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- 10/29/15--04:33: Taylor Swift is Suing a Radio Host for Allegedly Groping Her
- 10/29/15--06:19: Nowstalgia: How Pulling From the Past Moves Us Forward
- 10/29/15--06:30: Yeezy Season 1 Hits Stores Today
- 10/29/15--08:00: Wino Forever: Happy Birthday To Lissome Specter, Winona Ryder
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- 10/29/15--09:00: Trick or Turn Up: The Party Guide for NYC Halloweekend 2015
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- 10/30/15--02:02: Trick Daddy Is Crowdfunding His Own Line Of Seasonings
- 10/30/15--04:21: F The Haters: Gigi Hadid Will Be Walking The Victoria Secret Runway
- 10/30/15--04:35: Hear Ariana Grande Return in "Focus"
NME reports that Taylor Swift has filed a counter-suit against David Mueller, a former radio host for Colorado's KYGO-FM who allegedly groped her in 2013 during her tour behind Red. You can find the full details of what happened in the NME story, but here's what Swift claims in response to Mueller's suit that he was falsely accused: "Mueller's newfound claim that he is the 'wrong guy' and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious. Ms Swift knows exactly who committed the assault, it was Mueller." Swift also says that all potential financial proceeds from the suit will go to charities that protect women from assault. She's had a bit of a sketchy PR year, so this is a really good thing she seems to be doing. There's only one thing left for her to do.
Apparently Justin Bieber was a little wary of showing off the rest of himself (even after that stuff became a matter of public record), because a misunderstanding in an interview with Spanish radio station Vodafone yu in which he was asked to "Break the Internet" led him to duck out without apologizing. It seems like a pretty stressful interview -- he doesn't speak any Spanish, and he's asked a lot of absurd questions that he doesn't know how to answer (and doesn't care to). He's clearly not having the best time, and apparently being asked to "Break the Internet" was the last straw.
What do you think he thought he was being asked to do? He doesn't seem to care that he's been asked to do something with a ton of big social media people (whatever, he's Justin Bieber). Come back to us Justin, we promise we'll treat you right and help you properly Break the Internet (infinite wink-faces). Watch the end of the interview below.
The older I get the more I begin to notice history being ever so slightly reinterpreted. I guess it's kinda like a game of telephone. Because the way people recall stuff is not always perfect. It cracks me up when I hear fictional comments about stuff I experienced first hand. It makes me realize how fucking warped everything in all the history books must be, as it likely has morphed completely as it's been passed down through centuries and generations of misperceptions and errors.
But the fact is, I don't hate that this happens. Even though culture often moves forward by referencing the past, omissions or misinterpretations of cultural references are what often creates something interesting and new. Do the young hip-hop stars of today know who Afrika Bambaataa is and how hip-hop came to be? I'm not sure they do. But does that even matter? And did the throngs of Marc Jacobs fans flocking to buy his 1970's Biba-inspired collection in 2011 realize that that iconic white-hot British brand Biba ruling fashion in the late '60s and early '70s that he was referencing was itself actually built on some sort of mashed-up version of the art deco aesthetic of the 1930's? Who cares!
Recently, Grace Jones complained in an article in the New York Times that no one is currently original any more. (I disagree!) She expressed disappointment at her ex -- the artist/photographer Jean-Paul Goude -- for referencing his own historical work (his famous photograph from the '70s of a woman popping a bottle of champagne with a glass on her butt) for paper's Kim Kardashian cover last year. She also claimed she can't find anything as original as when she was body painted by Keith Haring 40 years ago. The funny part is that the Haring/Jones collaboration referenced African tribal body painting and dance invented long before the '70s. Sorry, Grace. What you did with Haring was marvelous and definitely felt original and interesting at the time. But the past was still present in it!
Rappers The World's Famous Supreme Team, Malcolm McLaren (bottom center) and models wearing items from designer Vivienne Westwood's "Buffalo Gals" collection, London, February 1983. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Let's switch gears to Pharrell's hat. Yes, the hat that went viral big time and became iconic last year after he wore it to the Grammys. I'm talking about that oversized punched-in hat with its own Twitter account (@Pharellhat) that was eventually put on permanent display as an historic cultural relic at the Newseum and can now even be bought as a Halloween costume on eBay. It's by now widely known that Vivienne Westwood designed this hat 33 years ago, but what many don't know is the complicated cultural context that this hat actually came from. Designed for her 1982 collection called Buffalo Gals, Westwood created this hat to accessorize her super-original, inspired looks to accompany the visionary new music releases of her impresario husband, Malcolm McLaren. McLaren's music and Westwood's fashion collaborations were groundbreaking in those days due to the radical cultural dialogue they created as they released new music and fashion to the world simultaneously each season.
