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    In a pretty stunning upset, Serena Williams lost the semifinal match of this year's U.S. Open to unseeded Roberta Vinci. Could we just chalk it up to one of the best athletes in the world having a rare bad day, taken by surprise by a virtual unknown? Could we say that it's fine, Serena has a long career ahead of her? We could (and should), but it's much more fun to speculate about the way this is all Drake's fault. 

    Does our timeline of Aubrena need to be updated to include the fact that the prototype of the successful Beta Bro was somehow responsible for Serena's loss. Whether through Canadian witchcraft, false sensitivity, or simply leaving too many damn voice messages on her phone? Did he fail to effectively quench her thirst? Did Quentin Miller accidentally ghost-write an evil spell that messed up her game? Is Drake forever off a world tour? The only acceptable answer is to mourn for a weekend by ignoring all Drake-related entertainment and all Drake affiliates. Sorry, Abel. And sorry, Meek. It should have been you. 

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    Will she show or won't she show? Like everything else about the Carter-Knowles household, Beyoncé's fashion week attendance can only be described as 'enigmatic.' While we wait to see if she makes an appearance, we look back at her fashion week style history, outfit-by-outfit.


    Beyonce ODR 2005.JPGBeyoncé at Oscar de la Renta: Head-to-toe Spring Princess Phase

    Wearing what can best be described as a "fun Easter top," Beyoncé really goes hard af on the fresh, spring sprite tip. The skirt is the sartorial equivalent of the mid-aughts cupcake phenomenon and all we can say is, we're glad Bey's moved on and so have we (donuts 4-lyfe).

    beyonce marc jacobs 2005.JPGBeyoncé at Marc Jacobs: The Funky Necklace Phase

    Peak-mid-aughts accessorizing happening here from the layered medallion chain thing happening to the chunky chain handbag to the ruffle sandal, oh boy. This is definitely House of Deréon's influence.


    1BKnowles_091807_2.jpgBeyoncé at a GQ party featuring a performance by Kanye: The Delta Force Bangs Phase

    Boy, what a difference eight years makes. That camera would have been broken by Julius the Bodyguard in a second. We miss side part-heavy Yonce, tho.


    BKnowles7_090508.JPGBeyoncé at Fashion Rocks: The Blonde Flatiron Phase

    In which Beyoncé proves she's the ne plus ultra when it comes to rocking the hairstyle copped by every girl at any southwestern state school sorority both then and now. Flatirons aren't forever.

    September 2011 

    6345152494105850004138618_41_WANG1_20110913_JSZ_049.JPGBeyoncé at Vera Wang: The Beige Phase

    LOL to Kim K. sitting five seats down from Bey-longe.

    Beyoncé and Solange at J. Crew: The Stacked Patent Leather Beige Pump Phase

    Beyoncé was pregnant so we will say nothing but that we're pleased the nude patent leather heels-with-sparkly-nude-dress phase is over.

    6345152060669912505338619_26_RDRT_20110913_RPM_054.jpgBeyoncé and Solange at Rodarte: The Bey-ge Phase Pt. II: Return to Beige Island

    She was realllly feelin' beige this season.

    634515555106522500038632_10_Beyonce1_091311.JPGBeyoncé at Tory Burch: The Grecian Cut-Out One-Two Punch Phase

    Here's a little nugget just for you all Beyoncé pregnancy truthers. While she's only five months pregnant, it wouldn't be a Knowles-Carter pregnancy without making you question all sense of what you know about reproductive physiology.

    6355936457276895335148866_52_ADIDAS_20150212_NH_052.JPGBeyoncé at Kanye West's Adidas Show: The Nailing It Phase

    All hail the one true queen.

    All photos by Patrick McMullan Company/

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    photo by Estar Hyo Gyung Choi

    Peak Caucasity: This edition of "Sigh, White People" is brought to you by one writer named Sarah A. Chrisman, who published an article on Vox earlier this week detailing her choice to live a completely Victorian existence with her husband -- meaning oil lamps, corsets and ice boxes. Because apparently they hearken so desperately for a time of intense sexual repression, social stigma and cholera. Idk, whatever, enjoy your cosplay, guys. -- Sandra Song

    Least Sanitary Festival Experience: Because it's not like your average Burning Man gathering is known for being  squeaky clean, but this just takes the gross, communal festival experience to a whole new level. -- SS
    Most Unlikely Adaptation:Seth Rogen (for some unforeseeable reason) is heading up the AMC television adaptation of violent and, uh, pretty visceral 90s comic The Preacher -- and he's not Arseface? IDK, guys... -- SS

    (photo via Waco Police Department)

    Worst Hiding Place: A Texas woman was charged with unlawful carrying a weapon when a revolver was found hidden... in her vagina. -- Eric Thurm

    Best Comic Idea, Ever: Pitchfork editor and artist Meaghan Garvey announced the impending launch of Chosen One: Actavis Status, a web comic (that will apparently eventually head to print) depicting Future and Esco as ronin warriors. We can't wait. -- ET

    Most Eyebrow-Raising Dating Decision of the week: The Weeknd is dating a teenager. Yes, she's 18, but... still. -- ET

    Best Sia Cover: FKA Twigs' ethereal take on "Elastic Heart" for BBC's "Live Lounge."--Elizabeth Thompson

    Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 7.10.28 PM.pngBest Parade: New York City's annual West Indian Day Parade, held on Labor Day. It makes all other parades look like Mickey Mouse Club amateur hour. Check out Rebecca Smeyne's awesome photos of this year's festivities. --Elizabeth

    Best Dancers: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake doing "Single Ladies" at the U.S. Open. -- Elizabeth

    Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 6.04.49 PM.pngFashion Site of the Week:Semaine, a just-launched site that merges content and commerce and lets you take a peek into the lives of some of your favorite celebrities and creative people, who share their go-to picks for things like food, travel, fashion and more. -- Abby Schreiber

    brainwash911.jpgPublic Art of the Week:
    A new mural by Mr. Brainwash commemorating 9/11. You can see it outside Century 21, who collaborated with the artist on the project. -- A.S.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 6.15.18 PM.pngTrend of the Week That You Should Definitely Bust Out During NYFW:
    Sproutcore, a hair accessories fad sweeping China in which people wear beansprout clips or handbands on their heads. -- A.S.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 6.40.38 PM.pngDo-Gooder Collab of the Week:
    The one between Faircloth & Supply and Verve Coffee Roasters. Phoebe Dahl's clothing line, which donates two school uniforms, school supplies and scholarship to send a Nepali girl to school for one year for every dress purchased, teamed up with LA's Verve Coffee Roasters on a new t-shirt line. -- A.S.

