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- 06/18/15--04:30: Mr. Mickey's Pitti Uomo Fashion Diary Day Two
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- 06/19/15--04:45: Rick Owens and Other Designers Salute My Little Pony
- 06/19/15--05:00: Mr. Mickey's Pitti Uomo Fashion Diary Day Three
- 06/19/15--06:00: A Chat With The Wolfpack
- 06/19/15--06:21: Watch "Stephen Colbert" Become Stephen Colbert Become Toby Keith
- 06/19/15--07:20: Blake Anderson Might Actually Be Growing Up a Little Bit
- 06/19/15--08:30: Our Favorite Throwback Nail Colors That Have Stood the Test of Time
- 06/19/15--09:10: Watch Vic Mensa Debut "No Chill," His New Song With Skrillex
- 06/19/15--11:45: A Festival Dating App is Coming Soon
- 06/19/15--12:00: Friday Superlatives: The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week
- 06/21/15--05:50: The Sunday Funnies
- 06/21/15--07:08: Give Dad a Lazy Present and Recommend One of These TV Shows
- 06/22/15--03:45: Scenes from Yoko Ono's Sunrise Performance at MoMA
Day Two of Pitti Uomo is really the marathon day and things started off bright and early at the former Leopolda train station for the Arthur Arbesser show. Austrian-born, Milan-based Arbesser graduated from Central Saint Martins and launched his women's collection in early 2013. His second collection won him the Italian Vogue'Who's On Next' prize and this year he was a semi-finalist for the LVMH prize. At Pitti he showed a women's collection with a handful of androgynous men's looks. He has a great eye for patterns and shape and it was announced today that he's the new creative director of the Italian brand Iceberg and will show a collection for them in Milan this week.
Meanwhile at Emilio Pucci, new creative director Massimo Giorgetti, who also designs the popular label MSGM, showed his debut for the brand, appropriately titled "The Pilot Episode," at the former factory of the royal mews. Giorgetti stayed true to the brand's history of prints but modernized them and showed them with incredible handbags that had our inner bag-hag foaming at the mouth.
Greg Climer is pushing the boundaries of fashion by quite literally turning clothing into film. Designer and faculty member at Parsons School of Design, Climer has birthed the revolutionary idea of creating scarves that are also film reels. With the help of a New Jersey knitting factory, Climer learned to convert film stills into knit creations with each stitch accounting for a pixel of a frame. Per Fast Company, Climer "reduced the size of the frame to the size of the knitting bed, so there were as many pixels as there were stitches. The looms can use up to four colors of yarn, so Climer compressed the colors of his film down to four."
After about a year and a half of work, Climer has so far created one test reel that is approximately as long as a block in New York City and 19 seconds long. Currently, he is working on writing a short film that will eventually be turned into a scarf. Watch this clip to see the test reel scarf that debuted at Bushwick Open Studios festival earlier this June.
Day three at Pitti Uomo had me super excited for the Constellation Africa show, a group show of some of the most exciting designers working in Africa today. All four showed the depth of design talent on the African continent. Maxhosa by Laduma, from South Africa, showed all knits in modern graphic fabrics. Projecto Mental, from Angola, have shown internationally in New York, Johannesburg and Tokyo. They showed their sophisticated and eccentric takes on classic suiting. Orange Culture from Lagos, Nigeria is best known for being a semi-finalist in this year's LVMH prize and showed bell-bottoms with sheer tops. Dent De Man from Ivory Coast highlighted Africa's incredibly vibrant textiles and love of tailoring with sharply cut suits and separates in eye-popping patterns.
Maxhosa by Laduma
Dent De Man
Thursday night Jeremy Scott, the guest designer here at Pitti Uomo, showed his collection for Moschino. The show as in the gorgeous baroque Palazzo Corsini which has fresco-covered walls which was a lovely backdrop for the 'Lords of Acid' show Scott showed- men with part matador/ part Louis XIV hair wearing Monsieur Beaucaire ensembles. Scott really is a perfect choice for Moschino as no other designer today embodies the late Franco Moschino's sense of fun and whimsy. After the every fashion hipster in the vicinity put on their wildest party looks and came to Palazzo Corsini for the after party. Two of Jeremy's biggest boosters, who also happen to be giant stars, Katy Perry and A$AP Rocky were there to help toast the designer and the end of a fashion and filled edition of PItti Uomo!
