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    Last month, Amber Rose showed up to the VMAs in an incredible bodysuit painted with the slurs she's been called, another example of her efforts as an advocate for anti-slut shaming -- and now she's collaborated on a video with Funny Or Die that attempts to destigmatize the Walk of Shame. 

    Hilarious (not to mention all-too-real), Amber Rose begins by leaving a one-night stand's place in last night's clubwear, proudly strutting her stuff to remind us all that there's no shame in getting laid. After all, let's not pretend like that's not a good portion of why we go out, so it's refreshing that she made this video -- smiling at passerbys and sending off last night's fling (played by Orange Is The New Black's Matt McGorry) packing sans her number. Seems like she really is living her best life!

    Watch the video 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.


    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.52.02 AM.pngTory Burch makes pretty clothes for pretty ladies and we loved the opening look of her show. It made us want to go on trips and buy jewelry!

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.50.51 AM.png2015 Paper Beautiful People and design duo Eckhaus Latta are a brand that the hip kids go crazy for. And I might just be able to fit into this jazzy little number from their show!

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.49.35 AM.pngWhen it comes to fantasy and impeccable workmanship, Rodarte just can't be beat. Their show was one of their best in years and featured this super-chic little ensemble.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.46.52 AM.pngIf you know me at all you know I can't resist overalls and this little overall dress is from Diesel Black Gold on one of my favorite girls Mica Arganaz.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 9.11.50 AM.pngCoach did their show on the highline and it was an idyllic setting. We loved the patchwork leather (even though MM is cruelty-free and wears no leather) and this dinosaur sweater is pretty adorable.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 8.45.22 AM.pngSimple and sexy looked great at Milly.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 8.44.03 AM.pngWe're seeing lots of fringed moments and this printed skirt at Alice + Olivia really gave us the fever for a trip to the southwest.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 8.42.05 AM.pngPeter Copping's second show for Oscar de la Renta was devastatingly gorgeous. Now this is what style looks like.

    Jeremy Premiere.jpgJeremy Scott is a busy man. Last night he hosted both the NYC premiere of the documentary Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer and one of his signature blow-out after parties. (Stop by our party and issue signing with him tonight at the Moschino store with Tumblr).

    KennethCole.jpg Kenneth Cole hosted a party at his Bowery store, and here he is taking a selfie with gorgeous mother-daughter Jillian Hervey and Vanessa Williams.

    BoF.jpgBusiness of Fashion hosted a party to celebrate their new BoF 500 at the Edition Hotel. Here's fabulous BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amred with CFDA's Steven Kolb and DVF who co-hosted.

    Runway photos from Voguerunway.com . Event photos from BFA.com

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    Taste is in the eye of the beholder, which is why some legendary entertainers who were accused of having terrible taste turned out to be fashion visionaries who were walking billboards for chutzpah and class. Here are my favorite stars who've spun wacky into wonderful:

    Phyllis_Diller.jpgPHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012)
    Hilarious standup comic Phyllis engaged in the shtick that she was ugly and unwanted, and in the process, she gussied herself up in feathers, stripes, excessive jewels, and fright wigs. And the result was gorgeous! I remember being inspired as a kid by Phyllis' supposedly ugly looks, which today look totally runway-ready.

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    MAMA CASS (1941-74)
    In our twisted society, fat people aren't supposed to dress to draw attention to themselves. They're supposed to wear solid black, hold in their stomachs, and hide in a corner with their heads down. But Cass Elliot -- the throaty and popular singer from the '60s singing group the Mamas and the Papas -- threw all that out the window, while holding onto that proverbial ham sandwich. She flaunted her fabulous self in boldly patterned caftans, patchwork shmattes, and even some tighter things, with bows and beads and all the other accoutrements. She was fabulous.

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    MILEY CYRUS
    Young and fearless, Miley has become the fashionplate for things that make old people faint while her admirers scream with approval. She is game for all possibilities, and can make magic out of anything from hanging Skittles to glorified duct tape. She's made fashion fun again, and though she also happens to have a pulled-together look, I'm glad she doesn't trot it out that often.

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    BOY GEORGE

    So adorable in patchwork dreads, floppy hats, and other paraphernalia, George
    was the boyish -- yet rather girlish -- new wave star who became an ambulatory hanger for anything that moved him. He and his performance artist friend Leigh Bowery pushed the boundaries of what was OK, and it looked so fab that their looks now seem timeless.

    Liberace.jpgLIBERACE
    The sparkly pianist didn't believe in "less is more." He was always willing to lay on one more jewel, then flash his pearly whites for extra blinding effect, thrilled to overload his audience's senses with anything that shimmered. The man basically melded classical music with the aesthetics of La Cage aux Folles, and for that I'll always be grateful (if confused).

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 12.19.16 PM.pngCHER
    When she wore what looked like a dead cockatoo on her head to the Oscars in 1986, it didn't surprise anyone who'd been following Cher for years. After all, she'd always specialized in button pushing, rule breaking, navel showing, supposedly offensive but actually wildly exciting looks. The woman believes in life after taste, and she makes it work big time.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 12.26.13 PM.pngBJORK
    They're still talking about the swan dress. Case closed.

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    SLY STONE
    The head personality of the musical group Sly and the Family Stone, Sly has always been a leader in brave fashion choices as well. There's nothing too shiny, revealing, ornamented, and outrageous for this man to wear, whether he's dealing in pimp style, cowboy chic, or other hippity happenings. Sly sings about being "everyday people," but that's not what I'm seeing.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 12.31.50 PM.pngLADY GAGA
    Gaga infused a lot of merriment into pop fashion with her elaborately orchestrated ensembles, most famously a meat dress that was as high in pizzazz as it was in cholesterol. No one would mistake her for the Queen of England -- but that's why we love the girl. And even though she's gotten a bit more tasteful these days, we're happy to say she hasn't gotten that much more tasteful. She and Miley know it's their responsibility to make "bad" good again.

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    KATY PERRY
    She's not exactly Gaga, but Katy does have a healthy sense of silliness as she throws on everything from Cleopatra outfits to Catwoman suits, with all manner of hats and other stuff to spruce it up. Uppity fashion critics' worst nightmare is actually what amounts to a grownup version of a "Teenage Dream."


