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Twenty-five years ago, British designer Sir Paul Smith opened his first American
shop on 5th avenue in New York. Last night some groovy British ex-pats and some
of fashion's finest came together in that very location to celebrate the man and his
formal wear, which has a decidedly English twist. While a London-style cab was parked
outside, guests including Grace Coddington, Linda Fargo, and Joey Arias danced to
beats provided by guest DJ Siobhan Fahey, of Bananarama and Shakespears Sister.
To celebrate the quarter century mark, the brand has introduced a line of apple-themed products, like classic Paul Smith totes printed with bright green granny-smiths (see images below). We caught up with Sir Paul and chatted about how a man can dress up but still
have some fun:
Is there a difference between the way men dress in America and the UK?
When I first came 25 years ago, not just in America but especially in America, there was quite a way of conservative dressing. Men were nervous about color. Now it's more relaxed. I think the Brits are not too dissimilar to the way Americans dress. The Italians are a bit braver with color. The Japanese are just braver with fashion generally.
Is there a certain type of guy you design for?
I'm not sure because, hopefully, I have quite a broad appeal these days. But initially, when I first started, there were definitely a lot of music industry people, young architects and graphic designers [wearing my designs]. Generally speaking, they're creative guys.
Is there anything you'd like to change about the way men dress?
I would l like to advise the average man to just think about his lifestyle, think
about his body, think about his age and try and dress appropriately based off of that.
Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I have become completely obsessed with some of the super-extreme female pop-culture personalities I have discovered lately. From a Real Atlanta Housewife to a real Staten Island mob-wife to a beyond outrageous rapper, these gutsy women, combined with their over-the-top visual styles, have taken things to a whole new level of originality and insanity. They are fearless alpha women without boundaries, which is why I absolutely adore them. I mean, they go there. And often with so little pretense it seems like they don't even realize it! These unique female specimens are fearless originals.
I recently laughed till my sides split as I tuned in to see my favorite Real Housewives of Atlanta star, the sublime Ms. Phaedra Parks, catch up via speed dial with the vice president of Ghana (Hello your excellency! Great to hear your people are doing well). Then we watch as she bats her eyelashes to convince her hot, super-sweet ex-con husband, Apollo, to partner with her in a new business effort: a high-end crazy funeral business called "Fantasy Funerals by Phaedra," which she sees as a lucrative offshoot of her current legal profession. Although her unhappy husband Apollo refuses to touch dead bodies, he finally agrees to join the venture because he loves his wife and wants to support her "dreams" -- plus, he admits he would be probably be good at "comforting people."
Meanwhile, Phaedra is doing more than just starting a funeral parlor. She's raising a cute baby and toiling away at her high-powered day job running her namesake entertainment law firm where she has become known for keeping many bold-faced Hotlanta troublemakers out of the pokey. We even see her getting compensated by one of her hip-hop clients in a courthouse parking lot (after she successfully keeps him out of prison) with a fat wad of cash. And to top it all off, she is organizing a trip with the housewives to Africa!
Outrageous women at play: Big Ang (at left) out and about in Los Angeles and Cindy Sherman transformed into party girls.
Next, there is the divine and shockingly over-the-top Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives. Yes, I have been addicted to this show since it premiered last year, but when I caught a glimpse of the larger than life new cast member Angela Raiola, (aka Big Ang) I lost my mind. Talk about shock and awe. The niece of the late captain of the Genovese crime family, 51-year-old Ang, a single mother (and now grandmother!), is the grand poobah of a popular Staten Island bar called the Drunken Monkey, where she is beloved and holds court nightly. She reveals her addiction to plastic surgery on camera -- which is not exactly a surprise, given that her breasts are larger than any Russ Meyer's pin-up and her lips inflated beyond those of Amanda Lepore.
I first fell for Ang when I saw her fry up a pan of big sausages, which she drowned with her signature "gravy," (she told me on the phone the other day that she is an excellent cook and famous for this dish) and recounted, in her gravely a-pack-of-cigarettes-a-day-for-30-years voice, how hot wise guys were (and still are) and how they showered her (and still do) with so many luxuries and homes over the years. But that body, those boobs, that voice and that undying love of sausages aren't the only reasons I am obsessed with Big Ang. I'm hooked because despite her crazy enhanced looks and dubious provenance, she seems to be a truly sweet person who is adored and respected by all the "elder" mob stateswomen -- even the other wives who seemingly despise each other. All Ang wants is for everyone to just get along and she tries her best to be the benevolent peacemaker, which is no easy task in her world. She is amazing.
