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- Literally every single respected artist who has not gone out of their way to say something stupid about Kanye, a list too long to recount here.
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- Smash Mouth guy, as long as he has the bread roll with him
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"I've always been intrigued by the pageant concept and the participants," photographer Everett Meissner tells us. "The idea of putting yourself out there to be judged on your appearance, personality and talent is something I think most people try to avoid in their lives." Meissner recently shot a photo series called "Senior Beauty Pageant," featuring AARP-approved beauty queens vying for the tiara instead of twentysomething college students. His images were taken at the Ms. Senior Massachusetts pageant, part of the Ms. Senior America pageant where all participants have "reached the 'Age of Elegance'" (or are 60-years old or more). Below, we take a look at several photos from Meissner's series and hear what he learned about the pageant experience and aging gracefully.
"While doing some research I discovered the Senior America Pageant, which I didn’t know existed. I thought it would be an interesting project to shoot in the sense that there seems to be a tremendous amount of pressure on women these days to look as young as possible and here's this pageant celebrating their age."
"The pageant was held at Holyoke High School in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was the state finals for Miss Senior Massachusetts. I took the portraits in a hallway of the high school during the event. I thought of several different ways to photograph them, but in the end I decided to eliminate the environment with the white background so the viewer would be forced to just focus on these women. I photographed the contestants between their time on stage and also the past winners who were participating in the event."
"My original thought [for this series] was not to name the photos so it's more about the idea of older women competing in a pageant than certain individuals."
"We talked about age and beauty and what I picked up on the most was how often the women would compliment each other. While I was shooting someone, their friend would say something like 'doesn’t she look good! You know she’s 80!' or whatever their age was. It was a very supportive atmosphere."
"I was shooting a previous winner who was one of the older women there, and while she was getting ready for me to photograph her she said 'oh wait' and moved the slit in her dress a little to expose some leg. I thought that was great and took that as her showing she's still got it."
"Ruth Harcovitz was great to photograph and ended up winning the pageant. She will now advance to the Nationals."
"I came away thinking these women are pretty badass. They were very confident and direct. When you spoke with them, you would get the sense that they were very proud of themselves and their age. They were direct when they wanted to do something a certain way."
"I found their attitudes inspiring. Instead of slowing down and letting life pass them by these woman are charging forward in life."
At Glastonbury, Kanye West called himself the greatest living rock star on the planet. This seems like a pretty uncontroversial statement, honestly (especially for people who get Kanye), unless you are a sad man like, say, that dude from Slipknot or David Crosby -- who, to be fair, was once a legitimately interesting and successful musician, but has now slid into a new career phase where he "complains about Kanye" because he "doesn't play an instrument" which okay, cool. In no particular order, here are several list of rock stars who are bigger than either the Slipknot guy or David Crosby, but less big than Kanye -- helpfully divided into categories:
2Chainz is being sued for calling a woman a "thot." You can see a viral video in which the rapper repeatedly calls Christine Chisholm the sexist slang term after a show and apparently it led to a substantial decrease in Chisholm's quality of life.
"I've never worn heels before," Whiles said. "I'm not looking forward to the video of the show being released and revealing my total lack of grace."
Cast by Shaun Beyen, this season's show also kept in line with Margiela's bent toward challenging societal conventions -- and while Galliano's take may not address commodification and capitalism in the same way as Martin Margiela's original designs, there may be something brewing beneath the surface in regards to gender-fluid casting and the cost differential between women and men's clothing. After all, it's well established that women are consistently chargedandtaxed more for bags and clothes.
"I want to die with my blue jeans on," Andy Warhol once declared, just one of many cultural icons loyal to the sturdy twill uniform. And while like Warhol's pop art, jeans might be forever linked to images of Americana, across the pond there's a slew of small-scale British brands leading the way in pioneering, independent denim design. This year's LVMH Prize went to one such designer -- Marques'Almeida -- who beat out a field of competition that included another rising London-based denim talent, Faustine Steinmetz. Below, we look at these two brands along with eight others that are creating the coolest denim designs right now, everything from fuss-free utilitarian basics to the shredded and threaded, and more.
