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Claudia Schiffer Poses for Guess (Again!) + Abercrombie & Fitch Ad Features Boys Kissing in the Shower in Today's Style Scraps


Bruce Weber, who's been creating skin-baring (and often homoerotic) ads for Abercrombie & Fitch for years, has a new video series for the brand that seems to be taking the sexual undertones one step further by featuring a steamy shower kiss between two male models. [Huffington Post]

Ivanka Trump is staging her first-ever fashion show tonight at Lord & Taylor. [WWD]

Screen shot 2012-03-28 at 12.59.09 PM.pngKate Winslet looks lovely in a Jenny Packham gown at London's premiere of Titanic in 3D. [Vogue UK]

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Over twenty years after striking her first pose for Guess in 1989, supermodel Claudia Schiffer still rocks it in the brand's new campaign, shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, to celebrate its 30th anniversary. [Elle]

Screen shot 2012-03-28 at 12.56.46 PM.pngA pair of Marie Antoinette's slippers fetched 43,225 euros, or $57,336 at a recent auction. [WWD]

Screen shot 2012-03-28 at 1.14.15 PM.pngIsaac Mizrahi talks about designing condom packaging to benefit Planned Parenthood. [Fashionista]

Despite a slew of sexual harrassment lawsuits and declining profits, Dov Charney has signed a contract to remain at American Apparel for at least three more years with a base salary of $800,000. [The Cut]

Check Out Work From Christoph Niemann's Upcoming Abstract City Book

We're big fans of graphic artist Christoph Niemann's Abstract City blog for the New York Times, which ran from 2008 to 2011 as an opinion column/visual essay series. (Niemann's work is still featured regularly in the Sunday Times Magazine's Abstract Sunday column, as well.) We're pretty excited, therefore, that Niemann has a new book featuring his drawings from all of his 16 Abstract City pieces, as well as a chapter on his creative process and why effort trumps talent.

Niemann's imaginative work often incorporates simple household items like keys, socks and LEGOs and features observational humor about his life, his mixed emotions about coffee, and his war with electronics cables. Also, Niemann sketched the New York City marathon while he was running, which, considering that we get winded after running on a reasonably-paced treadmill after like 3 non-sketching minutes, is a very impressive feat. Check out some images from his new book in the gallery above.

Abstract City is out April 1 via Abrams Books.

Samantha Mathis Chats With Artist Josephine Meckseper About Her "Manhattan Oil Project"


Josephine Meckseper is one of Papermag's favorite artists. Samantha Mathis is one of Papermag's favorite actresses. Thus, we asked the two (who also appeared in our She's Got Balls fashion spread) to fill us in on Meckseper's new public art installation, Manhattan Oil Project, featuring giant oil rigs set up in a vacant lot near Times Square. Here, Mathis chats with Meckseper as well as Cynthia Rowley and Richard Phillips about the project for PAPERTV.

Manhattan Oil Project is on display through May 6th.

A History of "MTV Spring Break," Part 1: The '80s

For many of us, March and April pass by in a blur of work-filled weeks and finnicky, not-quite-spring-yet weather (balmy temps across the country last week notwithstanding).  But for those still in their blissful college years, March (and sometimes April) means only one thing: Spring Break. Whether in Daytona Beach or Cancun, Miami or Kingston, Cabo or Punta Cana, young adults across the country head to these sunny locales for a week of drinking, sunburns, and STD transmission. MTV has faithfully been capturing the action since 1986, picking one location each year to host their annual "Spring Break," featuring live performances, beach parties, and, of course, a slew of drunk, screaming kids. For the next three days, we're going to indulge in some MTV nostalgia, looking at Spring Break over the years. Today: The 80s.

MTV Spring Break c. 1986-1989 took place in one place and one place only: Daytona Beach.  Hordes of permed, mulleted kids in fluorescent Body Glove swimwear and B.U.M. Equipment hats descended on the Floridian town to watch performances by hair metal band Vixen, new wave act Squeeze and hip-hop studs The Beastie Boys.

MTV's Spring Break 1986, Daytona Beach, Florida: Mr. Mister performance

MTV's Spring Break 1987, Daytona Beach, Florida: Beastie Boys play The Dating Game (with a random appearance by Justine Bateman).

MTV's Spring Break 1988, Daytona Beach, Florida: Squeeze perform "Great Balls of Fire"

MTV's Spring Break1989, Daytona Beach, Florida: Vixen performs "I Want You to Rock Me"


Beastie Boys "Body Snatchers" MTV Spring Break Promo c. 1986 or 1987

Marin Mazzie's Scary (in a Good Way) in Carrie the Musical

The original Broadway musical version of Stephen King's 1974 novel Carrie was the most expensive flop of its time. The show premiered in 1988, starring Betty Buckley as Carrie's God-fearing mother and newcomer Linzi Hateley as the nerd-turned-cruel-prom-queen-joke, Carrie, and closed three days later. The show's horrible costumes, choreography and musical numbers, like one that took place on a pig farm as the high school students slaughtered the animals, is the stuff of theater-folklore, remembered in books like Ken Mendelbaum's Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops. The show is both loved and hated for its ridiculousness and camp-charm. Now, a much more refined and de-piged version is back off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theater, starring Molly Ranson as Carrie and the amazing Broadway veteran Marin Mazzie (she created roles in Ragtime and Passion) as Carrie's evangelical, and abusive mother. Here we chat with Mazzie about the updates to the show, what it's like to be in a revived Broadway flop and how she fell in love with her actor husband while drowning him in a bathtub.  