Then there is the queen of outrageousness, her highness, Ms. Nicki Minaj. Although she was a handful to shoot for our cover, she's been blowing my mind since I first set my eyes on her mad, extreme style that has consistently swung between outrageous and clowny. Her candy-colored sculptural wigs, curvy Barbie-inspired silhouettes plastered with Day-Glo colors and out-there accessories have become legendary among fashion folk. Last year when she sat in the front row at the Carolina Herrera show, confidently dressed like an insane fashion alien chatting politely with an unflappable Anna Wintour (who was seated next to her), I got to thinking, "How does Nicki think she fits into the world around her? Does she think she is normal?" (I tried to figure it all out in my fashion story on the following pages.)
It's ironic to me that one of my favorite artists of all time, Cindy Sherman, was honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art recently. You might be thinking, "What does Cindy Sherman have to do with all of this?" But throughout her superb career, Sherman's cinematic images have tapped into the extreme angst and raw, insane emotion emanating from extreme women of all types, whether they're housewives, royalty, socialites or clowns. Using her own body to channel these enigmatic characters, Sherman has constantly moved me with her portrayals of women who are often so exaggerated they almost (innocently) appear like glamorous monsters. It is not a stretch to imagine Sherman becoming Phaedra the hip-hop legal eagle, the silicone-enlarged Big Ang or the cartoon-Barbie clown Nicki in one of her works. Women like these have inspired Cindy for years -- and they inspire me as well.
And so it is in their honor that I dedicate my spring fashion pages to all of those wonderful and magnificently eccentric women who turn the world upside down with their tough-as-nails talk, magnified personalities and untouchable style. Not only are their balls bigger than most men's, but they can grab you by them with a simple flutter of one of their big false eyelashes!
Awards nominations invariably bring out the critic in people ('You call that Best Picture?') and I confess that I'm a bit of a squeaky wheel in this regard. I still haven't recovered from Tom Ford's Single Man not getting nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award -- hopefully, with more years of therapy, I'll learn to live with this. It was therefore surprising to me that I was so satisfied with yesterday's nominee announcements for this year's CFDA Fashion Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and the Row are three very different fashion brands but all are award-worthy and each gave a stellar presentation last month during New York Fashion Week. Here's why I'm backing all three as winners:
Marc Jacobs is the Meryl Streep of fashion, so nominating him for any award is a bit of a 'duh' moment. And as with Meryl, although you really think Marc deserves the award each time, a part of you also thinks they should give it someone else since Marc always wins. But could anyone who saw his Fall 2012 presentation last month doubt for a second that Marc deserves the award (not to mention his equally spectacular Louis Vuitton presentation in Paris)? The clothes were amazing. Every fashion girl will be wearing pilgrim shoes with rhinestone buckles and disco socks this fall. But what sets Jacobs apart is that he's a beacon of sincerity and sentimentality in a sea of cool and fierce fashion. Although he'll be forever labeled the coolest designer in the universe, Jacobs' shows bring a humble warmth that's lacking in our cynical style world. In both aforementioned shows, Jacobs didn't feature models who looked like cuntier-than-thou vixens strutting to a throbbing disco beat. They looked like sweet, real girls ambling self-consciously along a fairy-tale set by artist Rachel Feinstein to a medley of "Who Will Buy?" from the musical Oliver! (sample lyric: 'Who will buy this wonderful feeling? I'm so high I swear I could fly.') Half the time I end up crying at Marc's shows because there's a sweetness and sentimentality that he gets me with every time.
Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler don't really serve up sentimentality, but season after season they prove that no designer in America is as influential when it comes to the direction of fashion. Seeing the new Asian-inspired silhouette they sent down the runway this season, you can understand how one brand's strong vision can drive fashion. It's similar to how Christian Dior debuting a new silhouette changed the direction of fashion everywhere. From the beginning, the boys have managed to pull off a seemingly contradictory balance: The clothes are outrageously chic but still youthful and cool. Proenza Schouler could honestly win this award every year and it would be well-deserved.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's The Row are the new kids on the block, having been nominated for the Swarovski Award for up and coming Womenswear designer just last year. Although they're relatively new to runway presentations, the collection they sent out at the Carlyle Hotel last month was as chic and polished as anything we saw on the runway this season. While there's no Dr. Seuss-inspired whimsy or direction-changing silhouette from the Row, their clothes are outrageously gorgeous clothes. And in the end, isn't that what earns the award?
