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    After having been found unconscious in a Nevada brothel yesterday, Lamar Odom is being treated at Las Vegas' Sunrise Hospital for what is being described as an "unintentional drug overdose." Odom's struggle with substance abuse has been well-documented, particularly with his appearances over the years on Keeping Up With the Kardashians while he was still married to Khloe, a struggle that ultimately ended the couple's relationship. So while this news may not be shocking, it's still nevertheless devastating to witness such a terrific athlete and, by all accounts, kind individual take such a dark turn while battling these demons.

    E! quotes a source as saying that medical tests have shown the presence of "virtually every drug imaginable ... in his system" and that he likely suffered an "ischemic stroke" (what happens when a blood clot prevents blood from flowing to the brain), which can occur as a result of a cocaine overdose. That same source goes on to explain that Odom had gone on a crack cocaine binge all weekend and when he was discovered in his room, a liquid resembling mucous was coming out of his nose and mouth. Media outlets are all reporting that several Kardashians have rushed to be by his side -- Khloe, Kris, Kim and Rob -- although initial reports that the family had arrived to the hospital with a TV camera crew in tow has (fortunately) been refuted.

    While celebrities like Lil Wayne and NBA player JR Smith previously posted "RIP" messages on Twitter and Instagram, most reports still say that Odom is alive although in a coma; he may very likely suffer brain damage. As we continue to see how this sad story develops, it's safe to assume that many of us share the same thoughts Kendall Jenner expressed in this heart-rending tweet: 

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    In typical Miley fashion, she's just announced that she (and the Dead Petz...) will be playing an upcoming gig completely in the nude, as part of the filming for the "Milky Milk Milk" music video.

    The tenth track from her Dead Petz project, in collaboration with The Flaming Lips, the film shoot will apparently require the audience to also strip down naked and splash milk around. And while they haven't given any confirmation re: what show this will actually be at, the group has announced tour dates in NYC, Chicago and more this November and December -- so Miley die-hards better start circling if they really want to be a part of this, ahem, stripped-down session, amirite?

    [h/ti-D]



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    Cara Delevingne has had quite the year of dealing with assholes, from frustrating interviews to fighting with Naomi Campbell to the entire modeling business. So it makes sense that at the Women in the World summit, Delevingne took the opportunity to discuss her history of depression with actor Rupert Everett. Though Delevingne credits yoga and writing with saving her life, she told Everett that she has had lows in her past where "she didn't want to live anymore."



    Head over to Fuse for a full look at Delevingne's remarks on her history of depression, her poetry, and why the act of writing is worth paying attention to.

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    Diplo and MØ have just followed up their chart-topper "Lean On," this time with a brand new banger titled "Kamikaze" -- and we're already hooked.

    After all, what better combo is there than MØ's hypnotic murmur-sing paired with Diplo's snake-charmer flute synths? Especially since it's a pairing that has us shimmying in our seats whilst wistfully clinging to summer. Listen to the track below.


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    Apparently high school teachers not being cool comes as a direct mandate from above, because the ones who do chill stuff get moved out of their jobs. Esther Adler-O'Keefe, an assistant high school vice principal from Long Island who has maybe the best name ever for an assistant high school vice principal from Long Island, has been "reassigned" from her position because of a quick appearance in a video for the song "Best Friend" by the rapper J.R. featuring Trey Songz. This is especially bizarre since it's not like Adler-O'Keefe (there's that name again) does anything wrong during the video, other than being a role model for students trying to be cool and well-adjusted adults who can have "normal" jobs while still appearing in music videos. SMH, Long Island. (What else is new?) [via Stereogum]


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    As this season of Empire really heats up, we're starting to get a sense for the big conflicts -- at least for the next few episodes. The feds will continue to harass the Empire, whether in the person of Lucious or through Cookie's new Lyon Dynasty label, which in turn will continue feuding in a sort of not-that-serious way. Hakeem will continue to drop straight bangers. Here are the craziest moments from "Poor Yorick."

    5. Jamal's Album is Literally Called The Artist
    What if I told you that Jamal's album was named after a Best Picture-winning film? Would you think it was A Beautiful Mind? The Sound of Music? Crash? (Honestly, that one sounds about right.) But nope -- it's The Artist, which is so painfully on the nose that it's perfect for Empire.

    CRUrNPNUYAEzMFK.jpg4. Naked Lucious
    Hakeem and Jamal's music video is kind of gross and kind of amazing (maybe?) in the way it uses its Black Panther iconography, but the most ridiculous physical statement of the episode is Lucious showing up naked to greet the prosecutor, who he's basically been hitting on all season. Are they going to sleep together? Are we going to have to make a lot of eggplant emoji jokes about Lucious while also grossly noting Terence Howard's history of assault?

    chase one.jpg3. "I want to be inside you."
    This is literally something that the photographer says to Jamal while they try to figure out what's going to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. It's unclear whether or not that dude will actually be a viable romantic interest for Jamal (or whether Michael will ever do anything besides look pout-y while Jamal actually has good reasons to look pout-y), but the fact that he actually says "I want to be inside you" is a minor work of... maybe not brilliance, but something.

