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    bfa5 copy.jpg(L-R) Joe Schildhorn, Billy Farrell, Neil Rasmus and Dave Prutting. (Joe wears a sweater by OuterKnown, pants by Belstaff and shoes by Cole Haan. Billy wears a shirt and shorts by Uniqlo, shoes by Nike and sunglasses by Toms. Neil wears a shirt by Woolrich, pants by Belstaff and glasses by Warby Parker. Dave wears a shirt and sweatshirt by John Elliott & Co., shoes by Native, pants by Calvin Klein and glasses by Moscot.)

    For a certain segment of social New Yorkers, the kind whose jobs (or no jobs) have them going to parties and events multiple nights a week, there are four guys whose presence at a function can elicit the same kind of delight as spotting a celebrity like Rihanna or Leonardo DiCaprio: the founders of BFA. Since launching BFA exactly five years ago today, the four partners and founders Billy Farrell, Dave X Prutting, Neil Rasmus and Joe Schildhorn have grown their upstart event photography agency into a go-to resource for brands, publications and PR firms alike and a de facto yearbook of sorts for NYC's various culture tribes; for many in media and culture, a work day starts with a cup of coffee and a quick scan of the BFA homepage to see what parties happened the night before, who was seen out where and what everyone was wearing.

    The four partners and their team members are so ubiquitous on the scene in New York (and now LA, where they've recently opened an office), you can practically apply the "if a tree falls in the forest..." adage to their work. If a party happens and BFA wasn't there to shoot it, did it really happen? (It probably did but was not as much fun.)

    As they celebrate their fifth anniversary today -- and ahead of their manic week ahead during NYFW -- we caught up with Billy, Dave, Neil and Joe to talk about how they got started, what they look for in a photography subject and that time at a party when Katy Perry's boob kept popping out of her handmade robe.        

    How did BFA start?

    Billy: We all met at the Patrick McMullan Company at different times but started BFA exactly five years ago today in 2010. We literally flipped the switch [to launch] our website on September 8th in 2010 and we're re-launching the site for the third time with new features today.

    How did each of you get started in photography?

    Joe: I went to Syracuse University and was studying graphic design but I ended up choosing photography to major in. I started assisting fashion photographers in Manhattan, taking the train back-and-forth from Philly where I grew up, and then I finally got an assistant's job at the old agency, PMC [Patrick McMullan Company].

    Billy: I remember when he first started working there in 2004, he slipped up and said to Patrick [McMullan], "This is a stepping-stone." So he got in trouble and got a nickname called 'Stepping-Stone.'

    Dave: I grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut and had no previous experience with photography until I was a Fine Arts major at Ithaca College and I had some kind of requirements left to fulfill the degree. One summer when I was playing college football, I stayed on campus to train and I took a photography class. I initially wanted to be a photojournalist and my teachers were encouraging of it but I came to New York with no clue how to transition into a career in photography. I found some work assisting fashion photographers with Marek & Associates in NYC but because I wasn't making much money, I needed supplemental income and the publicist Susan Magrino, who was a friend of the family, said, "Meet Patrick, he's a great friend of mine." I did, I got a job, and I loved working there because I got to actually take photos and not just assist other people and it was sort of like journalism.

    Joe: I remember when Dave came, he had to shadow me at this one job at the Metropolitan Club and he didn't bring his flash and I was like, "Dude, what are you doing?" and he's like, "I got this, I got this."

    Dave: There's a joke that corresponds with my early photography philosophy and that's "What's a photographer's favorite beer? Natty light."

    Billy: I definitely fell into photography. I was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Vermont when I was 13 and I've been in New York since 2000. [When I moved here] my sister's roommate's brother got me a job at the Today Show down at NBC taking pictures with a very primitive digital camera of all of the ladies holding up their signs. With Al Roker during commercial break, we would basically go around and take pictures of the girls and give them a card so they could purchase the digital copies online. One night I was out shooting a party at the Waldorf-Astoria and I was dancing with a girl and had my camera in my hand and I had a cigarette and beer -- it was back when you could smoke at the Waldorf-Astoria -- and Patrick [McMullan] comes over to me and says, "I like your style." So I got a job there and worked there for 10 years.

    Neil: I first came to New York when I was 19 and assisted a photographer named Chris Makos and I think through Chris, I ended up at Patrick [McMullan's] St. Paddy's Day party at Limelight and soon after started shooting for him.

    What were your first impressions of each other?

    Joe: I remember the first time meeting Billy, I was like, Who is this dude? You'd look over and Billy would be telling people, "No, you don't want to crop it that way. You want to do it this way."

    Billy: I was kind of a busybody.

    Neil: My first experience meeting Billy and Joe was downloading film and going over to the Hog Pit.

    Billy: Which was a bar that's closed now. A lot of drinking was happening. The '80s had cocaine but in the '10s we had lots of alcohol and dive bars.

    Dave: I remember thinking Joe had a kids'-like energy and spirit. He made me smile right away. And I saw how well-versed he was in photography so immediately I wanted to relate to him about that -- and sports. I was the jock-turned-artist and nobody understood me but here's Joe who did, which was cool. Neil was such a calming energy and good force -- he got his work done but also knew how to cut loose in his way. I think right off the bat I thought Billy would be like a big brother role for me in the beginning.

    Joe: Neil was always very unassumingly good with business.

    Billy: It was Neil's idea to start BFA.

    What's a typical day like for you guys?

    Dave: We used to be a little bit psycho with all-nighters. That really can drain you. The lifestyle was not very healthy. I think one of our goals in starting BFA was like, "We want to do this but we want to make it a healthier environment."

    Billy: It's all about efficiencies.

    Neil: Our day-to-day is much more refined now because we have our CEO now, Dan Otero, and so we get up, we have meetings, we have a website to constantly make better, we have administrative duties and then we go shoot and get the job done.

    Billy: Maximum efficiency is going to maximize your business and in our case, if you're out there shooting and you're part of the grind, is it more efficient to go and do it yourself and shoot for four hours and then edit for five hours until the wee hours of the morning and then try to go and do it all over again and maintain that quote-unquote "quality control" or is it more efficient to enlist others and help them and spread the wealth a little bit and figure out how you can make it more of a team endeavor? In my opinion, that's the biggest accomplishment of BFA in the last five years. We've taken it from a bunch of guys out there shooting parties, doing it themselves A to Z, to creating a system where there's a beginning, a middle and an end when it comes to our process.

    What is that process?

    Billy: We have a bookings department [to book jobs] and then we're going to enlist editors to actually edit our photos so we can be more efficient and get some rest -- not that that happened for the first few years. But now I think we're in a good situation. We all cleaned up our acts in different ways. We get up in the morning, we go to bed around midnight instead of 6am.

    Dave: There's an occasional night or two throughout the year, especially the Met Gala, where I stay at the office all night and I shoot the Met Gala and I edit and I like to help. And I want the team to know that I'm always there to jump in.

    Billy: You're dealing with 1.6 million pictures on our website right now. The quantity coming in is such that you have to create systems so you can create a quality-control environment otherwise you just can't do it. And honestly you're only as good as your last party so you have to make sure that that is the first thing. We're in the service business, by the way, and we have to recognize that every night we go out. We are not party photographers necessarily -- we're promoters of a visual image and we're promoting our clients.

    bfa1 copy.jpg(L-R) Neil Rasmus, Billy Farrell, Dave Prutting and Joe Schildhorn



    And speaking of quality, can you discuss what makes a BFA image unique?

