The Modern Male

January 31, 2008
And now, to illustrate how a man should never take himself and his style too seriously…
Inspired by beauteous model Daul Kim and her recent ‘if i was a man…’ post on her blog, I’ve compiled this questionnaire. It features questions based on her decisions and observations which – I think – are quite representative of many incarnations of the modern male.

Do you dress like this?

Do you read either of the superb publications – Paradis and Fantastic Man?

Do you read Virginia Woolf’s short stories?

Are you a playboy?

Do you have strikingly great skin and alluringly clean hair?

Do you smell like Prada?

Have you grown a moustache à la Leung in 2046?

Do you own at least one Thom Browne suit?

And finally – preferred occupation/method of financing the expense of the aforementioned?

1. Live with Parents?
2. Go gay for pay?
3. Work hard and achieve own wealth?
4. Date old rich women?
5. Credit card fraud?

Should the darling Ms. Daul somehow slip upon this, let her know that I took some creative initiative and substituted where appropriate and also am eternally grateful for her wisdom. I haven’t developed a scoring system as it would be taking the farcicality of this post just a step too far, don’t hesitate to do so yourself though. Also by this logic, I would like to declare I am anything but modern…

Images from Men’s Style, NY Times, The Blowup, Austin Chronicle, EssentialHomme,, Adam Kimmel, Blog.Honeyee and TFS

  • Thomas February 1, 2008 at 6:09 am

    Uhm…no. Everything no. Although I would read Fantastic Man if I could find it.

  • Anonymous February 1, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    1. Live with Parents?2. Go gay for pay?3. Work hard and achieve own wealth?4. Date old rich women?5. Credit card fraud?Well, living with ones parents, while one goes gay for pay, dates older women and commits credit card fraud, could be considered working hard.

  • MR style February 2, 2008 at 6:45 am

    i’m really not feelin ashamed of readin paradis magazine !! its so trendy !!

  • Imelda Matt February 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

    2 to 5 I’ll take on the chin but cozing up in the with the ‘rents…hmmm my despotic whims aren’t as cute as they used to be!!!

  • riz February 3, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Well, guess I better check out Pradis and Fantastic Man then!!

  • Dustcakeboy February 3, 2008 at 9:14 am

    thomas: I’ve subscribed for a rather reasonable sum, the publishers are based in Europe..however, I know the magazine isn’t released particularly frequently but I still haven’t received a copy..soon I The quintessentially masculine scent?anon: It could indeed, Daul certainly encourages a sound work ethic, well, perhaps not so much sound…mr. style: I long to pore over it someday!imelda: I’d never consider living with them longer than is necessary!riz: Do!/DCB.

  • underneath February 3, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I`ve had a subscription for Fantastic man for a while. I really think what happens in the male fashion business right now is the most creative!