    2. "If I die in police custody, I did not commit suicide."
    The fact that Cookie manages to get this scene on national television -- when it features an obvious allusion to the killing of Sandra Bland, with a bizarre element of Cookie humor -- is nothing short of remarkable. Is this kind of treatment of police killings insensitive on the part of the show, or is Empire stealthily introducing serious political issues in a sugary coating? It's hard to say.

    andre-royo-620x370.jpg1. "Basic Corpse Detection System"
    Thirsty continues to be the season's secret MVP, as he rolls up to the woods where Andre is trying in vain to dig up the body of Vernon and announces, as if he were trying an especially exciting new cocktail, that he has a way of finding the body (a machine that looks kind of like a metal detector with extra bloopy lights on it). If Andre Royo says he has a basic corpse detection system, then he has one, god damn it.

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    Long before Katy Perry was kissing any girls, she apparently was singing background for Christian super-rockers P.O.D. -- a tidbit finally proven by recently unearthed footage from an episode of The Tonight Show...with Jay Leno, in case you weren't truly convinced that this artifact is from 2006.

    And if you can make it past the white dude in dreads, you'll be amply rewarded by one baby Perry in a little blue vest and paisley peasant dress. Watch the time warp below and try not to let your head implode.

     

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    In a gorgeous collision between the art world and fashion, Max Mara is teaming up with artist William Wegman to put on a special exhibition of his Dogs in Coats series that was originally commissioned by the label back in 2001. Wegman's original photographs make use of his signature Weimaraners as fashion models, bringing an element of whimsical play to the elegant stoicism of the coat. Max Mara will also be making an extremely-limited run of the iconic camel-colored 101801 coat worn in the photos and will be accompanied by a postcard of the Wegman work. The show will debut in Boston and travel to Manhasset, Troy, Chicago, New York, Toronto, Short Hills, San Francisco, Houston, and Waikiki this fall. Take a look at photos celebrating the collaboration launch at Max Mara's NYC store last night below.



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    The founders of NYC boutique American Two Shot, Olivia Wolfe and Steph Krasnoff, recently launched a new music series, Players Club, turning it into a go-to party where you can catch live music from the likes of Blood Orange, ASTR, Dreamshow, and Kari Faux. This time they partnered with vaporizer brand Juul for a special CMJ edition that showcased Brooklyn rapper Salomon Faye and singer Justine Skye. In addition to those live sets, DJs Chapman and ASAP Bari aka Young Lord got the crowd dancing all night long.

    Check out some pics from the show below.


    Justine Skye and Luka Sabbat


    Kehlani Parish


    Justine Skye


    A$AP Bari aka Young Lord



    Jasmine Solano and MeLo-X


    Juul Vibes




    Solomon Faye



    Vashtie



    Chapman


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    Lennons_by_Jack_Mitchell.jpgYoko Ono, musician/performance artist/Twitter prophet/sentient scream lost in a windstorm, opened up to the Daily Beast about her late husband, John Lennon, and mentioned his probable desire to sleep with another man.

    The polarizing figure, who is receiving an Icon Award at the Attitude Awards in England today for her unwavering support of the LGBT community, described her marriage to the legendary rock star during the mercurial '70s, where sexuality was decently flux.

    Of John, who was also an avid supporter of gay rights, Ono said, "John and I had a big talk about it, saying, basically, all of us must be bisexual."

    Yoko-Ono-glastonbury-plas-012.jpg She then went on to articulate that "we were sort of in a situation of thinking that we're not [bisexual] because of society. So we are hiding the other side of ourselves, which is less acceptable."

    On John's "type," Yoko basically said the dude would have to be hot AND intelligent, which, like, way to be obvious, John.

    "'I don't mind if there's an incredibly attractive guy,'" Yoko claims John told her. "It's very difficult -- they would have to be not just physically attractive, but mentally very advanced too. And you can't find people like that."


    Yoko then went on to dispel the rumor that John slept with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, while not exactly denying that there was something between them.

    "It was almost a love affair," Yoko said, "but not quite. It was never consummated. But it was a pretty intense relationship."

    1444807872-1444798881-john-lennon-2.jpgBrian Epstein, John Lennon

    Translation: they def went to third base.

    Juuuust kidding, but the way she does seem to paint John reminds us of that "smart bro" at Oberlin College who j/o's with a hot gay friend while on mushrooms sophomore year and then says, "I'm pan (sexual)" for a few months.

    Either way, it's pretty fun to imagine J-Lennon boning a dude, and pretty awesome that he was that open back then.

    john-lennon-swimming.jpgTime to narrow down a list of gents in that era who we can imagine John having dug enough to take to bangtown.

    10. Mickey Dolenz
     

    Micky-Dolenz-micky-dolenz-31390175-640-480.jpgA vocalist for The Monkees/friend of Lennon's. Monkees and Beatles. Apples and..gay sex.
     
    9. Elton John

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    I mean, why not.

