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    3402_by_alexa-chung01.jpgAlexa Chung told Vogue UK she's in the process of launching her own fashion line. [via StyleFile]

    big67.jpgHere's Grace Coddington's new bag she designed with Balenciaga, featuring her sketches of her cat Pumpkin. [via Styleite]

    Here's a very '90s-esque video of Chloe Sevigny showing off her favorite pieces from her Opening Ceremony line. [via High Snobette]

    uniqlo-store.jpgOoooh Uniqlo's planning to expand to e-commerce! [via Fashionista]

    beyonce-600x450.jpgBeyoncé works it in her new fall House of Dereon campaign. [via People]

    2012_08_brian-atwood.jpgThis Brian Atwood ad was supposed to hang above the shoe designer's new store on 60th and Madison, but the building said nuh uh. [via Racked]

    22-vogue-paris-4.jpgThe Cut has a sneak peek of Emmanuelle Alt's inaugural edition of French Vogue.

    nicole-kidman-poses-for-v-magazines-_79-fall-issue__oPt.jpgNicole Kidman and her butt on the cover of V. [via Coco Perez]

    ivyQVD19IjouH.jpgObsessed with these pics of L.A. line Building Blocks' new bags. [via Miss Moss]

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    Karen O has a new song called "Strange Love" on the soundtrack to Tim Burton's upcoming Frankenweenie, out September 25th. The calypso-tinged track features xylophones and surfy guitar and a twangy little theramin solo that evokes old mad scientist movies. She told Rolling Stone the song's tropical feel is a nod to Burton's use of Harry Belafonte's "Jump In the Line" at the end of Beetlejuice. It's also just a lovely song about unconditional love, and friendship and the barking dog in the background is a really sweet touch that may or may not have made us a little misty-eyed. There's 30 seconds of the track embedded above, but you can listen to the full thing at Pitchfork.

    [Via i09]

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    It's not easy to find many artists creating the type of music or aesthetic that L.A.-by-way-of-Montreal singer Grimes does and her futurism-meets-K-pop-meets-dance-meets-New Age-meets-punk-meets who knows what else is on full display in her newest music video, "Genesis."  Watch the pop sprite hang out with a bananas-looking crew (which includes a striking girl in long, pink cornrows and a silver, armor-like bodysuit who we first mistook for Grimes herself) in the desert and cruising around in an Escalade. While a lot of people might bring a six-pack and a pair of iPod speakers to go kick it with friends outdoors, Grimes' essentials skew towards a snake, a sword and a medieval mace. Check out the clip above and -- psst! -- be sure to read more about her in our forthcoming September issue, which will be on stands soon!

    "Genesis" appears on the singer's third studio album, Visions, out now via 4AD.

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    Well, put a bird on it.

    It's official: Chloë Sevigny is joining Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as the newest member of the Portlandia cast.

    According to Entertainment Weekly's exclusive, Sevigny will play Alexandra, Fred and Carrie's new roommate on the IFC show, which returns in January. Will Alexandra watch a Battlestar Galactica marathon? Wait in line for brunch? Visit the Feminist Bookstore? House sit for the couple that photographs their garbage?

    All of the above, please.

    Image via Getty.

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    We're going to go out on a limb and say that the spicy cumin lamb burger at Xi'an Famous Foods is probably unlike any burger you've had before: there's no patty in sight. The crispy bun may also surprise those expecting a doughy mantou style bread, but the alternative nicely soaks up this sandwich's succulent strips of meat sauteed with pickled jalapenos, scallions, and onions while offering a satisfying crunch. Chef Jason Wang may have been included in a recent New York magazine piece titled "The Year of Asian Hipster Cuisine," but among his tattoo-sleeved peers, the owner of the Xi'an Famous Foods chain of restaurants stands out for his commitment to traditional Chinese cuisine, specifically that of the northwestern provinces (read our recent Q&A with Wang here). Those looking to go the extra mile might take a hint from the Awl and concoct their own "tiger lamb sandwich," layering in a healthy dose of lao hua zi tiger vegetables for extra acidity and citrus. But at the unbeatable price of $3, this baby is undoubtedly a winner on its own.