CFDA Awards 2012 Nominees
If there's one thing Hollywood loves more than a good comeback, it's a remake of an '80s movie. The past few years have witnessed remakes of Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Karate Kid to name but a few. Along with these are a whole host of remake rumors (Mannequin! Gremlins! Teen Witch! The Blue Lagoon! They're even remaking Garbage Pail Kids!) that have been floating around the ether.
Although PAPERMAG has been incredibly busy casting other imaginary projects lately -- we spent hours scrutinizing over whom to pick for the next season of Dancing With the Stars -- we've found time to set our sights on what '80s movies are due for a remake and whom we'd like to see in them. Our criteria was fairly straightforward: we wanted to look at beloved eighties movies that veer on the "cult classic" or "teen flick" side, line rather than masterpieces (we'd never touch The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, by contrast).
As always, feel free to agree with our choices or say they're utter b.s. in the comments below.
Original: Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates
Our Re-make: Penn Badgley and Lea Michele
How likely is a remake?: There have been rumors that Director Joe Dante was gearing up for a remake but as far as we know, nothing's materialized.
Uncle Buck (1989)
Original: John Candy
Our Re-make: Zack Galifianakis
How likely is a remake?: A few years ago sources said actor Dan Fogler might take Candy's role in a possible remake but it appears that was just hearsay.
Just One of the Guys (1985)
Original: Joyce Hyser
Our Re-make: Kristen Stewart
How likely is a remake?: This flick seems to have been spared remake rumors...for now.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Original: Corey Haim (Sam), Kiefer Sutherland (David), Jamie Gertz (Star) and Corey Feldman (Edgar Frog)
Our Re-make: Nick Jonas (Sam), Ryan Gosling (David), Camilla Belle (Star) and Ezra Miller (Edgar Frog)
How likely is a remake?: There doesn't appear to be any talk of a remake. (Noted Lost Boys fans Kate and Laure Mulleavy of Rodarte can rest easy for now.)
Weird Science (1985)
Original: Anthony Michael Hall (Gary), Kelly LeBrock (Lisa) and Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Wyatt)
Our Re-make: Michael Cera (Gary), Karlie Kloss (Lisa) and Josh Hutcherson (Wyatt)
How likely is a remake?: Aside from Robert Downey Jr. (who had a part in the original), it doesn't seem like anyone is eager for a remake though the flick was turned into a USA Network show that ran from 1994-1997.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Original: Alex Winter (Bill), Keanu Reeves (Ted) and George Carlin (Rufus)
Our Re-make: Jonah Hill (Bill), Josh Peck (Ted) and Louis C.K. (Rufus)
How likely is a remake?: First Keanu Reeves indicated to a red carpet reporter that a sequel might be in the works and then the blogosphere was briefly humming with gossip that Justin Bieber might star in the production. We're can't belieb it (har har).
Teen Witch (1989)
Original: Robyn Lively
Our Re-make: Heather Morrison
How likely is a remake?: There have been rumors for a few years that a re-make is already in the works starring Ashley Tisdale.
Valley Girl (1983)
Original: Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman
Our Re-make: Robert Pattinson and Emma Roberts
How likely is a remake?: A musical re-make is allegedly in the works.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Original: Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannen Doherty
Our Re-make: Dakota Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Sarah Hyland, as those three ladies, respectively
How likely is a remake?: There was chatter in 2008 that a re-make would come out featuring Miley Cyrus but so far there's yet to be any developments.
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Original: Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins
Our Re-make: Hailee Steinfeld and Chord Overstreet
How likely is a remake?: A mere couple of days ago, news came out that two unknowns would star in a remake of the island romance.
