Revisiting Loden Dager SS11
November 30, 2010, 1:50 am
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It’s a peculiarity of the fashion calendar that talking in November about a spring collection that won’t hit stores until March can be considered “looking back.” But by the time SS11 is available for retail, it will have been at least a full 6 months after we could have gotten our first glimpse, via trade shows, fashion week or, for most people, the internet.  The web’s instant gratification only seems to exacerbate the already-short attention span of the industry.  But if you buy into the argument of fashion as art — which, admittedly, is an argument with two pretty solid opposing viewpoints — then there’s something to be said for digesting a little bit, sitting back and giving everything you see some time to breathe before making a judgment, dismissing it and moving on to the next one.

So with that in mind, let’s talk about Loden Dager SS11.

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Mr. Dool Approves: Junya SS11 Striped Blazer

I’ll do a full post of some of my favorites from Milan and Paris sometime this weekend, but this striped Junya blazer is the first thing I’ve seen that I really wanted to own right away.  The whole show is basically like a nicer version of my current wardrobe and I love pretty much every look they sent down the runway today.  Nothing terribly groundbreaking here, just a nice collection of well-executed, wearable clothes.  Yes, please.

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Palladium Goes Inside London Pirate Radio

Despite the fact that this marks my second post this week celebrating illegal activity, I’m kind of fascinated by the latest installment of Palladium Boot’s Explorer film series, examining the world of London Pirate Radio.  The first time I heard about this underground scene was back when the first traces of Dizzee Rascal made its way to the States, but the roots of the illegal broadcasts go back to the 50’s and 60’s when unlicensed frequencies would transmit from boats off the UK shore and rusted anti-aircraft towers at the mouth of the Thames in an act of rebellion against BBC radio restrictions.  Just like so many other things that the Internet has decimated (magazines, video rental, the recording industry, taking out a personal ad in the classified section of your local newspaper that, in a wacky twist, ends up leading you right back to your current partner), pirate radio has taken a hit from the web and isn’t what it used to be.  But, as the video Palladium filmed all over London shows, some pirate radio transmitters still thrive in the UK today, hidden in plain site.

See more photos from Palladium’s Explorer series after the jump, and watch the 16-minute movie now streaming on the Palladium site.

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Mr. Dool Approves: Crewneck Sweatshirts

Complain all you want when a beautiful weekend in the high 70’s is followed by a week of rain — that’s spring in the Northeast.  So to be prepared for the ups and downs of the season, why not turn to an old standby: the crewneck sweatshirt.  Despite the best efforts of Justin Bieber, hoodies no longer reign supreme; everyone from American Apparel to Alexander Wang has their own take on the ultimate layering piece, meaning you can spend anywhere from $20 to triple digits.  Thankfully, if you do splurge, it can be a sound investment — keep the shirts around for cool summer nights, crisp fall days and under heavy coats in the winter.

From left to right: T by Alexander Wang ($115); Viktor & Rolf ($395); BDG ($39); American Apparel ($42); J. Crew ($98); Trainerspotter (£55); Acne ($149).

Mr. Dool Approves: Pierce Brosnan & the Art of the Subtle Hand Gesture
March 14, 2010, 7:56 pm
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In which I post a photo of Rihanna pretending to play the drums in front of a green screen for no reason other than to look at a picture of Rihanna pretending to play the drums in front of a green screen

(Photo via  Yes, that’s right, her official website.)

Mr. Dool Approves: Lacquered Life
February 4, 2010, 9:53 pm
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My “disposable income” — which, for me and a lot of other twenty-somethings in New York, is loosely defined as “not rent” — is primarily funneled into the following three categories:

1.) Clothes

2.) Beer

3.) iTunes

And, you know, food.

But, if there were to be another category that could use some extra funding every now and again, it would probably be My Apartment.  Luckily for me, my old friend Olivia has arrived on the scene with her excellent new blog Lacquered Life, to show me and other booze-addled style bloggers that not only is it possible to create a great space for yourself on a budget, it’s also not very difficult.  Opting for timeless over trendy, with a great eye for detail, Olivia’s meticulous blog is updated almost daily with tips and tricks for making your home feel more like a home and less like the place where you sleep.  Extra attention to living in small spaces is a huge plus for apartment dwellers, and the “Cheap and Chic of the Week” feature let’s you keep up with the Stewarts on a decidedly Rachael Ray budget.  Plus, you’ve got to love any interior design blog that leads a post about retro wallpaper with a shot of Richard Nixon bowling.  I am not a crook or ashamed to bring people to my apartment anymore.  So move the laundry off of your futon and head on over to Lacquered Life.  And while you’re at it, eat something.