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    Downtown songstress Lissy Trullie's video for "Its Only You, Isn't It?" features the singer and a mate embarking on a high-intensity road trip to get out of dodge. Trullie's growly vocals provide the perfect punky backdrop for the video, which she says is meant to reflect "the mania one goes into when something cherished is lost or ruined...that thorny doppelgänger-esque state." Stay alert for a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" cameo by Chloe Sevigny at the end.

    The singer's debut full-length, Lissy Trullie, comes out April 10th via Downtown Records.


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    Mickey just snapped this video from the finale at Kanye West's Paris Fashion Week F/W '12 show His collection apparently featured crazy boots and lot of leather. Watch the clip above!

    RELATED:
    Jean Paul Gaultier Turns It Out at Paris Fashion Week
    Street Scenes from Paris Fashion Week 



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    Screen shot 2012-03-06 at 5.05.04 PM.png1.  "Mantyhose" is a thing, apparently, after hosiery retailer Emilio Cavallini discovered that 2-3 percent of sales came from men. [The Cut/WWD]


    Screen shot 2012-03-06 at 2.27.40 PM.png2. For any New Yorkers who live on the "L" train and were stymied these past two weekends with its servicing shutdown, fear not: a new site, isthelrunning.com, is here to help.  [Animal New York]


    Screen shot 2012-03-06 at 2.54.26 PM.png3.  We've always been fans of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and now we love 'em even more after seeing this adorable photo of the couple getting caught on the "Kiss Cam" at an L.A. Kings hockey game. [Buzzfeed]



    4. Billy's Antiques & Props, the venerable antique tent formerly located on the Bowery is closing.  But, before they do, they'll throw a whambam shindig on Friday, March 9th with performances by The Virgins and AndrewAndrew, among others.  The filmmakers behind Dirty Old Town, a "Gonzo Narrative" produced by Paul Sevigny that focuses on the quirky shop and the downtown denizens connected to it, will also be in attendance.

    5.  Word on the fashion street is that Hedi Slimane will take over from Stefano Pilati as the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent. [Fashionista]


    Screen shot 2012-03-06 at 4.57.19 PM.png6. 66-year-old Debbie Harry got mistaken by paps for 25-year-old Lindsay Lohan as she left the Mercer Hotel over the weekend.  (In case you were wondering but too embarrassed to ask, Harry is on the left.) [NY Post]


    Screen shot 2012-03-06 at 2.40.01 PM.png7. A cottage grows in Brooklyn (East Williamsburg, to be specific). [Gothamist]



    8. L.A.-based cupcake chain Sprinkles has a "Cupcake ATM Machine."  The first machine opened in Beverly Hills and we hear one in New York City is not far behind. [Eater/Huffington Post]






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    We will be the first to admit it: The premise for Tribes, a new play by Nina Raine now playing at The Barrow Street Theatre, sounds very unappealing. A deaf boy born into a hearing family falls in love with a hearing girl born into a deaf family. The hearing girl is also slowly going deaf. On paper it's not the type of show that has you flocking to the theatre, but the play does have a lot going for it. The director, David Cromer, who also directed the hit revival of Our Town, is one of our favorites directors and can always be counted on to conjure up magic. The play was up for a couple of awards when it ran at The Royal Court Theatre in London in 2010, and we all know that the British have good taste in theatre. Even so, we were a bit unsure that this two-hour play could send us into theatre nirvana. In the end were we left speechless by the show or did it read on stage as it does on paper? Watch the video review to find out!

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    West Side Story at Film Forum

    As everyone knows, "when you're a jet, you're a jet all the way." So head to Film Forum, where the classic 1961 film, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, will be screening this afternoon and tonight.

    Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. 1:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m. $12.50.

    Sarah Vowell at Barnes & Noble

    Everyone's favorite distinctive-voiced essayist and radio personality Sarah Vowell heads to B&N this evening, where'll she'll be celebrating (and reading from) the paperback release of her latest tome, Unfamiliar Fishes, an amusing look at the history and culture of Hawaii. 

    Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. 7 p.m. Free.

    Secret Band Whose Name Rhymes with "Show Rage" + Pterodactyl at Death By Audio

    We've been hearing that a "Secret Band" whose name rhymes with "Show Rage" is playing tonight at Death by Audio with Brooklyn noise-poppers Pterodactyl. Since we don't to be "that guy" who ruins the secret, we'll leave it at that. And let you, clever readers, figure out the rest.

    Death By Audio, 49 S. 2nd St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $8.




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    Mike O'Brien
    's latest 7 Minutes in Heaven, finds him and Paul Rudd... in a closet. They talk about the journey of the American Polish Jew, dessert foods and butthole hair maintenance. The episode also features the phrase "ignoring ol' bottomy." Just watch it. [via Jezebel]

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    #sad. [via Buzz Feed]


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    Jaleel White may bust out some Steve Urkel moves on Dancing With the Stars. [via The Clicker] Meanwhile, read who we at PAPER would love to see cast on DWTS.

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    Louis CK's head as a melting scoop of ice cream, a piece from the upcoming comedian-themed "Is This Thing On?" exhibit in L.A. [via Splitsider]



    Streaming Live by Ustream
    A livecam at SeaWorld San Diego that puts you at eye level with some penguins. Hey guys! [via Time]


    Fran Drescher reading erotic fan fiction on Watch What Happens Live. "Oh, Mr. Sheffield..." [via Vulture]

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    A collection of famous photos... 1 minute earlier. [via Cracked]


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    This puzzling T-shirt was found somewhere in Puerto Rico. [via Dangerous Minds]


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    Following the resounding success of last season's Louis Vuitton show which featured the world's chicest merry-go-round, Marc Jacobs took the audience on an Anna Karenina-style fantasy to an early-1900s train station. The show began with a vintage train engine pulling a passenger car loaded with gorgeously dolled up models. One by one they emerged, clad in silhouettes similar to the ones Marc showed at his eponymous collection in New York: many-layered eccentric pieces with a Dr. Seuss flair. Beautifully constructed coats with sparkly buttons were layered over high-waisted dresses which were layered over mid-calf length trousers. It felt very Prada-meets-Virginia Woolf. Each model was followed by a train station porter carrying her suitcases and purses -- heaven for accessories lovers. The bags ran the gamut from classic Vuitton overnight bags to modern wheeled carry-ons to chic day bags in all shapes and sizes. It's a shame that Jacobs won't be helming Dior because the past few seasons have shown that no one can create magical fantasy like he can. Isn't that what Dior really needs right now?

    Thumbnail photo: Benoit Tessier/Reuters via The Guardian.

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    Screen shot 2012-03-07 at 11.27.30 AM.pngBAMcinématek presents Hey Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Selects, an eight-film series centered on the theme of female friendships. Coming to BAM between April 2-8, the series is curated by Dunham, the creator and star of Tiny Furniture as well as HBO's forthcoming series Girls (and an occasional PAPER contributor). Both of Dunham's projects, which examine post-college life in New York through the lens of the director and her cohorts, draw from female relationship movies like The Last Days of Disco (1998), Girlfriends (1978) and This is My Life (1992), which will all be screened throughout the week. 


    Screen shot 2012-03-07 at 12.01.48 PM.png"These are the movies that made me want to make movies," Dunham says. "It's no secret that there's long been a dearth of realistic female relationships onscreen. Sure, we see girlfriends: getting drinks, spoon-feeding each other post-breakup Häagen-Dazs ... But what of the female relationships we all know and love, inspiring in their tenacity and unparalleled in their complexity?"

    To that end, the film series will also screen Times Square (1980), David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. (2001), The Craft (1996), Clueless (1995) and Career Girls (1997).

    In addition to the screenings, directors Nora Ephron, Whit Stillman and Claudia Weill will be on hand for Q&As following their films (This Is My Life, The Last Days of Disco and Girlfriends, respectively) along with actor Chris Eigeman, a long-time collaborator of Stillman's. Dunham will also be joining Ephron and Stillman for their talk backs.    

