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    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.

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    After leaving Arbesser's show, I headed to see Carlo Brandelli's collection of updated chic suits for Kilgour, which was shown at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Florence is one of the most gorgeously historic cities in the world and so many of the venues for Pitti are more stunning than a museum. The lone model, wearing the lightweight suit shirtless in the vast vestibule of the palace seemed like a modern day counterpart to Michelangelo's David, which stands at the nearby Accademia.

    Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 9.36.43 AM.pngMeanwhile 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.

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    Thomas Tait, winner of the inaugural LVMH Prize last year was the guest womenswear designer at PItti Uomo (yes many designers show women's along with their menswear but Tait showed exclusively womens). He did a presentation at the gorgeous Boboli Gardens, which featured items from past collections redone in new materials. It also featured streaming video of Tait in conversation with several muses of the brand including fashion writer Cathy Horyn. Tait certainly has no shortage of artistic ideas and it was a treat to see his creavity at work in a beautiful, well-lit space. The presentation was followed by a party in the gardens -- what a perfect way to end a long, full day of international fashion, sipping lemonade in the former gardens of the Medicis!

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    Yesterday was O.T. Genasis's 28th birthday -- and to celebrate, well, himself, dude dropped a brand new song with Lil Wayne called "Do It."

    And while O.T. may be primarily known for his love of the coco, his latest is a surprisingly low-key ballad to his favorite stripper (move over, T-Pain). And though the trappy beats that skyrocketed "CoCo" to the top are gone in favor of a smooth Maxwell sample, the unusually subdued duo make magic together -- creating a surprisingly lush and, dare we say, romantic, slow jam-inspired song. Woof.


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    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.

    Knitted Film test shot from G.J.Climer on Vimeo.

    h/tFast Co. Design

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    Rick Owens

    Speaking of peens meeting My Little Ponies (yeah, we're looking at you, Katie Eary), the king of crotch-flash Rick Owens has also apparently designed his own Little Pony. All black, predictably.

    Though Bronies were here first, the fashion world is now following suit in saluting the beloved equine toons. Owens is also joined by a bunch of other high-profile designers, including Versace, Fendi and Balmain. All of the plushies are being auctioned off on eBay by Italian store LuisaViaRoma, with proceeds from the auction being donated to Save the Children and the Nepal Earthquake in tandem with their own Make Kids Happy campaign. Peep a few of the other high-fashion ponies below.

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    Emilio Pucci




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    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.

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    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!

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    Big Sean showed us his soft side back in February with the premiere of his heartfelt track "One Man Can Change the World" featuring Kanye West and John Legend, a tribute to his barrier-breaking grandmother Mildred V. Leonard. And now we've got the music video for the song, a heartwarming black-and-white homage to the woman who he credits with helping him learn the value of hard work and perseverance.

    The most personal single on Dark Sky Paradise is an extended thank you to Leonard, who served as one of the first black female captains in WWII, police officers in Detroit and a long-serving member of the Detroit Public School system. Big Sean is also using the release of this video to boost his first "Uplifting Our Youth" Scholarship, which raises money for low-income, college-bound graduates in Detroit via the Sean Anderson Foundation. We definitely fuck with you, Big Sean. 

    Keep your eyes peeled for our summer feature with Big Sean and his work in Detroit on next week.

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  • 06/19/15--06:00: A Chat With The Wolfpack
  • Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 12.40.46 PM.pngThe Angulo brothers in outfits inspired by Reservoir Dogs

    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.

    The Wolfpack Trailer. (Photo by aul Bruinooge/

    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.

    6356950908956987501249745_9_WOLF_20150609_PB_211.JPG(L-R) Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Crystal Moselle, Susanne Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo and Narayana Angulo

    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.

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    colbeard1.jpgIn 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."

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    Let's just get this out of the way: when I spoke with Blake Anderson last week, he was not eating a bagel (in fact, he offered me a cookies 'n' creme bar, explaining, "I live a snack lifestyle") and he didn't drop a single f-bomb. Granted, our interview took place in his Crosby Street Hotel room late in the afternoon -- not at 6:00 a.m. the day after what I understand to be a particularly dramatic Warriors game. Any self-respecting Bay Area native would be hurting under those circumstances.

    Anderson was in town for the New York premiere of Dope, the Sundance-ruling gonzo comedy in which he plays a hacker named Will who helps the protagonists (led by PAPER 2015 Beautiful Person Shameik Moore) unload a backpack full of drugs. We talked about the film, the future of his bromantic Comedy Central series Workaholics and whether, hilarious TV gaffes aside, Anderson is finally entering a mature phase in his life and work.

