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    Spring fashion modeled by one of the hottest boys around.


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    Hermes shirt and jacket, Burberry Prorsum coat, Yazbuke mustache tie

    AGOSSE2.jpgPrada pants, Balmain top, Yazbuke newspaper, Falke socks, Adieu shoes

    AGOSSE3.jpgDSquared2 Denim

    AGOSSE4.jpgPrada coat, Versace pants, Sacai top, Missoni scarf

    AGOSSE5.jpgDior jacket, shirt and jumper

    AGOSSE6.jpgMarc Jacobs trousers, Salvatore Ferragamo shirt and shoes, Hermes belt, Larose Paris hat

    AGOSSE7.jpgSandro shirt and jumper, Valentino trousers, Falke socks, Adieu shoes

    AGOSSE8.jpgBerluti jumper and trousers, Yazbukey necklace

    Styling by Adele Cany at Angela De Bona NYC / Modeled by Arthur Gosse at Major Paris

    Makeup by Alisonn Fetouaki for M.A.C Cosmetics / Hair by Mike Desir for Bumble and Bumble at B Agency

    Photo Assistant: Julien Dauvillier
    Stylist Assistant: Julie Cristobal
    Postproduction: Julien Dauvillier



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    Back in 2012, Marina Diamandis, of Marina and the Diamonds told us the following: "It's paradoxical to be a DIY artist with big aspirations -- those two ideas tend to go completely against one another. But, I'm trying to package something that has the ethos of an indie artist in a way that more people can enjoy it." Indeed, Diamandis seems to have harnessed the power of the indie-to-mainstream-pop crossover in a way that that perhaps only Sia has effectively done recently -- and Diamandis is even cool with the world seeing her face. After releasing a handful of singles from the much-anticipated Froot (out March 16th), including the heart-rendering "I'm a Ruin," Diamandis is back with the video for another single, "Forget." Watch above as she makes a strong case for letting go of the past and hot-pink eyeliner.

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    The slush puddles may still be bottomless and our seasonal depression may still be raging, but March is here and with it, a bursting of spring art events. From massive international art fairs to tiny art haunted houses, emerging gallery exhibitions to major museum openings, and new work from Bjork to Basquiat (and all that's in between), we've got 20 Spring art shows and fairs to see this season.

    Armory1-Richard Jackson.jpgRichard Jackson, Art Fair Party at Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris, Armory

    1.The Armory Show
    The only way to enter the whirlpool of spring art events is to dive face first into a giant warehouse filled with crowds of extremely rich people, sardine booths of unattainable artwork and enough fluorescent lighting to give your pale winter skin a sunburn. It may not be the most calming art experience to start off the season, but the Armory Show, exhibiting nearly 200 modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world, is the perfect way to whet your appetite for art. This year, the Armory Focus will highlight work from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean (MENAM) with artists like Socratis Socratous of Cyprus, whose fair-wide installation of haybales made with carnation flowers, titled Incarnation, will be transformed and destroyed throughout the week.
    Piers 92 & 94, 12th Ave. at 55th St., Manhattan; March 5 - 8

    Independent.jpegJohn Giorno at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Independent

    2. Independent Art Fair
    In its 5th year, Independent brings over 50 contemporary galleries from around the world including works from our favorite neighborhood galleries like JTT and Gavin Brown's Enterprise, plus a taste of cool, international spaces like Mexico City's kurimanzutto or Berlin's Plan B.
    548 West 22nd St., Manhattan; March 5-8

    ADAA.jpgPaul Manship, Central Figure of Day (1916) at Hirschl & Adler

    3. ADAA's The Art Show
    If you're more of a modern art snob, the small-yet-well-curated show put on by the American Art Dealers Association is more like a museum than an art fair. And if you love art heists, check out a newly returned bronze sculpture that was stolen from Hirschl & Adler Gallery in 1983, on view at the show for the first time since its disappearance.
    Park Ave Armory, 643 Park Ave., Manhattan; March 4-8

    SCOPE.jpgCiler Violator at SOZE Gallery, SCOPE

    4. SCOPE Art Fair
    One of the larger satellite fairs now in its 15th year, and in a new location across from the Armory Fair, SCOPE brings us the highbrow taste of the Armory in a slightly less sterile, more palatable environment. Like the main fair, the special programs are worth the admission fee, with the Breeder program highlighting emerging galleries and a special section curated by Juxtapose Magazine featuring, among other works, artist-made surfboards to raise money for charity.
    639 W 46th St, Manhattan; March 6-8

    Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 3.00.06 PM.pngAdam Parker Smith and Siebren Versteeg, GREEN in room 4008, Spring/Break Art show. Image via Instagram