1. From Barbie to Little Mermaid: check out these pics of Nicki Minaj filming a video for her song, "Starships." Va-va-voom! [DListed]
2. M.I.A. picked a fight with Anderson Cooper on Twitter about a blog post he wrote in 2009 that mentioned Sri Lanka. Cooper's response? "I don't even know who you are other than the lady who sang at the superbowl." [Vulture]
3. An Italian perfume maker is creating a signature scent for Pope Benedict XVI. Eau de Holy Water perchance? [Telegraph]
4. Hipster Branding: a new Tumblr that 'hipsterizes' corporate logos. [Laughing Squid]
5. In support of gay marriage, Ben & Jerry's UK has renamed their apple pie flavored-ice cream "Apple-y Ever After" before the British government votes on legislation to legalize it. Check out the cute design on the pint. [Buzzfeed]
6. Our friends at Gawker made a hilarious timeline documenting parental moral panics throughout the past decade. Rainbow parties and sex bracelets anyone? [Gawker]
7. Yoda, the World's Ugliest Dog, died in her sleep a few days ago. R.I.P. [NYPost]
8. Can you guess who this is? Hint: It's a Swedish songstress known for hits like "Show Me Love" and "Call Your Girlfriend." [Stylelist/Image via Getty]
"Keith Haring 1978-1982" opens at the Brooklyn Museum
It's kind of crazy that this is the first large-scale show for this influential and well-known artist, but better late than never! The show, which chronicles Keith Haring's work from the year he arrived in New York up to the ascent of his career, includes155 works on paper, videos, and more than 150 archival objects, including sketchbooks, flyers, posters, subway drawings, and photos. It runs through July 8th.
The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, (718) 638-5000.
EMA at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Erin M. Anderson's volatile, vulnerable and generally gut-wrenching Past Life Martyred Saints was one of the most acclaimed albums of 2011 and we're glad it's around for the sad, angry, generally miserable teenagers of the world today. Another reason we love Anderson: When Papermag asked her about all the critical comparisons she's gotten to Kim Gordon, Patti Smith and Pretty on the Inside-era Courtney Love, she told us, "For some reason [critics] always wanna compare girls to other girls. But I feel like, on stage, sometimes I wanna be more like Iggy Pop or something. I dunno, maybe I'm like Henry Rollins in his Rollins Band days?"
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St., Willamsburg, Brooklyn. (718) 486-5400. $12. 8 p.m.
Alien at IFC Center
St. Patrick's Day it tomorrow, but there's probably going to be a lot of pre-partying going on in the city tonight and you should probably just hide out at the IFC Center to avoid getting barfed on. You, however, might be the one doing the barfing after you watch the super-disgusting chest-bursting scene of this still-scary Sci-Fi thriller directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver in her underpants.
IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue, (212) 924-7771, 12:10 a.m. $13.
Meghan McCain is featured in Playboy's April 20 Questions column and says she loves having sexual intercourse with males: "I'm not a lesbian, if that's what you're asking. I'd be the first person to tell the world I was gay. I'm not private about anything. I think you should live how you should live. But I'm strictly dickly. I can't help it. I love sex and I love men." [OhNoTheyDidn't]
This is a house in Aspen, CO that was designed by someone who was on magic mushrooms and maybe LSD at the time. As you can imagine, the home's design is totally practical and makes a lot of sense. Some highlights from a CNN interview with the owner: "There is never a corner and there is always two to three ways out of every space" Also: "The upper bedrooms, they're terrific, they're in a pie-shape. And it's a tree house as well. So you walk, from the bedroom, across a bridge, and then you wind down the stem of the mushroom to come into the main house and it falls into the bar." [TheLaughingSquid]
Just puppin' around with some really cute seal pups. Look at those tiny teeth! [ICanHazCheezburger]
In more crazy remake news, Home Alone: 5 is happening. Hollywood, you're what the French call 'les incompetents.' [Deadline]
Here's he trailer for Tim Burton's adaptation of '60s/'70's vampire soap opera Dark Shadows, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Johnny Lee Miller, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. We have high hopes for this movie, but the wacky '70s soundtrack in the preview might be a bad sign, no? [The Daily What]
Nathan Ripperger's posters of things he's said to his kids are pretty cute. [Via Flavorwire]
Sweetie darling! Kate Moss is making an appearance on an upcoming Absolutely Fabulous special, in which she and Edina play enemies. [Via AfterElton]
5,000 books shooting out of the side of building in Madrid by artist/sculptor Alicia Martin.