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    (photo by Dawn Felicia in collaboration with Nicola Canavan)

    The history of body-shaming, particularly as it relates to women forced to adhere to unreasonable and somewhat arbitrary standards of beauty, is very, very long, and battles over the issues it raises in education, fashion, and beauty are increasingly high-profile. Enter artist Nicola Canavan, whose project "Raising the Skirt" attempts to call attention to a part of the body usually ignored in body-shaming discussions -- the vagina. Canavan, along with collaborator, photographer Dawn Felicia, puts women in a position to proudly show off their bodies, putting them quite literally in the viewer's face and making them impossible to erase, As she puts it in an interview with Dazed Digital, the project aims to allow women to "create a positive change in their relationship with their own bodies." Check out the rest of the interview for more of Canavan's thoughts on the project, as well as more photos, then take it upon yourself to celebrate your own body in whatever way you see fit.


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    If you've been craving some Miranda in your life, Amazon now has every season of Sex and the City available through Amazon Prime (including downloading). Read Emily Nussbaum's fantastic defense of the show for The New Yorker, get out of the way of that splashing bus, hunker down for a simpler time when classy benefits could involved Donald Trump, and, most importantly, forget about the movies.


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    The upcoming generation of teens is full of kids who are stars to each other, but inhabit practically a different social universe from adults. They're building their own social media followings on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, you name it -- but to what end? For the olds among us: who are these teens, and how can we be as cool as them? Get to know the most fascinating teens on the internet in our feature, Yasss Teen.


    Life without Luggage

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    Instagram artist Luis Ruiz, 18, creates beautiful, unconventional portraits and illustrations inspired by communities in his native Mexico he feels are underrepresented in the art world. We spoke to Ruiz about his art, Instagram celebrity, his children's book, and the Mexican press over Skype from his home in Quetétaro, Mexico.

    Where does the influence for your art come from?

    Mexico is a country that is unfortunately filled with corruption and injustice, especially with certain communities that are being discriminated against. This happens across the globe, but especially in Mexico. Only in the capital, the D.F. or Federal District, is where there is more diversity, and I wanted to showcase in my illustrations this gender-bending current that I'm drawn to. You look at my characters, and you can't always tell if they're men or women. However, with their expressions, I'm sure that people want to know what they're feeling, rather than who they are.

    Juxtaposition

    A photo posted by Luis R. Ruiz (@literaluis) on


    I mean to introduce characters of diverse ethnicities, of all kinds of racial backgrounds -- and I'm looking forward to doing that with the Marias, indigenous women of Mexico that are discriminated against. It's no shocker that these women aren't offered Planned Parenthood-like services. There are women that are giving birth in the streets, and they're not being respected at all. So, rather than being influenced by art or what my country showcases [to me], I want to shine a light on the communities that aren't represented and make sure that they look beautiful as well, mixing them with all the color that I include. I really intend to mix comical aspects of illustration but with a serious note.

    Esta bien no estar bien. No esta bien rodearte de aquellos que no aportan a tu vida y felicidad. No esta bien ser la razón por la cual alguien no va a sonreír durante el día. No esta bien disminuir la poca empatía que existe entre nosotros. No esta bien denigrar a aquellos que no entendemos. Y no esta bien olvidar quien eres y cuanto importas. Hoy regreso a @instagram lleno de cambios y motivación. Pensé que había perdido mi voz e identidad en la comunidad, pero descubrí que sencillamente ha cambiado. Mis ilustraciones y personajes han crecido junto conmigo, cobrando muchos estilos nuevos que estoy ansioso por compartirles. Junto con #DamiselasDistópicas podrán conocer mas sobre temas que nos conciernen a todos, especialmente a aquellos que vivimos en Mexico. Espero que todos hayan disfrutado y aprendido de su verano tanto como yo. Para todos aquellos que batallan con la depresión, ¡recuerden que esta bien no estar bien!

    A photo posted by Luis R. Ruiz (@literaluis) on


    Respect • Tlaixtililistli • Respeto

    A photo posted by Luis R. Ruiz (@literaluis) on


    Do you feel that your art is political in nature?

    It's very common for people to close their eyes and refuse to see the things that we live with day-by-day. In Mexico, the contrast is very clear between the rich and the poor, so I feel like introducing this to people outside of my country will maybe help raise awareness. My intention is not to make a political statement; however, I do want my illustrations to give something for people to think about or become aware of. I don't like making pretty people and making pretty things, because I don't think there's much you can learn from it.

    Do you find subjects to draw, or are they composite figures from your head?

    I enjoy making them up much more. It's easier for my hands to create people that aren't real. I'm always asked, "Who is it? Who was it that you drew?" I don't feel as comfortable trying to copy somebody else, and I'm always doodling. Always, always doodling, so I remember certain traces that I did with my pencil or with my pen. I incorporate them with forms that I think about like I do with fruits that I've drawn, like the avocado.

    Avocado Avery

    A photo posted by Luis R. Ruiz (@literaluis) on


    I also make portraits of people that are real, and you can definitely notice the contrasts between those that I make up and those that really do exist. When I do real people, it's to work on my technique, because that's the way I learn by myself, is observing and copying. I'm not too keen on making portraits of people that already exist. I'd rather exploit my own imagination and create.

    When did you open your Instagram account and start posting art?

    It was in 2013, early on. I didn't use it as often as I do now, I used it as another place to upload the things that I wouldn't want to put or share on my Facebook. But I didn't really started becoming active until summer of 2014. Last year.


    Yeah, that's what really exploded everything that I did. During May, I believe, I was upgraded to a suggested user on Instagram, which is a selected list that they update every two weeks, in which they show new talents. The community manager for Latin America, Inez Sanchez, approached me with an interview. That's where everything started becoming much bigger, I was able to reach many more people in the world, and I'm very thankful because it was very quick, and I was just 17 at the time.

    You were also a dancer for a long time.