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    Fashion addicts rejoice! It's NYFW week and our resident sultan of style, Mickey Boardman, will be presenting his daily fashion week highlights. Avant-garde sihouettes, eye-popping accessories, stylish socialites and well-built hunks: You'll find them all here. So tune in every morning to see the things that make Mr. Mickey flip his wig.

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    I started the day off at Jeff Rüdes checking out the fabulous new collection. Amazing, sexy, fitted cuts with gorgeous, luxurious fabrics. What a combo!

    JasonWu.jpgJason Wu seems to get chicer every season. I flipped for this pink ruffled number.

    Betsey.jpgNobody does fun, splashy color like Betsey Johnson. I interviewed her for Paper recently and am more in love with her than ever!

    Brooklyn at Polo.jpgTeenaged heart throb Brooklyn Beckham made an appearance at the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation. Cute clothes and a cute boy under one roof? YES please.

    KateSpade.jpgKate Spade is always a bright, festive explosion of color and this season was no different. We were cuckoo crazy for the accessories like this straw doggie purse.

    Insanely gorge night. @givenchyofficial @riccardotisci17 @marinaabromovic

    A video posted by Simon Doonan (@simon_doonan) on

    Riccardo Tisci came to NYC to show his Givenchy collection and the show was a love letter to NYC and a pageant of unity and harmony featuring performances drawn from all the major religions. This outer space ingenue, captured on Simon Doonan's instagram, was my favorite.

    Smiling Kanye.jpgMeanwhile, we've never seen Kanye happier. (Well, except maybe when he saw his Paper cover for the first time!)

    Photographs from

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    01-Mandy-Moore1.jpg13. MBlem, by Mandy Moore. (2005-2009)
    Described as a "youthful contemporary clothing
    brand," Moore was inspired by never being able to find t-shirts that fit her wiry frame/height (5'10). Ugh!!! It plateaued hard for four years, despite being sold in most major department stores. I'm missing you like...oh, never mind.

    2f550eb055a66052779cec3d2056092d0.jpg12. Ashlee Simpson for Wet Seal (2008-???)

    Wet Seal, possibly the worst name for a clothing store chain, sold Simpson's line at locations around the country when she attempted to follow, yet again, in her older sister Jess' fashion-designing footsteps. Simpson said of her T-shirt and "rock 'n roll"-esque collection, "I was inspired by so many fun things." :/

    heidi-heidiwoodlooks-400x276.jpg11. Heidiwood, by Heidi Montag (2008-2009)
    Surfing the success swell of The Hills, tragi-hero Heidi Montag released her own brand (Spencer, I blame you), which was an attempt to rival Lauren Conrad's now wildly successful everything. Anchor Blue launched the endearingly affordable line, including tank tops, and booty shorts. As The Cut described, "at least she knows her demographic."

    6126onbravo.jpg10. 6126, by Lindsay Lohan (2008-2009)
    During the LiLo Dark Ages (2006-roughly 2011/12 and kind of 13) the starlet attempted to become a maven of leggings, naming her line after the birthday of her idol, Marilyn Monroe... June 6, 1926. The absurdly overpriced pairs legwarmers were (not surprisingly) unsuccessful; Lohan was eventually sued by her manufacture for $5 million, blaming her messy reputation as the reason for the line's failure. "I still think the legwarmers could've been somethin'," said Dina Lohan, smoking a cigarette in her car in a 7-11 parking lot.

    enhanced-buzz-25905-1368114898-8.jpg9. Dear, by Amanda Bynes (2007-2008)
    Launched by Steve and Barry's as the youthful counterpart to Sarah Jessica Parker's bomb "Bitten," Bynes' layer-inspired brand faded into oblivion following the bankruptcy of Steve and Barry' everything else in 2008. According to a somewhat unsettling Facebook page (that, for all we know, is managed by Bynes herself), the clothes are still sold on eBay.

    KH_fashion1_o.jpg8. The Katherine Heigl Collection by Katherine Heigl (2007-2007
    After winning an Emmy for Grey's Anatomy in 2007, Heigl paired up with Scrubs and Beyond to launch a line of medical scrubs for 30 days only. Yep! This is a thing that happened in history! You wanted scrubs on that 31st day???? Sorry!! None for you!!!!! JK... the colorful scrubs are still available on eBay. I'll see you all in hell.

    Olympus-Fashion-Week-Fall-2005-Sweetface-jennifer-lopez-24565682-999-1500.jpg7. Sweetface, by JLo (2003-2009)
    Jenny from the Block launched her line, initially as the streetwear spinoff to our current cover star's classier Jennifer Lopez Collection. Eventually, Sweetface got fancy with chiffon mini-dresses and fur chubbies. In 2008, S-Face burned out faster than the shame I have for only knowing 1/3 of the lines from JLo's seminal classic "Enough."

    new-abbey-dawn-avril-lavigne-6725521-576-864.jpg6. Abbey Dawn, by Avril Lavigne (2008-present)
    The Canadian pop-rocker launched a mall punk-inspired line, described as a reflection of her own "rock'n' roll lifestyle" -- aka clothes that look like they smell like a Spencer's Gifts. Lavigne is laughing all the way to the bank, though -- she continues to make a killing off it. Also, A.D. was responsible for the first time Kylie Jenner walked on a New York Fashion Week runway, way back in 2011...when Avril and Kylie's big bro Brody were open-mouth kissing all over Los Angeles.