In a film festival season with many bright spots, one of the brightest has to be The Wolfpack, Crystal Moselle's truly singular documentary about the six Angulo brothers who have lived nearly their entire lives locked inside a Lower East Side apartment with their parents and a sister, cloistered away from the city because of their father's suspicion and fear of the teeming urban society outside their doors. Spending years with only a handful of visits to the outside world (and sometimes none at all), the boys find diversion and escape in the movies, developing a passion for film that they nurture by re-enacting their favorite flicks line-by-line and scene-by-scene with homemade props and costumes. The brothers are smart, funny, articulate and it's the same combination of winning personalities and distinct looks (including strikingly long hair) that draws the viewer into their story much as it first drew Moselle.
Ahead of the film's premiere today, we had the chance to sit down with two of the brothers, Mukunda and Bhagavan, along with Moselle, to talk about their experiences filming the movie, how their lives have changed since and what it was like for the Angulos to recently meet their estranged extended family for the first time. You'll also be able to watch this family reunion and learn more about their story during tonight's episode of 20/20 on ABC.
Mukunda and Bhagavan, what do you remember of the first day you met Crystal?
Mukunda Angulo: We were all walking down 1st Ave and, from what I hear, she followed us and asked if we were all brothers. We all turned back and said, "Yeah," looked back away, and she goes, "Where are you from?""We're from Clinton St, we're from Delancey St." And she's like, "Oh, I've never seen you there." And she's like, "What do you do? What are you interested in?" We started talking eventually and walking together, and we found out our common interest we all had was movies.
Crystal Moselle: Govinda said to me, "So what do you do for a living?" I said, "I'm a filmmaker." He said, "Oh, we're interested in getting into the business of filmmaking." I was like, "Cool, let's hang out, I can show you guys some cameras in the park or whatever."
MA: So it started out as a friendship. She would show us cameras, and sort of ask what we're into. She was the first person that actually really found us interesting and started digging into where we were from and saying things like, "Your appearance is very original; I've never seen anything like this." We weren't used to that. And we thought, "Oh, this person is different."
Crystal, at what point did you realize that the Angulos and their story would be a good documentary subject?
CM: I was filming them very early on, but it was more casual. I was doing this project where I was doing these portraits and little video interviews on New Yorkers, and I had them all come in and my friend said to me, "What is this? You have to continue following the story. There's something very interesting here." And I was like, "Yeah, you're right." And from that point I got a little more serious about filming them. But it wasn't for a year after that I really found out the backstory.
What was going through your minds, Mukunda and Bhagavan, when Crystal mentioned her idea of shooting your lives for a documentary?
Bhagavan Angulo: When she brought the idea to us, we were interested in it because we took it as, "OK, we want to be filmmakers, so this will probably be a way that we can get into it, because we're gonna learn a lot more on the way."
What did your parents think?
MA: Our mom was like, "What? We're boring! That's going to be boring, isn't it? But yeah, go for it."
What about your dad?
MA: He didn't have much say in it, because he wasn't really into society or filmmaking, but he was like, "Do whatever." He agreed to be a part of it.
What's life like for you guys now?
MA: We all have different jobs, but we're all coming together to put our production company together, Wolfpack Pictures. I'm working at another media production company -- I'm an on-set and off-set PA, office PA as well, and art director's assistant -- and I'm doing camera PA work, and I'm directing and shooting and writing out projects.
BA: I teach yoga, and I work at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in Jersey City. I'm also a full-time corps dancer at the Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory.
Do you still live at home?
