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Morning Recon: Sizing Up Milan, Kicking off Paris, and Modeling Hard

Every day we get up early to scan the web for the best in men's style. And then we go grab a coffee. After that, we sit down and bang out a blog post. Here it is.

Photo: GQ

Blue Steel.

The New York Times‘ Guy Trebay ponders the meaning of the Milan men’s collections.

Speaking of runway coverage, GQ has resurrected Men.style.com’s “Model Hard” series on its recently launched Tumblr, while Details clues us in to male model Julian Schratter’s photo blog, which follows his circle of fellow catwalk strutters while off-the-clock.

With the Paris men’s shows getting into full swing today, WWD takes us into the fitting rooms of Thom Browne and Rick Owens (and also acknowledges the weekend’s other big event by considering “New York’s Rex Ryan Addiction”).

Kris van Assche—Hedi Slimane’s successor at Dior Homme as well as the designer of his own linetalks to Interview about his attempts to redefine men’s suiting, while Alexandre Plokhov sits down with us to preview his much anticipated Fall 2011 collection.

Hypebeast.tv turns the camera on Jake Davis—a man we’ll always give a pass for wearing hats indoors—in a new behind-the-scenes video profile.

Seize sur Vingt teases the living daylights out of us with a sexy paean to summer filmed by Japanese artist Noritoshi Hirakawa. In related news, the brand launches its “Educational Cocktails” series tonight at Seize sur Vingt’s SoHo store (78 Greene Street, N.Y.C.). RSVP to [email protected], and we’ll see you there.

The folks over at Kempt have inducted “clotheshorse gypsy jazz guitarist” Django Reinhardt into their style pantheon. We like the way their minds work.

And finally: impatient for our Friday Tastings? Macallan has just released a behind-the-scenes video of photographer Albert Watson giving the acclaimed single-malt masters their close-up, making all of our mouths water.

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