    5. Spring/Break Art Show
    If the coffin-sized booths and unfathomable prices of art fairs give you anxiety, but your FOMO is too strong to opt out of the whole art week game, visit the innovative, and exhilarating, curator-driven SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Now stationed in the old post office at Moynihan Station in Chelsea, curators have the freedom to show emerging artists outside the stuffy fair atmosphere, and sell work at a more reasonable price point. This year's theme, TRANSACTION, is bringing a number of can't-miss installations including Bruce High Quality University Foundation's recreation of their school office and a group show called GREEN, curated by half gallery's Erin Goldberger and Louis B. James' RJ Supa, featuring work by Robert Davis, Siebren Versteeg, Nora Griffin and more. Be sure to see the paintings by Bizarre Teens, which are reportedly made from $10,000 worth of shredded U.S. currency, donated anonymously.
    Skylight at Moynihan Station at 23rd and 8th Ave., Manhattan; March 3-8

    NewtriennialMuseum.jpgPhotos by Juliana Huxtable, sculpture by Frank Benson. Image by Benoit Pailley, courtesy of The New Museum

    6. New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience
    The New Museum's third Triennial brings together 51 artists on the theme 'Surround Audience.' Presenting sculpture, video, performance, sound art and everything in between, the works comment on the present state of technology, relationships, politics and creativity, all with the necessary dose of Millennial irony. Many of the artists were born in the '80s and are not yet exhibiting in well known contemporary galleries, giving a rare chance to see young talent like Juliana Huxtable, Frank Benson, Geumhyung Jeong and more in their gestation period.
    235 Bowery, Manhattan; February 27 - May 24

    Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 3.03.59 PM.pngView of installation in It Gets Beta

    7. Andrew Kuo and Scott Reeder: It Gets Beta
    Kuo (also known as Instagram's @earlboykins) shows off his chart paints, which feature supremely unhelpful infographics meant to solve many of life's problems while Reeder's text-based neons and paintings approach bitterness with rudimentary one liners and lists. The two visualize language from opposite angles but converge with a delightful, self deprecating sense of humor.
    Marlborough Chelsea, 545 W. 25th St., Manhattan; February 21 - March 28

    Shawky_Cabaret_Crusades.jpgWael Shawky. Film still of Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010.

    8. Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades
    Get your dose of history in the most consumable way: Puppets! Shawky, using vintage marionettes and custom-made figurines, recounts the history of The Crusades told from the perspective of the Arabs, on film and with strings.
    MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City; January 31 - August 31

    Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 3.10.09 PM.pngDie Hexe poster

    9. Alex Da Corte: Die Hexe
    With a consciously pop aesthetic, Da Corte is known for extravagantly transforming spaces into immersive installations and in his most recent show, Die Hexe, an Upper East Side gallery is completely overtaken with kitschy wallpaper, faux fur carpeting and "spooky" animatronic props to create an art haunted house. It's only the small details -- like a swiffer mop handle on the mirrored morgue drawer or a Razor cell phone stuck to a neon lit stripper pole -- that suggest the overly produced installation might actually be a self referencing jab at consumer art trends, not just a great place to see art when you're high.
    Luxembourg & Dayan, 64 E. 77th St., Manhattan; Feb 26 - April 11

    beckbrand.jpgJosh Brand, Hand (left) and a piece by Bianca Beck (right)

    10. Bianca Beck and Josh Brand
    Apparently inspired by their private life together, Beck and Brand reveal a strong intimacy in this joint show, though the styles and content of the work rarely intersect. Beck, whose paintings are almost sculptural with wooden canvases, thick textures, and even human hair, look rough next to Brand's calm collages and photographs. But the juxtaposition suggest a strangely balanced relationship between the artists that makes us nosey for personal details.
    Rachel Uffner Gallery, 170 Suffolk St., Manhattan March 1 - April 12

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    Kehinde Wiley, Shantavia Beale II, 2012

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    Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
    No better place to experience the grandeur of Kehinde Wiley's bold portraiture than the regal walls of the Brooklyn Museum. The retrospective gathers work from Wiley's 14-year career painting portraits of real people in a style fit for royalty, while exploring race, gender and class in its relationship to art. The large-scale works are powerful in content and style, with hyper real subjects overtaken by surrealist backgrounds that make you feel as if you're in the presence of greatness.
    Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn; February 20 - May 24

    Fabio Mari.jpgFabio Mari, On the Liberty, 1990

    12. Fabio Mari: "I was not new"
    It's hard to believe that this is the first New York solo show for Italian avant artist Fabio Mari, who, over five decades, used almost every medium imaginable to comment on the ideology, language and history of World War II and its lasting effects. The imagery he uses still holds strong, visualizing memories of history in a powerful and surprising way.
    Hauser & Wirth, 32 E. 69th St., Manhattan; March 5 - May 2

