is this suddenly a movie blog?!

It’s more than a movie… That’s the tag line Sports Illustrated is using to justify putting Brad Pitt on its cover. Pitt is playing Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager in Moneyball, which is due out this week and has received rave reviews.

Pitt-as-Bean has also taken over the homepage at NYTimes.com, though in a more traditional sense: with a giant banner ad.

(SI cover; nyt screen grab)

(ot) oki-ni styled by mark mcmahon

The latest lookbook for oki-ni, styled by Mark McMahon, shows off lots of outerwear in a range of textures — cords, wool, and neoprene (!) — paired with clashing prints and colors. (We’re all about it these days.) Sadly, the garments are too thick for our blood and for SoCal winters, so we’ll enjoy it from the comfort of our computer.

(image via oki-ni)

want: plaid and stripes (and maybe andrew garfield)

We can’t put our finger on what we like about Andrew Garfield‘s disheveled look. The plaid/stripes/backpack combo, perhaps? That wild, Wolverine hair? The silver backpack?

The actor (and perfect Andy Murray stand-in) attended the screening of Meatballs held at the Hollywood Forever cemetery a few weeks ago. Next to him in that photo is Band of Outsider’s Scott Sternberg.

(Photo by John Shearer/WireImage via Refinery29)

vman's hot flashes: alex pettyfer + mister softee = summer 2011

Community service: VMAN‘s Summer 2011 issue has coverboy Alex Pettyfer all prettied up (or maybe that’s just how he rolls out of bed?). To save us all a trip to the ER, the mag’s handing out softserve for those who nab their copy either tonight or tomorrow night in in SoHo.

See it all: Rest of the photos here.

(image via vman.com)

(ot) fashion focus: mccartney, hermès, and dior

Christophe Lemaire didn’t do so bad for his first collection with Hermès. That pant-boot (“poot“), along with his nods to falconry and archery (equestrianism takes a momentary back seat), mixed with Lemaire’s own penchant for jumpsuits and things middle-to-far-east to create a presentation that probably will need one more round to win everyone over. Meanwhile, in the boardroom, Hermès CEO Patrick Thomas had some fightin’ words about his disinterest in letting LVMH, a 20% stakeholder in Hermès, collaborate on the company’s business development. View: Hermès Fall 2011 collection at style.com.

Loving all the gold from Stella McCartney! View: Stella McCartney Fall 2011 collection at style.com.

And, in case you’re curious, Christian Dior‘s Fall 2011.

(images via style.com)

(ot) ‘zines on display

My dear friend Darin Klein is heading up to San Francisco next weekend to open his show “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. The exhibit will highlight the many ‘zines and chapbooks that he’s produced and collaborated on in his two decades of bookmaking.

Bonus: On Oct. 23 (Saturday), Klein will also fete the release of the second and third issues of the ‘zine 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, one of his newest projects. A sketch by yours truly is included in one of the issues (not sure which). Can’t wait to get a copy!

More: “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” runs October 21- December 4, 2010. Find out more details — including publications for sale and related events — by visiting Darin’s site.

(photo of Darin Klein by Jeaneen Lund)

“things will get easier. people’s minds will change. you should be alive to see it.”

At the very least, you’ll wanna be around to see what Venus Williams will wear at the US Open next year!

But seriously, a lot of us have been through this. I know plenty of people who’ve felt ridiculed, shunned, bullied, and tormented for being gay — and felt like they had no other choice but to end their lives. It’s a tough situation to be in, but you really have to believe that things will get better. And like Ellen says, there’s help out there.

Resources: At least for LGBTQ youth who feel like they’ve got nowhere to turn, you can check out these orgs.

[…Which makes me wonder what we have in place for older people who are dealing with coming out (like, anyone older than a teenager all the way through the 65+ set) . I’m not saying there’s nothing out there; I just realized I don’t know who/what those services are. If you know of any, I’m all ears!]

WANT WANT WANT: a scarf, a hoodie, and a journal

Rags are riches: The folks at Recession Rags are focusing just on their button scarves for now, moving their non-scarf items — tailored pants, shorts, etc. — to a different brand that’ll appear soon. In the meantime, they’ve churned out some solid neckwear for Fall 2010 (now priced at $29 a pop, down from $50). And in case you need to be enticed, RR’s running a 4-for-$100 special, an offer we’re taking them up on. Check out the goods here.

Moleskine by Marc Jacobs: A limited-edition Moleskine designed by Marc Jacobs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Barneys CO-OP stores. (via Refinery29)

Not that it’s stopped us before: We ran across these clothes from Airwalk during our US Open trip to NYC and have been jonesing for them ever since. (Native American print’s been done and done, but the fabric’s super-comfy and the price points aren’t bad.) Of course, we didn’t know at the time that these were women’s offerings — an important detail which we’re willing to overlook. Buy: Airwalk Southwest Hoodie, $40; Streak V-Neck, $26; airwalk.com.

(screengrabs via recessionrags.com and airwalk.com)