    For more information on the series, including schedule, film descriptions, ticket prices and directions, visit bam.org.




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    Beach House has released a new song on their website, "Myth," and word is, it could be the first track off their new album, Bloom, which will come out on May 15 via Sub Pop.  The song features the band's signature mix of dreamy, wistful vocals with lush instrumental accompaniments and we particularly like the soothing cowbell intro.  The only thing missing is weather warm enough to let you lounge in a park somewhere while you listen to it.  Hey -- wait a minute.




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    Stylist Brad Goreski, whose memoir Born to be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far hits shelves this week, is on the road a lot. If he's not traveling around fitting celebrity clients for the red carpet, he's meeting with fashion editors (and styling photo shoots for very, very important indie arts magazines), jetting off to fashion weeks around the world and holding book signings. In other words, he spends lots of time in hotels. In town promoting Born to Be Brad, we stopped by his suite at The Mercer in SoHo, where he shared his travel essentials with us and told us what he loves about hotel-living.

    Brad's travel essentials: Clockwise from top: Sharpies for book signings, lint roller, Bulgari watch, Persol sunglasses, Kiehl's hand lotion, iPad with leopard case and peanut M&M's.

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    Favorite hotel: The Mercer

    Favorite room service meal: Burger and fries

    Best hotel room amenity: Q-tips

    Hotel robe or no robe: No robe

    Favorite part of staying in a hotel: Never having to make the bed

    Brad wears a t-shirt by Rich In Clothing and jeans by Levi's.


    RELATED:
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    Kate Spade's Tres-Cute, Brad Goreski-Styled Collection
    Brad Goreski's Hollywood Hills Home Tour


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    Leave it to Kanye West to throw Paris Fashion Week's most cuckoo-crazy after-party. Following his F/W '12 runway show, West hosted a party that included go-kart driving, pretty people galore and performances from Azelia Banks, Common, Waka Flocka Flame, Big Sean. Celeb attendees included Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and fashion elite Anna Dello Russo, Riccardo Tisci and, naturally, our very own jet-setting editorial director, Mr. Mickey. Check out these photos from the party by Billy Farrell Agency.

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  • 03/07/12--12:11: Mark Duplass
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    Mark Duplass, Hollywood writer-director-producer-actor, calls from a 917 number. He's a "post-New Yorker," he explains, "hanging on to 917 to retain my indie cred." Hard to imagine that Duplass, hero to a generation of indie filmmakers, would need help hanging on. But then again: "I'm a dad. I'm part of studio movies now. The skinny jeans don't fit so well." (He's also part of TV now, as an ensemble member on FX's The League.)

    Duplass began as, and in some ways still is, the independent's independent. He and his closest collaborator, his brother Jay, got their break when their first feature, The Puffy Chair, was a Sundance hit. They made their first studio film, Cyrus, in 2010, and have alternated working in the big leagues and independents ever since.

    "Jay and I made sure we maintained the intimacy and the family vibe of filmmaking," Duplass says of Cyrus. "Even though there were 80 crew members outside the house, it was just me, Jay and a cameraman with the actors inside, doing our thing." That intimacy has endeared the brothers to actors, who line up to work with them. (Their latest, Jeff, Who Lives At Home, stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon.)

    He ascribes his feel for scripts to the osmotic power of HBO. "My biggest strength is linked to an inherent understanding of story, and that's because I sat in front of HBO for 10 years straight, from ages five to 15, watching movies like Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice and Gandhi and whatever came on. It got me very into adult relationship-type stuff at a very young age."

    It's "adult relationship-type stuff," often with a cracked comic spin, that's the Duplass forte. It sums up the three films he took to Sundance in January: Your Sister's Sister and Safety Not Guaranteed, which he produced and stars in; and Black Rock, a "Deliverance-style girls' thriller" that he wrote for his wife, actress and director Katie Aselton. But that's not to say he and Jay wouldn't consider other types. "I'd never say never at this point," Duplass says. "We love all kinds of movies. I'm interested in a Spider-Man movie where he gets his feelings hurt."