    8. David Bowie

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    It's just...of course, yes.

    7. Harry Nillson

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    The psychedelic folk singer's song "Everybody Talkin'" was featured in the queer classic "Midnight Cowboy." Fitting!

    6. John Cassavetes

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    Cassavetes could have used the experience as a research for a guerrila-style indie about gay sexs.

    5. Jimi Hendrix

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    We all would. Would. Yes. OK.

    4. Maharashi Mahesh Yogi

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    Spiritual adviser for The Beatles during their "India" years. Tantric fun on the side?

    3. Marc Bolan

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    Vocalist/lead guitar for glam rock titans Tyrannosaurus Rex. Leather included.

    2. Brian Epstein

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    Business and pleasure.

    1. Bob Dylan

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    It's said that Dylan introduced The Beatles to weed in the 60s...so why not this, too.

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    header_image.jpgYesterday, it was announced that after 22 mellifluous seasons, the CW's America's Next Top Model will be departing this earthly realm into cancellation next year.

    The bittersweet information came yesterday on Twitter, via the show's creator, host, fearsome Kabuki, Tyra Banks.

    Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 11.44.51 AM.pngThe reality competition, which first aired in infant year of 2003, has become saturated in our cultural psyche, gifting us with immortal quotes and moments of its countless contestants.

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    It's easy to rank the 22 winners, and other model hopefuls, for their individual insanity (re: WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!) and glory, only one contestant rises to the top of the crashing sea with iconic propulsion.

    Only one contestant embodies legend in its purest form.

    Only one.



    latest.jpgJade. Cole.

    Jade Cole.

    Jade, the Philadelphia Kindergarten teacher who was eliminated during Cycle 6, seared her mark on all of our hearts with a branding iron of finger snaps, slam poetry, and general witchery.

    Let's now look back on Jade's 7 most iconic moments of her brief tenure on ANTM.


     


    5. Introduction

    During the infamous audition rounds, Jade sauntered into the room, standing before Tyra, Jay, and Miss J with enough faux-bohemian ferocity and *humility* to blind a village (enter Jade at the :22 mark in the video above).

    Her best quotes:
     "I need a team. Tyra, the two Miss Js, are my team, and they're gonna make me shine."

    "People think I'm a bitch when they first meet me, cause, oh, I'm pretty and I have a beautiful body. But when they get to know me, I'm so cool; I'm very real."

    "When I walk down the street, heads are turning...like, 'Look at this!'"

    "People know...they know Jade. They know my face."

    "I'm ready to blow the world away...they're gonna see who Jade. Is.

     

    4. Relationship advice
    Jade's kill-or-be-killed mentality translated into not-so-subtle psychological warfare against her fellow competitors. Initially stating, "Love is a beautiful thing, but it's a distraction, and it will kill you," Jade would go on repeatedly tell a lovesick Nnenna Agba "I don't think you should break up with him," after Nnenna confided in Jade over her concern that having a boyfriend could hinder her drive to win.
     
    Jade even went as far as writing out a script for the naive Nnenna to relay to her confused boyfriend, including lines like, "I need you to support me," all while hovering next to her housemate as she carried out Jade's dubious bidding on the phone. No survivors in the game of war.  (phone call at 1:53)

     
    3. Rap game Jade Cole
    During a "friendly" improv class taught by Nick Cannon, Jade demonstrated her questionable rapping skills, which was merely a lame outlet of rage against her various nemeses, including Forunda and Sara. (Rapping starts at 2:49)

    Highlights:
    "The name is Jade, the ace of spades. Forunda, my dear, I know your skin is bumpy, but my skin is flawless, and you look really lumpy."
    (to Sara): "Yo, you're blonde, you're too tall for this industry. You know what? I'm in this real shit, and you're not. So let me tell you, they're gonna knock, blow up your spot."
     


    2. Jade's Cover Girl commercial.

    Not much needs to be said. Jade's confidence in her "acting skills" was put to the test when she performed in the mock "Cover Girl" commercial that is done each season. With perhaps the worst acting performance in the history of time, Jade forgot anything she learned from her improv class, and walked towards the camera like a Vaudevillian horror holding a candelabra, clip-clopping her heels, blowing kisses at the extras while saying things like, "Oh, a party! Oh my gosh!""Hey, ladies!""Fabulous, fabulous!"
    When it finally came time to say the actual Cover Girl motto, Jade blanked. Tyra and the J's described it as drag queen at its worst.
     


    1. Jade's exit.
    When it came time to bid adieu to Miss Cole, she took it upon herself to give us one final performance, as only a true witch queen would. After taking a literal final bow following her elimination, Jade donned a pashmina on her head, and haunted the halls of the Thai hotel the ladies were occupying, finger snapping to a poem she'd written about herself. The Legend of Jade, according to Jade. (poem begins at 5:22)

    Here's a transcription of the poem that could win Amateur Poet Night at a Pret-A-Manger:  
    "Leftover lady,
    let alone the strongest to be subdued.
    If I only had the magic key that would unlock the realms to the plateau
    of the highest me.
    Even though I've been badly bruised...
    ...living in a house to become a popular muse."