    Billy: You used to be able to tell between all of the photographers who shot what. But the goal is that you cannot tell and the reason for that is not because we want to create mindless employee drones and take the art out of it but it's because we want to make sure that we're creating a consistent product and we also want to make sure that that is better than our competitors. What I mean by that in a literal way is so if you've got a photograph from a competitor and you've got a photograph from one of our photographers, [ours] should be brighter, it should be more interesting in the face, [the photographer] should have been engaging with their subjects so you can always see that in the eyes. You can see if a photographer was having a bad day often by just looking at the people and how they're looking at the photographer. It's like a mirror. As far as the personality is concerned, our photographers have to be engaging without being too in-your-face, they have to be reportage but at the same time, somewhat commanding.

    We've also got this testing system put together that includes flash cards and a forty-question questionnaire that has a lot to do with the environment. Questions such as "Who is the Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar?""What does DVF stand for?" We want people to understand that if they educate themselves, they're going to have a lot better time when they're working for us and the clients are going to have a better experience.

    How many peoples' names do you think you have memorized?

    Billy: I've been quoted in the New York Times' as [having memorized] 5,000 names.

    Who are some of your favorite people to shoot?

    Billy: Mickey Boardman!

    Dave: Waris [Ahluwalia]. He's always game --

    Billy: But he doesn't smile.

    Dave: No, but I can always put him in very precarious situations and he'll go with it.

    Neil: Heatherette in the old days.

    Billy: Oh yeah Ritchie Rich.

    Neil: They were great.

    Joe: Sarah Jessica Parker is someone that I've always connected with and always have a great time photographing. There's a million out there -- Johan Lindeberg's another great one.

    Dave: I remember meeting Kanye at the Public Library when I was shooting Paper's 25th Anniversary Party for Patrick McMullan. He was dating Amber Rose at the time and basically he got wind that I was the house photographer and he goes, "Yo, yo, yo, let's do a couple photos" and I'm like, "yeah, cool" and all nervous. He's like, "You're the guy? Alright, let's do it." And he was directing [the shoot] -- I was totally okay with that, I was just there to make sure I got the job done. What he wanted to do was go to the top of the stairs at the library inside and when we got all the way to the top, I had to go down backwards taking pictures of him and Amber walking. And then he looked at the pictures and said, "Let's do it again." I also remember meeting Katy Perry for the first time. I met her at an Erin Fetherston dinner and nobody knew who she was. I thought, "You seem so interesting. What's your story?" She was wearing this robe -- she was like, "Oh I made this myself" but her boob kept slipping out the side and she kept fixing it.

    Joe: Speaking of Kanye, there was an interesting moment that I think Billy and I will always remember in Paris. We were hired to photograph Kanye's fashion show and it was a very, very raucous and busy place with a lot of music and DJs and Billy was at the front of house and I went backstage for a minute to look who was back there to get some photos. I see Kanye right there and Kim Kardashian and I was like, "Oh, let's get a photo of you guys together."That was one of the first photos ever taken of the two of them together. I had no idea that they even knew each other.

    Billy: They did the go-karts there that night. Joe's a matchmaker.

    Do you have any tactics for how to approach these celebrities and take their photos at these events?

    Dave: The general tactic is to stop being nervous about it and hopefully try to convey that you are working for the reason the celebrity is there -- you're working for the client or the brand.

    Billy: You're here for a good thing. You're not here to exploit.

    Dave: Sometimes it's hard and you have to deal with publicists and sometimes a publicist will be like, "No, no photos of them" and sometimes I just go right up to a celebrity and say, "Hey, man, this is what we're doing here. Do you mind?"

    Billy: They know what's up.

    Dave: They usually say 'yes.' That's the secret! Don't ask the publicists first!

    Billy: It's almost annoying if a photographer takes too much time to build up the courage to just ask because we're at a party and we are sanctioned with cameras so if you find yourself in that position, you've got a job to do. Make it happen and be polite and figure out how to make it quick because no one wants to wait around. If you were Kanye West and you're at a party, do you know how many frickin' people want to talk to you? You don't really have the time to have five minutes or even one minute with the photographer so for us photographers, we need to get it, get it right, know their equipment and get in and get out and be vigilant in case something else cool happens. It's not over once you shoot them -- you're always watching. Always.

    What types of qualities will compel you to shoot a non-famous guest at a party?

    Billy: Well if you're at an event, you're probably there for a reason and we paint the picture of an event.

    Dave: That's a Patrick kind of ethos. Patrick always said, "Andy Warhol always told me, 'You never know who this guy is going to be one day.'" Sure enough, a lot of his pictures were of people who are somebody now.

    Billy: So it's not about who's A-list, B-list, C-list or whatever, it's about taking the photographs that best paint the event and that's it. And, of course, the celebrity stuff, you can't miss it. You can't be like, "Oh, I'm going to shoot the bartender instead." You have to do both.

    Dave: It's also about, "Are you happy? Are you stylish? Do you care about your presentation?" I'm not a fashion expert but I appreciate peoples' outfits way more than before I started this job. But I like people who smile, people who have a good sense of self and their energy is good and if they're having a good time. It's also about making the guests feel welcome. If they want a photo, we're gonna take their photo. Anyone who wants me to take their photo, I always do.

    What have been your most memorable events you've shot?

    Dave: Milk Studios' party kick-off -- I think at Fashion Week -- when they brought Wu-Tang Clan together for the first time in a long time. It was Raekwon, Method Man and Ghostface Killah. I got to hang out in the green room downstairs.

    Billy: I got locked into the green room once with Ted Turner and Mikhail Gorbachev in a security lockdown at the Pierre. It was just me and those two dudes and a translator. It was before BFA, I was doing my time at PMC. It was for "Global Green," which is Gorby's foundation. I don't remember the details but I just remember that it was kind of crazy and it made me think about my responsibility to document what I'm supposed to and of course I wasn't taking pictures of them [there].

    Joe: I remember photographing a fashion event years and years ago for Stevie Wonders' daughter's fashion line. Stevie actually wanted to take the pictures at one point and he grabbed the camera out of my hands and I positioned the camera in his hands where it should be and I un-zoomed it so he could get the wide shot -- it was a family photo -- and he just started snapping photos.

    Neil: I think the most memorable experience was actually when I wasn't shooting -- it was after we were on a trip to Moscow for Valentino and the morning after the event, we went to a bathhouse and it was Justin Portman and [his ex-wife] Natalia Vodianova and Valentino and their whole entourage and Mario Testino was shooting Natalia and a few other models in the bathhouse. I just remember sitting in an ice bath eating caviar and taking shots of vodka while Testino was lighting up a room. That was interesting.

    Billy: People were getting beat up by bushes. What do you call that?

    Neil: Some sort of massage.

    On that vivid note, tell me about what the future has in store for BFA.

    Neil: We can't only be a party photography agency anymore, we have to create all the content for the client. Image content, video content, social media content -- whatever our client needs.

    Billy: We've got BFA Social, we've got BFA Video now and BFA Air, which is our new drone flying program. We partnered up with some guys who are real professionals in that field. Another great example of new things we're doing is BFA Studio, which is addressing client needs for headshots or lookbooks or product photography and e-commerce photography. We're already shooting the events for them so why do they need to go anywhere else for those types of things? They don't.

    Stylist: James Neiley
    Assistant Stylist: Carole Fe


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    Favored Nations will release their debut album The Great Unknown on October 2nd, and Paper has the premiere of their new single "I Can See You." Favored Nations is a new band, but the members aren't new to the dance-rock game; James Curd has worked with DFA and Surahn "Sid" Sidhu has written for the likes of Usher and Kimbra and toured with Empire of the Sun. They are joined by Morgan Phalen, former vocalist for New York rock revivalist Diamond Nights, who met the pair shortly after leaving the city.