    I'm very inspired by the tenacity of the dancers, their bodies, their determination is incredible. I ended up in contemporary. That was my biggest challenge when I used to dance, to make it to the Center of Contemporary Dance. It was such an amazing experience. The wonders you can do with the body...I felt very drawn to it and I love it, and even though I no longer practice it because of the school I'm currently in, I always make sure to remember and stretch and exercise a bit to keep my work there, because as a man, it's much easier to lose the work you've done regarding flexibility, than a woman.

    We dance to the beat of distorted knowledge

    A photo posted by Luis R. Ruiz (@literaluis) on


    It must be kind of jarring to go from just posting art on your own personal account to being this almost celebrity on Instagram.

    I'm not sure if I'm acknowledged as a "celebrity," I feel like I'm just doing the same. The fame or the popularity is quite small compared to many other people that are showcasing what they do. I'm really flattered by the opportunity and always looking forward to what my followers have to say, I'm really keen on reading the comments, taking suggestions. I'm always wanting to change my style. That's what I'm always looking for within my drawings. They're of people, but I make sure they're very diverse characters, so after all the people that I've been able to talk to, thanks to Instagram, thanks to The Huffington Post; even in Spain, i-D magazine from Vice, I was able to talk to them regarding marketing and branding. There's been many great opportunities, and rather than the followers and the celebrity and getting to be reached out to by many people, I appreciate that I can make a little bit of a difference in the cultural community of my country.

    You've also written a children's book.

    Oh right. [laughs] When I was eleven -- I was living in Texas at the time -- I wrote a small children's book. It's part of a trilogy that I wrote way back then. Only the first installment that was published, The Universal Stone. It basically discussed the way I thought my teenaged years would be, because back then I was only a kid. I wanted to mix many fantasy elements; I also wanted to include some of the things I used to read back then, such as many popular children's novels that involved magical creatures, and places I loved to visit like Australia. But that project was abandoned -- the other books are written, however only the first one was published. I intend to go back and upgrade the illustrations of those books, which, thank god, you can see some sort of progression from them.

    You're going to publish the next two?

    I intend to. The second one will definitely be renovated, because I've changed a lot over the seven years since the first edition. I really want to shift it to who I am today, but to stay true to what the idea was way back then.

    Do you think you'll pursue more writing as you progress through your career?

    I've always been interested in it, and I love to read. However, my goals are always evolving. After I was writing, I really wanted to become a cook, so I was always watching the Food Network and all of these shows which inspired me to cook. Then I left that, and I just was drawn to theatre and dance, which is when I entered Mexico's National Center of Contemporary Dance, during my first year of high school. I left that; I'm currently in my senior year in the common educational system, and as you can see, my main focus is on visual art. I think there are many ways to intertwine writing with what I do now; however, I know that my main goal is to continue focusing on my visual art and exploiting it, and getting to learn more about others who do so, so we can all learn more and grow and become a much more tight, creative community.

    Have you ever considered doing comics journalism? Your art is so much about portraying others and real life.

    I'd love to. I always appreciate a challenge, and journalism is all about keeping you on your toes. I would really like to host TV news events and stuff like that - I'm actually working on a project like that for this year at school - I could definitely see myself that way in the future; however, I'm not too keen on it for right now. I love a challenge, and I love to collaborate, and get something back I could do with my drawings. It'd be nice to return to writing, yeah.

    Do any other Instagram artists inspire you?

    Most of my friends are photographers, and those are the people that I follow. However, I do like seeing other illustrators' work. Ryan Heshka, this illustrator that incorporates retro elements with a darker tone, which I love, and am very drawn to.

    What do you see yourself doing in five years?

    For someone who's a senior in high school, it's a big question. I really want to study abroad. I'm going to be submitting my applications this semester to some very big and bold universities in the US, which I'm very excited to be hearing the results. However, if I do not leave my country, I know I will be moving to the capital, D.F. I'm looking forward to studying design in digital media or visual communications. I'd like to contribute to other kids and make sure that they fight or long for something that is much greater than the environment that they currently live in, because as teens, it's very easy for us to be sitting on the sofa watching Netflix and eating chips, which I love to do. But I feel like we can all be more productive, and really showcase how much talent these young generations have, and for them show it and share it and support each other, because competition does not mean degrading other people. That's something I feel is getting lost with teens.

    Do you have any final thoughts?

    It seems very sad that all of the support that I've received has been from international media. I was really surprised and flattered when you reached out to me, and that's when I began to wonder, with all the opportunities that I've gotten in the past, is that there hasn't been one big Mexican media outlet who's reached out to me - only a couple of small or local ones. This happens to be the same for many other talented, young kids. I believe that it speaks to corruption, and even in the critic community there's corruption you wouldn't believe.

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    Thanks to the Internet and, more specifically, social media (we're looking at you, Tumblr), the nostalgia cycle is moving at warp speed. Gone are the days when it took twenty years for trends to come back and so while it seems like only a few years ago that everyone was dressing like they stepped out of a Hole video, early-90s nostalgia is quickly getting displaced by an obsession for the later part of that decade and even the early-2000s. As we prepare to dust off our Rocket Dogs and dry clean our velour tracksuits, we ask some of our favorite stylists to tell us about which late '90s/early '00s trends they think will be making a comeback -- for better or (much) worse.

    Logan Horne:
    "I'm all about bringing back multicolor Louis Vuitton bags, and Dior Saddle bags. It's been long enough and I'm ready to see some cool chicks rocking these around fashion week."

    Adele Cany:
    "I remember the '00s being a big fusion of trends and being very influenced by the music industry. Pop, hip-hop, rap, rock...Missy Elliott, Madonna, Xtina Aguilera, Britney. There were a few trends they did for the worse that are or might be coming back (Buffalo platform shoes, those tiny plastic collars that I've seen on models lately, metal geometric tops, Ed Hardy, fanny packs...) and also some basics that we see every few seasons (camo, flare trousers, Manolo pointy high heels). And if we could avoid the Spice Girls looks coming back outside of theme parties I'd be grateful!"