    Be your own myth, boo.




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    Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 2.24.32 PM.pngA pierced papaya by Victor Barragan[Photo via Instagram]

    During New York Fashion Week last month, 23-year-old designer Victor Barragan transformed the dimly-lit LES bar Leftfield into an intimate space for presenting his brand YTINIFNINFINITY's SS '16 collection. As a distorted mix of supermarket sounds like cashier blips and ambient crowd noise came through the speakers, models appeared wearing massive J. Lo-style hoop earrings, an accessory that popped up again on...kiwis and starfruits scattered around the space. The pierced produce motif continued with an eggplant "purse," whose two oversized hoops functioned as handles.

    Though Barragan's earlier designs focused on tech-y iconography like Wi-Fi symbols printed on pants and Nokia cellphones stamped across pullover sweatshirts, the Mexican designer's been exploring object piercing for a while now, often using his Instagram to showcase the endless artistic possibilities of piercing everything from oysters to papayas.

    Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 2.22.06 PM.pngVictor Barragan's pierced eggplant for YTINIFNINFINITY. [Photo via Instagram]

    "I've been focusing my Instagram feed on creating still lifes using things I have around me," Barragan says. "I started with food as an inspiration and wanted to give new meaning to it by simulating human body parts and piercing the food like it's flesh." Indeed, after looking at glistening, studded oysters or the elongated, aforementioned eggplant, the suggestiveness makes it hard not to think of genital piercings.

    But it's not just food that gets the piercing treatment -- Barragan's also pierced sleeves and pant waistbands. A few months back, after meeting in Mexico City, the designer joined forces with NYC collaborators Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish to pierce a pair of red-tinted sunglasses with an eyebrow ring -- an idea that revisited the Abrams and Stanish's nipple ring bra, which, along with Tel Aviv artist Oren Pinhassi's 2009 installation, "Piercing," were precursors to Barragan's work today.

    "About two years ago we pierced a bra with nipple rings and some panties with a clit ring for an exhibition at Beverly's [in NYC] called, Polly Wants a Cracker and Distressed Denim from Forever 21," Abrams and Stanish tell us. "The project was largely about Forever 21's rebranding of Kurt Cobain, and we were interested in the ways subcultural trends are repackaged, resold and reproduced. Piercings don't really make sense with fast fashion, where trends change week-to-week, so we pierced bras which can be taken on and off."

    Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 2.27.46 PM.pngA pierced bikini by Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish. [Photo via Instagram]

    Since the Beverly's exhibition, they've pierced polo pockets, bikini tops, dog collars and even cacti, though they admit having to stop because this generally killed the desert plant. In addition to Barragan's latest collection and these projects from Abrams and Stanish and Pinhassi, unlikely use of piercings have made bold appearances on an evening gown during Anthony Vaccarello's Paris Fashion Week show and on a jacket for Life In Perfect Disorder's AW '15 collection.

    "Individuality, as an idea, seems a bit old-fashioned at this point, especially as a fashion statement," the duo say. "Standing out is blending in. Piercings signify this banal edginess that we're really interested in. Piercing aesthetics have been really profitable branding tools for corporations trying to appear counterculture. Using piercings in clothing and art acknowledges the branding of cool in this really literal way by just taking something that has been quintessentially cool for decades, and putting it on clothing."

    Others see this piercing trend as a nod to the nostalgia cycle's newfound interest in the early/mid 2000s. "Fashion seems to be reaching a peak of excessiveness, referencing the early 2000s," Third Fernandez, the model who wore Barragan's eggplant purse during NYFW, says. "Style is becoming more gaudy and frivolous, maybe, but perhaps reflective of our self-indulgence as Millennials, who saw excessiveness come into fashion growing up."

    But, as with anything, the outlet that spawned this proto-trend may be responsible for its early demise. 

    "A lot of people have been piercing objects on Instagram lately, so it's kind of gimmicky at this point," Abrams and Stanish tell us. "What we thought of as a way to criticize a trend became a trend in itself. The collective consciousness has a way."


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    We've given the celebrity timeline costume treatment to Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, and Drake so far this week -- all very good options for your squad, depending on the way you want to present yourselves on Halloween. But if you're feeling flawless in a couple of Saturdays when it's time to hit the town, consider giving your squad the opportunity to dress as every stage in the evolution of Beyoncé. (We know these might be a little chilly, but power through it for your queen.)
     

    Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 2.19.01 PM.pngDestiny's Child Beyonce
    Destiny's Child-era Bey is all about long blonde hair pulled up and away from your face, or cascading from an elegant cowboy hat or headband. So you should get that down first with clip-in extensions or a wig. If you really want to keep it legit, look around for some orange and black workout wear (or jus an orange sports bra and some black leggings would work) and serve full "Say My Name" single-cover-Bey, who, along with THE OTHERS was conveniently styled in Halloween colors.