    "I was living in L.A. and had gone to see a friend's band at The Echo. Ironically, I have very little stamina for watching live music. I think I get a little overstimulated," he says. "I ended up at the back of the bar sipping cold ones and commiserating with a like-minded individual who turned out to be James. When he got back to Adelaide, he sent me a message with a link to a jillion instrumentals he had done, some with Sid. It was pretty informal, sort of casting a wide net, as he's a hustler supreme, but I just went through the list, one by one, writing and fiddling until now. 

    "I'm being a tad glib since it's been three years, and we've ended up putting a lot of sweat into this. But all in all, it has happened reasonably organically. I'm very pleased that we get to work this way," he says. "It feels very modern and as if the music wasn't even made by us. It just oozed out of the internet like maple syrup."



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    photo by Emily Shur

    Azealia Banks took to Instagram yesterday afternoon to share a few thoughts on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's stance on immigration -- and the results were, uh, unexpected to say the least.

    Saying that immigration is "the BIG American problem" responsible "for the Black Man's current misfortune" as public resources (i.e. government money, state aid, school space, etc.) are spread across poor African-Americans and new migrants, Banks went on to blast the current infrastructure's misdirection of resources to an influx of international immigrants. 

    And while she admits that "it's selfish," she goes on to explain that she "cannot afford to focus on ANYONE OR ANYTHING BUT MY OWN" saying "America has been really good at convincing me that everyone else's problems are more important than my own. I want my fucking money!!! Me First!!!" 

    Obviously, her statements caused quite the stir, so she elaborated on her "social experiment," saying that this was more about presenting an abstract view of America's inequalities rather than shipping Trump's immigration policies outright.

    "There are many other instances in history like this," she concluded. "Self-preservation is Key."

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    With the recent breakups of Chad Kroger and Avril Lavigne and Jennifer Westfeldt and some dude named Jon Hamm, the venerable institution of celebrity romance has come under fire yet again. It's part of a long tradition of proclaiming the death of love after big, visible breakups, which is kind of weird when you think about it -- is the ability of other, famous people to stay in a long-term relationship (at least publicly) indicative of the strength of the concept of love and commitment? Maybe! (Then again, maybe Western ideas about romantic love really should just die already?) At the very least, there are still a number of celebrity couples for you to latch on to, in case you'd forgotten. Here are the ten celebrity couples keeping hope alive for you:



    Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
    It's hard to imagine this couple's home life as anything other than adorable and goofy. They got together before Pratt's meteoric rise to superstardom from The Guardians of the Galaxy through Jurassic World (even before he started appearing on Parks and Rec), while Faris stars on underrated CBS sitcom Mom. Think about what it's like when they both get back from a long day at the office. -- Eric Thurm


    Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi
    One of the more inspirational celebrity duos, the marriage of Ellen and Portia was one of the first high-profile gay weddings, and as much as she's now mostly associated with her daytime talk show and taking selfies, Ellen's role as a pioneering out celebrity is hard to understate. These two have been going strong for over a decade -- let's hope they keep going. -- ET

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    Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom
    Maybe one of the most confusing couples ever, comedian and actor Andy Samberg quietly married artist Joanna Newsom in 2013. Do you think after he comes home from the set of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Andy Samberg listens to Joanna Newsom play the harp as he lies on the couch with his eyes closed? Do you think they feed each other grapes? We definitely didn't write any fan fic saying that. Nope. -- ET

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    Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito
    These two had a rough patch a few years ago, separating briefly after 30 years of marriage -- which, god bless -- but reunited and are still going strong as showbiz' ultimate cool af lovebugs. Plus, they dress their dachshunds in tutu dresses. Mad respect. -- Elizabeth Thompson

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    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
    These two and their damn Quiche Fridays and chemistry kits and jokey butt shots. They're an eternal delight floating on a cloud of friendship and love. And pizza. -- ET

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    Michelle and Barack Obama
    The First Couple is still the best couple (sorry Jay Z and Bey, your relationship is strained enough that it doesn't make this list) -- and now that Sasha and Malia and are old enough to be off doing their own thing (like interning for Girls), their classy, yet dorky family dynamic (and genuinely sweet-seeming, high-powered marriage) can go to the next level. Just think about what they'll be like once Barack finally gets out of his awful job. -- Eric T

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    FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson
    They of the perfectly sculpted cheekbones, Robert Pattinson and FKA twigs are both bringing palatable levels of mid-range spooky weirdo vibes -- and as such, are the ultimate alterna-celebrity couple to ship. Plus, you can bet your money on this shit working out, because apparently there have been lots of rumors re: wedding bells on the near horizon. Watch out for their inevitable vampire/scarf birth video. -- Sandra Song


    Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard 
    Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are so freaking adorable that they made a series of commercials that basically advertised how damn cute they are, and it just made us like them more. The Veronica Mars/Frozen star has been dating Shepard (best known for Parenthood) since 2007, and they famously waited until gay marriage was legal in California before they tied the knot. They were cute as heck in Hit and Run, which Shepard also wrote and directed, and he's such a good husband that he even made a cameo as a slimeball in last year's Veronica Mars movie. Should anything ever happen to these two, it would be like that time Bell saw a sloth times a million. -- Michael Tedder


    Josh Homme and Brody Dalle 
    Talk about loud love. Punk goddess Brody Dalle is probably best known for fronting the Distillers, though she released a rather underrated solo album last year. She's been hitched to Queen of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme since 2007, and they've frequently collaborated with each other. Their dedication to each other through good times and bad melts our rock 'n' roll hearts. -- MT


    Kim and Kanye
    Arguably the ultimate Golden Couple of this list, Kimye can never break up because just look at how in love they are. From the snore selfies to the smiling Kanye pics, there isn't a couple we love to live vicariously through more than Hollywood's foremost champagne-slurping dream-team. Maybe we'rebiased, but c'mon. -- SS

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  • 09/08/15--09:30: Our NYFW Mega Party Guide
  • It's that time of year again when the fashion world alternates between a week-long champagne buzz and wanting to bang their head against their computers: New York Fashion Week. As we do every season, we've rounded up the best parties on offer and rated your odds of getting in. Keep checking back as we'll be updating our guide every day with new listings.

    Tuesday, September 8


    Hot-Girls-Eating-Pizza (3) copy.jpgALREADY HAPPENED
    WHAT: Hot Girls Eating Pizza Party
    EXPECT:
    Downtown art-and-fashion types, Brooklyn creatives and a general potpourri of party kids will pre-game NYFW with lots of Rubirosa pizza and White Girl Rosé (that'd be the Fat Jew's brand) at this party hosted by ØDD. and @h0tgirlseatingpizza celebrating the launch of THISISODD.NYC. Music will come courtesy of DJ Nelleke.
    WHERE:
    The Garret, 296 Bleecker St., 2nd Floor, Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Tuesday, September 8th from 7-10pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    40-60

    Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.08.11 PM.pngALREADY HAPPENED
    WHAT: G-Shock Dinner at the Four Seasons
    EXPECT:
    The iconic sport-watch brand and Manhattan's preeminent power lunch spot and temple to mid-century modern exquisiteness might seem like odd bed-fellows but no matter -- a slew of fashion folks and editors will turn up in cocktail attire to toast the brand's new president and enjoy a dinner at one of NYC's most famed restaurants before its rumored closing next year.
    WHERE:
    Four Seasons, 99 E. 52nd St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Tuesday, September 8th at 7pm
    RSVP:
    Invite only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    20-80

    Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 3.35.30 PM.pngALREADY HAPPENED
    WHAT: Club Sandwich 
    EXPECT:
    Parisian gay/fashion party 'Club Sandwich' comes to NYC to celebrate their fellow countryman Hugo Matha and his wildly-popular accessories brand.
    WHERE:
    Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Tuesday, September 8th
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    50-50

    Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 3.38.35 PM.pngALREADY HAPPENED
    WHAT:
    OTTE x Dash Hudson NYFW Party
    EXPECT:
    New York boutique OTTE teams up with Dash Hudson, the app that lets you shop your favorite looks as seen on Instagram, for a rooftop bash at the Gansevoort Meatpacking.
    WHERE:
    Zerzura at Gansevoort Meatpacking, 18 Ninth Ave., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Tuesday, September 8th from 6:30-9:30pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    45-55

    Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 3.44.34 PM.pngALREADY HAPPENED
    WHAT:
    Margherita Missoni x Peroni Debut Their Fall Fashion Collaboration
    EXPECT:
    Dapper Europeans, socials, editors, designers and, supposedly, Wiz Khalifa, will head to the Gramercy in honor of a collaboration between Margherita Missoni and Peroni. Fashion crowd favorite Chelsea Leyland will be behind the decks and, of course, we're sure there'll be plenty of green bottled beer.
    WHERE:
    The Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 7:30pm-10:30pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    35-65

    BFA 5 YR Invite.jpgALREADY HAPPENED
    WHAT:
    5 Years of BFA
    EXPECT:
    Upstart event photography agency is clearly an upstart -- or merely an event -- photography agency no more: BFA is celebrating five years of being on the scene and documenting the best and brightest New York (and global) culture has to offer. Join them and raise a glass at their anniversary party at Le Bain where DJs Ruckus, Stretch Armstrong, Jus Ske, Mia Moretti and Grey Wattz will be spinning until the wee hours.
    WHERE:
    Le Bain at The Standard, 442 W. 13th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Tuesday, September 8th from 9pm-2am
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    30-70

    Wednesday, September 9th

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    WHAT:
    E!'s NYFW and Fashion Police Party
    EXPECT:
    On the heels of a year filled with many ups and downs, E! and Fashion Police are putting that behind them, throwing on their best pair of stilettos and ringing in the start of fashion week.
    WHERE:
    The Standard Hotel Biergarten, 69 Little West 12th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 7-9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    55-45

    C0081DA2-B175-4BCA-8F69-CB110286D2A1.pngWHAT: The Top of the Standard Kicks Off NYFW 
    EXPECT:
    The Top of the Standard (fka Boom Boom Room) throws a NYFW pre-party with a special performance by Erykah Badu. Let the good times roll.
    WHERE:
    Top of the Standard, 442 W. 13th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th at 10pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    25-75

    chloenyfwiamge.jpgWHAT: Chloé x New Yorkers For Children Cocktail Party
    EXPECT:
    Head to the Chloé boutique in Soho for cocktails and a good cause: the party, which is being hosted by Stefania Allen, Selita Ebanks, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Kate Davidson Hudson, Amy McFarland and Vanessa von Bismarck, will raise funds for New Yorkers For Children.
    WHERE:
    Chloé, 93 Greene St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 7-9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    40-60

    NorisolInvite_Document_V2.jpgWHAT: Document Journal Hosts a Concept Store Opening For Norisol Ferrari
    EXPECT:
    The designer celebrates the opening of her new concept store with Document Journal and a party featuring music by Honey Dijon.
    WHERE:
    632 W. 28th St., Bldg 16, Floor 3, Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 7-10pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    65-35

    rosebarpekingduk.jpgWHAT: Peking Duk Rose Bar Sessions at Gramercy Park Hotel
    EXPECT:
    Head to the Gramercy Park Hotel to catch Aussie EDM duo Peking Duk during the hotel's Rose Bar sessions.
    WHERE:
    Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th at 9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    50-50

    Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 3.08.25 PM.pngWHAT: Candice Lake and Mia Moretti Host STATE Debut
    EXPECT:
    Brand new modeling agency, STATE, which, according to its bio, "seeks to offer a modern alternative to a rapidly evolving industry" as "an agency of authentic and alluring personalities" and an emphasis on promoting their models through social media and digital initiatives, toasts their inaugural season with a party at The Skylark.
    WHERE:
    The Skylark, 200 W. 39th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 6:30-9:30pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    55-45

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.34.33 AM.pngWHAT: The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty Host a Screening of Breathe With Director Mélanie Laurent
    EXPECT:
    French actress/director Mélanie Laurent teams up with the Cinema Society and Dior Beauty for a special screening of her new film about two young girls whose intimate friendship takes a twisted turn. The screening will be followed by an afterparty at Ladurée Soho.
    WHERE:
    Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th at 7:30pm (party from 9:30pm-midnight)
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    35-65

    Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 3.14.05 PM.pngWHAT: Marieclaire St John Celebrates the Launch of Jacket
    EXPECT:
    Fans of the dress shirt designer, who made a name for herself with her line of chic silk shirts that you can customize with embroidery, will head to the Meatpacking District to celebrate the launch of the brand's jackets and a preview of the Spring 2016 collection.
    WHERE:
    Industria Superstudio, 775 Washington St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 7-9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    50-50

    ALEXANDER WANG_DO SOMETHING_STORE_EVENT - SEPT 9, 2015 copy.jpgWHAT: Alexander Wang x DoSomething.org Event
    EXPECT:
    After teaming up with Kanye, Kim, Grimes, Kate Moss, The Weeknd and more on a new campaign on behalf of DoSomething, which inspires young people to take action and create social change, Alexander Wang celebrates the partnership with an in-store event. Net proceeds from the sale of co-branded items and Beats by Dre headphones will benefit the organization.
    WHERE:
    Alexander Wang Store, 103 Grand St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 7-9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    30-70

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 4.09.00 PM.pngWHAT: MADE Hosts a Party With Hitchhiker
    EXPECT:
    Korea's latest K-pop sensation, the producer Hitchhiker, hosts this party at Milk Studios' Jam Room and will have a separate installation of his signature metallic robot suit in the studio's gallery space throughout the week.
    WHERE:
    Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th at 9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    20-80

    55e71692c3fd11441207954.jpgWHAT: Timo Weiland for HUE Global Design Discovery Program Launch Party
    EXPECT:
    Join Timo Weiland in celebrating a new partnership with footwear/legwear brand HUE as part of their Global Design Discovery program that provides resources to rising young designers around the world.
    WHERE:
    339 W. 38th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 9th from 7:30-9:30pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    60-40

    Thursday, September 10th

    marc22.jpgWHAT: Bookmarc Celebrates Gloss: The Work of Chris Von Wangenheim
    EXPECT:
    It's the party whose dress code launched a thousand tweets. Don your favorite gold lamé turban, break out that glitter and party like it's 1978-by-way-of-1992: the disco-tinged bash celebrating a new book featuring works by the late German fashion photographer (and hosted by Marc Jacobs) heads to the space once belonging to '90s party mecca, the Tunnel, for a raucous, no-holds barred affair. BYOWH -- Bring Your Own White Horse. 
    WHERE:
    The Tunnel
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 8pm-midnight
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    15-85

    55ea21d6625511441407446.pngWHAT: Creatures of the Wind 'Eclipse' S/S 16 Afterparty
    EXPECT:
    The beloved cult label fêtes their new collection with a party at white-hot East Village joint Elvis Guesthouse featuring a performance by British avant popsters Micachu & the Shapes.
    WHERE:
    Elvis Guesthouse, 85 Avenue A, Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 10pm-2am
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    65-35

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 4.31.56 PM.pngWHAT: Totokaelo Store Opening
    EXPECT:
    The Seattle concept store sets up shop in Manhattan in a 5-story space that carries brands like Acne, Rick Owens and Dries Van Noten. While you shop, snack on treats from Dimes, The Smile, and the Butcher's Daughter. Tunes will come courtesy of MeLo-X.
    WHERE:
    Totokaelo, 54 Crosby St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th at 6pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    15-85