    Multiple Locations 
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    Welcome to Trailer Trash, highlighting the best, worst and so-so in new movie trailers.

    Here's the red band trailer for upcoming bootlegger thriller Lawless, featuring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman, a terrifying eybrow-less Guy Pearce and, according to this NSFW trailer, lots of boobs. Don't even think about touching Tom Hardy again. It's out August 31st.

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    After last week's outrageous yet (unfortunately) unsurprising Moscow ruling that sentenced Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich to two years in prison, some better news:

    Chelsea art gallery Lombard-Freid Projects has announced plans to host a pop-up art exhibition titled Pussy Riot and an Amnesty International-backed fundraiser on September 10.

    Lombard-Freid Projects will screen five videos of the feminist punk collective that feature both the sentenced trio and other artists on continuous loop. As Victoria Dushkina -- who originally conceptualized the show in Moscow but found no support from local galleries -- explains to Bloomberg:

    "I'd like to create the atmosphere of absurdity and hysteria that characterized the Pussy Riot trial."

    Funds raised will contribute towards the continued defense of Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina, and Samutsevich.

    Image via Free Pussy Riot.

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    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 5.45.59 PM.png1. Who knew that the people behind Tootsie Roll candies are as secretive and mysterious as Willy Wonka? [via WSJ]

    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 5.47.42 PM.png2. Portland, Oregon's Heathman Hotel is the setting for some pretty steamy scenes in Fifty Shades of Grey (or so we hear...) and now they're finally getting savvy and cashing in on their sudden attention with a $40 hotel stay add-on called the "Inner Goddess" that includes the "beautiful white wine that Christian and Anastasia enjoy, complete with a little grey tie wrapped around the bottle neck," general manager Chris Erickson tells People.

    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 5.25.28 PM.png3. Oh no: after Todd Akin's awful remarks about "legitimate rape," someone has made "Magic Vagina Death Venom" that promises to "kill the sperm of your choice on contact" so that every rape can be "illegitmate rape." Even though it's clearly a [dark] joke, we feel still feel icky about making light of this kind of thing. [via Gothamist]   

    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 5.53.46 PM.png4. Check out some awesome Breaking Bad posters from an art show currently on display at L.A.'s Gallery1988: Melrose. [via Buzzfeed]

    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 5.52.48 PM.png5. Someone got a customer discount on their veggie bowl for having the "best butt."  [via Eater]

    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 6.09.08 PM.png6. This is crazy!  What you see above is not a photograph.  A Portuguese attorney named Samuel Silva who says he only dabbles in art made this drawing using eight different Bic ballpoint pens over the course of thirty hours. [via This Is Colossal]

    Screen shot 2012-08-22 at 6.13.40 PM.png7. September in New York isn't only about Fashion Week: Gallerist has a very helpful slideshow recommending their Top 16 "Must-See" art shows opening next month.

    3p6uxh.jpg8. Pitchfork polled their readers for their favorite albums from 1996-2011 (which also happens to be the e-zine's first fifteen years of existence) and, not surprisingly, the #1 and #2 spots go to Radiohead.  The bands OK Computer and Kid A take first and second place, respectively. [via Pitchfork]

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    Last night, the performative punk troupe known as Juggernut stopped by old-school club the Pyramid in the East Village, with their chaotic musings on topics from sciatica to bedbugs. Beyond that, we'll let these NSFW-ish photos elaborate. Scenes from their set, below. (Attention: these images contain fake menstrual blood and hot dogs. You've been warned.)



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    Screen shot 2012-08-21 at 11.48.02 AM 1.pngAs you may recall, UNIQLO recently released the look book for Uniqlo Undercover, their new collaboration with Japanese designer Jun Takahashi. The campaign was shot by famed photographer Tim Walker and designed by the up-and-coming London-based art director Rhea Thierstein.