Marques'Almeida, the brainchild of Portuguese designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, launched in 2011 and quickly gained international cult status for a contemporary grunge aesthetic inspired by subcultures and icons of their youth (think: Riot Grrrls, Corrine Day photography, PJ Harvey). Easily recognized by signature frayed edges, flap pockets and one-shouldered cuts, the brand has fostered a new era of slashed hems and ragged folds, in a range of washed indigo and primary colors. Rihanna is a fan, as is Solange Knowles, Ciara, Cassie and Elena Perminova. Its lived-in look now comes sparkled in Swarovski glitter and jewel embellishment, anchored in glorious '90s nostalgia.
2. Faustine Steinmetz
Born in Paris and now based in London, Faustine Steinmetz uses hand-woven techniques to create her threadbare fabrics and rugged rips. Basic silhouettes are given a teen-dream remix -- jeans come hand-felted or painted in thick silicone, while playfully exaggerated stitching gives a trompe l'oeil effect. It's a youthful joie de vivre that pulls on her Parisian heritage and London surroundings, with each piece laboriously spun on a handloom that can take up to one week to make. It is a precious and meticulously time-consuming approach using recycled fabrics and sustainable yarn, and as a result, very few samples are made. However while small in number, Steinmetz is mighty in impact.
Bethnals is a completely unisex range of utilitarian denims that aims to blur the boundaries of age and gender with their line of skinny and boyfriend-cut shapes. Inspired by the diverse melting pot of cultures found in London, the brand was created by self-confessed denim addict Melissa Clement, a former denim buyer for Topshop who has worked within the industry for 14 years. The label was originally funded by Kickstarter, before being picked up by East London jean-hub Bad Denim and recently opened its flagship store within London's Spitalfields. The brand champions classic, timeless shapes, with a look book that carves a dreamlike androgyny: washed denim jackets, white shirts, baseball stripes and fuss-free cuts.
4. Frame Denim
With a celebrity following including Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum, Kate Bosworth, and Alessandra Ambrosio, Frame Denim is perhaps the biggest heavyweight on our denim list. The brand was conceived in 2012 by Swedish duo Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede, also responsible for London's creative powerhouse, The Saturday Group, an enterprise of twelve diverse companies covering digital, e-commerce and brand management. What launched as a singular pair of jeans (Le Skinny, 2012) has become an international denim dynamo with a loyal super-fan following and a collaborative line with Karlie Kloss (Forever Karlie), which evolved after she complained to the designers about her frustration at finding a denim long enough for her 'legs for days' frame. Voilà, they created a pair, and a new model-designer collab was born.
Wåven seamlessly fuses Scandinavian design with a London edge, with their sleek line of classic jeanswear that includes shirts, jackets and trousers. The brand launched in 2014, gaining fast popularity for their relaxed clean cuts, loose box shapes and neutral color palette, before being picked up by Urban Outfitters and Topman. Head over to their Tumblr for a beautifully curated moodboard of influences and styling.
Sydney-native Ida Thornton moved to the UK in the late '90s, before opening her first Donna Ida denim boutique in 2006 after noticing a frustrating gap in the market for durable, comfortable denim. The Jean Queen now owns two stores in Chelsea and Belgravia, stocking brands including J Brand and Current/Elliott, along with her own line of IDA denims -- a high-waisted fit inspired by iconic women from Bardot to Hepburn. She also runs denim clinics, to assist women in sourcing their favorite fit, and is a patron for Jeans for Genes, a charity fundraiser based in the UK and Australia.
7. MiH Denim
MiH Denim originally made its name during the 1970s, launched by Tony O'Gorman under the moniker Made in Heaven, and quickly became known for its flattering leg-lengthening, playful styles and iconic dove motif. Four decades later, his goddaughter Chloe Londsdale reestablished the brand in 2006, placing a contemporary twist on its retro archive designs. The brand is once again thriving, in a vast range of styles and washes, from dark indigo flares and distressed boyfriend cuts to stonewash overalls and patchwork skirts, favored by the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Natalia Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Katie Holmes.
The streetwear brand was founded by Sofia Prantera and Fergus "Fergadelic" Purcel, who met in the early '90s at London's iconic skate store, Slam City Skates. Their haute-couture skate-girl look throws graffiti prints and graphic rainbow streaks in with relaxed androgynous cuts and micro minis, referencing a pop-cultural cross-blend of rave, punk and grunge for their undone D-I-Y glamour.