MA: Govinda lives in Brooklyn -- he's a freelance cameraman and aspiring DP [Director of Photography]. He's working on commercial shoots, movie shoots, short films, music videos. He's killing it. The rest of us still live at home.
Have you been getting a lot of offers from Hollywood people wanting to do projects with you?
CM: There's a lot of reality TV people calling us up. [Laughs]
MA: Yeah, we've been approached by numerous people but we don't say yes to anything we're uncomfortable with. We're looking and deciding and making sure what works for us and our future.
What has been your parents' reaction to the documentary?
MA: Our mom loves the film. She had no idea it would get this kind of attention. She's happy for us, mostly. She goes to a couple of screenings, does some Q&A, too. Our dad saw the movie. He loves it and says it's honest and truthful, and he's like, "Good luck." He knows we'll make it.
One of the most powerful scenes in the film is when your mother calls your grandmother. Have you met any of those long-lost family members now?
MA: That scene was the first time our mom had spoken to our grandma in, like, 25 years. I shot that scene actually and it was shot purely in the moment. It wasn't planned...Recently all of us met our entire [maternal] family. It was a very emotional, overwhelming experience and it felt like we were part of a bigger world.
Where did you meet them?
MA: We went to Michigan where a lot of them live.
What did you know about your family before you met them?
BA: The only connection I had with some of my family was through social media so I had some connection with a few of my aunts and cousins but that was basically it.
Growing up, would your mom share stories about them?
BA: All the time. We'd ask a lot about how she grew up and where she's from and she'd share stories of her father and mother, her brothers and sisters. She told us about her childhood.
Has your family seen the film yet?
MA: They haven't seen it yet but will see it when it premieres on Friday in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre, which is close to where they live.
What did your family know about you guys?
CM: They didn't know there were that many kids!
Now that new doors have opened for all of you, what are some of the things you're most hoping to do in life?
MA: Right now I'm an aspiring director and my biggest goal is to make feature films.
BA: I'm pretty much already doing a lot of what I've always wanted to do because I'm a performer. I'd also like to continue working behind-the-scenes so if that means working with Mukunda as the director and me as the assistant director or assisting Govinda on camera...I'm also working towards becoming a theater rehearsal director.
For a list of showtimes, go HERE.
In the time between finishing his long-running Comedy Central show as "Stephen Colbert," the faux-conservative character and host of The Colbert Report representing one of the greatest comedic performances in history, and starting his new show as the replacement for David Letterman, actual comedian and real human being Stephen Colbert has been making moves trying to establish his identity as a person independent of his creation. It's a somewhat difficult task, particularly when you take into account that he's moving to a substantially bigger audience -- "Colbert" might have been a fixture in your world, but his biggest-ever viewership was 2.5 million people for his last episode, while Letterman's counted over five times as many viewers.
So it's not surprising that the past few weeks have seen Colbert trying to establish a slightly different comedic presence, including literally changing himself with his "Colbeard." He's also engaged in some unironic embrace of some of the sort of American culture it would be easy to mistake him for mocking over the course of the past decade or so -- the sort of culture associated with the red states where "Stephen Colbert" claims as home. Last night, Colbert showed up at the Songwriter Hall of Fame to induct Toby Keith. Vulture has more of the story, as well as a clip of Colbert covering Keith's "As Good As I Once Was."
With half the art world off at Art Basel in Switzerland this week, eating delicious tiny pastries and making us jealous with art selfies, we are still here, dreading the impending doom of New York summer and the art drought that goes with it. Although the scene was quiet last night, a few shows brought substantial crowds of students, tourists and those still left on the island wanting to get a taste of culture before it goes dead in August.
In a small corner of Julie Saul Gallery, artist Sarah Anne Johnson gathered a crowd at the signing of her new book Wonderland and exhibited a set of tiny sculptures to go along with her mystical body of photographic and collage work. Johnson's images of people in intimate moments are transformed into ethereal scenes with glitter or gold foil collaged over the photographs, then brought to life in a small sculpture, making a spooning couple into a multidimensional image of shimmering embrace straight out of a Twilight erotic fan fiction.