    KeithHaring.jpgKeith Haring, Untitled, May 29, 1984

    13. Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell
    We can always use more Keith Haring, especially when it's big, raunchy and dealing with the pull between heaven and hell.
    Skarstedt, 20 E. 79th St., Manhattan; March 5 - April 18

    Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 3.12.14 PM.pngStill from "All Is Full of Love" music video, 1999

    14. Björk
    On the heels of her most recent album, Vulnicura, said to be inspired by her split from artist Matthew Barney, the Icelandic singer/artist gets a buzzed-about retropsective at MoMA that "chronicle[s] her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes."
    MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan; March 8th - June 7

    DanielHiedkamp.jpgShow flyer

    15. Daniel Heidkamp: Barbizon Beauty School
    We can't all see France in the springtime, but Heidkamp's paintings have that subtle lust and soothing nature of a country where love is perpetually in bloom. The work, as well as the show's title, plays off the nineteenth century French style of painting established by the Barbizon School and the Barbizon Modeling School in New York. The bright and calming scenes of nature painted while in France, paired with intimate studio portraits, are a balance of beauty in all its forms.
    Half Gallery, 43 E. 78th St., Manhattan; March 11 - April 25

    Laurie Simmons.jpg Laurie Simmons, How We See / Ajak (Violet)

    16. Laurie Simmons: How We See
    Photographing models in the class portrait style but with a surrealist and eerie slant, Simmons comments on the relationship between women, their beauty maintenance, and the cultural desire to become "doll girls."
    The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan; March 13 - April 11

    Simon_Denny1.jpgSimon Denny, Installation view of New Management at Portikus, Frankfurt. 2014

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    Simon Denny: The Innovator's Dilemma
    Berlin-based artist Simon Denny is taking on new media in a comprehensive, analytical and, thankfully, humorous way with his first major museum show in the U.S. Denny toys with the recognizable logos, techie imagery and all too abstract language of the "start-up generation," questioning the psychology of the ever-updating media realm.
    MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City; April 3 - September 12

    basquiatcat-1.jpgTamra Davis, Still from A Conversation with Basquiat, 2006.

    18. Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks
    Was it his elusive character? His unfulfilled potential? Or solely the quality, and importance of his work? Whatever it is, no one can get enough of Basquiat, and a view into his unseen notebooks is like finding a corner piece to an unfinishable puzzle.
    Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn; April 3 - August 23

    whitney_museum.jpgThe new Whitney Museum building

    19. Whitney Reopening Inaugural Exhibition
    Move over Upper East Side old ladies in fur, it's a new era with the Whitney's reopening in the Meatpacking District. Who really knows what they will be showing when it opens (the only information currently is a vague description of "650 works by some 400 artists, spanning the period from about 1900 to the present") but we can assume that the ladies in fur will now all be models.
    99 Gansevoort Street, Manhattan; May 1st

    frieze2015preview.jpgA image from a previous Frieze Art Fair

    20. Frieze Art Fair
    If this art week doesn't make you want to crawl back in your groundhog hole until proper Spring, mark your calendar for the next international contemporary fair held on Randall's Island in May. Some of the special projects this year will include  site-specific work by Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pia Camil, Samara Golden, Aki Sasamoto and Allyson Vieira. With a beautiful location in the middle of the East River, a ton of great food vendors and a somewhat open floor plan (as far as art fairs go), Frieze is like a less overwhelming Armory that you can't leave without a boat.
    Randall's Island; May 14 - 17

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    First came Justin Bieber's perplexing Calvin Klein ad with Lara Stone, which featured a confusing mixture of drumming and exposed skin, then came Kate McKinnon's genius parody on SNL, and now the Biebs has returned with his own parody-parody of sorts? That's right -- Justin is back alongside Roastmaster General Jeff Ross in a new promotion for his March 30th roast on Comedy Central. I've got to say, Ross makes a good Lara Stone, especially with such sexy come-ons as "I want to stick my pinky in your asshole,"

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    Let's check in with Kevin Bacon, shall we? The well connected, 56-year-old actor is finishing up the third season of his FOX show, The Following and his new film, Cop Car just premiered at Sundance. With new movies and television shows also comes the need to promote them and Kevin Bacon, no exception to the rule, is doing that, too. He recently sat down for an interview with the LA-based magazine, Haute Living, and the subject of fame came up. Arguing that celebrities should quit complaining about the trappings of fame, Bacon claimed to have spent an entire day in a mask to see what living like a normal, non-famous human would be like, The Independent reports. What did Kevin Bacon learn from this experience? After enduring one day as a normal, he concluded that not being famous is "disturbing" and people generally aren't nice to strange men in masks.