    Thierstein has been on the rise ever since she started working for prominent set designer Shona Heath about four years ago. She then broke out on her own and developed a strong relationship with Walker, collaborating on a ton of projects -- including the design for Walker's film premiere dinner at Claridge's and work for Vanity Fair, British, Italian and U.S. Vogue and Blow Up magazines.

    In addition to being known for her crazy-genius creations, like flowers cooked in gelatin and massive pirate ship ice sculptures, Thierstein also dabbles in video work; she art directed a UK McDonald's commercial, the video for Jessie J's "Pricetag" and was nominated for awards for her work on both videos. She has also done multiple bug-related projects in the past.

    We recently got a chance to talk with the insect-obsessed Thierstein about the inspiration and concept behind the UNIQLO campaign...

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 11.37.39 AM.png
    What was Tim and your inspiration behind the look book?

    We were inspired by some French illustrations from the 1830's. They were rather hallucinatory, opium-induced depictions of animals and insects as people, so we took those as a starting point. We have a very strong creative relationship due to our previous collaborations. To work on a project creating these creatures on this scale has been amazing. It is also a nice evolution in my work. Two years ago I created giant wasps for my Selfridges "Bright Young Things" window and then later followed that with another insect-inspired project with Tim which we did for LOVE magazine called "The Origin of Monsters."

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 12.21.44 PM.pngThierstein's "Bright Young Things"  window display for Selfridges. The wasps were made out of chicken wire and paper maché.

    Why are you fascinated with insects?

    I personally find insects incredibly creatively inspiring! When you take a closer look, they are some of the most beautiful and fascinatingly formed things on our world. So when Tim had the initial ideas for the UNIQLO campaign, he came to me to work on it with him, as he knew it would be a project I would personally find very exciting.

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 12.25.49 PM.pngWalker and Thierstein's "The Origin of Monsters"

    Explain the process in constructing the insects...

    This project has been one of the longest in preparation that I have worked on because there were so many different aspects that went into the making of them. After Tim and I decided on the designs I found the best model-makers I could to do the fabrication because sadly my studio doesn't have the facilities to do the technical side. For example, the hairs on the bee were done by someone with 20 years of experience!

    From there, I spent my time with the model-makers overseeing and helping with the sculpts and casts. Then my studio took on the final painting and detailing on them. We also found and made their costumes to give them their final fantastical flourish.! It was a long and at times challenging process, but ultimately it was one of the most exciting and satisfying jobs I have worked on yet.

    So what's your favorite image in the campaign?

    The double bass playing bee!

    uniqlo3.jpegThe double bass playing bee.

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    We love a roundup of old images and spent a long time today perusing the Wildlife Conservation Society and New York Botanical Garden's new postcard collection, which follows the history of Bronx Park (built in the 1880s and home to the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden). There's a lot of fascinating old photos of architecture and animals, and, below, we've chosen some of our favorite images. Bring back the guinea pig castle! 

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 5.27.12 PM.pngImage based on a 1904 brochure, New York Central's Four Track Series, No. 14.

    attraction-bronx-zoo-postcards.png"A case of mutual attraction in the Children's Zoo / New York Zoological Park." 1944.

    toodle-bronx-zoo.png"'Toodle' the baby Llama from the Andes, in the Children's Zoo in the Bronx Zoo, New York. Toodle has soft, silky hair and likes to be petted." Ca. 1940

    muskox-bronx-zoo .png"Musk ox. New York Zoological Park." Ca. 1903. 

    sealions-swimming-bronx-zoo.png"Where the sealions swim and dive in the New York Zoological Park." Ca. 1940s

    toucan-bronx-zoo .png
    "Toco toucan, New York Zoological Park." Ca. 1940s.

    "Children's Zoo, New York Zoological Park." Ca. 1940s.