Down the hall at Morgan Lehman, painter and ceramicist Paul Wackers worked in a similar form toying with flat and physical dimensions, showing graphic paintings of shelves and windows holding objects and on shelves in front of the paintings, real life renditions of those objects. The objects resemble household items like pottery, plants and books, but Wackers has gives them an abstract twist with vibrant colors and manipulated shapes -- like you took a little acid and went to your aunt's house for brunch. The work in these shows bring the familiar into a slightly surreal sphere, bringing on that strange calm of descending down into the uncanny valley.
The waking life continued on the walk further downtown when a group of what we can assume are performance artists dressed in what we can assume is Burning Man attire, climbed street lights, rolled on the sidewalk and chanted "We're hiring, we have jobs!" to a confused crowd. Whatever their jobs were they didn't seem to get paid enough to afford pants, and all the yelling was turning the dream into a panicky nightmare.
Who knew solace can be found in the heart of the Meatpacking district at a tiny elevator vestibule-turned-gallery curated by Ellie Rhines? The space, titled after its address, 55 Gansevoort, is no bigger then a large closet that can be seen through windows on the street. Artists, writers and a few passersby gathered outside on the street, occasionally entering the room to view Ariane Schick's A Throw of Fifteen-Love, an installation showing images of architecture, nature and body, printed continuously on organza fabric and sealed by plastic wrapping around the room. The work had that hypnotic feeling of scrolling through an image-heavy Tumblr but in person. Standing inside it was easy to forget the screaming performers and even the neighborhood around us, and embrace a moment of calm. At least until the next show.
When it comes to nail polish, I am a creature of habit. You'll only see me wearing two colors: black or white, and never anything else. This weekly pattern first started while painting my nails as a kid in the '90s, a decade dominated by three main colorways: bordeauxs, light pinks and blue/greens. It was a simpler time back then, when "getting your nails done" meant French Manicures with a pearly white tip as opposed to pop art with an assortment of multi-colored gem stones. Yet, even through this evolution of high end nail design, there are a handful of colors that have (in some cases, improbably) gone from '90s (or early 00s) trends to contemporary classics. Whether they remind you of Clueless or The Craft, these shade families have stood the test of time. Below, an ode to our favorites.
Wicked -- Essie
Basically, the velour choker with a cross pendant of nail polish.
Lincoln Park After Dark -- OPI
Where our Hot Topic mall goths at?
Sole Mate -- Essie
This is peak "edge up your holiday party look." We see you Allure.
Romeo and Joliet Nail -- OPI
Like Leo crying on your cuticles.
Fiji -- Essie
There is nothing bitchier than this nail color. This is junior miss, country club cotillion on steroids.
Angel Food -- Esssie
Prom. With crunchy, spiral, face-framing curls. Never forget.
Ballet Slipper -- Essie
This is the de facto base color for French manicures -- and what your conservative Midwestern mom gets on her bi-weekly Friday mani appointments with Sheila.
Sugar Daddy -- Essie
The color that said "I know what a 'sugar daddy' is and have definitely had sex. Yep, you know it, I've had sex. Sex is something I am doing. Sex!"
Light My Sapphire -- OPI
Goes well with thumb rings.
Sky -- Hard Candy
Ideally paired with Tiffany's Elsa Peretti heart necklace, knee highs and a snug Gap/James Perse/Limited baby tee. And don't forget to wear it with your complimentary Hard Candy ring.
Mint -- Hard Candy
You can just hear the snap of Doublemint gum.
~HALL OF FAME~
Cla$$y and sa$$y.