    "It was almost disturbing," Bacon told Haute Living. "People kind of looked right through me and weren't nice. I've had fame for so long that I can't really get my head around what life would be like without it."

    He then remembered his fame fondly:

    "People say, 'I love you!' at random. People give you free shit for no reason, put you at good tables in restaurants, give you tickets to shows..."

    So there you have it. According to Kevin Bacon's very thorough experiment, "fame is 99.9 percent good." The 00.01 percent downside to fame, it seems, is that it causes one to walk down the street -- or perhaps a red carpet -- wearing a weird-ass mask.  

    [via The Independent]


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    Given this video's eight-minute duration and desert setting, I was a little surprised when Slash didn't bust into frame ripping the "November Rain" guitar solo. But Tinashe is not about turgid production or operatic gestures, and "Bated Breath," which premiered on W's website earlier today, is a model of restraint -- just the otherworldly landscape (the Mojave Desert, outside her native L.A.), the singer's fluid movements and wonderfully expressive face, and the music.

    Watch "Bated Breath" above, and read our Tinashe mini-feature from last summer here.



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    What does a Renaissance-era van Eyck portrait share in common with the ATL Twins?  See for yourself:


    Those pouts. Those hairdos. That swag. Coincidence or art history conspiracy? Whatever it is, Cecilia Azcarate calls it an "invisible conversation" on her hilarious Tumblr, B4-X16 (beforesixteen) that points out all the similarities between your favorite rappers (and scenesters) and ancient/Renaissance art. See for yourself how much Rick Ross resembles Henry VIII, or how much this statue looks like Kanye:

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    After wiping the floor with nightmare devil person Nancy Grace over pot legalization, 2 Chainz is taking the next rational step in becoming the American Weed Hero our nation so deserves: By smoking the world's most expensive joint. Ours is a nation built on aspiration, and there's nothing more aspirational than watching 2 Chainz smoke canned cannabis that's $800 an ounce from 24 K gold rolling papers on his GQ YouTube series, Most Expsneivest Shit. 2 Chainz also smokes an entire ounce of pot out of a giant pipe in the same clip, bestowing us with a GIF for the ages. Dream big, brave stoners, from sea to shining sea.
     
    GIF via Mashable.

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    A new book and exhibition by photographer Annie Collinge asks a simple, but important, question: What would random New Yorkers look like dressed as old dolls? Collinge, who has been working on the project for the past few years, approached strangers on the street and subway who bared a likeness to dolls she'd found at thrift stores and asked them to pose for her. The result is Five Inches of Limbo, which launches tonight at London's Ti Pi Tin gallery, and we've included a few highlights below via It's Nice That. The book includes poems by Margaret Atwood, which each juxtaposition between doll and human both normalizing the oddness of most antique dolls while celebrating the wonderful uniqueness of New Yorkers.

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    SHIT IS HOT UP IN THE 6 RIGHT NOW #ifyourereadingthisyouretoolate #drizzy #nailsbymei #HBFit @champagnepapi

    A photo posted by Hannah Bronfman (@hannahbronfman) on


    Girl-about-town Hannah Bronfman is known for many things. She's a DJ, an entrepreneur, a fitness guru, a beauty expert and a writer of many Paper magazine NYFW diaries. But perhaps history will remember her best for this perfect Drake-themed manicure. Commanding a masterful use of emoji and font -- not to mention that tiny, skillfully painted portrait of Drake -- this is undoubtedly a great achievement.

    You can get a Drake manicure of your own courtesy of NYC-based nail artist Mei Kawajiri, but if you're reading this it's too late.

    [via The Fader]

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    Conan O'Brien dedicated last night's show to his recent trip to Cuba and it was spectacular. O'Brien's remote segments are always gold (his trip to the American Girl store was art) and this episode was as funny as it was historic -- O'Brien being the first late night talk show host to film in Cuba in 50 years (Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan both interviewed Fidel Castro in Cuba in 1959). There are a ton of highlights from the trip over at Team Coco, but we've included our favorite above -- Conan hanging out with some local youth, drinking rum out of a box and smoking cigarettes on the famous El Malecón promenade. For good measure, we've also included the clip below of him learning how to dance the rumba. It's a beautiful nightmare.



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    For several months when my brother was a little boy, he'd fall asleep every night while watching an '80s-era cartoon called The Snowman. It was about a little boy who goes to sleep and dreams about frollicking around with an anthropomorphic snowman in the wilderness. There's no dialogue and the only sounds come from lush (yet kind of eerie) instrumental arrangements -- there's lots of twinkling piano keys, delicate flutes and sweeping strings. Anyway. On a similarly snowy day, Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) has released a brand new track, "Delancey," that evokes many of the same vibes if not quite the same style: there's a stillness to his airy vocals and the beautifully-arranged cello section that's perfect for this damn dreary day. As Stereogum points out, the track debuted on Hynes' site where he said that he wrote, recorded and produced it just three days ago. No word whether this is part of a larger project but fingers crossed there's more to come.