    "Two Real "Dragon Lizards." Ca. 1959.
    2016-pc-349.jpg"Babies in the Bronx Zoo" Ca. 1949.

    "Boat House on Bronx Lake." Ca. 1911.

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    EjzIJ-thumb-615x346-96840.gif1. Read about all of the subversive messages that are actually contained in the cuckoo viral music video, "Gangnam Style" by K-Pop star, Psy. [via The Atlantic]

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 5.29.16 PM.png2. "Made In Iran," a new exhibit at NYC's Openhouse Gallery (379 Broome St) opens today, featuring work by Iranian brothers and street artists, Icy and Sot.  Pieces on display include stencil works and site-specific installations like the ones they make in their native Tabriz, Iran. The opening party tonight will also feature a performance by Iranian post-punk band Yellow Dogs and throughout the exhibit's run (which ends on 8/25) there will be special DJ sets and live music. [via Press Release]

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 5.50.13 PM.png3. Nicole Kidman isn't the only one who stripped down in the latest issue of V Magazine.  Check out Celine Dion! [via NYDN/Photo by Sebastian Feena] 

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 5.59.13 PM.png4. Super Size Me documentarian Morgan Spurlock will have a new show on CNN called Inside Man that will provide an "insider's view" into people and professions usually overlooked by mainstream media including marijuana growers, migrant workers and end-of-life caregivers. [via Flavorwire]

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 6.02.27 PM.png5. Hall & Oates have a Super PAC? Hall & Oates have a Super PAC! [via Politicker]

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 6.07.26 PM.png6. Gothamist has an interesting item today about a real 1940s society known as "The Society For the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks About Brooklyn."

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 6.13.36 PM.png7. Delightfully eccentric silver fox MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach is maybe/probably the Best Man at Rufus Wainwright's wedding to Jorn Weisbrodt today in Montauk.  Guess our invitation got lost in the mail... [via Gallerist]

    Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 6.03.20 PM.png8. "Other Royal Family Members' Arse-Naked Sporting Exploits," courtesy of MAD Magazine.

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    New York City

    Tesla Boy, the Moscow-based new wave punk band just tapped to play Ferragamo's Fashion Night Out next month, plays The Studio at Webster Hall tonight. Expect synthpop sounds and cute Russian boys in skinny jeans. [Oh My Rockness]

    Because everyone loves arts 'n crafts (and Brooklyn Brewery beer, and bites from Coolhaus, Kimchi Taco, and Red Hook Lobster Pound): Etsy's 3rd Annual Craft Party. This year's theme is "Wish You Were Here," and projects will include mixed-media postcards and stencil ECOBAGs and handkerchiefs. [Flavorpill]

    It's the gift that keeps on giving: Head to the Bell House tonight for Eugene Mirman's comedy show to... well... raise money for more Eugene Mirman comedy shows, aka the always-wonderful Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. [Time Out]

    Los Angeles

    The only thing better than a musical, is an outdoor screening of said musical with the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. Tonight at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, sing-along to Moulin Rouge! Bring your picnic baskets (and bottles of wine) to the outdoor screening and get there early for a live DJ set from Jeremy Blacklow before the movie starts. [Flavorpill]

    Funny duo Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have culled the worst of the worst videos you've ever seen (think embarrassing home videos) for the Found Footage Festival. Tonight, they screen their latest finds (including a vintage video on how to care for your ferret!), accompanied by amusingly commentary at Largo at the Coronet. [LA Weekly]


    Check out Gotye's show tonight (with Missy Higgins and Jonti) at Charter One Pavilion. Just don't blame us when you can't get "Somebody That I Used to Know" out of your head for the rest of the weekend. [Chicago Reader]

    As the first of The Hydra's series of 12 upcoming parties, tonight Euro techno favorites like Marcel Bettmann, Marcel Fengler, Prosumer and Surgeon take over an East London warehouse for a pulsating start to the weekend. [Flavorpill]

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    vandergrape.pngFYI, James Van Der Beek tweeted this photo of himself in a grape costume yesterday.  