In this case "Buffalo Gals" was their mad commentary and twist on the brilliant early hip-hop scene germinating in the South Bronx in those days, led by Afrika Bambaataa. McLaren created amazing music and Westwood created amazing looks, and together they collaborated on a radical video to go along with it all with nyc's Rock Steady Crew, the legendary breakdancers who all wore Vivienne's exaggerated innovative clothing. McLaren took hip-hop to a new level on his "Buffalo Gals" track with scratching and mixed dance beats colliding with square dancing overtones, while Westwood mixmastered her accompanying designs just as wildly. Her crosshatched style inspirations included Peruvian mountain women with big bowler hats sitting high on their foreheads (hence the hat!) and folksy full skirts and blankets in earthtones. She merged these with her twisted take on South Bronx streetstyle where she integrated exaggerated sweatsuits and hoodies with huge, loosely laced hip-hop inspired sneakers lifted from the wild homeboy looks that were prevalent then uptown. What a mashup!
I think mixing and mashing unlikely references, whether old or young, can often move us forward unexpectedly. Culture is a complicated soup, and it's at its best when top quality heritage ingredients are respectfully jumbled up with new ideas. That creates Nowstalgia at its best.
After debuting a silent short film yesterday that showed the making of his debut Yeezy collection, Kanye's line -- Adidas Originals x Kanye West Yeezy Season 1 -- hits stores today. The collection of athletic-inspired, over-sized sweatshirts, crop tops, accessories and shoes like the Yeezy 950 boots are available at several Barneys locations throughout the U.S. and tastemaking stores across the country like Kith and Opening Ceremony in NYC, RSVP Gallery in Chicago (which is owned by Kanye's long-time art director / style consultant, the designer and DJ Virgil Abloh) and the Webster in Miami. (You can check out a full list of where the collection is available in North America over at GQ.) Sweatshirts are in the $400-$600 range while some of the jackets will throw you back a few grand, prices that, as other outlets are pointing out, contradict Kanye's professed desire to create a more democratic type of high fashion (although he's said that he regrets the high prices of this debut collection). We'll have to wait for the second collection to see if the rapper-designer delivers on that sentiment and finds a way to lower the price points but kudos to him for taking criticism to heart and to be proving his seriousness about fashion and his collection.
Above and below, we've picked out a few of our favorite pieces from the collection.
On this date, 44 years ago, a gust wind blew open a wood garden gate, carrying with it leaves, twine, and loose buttons.
Nearby, a rope tree swing rocked slightly, disturbing a crow that had been perched on the sturdy branch above; it ruffled its feathers and cawed at the blanched sky above it.
And that's how Winona Ryder was born.
Happy birthday, Wino.
From living in a yurt with your family in an artist commune on a farm, to starring in some of the most beloved movies of the past 20 years, you've simply given us life, over and over again.
You've dated studs like Matt Damon...
...and of course, Mr. Depp.
You're given back, in a major way...
...have a gloriously spooky sounding Netflix original series on the way...
...and aside from a few bumps (we don't blame you, boo)...
you've effortlessly glided through the often treacherous and eternal twilight of Hollywood.
In honor of the incomparable Ms. Ryder, here are our 10 favorite Wino-roles.
10. Beth MacIntyre, Black Swan (2010): Fatal Attraction's graceful cousin.
9. Rina, Lucas (1986): Your first role. The haircut. Those eyes. The unrequited pining for the movie's tragic hero, Lucas. You broke our hearts.
8.May Welleland, The Age of Innocence (1993): Victorian Wino with the earnestness of a wind chime.
7. Kim Boggs, Edward Scissorhands (1990): Pom-poms with a side of heart.
6. Jo March, Little Women, (1994): Enough passion to fuel a gas lantern.
5. Lelaina Pierce, Reality Bites (1994): Generation Yes.
4. Charlotte Flax, Mermaids (1990): Gay icon.
3. Lydia Deetz, Beetlejuice (1988): The look.
2. Susanne Keysen, Girl, Interrupted (1999): Girl, yes.
1. Veronica Sawyer,Heathers (1988): Legend.
We owe you a lot, Winona. Thank you for existing.
The CW's musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is considered low-key the best show on TV right now, despite unfairly low ratings.
The plot follows Rachel (the show's creator, Rachel Bloom) an anxious, Ivy League-educated attorney who impulsively moves to California where her ex and his new yogi, fauxhemian girlfriend live.
Each musical number encapsulates some sort of semi-nervous breakdown/overwhelming insecurity Rachel has about her situation that anyone with a soul can relate in the most "Oh, fuck... that's me" sense.
No more apparent than the most recent clip offered up to us, called "I Definitely Have Friends!)"
Rachel's inner child starts off by singing, "I have friends! I definitely have friends! No one can say that, 'I do not have friends!'" while walking down a grade school hallway, desperately handing out party invitations to everyone she sees (who promptly chuck them back at her).