    Kendall was there, too.

    filepicker_VN609y5LTEKEiykJwDR2_Sean_John.jpg5.  Sean John, by P-Diddy/Puff Daddy/Sean Combs (1998-present)
    P-Diddy's massive brand has been rattling around every major department store since the late 90s. It's won a CDFA Award (in 2004), been the subject of scrutiny for its violation of Honduran safety lines where its factories were based, but still remains solid today. The line makes $250 million a year. Slay that Kohl's, Didz!

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    4. L.A.M.B, by Gwen Stefani (2003-present)

    Initially started as a passion project (that's when you have a project that you're also passionate about), Stefani's line is still popular today. It was initially inspired by Guatemalan, Japanese, Indian, and Jamaican fashion. According to Wikipedia, it's been worn by celebs from Nicole Kidman to Teri Hatcher. The line makes $90 million a year, thanks to Gwen's ingénue, and Teri Hatcher.

    Victoria-Beckham-vogue-26nov13-pr_426x639.jpg3. Victoria Beckham, by Victoria Beckham (2011-present)
    The Spice Girl/sentient clavicle bone is doing the damn thing in the fashion world, with her line exploding over the past few years. Initially just dresses, the brand has expanded to other merchandise since '11 (like handbags worth 18,000 pounds). V.B. made $95 million in its first year alone. I <3 you, Vic.

    jessica-simspon-800x600.jpg2. The Jessica Simpson Collection, by Jessica Simpson (2006-present)
    J-Simps may not be doing much of the music thing anymore, but that is just fucking fine, as evident of her unfathomably successful fashion empire. Simpson's line, including shoes, handbags, dresses, makes $1 billion a year. Guess whose pickin' up Papa Joe Simpson's tab for a staycation with his latest male companion at the Marriott Courtyarddddddddddddd?!?!

    Olsens-Anonymous-Blog-Mary-Kate-Ashley-Olsen-Drop-Earrings-2014-CFDA-Journal-Portrait.jpeg1. Every-fucking-thing, by Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen (from the beginning of time to now)
    Since their inception in Full House/literally just being born, the Olsen twins have dominated, launching Wal-Mart lines as pre-teens, into their super chic clothing lines today, including The Row, and Elizabeth and James. The two have been praised for their legitimate fashion genius, showered with CDFA awards, and are also lauded for their commitment to the rights of their employees. With one ruffle of a wool shawl, their companies generate billions a year.

    Honorable mention: Liza Minnelli's HSN Clothing line.

    Inspired by Liza!!!!!!!!!!! The clothing line launched in 2010, including statement jewelry, "velvet halter jumpsuits," and most importantly, sequined boyfriend blazers. Her appearance on HSN, immortalized by Rich Juzwiak of Gawker, features Minnelli repeating to the viewer, "Wear the clothes...don't let the clothes wear you." Her line is at various department stores.

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    There aren't many places where you could stumble upon Kim Kardashian, Riccardo Tisci, David Copperfield, Steven Tyler, Kendall Jenner, Brooklyn Beckham and Makonnen all in the same room but last night you could find them all inside a random parking lot nestled underneath the Williamsburg Bridge on the LES for Givenchy's after party. After a much talked-about (and much Instagrammed) show down in Tribeca that, among other things, allowed non-fashion industry folks and local residents to partake in the experience, involved Marina Abramovic, a somber remembrance of 9/11, and music that was reflective of six different cultures and religions all in the name of unity and love, Givenchy's inclusive spirit continued downtown with a party mixing fashion people, celebrities, sports stars, rappers, and club kids galore. Outside the venue was an area where guests could get tacos, Mister Softee and hamburgers and hotdogs being grilled by hunky men in tank tops (of course) and inside on the ground floor of the lot, your senses were pummeled by lights, go-go dancers atop cars and other installations, and music from Jersey Club DJ -- and PAPER Beautiful Person -- Uniiqu3. Every hour or so a new level would open up and guests could explore new spaces, nooks, and vibey installations. In the darkness of the garage, you were apt to bump into anyone from Brooklyn Beckham (who mostly went incognito and was hanging out with a gentleman that was presumably his modeling agent or family friend), Makonnen (spotted chilling with friends), Courtney Love (who, we hear, spent the night gabbing with Kim Kardashian in a VIP area), David Copperfield (seen outside with his fiancée, the designer Chloe Gosselin) or the Tyler brood (Stephen Tyler came to the party with daughter Liv where they met his younger daughter, Chelsea, who was there with her husband and KANEHOLLER bandmate, Jon Foster). It was one of those only-in-New York mixed crowds that could re-ignite even the most jaded Manhattanite's passion for their city, the kind of passion that Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci so often talks about when he discusses his love for the Big Apple. As the party raged on, those special vibes kept everyone's spirits up until the wee hours (or at least until you left and suddenly realized there was zero chance of hailing a cab).

    Take a look at photos by BFA, below.

    Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci flanked by models Lily Aldridge, Doutzen Kroes, Joan Smalls and Peter Brant Jr.

    Kim Kardashian

    Frankie Rayder and Brooklyn Beckham

    Kendall Jenner

    Sky Ferreira

    Steven Tyler with daughters Chelsea and Liv

    Carine Roitfeld and Hamish Bowles

    A model atop one of the party's car installations

    Laverne Cox

    Erykah Badu

    Soo Joo Park

    Becka Diamond and Ladyfag

    Hanne Gaby Odiele, Veronica Smiley and Brian Grazer

    Angel Haze

    Joey Badass

    Amare Stoudemire and Victor Cruz

    One of the night's performers

    David Copperfield and Chloe Gosselin

    Courtney Love

    A performer

    Outside the parking garage

    Hailee Steinfeld

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    One of the more stunning New York Fashion Week style transformations, Nicki Minaj has served just about every look under the sun -- from Harajuku fashion clown to an achingly chic pop star. We chart Ms. Minaj's style evolution below.

    See Beyonce's NYFW evolution here.