Newly launched KÉJI places a modern spin on industrial workwear. The brand was founded by Katie Green, a Hong Kong native who currently designs her utilitarian denims from an East London studio. The result is an Anglo-Japanese blend of boxy, drawstring jackets, voluminous trousers and kimono sleeves, underpinned by '90s minimalism. Each piece is created using non-stretch heavy denim sourced in Japan, designed for endurance and longevity.
10. Story mfg
Story mfg plays the denim slow game -- a thought-to-thread concept founded by Katy Katazome and Bobbin Threadbare, which pulls together innovative weaves and washes to create their vintage-inspired denim pieces, which shun traditional, non-environmentally friendly techniques. The brand experiments with textile production and ethical dye methods and most recently set up shop in a suitably unconventional houseboat on Regent's Canal. Each wistful piece comes with a story -- a denim journey that you can track fully on their website.
The upcoming generation of teens is full of kids who are stars to each other, but inhabit practically a different social universe from adults. They're building their own social media followings on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, you name it -- but to what end? For the olds among us: who are these teens, and how can we be as cool as them? Get to know the most fascinating teens on the internet in our new feature, Yasss Teen.
"I never rely on anyone else. I never count on anyone else, and I don't really trust anyone else. I do what I want, I do what I please, I do what makes me happy. I'm gonna have my fun," says Josie Canseco in her biography for the YouTube reality show @SummerBreak. And judging from her 2015, it seems like Canseco is set on keeping her promise to have her fun. From having some of the most popular Instagrams of Coachella (to the point where a wide-eyed BuzzFeed post singled out Canseco and a friend, at a festival already designed to produce mountains of indistinguishable social coverage) to vying for a spot in Sports Illustrated's 2016 Swimsuit Edition, she's been enjoying herself -- in public, for 152,000 Instagram followers and @SummerBreak's over 380,000 subscribers.
I'm gonna make it for us daddy im gonna make our name powerful again and support us and change the way people talk @JoseCanseco I love you-- Jos (@JosieCanseco) October 29, 2014
Be happy. Be loving. Be spontaneous. Be expressive. Be weird. Be carefree. Be generous. Be grateful. Be open. Be alive.-- Christian Delgrosso (@christiand) July 6, 2015
At Lower East Side's Bridget Donahue gallery, and in conjunction with Gladstone Gallery, a solo show by artist and fashion designer Susan Cianciolo welcomed guests for a talk and performance paying homage to her costume design on Jack Smith's production of Hamlet in Germany in 2012. The performers wore Cianciolo's ethereal tactile garments and moved around a room full of boxes, or "kits," that the artist created as time capsules and diaries of her practice that has spanned almost 20 years. The crowd was diverse, with fashion and art types remembering her collections of the late '90s (that included a collaboration with Chloë Sevigny) and milling around the room drinking cocktails inspired by the lavish event. The drinks each had a gold leaf cherry garnish, created by Arley Marks, the mixer behind the lavish cocktails at Dimes and Mission Chinese.
The night continued at a party for the release of a new zine by Minerva, an art podcast through Know-Wave, Oh Wow gallery's online radio station. The podcast is hosted by four hilarious women of the art world (Fabiola Alondra, Anna Furney, Erin Goldberger and Jane Harmon), who interview and play music with a slew of well known artists, many of whom were in attendance, including Marilyn Minter, Justin Aidian, Leo Fitzpatrick and Jeanette Hayes. Eating gold and hanging with the elite, we could get used to this...
And we did. The weekend festivities stretched far into the week, with a double opening at both Salon 94's downtown locations. Tiger Tiger, a vibrant group show at the Bowery location featuring Michael Asif, Yutaka Sone, Katherine Bernhardt, Nikki Maloof and more, took us on safari with the jungle-themed works of our dreams -- complete with mojitos. Eventually the crowd moved around the corner and down a narrow street to the Freeman Alley location, where LA-based artist Amy Bessone's large ceramic female torsos and Matthias Merkel Hess's utilitarian pottery buckets gave a sudden, and necessary, sobering. It was a reminder that after all this fun, it was time to go home.
Either way, (the still dreamy) Spandau Ballet are pretty happy that their classic karaoke jam/'80s middle school dance staple is experiencing a troll-vival, saying, "It keeps coming full circle...It is great to see the original making a comeback on dance floors around the world."
Could you tell us about the idea behind Valium Village?