    So...many...cute....noises....coming....out....of....this...squishy...bulldog....puppy. Heart...melting. [Jezebel]

    bustershoes.pngHey hermano! Tony Hale, currently filming new episodes of Arrested Development, tweeted this photo of himself in Buster's saddle shoes. [Buttsexington]

    Pooping-Dog-Lamps-from-UK-artist-Whatshisname-1.jpgPooping dog lamps, an elegant addition to any home. [FreshHome.] Thanks, Alexis.

    LATE_PRINT_a.jpg"Running Late" by the awesome Stephen Powers. Doyougetit? [LaughingSquid]

    Major panis prob. [RatsOff]

    mustachedrinkinggame.pngTumblr user ReginaGeorge introduces the Internet to what might be the greatest drinking game ever. Instructions above. Thank you, thank you. [Via Buzzfeed]

    tumblr_ltf1nvDxcV1qe48lvo1_r1_500.jpgThe best. [CoinFarts]

    dreamconcert.png A truly amazing fantasy concert poster by artist Johnny Ryan for It Was a Famous Night's series, "The greatest gigs that never happened." (It's for sale, too! $40.) See more at Flavorwire.

    Bruce-Willis.jpgHey girl, help Bruce Willis untie these? [ThisIsNotPorn]

    tumblr_m95uxtfSBP1rysqjco1_400.gifNever stop. [DailyDot]

    Oh my god, we could watch this video of a cat boredly riding a glacial toy train forever and ever. .3 funny points deducted for the think balloon at the end but otherwise, bravo. [TheClearlyDope]

    tumblr_m8xs6tLXYO1rxpi1io1_500.gifOl' Shifty Eyes Walsh.[FuckYeah1990s]

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    Like many, we've been mildly obsessed with the viral Internet sensation that is K-pop singer Psy's music video, "Gangnam Style" (we've blogged about it HERE, HERE and HERE), which could also be the influence of working in NYC's Korea Town -- we literally saw people re-creating Psy's "pony dance" on the street one day after work.  That said, we were drinking the Psy kool-aid as far back as 2010 (PAPER's old motto used to be "Where Things Start" after all) and, in honor of that fun fact, we're dedicating our Oldie But Goodie Friday music video to the singer's clip "Right Now." As PAPERMAG's Gary Pini wrote almost two years ago:

    [T]he video belongs in the  "blast out your song in public place and draw a crowd" genre.  Because he's stuck in traffic, Psy (?) is mad as hell, but he jumps out of his Mini and starts dancing like a maniac.  Soon he's joined by some breakdancers at a train station, shoppers in a grocery store and a guy (Psy again?) in a "Situation" costume who's stuck in his office.
    Watch it above.

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    bruiser gotjpic6.jpgDanny Brown, the Detroit-based oddball rapper known for his cuckoo-crazy flow, performed at The Gathering of the Juggalos the other weekend in Cave-In-Rock, IL and was kind enough to share his tour diary with PAPERMAG.  Read about his adventures below, check him out in the latest issue of PAPER (on stands Monday!) and -- for anyone in NYC -- catch his show this Saturday at MoMA PS1's weekly Warm Up party.

    We drove to [The Gathering] from Michigan and we got there Thursday morning. I performed on Thursday, too. The drive took nine hours. We walked around a little bit earlier and later on that night, we got a golf cart and rode around in a golf cart for a bit. We got to see a bunch of shit. The set was cool because I played a little earlier in the day and there was a bunch of shit going on so it was really just the people who were there to see me at my set.  Most of the crowd that was there you could tell knew who I was and was there to see me so they were into it.  It wasn't like random juggalos who didn't know who I was and thought, "Who the fuck is this guy?"  There was too much shit going on at the time of the performance for them to do. The people who really came to the stage to see me was people who were really into my shit. So it wasn't too many people -- maybe 100/200 people.