    It all begins in 2011.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.15.06 PM.pngFront Row at the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 Fashion Show September 12, 2011. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    In town for the spring 2012 shows, Miss Minaj was the unofficial Clown Princess of 2011 NYFW with her Rainbow Brite-meets-troll-doll look. In what is now an iconic front frow picture, Minaj chats with Anna Wintour at Carolina Herrera, who she famously called out in her song 'Muny' rapping "Hey, yo, Anna Wintour, I'ma need that cover baby girl,....", we're pretty sure she got her attention. The New York PR's must have been in cahoots to snag Minaj a Vogue cover (which is is yet to grace, though she did Teen Vogue in 2013) as they were again seat mates at Oscar De La Renta.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.19.38 PM.pngAt the Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 Fashion Show September 10, 2011. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.21.29 PM.pngAt Oscar de la Renta September 2014, 2011

    2013: Come see the softer side of Nicki

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.27.04 PM.pngHerve Leger by Max Azria Spring 2014 Fashion Show September 7, 2013. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    A few seasons later she would appear a bit more understated, relatively speaking, in bleached-blond hair with exaggerated roots and slick, body hugging looks from Herve Leger and runway showman Jeremy Scott, and later twerking with Alexander Wang when she was the surprise guest at his after-party.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.29.11 PM.pngAt the Jeremy Scott S/S 2014 Fashion Show September 11, 2013. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    alexwang01.jpgPerforming at Alexander Wang's after-party, September 7th, 2013. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.

    2014: Getting Real

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.38.24 PM.pngAt the Harper's Bazaar ICONS party, September 5, 2014. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    The following year she would lose the theatrics all together and up her fashion cred, rubbing elbows with the queen herself, Donatella Versace, at the VERSUS show and take in Alexander Wang's spring 2015 collection next to fashion royalty, Lauren Hutton.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.41.49 PM.pngAt the Versus Spring 2015 Fashion Show with Donatella Versace. September 7, 2014. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.46.01 PM.pngAt the Alexander Wang spring runway show with Lauren Hutton. September 6, 2014. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    2015: Threat Level Nicki

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 12.50.31 PM.png At the Fall 2015 Fashion Show February 19, 2015. Photo by Patrick McMullan.

    This past February, Minaj channeled her best gangster moll in buttery fur, python boots, and dolce vita hair and makeup at Marc Jacobs. Then at Alexander Wang she looked incredible as she kiki'd with the Kardashian-Wests, no doubt comparing notes about what it takes to land that Vogue cover. Some day, Nicki. Wake up, Vogue.


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    Screen shot 2015-09-12 at 1.35.52 PM.png[Photo by Andrew Werner]

    Anna Wintour is an untiring powerhouse, seemingly untouched by the mundane realities the rest of us plebians face. Her impassive, shaded eyes and stern expression could kill (or at least destroy careers), but in comedian Ryan Raftery's one-man-musical, "Ryan Raftery is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion," we see a more human side of the icy editor -- one where she fears losing her job, suffers from chronic constipation and hides booze beneath her desk.

    Dressed as Wintour in drag, Raftery lampoons the stalwart fashionista, singing and dancing about Vogue and what will happen now that she put Kimye on the prestigious magazine's cover last April. We caught up with the comedian ahead of his final show at Joe's Pub tomorrow and heard his thoughts on the show's origins and that time Wintour's daughter came to his performance.

    What sparked the idea to create a show centered on Anna Wintour?

    I've been doing one show a year for the past six years, and when it came time to think of the next one, I just happened to be in Midtown and was standing on a corner waiting for the lights to change. I looked to my left and Anna Wintour was standing right next to me. It was summer and she had on her usual uniform: the sleeveless dress, a necklace, helmet hair and sunglasses -- it was too much. Instinctively I said, "Good morning, Anna" and even behind her sunglasses, I could tell she was grimacing and she walked away as soon as she was able to realize she didn't know me. She didn't say a word, but it really got me thinking.

    Do you have any insider experience with Anna?

    I used to work at Coach in the PR department as an Executive Assistant. Anna's name was always being mentioned because we were then just introducing our runway collection; people would say, "Anna won't come to this," or "She'll probably send someone else if we do this." I remember thinking about the way people spoke her name with such reverence. One day, we were bringing the entire collection to Vogue for Anna to see and the way she's treated at Vogue is like she's the Pope, the way she disturbs the air. I realized that she's Darth Vader -- everything about her: the helmet hair, sunglasses and way people are terrified of her and the huge amount of power she wields.

    How'd you develop the show's storyline?

    I started writing in December 2013, and Stephen Trask, who wrote the music and lyrics for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, told me over dinner to put my own fears into her -- to find some parallels between us or make her be afraid of something I'm afraid of. I don't know anybody who at one point didn't think they were going to get fired from their job, so as soon as Kim and Kanye were put on Vogue's cover, I knew I had a framing device for the show because there was huge social media backlash against Anna.

    How does your Anna cope with this fear?

    My Anna has chronic constipation because of the stress and she gets an attack on stage. I wanted the audience to see her vulnerable, but it also needed to be funny. It was important for me to have someone on stage with Anna that she sees on her level -- someone she can talk to and admit she's afraid she's going to be fired -- so André Leon Talley is in my show. She needed to be humanized, so she's also a secret drinker. In all her real life interviews, she says she doesn't drink, but in my show, she has a bottle of vodka underneath her desk and she downs it whenever she hears negative criticism. She sings, "Drunk in Vogue," instead of Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love."

    Anna's daughter, Bee, came to your opening performance. How'd she react?

    My opening night was my first time doing the show and I found out three days before the performance that she was going to be there. I normally don't like to know who's in my audience, but this way I was able to control where she sat because I didn't want her too close in case her face registered some kind of disgust. I give her credit because she had no idea what she was walking into, but she came backstage after and we took a thousand photos together holding the Anna wig and sunglasses, like I was holding her mother's head. She said she 'felt like she was at home.' She showed her mother a video of my show and said Anna smiled, but I heard from a source that she also said I 'didn't get the fashion right.' As a result, I upgraded my jacket to a more Chanel look.

    How do you think your Anna would wake up and prep for NYFW?