    You're on record as a serious fan of East Bay hip-hop. Did this factor into you doing Dope?

    I think for sure that my hip-hop knowledge influenced my decision to do the movie and the way I acted. My character, Will, has such a debate going on in his head on where he fits in. Any time you're looking at hip-hop from a white person's perspective, I guess you wonder where you fit in on that scale. But I've never thought too hard about it; I just know I like that type of music and culture.

    Growing up in Concord, CA, what was it like being a hip-hop kid?

    No, you know that's the thing about the East Bay or anything that surrounds the Bay Area: that vibe just kind of reverberates through the ground. You can't help but get some culture living in Northern California, or any part of California, for that matter. I feel like music is in the veins of the state; you can't help but pick up something and have a pretty eclectic knowledge. People are just educated all around out there. You grow up around so many different people when you're in California because there are so many different walks of life.

    Where did you hang out?

    I moved to Southern California when I turned 18, and I didn't ever really do the fake ID thing. I guess it's come back around with molly and all that, but I feel like the only time people my age would go in the city was to go to raves or whatever. And it was like, "eh." I was more into drinking beers and making stupid sketches with my buddies. But I was an Oakland Athletics season ticket holder, so I was on BART every weekend going out to see that.

    You're a dad now, and you're out promoting a movie, and Workaholics' fifth season is in the can. Is this a grown-up moment that's happening for you?

    You know, I feel like mentally in my head I have this conversation quite a bit. Like, when do I start to lift the veil of, "I'm your college stoner friend" to "Hey, I might just be a complete human, with a family." I'm not necessarily trying to be a Kevin James King of Queens family-sitcom dude or whatever. I still am a young person, charging life for sure. When you have a kid, it trips you out, man. It makes you think about some stuff. It definitely opens up the universe to you. But I'm still the same dude, I think.

    This seems like the most substantial role you've had so far. How's it different from the TV work that you're familiar with?

    With Workaholics, we do everything. We write it, we star in it, we sit in on the editing sessions. Everybody with the exception of myself has directed at least one episode. So there's a lot of pressure there, but it's also a lot of fun. We call all the shots, so if it's good, it's good; if it's bad, it's our bad. But being a part of a movie and on a set -- I imagine you could come onto a set and it'd be a bad experience if the people you're working with suck. Like, with Workaholics I'm working with my best friends so it's hard to complain there. But with Dope, everybody has been so positive and the whole movie has just been surrounded by a pretty awesome energy that it's been a great experience.

    Do you see yourself getting more serious as you get more used to this world?

    I wouldn't say that's not a possibility, but definitely my passion has always been in comedy. Ever since I was a kid, just like making other people laugh, making myself laugh, that's really what interests me. I like to live in that world. But with that said, I'm not opposed to doing something serious here and there. But that's not, like, my goal. I'm not trying to win an Oscar. If I do, cool. But I'm not going, "When am I going to get my chance to really have the role of a lifetime?" I'm down with just being like, "Whoa, these guys made a really funny movie."

    There's a lot of speculation about the future of Workaholics. Can you speak on that?

    I think we're going to do two more seasons and then put it on the shelf for a little while. Maybe come back when we're all 50-year-olds and reunited, or make it a cartoon, I don't know. I think we could have as many seasons in us as we wanted, but two feels like we'll be able to get out of the show doing it justice and also doing our careers justice. 

    Is there a point where you're forced to grow up? Can you maintain that context of that show indefinitely?

    If we were to go to season 10 or whatever, at some point, these characters would become extremely sad and pathetic, and we would have to address the issue at hand. By then we would all be like 40. To me, it almost gets funnier being that pathetic. Somebody would have to be married in the house or something. I don't know. The possibilities would be endless. Tune in when we come back when we're old dudes. It's going to be a really funny show, I think.

    Dope is in theaters now.

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    artcrawl619_2.jpgSarah Anne Johnson, Sparkles III

    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.

    Sarah Anne Johnson,Sparkles, 2015

    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.

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    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.

    artcrawl619_3.jpgPerformance on West 23rd street and 10th ave.

    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.

    #ArianeSchick at #55gansevoort @alschick @cornerdeliellie #printed #organza #sconce

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    Didn't make it to the Met for Opening Ceremony's one-act play 100% Lost Cotton last Fashion Week? Well no worries, because there's now a mini-doc to dry your tears to.