If there's one MC to pluck from the phalanx of talent to represent hip-hop's current D.I.Y. renaissance (sustained by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Tyler the Creator and Danny Brown, among many others) and anoint crown prince of rap's new world order, it's that self-proclaimed "pretty motherfucker" named A$AP Rocky. Since last July, the 23-year-old Harlem native's meteoric rise from Internet obscurity to hip-hop royalty has been well documented, and frankly, Rocky doesn't plan to shirk the spotlight.
"Pressure doesn't do anything to me, all it does is motivate me," he explains. "I'm just getting more ambitious, there's nothing I can't handle."
The past six months have included the Hot 97 saturation of his shimmering, infectious summer jam "Peso," a subsequent $3 million recording contract with RCA's Polo Grounds Music and the smash success of his debut mix tape Live Love A$AP, which will be getting the commercial re-release treatment this Spring. ("My mix tape is a classic," he told Billboard magazine last November. "It's only right to put it out at retail.") Now, under the tutelage of Polo Grounds head Bryan Leach, Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) is preparing to launch his own label A$AP Worldwide with a compilation from the whole A$AP crew (Twelvy, Ferg, Nast and Ty) to be released in the summer.
"Bryan's got the experience and the game and he's been turning me into a young businessman, because the pace I'm going at is a little quicker than other artists," Rocky says, "If you haven't noticed."
But even between the major-label sheen, mini-mogul status and ambitious tastes in style (Rocky and his crew idolize fashion designers Rick Owens, Raf Simons and Jeremy Scott), Rocky still believes in the virtue of hungry, independent determination that seems so pervasive among the current crop of rising MCs.
"I mean honestly, they could put me anywhere, on any label on the planet, and I would still have the same energy, same kind of vibe," he says. "Because that's who I am."
Live Love A$AP is out this Spring.
The SoHo loft of Alicia Keys and former PAPER cover boy Swizz Beatz is up for grabs, and boy, if we had an extra $17,950,000 we'd buy it and move right in with our Furby collection! The couple bought the pad from Lenny Kravitz in 2010 and the near 6,200 square-foot living space features, among other amenities, a floating glass staircase, a crazy outdoor space and, duh, a grand piano. Check out the listing photos and some floor plan porn in the gallery above.
Having appeared in roles since she was eight years old, Moss may have had the busiest pre-Mad Men run of the bunch. Before slipping into pencil skirts and neck scarves as ambitious secretary-turned-copywriter, Peggy Olson, the actress appeared in kids' flicks like Escape to Witch Mountain and Gypsy before taking on meatier roles in Girl, Interrupted and The West Wing (and don't forget her still-on-the-air Excedrin ad!).
In this Rockwellian show about a small-town sheriff, Moss played a precocious little girl who could often be seen showing off in school. That's her with the long hair and pink sweater set at 0:09.
Click to 6:20 to see Moss in an adorable costume as a young Gypsy Rose Lee (and Bette Midler's daughter) in made-for-TV flick based on the '59 Broadway show and '62 film adaptation.
In the Disney Channel EtWM re-make (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kim Richards starred in the original, don't ya know!), Moss co-stars as Anna, who, along with her separated-at-birth brother possesses magical powers.
Moss plays a pre-teen Ashley Judd in this film about the country star and her troubled relationships with her daughters.
The MM star looks unrecognizable playing Polly "Torch" Clark, a young woman who burned half her face off before winding up in a mental institution alongside Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder's characters. Here, Jolie teases Moss before she erupts into tears.
Perhaps her most famous gig before Mad Men, Moss played Zoey Bartlet, the president's daughter. During her tenure on the show, she comes of age, dates her father's aide (played by Dulé Hill), dates a French asshole and gets kidnapped on her graduation day.
Excedrin Commercial, 2005
"If you have migraines, you know pain. These things are for real," Moss says in an oddly sultry voice while shilling for Excedrin. Her contract must've had some extra-special clause because, seven years later, we swear we still see these commercials.