If Vic Mensa's career continues on its current path, he will be a star. The recent Roc Nation member just debuted "No Chill," the latest in a series of high-profile collaborations including a track with Kanye West. Though it's a live video, "No Chill" still sounds pretty good, in the dance-inflected vein that many of his recent singles have come from -- though with Skrillex as a partner, you're going to get a slightly different dance vibe than, say, the house-infused "Down on My Luck." Also note what he asks the audience to yell, continuing a long history in rap of disdain for the concept of practice. [via Noisey]
The Best Interpretation of the Charleston Shootings: Jon Stewart's. He gave a scathing overview on last night's Daily Show of the media and our government's handling of the shootings, and its hesitancy to describe what happened as an act of domestic terrorism, born from our excruciating national inability to recognize our still-rampant racism. Though we spend billions fighting terrorism overseas, Stewart says, "we still won't do jack shit" following this shooting at home. It was powerful and perfect. Don't go, Jon Stewart! --Elizabeth Thompson
Most Beautiful John Lennon Cover of the Week (Ever?): Lady Gaga's cover of "Imagine" at the opening ceremony of the European Games in Baku. She not only looked like an angel, but she also sounded like one, too. She remains pretty faithful to the original song, but adds her own little thing at the end and it was almost too beautiful. Get ready to feel some serious chills. -- Juliette Kang
Most Incendiary Yogurt Commercial: After Chobani released an ad featuring women sensually feeding each other yogurt, One Million Moms wrote in to inform them that they're violating "Biblical truth," which "is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion." But where in the bible does it mention lesbian yogurt-play?-- Suzannah Weiss
Concert of the Week: Antony and the Johnson's two shows this week with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in which funds were donated to the Conservation Council of West Australia, a decision that, according to a press release, was inspired by Antony's "concerns for the future and wellbeing of the Aboriginal Martu community in Parnngurr, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia." You go, Antony! -- Abby Schreiber
Most Dedicated Music Video: Ratatat's "Abrasive." It's a black and white animation of people dancing, but every single frame was hand drawn by band member Evan Mast (E.VAX). That's 4000+ drawings!! -- J.K.
Cutest Reaction to a Camera: I dare you to watch these corgis chase down a camera and attempt to eat it without cracking a smile. -- S.W.
this scene from the movie. Feast your eyes on this weirdness! -- J.K.
Most Embarrassing Picture of a Deity: Doctors' analysis of a painting from the first century A.D. reveals that Greek fertility god Priapus exhibits signs of the penis disorder phimosis. Well, this is awkward. -- S.W.
MostTragic 90's Nostalgia News - In early June, the cast photo for Lifetime's unauthorized Full House biopic was released. But this week, it was announced that Lifetime also plans to make an unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 movie...as if anyone can come remotely close to Jason Priestley circa 1991. -- T.S.
Other Most '90s Tragic Nostalgic News: A '90s fest is coming to Williamsburg. Your Choices Have Come Back to Haunt You. --Elizabeth Thompson
Best Kandid Kanye of the Week - The Wests celebrated North's 2nd birthday at Disneyland, and 'Ye even managed to take a cat nap during a live performance of Frozen. What would Jeromey Romey Romey Rome think? -- T.S.
Worst Twitter Game: Back in April, Donald Trump posted a tweet condemning the outsourcing of jobs. In the wake of his Presidential bid announcement this week, this hilarious tweet calling out The Donald's B.S. went viral.-- T.S.
Best Selfie of the Week: Laverne Cox and Hari Nef (who are both included in our 2014 and 2015 Beautiful People list, respectively) snapped one fierce pic at this year's Inspiration Gala to benefit AIDS research. Anyone else down for a sitcom called Laverne & Hari? -- T.S.
This Chihuahua is the best little yoga star ever. Bravo Panchino! [LaughterKey] Clippy is going through some things right now. [Mlkshk]
Your windows would be weird and smudgy all of the time, but you pay a price for cute. [Mlkshk]
Ron ruins everything. [FYeahDementia]
Can't believe we missed this. [Mlkshk]
A squirrel who hates baseball dive bombed the Phillies dugout during a recent game, sending the players running. [TastefullyOffensive]
Maximum feelings. [Via LaughterKey]
Summer goals. [Mlkshk]
Cher for president. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
The only t-shirt that matters. [FYouNoFMe]
A delightful compilation of cats jumping in boxes and plastic bags. [TastefullyOffensive]
You heard it here first. [FYouNFMe]
A Canadian pilot took his four-year-old daughter on an aerobatic plane ride and she adorably laughs like crazy the entire time. Happy Father's Day!