    My Anna wakes up at the crack of dawn to the chirps of her pet cockatoo, Manolo. She then dutifully lines his cage with the latest Harper's Bazaar cover, dresses and heads downstairs where she's briefed with her schedule for the day, while enjoying a smart cup of Crystal Light.

    Speaking as your Anna, whom would you refuse to sit next to at a runway show?

    That fashion designer, her name escapes me -- the fat one that smiles too much. Oh! Victoria Beckham.

    Speaking as your Anna, what trends do you anticipate becoming hot this season?

    I really see that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as being the next muse in fashion and beauty. Have you seen that woman's eyebrows? Books could be written on their mystique. 

    To get tickets to see Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman In Fashion, click HERE

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    It wasn't exactly Crazy Horse but then again, Alexander Wang has said au revoir to Balenciaga and Paris and fully re-committed himself to his namesake brand and New York City. That said, there were plenty of the same decadent strip-club vibes -- but NYC-style -- at Wang's gigantic 10-year anniversary and NYFW after party last night, which was held at Pier 94, the same venue as his show and, incidentally, a stone's throw from other West Side Highway gentlemen's establishments like Larry Flynt's Hustler's Club. The bash had some partnership with Hooter's who provided snacks, and there were dancers working the pole all night. In someone else's hands, this might have felt icky but under Alexander Wang and his team's vision, the dancers seemed empowered up there -- dressed in what we assume were athletic-wear pieces designed by Wang (like sports bras and spandex shorts), there were no nipples or g-strings in sight and instead the focus was on the women's ripped abs and their impressive strength, which called to mind an olympic gymnast rather than your average working girl in the club. And, in many instances, the 'Hooter girls' passing out buffalo chicken bites and sliders were replaced by hunky 'Hooters guys' for the night. But before we could forget the theme, there were loads of "$10 bills" -- a nod to Wang's 10-year anniversary -- emblazoned with the designer's face to remind us that we were, after all, in Alexander Wang strip club-land.

    As has become tradition at Alexander Wang's NYFW after parties, there was a series of impressive performances -- clearly the team spared no expense to celebrate the milestone -- that included sets by Tinashe, A$AP Ferg, Lil Wayne (Tunechi!!) and Ludacris, who capped the night and left everyone singing "how low can you go" and "face down ass up" all the way home. Take a look at pics by BFA, below.

    Zoe Kravitz (second from left), Alexander Wang and Miguel

    Alexander Wang poses with Kylie Jenner and Tyga

    Lil Wayne

    The Weeknd and Bella Hadid

    Lady Gaga

    Nicki Minaj

    Jourdan Dunn (right)

    A$AP Rocky


    Behati Prinsloo


    Amandla Stenberg

    It was all about the Wangs

    Molly Bair

    A$AP Ferg


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  • 09/13/15--04:31: The Sunday Funnies
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    And this is our baby, bjornkaleface. [ElSangito]

    tumblr_nudlq2jKOO1qckp4qo1_500.jpg:/ [FYouNFMe]

    Watch to the end: It just keeps getting better and better. Is this what you see when you die?[Socialistexan]

    Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake perform the History of Rap Part 6. It's too bad that they're so low-energy, lacking in charm and bad at rapping.  tumblr_nubx27y61k1ry1uzoo1_1280.jpg"Oh cool" and "sorry, just saw this" sold separately. [Henteye]

    tumblr_ntc69oWS5T1r0jlbgo1_500.jpgYou watch TV on an EKG monitor. [FYouNFMe]

    Pug drives a boat is our new favorite video on the internet. He's coming to rescue you, baby girl! [TastefullyOffensive]
    tumblr_nufz74et9n1qfn03zo1_500.jpgNYFW. [BurtReynoldsMustache]

    tumblr_ntajdyY9l91rsjrs1o1_500.jpgSeriously. [ThatsSoModeratelyRaven]

    15RRE.pngEnjoy with eggy sawdust dip. [Mlkshk]

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    Fashion addicts rejoice! It's NYFW week and our resident sultan of style, Mickey Boardman, will be presenting his daily fashion week highlights. Avant-garde sihouettes, eye-popping accessories, stylish socialites and well-built hunks: You'll find them all here. So tune in every morning to see the things that make Mr. Mickey flip his wig.

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    Alexander Wang celebrated ten years in business with a celebrity-packed extravaganza of a show and party. The show featured fabulous menswear and I loved these fun overalls.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.49.03 PM.pngA highlight of any Alexander Wang show is Alex taking his running bow, and he was more adorable than ever on Saturday.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.50.36 PM.pngJoseph Altuzzara's show was full of chic separates but the standout for us were the handbags inspired by whips from the Basque Country.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.58.02 PM.pngIn just a few seasons Baja East has established itself as the go-to brand for relaxed luxury. This season we were obsessed with the aqua knits.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.53.20 PM.pngLacoste always brings a splash of sports to their runway and this season a standout was the print made by bits of international flags.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 11.56.31 PM.pngIn the modeling business girls come and go but Hanne Gaby Odiele has been our favorite for years and years. We fell in love with her all over again at Rebecca Minkoff with her new platinum blonde hair.

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    Another girl we fall in love with every time we see her is Diana Moldovan. How gorgeous is she with bangs here at Rebecca Minkoff?

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    This year, NYFW has been making huge strides, inviting a whole host of models defying conventional beauty standards to make their debuts at what is arguably the most important industry event of the year -- and one of the break-out faces of this new crop is Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model with Down's Syndrome. 

    Already experiencing immense success, Madeline along with the other models walking in the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation-sponsored show for FTL Moda have been creating quite the stir. So ahead of her Sunday runway debut we spoke with her momager, Roseanne, about her daughter's journey to her first fashion week -- not to mention how she kills the trolls with kindness.

    How did Madeline get started with modeling? Why did she want to model? 

    We went to a fashion show last year, and she just decided she loved it, and wanted to get up on the stage and catwalk and start modeling then and there...She was already on a fitness kick before she decided to become a model, so it was only through the fitness kick that she actually decided to be a mode. I put a public profile up on Facebook for her and it just went viral. 

