Saturday, April 19, 2014

#2522 Isaac Likes Soho Grand — Party Tonight!

Get ye to Soho Grand tonight at 10:00pm if you like fun. Steven Rojas and I will be dishing it out with gay abandon. Gay abandon! With '90s r’n’b + Drake + 2Chainz + Justin Bieber by DJ Amrit Sidhu, and dance floor twerking by me. Don't stop get it get it!


Friday, April 18, 2014

#2521 Good Question — Why Did My Ex Girlfriend Shack Up With A New Dude The Moment We Broke Up?

Bill Murray as Steve Zissou.

Anon asks: My girlfriend and I were together for a long time, and things weren't the best, but I still wanted to stay in the relationship. She broke up with me saying she needed to be alone, and booked flights to move overseas because she said she needed a change of scene. She's leaving in a month, and I found out she started dating another guy pretty much straight after we broke up, despite specifically telling me that she wanted to be alone. According to our friends it's not a serious relationship and she's still moving overseas, but why did she lie to me? I don't know how she could do this.

Oh mate, that's a horrible situation. I'm sorry. There's no kind way of answering this question, so I'm just going to be real. Your ex-girlfriend made the difficult decision to end the relationship, and decided that she needed a complete life change. So she booked a flight to move overseas — also a difficult decision — and then shacked up with a new dude. Did she lie to you? Yes, and no. When she said she needed to be alone, I imagine she meant that she needed to not be in your relationship anymore. If the new guy that she's seeing is nothing serious, then she might simply be using him as a distraction to help her move forward with her life (a lot of people believe that the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody else — I'm not one of them, but it sounds like she might be).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#2520 Lorde, Pharrell, Outkast, and Hitchhiking: Highlights from Coachella 2014

Lorde onstage at Coachella 2014. Photo: Reuters

I inherited an odd personality trait from my late grandfather, Jack Hindin: I have a terrible habit of expecting the worst from every trip I take, to the point where I build up this giant ball of resistance that crushes any bit of excitement I might have, curse the people who talked me into going, try to cancel, and then of course, by the time I arrive and get settled in and start doing whatever it is that I'm doing, I have the time of my life. The same was true before I flew out to Palm Springs on Friday morning, and, as per usual, it was fun and games all round. Below, the highlights from my first ever Coachella, and, in fact, the first music festival I've been to since the Big Day out in 2002.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#2519 Olivia's Obsession: Terra New York's Waterproof Trench Coat*

I was in Milan, it was the lead up to Fashion Week, it was raining. I was sopping wet, my hair stuck to my cheeks, huddled under an awning. In the middle of the downpour, there she was. She pulled up to the curb on her yellow Vespa wearing a head-to-toe clear plastic jumpsuit, it even had a hood. She elegantly stepped onto the footpath and found a spot of shelter. Slowly unzipping herself, she revealed the full effect of her outfit underneath. Her immaculate hair unraveled like a Pantene commercial; her pleated Prada skirt still crisp and her five-inch Alai suede heels bone dry. It has taken me six years to find the fashion equivalent, and Terra New York comes pretty damn close.

Friday, April 11, 2014

#2518 How To Nail Black Tie For Less Than $350

Photos: Matt Rubin

To the guys out there who are frightened of buying a suit online, this one's for you. Let's give ourselves the benefit of the doubt that at this stage in the #menswear arc, we all know our suit size. If you don't, it's as simple as walking into your nearest men's store that sells jackets, and trying on a couple until you find the one that fits snugly on your shoulder, adequately well through the body, and finishes at about your first knuckle when your hands are hanging down by your sides. I'm a size 36S (the S is for Short, and not because I am Short, but because I like my jacket and sleeves to be a bit Shorter than normal). So when Combatant Gentlemen contacted me to try out their online suiting service, I agreed to do it, so long as I could get the suit tailored when it arrived, to see how much it really takes to get a suit purchased online to fit pretty perfectly. They agreed, and I ordered the 36S tuxedo.