    There were girls walking around without shirts. People were just throwing Faygos onstage.  I'm from Detroit so I'm familiar with ICP [Insane Clown Posse]. I did it. They threw one Faygo and my homie caught it and drank it. I think it was a 20 oz.  We're from Detroit so Faygo's in our veins.

    I think the one thing I didn't understand [before] was how freaky it was. Just riding around and seeing girls flashing us a lot and seeing blow jobs in public. It was fun, though. That was at night when I was riding around in the golf carts around peoples' tents. I saw a lot of crazy shit.  It didn't freak me out but next year we want to go without cameras. There were cameras following me so I couldn't be who I wanted to be.

    bruiser gotjpic3.jpg
    We just got drunk and were smoking and then I hung out with ICP's Violent J for a minute.  He picked me up in a golf cart to show me around.  Violent J and I sat down and talked and, at the end of the day, we're Detroit guys. We're both from the same shit.  We got that connection instantly.  We talk the same, we walk the same. It's like, "That's my brother." 

    So we were riding around and he was showing me the festival break-down and telling me the history of it. I think the craziest thing was when we were riding around, some girl was chasing the cart and was like, "Violent J!  Fuck all three of my holes!"  You could see she really chased the cart for a long time.  Put it like that, she was a really fast runner.  She was like, "Violent J, touch my pussy!"  It was funny.

    Then after, I was like, "Look, this shit's tight.  Let me get a cart and ride around myself."  I didn't want to walk around.  I was walking around and I was getting fucked with too much.  Not in a bad way but I just wanted to get a funnel cake.  I didn't want to take pictures, you know what I'm saying?  I ate like three funnel cakes, to be honest.  And I had this big ass chicken on a stick. They had a lot of food out there.  The cool thing about their festival was that I don't know if juggalos really eat. The lines at the food [vendors] were really easy to get through and that's not normal at every festival so we were just trying a lot of different shit.  Anything weird, we just ate that shit.

    bruiser gotjpic4.jpgWe went over by the "Drug Bridge."  At this time right now, I'm just trying to smoke weed until I finish my album and then I'll start back doing Molly and shit.  Molly is too crazy for me.  So I didn't even really want to go over there to get tempted, you know?  I went over there and they had Molly for $5 -- it's like "What the fuck?  Get me out of here!"   People weren't trying to sell me drugs, they were just giving them to me.

    There were a few girls talking to me here and there but I just wasn't down to make out in a tent.  It was cool but I couldn't really do my thing out there.  I was just keeping it cool.  I wasn't going to go fuck in a trailer or something and my hotel was two hours away and there wasn't any chick who was going to leave all the way for two hours to get back to the hotel and then how's she going to get back to The Gathering the next day?  I was really just being cool and I was there to do my show and I left.  I just went home to Detroit.

    bruiser gotj pic1.jpgAs told to Abby Schreiber

    Photo Credit: Tone Foster

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    Welcome to Trailer Trash, highlighting the best, worst and so-so in new movie trailers.

    About midway through the trailer for Brian De Palma's latest thriller, Passion -- based on the French movie Love Crime -- Rachel McAdams' character tells Noomi Rapace's character that she's "very secretive." The same can be said of trailer itself, which suggests a lot while giving us surprisingly little to go by. This trailer is COY.  What we can surmise, however, is this: McAdams and Rapace work together;  they are likely going to sleep with each other; Paul Anderson's character has probably slept with/worked with McAdams and warns us of her tricks; an idea is stolen; there is completely terrifying mask involved for reasons unknown.  See if you can piece it all together in the trailer above.