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    With news today that longtime New York WNBC anchor, Sue Simmons, would be leaving the network after 32 years, PAPERMAG decided to look back at some of her most memorable moments. This collection of funny clips, bloopers and newscasts of days gone by show an entertaining anchorwoman who graced New Yorkers' airwaves for many generations.



    WNBC News update c. 1984
    Come for Sue Simmons' quasi-mullet, stay for 80s ads ("Now I know what it takes to look good, The Gap!")




    Interview with The Pointer Sisters c. 1990
    Watch for Sue rap-singing at 0:50.




    Simmons Falls Off Chair c. 2007
    Oral hygiene makes Sue Simmons comatose, apparently. Go to 2:13.




    Simmons Drops the "F-bomb" on Live TV in 2008
    This still makes us laugh. (It also inspired one of our most favorite Videogum "You Can Make It Up" posts.)




    Simmons' Annual Groundhog Impersonation c. 2011
    We gotta say, she's pretty good.

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    We've always appreciated The Simpsons' surprisingly high-brow humor and got a real kick out of seeing major street artists Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Ron English and Robbie Conal in the familiar cheez-whiz yellow pallor.  Watch the clip from "Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart" above and check out Fairey, Scharf, English and Conal gamely making fun of themselves.  ("Urban vandalism is now the hottest art form there is!"  "Street art is not about questioning authority.")

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    In Nite Jewel's video for "One Second of Love" a ladies' potluck/gift exchange/dinner party starts ordinarily enough but within thirty seconds turns bonkers: a trio of Big Love-meets-harem girl dancers, a mystical goat creature and pearl vomiting shake things up and make for a memorable night indeed.  The track is featured on the artist's album of the same name, which came out yesterday.


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    Fashion photographer Richard Phibbs is back with another batch of adorable adoption glamour shots for the Humane Society of New York. Since shelter animals with flattering photos tend to be adopted quicker than those photographed in their cages with not-so-great cameras, Phibbs donates his services to HSNY, snapping adoptable pets in snazzy bow-ties, hats and scarves. All of the dogs and cats in this gallery are ready to go home and if you have any questions about any of the furry faces featured here, HSNY is happy to answer them at (212) 752-4842. Below, a little background info from HSNY executive director Sandra DeFeo on some of these pups and kitties in need of homes.

     
    Tigris is six months old and was found soaked after the remnants of Hurricane Irene passed through New York this summer. She is blind, very sweet and loves other cats.

    Cano has been at the Humane Society for over a year now due to a bad leg injury he arrived with. He is now fully recovered, feeling great and looking for a home where he can be the only dog.

    Dominique had a broken leg when she arrived but has since recovered. (You might remember her from our December post, which featured her with a tiny cast on.)

    Zoe was recently adopted but was returned because she was having a hard time getting along with other dogs. DeFeo says she can be a bit of a bully but is very funny and just needs to find a home where she's the center of attention, without kids or other animals.

    Mia, Beauregarde, Cornwallis, Grace and Guinevere all belonged to the same owner, who became homeless and could no longer care for the dogs.
     
    Ashton is "exuberant" and needs a home where he can romp around and get a lot of exercise.

    Both Hope and Sunny were adopted from kill shelters in the South. They were brought to  New York as potential additions to the musical Annie as Sandy. Hope didn't make the cut but Sunny might still be used in the production.

    RELATED:

    Supermodel Pets: Richard Phibbs' Humane Society Adoption Portraits
    Supermodel Pets Part 2: More Richard Phibbs Adoption Portraits

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    Screen shot 2012-03-07 at 5.46.45 PM.png1. The Village Voice will be hosting a food truck tasting event in New York on April 24 and have announced that such notables as The Cinnamon Snail, Coolhaus, Green Pirate Juice Truck, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Korilla BBQ, Mexicue, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Schnitzel & Things, Souvlaki GR, The Taim Mobile and Wafels & Dinges will be on hand.
     