    Saskia Vaye
    "I saw the return of the mid-length denim skirt -- thank you Bey and Kim K -- and while I loved this return trend, I worry the natural length progression will retreat and the next trend will be the mini denim skirt. Let's leave the mini denim skirt back in 2002 ladies, after all, Britney did it better than anyone ever could."

    Jessica Zamora-Turner
    "Having recently moved from rural Devon to East London in the early 2000s, my world was consumed with images from Wolfgang Tillmans, Juergen Teller and Corinne Day.  I wanted to wear anything that would have me belonging in one of their photographs -- mostly vintage, flowery dresses over jeans, Adidas sneakers, no bra, oversized military jackets...This Corinne Day and Carmen Kass shoot for Vogue Paris summarizes all that was good for me: skimpy dresses, summer skin, strappy shoes/wedges and simple beauty...and a hat of course! But the '00s trends I hated most were anything asymmetrical, straightened hair -- I felt like everyone looked the same for years -- and whale tails!

    My predictions for which early '00s trends will come back are satin and elevated cargo pants. I love the idea of pastel and muted satin -- we saw a bit of it already in the New York shows at Maiyet, Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Dion Lee and Victoria Beckham. This was a huge trend in the early 2000s from brands like Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent and even McQueen. Cargo pants are a tough one but it reminds me of Balenciaga and Dries Van Noten 2002/2003 shows with traveler/Ibiza vibes or alternately British girl band All Saints. I'm not sure if it'll stick but I think we'll see it none the less.

    The trends I'd rather not see again are those pirate-inspired collections from the Brits, namely McQueen and Vivienne Westwood! Off the runway I think straightened hair on everyone can stay in the past, I much prefer the lively natural hair trends right now."

    Heidi Bivens
    "The decade 2000 is full of embarrassing trends, but one that I think is still relevant is Premium streetwear. Not that it's disappeared since the 2000s, but I think there is more room in the market (especially for women) for brands that have big ideas and make comfortable, affordable clothing inspired by street fashion."

    Ilaria Urbanati
    "The only '00s trend I can think of that I'm really seeing making a comeback are mules -- I'm seeing some pretty modern chic versions around and I could def get into those (at least it's more comfortable than a heel) and the new versions are so much cooler than the old ones. And then remember the jeans with the cut-off waistband? I feel like that's something that (unfortunately) could make a comeback -- I can see someone like Miley or Rihanna doing that and really picking up from there. Shrugs scare me 'cause I feel like those could make a comeback and I really hate them -- I hated them then and I hate them now but maybe someone will come out with a cooler version. Just please no low-rise jeans and/or trucker hats.

    On a side note -- the one person whom to me had the best style in the '00s was Kirsten Dunst -- all that Phoebe Philo-era Chloé was perfection. So there are some '00s trends I would LOVE to see like Phoebe Philo's Chloé, which was 2002 to mid 2000s, had the amazing scalloped edges on everything, the sheer peasant blouses, and those perfect braided waist bell bottom jeans. How has no one brought those back?"

    Eli Wasserman

    "I've been seeing ruched, stretched jersey and, first of all, anything jersey makes me want to throw up. There's been a comeback of stretched jersey halter tops that are all ruched around the mid-section, which makes no sense. What is ruching? You want to look thinner but add all these layers and bundle up this fabric around your mid-section? But honestly, as for 2000s trends, I wouldn't want to see anything make a comeback. Actually, you know what was kind of hot? Britney Spears wearing the bikini bottoms over her leather pants in "I'm A Slave 4 U." That video was so hot. I love that.

    But the other trends I hope won't come back include the short denim skirt with Uggs -- it was greatest catastrophe. It makes no sense. If you go out to the Midwest, like in Chicago, you'd see girls freezing but their feet and ankles would be warm in these atrocious Uggs. And I don't want to see those aforementioned jersey dresses with the ruching -- I think it's so cheap.

    But as for what I think will most definitely come back? The Playboy Bunny. We're seeing Jeremy Scott and Moschino and the Looney Tunes and all the animated cartoon characters coming back and I think the next thing that makes sense is the Playboy bunny logo on things (which The Blonds kind of already did). I can definitely see designers exaggerate that and doing the mules and the slides with the furry toes. It can totally work if it's done right."


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    It's 9:30am on a recent Sunday and James Goldstein -- or Jim, as he prefers to be called -- is about to give us a tour of his glass mansion, known as the Sheats Goldstein Residence, nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Goldstein is a man about town and hard to miss with his unique fashion sense (think: snakeskin or zebra print suits accessorized with cowboy hats and boots). While the source of his income is murky, he's often described as a 'billionaire NBA superfan' -- he attends over one hundred NBA games per season, mostly sitting court side and even traveling to catch a game. It's a commitment only matched by his love of fashion; he's frequently spotted front row at fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

    As we make our way down the extended palm tree-lined drive and eventually to the front door, we catch a glimpse of Jim in his natural habitat, lounging on the couch in tennis gear reading the morning paper. He greets us with a handshake and takes us on a tour that starts off at the pool area, which we recognize immediately from a photo shoot starring Kendall Jenner (the home is a sought-after location for fashion shoots and has also been featured in movies like Charlie's Angels).

    Jim then leads us along a marble walled pathway toward his bedroom where we see pictures of him with Kate Moss, John Galliano, and many others, stacked on a chest of drawers next to a 'JG' initialed Goyard hat box. We walk together to his prized closet, which is organized by season, and he shows us some of his favorite pieces, including an extravagant Saint Laurent snakeskin jacket and a beautiful Lanvin leather number. When we ask him if he's found anything special for this coming season, a look of worry appears on his face and he responds with "No, I haven't seen anything I like. I'm concerned about this season." As we walk out onto the balcony, which offers the best view of Los Angeles, we discover that the wooden terrace lifts up to unveil a bubbling hot tub. Paradise. We finish the tour at Club James, a new addition to the Sheats Goldstein Residence. Jim tells us that Rihanna celebrated her birthday here earlier this year and he has plans to turn this entertainment complex into one of the hottest spots in LA. After the tour, we sit down to chat where we learn more about Jim's upbringing, his inspiration and his own fashion line, James Goldstein Couture.

