• Skinema

    Bitches in Uniform

    Much like the modern-day hipster with soft hands and manicured nails and the garb of a longshoreman, skateboarders appropriated the style of blue-collar workers two decades ago.

  • De Nimes

    Before we had low-rise, straight-leg, skinny, selvage, stretchy, resin-coated, lotion-infused, or mom jeans, there was simply jean—the fabric. The name likely originated from gênes, referring to Genoa, Italy, where sailors wore a twill blend of cotton, linen, and wool that came i…

  • The First Wild One

    American ingenuity is responsible for the world’s greatest creations. The cheeseburger is the best food ever, LSD is the epitome of drugs, and the internet is godlike in its scope. The same goes for a garment that has been adopted by crusty gutter punks and beer-gutted bikers ali…

  • Bob Mackie Has Dressed Almost Everyone

    In the pantheon of American fashion designers, Bob Mackie stands alone with his singular focus on sequined, bejeweled, and hyperbolic outfits for the world’s most ostentatious personalities. Bob has made clothes for Barbra, Whitney, Michael, and just about everyone else who has r…

  • A Sweatshop of One's Own

    What if the crap-manufacturing industry collapses and all of the indentured servants the US employs there are no longer able to produce cheaply manufactured garments? What atrocities would Americans be forced to wear? To illustrate this predicament, I made my own wardrobe from sc…

  • Li'l Thinks

    Fashion in the 90s

    The 90s were perfect. This isn’t to privilege one set of nostalgics over another; the 1990s reverence felt by three small, semidiscrete generations (X, Y, Millennial) is, of course, no different from anyone else’s nostalgia for what came before, but seriously, the 90s were good f…

  • Herb Ritter

    Photos by Ben Ritter and styling by Annette Lamothe-Ramos.

  • The Great Lost Expedition Brand

    In 1903, during an Arctic mineral-hunting expedition, an geologist by the name of Ben Willis discovered that most clothing doesn’t hold up in 100 mph winds and -60 °F temperatures. Ben returned to New York and started designing garments that could withstand the frozen tundra from…

  • Comics

    What Not to Wear

    Take a look in this mirror and describe your "look" to us... "I dunno, I guess it's sort of a laid-back rock 'n' roll party stud kinda thing..." Johnny Ryan's comic from the Fashion Issue.

  • Because the Night

    Featuring Jamie Bochert. Photos by Samantha Rapp and styling by Cristian Stroble.

  • Employees of the Month

    Above all else, James Pogue is looking for a free place to stay, if you know anyone with an apartment he can housesit for the next few years. His essays and journalism have appeared in 'n+1,' the 'Oxford American,' and the 'New Yorker.'

  • Chop, Drop, and Roll

    The black barbershop is one of the last American sanctuaries and an American tradition. It’s where you go to catch up on the news, debate about butts, play the numbers, watch the game, buy stolen sneakers from a hustler or bean pies from a black Muslim, and generally just shoot t…

  • Combover

    Laugh Pig Laugh

    Two hours later: Regret. So much regret. There’s blood all over me. Not my blood. Chicken blood, or so they say. I don’t know where anyone gets all this chicken blood from, and the whole enterprise is definitely far from kosher.

  • Bulletproof Kids

    In December, the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, threw the country into a deep depression, followed by a fiery debate about guns. Companies hawking children’s clothes saw sales skyrocket. One of these vendors, Amendment II, has bulletproof backpacks star…

  • Colts and Fillies

    Photos and styling by Olivia Bee.

  • Flying American Slobs

    I was hanging out in a business-class lounge at JFK airport, waiting for my flight, when I saw two women enter, one American, one Italian. Try to tell me which is which. The first looked relaxed, classy, and very rich. The second woman was wearing Uggs and gray sweatpants.

  • American Gigolo

    Photos by Richard Kern and styling by Ian Bradley.

  • Why Not Rent Your Head to Advertisers?

    We’re not sure if Andrew Lardinois was inspired by his mallrat days or came up with the idea of making extra cash by shaving the logos of local businesses into his hair all by himself. So far, he’s served as a walking commercial for a liquor store, a fashion boutique, and a coffe…

  • Do People Really Dress Like Shit in Buffalo?

    As if Buffalo, New York, didn’t have enough to worry about with its struggling economy and tons of fat people and brutal winters, last year a website called Bundle.com named the city of 260,000 the “least fashionable city in America.”

  • Raggare Love Hot Rods and Rock 'n' Roll

    Raggare are modern-day greasers who are as important to Sweden’s national identity as meatballs, ABBA, and blue-eyed blonds. This is despite the fact that the raggare subculture is all about the appropriation of American cars, rock ’n’ roll, and tough-guy leather jackets.

  • Anarchy in Hip-Hop

    Hip-hop and punk were born at about the same time, in the same place, with the same rebellious and aggressive spirit; however, their fashion aesthetics have always clashed. But somewhere along the line that changed, because today’s MCs look like first wavers at CBGB.

  • Johnny Marr Takes Music and Fashion Seriously

    Music and fashion go together like pedophiles and children. It’s always been an uneasy, somewhat forced relationship that results from perversion and mental illness. Johnny Marr is one of the few musicians who got it right.

  • The World's American Dream

    For this American-themed Fashion Issue we thought it would be interesting to ask our international offices to get in touch with their countries’ most influential designers and fashion icons to see what they thought of our country’s fashion sense.

  • Bob Odenkirk’s Page

    Hey Dame B, Who Are You Hoping to Bump into During Fashion Week?

    Who attends these fashion shows? I mean, besides the celebs and models? The answer is rich bastards and wealthy old broads, like this month's guest columnist: Dame Ms. Astler-Bancussi-Freitog!

  • Snoop Through the Ages

    Snoop’s looks run along a larger continuum of style that has evolved into a glorious mishmash of whatever makes him look good without pretense. With this in mind, we thought it only proper to revisit Snoop’s looks from years past for this American-themed Fashion Issue and intervi…

  • Records

    The thing about Young Fathers is they have the entire deck stacked against them: They’re Scottish, and it’s a proven, scientific fact that Scottish people cannae feckin’ rap. Yet this is pretty unfuckwithable. It has all of the cool elements of British grime, but it’s also dubbed…

  • Denim All Day

    Photos by Richmond Lam and styling by Olivia Whittick.

  • Disasters Made in Bangladesh

    We still don’t know exactly how many of Swapna’s coworkers were killed at the Tazreen Fashions factory on November 24, 2012. She was sewing shorts—“half-pants,” they’re called in Bangladesh—when on the ground floor piles of yarn and acrylic fabric began to burn.