET 2, STARRING STEVE COOGAN

Courtesy of L+E Pictures Smart high-school comedies have more to offer than camera-friendly teens. See Election, Clueless, and now Hamlet 2—in which Steve Coogan plays a talentless drama teacher who attempts to save his school's theater program with a musical sequel to Shakespeare's Oedipal tragedy. It's helped along by gifted kids and some cheeky controversy: The musical numbers (like "Rock Me Sexy Jesus") and the wildly profane script (sample direction: "The time-machine door opens, revealing Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude, and Hillary Clinton having what appears to be group sex") spark knee-jerk protests, which ignite support from a First Amendment lawyer see more
Q&A

60 SECONDS WITH A CONTINUOUS LEAN'S MICHAEL WILLIAMS

Courtesy of Michael Williams Got a minute? A Continuous Lean's Michael Williams chats about workwear, bad style, and his up-and-coming blog. Q: You work at your own PR firm by day. What made you take up blogging as a hobby? A: There are a lot of great women's-style blogs, but men are underrepresented. Everything was either super-straight—about cars, drills, outdoor grilling equipment, or other shit I don't care about—or it was just too gay. I wanted to have a mix. It's for the guy who likes to buy certain labels, but it's not that serious. Q: What are you see more
Books

DAVID EBERSHOFF, THE 19TH WIFE

As originally conceived, The 19th Wife [Random House, $26], David Ebershoff's novel based on the life of Ann Eliza Young, who publicly divorced Mormon pioneer Brigham Young, was to be set solely in the 19th century. But after he traveled to the compound of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect, Ebershoff realized that, 200 years later, little had changed. "I noticed there was a cop on my tail," says Ebershoff, 39. "I was literally driven out of town. I thought, 'Can that happen in the 21st-century United States?'" In the resulting book, Ebershoff meshes Mrs. Young's story with that of a see more

60 SECONDS WITH TROUBLE THE WATER'S KIMBERLY RIVERS

Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films Got a minute? Rapper and resident of New Orleans' Ninth Ward Kimberly Rivers talks about turning her home movies of Hurricane Katrina into the documentary Trouble the Water. Q: What made you start filming your neighborhood the day before Katrina hit? A: From what everybody was saying, it seemed like history was going to be made. I was going to record it just in case. I did it just to show my kids—and in case we died, so somebody would find the camera. Q: When did you know it wasn't going to be just another see more
Style News

THE NEW GUARD: RICHARD CHAI

Courtesy of Richard Chai Meet one of the men shaping the future of American fashion. Courtney Colavita Name: Richard Chai, thirtysomething Résumé: Geoffrey Beene, A/X: Armani Exchange, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, TSE Plan: "They are clothes that don't make a guy feel precious or overdressed or uncomfortable," says Chai of his layer-heavy collection of cardigans (long and chunky or slim with silk ruching), double-breasted jackets, and black or cream jeans that bunch at the ankle. Available at Barneys New York.
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