    CLUBJAMES_1.jpgClub James. (Photo by Kristin Fliehler)

    Tell me about your upbringing. What brought you to Los Angeles?

    I went to college at Stanford, which was my first exposure to California having grown up in Milwaukee. While I was at Stanford one of my former roommates invited me to Los Angeles and I liked it a lot so I decided to do my post grad work at UCLA to give the city a test and then I decided to stay.

    What persuaded you to stay after your post-grad?

    I decided to stay despite my father having a business in Wisconsin that he would have liked me to take over but I didn't want to stay there.

    What's a typical day like in the life of Jim Goldstein?

    Well I travel about 7 months of the year but a typical day when I'm here at home is to go through my emails and Instagram while I'm still in bed. Then I get up and check on my construction work, which goes on daily and has been for many, many years. I then read the newspapers and play some tennis on my new court.

    Tell me about the construction, what's going on?

    Club James has been added. You could call it an entertainment complex that I have been working on for many years now. It consists of a tennis court on the top level then Club James and my offices on the second level and on the third level, which is still a long way from being finished, a huge entertainment terrace including a lap pool, dining facilities, kitchen and bar.

    Who inspires you most?

    At this point architecturally, I would give Zaha Hadid my number one spot along with Santiago Calatrava. That's architecture. My other strong interests include watching a lot of basketball and going to many games here in Los Angeles. Basketball is a big part of my life. I can't point to one person in basketball who inspires me but there are many.

    Where fashion is concerned, who continues to inspire you?

    Well, my favorite designers have always been John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. Right now my two main sources for my own clothing choices are Balmain and Saint Laurent.

    Tell me about your signature look.

    I would say that my clothing tastes for myself have evolved. I try to stay as current as possible and I change my wardrobe completely every fashion season. I look around at what all the designers have to offer even though I have my favorites. As far as my signature image, that's something that I like because it's the opposite of the average suit and tie dresser and it shows a little bit of rebellion toward the typical way of dressing. It's also very comfortable and I think I look great in it. Having said that, I still try to keep an open mind to everything new that comes along, I try to wear something that's unique and has never been done before. I'm always looking for new ideas.

    What advice would you give to the young people of today?

    My advice is to find something in life that you can be really passionate about and then taking it all the way and I think I have done that with my architectural projects, basketball and with fashion.

    With so many accomplishments and successes under your belt, what are you most proud of?

    I think I'm most proud of the creation of this property. The total rebuilding of this house, the tremendous landscaping project that I've been working on for years. The creation of the James Turrell Skyspace and the creation of the entertainment complex. All in all this has been like a life's work project for me and I'm very proud of the way it has turned out.

    As someone who travels a lot, what's your favorite city and why?

    Paris is my favorite city. Even though I've been there hundreds of times I still get goosebumps when I'm walking around.

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    Where in Paris?

    I've been staying in Saint Germain all my life and I feel like that's my second home, I feel very comfortable there.

    Favorite spot in Los Angeles aside from your home?

    Aside from here, my second favorite spot is the beach on a beautiful day.

    What are some of your pleasures in life?

    Well certainly tennis and basketball are a big part of my life.

    You recently launched your own fashion brand, James Goldstein Couture, tell me more about it.

    Two of my closest friends from Milan called me one day and much to my surprise they told me that they had decided to start a line and wanted me to be the Head Designer and to have it named after me. That started a little less than two years ago and started primarily with womenswear and it is aimed at the young, hip dresser and inspired by the kind of clothing that I like to wear myself.




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    Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.41.55 AM.pngChild actor George Dalton should really fire his team, seeing as how they're not only late to the game, but painfully, painfully tone deaf with this literal apple pie-centric parody of Fetty Wap's drug anthem "Trap Queen." Which, you know, is straight-up whitewashing, further accentuated by the fact that no thought was obviously given to what the song actually means

    Dalton, who appears in the recent Wet Hot American Summer prequel as unshowered kiddie-DJ Arty, stars in this 1950s-styled video as a big-shot bandstander who gets other pre-teens to bake him actual pies and do ridiculous whip numbers in slo-mo. Even worse, there is literally one black kid in the entire video...as the chauffeur, no less.

    The video is just an exercise in sheltered suburban thinking that some oblivious adults have dragged this poor kid into -- and he'll be known as that lame af apple pie kid for eons to come.

    The folks behind this obviously had enough sense to change "bando" to "condo," but not enough sense to think about the broader societal implications this deeply terrible video has. Someone go rescue Dalton, please.



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    At the debut of Yeezy Season 2, Kanye West played a new song, apparently off the maybe-upcoming SWISH. The track, "Fade," features Ty Dolla $ign and, for some reason, n-word-deploying rapper Post Malone. You can listen to it through this janky YouTube video, since we know how desperate everyone is for new Kanye.



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    For it-model Issa Lish, fashion has transformed the everyday into one colossal amusement park.

    Issa Lish, the 20-year-old Mexican-Japanese model, awoke in her Williamsburg apartment one summer Wednesday with a hankering for corn dogs and roller coasters. So she slipped into a pair of Rag & Bone jeans, laced up her Converse and spent the afternoon at Six Flags. "We did the Kingda Ka, which is supposed to be one of the fastest and longest coasters in the world," Lish giddily explains during a phone call from the park. "For a minute, I thought I was going to throw up, but I didn't... thank God."


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    That adventure, Lish confesses, "was luxury for me -- to be 20 and just pick up and go to Six Flags and have the freedom to have these experiences and 100 percent support myself." But it's also the quintessential millennial take on luxury, one that stands in sharp contrast to the opulence of Cindy Crawford-era models. Lish traces her outlook to the unique hybrid of cultures that has made her one of the year's most sought-after faces.



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    "I am from Mexico City, but I would say that I was not raised fully Mexican," says Lish, who was discovered by an agent while waiting tables at her father's sushi restaurant. "My Dad taught me to embrace a lot of the values that Mexican culture doesn't as much: being nice to everyone no matter what, honesty, hard work, a really dark sense of humor," she says. "I didn't fully understand those roots until I went to Japan for the first time three years ago."