Before They Were Mad Men: Christina Hendricks
Before They Were Mad Men: Vincent Kartheiser a.k.a. Pete Campbell
Before They Were Mad Men: John Slattery a.k.a. Roger Sterling
Before They Were Mad Men: January Jones
1. Check out these stunning artistically modified houses in Houston by artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. [Laughing Squid]
2. From Ed Hardy to meth: swimsuit model Simone Farrow was arrested on charges of leading an international crystal meth drug ring, hiding the meth in bath salts. [Buzzfeed]
4. After much scuttlebutt in Congress about birth control and women's reproductive rights, some activists have started a project to mail knitted or crocheted uteruses (uteri?) to representatives. [Jezebel]
5. Improv-meets-hijinks group, Improv Everywhere, were at it again, turning a normal subway car into a sleeper car, complete with beds. Watch it above. [Animal New York]
6. Apparently, Ashton Kutcher is headed to space. Virgin Galactic announced that Kutcher is the 500th astronaut customer. Let's hope things pan out better than they did for Lance Bass. [Huffington Post]
7. Brett Ratner may be making a movie chronicling the first decade of MTV. [Slashfilm]
8. In other Hollywood industry news, barely a month after Whitney Houston's death, new reports are out that ex-husband Bobby Brown is shopping a biopic of his life around Tinsletown. [Boombox]
Odd Future at Hammerstein Ballroom
Independent filmmakers the Duplass Brothers (above) are the latest to uphold the Hollwood tradition of "keeping it in the family" when it comes to creative projects. Their latest effort, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, arrived in theaters over the weekend and was directed and written by both Jay and Mark (who recently landed on PAPERMAG's L.A. Dirty Dozen list). The two have a history of writing, starring in, producing or directing projects that the other brother (or sometimes one of their spouses!) wrote, starred in, produced or directed.
Eli and Peyton Manning -- We can all agree that Peyton Place, the soap from the 1960s, is LONG overdue for an update. (We're also pretty much 100% sure that 76% of you have had that same thought at least once today.) Eli and Peyton can trade in their jerseys and Super Bowl rings for intrigue and backstabbing. The two of them should play every single character. We're going to need a large wig trunk and something with which we can create cleavage.
David and Andy Spade-- Did you know that David Spade is related to Andy Spade, owner of gallery/store Partners and Spade and former CEO and co-founder of Jack Spade and Kate Spade (who's also his wife)? We'd like to see them on a The View-style panel talk show with another set of siblings, Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. We imagine it involving a lot of outdoor voices while Andy cooly sips tea from a blue-and-red polka-dot mug.
Venus and Serena Williams -- Let's get these girls off the court and in the kitchen. A tennis-themed cooking show, replete with tennis-based catchphrases like "Ace!" whenever Venus puts something in the oven and Serena's trademarked "I swear to God I'll f*cking take the lasagna and shove it down your f*cking throat." Sasha and Malia Obama -- Any sort of martial arts related endeavor. They could open a Dojo, or star in a Rumble in the Bronx-type action movie. Either one. Sensai Malia has a nice ring to it.
Cormac and Melissa McCarthy*** -- You know how you dread having 'the talk' with your children? The one where you break it to them that: "All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain"? Or the one where you have to discuss "the crushing black vacuum of the universe"? Let Cormac and Melissa come into your home and have those difficult conversations with your children on your behalf via a very entertaining puppet show. Both Cormac and Melissa do all the voices. They'll teach your kids about the birds and the bees, and also the blood and the West. ***not actual siblings
Don't be hangry, devour some lunchtime links!
Mad Men jewelry by designer Aaron Saucier. [Laughing Squid]
Rooms in a former Bronx senior citizens home that had fallen on hard times are being repurposed as art spaces. [NYTimes/Photo by Librado Romero]
Omar Sharif Jr., grandson of the great actor, comes out as gay, Jewish, and in favor of a pluralistic Egypt in a new interview. [The Advocate]
When coloring books get really, really real. [Imgur/Reddit]
Obsessed with cereal? Cerealize let's you make your own cereal, name it, and save the recipe for later. Our favorite part? Peeps and bacon as ingredients. [Selectism]
Hungover Gaia, on celebrating Spring: "Oh my God. Are people still doing that? They're like three-year-olds." [McSweeney's]
Nail art is so yesterday. "Caviar manis" (with tiny beads, not fish roe, silly!) are the next big thing. [Fashionista]
Quel dommage! While accepting an award in New York given by the Lycée Francais, French designer Jean Paul Gaultier (he of the new Diet Coke collab) admitted that he thinks American women are more stylish than les femmes parisiennes. "In France, where the women are supposed to be the most elegant, I never saw it. I see a lot of Americans that are very elegant and have a sense of style." [Stylelist]
(l-r) Dress by Valentino, earrings by Blue Candy Jewelry, necklaces by Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz, Rosena Sammi and Shourouk, bracelets by Alexis Bittar, Rosena Sammi, Suria and Blue Candy Jewelry and rings by Rosena Sammi. Shirt and jeans by Levi's.
