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Women We Love: Shingai Shoniwa
November 30, 2009, 11:43 pm
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Few bands today are lead by women to begin with, and none have a woman up front like Shingai Shoniwa, lead singer and bassist of Noisettes.  Shingai exudes rock n roll, with her killer voice, fearless stage presence, and a sense of style that rivals the icon status of most other more famous musicians working today.  While the Noisettes’ sound may have softened somewhere between their breakthrough album What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? and their current hit winning over fans worldwide, Shingai’s look has only gotten stronger.  Per usual, we’re a little slow on the uptake Stateside with these Brits, but hopefully it’s just a matter of time before this charmer is appreciated over here, as well.  If her amazing name, musical chops and expertly articulated fashion sense weren’t enough to convince you, see more pics and the video for my favorite Noisettes song, “Sister Rosetta,” below.

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Wallpaper, “Gettin’ Drip”
November 20, 2009, 8:08 pm
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Australia is the new Sweden

For years, I’ve been singing the praises of Swedish style, based on my unabashed love for labels like J. Lindeberg, Acne, Our Legacy and Red Collar Project.  Well, a new isolated land mass known for it’s blondes is giving Sweden a serious run for its money for the title of Most Stylish Yet Completely Out of the Way Place: Australia.

For the past few seasons, Aussie brands like Chronicles of Never and Stolen Girlfriends Club (pictured above ), have been churning out interesting, wearable menswear that is helping to build a name for the country as a style destination.  Like their Scandinavian brethren, most Australian designers favor a skinnier fit, but tend to also throw in bursts of color or irreverent details that are distinctively Australian.  The overall effect is artfully disheveled and effortlessly cool.  While established names like Ksubi continue to build fans around the world, lower-profile labels like Claude Maus are finding niche audiences eager to import a little flavor up from Down Under.

Take a look at some more selections from a few stand-out Aussie designers below.

*Ed. note: So, Stolen Girlfriends Club is actually based in New Zealand.  Apologies…

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Codeine Velvet Club, “Vanity Kills”
November 12, 2009, 12:21 am
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Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
November 12, 2009, 12:17 am
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The debut of Lady Gaga’s new video, “Bad Romance,” has gotten a lot of attention, with bloggers gushing over her futuristic styling and alien choreography.  All things considered, it’s expensive-looking and brilliant-weird, which is more or less what we’ve come to expect from the Lady.

But tucked in between Anime eyes and white latex body suits, there’s something that’s even more surprising:

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Is that right there — dare I say it — understated Gaga?  Looking just, plain old… pretty?  Strange times, these.  See the entire video after the jump.

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Style on Film: An Education
November 11, 2009, 1:26 am
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These days when people talk about 60’s style, they’re most likely referring to the sharp suits and curvy skirts of “Mad Men.”  There’s been no shortage of ink devoted to Don Draper and Co., and deservedly so: the show is a bonafide pop culture phenomenon, inspiring the masses to slick their hair and tuck in a pocket square, and turning costume designer Janie Bryant into a budding style icon.

But, from across the pond, there’s another buzzworthy project offering a different take on the time, with a distinctive British flair.  “An Education,” the Nick Hornby-penned film about a schoolgirl in pre-Swinging 1960’s London, is a classic coming-of-age tale.  And while most of the praise for the film is being leveled at Carey Mulligan in the lead role — she’s amazing, so no complaints here about that — it’s worth noting the solid work from co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Rosamund Pike and Dominic Cooper.

Sarsgaard and Cooper, for their part, also have the enviable task of wearing some of the finest threads the era had to offer.  Dressed in natty suits, cut slimmer than their American counterparts at Sterling Cooper, and showcasing some of the sharpest hats, scarves, tie clips and shoes of the decade — and at least one killer tux.

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I’ve always been a big fan of 1960’s European style on film — from French New Wave classics like “Breathless,” to Italian masterpieces like “8 1/2” and the British school uniforms of “If…” — so it’s great to see it featured so prominently in “An Education,” as Jenny (Carey Mulligan’s character) becomes seduced by the expensive duds and idle rich lifestyle of her new, slightly mysterious friends, played with charm and a little sleaze by Cooper, Sarsgaard and Pike.  The styling alone is worth the price of admission.  See some more stills after the jump.

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Mr. Dool Approves: Oak Wool Double-Breasted Blazer
November 11, 2009, 12:01 am
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A few days ago, Por Homme posted about this excellent double-breasted blazer from the in-house collection at NYC boutique OAK.  In light of my new-found appreciation for double-breasted coats, I’ve been keeping my eye out for them — and this one certainly caught it.  The single-button is a nice detail, and it looks great with just a tee underneath, illustrating the point that double-breasted jackets have become a casual option.  Take a look.

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Plus, it’s unisex, so your girlfriend can get a matching version — particularly if you’d like to never have any friends.

(Photos via OAK)