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    In an industry that has increasingly embraced ethnic ambiguity, the 5'11 model has graced a Vogue Italia cover, a Marc Jacobs campaign and runways from Dolce & Gabbana to Givenchy -- a spectacular run that has also helped her discover herself. "[Photographer] David Sims gave me the advice that less is more," she says. There's a pause, and then she adds, "You start to realize it's about the essence, the person inside."


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    Hair by Jennifer Yepez at the Wall Group using R+Co Makeup by Vicky Steckel at Bryan Bantry; model: Issa Lish at Muse Models; photo assistant 1: Paul Park; photo assistant 2: Ben Mistak; location: Dune Studios




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    Whether he's designing out dresses emblazoned with Spongebob Squarepants's face, or quilted purses shaped like coats, Jeremy Scott knows how to make a splash. The designer -- and current Paper cover star -- cheerfully embraces all things flashy and wacky, fun and luxe, which makes him a favorite designer for pop stars like Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj or his muse, Katy Perry, who want the exuberance of their clothes to match that of their personas. Here we've rounded up ten of Scott's top pop moments, and the beautiful people who surround him.


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    The premiere of Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer
    September 8, 2015
    Director Vlad Yudin's film tracks the rise of Jeremy Scott, from growing up in Missouri to helming Moschino, filled with interviews from Scott's cavalcade of celebrity friends. Unsurprisingly, the doc's LA premiere drew an equally star-studded crowd, including Vanessa Hudgens, Liberty Ross, Rita Ora, and Lily Collins, all sporting Moschino looks. Scott himself appeared with BFF Katy Perry, wearing matching black crystal-encrusted ensembles. They memorialized the night by putting their handprints in cement.


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    The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
    August 30, 2015
    For this year's VMAs, Scott was invited to update MTV's iconic Moonman, giving him a metallic rainbow sheen, peace-sign chain, and coloring his flag with the technicolor bars of a TV test-pattern. That same bright pattern was reflected in the show's red carpet, which was also a Scott creation. Host Miley Cyrus, a Scott devotee and friend, also wore a collection of out-there Scott pieces throughout the show.

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    The Moschino Coachella Party
    April 12, 2015
    The invite to Scott's Coachella party is always a hot ticket. This year, it was sponsored for the first time by the designer's brand, Moschino. (Adidas partnered with Scott on the fete the past three years.) The guest list -- curated by Scott -- included Katy Perry, Jourdan Dunn, Alexander Wang, FKA twigs, and Robert Pattinson, while Skrillex and Diplo occupied the DJ booth and provided the party's soundtrack.


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    The Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show
    February 1, 2015
    Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX halftime show costumes -- including the beach ball bikini forever made famous by Left Shark dancing behind it, and silver shooting star gown -- were a collaboration between Scott and the singer for her first Super Bowl performance. This wasn't Scott's first time being featured during the Super Bowl, though. In Madonna's 2012 performance, her back-up dancers wore Scott-designed track suits.


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    Scott's Funky Collaboration with Miley Cyrus
    September 10, 2014
    Prior to fashion week of fall 2014, rumors swirled about a collaboration between Scott and Cyrus to be unveiled during his show. When Scott's Spring/Summer 2015 collection went down the runway, it featured handmade plastic jewelry -- troll dolls and brightly colored toys featured heavily -- designed by Cyrus, who then took a final bow with him at the end of the show.


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    Scott's Start at Moschino
    February 21, 2014
    In fall of 2013, Scott was named creative director of Moschino and his famous friends were nothing but supportive of Scott's joining the Italian brand. Both Rita Ora and Katy Perry walked the runway during his debut show and Perry also signed up to be the face of Moschino's fall 2015 ad campaign, and sported a Moschino gown at the 2015 Met Gala.


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    Scott kicked off a collaboration with Adidas designing sneakers in 2008, a partnership that's been long-lived and fruitful. His unique aesthetic resonated with rappers and sneakerheads alike and his 2012 collaboration with the brand kicked off with a video featuring a slew of his famous musician fans, including Nicki Minaj and Big Sean, and Korean band 2NE1. A year later, A$AP Rocky worked with Scott on a signature take on Scott's iconic winged sneaker. When Kanye West debuted his first fashion collection with Adidas, Scott reportedly used his pull with Adidas to get the show off the ground.


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    Dressing Madonna in the "Die Another Day" video
    October 22, 2002
    The Queen of Pop has been a long-time Scott fan. Madge wore his creation, an elaborate fencing outfit, in her video for her Bond theme song "Die Another Day" and he went on to contribute costumes to several of her tours, including her upcoming Rebel Heart performances. And like Perry, Madonna also selected a Moschino gown to wear to the 2015 Met Gala. 


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    December 31, 2001
    In an attempt to update their image, Wheel of Fortune invited Scott to dress Vanna White. For five shows, White wore Scott-designed outfits while turning the tiles, including a dress printed with dollar bills bearing Scott's face.


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    Bjork has never been shy in her wardrobe choices, so it comes as no surprise that the Icelandic singer was an early adopter of Scott's clothes, reportedly phoning him up after just his third show and asking him to dress her. He provided costumes on several of her tours, including Homogenic and Biophilia.




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    If you survived last week's art openings, sorry, but there's no letup this week.  (Just think back to the summer when you regretted there wasn't a lot to do.)  Despite the rain and massive crowds, we did manage to make it to -- and loved -- Geoff McFetridge at Josh Liner (540 West 28th Street), Christian Marclay at Paula Cooper (534 West 21st Street), Mike Kelley at Hauser & Wirth (511 West 18th Street) and Dana Schutz at Petzel (456 West 18th Street).  Tried to get in to Sarah Sze at Tanya Bonakdar (521 West 21st Street), but the line was too long so we'll have to check it out before it closes on October 17th.


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    Long-time PAPER fave, Shepard Fairey, is back in NYC with his first show in five years opening at Jacob Lewis Gallery (521 West 26th Street) on Thursday, September 17, 4 to 8 p.m. -- there's also a private "afterparty" with Mike D spinning. The exhibition, "On Our Hands," will be on view until October 24th.