    So how did walking in NYFW come about?

    When the Facebook page went viral the went from having like 20,000 followers to 250,000 followers in a week. And then people started ringing up and saying, "do you want to model for our company?". And we were going to have a look at them and seeing what their values were, because this is not about money to us, which is a good thing. It's not even really about modeling, it's about Madeline having a platform so we can spread the word on inclusion and we can stop discrimination. So we can explain to the universe that even if you have a disability, you're still capable of doing things and you're worthy and come up and say "hi" to me. You know what I mean?...This is her first professional catwalk, [but she's done] two others for try to raise awareness.

    As you said before there's been a big push in fashion to be more inclusive as of late, how do you think that makes Madeline feel? And where do you think this interest comes from? 

    Madeline doesn't see know to her it's not about how you look, it's about your personality...As far as I'm concerned with the changes of society's view on models, I think it comes down a lot to social media. I mean we have social media now, and everyone's face is out there, and it's now the masses making the decisions, and the masses are made up of mainly the average person. I mean if [there was] no social media...[the big agencies would] say no. But it's not up to them, it's up to the general public, they're the ones that are liking her posts, so the big companies then have to listen because they can see there's an interest. She already has such a following, and Madeline has supporters -- what we call her Facebook family.

    When she first started to model, were there discouraging things you experienced?

    The only issues I've had is there being some hurtful things said on the internet, by people they call trolls and that. In the beginning, I didn't even know what a troll was you know, people were talking about trolls and I didn't understand it. But I don't look at it like they're being horrible, I choose to look at it as, they've had a really hard life and it's sad and they want some attention. So if anything I try of reach out to them and try to tell them that they're great people...[like there was a girl who said] nasty things about Madeline, and Madeline and I just wrote a message to her that said, "We think you're really beautiful...this particular photo of you with your purple make-up on is gorgeous," and she said, "I'm so sorry, I feel so terrible now for what I've said. And thank you so much for your kind words." And now she's one of Madeline's biggest followers. That's what we believe in, you know. I have a daughter with Down's Syndrome and she taught me how to love and that's what's important in the world you know?

    That's real. So what's next for her? 

    Any day someone else contacts us and says "Can you fit this in? Or can you fit that in?" and we try to fit all the charity events in because, as I said, it's very important to us. So that's just now, and though she hasn't even done [her first] New York Fashion week walk, they're already talking about getting her to visit do Fashion Week in February and also Paris and Milan...I wouldn't be surprised by what could happen. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they put her in a spaceship and sent her to Mars. [laughs] There are just so many things happening, and so many opportunities, and it's just such a beautiful thing. It really is. 

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    From teen queen to trainwreck and back again, New York native and former Calvin Klein child model is no stranger to the NYFW gauntlet. She goes from blonde to brunette and boho to buttoned up all in front of the glare of the unflinching front row camera. Below, we track her NYFW style evolution.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 4.10.48 PM.png2006: The 'Oh this? It's Marc..." phase

    Like any good label queen around 2006, Lindsay dutifully carried her quilted Marc bag wherever she went, including the designer's fall 2006 show.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 4.14.47 PM.png2009: The Supportive Girlfriend Phase

    Pictured here with her then DJ girlfriend and mother Ann Dexter-Jones, Lindsay attends the Charlotte Ronson Spring 2009 show. A show of support is always a good move to please the in laws and that is quite the 'meet the parents' look to say the least.

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    2011: Peak Blonde/Peak Lohan Phase

    Was there anything more Lindsay Lohan than rakishly cocking your wrist to avoid the paparazzi glare  as you dash from a fashion week party, a cascade of flaxen extensions  swooshing against a crumpled mini dress? I don't think so.

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    2012: The Victoria Gotti phase  

    In 2012 the actress went through a few weeks showing up on red carpets looking uncannily like the mafia heiress and reality show star, reportedly campaigning for a role in a Gotti biopic. The twenty something starlet's likeness to the 50-year-old crime family queen was spot on, if not a bit troubling.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 4.23.29 PM.png2013: The Sister, Sister Phase
    In an ongoing bid to launch her younger sister, Ali's, burgeoning catwalk career, Lindsay generously donned a matching crown to attend Wendy Nichol's Fall 2013 presentation where her sister was modeling. In a family with as notoriously fraught relations as the Lohan's, you can't say they don't have each other's backs (or heads).

    Lindsay-Lohan-wore-white-fur-while-waiting-outside-amfAR-New.jpgLiz Taylor Snow Bunny Phase 
    At the 2013 AmFar Ball during the New York collections, Lohan channeled the screen legend on a chilly evening since what could be more Liz Taylor than fur and bugle beads at an AIDS charity?

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    Say goodbye to thigh gaps, because thigh brows are apparently all the rage on several celebrity Instagrams.

    A nice body-positive twist on the disturbing thinspo thigh gap trend, thigh brows encourage women instead that there's nothing to hide when it comes to the skin roll that forms at the top of your thighs when you sit or bend forward...seeing as how it's, uh, pretty natural and universal across most body types.

    Notable ladies sporting said thigh brow include the likes of fitness babe Khloe Kardashian, her half-sisters Kylie and Kendall, as well as universally-recognized goddesses Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki et al. Check out a few of our fave snaps below.

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    Fashion addicts rejoice! It's NYFW week and our resident sultan of style, Mickey Boardman, will be presenting his daily fashion week highlights. Avant-garde sihouettes, eye-popping accessories, stylish socialites and well-built hunks: You'll find them all here. So tune in every morning to see the things that make Mr. Mickey flip his wig.

    DVF Dance.jpgThree of my favorite moments of day three came from the Diane Von Furstenberg show. DVF is a true style icon and here she is kiki'ing backstage with Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss. #LifeGoals

    Talita von F.jpgHere's Diane's gorgeous sixteen year-old granddaughter Talita von Furstenberg. They say she's being groomed as DVF's successor. She's currently on the cover of Tatler Magazine and is obviously a future superstar.