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    Celebrities get to lead extraordinary lives, and then they get to write about them, too. In the process, they can air grudges, celebrate their champions, and make a ton of cash, as I devour the book like a succubus from hell. Here are my 10 fave memoirs of them all, but bear in mind that I haven't read every such book ever written -- just most of them. And if you're more aggressively trendy than I am, feel free to add Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Patti Smith, and Keith Richards to the list.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.09.10 PM.pngDropped Names by Frank Langella 
    The Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actor (from Dracula, Frost/Nixon, and many other projects) is such a lively writer he could have easily pursed that profession. I'm glad he didn't -- there's enough competition out there! Langella's portraits of his encounters (often romantic) with various Hollywood and society greats are as pungently delivered as his performances. Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Rita Hayworth, and many others are dissected with a surgeon's skill.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.09.26 PM.pngMy Story by Marilyn Monroe
    Far from a giddy bombshell, Monroe was a keenly perceptive observer of the human condition. In this unfinished book -- released years after her death -- the sex symbol talks about her unhappy childhood and her adult stardom, revealing a mind full of illumination and curves. Who knew she was an intellectual, in her own way?

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.09.53 PM.pngPatti LuPone: A Memoir
    The Tony-winning LuPone (Anything Goes, Gypsy) has some scores to settle, and she does so with righteous sass, which makes this book very readable, even when you don't necessarily agree with her. But she also takes pains to dissect the working process and tell us how actors ply their craft. A rewarding memoir results -- one that tells us how a performer creates art, not just headlines.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.10.40 PM.pngBittersweet by Susan Strasberg
    As a theater/movie star who was the daughter of acting teacher extraordinaire Lee Strasberg, Susan found herself positioned near greatness, while hounded by inadequacies (often those of other people). Her complicated relationships with dad and her frustrated mom -- not to mention key Strasberg student Marilyn Monroe -- provide a lot of shadows for Susan to extricate herself from, and she does so with dignity and class. This feels like a book that had to be written, not just another celebrity toss-off designed to fulfill a contract.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.10.59 PM.pngHaywire by Brooke Hayward
    A rising actress and the daughter of movie star Margaret Sullavan and agent/producer Leland Hayward, Brooke seemed to have an enviably privileged upbringing -- until the whole family turned upside down on itself in shattering ways. Her book describing how that happened is one of the must-read classics.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.11.18 PM.pngI Am Not Ashamed by Barbara Payton
    Payton was a B movie star who could have graduated to A, but instead spiraled into a world of drugs, booze, and prostitution due to a stupefying series of bad decisions and horrible men. Her book, which was ghostwritten by some sleazebag, is a riveting look at how fame can be the ultimate cautionary tale. Anyone who cares about stardom, scandal, trash, and great reads should be forced by law to own this book.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.12.01 PM.pngDiahann! An Autobiography by Diahann Carroll
    A singer who learned how to project confident sultriness while conquering stage, TV and films, Carroll specializes in insecurities about men, having long attached herself to a movie star who was eminently unavailable (Sidney Poitier). Her unapologetic honesty makes for a great read.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.12.26 PM.pngFinishing The Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim
    Lyrics, previously unpublished songs, tidbits, and insights fill this book -- a must for any lover of the prodigious mind of the great Broadway songwriter. It's fun Company for those who want to learn about the way the musical theater works -- when it does work.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.12.49 PM.pngDiary of a Mad Playwright by James Kirkwood
    Kirkwood, a Pulitzer winner for A Chorus Line, didn't fare quite as well with Legends!, his two-diva comedy, which never made it to Broadway after a rocky road trip in 1987. But at least he got a great book out of it. (No, it's not a memoir per se -- it's an account of a particular project -- but it's so good, let's not nitpick here.) The play had to do with a reunion of once-battling celebrity rivals. Well, with legends Carol Channing and Mary Martin cast in the roles, life tended to imitate satire. Throughout the troubled production, Martin was forever forgetting her lines, and Carol was never forgetting to chide her for it, resulting in much backstage awkwardness. There's even discussion of the legendary moment when Mary -- wired for sound, so she could be prompted on her dialogue -- may have started reciting the traffic report she was hearing in her earphones. ("Pileup on LaBrea...") Kirkwood's book is an insight-laden riot that's definitely worth plugging into. There's only one problem: He never cops to perhaps not having written a complete masterwork of a play. It's everyone else who's the problem! Still, when you're dealing with such a lavishly entertaining read about the perils of show biz dreams and delusions, that seems rather perfect.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.13.26 PM.pngJust Outside The Spotlight: Growing Up With Eileen Heckart by Luke Yankee
    Luke is a producer/director/writer whose spunky mom, Eileen Heckart, gave a searing performance in The Bad Seed, won an Oscar for Butterflies Are Free, and memorably played Aunt Flo on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. His remembrances of her are even spicier (and also warmer) than you'd imagine, making for a rollicking ride through artistry and honesty. This is one of the best show biz books ever written, taking you inside the heart and mind of a unique firebrand.