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    On Wednesday, September 16th, 6 to 8 p.m., Marlborough(40 West 57th Street) opens a new Tom Otterness exhibit called "Metal On Paper" featuring his silverpoint, copperpoint and steelpoint works, and new stainless steel sculptures.  Up until October 17th.

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    The 10th edition of Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair runs from September 18 to 20 out at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.  Admission is free and there's a special preview ($10 admission for members) on Thursday, September 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Printed Matter is closing their 10th Avenue spot in Chelsea this weekend and will be moving to 231 11th Avenue at 26th Street in mid October.

    scarjocover.jpgAnd if you're heading out to the NY Art Book Fair over the weekend, stop by the Peradam press stand and check out their latest, limited-edition Scarlett Johansson dictionary,ScarJo, featuring text by Christine Smallwood and Mark Sussman, along with cool collages by artist Chris Santa Maria.  As the book says: "You know a ScarJo when you see one." There's a release party at Greenpoint's Capri Social Club on Saturday, September 19th, from 8 p.m. on.

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    David Zwirner(525 West 19th Street) opens a new exhibition of over 70 works by Wolfgang Tillmans -- including the USA debut of a split-screen video --  on Wednesday, September 16th, 6 to 8 p.m.  Up until October 24th.


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    Cosima von Bonin has a new solo exhibition, "CvB Singles Uptown Remix," opening on the 16th, 6 to 8 p.m., at Petzel's  "uptown" space at 35 East 67th Street.  It's a survey of works made after 2000, and will be on view until the end of October.  Bonin was born in Kenya, raised in Austria and currently lives in Cologne.


    You've probably noticed the big changes happening down around the South Street Seaport, including the total tear-down of the big "shopping mall" pier and the launch of the "Seaport Culture District" with several months of programing by seven NYC arts institutions.  If you haven't checked it out yet, the folks behind the arts org No Longer Empty have a new immersive video and sound installation show called "Breathing Waters" by Teresa Diehl that opens this week at 117 Beekman Street.  Stop by the Seaport on Thursday, September 17th, 6 to 9:30 p.m., for the Culture District's Open House.


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    Visual AIDS produced a new exhibition,"Party Out of Bounds," focusing on the intersection of nightlife and the AIDS crisis in NYC during the 80s.  There's a big opening reception on Friday, September 18, 6 to 9 p.m., at LaMaMa Galleria (47 Great Jones Street) and works by over 29 artists will be on view until October 10th.  The show was curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan and includes works by Keith Haring, Peter Hujar, John Sex, Linda Simpson, Conrad Ventur, John Waters and David Wojnarowicz.

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    "Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch" opens on September 18th and runs thru December 15th at the Museum at FIT (Seventh Avenue at 27th Street).  Over 80 signature looks from her personal collection of clothing and accessories will be on view. The show was curated by Valerie Steele and Susanne Bartsch and designed by Kim Ackert after a concept by Thierry Loriot.

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    Since September 4th,  New York-based artist Jonah Groeneboer has been working on an installation called "Double Mouth Feedback" for the arts org RECESS and there's a special performance in their "Session" space at 41 Grand Street on September 19th from noon to 6 p.m.  The work incorporates a recording studio where visitors can make and record sounds, but are encouraged to "abandon normative vocal behavior as a means to re-imagine gender systems through sound."

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    Howl! Happening (6 East First Street) opens an exhibition of new works by Scooter La Forge called "How to Create a Monsterpiece" () on Saturday, September 19th, 6 to 8 p.m.  After moving from San Francisco to New York, La Forge started creating one-of-a-kind pieces for Patricia Field and he recently did an installation at Dover Street Market and a line for VFILES.  The new exhibition combines painting and sculpture.  It's up until October 10th.

    static1.squarespace.com.jpgPratt Institute hosts a show by five Cuban poster artists, "Puros Cubanos," opening on September 18, 6 to 8 p.m., at Front Art Space Gallery (118 Chambers Street, Manhattan).  The artists are: Giselle Monzon, Michele Miyares, Nelson Ponce, Raul Valdes (RAUPA), and Edel Rodriguez (MOLA).

    AND:

    Callicoon Fine Arts (49 Delancey Street)  has a show of recent and early works by Luther Price called "The Dry Remains" opening on Thursday, September 17, 6 to 8 p.m., and up through October.  It is concurrent with screenings of the artist's films at Anthology Film Archives  from September 18 to 20.

    Skarstedt (20 East 79th Street) has an exhibit of late paintings (1974 - 1987) by Andy Warhol opening on September 19, 6 to 8 p.m. and up until the end of October.

    Alex Katz is talking about his new book at the NY Public Library Shwarzman Building with Diane Tuiye, Phong Bui and Elizabeth Peyton on Wednesday, September 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

    Fridman Gallery  (287 Spring Street) opens "Alula in Blue," a solo show by Tamar Ettun on September 19th, 6 to 8 p.m. and up until October 24.


















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    In today's whack AF news, turns out there's now a firm in Japan that specializes in having "cute" men with tissues visit stressed out working women who just need a good, stress-relieving cry. Because apparently chivalry (for a $60 pricetag) isn't dead?

    Dubbed Ikemeso, which is Japanese slang for "cute man," there's something super gross and white knight-y about the entire affair, which is rooted in the assumption that women can't handle the stress of what founder Hiroki Terai calls a "male dominated, workaholic workforce" and will inevitably get hysterical from said pressure. 

    Mansplaining that many women are under tremendous amounts of stress, Terai said his mini-army of good-looking guys "are here to provide a kind word and brush the tears away" -- you know, when shit gets too real for us delicate ladies! Add this to the fact that he's selling it as a way for women to cope with "suffering sexist abuse in the workplace" and you've legitimately got the worst businessplan ever. LOL, okay, good luck with that!!


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    If you've been blasting Drake's "Hotline Bling" on repeat since it came out in July, you're far from alone. Luckily, since its release there's been a steady stream of covers and soulful reinventions from artists like Kehlani, Charlie Puth and Alessia Cara. Today though, BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge brought out a heavy-hitting remix courtesy of Sam Smith and Disclosure -- and while the UK duo's take is unexpectedly dance-y and bright, it's still anchored by that Sam Smith/Drake emotive avalanche of longing. 