    "Crazy in Love" Beyoncé

    Beyoncé was doing jorts before your little cousin at Coachella was doing jorts. All you need to pull this look off is a pair of those aforementioned jorts, a white tank top, red heels and lots of lotion for your legs to get those glistening gams. Bonus points if you can commission a friend to hold a handheld fan in front of you wherever you go so your hair can get that gentle breeze.



    "Single Ladies" Beyoncé

    The Bey that launched a thousand memes. The Bey that Kanye temporarily ruined his career to defend. The best Bey of all time. Of All Time! To get the look the main things you'll need are a leotard, maybe some flashy jewelry, and two friends willing to be your back-up dancers (with perfect choreography). Your muscle memory will no doubt kick in when you start doing the hand gestures.



    "7/11" Beyoncé

    Grab your Kale sweatshirt, knee pads, leopard print underwear, and you are absolutely good to go on this one. At least, so long as you're ready to smack it in the air, and totally let go with the abandon that Bey displays in the music video. It's one of the easy Bey looks to acquire, but one of the hardest to really commit to -- if you can be a true "7/11" Beyoncé, you are guaranteed to have the greatest Halloween of all time. And that's a promise from Bey to you.

    FEMINIST BEY.jpg"FEMINIST" Beyoncé
    Wanna look "***Flawless" this Halloween? Well look no further than a "Feminist Beyoncé" look that's ultimately the easiest costume in the bunch. And even though feminism should already low-key be a part of your actual identity, who wouldn't want to shout it out in tandem with a tribute to our one and only Queen? All you need is a Féminist shirt from the number of Zazzle-esque sites shipping the design...just, you know, ignore the stock dudes modelling them.



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    The other night, my buddy and I were making each other laugh trying to think of the most innocuous single words Kim Kardashian could tweet out and still get one thousand favs. Things like "soil" and "yeast" were high on the list, and even though she'd probably never tweet them, they're weirdly not that far from the truth of what a Kim K Twitter experience is like in 2015. Kim has 36 million Twitter followers, and the bigger that audience gets, the less important the actual message of her tweet becomes to its baseline engagement.

    And by now, Kim's follower base is not only comprised fans or enthusiasts but also entire sub-ecosystems of people ingesting her tweets: bots, brands, media outlets, trolls. She could tweet the word "cardboard," and within seconds it'd be inundated with replies begging her to come to Brazil, promoting juice cleanses, and asking her to follow back. When the culture is never not discussing the Kardashians, you don't need specific tweets as conversation-starters -- the conversation never stopped.

    But for Kim 1.0, that wasn't the case. (Actually, Kim 1.0 would still be "civilian Kim" so this is really more like Kim 2.0 or Kim 2S.) In 2009, when Twitter was still fairly small, Kim only had a couple seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians under her belt and was tweeting out the kind of personal, grade-A gold she knows well enough to charge us for now. Essentially, she'd tweet about everything we love her for -- but no one was listening yet.

    This means that there are tweets deep in Kim's annals that have fewer than 20 favs, you guys. And even more that have fewer than 50. That's right, way back in her archives are some dusty, piping hot tweets that the stans haven't gotten to yet, and they're just as loyal to the Kim brand as any contouring tutorial or app update. They were just way ahead of their time. I've arranged them here by different Kim-trait themes for your enjoyment:

    Such a nerd and a homebody:

    Retainer in, PJs and face mask on.

    Catching up on Tivo.

    Kim Loves Television

    Kim loves Forensic Files/Intervention/Hoarders.

    Kim loves Maury.


    Kim Loves Games

    Kim is the world's greatest Scattergories player.

    ...And the world's greatest Taboo player.


    Kim Loves Movies

    Avatar in 3D, baby!

    Kim loves P.S. I Love You.


    Kim Loves Celebrities

    Kim saw Star Jones in a Mercedes.


    And Darryl Hannah!


    Kim Loves Technology

    Using her new SideKick.

    Using a Flip Cam.

    Using a BlackBerry.


    Kim Loves Vacation

    Feeding baby monkeys!


    Kim Loves Her Twitter Fam

    Morning, Twit fam!


    And this last one's just for me, but I'd like to invite everyone to imagine this scene: SEPHORA PROPOSAL.

    You're at your local Sephora beauty supply store. Maybe it's in the mall, maybe it's on a street corner near your office. You have that mascara you're here for in your hand, and are toying with the idea of dropping ten more bucks than you'd prefer on a nice-seeming lotion when, out of the corner of your eye, you see a man drop to one knee.

    "Oh my god," you think. "Is he... proposing in this Sephora beauty supply store?"
     
    You pivot to watch, but keep it lowkey. You pretend to read the label of your lotion.
     
    You see the tears in his eyes, hear his voice catch as he says, "I love you, Amanda. I want to spend the rest of my life with you." He's definitely proposing.

    How sweet. Does anyone else see that this is happening? You scan the store to get a read, and... oh my god. Is that Kim Kardashian at the register?
     
    Holy fuck, it is her. She's paying for her Mario Badescu drying lotion with a Black Card. She pulls a rhinestone-covered T-Mobile Sidekick out of her bag and flips the screen open.
     