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    kimjared.jpgJared Leto (left) and Kim Kardashian (right) at Balmain. Images via Instagram.

    Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Kim Kardashian's crack team of hair stylists, Kim K debuted her newly blonde locks at Balmain's Paris Fashion Week show. Her platinum power play was all going according to plan until Jared Leto decided to unveil his blonde dye job at the Balmain show as well, after parting ways with his biblical tresses. According to our own Mr. Mickey, who bore the unfortunate task of pointing out the Jared Leto situation happening across the runway, one Kimberly Kardashian West was not pleased. (Her take on Leto: "Ugh.") While it's never ideal to inadvertently end up in a Who Wore It Best standoff, we're hoping this incident just serves to fast-track Kim Kardashian's inevitable foray into the wonderful world of pastel hair dye.

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    In an effort to protest Instagram's double standard on toplessness, former Paper cover star Chelsea Handler has been freeing her nipples willy nilly on social media since fall, atop horses, atop mountains, atop scooters, at Mardi Gras and, now, on a floor. The latest photo, posted to Twitter yesterday, is meant to refute recent idiot-spread rumors that she had a breast lift for her 40th birthday.



    Though the once-tireless Handler doesn't bother posting her topless shots to Instagram anymore (they removed her horse-top photo three times), Instagram seems to slowly be easing up on its no-nipples policy. A recent Animal tweet revealed a painting of a topless woman by Tara McPherson for Juxtapoz's 20th anniversary show was initially taken down but later re-instated. And, as the Fader points out, New York art critic Jerry Saltz' Instagram page is mysteriously still an art-nudes free-for-all while access to his Facebook page was apparently suspended yesterday due to complaints over his consistently provocative postings. All of this seems like an awfully messy "what constitutes art" conversation for Facebook/Instagram to enter into, but perhaps it's possible this is the first in a series of steps for the network to lift its anti-boobs policy all together? Until then, we'll keep making do with butts while our brave topless warriors like Handler fight the good nipple fight. 

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    Last summer we mentioned that Cara Delevingne was cast in a movie inspired by the Amanda Knox case and today we get a look at the first trailer for the film, The Face of an Angel. In the movie Delevingne plays a student who assists some reporters and filmmakers (Daniel Brühl and Kate Beckinsale) in town covering the case (and turning it into paychecks). The movie comes out in the UK later this month but supposedly won't hit our shores until June. In the meantime, check out the clip, above.

    [h/t The Cut]

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    This year is shaping up to be the self-proclaimed year of the turtleneck. Not only have turtlenecks dominated the Fall/Winter runways, but they've been taking over street-style photo-opts and everyday wardrobes of celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Will Smith. And above all, we just really freaking love turtlenecks, so welcome to #TurtleWatch 2015, bitches. We'll be updating this list as the real-time turtleneck sightings roll in. Keep up with when and where your favorite celebs are turtlenecking, below:

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 4.00.06 PM.pngJanuary 1: Kylie Jenner starts 2015 off the right way -- in a turtleneck.

    Jenny+Slate+National+Board+Review+Gala+HT3-ornLQZLl.jpgJanuary 6: Jenny Slate, a ride-or-die t-neck fan since childhood, goes full turtle for the National Board of Review Gala. 

    nicky-hilton-girls-season-4-premiere-nasty-gal-dress-stuart-weitzman-boots-1.jpgJanuary 7: Nicki Hilton celebrates the Girls season 4 premiere in a plaid turtleneck sans pants.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 5.46.50 PM.pngJanuary 11:
    Naya Rivera selfies in a silver turtleneck gown.

    ruth-wilson-1-768.jpgJanuary 11:
    The Affair's Ruth Wilson in a Prada turtleneck dress, on the way to steal your Globe at the Golden Globes.

    B7Z2YB3IQAA-Mxs.jpgJanuary 13: Julianne Moore looks perfect while wearing a Balenciaga turtleneck in midtown. Bye.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.32.20 PM.pngJanuary 14:
    Noted turtleneck hater Olivia Munn makes a confusing fashion choice at an AOL event. 

    o-ROSAMUND-PIKE-900.jpgJanuary 15: Rosamund Pike wears a Valentino turtleneck dress to the Critics Choice Awards. 

