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Unlikely as it may seem, the long hip-hop-slang-filled poems in this book are a hypertrophied form of what’s become the de facto way of discussing men’s fashion on the Internet for a generation that learned about Lardini and Isaia from street-style Web sites, and whose fashion enthusiasm began not in Milan or at F.I.T., but from watching Kanye West videos.
THAT’S partly the case. “The Internet was a safe space for guys who were into clothes,” said Jian DeLeon, a style writer at Complex, who traces the movement back pre-Tumblr to men’s style messageboards like Styleforum, Hypebeast and Superfuture. The slang that teenagers used there to talk about their favorite sneakers and T-shirts stuck even when the teenagers grew up and the objects of desire evolved, he said.