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.21.02 AM.pngWHAT: Chez André at subMercer
    EXPECT:
    The Andrés (that'd be Balazs and Saraiva) are bringing back their louche party den, Chez André, for a limited time only at subMercer. Expect to find assorted models, DJs, designers, editors and a celeb or two rolling through after-hours when it's time to unwind from the rest of the NYFW madness.
    WHERE:
    subMercer, 99 Prince St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th-Sunday, September 13th from 10pm-on
    RSVP:
    Invite Only but you can 'leave a message' at 212-965-3815
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    25-75

    29Rooms_Invite_VIP_1.1 - SWG copy.jpgWHAT: Refinery29 Launches Their 29ROOMS Project
    EXPECT:
    The fashion and lifestyle site turns 10 with a party co-hosted by Drew Barrymore, Alexa Chung and Zoe Kravitz in a massive warehouse venue that'll be transformed into a "choose your own adventure"-style space featuring design, art and culture.
    WHERE:
    15 Huron St., Brooklyn
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 9pm-2am
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    40-60

    3F64735B-C03A-493D-B897-C8BEB5997205.pngWHAT: Dior x Details Party
    EXPECT:
    Dior Homme teams up with Details for 'Tailor's Cut,' a cocktail party in which stylish gents will be able to take advantage of an exclusive personalization service offered at the brand's UES boutique (and, for all the non-fashion folk, the service will be available through September 24th).
    WHERE:
    Dior Homme Boutique, 17 E. 57th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 7-9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    55-45

    55dcf54eaeaa51440544078.jpgWHAT: Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry Host a Party Celebrating 30 Years of I*N*C
    EXPECT:
    It'll be chiseled cheekbones galore when models Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry host this bash for I*N*C.
    WHERE:
    IAC Building, 555 W. 18th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 6-8pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    60-40

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 12.08.25 PM.pngWHAT: Bottletop x Africa's Out! NYFW Launch
    EXPECT:
    Join African artist Wangechi Mutu, along with models Candice Swanepoel and Lais Ribeiro, among others, to celebrate a collaboration between Mutu and Bottletop, a handbag line made by African artisans using recycled bottletops and Mulberry leather (the brand was started by Mulberry founder Roger Saul and his son, Cameron).
    WHERE:
    Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 6-9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    45-55

    graziafortunanyfw.jpgWHAT: Grazia Fortuna Ward Fashion Meets Art
    EXPECT:
    Donna Karan and her Urban Zen foundation hosts an opening for Italian artist Grazia Fortuna Ward.
    WHERE:
    Urban Zen, 705 Greenwich St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 6-8pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    70-30

    635768283313572849_syn_Screen_Shot_2015-09-02_at_10.03.58_PM.pngWHAT: WeDú x Nylon Rebel Fashion Party
    EXPECT:
    Angolan designer Coreón Du presents his Spring 2016 WeDú collection followed by a party hosted by NYLON.
    WHERE:
    Up&Down, 244 W. 14th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 10th from 8-11pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    50-50

    Friday, September 11th

    MONCLER ART FOR LOVE COCKTAIL Media(1).jpgWHAT: Moncler Art For Love
    EXPECT:
    32 famed photographers have teamed up with Moncler to "interpret the iconic Moncler Maya jacket" in a new exhibition raising funds for amfAR.
    WHERE:
    New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave. & 42nd St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Friday, September 11th from 7-10pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    40-60

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 12.12.14 PM.pngWHAT:
    Blaine Halvorson's Walk, don't Run
    EXPECT:
    Head to NYFW The Shows to celebrate a new installation from LA artist Blaine Halvorson.
    WHERE:
    451 W. 14th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Friday, September 11th at 7pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    50-50

    Saturday, September 12th


    A-Party-Matte-Sept-12-2015-Lo-Res-Animate.gifWHAT: MATTE Presents: A Party With Kitsuné
    EXPECT:
    The roving dance party heads to Capitale (formerly the Bowery Savings Bank) for a bash with their friends at French record label/brand Kitsuné featuring music from Hercules & Love Affair, Tim Sweeney, Empress Of, Kindness and many more.
    WHERE:
    Capitale, 130 Bowery, Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Saturday, September 12th at 10pm
    RSVP:
    Buy tickets HERE
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    100-0 (Just buy tickets)

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 4.42.29 PM.pngWHAT: W New York Fashion Week Takeover With Coco & Breezy, Brian Lee McCloud + Pope
    EXPECT:
    Sunglasses designing sisters Coco & Breezy host a rager at the W Downtown.
    WHERE:
    W New York Downtown, 8 Albany St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Saturday, September 12th from 10pm-2am
    RSVP:
    Open to the public
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    100-0 (just show up!)

    Sunday, September 13th

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.06.07 AM.pngWHAT: Jonathan Simkhai After Party With Popsugar
    EXPECT:
    Head  to the Hotel Hugo rooftop to toast Jonathan Simkhai's Spring 2016 collection with a party featuring music by Mia Moretti.
    WHERE:
    Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Sunday, September 13th at 8pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    50-50

    Monday, September 14th

    galore_homecoming_invitation copy.jpgWHAT: Galore Homecoming
    EXPECT:
    A gaggle of models (and guys and girls who just look like 'em) will head to Up & Down to celebrate Galore's 'Generation Bombshell' issue and their colleciton with Tart. Music comes courtesy of live performances from Pia Mia, Justine Skye, Holychild and Fai and DJ sets by Mia Moretti, Simi/Haze and Yesjulz.
    WHERE:
    Up & Down, 244 W. 14th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Monday, September 14th from 9pm-12:30am
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    45-55

    Wednesday, September 16th


    Michael Stars_NYFW Event_Invite.jpgWHAT: Michael Stars Party
    EXPECT:
    Fashion blogger Lisa Dengler of Just Another and non-profit Ms. Foundation join forces with Michael Stars for a cocktail party and shopping event during which 20% of event sales will go to support the foundation's work aiding organizations that support women's reproductive health, affordable child care and more.
    WHERE:
    Michael Stars store, 32 Gansevoort St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 16th from 7-9pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    60-40
     
    no.8-.-spy-bar-.nyfw.gifWHAT: Spy Bar 20th Anniversary
    EXPECT:
    The beloved '90s spot returns for one night only for its 20th anniversary hosted by Amy Sacco and her crew over at No. 8.
    WHERE:
    No. 8, 357 W. 16th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 16th at 10pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    25-75

    nyfwJeremyScottCLPaperSeptemberCover.jpgWHAT: PAPER x Tumblr Present the Third-Annual Tumblr Fashion Honors Awards Celebrating Moschino's Jeremy Scott
    EXPECT:
    Join our cover star, Jeremy Scott, for an intimate party celebrating his Tumblr Fashion Honors award and his Spring 2016 collection. Psst -- we hear he'll be signing copies of his magazine so get yours now!
    WHERE:
    Moschino, 73 Wooster St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 16th from 5-7pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    50-50

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.39.03 AM.pngWHAT: Fashion Guerilla NYC Spring 2016 Collections Cocktail Reception
    EXPECT:
    Join a slew of Hong Kong designers to toast their new collections.
    WHERE:
    15 W. 28th St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 16th from 5-7pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    60-40

    ArtHearts v1 copy.jpgWHAT: Art Hearts Fashion Week Gala
    EXPECT:
    Head to a fashion gala for a good cause to see designers by Stevie Boi and DiVamp Couture and music from Petite Meller and Serayah of Empire.
    WHERE:
    Liberty Theater, 233 W. 41st St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 16th at 10pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    65-35