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    Watch a cute behind-the-scenes video of Gabby Douglas at a big Essence photo shoot. Go Gabby! [via Fashionista]

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 3.01.21 PM.pngHere's Iggy Azalea on the new cover of Flavor Magazine.  And, while you're at it, check her out in PAPER HERE. [via High Snobette]

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 2.30.18 PM.pngOoh look!  NARS is coming out with an Andy Warhol-inspired make-up line featuring packaging stamped with some of the pop artist's most famous works and muses like Edie Sedgwick, Debbie Harry and Candy Darling. [WWD via Refinery29]

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 2.57.51 PM.pngWhat do you think of Chloë Sevigny's new shaved haircut? [via Coco Perez]

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 3.04.31 PM.pngVans Syndicate x Carhartt WIP Old Skool. [via SlamxHype]

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 2.39.02 PM.pngMore bad news for John Galliano: the designer was stripped of his Legion of Honor award by French president Francois Hollande, in relation to being convicted of uttering racist and anti-Semitic remarks last year. [via Vogue UK]

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 2.43.29 PM.pngThe Cut has a fun slideshow of some of today's top models when they were kids.  Basically our takeaway was that these gals have some killer genes. (That's Natalia Vodianova above.)

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 2.47.17 PM.pngAzealia Banks is said to be performing at MAC's SoHo store during Fashion's Night Out (watch a video about FNO featuring every celebrity ever) this year and has collaborated with the makeup brand on a dark blackish purple lipstick called "Yung Rapunxel," like her Twitter handle. [via WWD]

    Screen shot 2012-08-24 at 2.54.19 PM.pngKim Kardashian "channeled Diana Ross" at a recent photo shoot and...we're not feeling it. She kinda looks like one of those ganguro girls in Japan. [via Coco Perez]

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    From now until September 23rd, you have no reason to settle for overpriced drinks at a half-rate bar if you go out in New York. Cole Haan has launched their #DontGoHome program, offering VIP passes to some of the city's coolest weekly parties and exclusive events, along with awesome-sounding prizes like shoes, car service to-and-from the party, and complimentary meals at Roberta's, Red Rooster, Cafeteria and the Bowery Diner.

    Featured weekly parties include:

    -Sundays: Tiki Disco at Roberta's Brooklyn
    -Mondays: Breedlove's Magic Mondays at Tammany Hall
    -Tuesdays: WestGay at Westway
    -Wednesdays: Roxy Cottontail's Rooftop Wednesdays at Thompson Hotel LES
    -Thursdays: Red Rooster
    -Fridays: Le Baron
    -Saturdays: Westway

    And as for a few exclusive events, the standout is a party on 9/20 featuring Diplo and Santigold at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

    To RSVP, and for the chance to win some of these prizes, check out the #DontGoHome Facebook page (here's the smartphone-friendly version) and tweet to @ColeHaan with the #DontGoHome hashtag to get the latest updates on shindigs and swag.  And don't forget to Instagram your pics with the hashtag -- they may even turn up on the official Facebook page!

    We'll see you there!

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    We were saddened to hear today of the passing of Sesame Street puppeteer Jerry Nelson, who voiced the purple counting vampire Count von Count. The Count was always one of our favorite characters -- slightly annoying and not that nice to his batty bats, but gleefully obsessed with numbers.

    In addition to the Count, Nelson played Gobo on Fraggle Rock, as well as Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem band, Dr. Julius Strangepork from the "Pigs in Space" sketch, Kermit's nephew Robin and Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken.

    Below, some of our favorite Count clips from Sesame Street.

    The count goes shopping for fruits and wegetables and goes nuts over counting potatoes.

    The count's batty bats go on strike.

    The Count tries proposing to his girlfriend, Natasha, but gets distracted.

    The count takes FOREVER to count down his rocket blast-off.

    Compulsive counting.

    The Count sings a feel-good calypso jam with Harry Belafonte.

    The Count flashes back to being scared to go to his first day of school. Guess what cheers him up?

    The Count directs Liam Neeson on how to count to 20. 

    The Count and Susan Sarandon get locked out of a castle.

    The Count hangs out with the Mets and totally blows it.

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