    Screen shot 2012-03-07 at 5.53.42 PM.png2. Check out a hilarious piece on the always-charming Andrew W.K. (teaser: "My whole mission is personally to party every day as hard as possible.") [nycgo]

    Screen shot 2012-03-07 at 5.54.33 PM.png3. WHAT THE WHAT?!  Coors Light is coming out with Iced Tea-flavored beer.   [Laughing Squid]



    4. Roseanne Barr is running for the Green Party nomination and someone (we assume not the comedienne herself but then again, you never know) made this crazy patriotically anarchist ad. [Death + Taxes]

    5. Scientists now believe that the moon may have contributed to the sinking of the Titanic. [Gawker]


    Screen shot 2012-03-07 at 6.11.24 PM.png6.  STOP THE PRESSES: Nickelodeon is bringing back 90s gameshow Figure It Out.  Let's hope they've talked to Danny Tamberelli already...we hear he's living in Park Slope. [Buzzfeed]

    7.  President Obama called music fest Lollapalooza, "Lappalooza."  Oh, Uncle Barack! [nymag]


    Screen shot 2012-03-07 at 6.29.10 PM.png8.  Look at this tiny ole' squirrel cast!  Too.much.cuteness.just.stop. [Buzzfeed]


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    SM-+-ES-e1328657299967.jpgUpstairs at the Square With Emma Straub + Stephin Merritt at Barnes & Noble


    We adore Barnes & Noble's "Upstairs at the Square" series, wherein authors are paired with musicians for a musicaliterary evening of merriment, and tonight's match-up is one of our all-time favorites. Emma Straub, who appeared in our "Twitter Gangs of New York" feature and author of the short story collection Other People We Married, will be reading from her new tome, followed by a performance courtesy of Magnetic Fields-man Stephin Merritt, whose latest record, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, dropped Tuesday.

    Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. 7 p.m. Free.

    The Armory Show

    It's Art Fair week here in NY, with about a dozen various and sundry fairs popping up left and right.  For those feeling overwhelmed, we suggest starting with the biggest and most comprehensive, the Armory Show, with over 120 exhibitors, organized by style and country, and spread out over two piers. This year's fair features a special Scandinavian section.

    Pier 92 and Pier 94, Twelfth Ave. and 55th St. 12-8 p.m. $30. Mar. 8-11.

    Tom Shillue's Funny Story at UCBeast

    Funnyman Tom Shillue, storyteller extraordinaire, hosts an evening of, well, funny stories, tonight at the UCBeast featuring the likes of Mike Albo (PAPER contributor!), Amine Zaitzeff and Stephen Gevedon.

    UCBeast, 155 E. 3rd St. 7:30 p.m. $5.


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    article-2110990-120CAA69000005DC-890_634x887.jpgBaby frickin' Adele. [via The Daily Mail]


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    The Artistifier turns any YouTube video into an Academy Award-winning black and white silent film. [via HuffPo]

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    This car bookshelf was (obviously) made by a Dutch person. [via Laughing Squid]

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    Elisabeth Moss on whether she and ex-hubby Fred Armisen stay in touch: "Oh God no." [NYP]
      enhanced-buzz-11009-1331135488-66.jpgObsessed with this list of '90s middle school contraband. Related: we think Co-Ed naked T-shirts are about ready for their comeback. [via BuzzFeed]

    chelsea_tyler3.jpgChelsea Tyler (daughter of Steven) looks uncannily like her father in this Page Six Magazine story, where she reveals that she spends "90 percent of my time at home making art and music with my lover."


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    Apparently, a lot of gay guys in Germany pose in front of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin for their online dating profile pics. [via Paddy Johnson]


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    It was Elton John who gave me my first Chrome Hearts ring. We were backstage at Caesers Palace after our first writing session together, and something about the ring's heavy sparkle and bulk imbued it with a talismanic power that it retains to this day. Ever since that night, collecting and wearing Chrome Hearts pieces has become an obsession of mine. Little did I know that eventually my friendship with the company's founders, Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark, would become more precious to me than anything they could ever make.