    Watch the session 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.

    JeremyTumblr.jpgPaper and Tumblr celebrated Jeremy Scott, and presented him with the Tumblr Fashion Honors award, at the Moschino store in SoHo. Here's Jeremy showing off his Paper cover with Tumblr's Valentine Uhovski.

    KimKAnna.jpgKanye West showed his second Yeezy collection for adidas and his wife and in-laws came out in full force. Here's Mrs. West holding baby Nori while chatting with Vogue's Anna Wintour.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 9.26.06 AM.pngWe love a jumpsuit and this one at Hugo Boss is pretty jaunty.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 9.24.03 AM.pngThe boys of Public School made their debut as creative directors of DKNY and focused on pin-striped looks and take-offs on the white button up shirt.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 9.22.16 AM.pngHow delicious are these rainbow ruffles at Marchesa?

    Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 9.20.46 AM.pngAnna Sui's show is always a favorite and this season she was feeling tropical! Surf's up!

    GoudePerry.jpgThe International editions of Harper's Bazaar celebrated the September issue with cover girl Katy Perry who was shot by legendary Jean-Paul Goude (who shot Paper's Kim Kardashian cover) and styled by Carine Roitfeld. Here's a cute shot of Goude puckering up with Katy Perry.

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    While her Republican opponents were having their second round of debates, Hillary Clinton went on the Tonight Show where she did a subtle-not-so-subtle impression of Donald Trump. She spends the rest of the clip having cute banter with Jimmy Fallon and she even lets him touch her hair. Give it a watch above.

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    All flickering lights, neon lights and hazy mirrors, Kelela's new video for "Rewind" from her forthcoming Hallucinogen EP is textbook 5 am club brood. And while the visuals feel heavily sedated and trance-like in their hypnotic aura and slo-mo grind, it doesn't feel sludgy paired with Nugget and Fade To Mind boss Kingdom's mesmerizing yet muted production. Don't blink while she's watching you.

    Watch the video below.


    [h/t Pitchfork]

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    On BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge show, real pop starCarly Rae Jepsen performed a pretty great cover of Years and Years'"King" (a song Nick Jonas also covered on the show a few months back). It's quiet, stripped-down, and backed by nice instrumentation. There are certainly worse ways to start your day. [via Spin]



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    Teresa Suárez, aka Teri Gender Bender, the frontwoman of Mexican garage-punk trio Le Butcherettes, is an extremist when it comes to getting her point across. Once, she even got on stage covered in raw meet and blood to decry the objectification of women. It's these visceral performances combined with Suárez's knack for dissecting the intricately dark corners of the human psyche that have made her one of punk's most captivating rabble-rousers. But it's a hard-fought victory that people are finally starting to listen to Suárez and her band's music and message; they had to claw their way out of Guadalajara's nihilistic music underground and make a name for themselves Stateside before getting recognition from their home scene. Now at the forefront of punk on a global scale, the band is preparing to release their third album, A Raw Youth (Ipecac Recordings), tomorrow. It's a record that weaves haunting stories of society's ills -- everything from sex slavery and monolithic power structures to the manipulation of the media -- and features collaborations with the likes of Iggy Pop and John Frusciante. Ahead of the release, we had the chance to speak to Suárez about the interconnectedness of beauty and tragedy, what it was like collaborating with Iggy Pop, and how even punk provocateurs can learn a thing or two from tightly-crafted pop confections.

    There's an undercurrent of tension throughout the new album as you explore themes of oppression. Can you talk about some of the specific ideas your music is hoping to address?

    In Latino culture it's ingrained that the bigger the pyramid the harder the civilization crumbles. All of those pyramids were made with slave labor and human sacrifice. Living in Guadalajara meant daily tension, daily struggles. But life is also not so black and white. I think the music in this album is much more accessible because I'm in a place in life right now where I'm trying not to see things so one-dimensional.

    What does it say about the music industry in Mexico that Le Butcherettes had to leave to attract attention?

    I feel like I've been traumatized by it, but at the same time it made me who I am. It formed my character and style of music, and the conviction that I carry. It's all because of that struggle, so I can't completely go against it and hate it.

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    You've gotten a lot of attention for the feral energy that you exude on stage. What happens to you when you perform?
     
    Being on stage is like therapy. There's such a spiritual high in being able to exchange energy with people you've never met.

    You spent a month in Japan after the Cry Is For The Flies tour. Was there anything about that experience that you were able to bring to the new album?

    It doesn't matter where you're from; tragedy is something that we all face. There's a beautiful forest that surrounds Mount Fuji, and people go there to hang themselves. Those elements of sadness and beauty, and their connection to the self were inspiring.

    In your last album you explored feelings of guilt. In this album you have more of an explicit worldview. It's still a personal album, but more globally connected. What do you see as being wrong with the world today that you wanted to express?

    To this day some people can't go to school without fearing for their lives. In the West we take it for granted. The more educated people are the more they will know what is best for them. The new album is an ode to people that have tried to make a change, that have dedicated their whole lives to a purpose, to something they believe in. That to me is so moving.
     
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    What was it like collaborating with Iggy Pop?

    He brought complete conviction and honesty to it. He's so unaware of how awesome he is. When we finished the session he offered to show us the real Miami [where we were recording]. While he was driving us around the different barrios, I realized I had dreamt all of this before. Before there was even the possibility of playing shows with him I remember having a dream in Guadalajara that we were in a car with Iggy Pop and that he took his shirt off. When the actual real life Iggy Pop was showing us around in his car he ended up taking his shirt off. I was like, "holy crap!"

    You also teamed up with The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez for the third time as producer. How has that dynamic evolved?

    He's taught me to have a bigger perspective on music. I've learned that making a pop song is much harder than making a prog-pop-punk orchestral song. It's so hard to make a perfect line that draws in people's short attention spans. Also how essential it is to go back and study the music, because if we just try to be original out of the blue, we're forgetting our roots. We can't make the music of the future without going back to the past. 

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