And then I flung my head back, closed my eyes, and screamed, "YESSSSSSSSSS" into the heavens above.
Flash-forward to adult Rachel, still handing out flyers to strangers, and nervously assuring herself of being friend-ful.
We get a slew of randos she counts as confidantes...
...and friend from friend from law school...
...and grocery clerk with half an eyelid!
We've all had this dark moment, either on the subway, or examining a container of hummus at Whole Foods.
"I...I have friends! Yes! I definitely have friends!"
No? You haven't??
Watch the hilarious video below, and catch My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Mondays at 8/7c on the CW.
Someday, long from now, when we've finally left this terrible, charred planet, and the contours of the galaxy have been traced.
When the light of our sun becomes the faintest glisten.
Sinking deeper and deeper into the wet soil of the void.
The very fabric of time, trounced and redefined by our very hands...
When we've evolved into the celestial plane; nexus of human and star...
...this will be the moment we remember; where the ascent of mankind began.
Gwyneth caught in a wind gust outside JFK Airport, carrying a Celine bag the size of a Geo Prizm.
Thank you, Gwyneth. Thank you.
Friday, October 30th
Thotlandia: Nightmare at Bella Noches
Friday's Thotlandiaat the Republic Lounge in Bushwick is serving pure spooky, unadulterated Halloween thottiness. Musical acts include Egyptian Lover, Chapman, and vyvle. Come hangout, dance, and possibly win a costume contest for a cash (yes, cash) prize.
10pm-4am / Republic Lounge, 990 Broadway, Brooklyn / $5 before midnight, $10 after.
Halloween Eve at Arriba
Paper's Mr. Mickey hosts this All Hallows's Eve bash at Arriba, the new tapas and cocktails spot on the rooftop at Hôtel Americano.
9pm / Arriba, 518 W. 27th St., Manhattan
Saturday, October 31st
Don't Sleep Warehouse Party
From the RINSED team comes the Hallowarehouse party of your dreams with a super secret line-up in a super secret warehouse location that's set to take place from moonrise to sunrise. As the event organizers themselves said, "if you're planning on sleeping... Don't."
11pm - 8am / Secret Warehouse Location / Tickets $60
Puff Daddy Presents The Emperor's Ball
MoMA PS 1 Halloween Ball
MoMA PS 1's Halloween party promises a host of performances, DJ sets, and all of the other things that you'd expect from a bash hosted there. Come for the drinking and dancing, stay to see who else will show up.
8pm-12am / MoMA PS 1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens / $15
Head to the Hôtel Americano for their bash hosted by Nahila La Doña, Brian Atwood, Jake Deutsch, Wesley Vultaggio and Alex Hank featuring DJs and a special show by performance artist Narcissister.
9pm / Hôtel Americano / 518 W. 27th St., Manhattan
Keys Open Doors: the Hidden Life of Laura Palmer
Everyone loves Twin Peaks, which is one of the best spooky pieces of entertainment ever created. Everyone loves engaging with pop culture instead of actually going out. Instead of firing up Netflix on Halloween, try checking out this performance in honor of the best MacGuffin prom queen ever, featuring clips from the show, music, and probably coffee.
8pm-10pm / C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn / $8, $10 at the door
When Alber Elbaz arrived at Lanvin in 2001, he likened it to awaking a 'Sleeping Beauty' and in the following decade plus he created an entire world of sweet fashion fantasy, beguiling modern day Auroras the world over. That hire was the work of Shaw-Lan Wang, the majority owner of the brand, who refers to herself as Madame Wang, and is now in the latest chapter of what was previously a wildly successful fairy tale cast as the villain to fashion's beleaguered prince, Elbaz. The news this week that he was leaving came as a one two punch from the still fresh news of Raf Simons' departure from Dior ( what coincidental timing). However, as Simons' announcement was absent any whiff of acrimony, the reason being burnout launching an all out existential crisis within the industry, it was very clear with the Lanvin split it was management differences between the designer and the suits. Madame Wang's presence in the fashion world has been historically distant and remains an enigmatic, Oz-like figure running the business from Taiwan. So, who is Madame Wang?
The daughter of an influential Chinese publisher, who founded the United Daily News which Madame Wang now runs as well, she bought a majority holding in Lanvin in 2001 when L'Oreal offloaded it completely. She claimed flippantly in a candid 2012 interview in the Financial Times that the reason she bought the company was becuase a friend had worn Lanvin and she wanted to impress them. A shrewd gamble if there can be such a thing but it ultimately paid off for fashion history and the pocket books of the new investors. Sales and exposure of Lanvin rose exponentially and she was known as a benevolent if distant benefactor, leaving Elbaz to dream and create relatively unhindered in Paris. But the WWD story which broke the news of the split yesterday hinted at rifts around growth strategy, specifically in Asia. In that same FT interview from 2012 she makes no secret of her specific loathing of the Japanese, after living through violent conflicts in the last century: "I never give my hand. I never say hello to Japanese." She turns her head disdainfully. "Bye bye. I don't care what they think." That perhaps could make strategy in Asia as a whole problematic. Also, according to the WWD story, licensing of the brand in Asia was less in line with the luxury product available in the West and Europe.