Father's Day is today, and you forgot to get your dad something. Oops. What could you get on such short notice? Probably not one of the billion "Best TV Dads" listicles floating around the internet every year around this weekend -- besides, you already know if your allegiance lies with Don Draper or Bob Belcher or some other character with an alliterative name. Instead, give your father something legitimately, completely thoughtful -- a recommendation for what show he should binge over the summer. (At least it will show you know something about his taste.) Here are some dad archetypes, along with associated binge recommendations for each:
Does your parental unit always try to make you go fishing? Hiking? Camping? Does he never seem to have time to watch TV? Maybe try seeing if he'll sit down with you for Deadwood, a show that dramatizes the very establishment of civilization. All of the cursing won't hurt -- or maybe it will.
"Hey, have you ever heard of BoJack Horseman?" you ask your cool dad, who was really into Wilco in the '90s. He is really into Game of Thrones because he can talk about it with nerds of all ages, but he did not know that Netflix had original programming besides House of Cards, which he sadly likes. "You know, the one where Will Arnett voices a horse sitcom star? It's really great." He squints. "Of course I have," he says while stuffing a hot dog into his mouth, "But have you seen it yet?""I haven't," you softly reply. "Do you want to watch it with me next Sunday?" The look in his eyes is the only thanks you need, you perfect child.
Be kind to your father and don't suggest something like The Big Bang Theory or NCIS or whatever. Your dadly dad wants kind of corny jokes in a police procedural as he enters the CBS demographic, and you're going to have to accept that that's who he is. But it doesn't mean you can't suggest legitimately thrilling and enjoyable shows that still fit all of his criteria. Here's a curveball: Empire. Your dad is probably not really "into hip-hop" and accordingly avoided the show. But he definitely liked Lee Daniels' The Butler, and once you sit down with him and explain that "But dad, it's like Shakespeare!" he will give it an episode or two, and then he will fall in love with Cookie forever and ever.
Does your dad try to rule the household? Is he cold chilling on some outdated gender norms that you can't shake him out of because he's, like, from a different generation? Does he sometimes wistfully watch sitcoms from the '50s and think about how much better the world was then? (Sorry, we're sure your dad is a great guy.) Have you thought about tricking him into watching Transparent? If that would go poorly, I guess just steal your family's HBO Go account and introduce him to Game of Thrones? See how he reacts to Cersei.
Oh, hey there Blue Ivy. We think your dad might really like Adventure Time. (But don't tell mom.)
A flash flood at the stroke of 4:30am couldn't keep the crowds away from attending YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015, a global sunrise celebration on the summer solstice held at MoMA early Sunday morning. The event, which marked the 50th anniversary of Yoko's 1965 performance of Morning Peace in New York City, was a busy affair at the museum and worldwide: the experience was continued in 8 different time zones with gatherings also hosted in cities like Milan, Moscow, Sydney and Tokyo. Breakfast was served all through dawn, which included French pastries, juice, coffee and champagne and partygoers kept themselves awake by dancing to a set by FLAT WHITE aka Off-White designer Virgil Abloh. For those who didn't feel like noshing or dancing, you were free to explore the artist's solo exhibit 'Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971' held on the museum's sixth floor or display your creativity in participatory art making stations with Yoko's poems. As the sun began to rise around 6am, Yoko took to the stage for a rambunctious set of screaming and dancing alongside Abloh. Soon after, Dev Hynes' band Blood Orange performed a stellar mix of new and old tracks including their hit song 'You're Not Good Enough' and a newly-penned one with NYC-based singer Empress Of. Check out photos from the performance, below.
'Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971' will be on display at the museum through September 7, 2015.
FLAT WHITE aka Virgil Abloh