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.21.26 PM.pngJanuary 22: Willow Smith debuts a vintage Jean Paul Gautier turtleneck on Instagram. Said turtleneck ingeniously frees the nipples while concealing the neck.

    Elle_Fanning-Rodarte_x_Superga_Dinner-Chateau_Marmont-Los_Angeles-January_23_2015-001.jpgJanuary 23:
    Elle Fanning wears a Rodarte turtleneck sweater to a Rodarte X Superga party.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.44.32 PM.pngFebruary 2: Felicity Jones dabbles in the art of the turtleneck jumper (Dior) at an Oscars nominee luncheon.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.25.17 PM.pngFebruary 7: WIllow lands another t-neck sighting. This time it's V-Files Sport.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 5.44.23 PM.pngFebruary 7: Meanwhile, Naya Rivera applies makeup in a black turtleneck.

    Grimes+Roc+Nation+Pre+GRAMMY+Brunch+Arrivals+NIm-6EUyb6rl.jpgFebruary 7:
    And magical human Grimes wears a sparkly t-neck to a Roc Nation Grammys brunch. 

    nick-jonas-001-jpg.jpgFebruary 8: Nick Jonas spotted at this year's Grammys after-party in a monochromatic turtleneck and suit pairing.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.51.40 PM.pngFebruary 11: Will Smith gets jiggy with a turtleneck and Margot Robbie at the Focus premiere. 

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.33.35 PM.pngFebruary 14: Kim Kardashian celebrates Valentine's Day in an Alexander Wang turtleneck dress.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.54.17 PM.pngFebruary 17:
    Gigi Hadid wears a t-neck with very shiny pants to a Fashion Week Party

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.40.35 PM.pngFebruary 22: Solange takes on the Oscar's red carpet in a stunning, turtleneck jumpsuit.  

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.30.14 PM.pngFebruary 23: Kim K wears another turtleneck dress to the BET Awards. Unfortunately, as per the judges rules (we're making them up as we go!), Kanye's quasi-t-neck button-up does not count.

    Coca+Cola+Bottle+American+Icon+100+Exhibition+LCW-sH8Of2gl.jpgFebruary 26: Amidst #TheDress scandal, Kate Bosworth dares to wear a gold, turtleneck dress.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 7.00.14 PM.pngFebruary 26: A historic Kimye turtleneck sighting in London.  

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    March 5: Willow unleashes yet another turtleneck unto Instagram. Is Willow Smith the 2015 turtleneck queen?
     
    Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.37.14 PM.pngMarch 5: Solange serves up another col roulé rouge in Paris.

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    March 5: The turtleneck-filled day continues with a platinum blonde Jared Leto. 


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    Rihanna shared two snippets of a new single off her upcoming album R8 today on Instagram. Like "FourFiveSeconds," "Higher," features a more stripped-down sound from Queen Rih and her voice has never sounded stronger. The strings and the classic soul feel make you want to slow dance in the dark, possibly while high-as-hell and wearing reindeer antlers. R8 can't come soon enough. Listen below. 

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    Sirens, prayers hands and a dancing woman in a red dress, because Cindy Sherman emojis are now a thing you can have in your life. The creation of New York artist Hyo Hong, Cindy Sherman-Icon, which you can download for your phone on his tumblr, are the perfect emojis for those times when only, say, a tragic society wife in pearls can sum up your feelings. Head to It's Nice That for a closer look at the series and read our epic 30th anniversary Q&A with Sherman here.


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    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, he works through Justin Bieber. George Lewis Jr., aka wounded darkwave-pop lothario Twin Shadow, was all set to name his 2012 sophomore album Believe until the Bieb beat him to the punch. He ended up titling it Confess, which better fit the emotional bloodletting Lewis was engaged in. That album was written after the deterioration of several relationships in his life following the release of his debut album, 2010's Forget, released via the legendary indie 4AD. Eclipse, his new album and his first for Warner Brothers, is his most direct effort yet, one that finds him trying to connect, be it with an estranged lover or a higher power. (He's fine with either reading.) Though he left New York a few years ago for a sunnier climate, we caught up with Lewis at the Lower East Side diner Schiller's to talk about trying to connect to something bigger than himself.

    So you're from Florida. What part?

    I grew up in Venice, which is south of Sarasota. 

    What was that like?

    It was weird. It was pretty lonely, because I grew up on an island. It's like a manmade island. It used to be a military base, actually. It was a lot of old people, as most of Florida is. There were seven kids I knew on the entire island. So it was strange. Obviously, I spent a lot of time with my sisters. I have three sisters. My friend group was my sisters and whoever else was on my block. It was strange. A lot of people don't think of southern Florida as redneck country, but it really was. 

