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Three blogs later, I’m still fascinated by stylish men.

GQ shares the same sentiments and have created a list of the Top 50 Most Stylish Men.

Toshiro Mifune- Much like his genre-spanning five-decade career, Toshiro Mifune's personal style demonstrated a wide range but was always united by two ideals: elegance and precision. There were his earliest days on the Tokyo scene in the late '40s, when he ushered in a rumpled, chain-smoking, Hollywood-inspired swagger totally new to Japanese audiences (who came to follow Mifune's every move). There was his grizzled, bearded heyday as samurai muse to director Akira Kurosawa. And there were his later years, when his perfectly tailored suits and thin mustache served only to enhance his by now stately aura. Looking back, Mifune's trajectory seemed to hit every single style note that the best leading men aspire to—an accomplishment only a titanic overachiever such as he could nail

Michael Caine- Michael Caine's oft-discussed working-class mannerisms are more than endearing idiosyncrasies. "I expressed my rebellion by never getting rid of my Cockney accent," he has said. Turns out holding on to that part of his past, refusing to belie his roots, helped distinguish Caine from his contemporaries, some of whom opted to shade their less privileged backgrounds. He didn't possess O'Toole's good looks or Burton's intensity. Instead, he relied on less celestial qualities—and those everyman glasses of his younger days—to win parts. Woody Allen used him in Hannah and Her Sisters because he was believable as a "regular man." And he was scrappy, unentitled, and relentless, grabbing role after role as if working to keep the clothes on his back. Ah, but for that, he had an ace up his sleeve: His contracts have stipulated he keep his characters' wardrobes. "I'm the original bourgeois nightmare," Caine once said. "A Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars."

Albert Finney- Viewers who know Albert Finney only from Murder on the Orient Express may be surprised to see him on this list. But back when the brooding actor was in his twenties and starring in hard-hitting 1960s British "kitchen sink" films like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, he was an entirely different Albert Finney. The casually tousled (and perfectly out of place) hair, the skinny knit ties with the proportionate (shortened) tie bar, the boiling-point angry-young-man aggression: The Finney of the '60s could run with the best of the screen gods. His casual, working-man-inspired looks offscreen—rumpled shirts with the sleeves rolled over the biceps, a hastily thrown-on scarf and newsboy cap, worn-in desert boots—were classic movie-star-on-holiday. And yet what strikes you when you watch those films is the same thing that strikes you about Finney today: that voice, so stentorian and resonant that it fills the room. You hear it and wonder, Where did that come from? Sometimes it's how you sound—rather than how you look—that defines true style.

Beautiful/Amazing/So So Very Cool.

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Thought Popper

In order to follow some of your dreams, you have to compromise some of your other dreams.

How do you determine the worth of one versus the other?

Discuss

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The creative brief for London 2012 Olympics: Create mascots that excite and inspire young people and encourage them to get involved in sports, as well as represent London’s cultural icons.

The result: Wenlock and Mandeville

These little critters have caused a huge uproar – they’ve been called penises (on over 17,000 websites), creepy, the worst mascots ever (a poll conducted by EMR shows that 51% of UK marketers reacted negatively to the design of the mascots), you get the idea. Basically, a marketers worse nightmare. Not only are they causing a controversy, but so is the Olympics logo.

Which led me to question: Who were past mascots and what did they look like?  After much digging, I created a collage of these fame whores. What did I discover? Other than the fact that I had way to much fun doing this, some past mascots have been pretty ugly as well.

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Nike recently released the following ad and named it “among the best we’ve ever done.” Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, this spot chronicles how individual moments in World Cup can ripple globally, and stars soccer role models such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan and Ronaldinho.

It is definitely action packed and a good mirage of events, but I found myself getting distracted and wanting to fast forward the video (which I actually did the first time. I made myself watch it the whole way through the second time).

I love Nike advertisements. I find them memorable, and it always leaves me with a good feeling (the Tiger commerical not so much).W+K also understands what the audience likes and wants. Three of my favorites, which I would call ‘among the best,’ are Leave Nothing/Fate, The Chalk and Real Women.

Leave Nothing/Fate because of the storyline and how the music builds up to one pivotal moment

The Chalk (featuring Lebron James) because of the music, ritual and vintage feel:

Real Women because of the messaging (my favorite is Thunder Thighs). I actually collected all of these print ads and hung them up on my freshmen dorm wall.

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Hey adrenaline junkies, need a ‘new’ extreme sport to experiment with? 

Try Parkour:  traceurs mix extreme sports with acrobatics, and turn urban landscapes into their personal jungle gyms.*

This originated in Paris, under the wing of founder David Belle. The following is the BBC One commercial that made him and Parkour famous:

Belle on Parkour: “To make it simple, parkour is a training method that allows a person to develop their physique so that they can overcome obstacles. The more you train, the faster and more efficient you become. When training, you can create a wide range of movements. These movements help you to get through difficult passageways, between buildings and over rooftops. It’s a different way to learn to move your body.”

Major companies like K-Swiss have released parkour sneakers, advertising agencies are commercializing it, and chic gyms such as Crunch are offering classes. Heck, even Jake Gyllenhaal learned parkour for his movie role in The Prince of Persia.

How did I find out about it? MTV, one of the top influential trendsetters in pop culture (i.e. Jersey Shore madness, reality Hills obsession, and ABDC hip hop dancing craze). I watched one episode of their new series, Ultimate Parkour Challenge, and couldn’t divert my eyes from the screen the entire time (and it’s not because these guys had juicy ripped muscles, although that did help).

As we all know, MTV is a heavyweight in bringing hip underground trends to the mainstream.  A few things will happen as a result of this: global youths will to be fixated with parkour, original traceurs will be pissed off at showoffs, and this sport will have a promenient contest component and may be  sponsored by a big brand a la Mountain Dew.

*Parkour emphasizes efficiency; free running is the freedom of movement. Sébastien  Foucan is the founder of free running.

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A while back, the cantaloupe of our trio blogged about Diesel’s new ad campaign.

We haven’t bought any of their merchandise, but I’m about to do some free advertising for them:

I guess it was a  pretty good ad campaign after-all.

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The Cantaloupe, Banana and Elephant are experiencing a rather milestone month:

Moving to NY
Finals
Prepping for hosting, planning & presenting an Academic Workshop for her sorority’s National Conference
Potentially entering a global marketing competition
New Jobs
Turning 23
Going to China

So, bare with us for a week or so, we will be back in no time with stories, insights, and love!

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