    "This is so cool," you hear her say to the cashier. "I'm gonna tweet about this."


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    Earlier this year, OVO stumbled with their collection of light velour "spring sweatsuits" -- but Drake's design fam has fully redeemed themselves with the street-ready, sheen-loving, "Timbs-with-everything" looks of their recently released fall collection. Because while their latest collection also looks mad comfy, there's always a level of refinement when you're talking about, you know, stitches and hems and shit. Peep a few of our favorite looks below.
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    12088001_485270421634183_5882748856169270189_n.jpgJeffrey Deitch (76 Grand Street) is giving The Wolfpack the full gallery treatment with a new exhibition of artworks by the Angulos opening on October 20th, 7 to 9 p.m. "The Wolfpack Show" includes the premiere of the first short film created by the brothers called "Window Feel," directed by Mukunda and featuring family members and friends; along with props, costumes, scripts etc. created for the production. The show is also accompanied by a book of photos, "Wolves Like Us: Portraits of the Angulo Brothers," by Dan Martensen. On view until November 1st.

    nightclubbing-pyramid-taboo.jpg"Secrets of the Great Pyramid" -- an exhibition devoted to the history of the notorious East Village nightclub, Pyramid Cocktail Lounge -- opens on October 17th, 6 to 8 p.m., at Howl! Happening (6 East 1st Street) with a special performance/cabaret, "Cafe Iguana," starring John Kelly, Kestutis Nakas, Paula Now and Heather Litteer at 8 p.m. The exhibition features a recreation of the bar, along with ephemera, artifacts and works by artists embraced by the 80s landmark. Look for more, one-off performances during the run of the show, including a big closing party on November 7th. A fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition. The club, by the way, is still open at 101 Avenue A.

    12115984_10152987215621734_351398093869038620_n.jpgPatricia Field hosts an exhibition of art in fashion called "#WEARARTNOTJUNK" on Saturday, October 17th, 7 to 9 p.m., at House of Field (306 Bowery). The show features one-of-a-kind fashion pieces by Scooter LaForge, offered for sale to benefit the Children of Armenia Fund. To add to the fun (and a good cause): DJ Dyllemma spins and there's a performance by Apigeon.

    phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg.jpgLibby Black

    San Francisco artist Libby Black has a new show called "There's No Place Like Home" opening on Thursday, October 15th, 6 to 8 p.m., at Joshua Liner Gallery (540 West 28th Street). Black often re-interprets luxury brands via her sculpted and painted versions of products by Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Polo, Chanel etc., and in this show, she recreates a room using a "collection of possessions from her past and present, and fictitious objects born out of her desires." Up until November 14th.

    GOS_logo2015.jpgThe 2015 edition of Gowanus Open Studios runs all weekend, October 16 to 18, and this year there are over 300 participating artists. Lots to do and see including bands, installations and parties galore. There's a special Gowanus edition of Beat Night on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. (with an afterparty).

    Jamming_01_F_e-724x407.jpgJamming Bodies

    The Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street) opens an immersive installation called "Jamming Bodies" that transforms the gallery into a laboratory, on October 15th, 7 to 9 p.m. The work includes a "breathing, morphable wall" and is a collaboration between science fiction artist Lucy McRae and MIT architect and designer Skylar Tibbits. On view until December 19th.

    21018-1380063602-Elgort_Arthur_HeatherWhite_WatermillNY-xl.jpgArthur Elgort

    It's time to "Take Home a Nude" at New York Academy of Art's annual auction and party on Thursday, October 15th, 6 p.m., at Sotheby's (1334 York Avenue) This year's honorees are Tom Wolfe (wear white, please) and Jerry Saltz. You can preview the sale items on Paddle8 here, but bidding will be live on the night. Chanel is a sponsor and dinner is by Sant Ambroeus.

    Restaurant week out in Sunnyside, Queens, runs from October 19th to the 23rd, and the folks behind the arts org No Longer Empty are joining the fun with a curated program of videos and films called "From Dusk Till Dawn," starting with an opening reception on Monday at Bliss Plaza and an artist talk with Giorgio Casu at SoleLuna (40-01 Queens Blvd.) around 7 p.m.. There are screenings all week from 7 to 9 p.m. at various locations, in collaboration with the Queens World Film Festival. Go here for the full schedule.

    b23644598a40d9964eb63f75445df875.jpgBetty Tompkins

    Last chance to check out Betty Tompkins'"Real Ersatz" show at Bruce High Quality's FUG Gallery (431 East 6th Street) before it closes on October 18th.

    And finally, if you're heading down to Washington this weekend, stop by the National Portrait Gallery (Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C.) for an artist talk with the acclaimed photographer Jesse Frohman on Saturday, October 17th, from 2 to 3 p.m. Several works by Frohman can be seen in the gallery's current show "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze," up until July 10, 2016.