    Thursday, September 17th

    92eb29d0-57b1-40ab-a04c-4ea90708173f.jpgWHAT: Susanne Bartsch & Dreamhouse Present Kunst
    EXPECT:
    Tired of all the black ensembles, waifish models and air kisses? Turn up your NYFW and do a little something different, courtesy of Susanne Bartsch and a special-edition of her roving party Kunst. The bash will do double-duty as an after-party for a new exhibit on her life at FIT, "The World of Susanne Bartsch," and her '21st birthday.' The Underground Fashion Destination, Greater Fort Lauderdale gets top hosting billing but a who's who of the club kid circuit old and new are on the committee -- names like Amanda Lepore, Gage ofthe Boone, Scooter LaForge, Trey La'Trash, OneHalf Nelson, Domonique Echeverria and more. Special guest hosts include Zaldy and Desi Santiago and music will be provided by Exquisite, Juliana Huxtable and Carry Nation, among others.
    WHERE:
    Gramercy Theater, 127 E. 23rd St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Wednesday, September 16th from 5-7pm
    RSVP:
    Complimentary Admission
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    100-0 (Just show up and wait in line)

    OUTLAWS_Evite_NYC_Press copy.jpgWHAT: Belstaff and David Beckham Outlaws Party
    EXPECT:
    David Beckham, along with Katherine Waterston, Cathy Moriarty and Harvey Keitel, star in Outlaws, a movie presented by Belstaff Films centered on "the epic adventure of a motorcycle stuntman turned Outlaw." Who cares if it sounds a little Drive-esque -- let's hope there's some underwear shots of Beckham.
    WHERE:
    102 Norfolk St., Manhattan
    WHEN:
    Thursday, September 17th from 7-10pm
    RSVP:
    Invite Only
    ODDS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SNEAK IN:
    40-60





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    Nicholas Fraser's "Why You Always Lying" is the six-second vine that has launched a million Soundcloud remixes since it was first posted a week and a half ago. A late entry into the contentious Song of the Summer competition, this excellent flip of Next's seminal 1997 hit "Too Close" has taken the worldwide weebs by storm, providing a slew of excellent remixes capitalizing on our collective goldfish-sized attention spans. Below we present you with our round-up of the Internet's best, worst and weirdest "Why You Lying" remixes, featuring everything from a chiptune jingle to a Jersey club reboot. See you in the club with your "Margielas," bruh. 

    'Why You Always Lying" (DJ T Marq Remix) -- DJ T Marq

    Jersey Club has never sounded sweeter than Jersey Club pop remix king DJ T Marq's dancefloor-ready take on Fraser's call-out clip. If you wanted a UniiQu3-esque break complete with gunshots in the middle of your backyard hip thrust dance, this is the mix for you.


    "Why You Lying" Korean Remix Song

    Lemme tell you, my momma, born and raised Korean, ships this translation 100%. He even has the shirt!


    "Why You Lying" Spanish Remix Song

    Not digging the Korean? Here's a quickie for all you Latin-lovers out there. Like his Korean cohort, he also keeps in character with a lovely blue shirt.


    "Stop Fuckin Lyin" -- Maxo

    Electronic QT Maxo remixed the meme (of course) and gave it his signature candy-coated, bubblegum spin. Chock full of bouncy castle synths and turbo-charged arpeggios, it's a banger for sure.



    "Why The Fuck You Lying" (90X Remix) -- 90X

    So it's a little off-tempo at times, but 90X gives the tune an admirable try. Granted, the combination of dramatic piano line and strange deep-club bass is quite, uh, unexpected, but you know...A for effort.


    "Why The Fuck You Lying" (Pocari Remix) -- Pocari

    Whoa, sludge alert. Fuzz it down a couple more notches and you've got a veritable Fraser-goes-drone tune. I'm not really sure what to think of this one, but hey, if you wanna do druuuGgggGgs this gem's probably your best bet.


    Bonus Track: Speaking of viral remixes, while we were on the topic we might as well also stick in this excellent Jersey Club remix of Nicki's epic Miley Cyrus VMA call-out somewhere in here -- seeing as how it comes complete with bed-squeak samples and all. You're welcome.


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    "Coco Chanel once said, 'Luxury must be comfortable; otherwise it is not luxury.' Le Snob is just that." B. Akerlund, designer and self-proclaimed "fashion activist," is explaining her soon-to-be-launched line, a flagrantly luxe array that plays on our perennial obsession with designer logos while offering design tweaks that would make Michael Bay proud -- think bags that conceal golden umbrellas or even transform into dresses. Akerlund creates a dramatic impression wherever she goes, wearing black and tooling around in her 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow whose black-and-cream color scheme "represents the caviar and champagne in my life." (No wonder Queen Bey and the original Material Girl are clients; Akerlund recently styled the latter's "Living for Love" video.) To Akerlund, the modern luxury customer is always on the go, and Le Snob knows just what she's after. "If you need a collapsible duffel because you are a shopaholic or a carry-on dress because your luggage was lost, it's all there in the concept and design." Perhaps it's her maverick approach to her own personal style that best shows what luxury today is all about. But whether she's behind the scenes or in the spotlight, Akerlund does it all the Snob way.

    Styling by B. Akerlund for Le Snob
    Hair by Amber Kerns Makeup by Rob Sheppy


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    So Katy Perry walks into Burning Man... and it's definitely not just the punchline for a joke. The pop star went to the festival for the first time, and clearly had a lot of fun with the weird stuff that burners have (and do) -- in fact, she was willing to self-deprecatingly document it for us and you. Here is a video of Katy Perry attempting to use a Segway and failing during the festival, appearing to, essentially, be an extra cut out of the new Mad Max movie.


    🔥🚨obvious first time burner alert🚨🔥

    A video posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on


    Even better, Perry's dad, Keith Hudson, decided to show her how it's done.

    thanks dad 😑

    A video posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on


    Best of all is the comment. "Thanks dad," indeed. [via Vulture]

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    Fans of Britpop, indecipherable Scottish accents and (if God hears your prayers), Ewan McGregor's penis, rejoice! Director Danny Boyle, currently making the publicity rounds in support of his biopic Jobs, told Deadlinethat his next project will be a sequel to Trainspotting, the 1996 indie classic that introduced a generation to the joys of dreamlike heroin overdoses, Jonny Lee Miller and Pulp.

    "All the four main actors want to come back and do it," the director tells Deadline's Pete Hammond, referring to Miller, McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Kevin McKidd. "Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series." 

    Boyle went on to say that a script for a sequel has been written by John Hodge, who adapted Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting novel and also wrote the scripts for Boyle vehicles such as A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach. The sequel script is said to be a loose adaptation of the 2002 novel Porno, which Welsh wrote as a follow-up to Trainspotting. 

    To celebrate this news, let's enjoy some Underworld.




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    Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 6.21.43 PM.pngAhead of the release of her new album, Back To The Woods, on September 14th, Angel Haze teases out a new track, "Moonrise Kingdom." Staying on-theme with the record's title, the song opens with woodland sounds (crickets and other bugs) accompanied by piano chords before heavy drum beats arrive alongside Haze's plaintive vocals. Of the song, Haze said in a press release:

    "I think there is a lot to be said of a love gone wrong. I just wanted to explore the boundary between what occurred and what could have been. I painted a picture with the colors it taught me, whether they are auburn with selfishness, green with possessiveness or pink with the memories of sunsets and long kisses...somehow i managed to realize a kingdom wherein all the controversy, all the colors, all the rage, the fear, the trauma could be beautiful...could be more than just motion sickness. You know? It could be a way towards a more progressive, expressive, and reckless love. The only problem is...i love best in my mind. Reality doesn't ever synch up. Anyway, this song is like the part in the film where they're on the roof in that wicked thunderstorm and theyre trying to decide if they're going to jump in love and possibly die together or let everyone else tear them and their wild apart."