It now looks that the notoriously inscrutable Wang will have to make an appearance in Paris and answer for the L'Affair Elbaz as the Lanvin atelier is now demanding her presence there for an in person explanation and threatening strike (so French!). They are even calling for Elbaz's return. Which is all to say, things may get ugly before they get pretty again. But Wang, whose father was a Colonel under Chiang Kai-shek, is not to be underestimated. She is within the industry regarded as calculated and decisive (along with a signature black bob and arched eyebrows) and less for bedside manner and public relations nuance. She has a business to run after all, and this one is running out of control. Will she be able to keep the beauty awake or be its fatal prick?
Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" is one of the hardest singles of the year, and has one of the most fun music videos (featuring Mads Mikkelsen!).
Rihanna has now shared an additional clip related to that video, focusing on the accountant from the original video -- through her news app, rather than any of the other, more traditional distribution platforms (or even Tidal or something). As Complex notes, one of Rihanna's fans snatched up the clips and put them on Twitter. Watch them below, but maybe wait until you get home at the end of the day.
Black magic looks sexy as hell in Häxan:
Witchcraft Through The Ages. The 1922 Swedish-Danish silent film
classic, directed by Benjamin Christensen, explores history's witchiest
and most Satanic moments, offering lush and lurid
depictions of demonic possession, witch-hunting, and torture -- scenes
that were graphic enough to lead to the film being banned or censored
outside of Sweden and Denmark. The film, however, is just as devoted to dispelling misconceptions about the dark arts and the persecution of those accused of witchcraft, which Christensen posited, was merely a misunderstanding of mental illness. "Hysterical" women, he dubiously noted, simply needed time in a lunatic asylum, not to be burned at the stake.
Christensen studied countless treatises on witches prior to making Häxan, and the film depicts every arcane detail you could possibly ask for: witchy art historical engravings, possessed nuns and covens, demons and hags, broomstick rides, potions a-brew, and some good ol' grave-robbing for good measure.
Notable for being the most expensive Scandinavian production to date, at a cost of between 1.5 and 2 million Swedish kronor, the film's exquisite sets were clearly crafted with care and fastidiousness -- and the cinematography is to die for.
Haxan is made all the more spooky with a delightfully sinister classical score featuring Schubert and Beethoven. In 1968, a shortened English version was released, accompanied by a bizarre experimental jazz soundtrack and narrated by no other than William S. Burroughs. While the original film shouldn't go unwatched, the Burroughs-narrated version is seriously a treat; the man's voice was seemingly made to talk about anything demonic or mystical. Who else is capable of such a dramatic, deadpan delivery of "All the witches had to show respect to Satan by kissing his ass" when describing this image?
In spite of the narration, the English release of the film still includes intertitles, which are both theatrical and hilarious, preserving the film's classic silent horror sensibility.
If you have yet to join the cult of Häxan, now is the time to begin your initiation. And lucky for all of us, the film is in the public domain and on YouTube.
Every Halloween hordes of high-fashion hipsters head to Lafayette Street to the vintage store Screaming Mimi's which as become ground zero for Halloween costume shopping for style insiders. Tipped off to the themes of all the regular Halloween hooteannies, Mimi's owner Laura Wills has racks of looks ready to go in September. This year Wills approached Pratt, one of nation's leading fashion schools, to have students compete in a Halloween costume design contest. The judges included Wills, Vogue's Lynn Yaeger and yours truly.
The theme was 'under the sea' and the winner was promised cash money and a spot in the window as part of the Screaming Mimi's Halloween display. Well the kids did such a great job they all won prize money and all the costumes are on display (and for sale) at the store. You still have time to rush to Mimi's and pick up one of the costumes!
Screaming Mimi's, 382 Lafayette St., 212-677-6464
Elizabeth Gee's winning design, a lobster dress, in the window at Screaming Mimi's.
The second place winner, a crab costume designed by Sophia Rous.
Some of the entries on display at Screaming Mimi's.
More entries in the first annual Screaming Mimi's- Pratt costume design contest.
Ariana Grande is back with a new track, "Focus," and an accompanying video. Everything about it is pretty standard Grande (it's a straightforward pop song with a bright, sparkly video, etc.). It's missing a doughnut, doughnut licking, and associated forced and unnecessary apologies, but I guess we can't be too mad about that. Watch the video for "Focus" below.