    I first met Richard when he came to one of our Scissor Sisters concerts with Cher. At first he seemed like the quiet, brooding type. But now, years later, it's clear that my first impression of him couldn't be farther from the truth. He and his wife Laurie Lynn are two of the most enthusiastic, engaging and active people I know. With a creative philosophy that mixes the full-throttle cool of Easy Rider with a discipline that rivals that of the Bauhaus movement, they've managed to turn a passion for leather and motorcycles into the world's definitive rock 'n' roll luxury brand. For almost 25 years, the Starks have not only supplied their devoted customers with a cavalcade of chunky, mean-looking, diamond-dipped jewelry, they've used their unique design prowess to make everything from clothes, bags, doorknobs, chopsticks, couches and a few years ago they even erected a tepee for Art Basel. In addition to helming stand-alone stores across the States, as well as in Europe and Asia, they publish a magazine themselves and manufacture the goods in their own factory in Hollywood, California, while Laurie Lynn photographs all of their ad campaigns.

    The couple's influences are wide ranging, and you never quite know what you'll see next: Whether it's their close friend Cher gracing the cover of their magazine, the work of late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe lining the inside of a classic black leather jacket, or a straightforward "Fuck You" engraved on a bracelet--by following their instincts to refuse trend-bending, they have remained the coolest homegrown fashion outsiders on American soil.

    Jake Shears: Richard, when and where were you when you realized you were a biker?
    Richard Stark: I saw a big Hells Angels funeral ride by me and I thought, I want to be that.

    JS: And did you immediately get a bike?
    RS: I was nine years old. The first time I owned a bike was about 15 years later. Before that I couldn't afford one. I got to California in 1978 and I didn't know what I was going to do; I just came out here, basically to check out the California girls. I ended up getting one: Laurie. I was an apprentice to an architect builder for a while, where I learned all kinds of aspects of building. While I was doing that I worked for a leather importing company. I helped them stock and ship whatever they needed. I ended up working for them full time. And then, in 1988, kind of about the same time I met the love of my life, Laurie, I started Chrome Hearts.

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    JS: I'm sure that when you started Chrome Hearts your life was very different from what it is now.
    RS: Well, the company is very different, but I'm not, I hope. It's all about making art and hoping people will like it. I wanted to do something that was my own. And at the time, I didn't quite know what it was.

    JS: Laurie, how would you describe Richard, and what are some of his traits that have contributed to the brand's success?
    Laurie Lynn Stark: He's solid, an old-school gentleman from another time. He hasn't veered from the person I first met. It's like he's out of a novel or something.

    JS: And Richard, what were the first pieces that you were doing with Chrome Hearts? What were the first ideas that you had?
    RS
    : Well we started off by making biker clothing, not really for bikers, but for myself to ride in. In the beginning, we did all kinds of things and basically anything we could to survive. For instance, we made leather swimwear for Laurie's company--she had a swimwear line at that time. We were also making costumes for Chippendales, because Laurie did all the art direction for them. The first job we ever did was designing costumes for a 1989 movie called Chopper Chicks in Zombietown. Billy Bob Thornton was in it, and at the time nobody had ever heard of him.

    JS: Now, when you see objects, functional things, does it just click in your head and you're like, "Oh, let's make our own version of that"?
    RS:
    Yeah, I'll be working on something, whatever it may be, like a desk, or a door, or pants, buttons, whatever, and I'll see something else, and be like, "Oh shit I gotta make that, too." And then I figure that out while I'm doing it. Eventually it all comes together.

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    JS: And is Laurie still the same person that you met in 1988?
    RS:
    Yeah, but she's way hotter. She gets  better by the minute. I describe her as the colorful side of me, and Chrome Hearts. Laurie actually had way more of a fashion background than I did when I started, making her own clothes and swimwear, and she did styling, art direction, all that kind of stuff. I didn't really have much designing experience, I just kind of came up with the idea one night and thought that it would be pretty simple to accomplish. I later found out that it's a really hard thing to accomplish.

