Archive for January, 2010

The Adidas Samba

adidas.jpgOBSESSION-RUBRIC.gifI’ve been wearing Adidas Sambas since I was about 13 years old and a friend told me after soccer practice that Adidas stood for All Day I Dream About Sex (which still ranks as the coolest grassroots marketing I’ve ever heard of). These shoes go with anything, and as I learned when I got to GQ, they’re one of only a handful of sneakers that look amazing when worn with a suit. I have about 8 pairs at home in various stages of decay—I even love when they get beaten up to the point that they’re practically falling apart (which happens when you’re walking all around New York).

So imagine my excitement when I first saw the white Samba. Yes, you have to take a bit more care with them—but what I love is that it’s an old school sneaker that you don’t see people wearing as often. When I wear them someone always says, “Wow I never knew those came in white!” And because they’re only $55, I’m more than happy to go ahead and get ’em dirty.

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Dropping in on…Colette

Whenever we’re in Paris for the shows, we make sure to stop by the legendary, not-to-be-missed fashion and design emporium Colette. Last week, we saw the store at the top of its game. Lots of cool collaborations with up-and-coming lines like Visvim and established go-tos like Carhartt. Here are some shots of our favorite items from the store.—Madeline Weeks

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606 Universal Shelving Systems by Vitsoe furniture with Olympia Le Tan bags and vintage books.

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Watches by Nixon. Lighters by ST Dupont.

Click through for the rest of our picks.

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For Your Pleasure

bryan-ferry-490.jpgStaff writer Alex Pappademas, familiar with my fondness for most all things Roxy Music, just emailed me this link, which I take as occasion to 1) post a gratuitous photo of Bryan Ferry at what I consider his style peak; and, 2) publicly ask my wife for permission to spend 10 hours this weekend listening to two grown men debate the merits of the band’s Siren period. (A joke, darling; a joke.)

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Beauty Tested, Beast Approved

Beauty Tested, Beast Approved is a grooming blog for normal guys. My wife, Amy (the beauty director of Allure magazine) has tried thousands of products over the years—mostly on herself, but often on the human guinea pig who sleeps next to her. Here are some of my picks, and for all Beast Approved entries, head here.

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I came pretty close to scrubbing my face off last summer. Exfoliating accident. Amy had a bunch of face scrubs in the shower for Allure‘s annual Best of Beauty issue, and I went a little overboard. A beauty novice at the time, I failed to read the instructions on the back of an exfoliating product that indicated twice-a-week usage. I had been using it morning and night for a week straight as some kind of heavy-duty cleanser. Don’t do that.

All of a sudden, my face was raw. Like I had just-climbed-Everest raw. I was in legit pain, and I looked like an idiot. I needed some serious aid for my dry skin, so I went to the live-in expert. Amy recommended Fresh’s Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($85 at fresh.com) to help hydrate and soothe my face. I slathered it on and felt immediate relief. Yes, it’s expensive, but use it sparingly (a quarter-sized dollop a couple times a month) and it can last nearly a year. In winter months, it’s a savior.

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A Hazy Shade of Winter

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SHOT_RUBRIC.gifHow we feel today in New York City. Damn cold here.

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