    A collaboration between Opening Ceremony BFF Spike Jonze and bro-comedy star Jonah Hill, the 30-minute play also featured Rashida Jones, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Karlie Kloss and John Cameron Mitchell. Telling the behind-the-scenes tales of planning a fashion an OC fashion show, let alone one that's being executed as theater, Jonze and Hill made sure there was a little bit of something for everyone: In this case, that translates to a bit of romance and lot of Drake songs. We're not complaining.

    There's enough star power in this clip to rival any Fashion Week fron trow -- Wintour better watch out. Watch the documentary below.

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    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.


    1 - wicked (essie).jpgWicked -- Essie

    Basically, the velour choker with a cross pendant of nail polish.

    2- lincoln park (OPI).JPGLincoln Park After Dark -- OPI

    Where our Hot Topic mall goths at?

    3- sole mate (essie).jpgSole Mate -- Essie

    This is peak "edge up your holiday party look." We see you Allure.

    4 - romeo and joliet (OPI).jpgRomeo and Joliet Nail -- OPI

    Like Leo crying on your cuticles.


    Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 4.00.36 PM.pngFiji -- Essie

    There is nothing bitchier than this nail color. This is junior miss, country club cotillion on steroids.

    6 - angel food (essie).pngAngel Food -- Esssie

    Prom. With crunchy, spiral, face-framing curls. Never forget.

    7 - ballet slippers (essie).JPGBallet 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.

    8 - sugar daddy (essie).jpgSugar 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!" 


    10 - light my sapphire (OPI).JPGLight My Sapphire -- OPI

    Goes well with thumb rings.

    11 - sky (hard candy).jpgSky --  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.

    Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 4.09.48 PM.pngMint -- Hard Candy

    You can just hear the snap of Doublemint gum.



    Cla$$y and sa$$y.

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    Vic-Mensa1.jpgIf 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]

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    Wish you talked to the one guy at EDC *not* in a bro-tank? Bought that unshowered Bonnaroo crusty the drink he couldn't afford? Didja meet Prince Charming in line for the Coachella portapotty? Well thankfully, a Dutch start-up is here to help with their dating app for festival-goers.

    Dubbed Glance, it's not available outside of the Netherlands just yet, but the event-driven dating app is meant to make sure y'all have some common ground before embarking on an overpriced beer garden hook-up. Think of it as a more selective Tinder, but with virtually no travel. After all, your new boo could be just a mosh pit/sweaty crowd/fuccboi swarm away. Grime-lovers in the NYC area, get at me.

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    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

    Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 6.38.45 PM.pngConcert 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.  

    A photo posted by Jeff Harwell (@jeff_harwell) on

    Weirdest Instagram Trend: In honor of Jurassic World, the Internet is being the Internet. Zookeepers everywhere are posting photos where they have recreated this scene from the movie. Feast your eyes on this weirdness! -- J.K.

    Pompeya_erótica6.jpgImage via Fer.filol/Wikimedia Commons

    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 if anyone can come remotely close to Jason Priestley circa 1991. -- T.S.

    90s suck.jpgOther Most '90s Tragic Nostalgic News:
    A '90s fest is coming to Williamsburg. Your Choices Have Come Back to Haunt You. --Elizabeth Thompson

    kanye sleepingBest 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.

    laverne and hariBest 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.

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  • 06/21/15--05:50: The Sunday Funnies

  • This Chihuahua is the best little yoga star ever. Bravo Panchino! [LaughterKey] 14R3I.jpgClippy 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]
    14QRA.jpgCan'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]
     14R0D.jpgWSTS. [TheOnion]

    tumblr_nq7261XxuN1upnfmho1_1280.jpgMaximum feelings. [Via LaughterKey]

    14QZ8.gifSummer goals. [Mlkshk]

    tumblr_nq3h3g9q681qgdmgqo1_500.jpgCher for president. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]

    tumblr_nq3okkiTZo1qf2uqro1_500.jpg The only t-shirt that matters. [FYouNoFMe]

    Us at work tomorrow morning. [Mlkshk]

    A delightful compilation of cats jumping in boxes and plastic bags. [TastefullyOffensive]

    tumblr_mg6u07HC0W1rneyc5o1_500.jpgYou 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!

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    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:

    dedis7.jpgOutdoorsy Dad
    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.

    bojac_s1_006_h.jpgCool Dad
    "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.

    empire_group1a.jpgDad Dad
    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.