    JS: How did Laurie end up being so involved with the image aspect of the company?
    RS
    : She was always doing styling and art direction for major photo shoots, not just for Chrome Hearts, but all kinds of things, from television to swim ads. She was like, "I'm just gonna shoot this shit, man." And she's as good as it gets.
    LLS: I'm hands on, Richard's hands on. But early on I almost started off as kind of a muse to him. And then I quit everything I was doing to work with him as a partner in the business. We knew we had to do it together. And eventually, just when we were thinking, "Oh, maybe we should do something else," Jessie Jo, our daughter, came in. All of a sudden she's the next generation. We didn't want to say, "This is our dream, you should live it," but she automatically has wanted to get involved, designing and being a part of it.


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    JS: And she's designing some amazing stuff for you guys.
    LLS:
    We've always run our business as a family.

    JS: When did you realize that what you were doing was taking off?
    RS:
    Well it pretty much happened immediately, but I guess the really big change was when we won the CFDA [Council of Fashion Designers of America] Award in 1992. When we heard we had won, I had never heard of the award; it even took me a couple of weeks to call them back, because I just thought it was some kind of committee trying to get money from me or something. So you know, that was some serious recognition. But no matter how much recognition you get, if you don't work your ass off taking advantage of what's coming at you, it doesn't much matter.

    JS: I love how you remain fascinated by artists and musicians, people like Steve Jones [of the Sex Pistols], Antony from Antony and the Johnsons, Lou Reed and Marina Abramovic. Do you relate to them as fellow outsiders? I mean all of those people that you're fascinated with are working outside of the mainstream and kind of doing their own thing.
    LLS:
    We grew with a lot of these artists that we love. I remember Lenny Kravitz saying to us, "I want to make music." All of a sudden, 20 years have gone by and you see what he's become. There are people we grew up with, like Duff McKagen and Steve Jones. And then there are people that took us under their wings. There are musicians and artists that are drawn to us because they see something that's familiar but rare. And they support us by buying something, showing up to an event, wearing something in a shoot. A lot of the publicity that we've had has been mostly love that people have had for Chrome Hearts, not by paid advertising. It doesnt carry the same weight when you pay people to wear your stuff. It's different when Cher wears something because she wants to. Or Cindy Crawford wears one of our pieces with a couture dress in Vogue. You can't pay for that.

    JS: But there's another aspect of what you guys do which involves the concerts you have in your factory's loft. You've created a performance space. It's esoteric, it's something that most brands in your position aren't interested in doing.
    LLS:
    It's a community and a family and about talent coming together. People feel safe with us so they can express themselves. I would hate to ever lose that. It's something we want to expand even more. We'd love to do it in New York. It could be a place where you can go play a new song for 100 people and we can all have dinner at the same time. We want to takeover a space downtown.
    RS: You know, when we started, it was to make clothes, and jewelry and stuff to ride in. We're related to the fashion world, but we're not in it. We don't play the game. There are no "seasons" for us. It's all about the art of what we do.

    JS: I've always seen a strong tie between what you guys make and your love for America.
    RS:
    I'm American, born and bred, so it means a lot to me. There was one night when I realized how important America was to me and the redneck in me came out. I was at the Colorado River with a bunch of Europeans. They were all getting down on America, and I kept listening to them complaining. Finally I said: "You know what's the greatest thing about America?" They're all like, "What?" And I said, "You can get the fuck out!" That was kind of a turning point for me. It's a really hard thing to manufacture in America--California and New York are probably the two worst states you could do what I do in. But I fight for that. I have stores all over the world, but I make the stuff here, send it over there and bring the money back to Americans.

    JS: It sounds like it would be easier to make your clothes overseas.
    RS
    : Well, it's kind of the way it is right now. But I like to defy stuff. I try to live in this Chrome Hearts world, and fuck the rest of it.








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