    DVF Runway.jpgFinally here's Karlie Kloss in the opening look from DVF. It was Diane's strongest show in years and that's because it was so DVF. Sexy, fun, prints, disco styling. I loved it.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 10.06.36 PM.pngShayne Oliver showed his Hood By Air collection and it was a major reminder that when it comes to out there, cool, wild street fashion, no one can beat NYC. In a fashion week filled with pretty department store clothes this show was a mind-scrambling inspiration. It was sexy,  sophisticated, gender-fluid and modern. He's a genius.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 8.59.58 AM.pngAnother 'only in New York' moment was Nicola Formichetti's Nicopanda presentation. Shown in a fancy Wall Street club, the "Hello Kitty street punk concept" collection was clubby, sex and modern. The casting was incredible and the presentation attracted the cutest kids of fashion week. It felt like the coolest party in town that also happened to be a fashion show.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 8.56.47 AM.pngWe loved this Opening Ceremony dress that was very Big Love on top and go-go girl on the bottom.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 10.10.14 PM.pngPublic School went high-fashion, making us think their debut as creative directors of DKNY will be more funky. This was our favorite look of show.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 10.09.21 PM.pngIf I were a girl, I'd wear this Derek Lam cotton shirt dress with big bell sleeves.

    Chloe Gosselin.jpgOne of our favorite shoe designers ,Chloe Gosselin, showed her sexy stilettos with a little help from fiance David Copperfield.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 10.04.03 PM.pngTracy Reese showed lots of sparkle and debuted her shoe collaboration with Sarah Jessica Parker.

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    Peter Berlin 3.jpgTo a certain generation, the name Peter Berlin evokes an image of strutting '70s male sexuality, all overstuffed leather pants, and blond Prince Valiant hair crowning a body of rippling, tanned muscles. Born Baron Armin Hagen von Hoyningen-Huene, Berlin would come to personify the sexual freedom and insouciant attitude of an era with his gay cult sex films like Nights in Leather and That Boy that chronicled the very real encounters he based an entire life pursuing and perfecting. His relationships with the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol also established him as one of the more compelling figures of the moment, where hedonism for its own sake seemed to be a perfectly acceptable existential end.

    In addition to his films, his series of self-portraits furthered his sex god status and could be argued as a pre-cursor to the selfie, if fully produced and knowing in their Narcissus quality. These images are now the new subject of an exhibition at ClampArt gallery in NYC, which opened last week, an occasion that provided the chance for us to talk to the man behind them. Now preferring to live a quiet life in San Francisco, coincidentally among the streets he used to prowl so famously, Berlin, now in his 70s, talked to us about the personae he created, his brief return to New York, and his first few weeks on Facebook.

    What made you decide to do an exhibition after all these years?

    It was the brainchild of a friend of mine who tried to convince me to do something with my life. I'm not that Peter Berlin [anymore] that was doing the pictures that one will find on the walls in the gallery, right? So it's sort of just a very weird feeling for me where I am grateful in a way that there's an interest. On the other hand, I'm sort of over it, you know?

    It doesn't sound like you're taking it all too seriously. But did you take it seriously then when you were taking the pictures?

    I didn't see it as [seriously as], for instance, my friend at that time, Robert Mapplethorpe, who took his stuff very serious and he had a goal of wanting to be a good photographer, a known photographer, a successful photographer, and a rich photographer. I just did photographs, self portraits. You know, yeah, that's how serious I took it. Like the people today with the selfie and an iPhone. That's what I did. Only that I had to sort of go through a little more difficult procedure.

    Do you see at all any narcissism in your self portraits, especially since you were so known for your beauty?

    Being narcissistic, I'm so against labels. So you know, I am a pornographer, I am a narcissist, I am, you know, whatever people think I am or what I do. I realized of all the people I met in my life, not one person has seen me as I am. There's an assumption especially with me, with having done what I have done. It's a point of discussion.

    Peter Berlin 2.jpgIf people weren't seeing you as you were, can you talk about the character of Peter Berlin you created?
    At the time it was so unusual that a man was doing what women have done for centuries, you know, with the tight dress and the breasts showing. But then when a man is doing it, and that's exactly what I was doing, then it is something like 'oh my god.' So what I realized was, I'm living in a very stupid world, a very frustrated world, a very twisted world. And the older I got, you know, I said, get away from people because it is, you know, not great pleasure to encounter negativity. But I realized how quickly I had to separate that what makes Peter Berlin 'Peter Berlin,' that people assumed certain things about me and I realized I had to separate me, Armin, from Peter. But I look back and I say, OK, that image I created there is a nice image. I did a good job, right?

    You were emblematic of a period -- '70s, sex, and hedonism. Tell me about when things changed.
    What surrounded me then changed in a very, very, very sad, tragic manner because of AIDS. So all my friends died in that era and that made me change. Not so much what I did, but sort of slowly I realized that the world around me changed, the places where I used to have a good time changed. Now it's a whole different approach to sex. Now it's happening on the Internet. It started with phone sex and I never was into that. So it was a natural way where I said, OK, thank god that I lived. And was sexually sort of aware in the '60s '70s, and '80s. I had 30 years of great, great expression and great time. And then it just ended -- and now I'm thinking about all that.

    Could you talk more about the change happening to cruising culture now that so much of it is done online or on apps?

    Now I tell you, when I was cruising in the '60s and the '70s and '80s, there were tons, thousands of other people doing exactly the same. I only did it maybe a little bit more effectively. And I was standing out. I created something that was blatantly sexual. Wherever I went, to the parks, to the streets, to the everywhere, people were cruising and I saw all kinds of exciting people. Now it's over. I can't even believe I'm sitting with my friend Eric here in San Francisco in a café, more or less every day we have lunch, and I look at the picture on the street and I just can't believe it. I say, what is happening?

    Peter Berlin 1.jpgBut you're not totally against the Internet. You recently joined Facebook?

    Yes, as of three weeks ago, but I still don't understand it sort of. But it's another phenomenon where I see where the world is going to. There's that illusion. I think now in the short time I already have nearly 3,000 friends. So the whole thing is the young people feel now, oh my god, you know, 'I'm connected', 'I belong.' And then they wake up one day and see there's nobody there.