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    To-Die-For-Nicole-Kidman.jpgA still of Nicole Kidman in To Die For

    It's been 20 years since Gus Van Sant blessed the world with his darkly hilarious film To Die For, and yet somehow it's never been more relevant. While the fame-hungry weather girl Suzanne Stone is frozen beneath an icy lake, her spirit lives on in a culture obsessed with selfies, sex tapes, reality TV, and manipulating the media.

    The film, which centers on Stone, a narcissistic reporter who manipulates high schoolers into murdering her husband to further her own career, seems to have accurately predicted today's exploitative, manufactured stardom. Celebrity has become the new religion, and Suzanne was an early yet ruthless devotee, declaring: "You're not anybody in America unless you're on TV. On TV is where we learn about who we really are. Because what's the point of doing anything worthwhile if nobody's watching? And if people are watching it makes you a better person."

    "[I] didn't have a clue that it would be as interesting as it is today," Van Sant says of the film.  "It was a year before I would witness my assistant send an email. So a lot was on the way. It was cable TV at the time that was the media bonanza."

    Inspired by the 1991 Pamela Smart trial and based on Joyce Maynard's novel of the same name, To Die For was given a mesmerizing mockumentary format, thanks to Buck Henry's script. "Buck was able to make a very funny version of the story, I think, partly because he was extremely curious to the point of obsession about what I would call 'knucklehead American people and their love relationships,'" explains the two-time Oscar-nominated director. "Larry Clark had been to the [Pamela Smart] trial and shot pictures of it. At the time there was another media scandal that was in Oregon with Tonya Harding, then came O.J. Simpson."

    Practically everyone in To Die For is delusional, especially Stone's teenage accomplices who "did everything but leave a business card" at the murder scene. The victim's skeptical, ice-skating sister Janice Moretto (played by Illeana Douglas) was one of the only characters not under Suzanne's spell.

    152826_full.jpgGus Van Sant sits with his cast

    "Illeana Douglas was really great. Her character is the only one in the film that isn't buying Suzanne Stone's style, and it put her in a different light from the other characters," Van Sant says. Douglas' co-star, Nicole Kidman, earned a Golden Globe for her perfect portrayal of the perky femme fatale, but she was not the first choice to play the self-absorbed Suzanne.

    "Meg [Ryan] was someone that we had wanted and we met with her. At the time, she was one of the biggest actresses in the business," Van Sant reveals. "And I think it was a little unknown to her exactly what we would do with the story. But Nicole called us after a meeting and she said that she was 'destined' to play the role, and it made us confident that she would really try her best."

    The Australian Oscar winner thought it was "wonderful" being able to play a character so "vicious" and she prepared for the tabloid role in an unusual way. "I checked into a hotel, ordered room service, watched TV for three days and went completely nuts doing it," Kidman told the LA Times back in 1995.

    "The hypnotic effect of television is just extraordinary," she continued. "The way in which it gets into you -- you can't turn it off. Watching all those talk shows, all the yelling. You're like this first (widening her eyes). It's everything you look down your nose at and then you're (screaming) doing everything the audience is doing. You have to go 'Whoa!' That's how I understood [Suzanne]. That's what she's been raised on. So she's a victim of society, a victim of that."

    And the binge-watching worked. "When she was on the set she was ready to go -- she knew every scene, could do exercises for every scene, [and] knew the script backwards and forwards. She actually helped me wrangle the kids when we filmed," the director recalls.
     
    Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix was only 20 when he played Suzanne's gullible teenage lover-turned-hired killer Jimmy. It was the child actor's first grown-up role.

    bfi-00m-vnc.jpgGus Van Sant and Nicole Kidman on the set of To Die For
     
    "Joaquin I knew through his family and his brother River [who starred in Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho and passed away from an overdose in 1993]," Van Sant explains. "But also I knew him from Parenthood, in which he played an amazing character. He also worked very hard to get into his role, and he hadn't been acting for a long time but he took it so seriously, and I was grateful for that."

    And Joaquin had a surprising way of slipping into his romantically forlorn character between takes. "I remembered he used to listen to Barry White in his trailer when we weren't shooting," Van Sant notes.

    R&B slow jams aside, the Portland-based filmmaker filled out the rest of his ensemble with memorable performances from Alison Folland, Casey Affleck, and Matt Dillon.

    Somehow, two decades on, Suzanne Stone -- a swirl of gingham and heavy metal -- arguably remains Van Sant's most iconic character onscreen. And that's saying something for a director (known predominantly for serious fare), who introduced audiences to a superstitious junkie, a narcoleptic hustler, a belligerent genius, and an openly gay politician.

    "I was surprised that it got made," Van Sant marvels, looking back. "I think I'll [always] remember it as an interesting collaboration between all of us, Buck Henry, producer Laura Ziskin, Nicole Kidman, and myself using Joyce Mayard's book - and [I] have grown really fond of it." 

    Photos courtesy of Columbia Pictures

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    img-chairlift_132856300431.jpgBrooklyn-based synth duo Chairlift just released their first song in nearly 3 years, and it's a bonafide banger.