    I don't know. Fuck love."

    Give it a listen, below.



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    Lana Del Rey's album Honeymoon is nigh -- it drops on September 18th -- and today LDR teased two more new tracks from the album in a hazy "sampler" video for the album. The video, above, features two tracks we've already heard -- "High by the Beach" and "Terrence Loves You" -- as well as snippets of two new songs: "Music to Watch Boys To" and "Freak." Check them out above.

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    Majical Cloudz, the duo of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto, will release their highly anticipated new album Are You Alone? on October 16, and Paper has a premiere of the video for "Silver Car Crash." 2013's Impersonator was one of those midnight-of-the-soul albums that connected hard with people, and while "Silver Car Crash" is more propulsively romantic than anything he's done before, Welsh says he didn't feel any pressure to live up to anyone's expectations but his own.

    On songs like "Disappeared" and "If You're Lonely," you're almost nakedly direct and unguarded. Your lyrics are to the point, and your voice sits high and clear above everything else. Were you worried at all about putting yourself out there like this? What made you decide to just go for it?

    I don't think I'm "going for it," what is there to lose? It's just music -- I'm not risking my life! The best music I've ever heard is always taking a risk, I think if music doesn't take a risk it's boring. I hope our album takes some kind of risk. If it doesn't, we've failed.

    When following up a well-received album, a lot of younger artists will opt to go bigger. They'll add on more instruments, more tracks and try to make everything sound huge. There's big moments on Are You Alone?, but overall it sounds even more minimal than Impersonator.  It still sounds like you're tying to do a lot with a little. Did you consciously decide to stay the course?

    The band does a certain thing naturally, because I write songs that way and because the production choices Matt and I agree on are a certain way. Changing our music for reasons that don't have to do with what we actually want to do aren't good choices to make. I don't think it was thought about too heavily, we just worked on the songs I had written, and this is what we ended up with. Sounding huge isn't really the band's style.

    You toured for quite a while following the release of Impersonator. What was it like readjusting to civilian life when you were done, and how did this experience inform Are You Alone?

    Very bizarre. Anyone who has done a lot of touring or had a job that has involved a lot of travel will tell you that it definitely offers a different lifestyle than being in the same place all the time. While we were touring Impersonator and afterwards, I was very confused and maladjusted in ways I didn't even recognize at the time. Now I have a very routine-oriented life, and it's good, confusing in its own ways but ultimately much healthier.

    I think we worked on Are You Alone? for a long time because we could, we weren't really touring a lot at the time, and also because we probably needed to work on it for a while.

    How did "Silver Car Crash" come about, anyway? It's the closest you've come to a happy love song. Were you eager to take on the challenge of writing a song like that while remaining true to yourself, or did the prospect of such a thing make you nervous?

    I didn't feel nervous about writing it or anything else. I didn't force myself to write any of the songs on this record, it would be silly to do any different. I can't really help but stay true to myself, I'm writing the songs.

    Majical Cloudz will play a record release show at National Sawdust on October 21st. 

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    Ottawa's New HOT 89.9 radio station is offering $40,000 toward one listener's gender transition -- and all they have to do is write in 100 words of less how it would benefit them. 

    Named "The New Normal" contest, it's aimed at giving the "1 percent" of transgender people in their community a chance at living"the life they want to live." And while most have received the news positively, there's an inkling of skepticism clouding many responses, especially as this is coming from a station known for their controversial 2011 "Win A Baby" competition, in which they gave five couples $35,000 for IVF treatments.



    Hm, well let's hope this is coming from the right place...




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    Earlier this year, the artist formerly known as Lee Bannon posted a multi-part Instagram note denoting his name change to ¬ b (meaning "not Bannon"), as he felt the name had "reached its limits." Now he's renamed himself yet again, this time as Dedekind Cut -- a mathematical reference that's related to theories of rational number completeness --  in order to put out his self-released, industrial-inspired EP Thot Enhancer.

    As such, he's given us the exclusive look at his project notes, which touches on the rarely-addressed issues of race and community in the independent electronic-sphere. Creating what he believes is "the furthest thing from any R&B or hip-hop" -- he's come a long way from his days as part of Joey Bada$$'s Pro Era crew, as Dedekind Cut takes on a much darker, experimental avant-garde tone. 


    Incorporating elements of British-born drum n' bass along with the sort of industrial sounds that have their roots in tape experimentation and avant-electronic movements à la fluxus, noise and musique concrète, Thot Enhancer is composed of a laundry-list of genres and techniques more commonly associated with the art of middle-class white artists -- something he's addressed on occasion via social media.

    Perhaps this is why his latest Ninja Tune release Patterns of Excel took on a markedly more "ambient" vibe, a complete 180 into something challenging and sonically unexpected -- so it only makes sense that this brand new incarnation rooted in explicit power techno. 

    Accompanied by artwork from Instagram artist @gangculture aka Trevor Hernandez, who's known for his desolate snapshots of barren downtown LA, the entire project takes on a stark aggression that doesn't feel staunched in the slightest. Check out what he has to say below, along with an exclusive illustration he's provided for Paper.

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    "The illusion of friendship that comes with being in the 'industry' of indy [sic] music has gotten beyond pretend. What I needed for this project is something I don't believe I could get from any label. At one point during the promotion of Patterns I felt abandoned by my team. Ninja [Tune] is great. Just feel that there were some bad components honestly. Here with this new record to restore a since [sic] of balance. The Dedekind Cut."

    "Many thing [sic] have led me to doing this self release and starting this new duo "Dedekind Cut." But many the facts I stated in my last letter...feeling like as a black [artist], I have statements to make that [are] the furthest things from...R&B and hip-hop, witch [sic] I think has become part of why there is a 'shock value' to my music. Because [it's outside of the typical 'race lines'] when it comes to creating music."

    Thot Enhancer is out now via Dedekind Cut's Bandcamp

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    Perennial provocateur Peaches is here to spice up your humpday with the wild new video for her single "Dick in the Air" -- complete with fuzzy peen appendages, Maeby Fünke, Kim Gordon and comedienne Margaret Cho.

    Taken from her forthcoming album Rub, Peaches self-directed this masturbatory masterpiece that follows her and Cho flashing, swashbuckling and just generally fucking around in a pair of crocheted dick suits -- and it's pure gold. Watch the video via Funny or Die below.


    [h/tFunny or Die]


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  • 09/09/15--06:30: 10 Young Brands to Watch
  • Ahead of NYFW kicking off tomorrow, we take a look at 10 young brands poised to break out.

    150806-KELSEYRANDALL-04-435.jpgKelsey Randall
    Before graduating with honors from Parsons' fashion department, Kelsey Randall studied art at The Oxbow School, Savannah College of Art and Design, and School of the Art Institute Chicago. Then she worked under Prabal Gurung and Peter Som at Bill Blass before a 7-year stay at the French brand Lilith. Resume: check. But Randall's frilly minimalism speaks for itself -- attracting both zeitgeist-y girl gangs and in-the-know Upper East Side Queen Bees.