Shirt and skirt by Louis Vuitton, hat by Stetson, belt by Vicki Turbeville, earrings by Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz, necklaces by Pamela Love, Vicki Turbeville and Fallon, bracelets by Vicki Turbeville, Pamela Love, Fallon and Daniela Zagnolli and boots by Frye.
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Coat by Thakoon, pants by H&M and necklaces by Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz, Mawi and Rosena Sammi.
Top by Stetson and pants by Ralph Lauren.
Sarong by Sir Alistair Rai.
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Coat and top by Marc Jacobs, ring by Alexis Bittar and necklace and cuffs by Vicki Turbeville.
Vest and jeans by Calvin Klein Jeans, necklace by Miansai and ring by Kria.
Vest and dress by Jeremy Scott.
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Coat, top and skirt by Marc Jacobs, necklace and cuffs by Vicki Turbeville, rings by Alexis Bittar, Pamela Love and Vicki Turbeville and boots by Marc Jacobs.
Jacket by Converse One Star available exclusively at Target and hat by Stetson.
Dress by The Row. Jeans by Ralph Lauren.
Jacket by Converse One Star available exclusively at Target, jeans by Ralph Lauren and hat by Stetson.
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Dress by Rodarte and shoes by Burak Uyan for Rodarte.
(l-r) Jacket, shirt and pants by Levi's. Dress by Missoni, earrings by Meghna Designs, necklaces by Suria, Fenton, and Deepa Gurnani, bracelets by Alexis Bittar, Suria and Rosena Sammi and rings by Blue Candy Jewelry, Elodie K. and Ista Jewelry.
Shirt and skirt by Miu Miu, necklaces by Aurélie Bidermann and Pamela Love, bracelets by Daniel Espinosa and Pamela Love, ring by Hannah Warner and holster by Vicki Turbeville.
Prop styling by Brett Day Windham
Photographed at Metro Daylight Studio
Backdrop by Malcolm Hill / Hair by Amy Farid using Bumble + Bumble at Kate Ryan, Inc. / Makeup by David Tibolla using MAC for Artists by NEXT, assisted by Irene Kim / Photographer's assistant: Dustin Stefansic / Prop stylist's assistant: Jenny Blumenfield / Fashion coordinator: Kimberly Pohan / Stylist's assistant: Kelley Bula / Interns: Warren Adriana, Jake Skolnick
As cartoons go, so goes the nation?
Whether in animated series or comic books, fictional cartoon characters seem to be several steps ahead when it comes to gay acceptance and gay marriage. News today that X-Men comics might have a gay wedding in a future issue between Northstar and his boyfriend, Kyle, adds another example to an already extensive list of comic books and cartoons that have featured gay characters and gay weddings (Archie's "Gay Marriage Issue" even sold out despite backlash from conservative groups).
Check out our round-up of some of the best gay cartoon themes from boundary-pushing (gay weddings), to fairly boundary-pushing (openly gay characters) to least boundary-pushing (ambiguously gay or closeted characters).
Pied Piper, The Flash
Satan, South Park
Roger, American Dad
Sexually Ambiguous Characters
Gazoo, the Flinstones
Tigger, Winnie the Pooh
Scar, The Lion King
Back in 2010, artist Andrea Mary Marshall was commissioned by Douglas Perrett of casting agency COACD to illustrate potraits of the 100 top models of the year. Marshall's pencil and gouache pieces feature everyone from Arizona Muse to Selita Ebanks to Naomi Campbell, all of whom are depicted topless, wearing cross necklaces and smoking. Marshall is now selling the portraits on her pop-up site, 100smokers, and all drawings are priced at a cool $425. (5% of proceeds go to Free Arts NYC, which supports education arts and mentoring programs for children.) We've included a gallery of some of the "smokers" above, which are NSFW.