    It contrasts so much with the persona of Peter Berlin who was so physical -- very sensual.

    The feeling, what I had as Peter Berlin, what I was always trying to get, was to find a partner and then to create a good time. I believe this is not happening to too many people now. To me it's the highest form of being. I took it to an extreme where I went so high and excited that I think, my god, if I could get a little higher, I would drop dead. And that is what the whole thing was, what I was striving for. And I succeeded many times. When I say many times, really many times.

    Getting back to the exhibition why do you call it "Wanted"?

    The way it actually came about is that I can say, "Oh, Peter Berlin is wanted." I used to get all these letters with people telling me, "I want you, I want you." And when I was running around as Peter, I realized how many people wanted me. So there is that part, but the way it came about also is when I went for my green card [in the '70s], I had to get my rap sheet and I saw sort on the other side of the police station, you know, I saw that picture. The profile. I said, "Oh my god, I think I look quite good on that!" And then when I went again, went in for something else, I asked that nice lady, "do you have that picture?" And she gave it to me and then we came up with that idea. 

    Are you looking forward to being in New York for the show?

    I dread it if you really want to know the truth. There was even a time when there was talk about the exhibition a year or two years ago that I actually thought, Oh, I hope it doesn't happen. And that's terrible to say. There will be a lot of people there. And especially now the new friends, you know? From Facebook. 

    Wanted: Peter Berlin runs through October 10th at ClampArt, 531 W. 25th St., NYC

    Photos by Peter Berlin

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    Omaha indie-folkers the Mynabirds are currently on tour in support of their recent album Lovers Know, and Paper has the premiere of a live video for album highlight "Hanged Man," which was recorded at Capitol Records Studio. If you like what you see, here's where you can check out Laura Burhenn and company out in person.  

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    an this iz exactly why we diss this fuktard parasite biter bitch #gagaNYfashionweek

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    Perennial rap-rave troublemakers Die Antwoord are not happy with Lady Gaga's new look -- and they've taken to social to reheat some old beef, calling her a "fuktard parasite biter bitch."

    The South African trio's frontman Ninja posted an image from NYFW of Gaga on Instagram yesterday, accusing her of biting bandmember Yolandi Visser's well-known baby bangs look. Granted Gaga's locks are, uh, less crust and more clean-cut, so we're thinking this has to be some attempt at reigniting their feud from a few years back. After all, who could forget their vicious Gaga spoof in the video "Fatty Boom Boom." You know, the video that also features Yolandi in blackface 😑😑😑? Which is like, okay wanna talk actual appropriation or nah?

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    While NYFW hits the halfway mark with nary a crisis or controversy in sight, we revisit some of the most scandalous shows in recent history in New York, Paris, London and elsewhere.

    1. Rick Owens Mens' Fall/Winter 2015 Collection, "Sphinx'(aka the Peen Peek)
    One of the most talked about shows of the Fall/Winter 2015 season was Rick Owen's Sphinx, which featured male models wearing garments with cut-outs designed to show off their genitalia. Though by now the fashion world knows that Owens doesn't shy away from controversy, nevertheless the stunt still ignited a frenzy of shocked online posts. Of the collection, Owens explained that the focus put on the model's genitalia was an effort to incorporate a childish or juvenile aspect to the presentation.

    2. Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2000 Collection, "Eye"
    Alexander McQueen presented his Spring/Summer 2000 collection in New York on the night of Hurricane Floyd. The show, entitled Eye, dealt with the theme of Western fears of Islam and many of the clothes in the show directly referenced traditional Islamic dress. The show was particularly controversial because it featured sexualized versions of the niqaab and featured models in burqas flying over a bed of nails that had risen from the floor during the finale.

    3. Alexander McQueen's Fall/Winter 1995 Collection, "Highland Rape"
    McQueen was one of the greatest provocateurs in the fashion industry, so it's no surprise that another one of his shows makes this list. For his Fall/Winter 1995 show, Highland Rape, McQueen sent out models bruised and battered wearing tattered clothes of tartan and lace. With some thinking that McQueen was promoting violence against women, the backlash was swift. But, in McQueen's eyes, the show was meant to represent the ethnic cleansing of the Scottish Highlands by British soldiers during the 18th and 19th centuries and the ensuing controversy upset the designer, especially since he cared so much about designing clothes that empowered women.

    4. John Galliano's Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 Collection, "Haute Homeless"
    For John Galliano's Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 show, he created a collection based on the homeless Parisians he encountered while running along the Seine. To that end, he presented a bricolage collection of shredded and tattered couture garments that had found objects like mini whiskey bottles and kitchen utensils strung along the models' waists. Many found homelessness to be a distasteful theme for a haute couture collection where dresses can go for upwards of $50,000 and the resulting criticism prompted Galliano to apologize for upsetting so many, stating that it was not meant to offend but rather celebrate the style of the homeless people he encountered in Paris.

    5. Jean Paul Gaultier's Fall/Winter 1993 Collection, "Chic Rabbis"
    "Chic Rabbis" was what Jean Paul Gaultier labeled his Fall/Winter 1993 show because it was inspired by a trip to NYC where he encountered a group of rabbis leaving the New York Public Library. The designer said he loved the elegance of their dress with their hats and huge coats flapping in the wind but the collection came under fire for being culturally insensitive with specific complaints from Hasidic groups concerning female models in the show wearing traditionally masculine hairstyles and clothes.

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    Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 3.31.36 PM.pngAngel Haze recently teased out a new track, "Moonrise Kingdom," and now we have the chance to listen to the entire project from which it comes. The rapper's new mixtape, Back to The Woods, is a 13-track work that, Haze told us last month, shows off her three different personas: Angel Haze, Babe Ruthless and Raeen (her birth name). The result is a dynamic, sound-shifting -- yet ultimately cohesive -- record that veers between moody ballads ("Moonrise Kingdom") to bombastic rap jams ("Impossible"). Give it a listen, below, and head to iTunes tomorrow to purchase it.

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