Very few people in my life share my sense of humor, so naturally they've been turned off by the types of videos that I watch. I thought to myself that there's no way that I'm the only one that relates to this stuff, and apparently I was right.
As far as what inspires me, or what inspired me to start the account, I would just say, life really -- surviving high school, growing up in a small suburban town, working at the local supermarket. I think I realize that people really like this content because it's so eerily true to life. There's just something to laugh at, and all these situations are so mundane, but they're so relatable at the same time. I always look in the comments; all these teenage girls are saying "oh my god, that's so you," or "oh my god this is just like Tiffany's mom!" It's funny to me that they can relate to the content because it's so bizarre.
Yeah there's something kind of uncanny about it, when you start watching them. Valium Village has a specifically Midwestern feel to it -- was that intentional?
Yeah, that was my hope. I always felt like it would be some small Midwestern town. And the reason why I chose the name 'Valium Village', it's interesting -- I originally called it 'Underwater Tea Party,' and it just dawned upon me one day when I was walking off of the subway and was like "no, Valium Village," and I changed the name. Valium, the drug, treats anxiety, so I was watching these videos and looking at the characters, and they're so subdued in the way that they talk -- they talk so slowly. I pretend sometimes that it's an actual town that they all live in.
When did it all begin?
It started in December of last year, and later I got into this high school melodrama stuff I called "Valium High." It's like a series within the series. But I post anything that I feel like matches the general tone, dreary tone.
Where do you find this crazy material?
That's the age-old question. I get tons and tons of messages everyday.
Are you willing to reveal your sources?
Well it all began at my public library, and I thought to myself "gee, I wonder if they have all those awful movies that they made us watch in health class." It started with that, but then I was really just combing through the Internet -- like the public domain -- which has a lot of great stuff, and Chinese streaming sites. It's actually a really complicated process: it takes me hours upon hours of viewing these awful videos until I find something that I think is worth sharing with my followers.
Speaking of which, you've got over 300,000 now! What's your reaction to the massive popularity?
I did not anticipate this at all, but I'm so glad that people are enjoying the content and that I can make people laugh. I'm always reading on Twitter "I don't understand this? What is the point of this?" That's sort of the point to me: there is no point.
Going back to when you said Valium Village could be a 'small Midwestern town', if you had to put a state to it, what state do you think it would be in?
That was quick.
Like dead-center in the middle of Montana. No other towns around it.
Do you have a favorite Valium Village vine?
It's "Nina finds the man of her dreams." It's just these people in this weird room, and this woman -- I named her Nina (that's not her actual name, I don't think they mention her name) -- and she's always going on blind dates with different men. I post her a lot, and she kind of became the star of the account: everyone's always demanding "we want more Nina!" She's the focal point -- I always fall back on her and bring her back into the show.
I love how you have these recurring characters. Do you mine the same series?
I try and salvage as much as I can, and since I'll do like part 1 and part 2 (like with the pregnancy), or people won't expect it and I'll revisit a story that was posted like 3 months ago -- don't be surprised if you see their faces again.
Where do you want to take Valium Village in the future? It's kind of hit its stride right now -- do you want to continue that, or take it in a new direction?
I'm going to continue with Valium Village. I need to give the people what they want and I'm going to release full-length videos, so they get something beyond the 6 seconds. I studied documentary film in college, so -- and this is kind of a tease -- don't be surprised if an all-original spinoff series comes out of this. I have the resources for it -- I have a lot of friends who studied acting in school and I went to an arts college, so I'd be interested in pursuing a spin-off with some of my own original content.
San Diego Comic-Con is the site of dreams both created (in stoking the flames of anticipation through snippets of footage recalling long-past pop culture experiences) and destroyed (literally everything else about it). In one fell swoop, actress Jessica Walter (Arrested Development's Lucille Bluth) managed to do both, by teasing one of the saddest, most beautiful inevitable culture objects of the modern era: season five of Arrested Development, which we already know is a bad idea. (In case it wasn't obvious, spoilers to follow.)
Apparently, season five picks up where season four left off -- with Buster being arrested for the murder of Lucille Austero, a.k.a. Lucille 2. This suggests that, not only will the new season not start with the most interesting part of the end of season four (George Michael punching his father in the face), it will also have another long trial to cram in legal jokes about Judge Reinhold, maritime law, and Captain Hook, all of which have been in the popular comedy lexicon for years.