    SLFW15_7.jpgSandy Liang
    If you know Sandy Liang, you know her shaggy faux fur coats, which were already being worn by East Village cool girls before she graduated from Parsons and launched her collection in 2014 (Kate Foley and Hanneli Mustaparta were first season supporters). But beyond the vibrantly textured outerwear, her full ready-to-wear collection is worth getting into. Liang's use of pale color and '90s silhouettes, offset with baggy wide-leg jeans or a kicky cropped-flare gives major feminine cool.   

    mmartinyoungdesigners.jpgM. Martin
    A modern American sportswear brand founded in 2014 by industry alums Alex Gilbert (who previously founded one of the first fine denim brands, Paper Denim & Cloth) and Jennifer Noyes (ex-Prada womenswear director), that harks back to the crisp ease of 1980s Calvin Klein. With a soft launch during June's Resort 2016 market, where they showed a colorful and comfortable collection of elegant separates, M. Martin's New York Fashion Week show this Thursday marks the line's official debut.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 1.12.19 PM.pngGypsy Sport
    This Harlem-born brand, founded by Rio Uribe, first caught major attention when they staged a guerilla fashion show in Washington Square Park last September at New York Fashion Week. At the first ever New York Fashion Week: Men's this past July, Uribe's sense of streetwear and craft won hearts with a circus-inspired collection.
     

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    Andrea Jiapei Li
    If Dover Street Market picked up your graduate collection and Rihanna's already wearing your clothes, you've got to be doing something right. The Bejing-born Parsons grad, and V-Files/ MADE Fashion Week alum Andrea Jiapei Li certainty is. Her geometric volumes, mixed with easy sportswear silhouettes in artful color pairings are crowd favorites.

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    The Canadian-born, Belgium-based menswear designer -- he received both BA and MA degrees from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp -- lives up to the off-kilter aristocratism his name suggests. MADE Fashion Week and Opening Ceremony have been early supporters of LeFlufy's kaleidoscopic patterns, in perfectly dated styles made with a luxurious hand.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 1.17.46 PM.pngBrock Collection
    Founded in New York in 2013 by Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock, Brock Collection is minimal in aesthetic and conservative in silhouette but eclectic in texture. Their gold lamé dress isn't Studio 54-ready (it has sleeves to the elbow and the hem lands mid-calf) but this sense of eye-catching modesty stops you in your tracks nonetheless.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 1.19.10 PM.pngClaudia Li
    Claudia Li doesn't consider herself a designer as much as a sculptor of fabric. It's true, her three-dimensional silhouettes take the idea of draping to a whole new level, but her sense of line creates a tailored, wearable balance. Lady Gaga sported a look from her spring 2014 graduate collection from Parsons, and Li's fall 2015 show last February at New York Fashion Week sent art-leaning publications abuzz. 

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 1.22.27 PM.pngToy Syndrome
    The Moscow-born Natalya Nyn started Toy Syndrome as a label of t-shirts and accessories with three-dimensional toy embroideries like plastic lobsters and lizards, the latter of which Lena Dunham posted to her Instagram and wore in season three of Girls. Now, shoutouts from several inspiring alt-chicks later (including Tavi Gevinson), Nyn has a full collection of toy-embellished ready-to-wear you never knew you wanted.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 1.25.09 PM.pngBabyghost
    A line from Diane von Furstenburg interns Qiaoran Huang and Josh Hupper (who also interned at Thakoon), Babyghost has a playful sense of pattern but with a slouchy, street-wise edge. With support from full-time models and street-style regulars Xiao Wen Ju and Liu Wen, the brand has slowly risen from the blog brigade to MADE Fashion Week status.



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    ronda rousey 1.jpgWell, this is one way to get it right in the endless cycle of unnecessary and insane remakes. As the upcoming installment of the Ghostbusters franchise swapped the genders of the Ghostbusters (and their secretary), so, too, will the remake of beloved B-movie Road House, a "reimagining" exactly no one needed, have as its hero a woman -- specifically, UFC fighter and general internet sensation Ronda Rousey, taking on the bouncer role originated by Patrick Swayze. Now we all have to see the Road House remake, I guess? As long as we can call them -- wait for it-- Rondhouse kicks. Sorry. [via Variety]



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    Another day, another new Lana Del Rey song.

    As we await the release of her new album, Honeymoon, on September 18th, we can tide ourselves over with "Music to Watch Boys To," a breathy, woozy ode to boys and, uh, the music you should jam out to while you're scoping them out. As the song says, we like it a lot. Give it a listen above.

    [h/t Vulture]

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  • 09/09/15--07:45: The 10 Best Things About NYC
  • 1-you-want-to-move.gifI've written so much about the glories of New York's past that I feel I should put that on the back burner for a second and make a palette cleanser out of celebrating what's great about this city today. Here are the 10 things that make our tawdry town electric in the here and now. Ouch.

    WE'RE WINNERS
    So many people have fled the city because it's allegedly lost its edge, though one suspects that they simply couldn't afford it anymore. That's all perfectly understandable -- to each his own -- but the reality is that all of us who are still here must be doing something right because we can actually pay the rents! (Or maybe we just married the right people.)

    IT'S BIKE FRIENDLY

    You can own a bike (like I do) or get a Citi Bike and enjoy the many city-maintained paths around town. Best of all, while riding, you are actually viewing interesting places and people, not just shopping malls and chain stores. (I simply shut my eyes when riding by a 7/11 or Popeye's -- except when going in, of course.)

    IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MANHATTAN
    There are four other boroughs, and they happen to have an eclectic bunch of restaurants, clubs, shops, and housing that are well worth visiting. You have to believe me! There's a world outside Manhattan! Go on, ride your bike there!

    THE THEATER
    Broadway teems with revivals, jukebox shows, star turns, and fairy tale deconstructions, but there's also room for quality dramas and nouveau musicals. And if it's still all too safe for you, there's off- and off-off-Broadway, where things percolate on a more experimental level. Put it all together and you've got more theater than anywhere in the country -- even Branson.

    THERE'S A LATE-NIGHT PRESENCE
    As awful as it might seem to have all-night stores like Duane Reade, you've got to admit it beats living in the country, where your chances of getting anything after midnight are nil. And it's not just pharmacies that are open late. A lot of places are! Walk your privileged ass around at 2 A.M. and see how many lights are on. Then head to, say, Sayville, Long Island, and check out that scene. And then hush.

    THE SERVICES
    Thanks to the demands imposed by a great urban sprawl, there are lots of tip-top grocery stores, plumbers, boutiques, household appliance venues, and so on, making everything seem accessible and quality-driven. No, it doesn't always come with the charm of Mayberry RFD, but that's the price you pay for living in the big city, y'all.

    THE DIVERSITY
    It's still a big kettle full of cultures, as well as a place that the majority of people around the globe crave the chance to drop by and sample. NYC really redefines "mixed crowd," staying defiant in the face of persistent threats at sameness. I regularly go on jaunts to Harlem, Curry Hill, and Korea Town, and occasionally even enjoy the glories of white people.

    IT HAS A RICH CINEMATIC HISTORY
    Not only are they shooting movies and TV shows everywhere you go, but locations all over town bring back the memory of classic movie magic. "Hey, that's where they shot Annie Hall! Saturday Night Fever! Arthur! Being John Malkovich! Mr. Popper's Penguins!"

    THE FIERCENESS
    They can be obnoxious, but the people here have a certain indomitability, a feisty determination to keep going, and a rich pride in the fact that they're New Yorkers.
    Try to argue that and they'll chew your ear off.

    THE NONSTOP ACTIVITY
    You're in a metropolis full of bustling action, and it keeps going every minute, complete with all the big-city sounds that provide the soundtrack to our lives. Would you rather just hear angry crickets? Cheers, Gotham. You're so amazing you can even survive being called Gotham.

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    The Minneapolis four-piece Little Fevers will release their debut Field Trip on October 9th, and we have a premiere of their debut single "Can't Get Enough" for you below. It's got a nice alt-rock jangle to it that should sound at home in the car, though perhaps the band felt calling the album Road Trip would be too on the nose.  



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