    Picture 214.pngManly Dad
    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.)

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    photos by Dash Romero

    Awful Records's Father may be primarily known for his woozy delivery and DIY beats, but the Atlanta-based rapper, whose new album Who's Gonna Get Fucked First was roundly praised by critics, is also noted for being a vocal proponent of female agency and sexual empowerment. So in honor of his namesake day, we asked the don himself to dole out some fatherly insight via email into his sex-positive rap, and how it's colored everything from his patriarchal moniker to his admiration of the female form. Talk about a great role model -- boys, take note.

    In honor of Father's Day let's maybe start with why you flipped the "Hush Little Baby" lullaby in the beginning of the title track. 

    It was just a nice way to juxtapose that intense-ass title "Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?" I came up with the line years ago actually, I had a full lullaby written and was planning to do a book of Awful nursery rhymes. [Plus] my girl is always nagging me about getting weed to keep her calm lol. 

    You've been getting a lot of critical praise for your emphasis on female sexual pleasure and empowerment, especially with lines like "You have a right to all your choices." Why did you decide to approach the album this way? 

    Unwarranted sexual harassment and rape has always made me uncomfortable since I was young. It's just been engraved in my mind as immoral. I've never advanced on any woman that wasn't feeling me -- it's always been mutual passion. Pussy's not that serious man, just jerk off if she's not feeling you. 

    A lot of the album seems to be structured around feminist themes, from the inclusion of Abra on the tongue-in-cheek girlfight parody "Gurl" to a lot of references to putting female pleasure first. Were you hesitatant to talk about these topics as a man?

    Hahahahaha well, one, that song was no parody. I'm not hesitant to talk about it cause it's all real life. My life -- Awful life in general -- has been as gritty and human as say a movie like Kids. It is what it really is.

    What's your take on the state of feminism in rap? Did you fear any backlash from the rap community? 

    I don't have much of a take on it to be honest. And I don't fear the rap community, fuck it to be honest. It's just another glass ceiling. 

    Talk to me about why your crew seems to put a premium on female pleasure. Was it a collective sort of decision? 

    Nah, "shit birds of a feather flock together, Randy," to quote the great Jim Lahey. We rarely make conscious decisions on the sort of content we put out. We're all just very like minded. 

    There's going to be some inevitable questions regarding our contextualizing this interview with Father's Day. After all, sex will obviously be a big theme of an album called Who's Gonna Get Fucked First? so how exactly do those themes play into your moniker? Was it a statement on how messed up the presumption of daddy issues can be for women or...? 

    When I took up the name it was more of a declaration of power. I cite Lil B often as an influential person in me deciding my artist name. The whole idea that "I am "Lil B The Based God" you will address me as such because that is my name," you know? People place so much power and influence in the patriarch. You don't have to like me, you may not even have to respect me, but you will hate, love and or fear me. I just want to make you feel something.

    Your brand new video for "Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?" is pretty intimate (to put it lightly) -- almost to the point of anxiety-inducing claustrophobia. Why stick the viewer smack in the middle of all that? And why keep everyone faceless when you're getting so up-close-and-personal? 

    I'd shot that video twice before and both times they were very typical guerilla-style rap videos. I wanted something simple but more unique. Pomp & Clout were actually the ones that came to me with the pretty radical idea to shoot the entire thing with an old-fashioned endoscope. 

    There are a lot of visual similarities between this video and the one for "Spoil You Rotten." Was that intentional? 

    If it seems that way, it wasn't intentional. The only similarities were they were both shot on my bed, the blatant drug use and appeasing my oral fixation and adoration of the female form. Haha. If that's what you mean, then, yeah, those are my usual themes.

    Catch Father on his debut tour next month.

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    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.

    Yoko Ono

    FLAT WHITE aka Virgil Abloh

    Yoko Ono

    Yoko Ono

    Dev Hynes

    Dev Hynes

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    Ginuwine (aka the King of Bedroom Ballads) is FINALLY back after a long, sexless exile to the land of lukewarm R&B supergroups -- and thankfully with the Lamb-produced "Leave It In," you no longer have to settle for putting "Pony" on repeat. 

    Instead, relish the manipulated vocal bed squeak, the cheeky request to "Leave It In," the urge to yell "where the fuck has this song been my entire lovemaking life?" -- not to mention the impending sense of FOMO/urge to text your ex. Because damn if this isn't a good way to start off your Monday. As if you weren't antsy enough at your desk.

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