Hooray for unnecessarily drawing out beloved television shows!
Dumbest Fake Controversy of the Week:Ariana Grande's Donut-Gate. So she licked a donut and put it back, big deal! At least she didn't double dip a chip! -- Abby Schreiber
Most Insane You-Can't-Un-See-This-Music-Video of the Week:Drake's new video for "Energy" in which he face-morphs into everyone from Miley to Oprah to Justin Bieber and so many more. -- A.S.
Shade of the Week:Morrissey's withering remarks about Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran in which he said, "It's very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can't possibly get any worse." Damn. -- A.S.
Best Blue Raspberry-Related News: Tomorrow is free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven. Tomorrow is also July 11th. 7/11. Get it? Ok, moving on. -- T.S.
Most Important Architectural News: A skyscraper is being built in Australia in honor of Beyoncé. The architects said that the building's design was inspired by Queen Bey's body in the "Ghost" music video. -- T.S.
Baddest Bitch of the Week: Patti LuPone, who's currently starring in Shows for Days on Broadway, confiscated an audience member's phone this week. The woman was apparently texting throughout the entire first act, so LuPone decided to teach her one hell of a lesson on theater etiquette. -- T.S.
Strangest Canadian Antics: Yesterday, after a few tweets about a dead raccoon in Toronto circulated, people began creating a touching memorial in honor of it. After a few hours, the late raccoon lay next to flowers, candles, and handwritten letters. -- T.S.
Biggest Celebrity Scam: Tom Selleck has apparently been stealing a ton of water from California during the drought. Someone call Magnum, H2O. -- Eric Thurm
Best Ironic Petition: This Change.org petition to change the name of Cracker Barrel, because it's offensive to "European-Americans." Well played. -- E.T.
Most Fire Mixtape By an Important Writer:Africa in Your Earbuds 64, a mix made by Teju Cole as part of an ongoing series, with an accompanying essay in The Paris Review. It's lit. -- E.T.
Nik Thakkar is one half the London menswear team Ada + Nik and a regular on list of the sexiest men of social media. Nonetheless, he stays behind the camera in SYN, a new film he's and his partner have directed. Syn means 'with' in Greek and the film is a dark, arty work starring Duran Fulton Brown speaking in poetic verse penned by the designers and B.A. Zanditon. This fifth short film by Ada + Nik is also part of their ongoing collaboration with Hollloway Prison (where Lady Diana Mosley was imprisoned in WW II) and London College of Fashion which teaches inmates to make bespoke clothing in hopes they'll be able to use these skills to find work once they leave prison. Fashion for a good cause!
Serena's "yes, you were saying" face here deserves its own trophy. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
A bearded David Letterman made a surprise appearance at Steve Martin and Martin Short's show, "A Very Stupid Conversation," in San Antonio to read a top 10 list of interesting facts about Donald Trump.
Where there's love, there's hope. And potatoes. [LaughterKey]
Cucumbers shall inherit the earth. [FYeahDementia]
Troll DJs have been replacing their bass drops with Spandau Ballet and It's Awesome. More videos here.
My god, what have we done? [LaughterKey]
And we'll call it "Here, You Need Some Walking Around Money" pass. [AfternoonSnoozeButton]
This pizza could drive in 8th grade. [TheClearlyDope]
What if this is what you see when you die? [FYouNoFMe]
Bounce, bounce, bounce. [FYeahDementia]
Tennis fans watching Wimbledon in the Midwest were treated to this bizarre ad featuring Will Ferrell drunkenly selling "Bagpipes O'Toole Scotch-Flavored Vodka." [FunnyOrDie]
At some point in the recent past, Future made his move. Or, at least, a big Future fan did -- by buying OGMaco.com and having the rapper's (apparent) website redirect to a page that reads, displayed in its entirety:
Sadly, calling the number listed resulted in an error message, but hopefully a serious buyer will come along and resolve this for the Future Hive. The move appears to be in retaliation for a series of tweets Maco sent criticizing Future for normalizing drug use.
I love Future but I also understand Future has destroyed countless lives by making it cool to be a drug addict. 56 Xans isn't cool.-- OG Maco (@OGMaco) July 9, 2015
So yeah, OG Maco got himself in hot water by tweeting some silly stuff, but that's really none of our business.