    "Ch-Ching" has been performed since first written in 2013, and its composition and sound is a huge leap for the popular indie band.

    Moving away from their characteristic new-wave, the twosome offers up a slinky fusion that's more hip-hop than anything; with a massive bass and accompanying horns, it sounds effortlessly New York.

    press_photo_1_web.jpgLead singer Caroline Polachek's unique, gorgeous vocals are sharper than ever, with a hook harmony that stuns.

    It makes sense that the band--made up of Polachek and producer/guitarist Patrick Wimberly--wrote the song while in the presence of Beyoncé in 2013.

    Wimberly was introduced to 'Yonce by Solange Knowles, who is a friend/collaborator of his, and Queen Bey enlisted him and Polachek to help write on her LP, Beyoncé, when it was still in its now mythified production.

    beyvogue.jpgPolachek co-wrote Bey's sultry "No Angel", and this new Chairlift outing feels like that song's twisted cousin.

    Of the tune, Polachek told British DJ Zane Lowe (who premiered it) it's "very much about the experience of living in New York...sort of about that feeling of getting lucky and not realizing what just hit you, and rolling with it."

    a648e57fcec1c88e4f1918f71311fe82.jpgWe're rolling with it, too.

    The song's music video premieres tomorrow (Oct. 16).

    For now, check out "Ch-Ching"here.






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    The new issue of Ebony looks quite powerful, taking on the issue of black families head-on through a striking cover image depicting the shattering of the Huxtable family, stars of The Cosby Show -- the members of which are certainly less powerful positive role models after the recent publicity surrounding Cosby's history of rape.

    CRYSaL9UsAE5z98.jpgThe image is really powerful -- without getting too deep into the significance of it here, it seems like enough to say that something really is broken, and a conversation about how to fix that thing (or whether it's worth fixing at all) might start in the pages of the magazine. Read the full cover story here, and read Ta-Nehisi Coates'Atlantic story on the black family here.



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    taylor-swift-gq-115-02.jpgTaylor Swift photographed for GQ by Michael Thompson

    The most famous not-so-country-singer-turned synth-pop-overlord in history, Taylor Swift, sat down with GQ's Chuck Klosterman to talk about herself.

    Calling her "the most significant pop artist of the modern age," Klosterman attempts to permeate the Swift Machine, gaining some truly illuminating and bizarre quips about her life -- past and present, and her aversion to culture's (mostly) unfair perception of her as calculating.

    One thing is very clear while reading this: Ms. Swift is in absolute control of the interview, and everything else in her life.

    taylor-swift-29.jpgSome of the interviews highlights:

    (on the "calculating" label)
    "Am I shooting from the hip?. Would any of this have happened if I was? In that sense, I do think about things before they happen. But here was someone taking a positive thing--the fact that I think about things and that I care about my work--and trying to make that into an insinuation about my personal life. Highly offensive. You can be accidentally successful for three or four years. Accidents happen. But careers take hard work."

    (Deus ex Timberlake)
    Just as she tells me this, her cell phone rings. The display panel says the incoming call is from J TIMB. "Oh, my God. Justin Timberlake." Her surprise does not seem artificial. "Can I take this? "She takes the call. The volume on her phone is loud enough for me to intermittently hear both sides of the conversation. Swift explains that she's driving to her house, but that she can't actually stay there because contractors are renovating almost every room. "Have you ever seen the movie The Money Pit?" asks Timberlake. She has not, so Timberlake provides a capsule review.

    (Taylor is perfectly aware that you and the rest of the world doesn't say she stays out too late)
    "'Shake It Off' is one of my most successful songs, and that has nothing directly, intricately, pointedly personal in it. No one really says I stay out too late. I just thought it sounded good."

    (But what about her LinkedIn password?)
    "I didn't go online for a year and a half. I actually forgot my Instagram password."

    (Taylor is watching. Always.)
    "I monitor what people say about me, and if I see a theme, I know what that means."

    (Taylor binged on VH1's 'Behind the Music')
    "I used to watch Behind the Music every day."

    (She has good taste)
    "(Her favorite episode was the one about the Bangles.)"

    (Holy shit)
    "When other kids were watching normal shows, I'd watch Behind the Music. And I would see these bands that were doing so well, and I'd wonder what went wrong. I thought about this a lot. And what I established in my brain was that a lack of self-awareness was always the downfall.

    (the famous friend addiction makes sense)
    She tells a story about middle school, when she called several of her peers on the phone and asked if they wanted to go shopping. Every girl had a different excuse for why she couldn't go. Eventually, Swift's mother agreed to take her to the local mall. When they arrived, Swift saw all of the girls she had called on the phone, goofing around in Victoria's Secret.

    (Taylor went to the better mall, of course)
    "I just remember my mom looking at me and saying, We're going to King of Prussia Mall. Which is the big, big mall in Pennsylvania, 45 minutes away. So we left and went to the better mall."

    (Taylor can sleep at night JUST FINE, KATY PERRY)
    I never said anything (in 'Bad Blood') that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that.

    Taylor Swift, going to the better mall since 1989.

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