    So we're talking for our "Do You Believe" issue. Would you say your spirituality has been important to you and your work?

    I was one of those kids who was sent to Jesus camp, so I spent a lot of my youth in and out of church, and I sang in the choir. That's really where I started singing for the first time. And at one point I even wanted to be a minister, when I was 13 years old.

    What denomination?

    It would've been like Christian, Presbyterian. 

    Did you want to do these things, or did your family push you?

    No, that's the interesting part. My family, we always joke about this. The only reason we went to church camp was because we weren't wealthy enough to go on paid vacations or camp where kids go snowboarding. So instead, we went to these church camps, which were free. We always joke about how whenever the kids came back from these camps, we would tell our parents about the great experiences we had, and they would suddenly become more religious. My mother grew up Catholic, and my father grew up Jewish, so it's interesting for them to see us get into the Presbyterian vibe. But then it was like a light switch that shut off. At some point, and I kind of joke and say that it's around the time that I picked up a guitar, which is totally true, the light switch just went out on the whole entire belief system and my belief in anything. 

    Did you get into religion because you were lonely, and at least you had friends at the church camp?

    Yeah, for sure. And the first time I saw a girl naked was at church camp. [laughs]

    And then once you got into punk, you got even more friends.

    Actually, not really. I almost got more separated from the friends that I had, because at the time my friends were getting into drum and bass and electronic music and going to raves, which I went to all the time also, and it's interesting because at that time I was into punk and my friends were all into electronic music, but I would go with them to everything. And so I was actually more exposed at that time to electronic music. I wasn't going to punk shows quite yet. Then when I was 26 and I went to Europe and went to raves, it was like coming back home in a way. It's strange how what you like pushes and pulls you.

    What would you consider yourself today? An atheist? A Christian? 

    I'd say that I'm an atheist trying not to be an atheist. I'm now at a point where I'm looking for spiritual channels. I was just talking earlier today about when I write a song, I usually mumble the lyrics first, and almost always from one listen of that mumbling, I record it and I listen to it, and almost immediately I can hear every single word that I'm meaning to say.

    Interesting.

    And I'm always blown away by that. And yeah you could chalk that up to science, I suppose. There's many layers into the subconscious, and your voice is its closet outlet, so you're getting this mushed up version of your subconscious. For me, it's really this channeling thing. When it happens, it really feels like a spiritual experience. I have this feeling that I am connecting to a higher power, whether that's in myself or a God inside myself. I want to push myself back into those modes of thinking. Because the aftermath of having one of those experiences is so much better than putting up walls and being cynical and not believing in anything at all.

    Did you feel like you were doing that for a while, putting up walls and not believing?

    Oh yeah. That was the funny part of the Confess record. Had I titled it Believe, it would've been a sarcastic statement, because never in my life have I been so cynical as I was on that record.

    Why do you think that is?

    It had a lot to do with the first year of Twin Shadow, getting some recognition, being out on the road constantly. It tested all my relationships: family, friends, lovers. It stretched everything thin, and these were all things that I believed in -- things that I thought were constant, relationships I thought were bulletproof. And then you find out that none of them are. Realizing that, while I was out on the road, I didn't have the support I thought I had. People assumed certain things about me because I was living this different life. A lot of old friends put up judgment, and I also judged friends. So I was left with this bad taste in my mouth and stuck writing about only that. So that record was just like... I'm happy that I had an outlet for it. It's a document of that belief system completely falling to pieces.

    Music is supposed to be pure expression. But when you see what the industry does to people, what you have to do to sell that music, it can be really disillusioning to people.

    Totally, and it's so crazy now too because we have so much information and I always say my name for this generation is the behind-the-scenes generation, the DVD-extras generation. We got to see all the Behind the Musics. We got to hear all the stories, read all the famous biographies, autobiographies of great leaders and famous people of the last century and you think that you learn enough from hearing those stories, but then it doesn't matter how much you know. You go through it. Getting recognition and being part of any industry will break you in some way. There's no way around it. 

    It's human nature. 

    Exactly. It's a new pattern that you have to learn to deal with. So I think that what's cool about it is that it's almost like a new life to live, you know? Once you're in it, that is your new life. You have to learn how to navigate that and build a new constitution.

    So your last album was about how you didn't believe in anything, and now you're in a place where you don't really believe in anything, but you'd like to, maybe. Is that something that informs Eclipse

    It definitely does. I can tell already that this record is a more hopeful record. There's a track on it called "I'm Ready," and the hook on it goes "I'm right here / I'm ready." The record is very earnest, I think. I don't think there's any sarcasm at all. There's moments of being cynical, just like I am, but there's also the hope that something great will happen.

    Eclipse is out March 17th.


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