Did you see the original production? 
I did and I remember certain things about it that aren't in our show anymore. I remember the bad parts about it. And those things have been removed from our production.  

Like the pig dance?

Yeah I remember that quite well actually. I mean, how could you forget it?  

Betty Buckley played your part in the original and in interviews she really seemed to believe it would do well.  As an actress, when you're in a flop, do you think you know it from the start?   
I think that you probably don't really know. You're so deeply involved in it and you care about it. I guess I would say the biggest flop I've been in was the play Enron, which only ran for a few weeks. I thought it was an amazing play. I was shocked. So there's my example of being in something that I thought was extremely timely and important and that people would flock to. I had no idea --  I thought it was brilliant. 

Carrie obviously deals with a lot of high school issues. What were you like in high school? 
I went to a Catholic high school. I did shows, I was a pom-pom girl. I had friends. I wasn't an outcast, certainly I wasn't a Carrie... but, when you go to this show and you see all those different types of kids up there, the good girl, the bad girl, they're all trying to fit in. I remember so many times in high school just feeling awful about myself and nervous and scared and worrying about being accepted. I just think that's something everyone goes through, and that's why the show is so relevant, not just to kids today, but to anyone. I think everyone has experienced feeling insecure.  

Do you have kids? 
No, we have a dog. He's a miniature schnauzer and is our child. We're definitely those kind of dog people, who think their dog is their kid.  

Are you a Stephen King fan?  
I didn't see Carrie [the movie] when it came out because I don't like scary movies. I didn't see the movie until I was going to do the show. I like Stephen King's books, but I get scared. My husband can still scare me in our apartment -- he hides in the closet and jumps out at me. I'm a little better then I used to be. Living in New York helps you.  

How did you meet your husband?  
We met doing a crazy show off-Broadway called The Trojan Women: A Love Story, by Charles Mee. It was kind of this avant-garde version of [Euripedes'] The Trojan Women. I played Helen of Troy and he played Aeneas. We fell in love and at the end of the show I drowned him in a hot tub. Very romantic. Well, it was romantic until that point.

A lot of fans of the original are coming to see this hoping for the same legendarily bad scenes as the original. Is that frustrating to you? 
Yes, but that stuff isn't in our play. There is a teeny amount, a few elements, that they will laugh at. But I also think people laugh because they're uncomfortable. There's a lot of things that are uncomfortable in our show.

What do you say to people going into Carrie thinking it's going to be campy? 
Come and see the show, try not to have a preconceived notion of it. I guarantee, within seconds, the story will draw you in and take you on a journey. And it will be good. 

Carrie runs through April 8th at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Production photos of Mazzie and Rawson by Joan Marcus.

Uggs Get Even Uglier + New Trailer for The Dictator = Eight Items Or Less

Screen shot 2012-03-28 at 5.08.10 PM.png1. Chicago's answer the The New Yorker, The Chicagoan, has re-launched.  The original magazine ran from 1926-1935 and featured long form articles and short stories much like its East Coast counterpart.  To market the new mag, the publishers have set up 1920s-era pop-up newsstands where you can buy the publication at $19.95 a pop. [The Economist]

2. Nike sues Reebok over its use of Tim Tebow in Jets-related apparel. [Crains New York]

3. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner will direct his first feature film and we hear it's a road-trip buddy comedy featuring Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson. [Flavorwire]

Screen shot 2012-03-28 at 5.43.48 PM.png4.  If you didn't think Uggs could get any uglier, well, you were wrong. [Jezebel]

Screen shot 2012-03-28 at 5.55.56 PM.png5. A new app called, appropriately, Shitter allows you to make four rolls of toilet paper printed with a Twitter feed of your choice. [Laughing Squid]

6.  Watch the official trailer for The Dictator -- this one features extended footage of Anna Faris playing a pixie-haired granola girl and Sacha Baron Cohen's character working odd jobs in the U.S. sans beard. [Buzzfeed]

7. A German firm just came out with an edible cookbook that has recipes printed on fresh pasta that can be turned into a lasagna.  We'll take seven please. [Laughing Squid]

8. Azealia Banks is dropping an EP, 1991, three weeks from now on April 17th and word is she's also gotten help from Kanye West and Lana Del Rey on her forthcoming full-length, Broke With Expensive Taste, out this September. [Flavorwire]

The Beautiful People Issue

Kristen Johnston at Barnes & Noble


One of our favorite brassy character actresses, Kristen Johnston, known for her turns on Third Rock from the Sun and Sex and the City, candidly documents her rise to fame -- insecurities, self-destructive habits, substance abuse and all -- in her new memoir, Guts. She talks about her new tome tonight.

Andrew W.K. at Webster Hall


It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since the legendary Andrew W.K. taught us all how to party serious, releasing the insanely amazing album, "I Get Wet." To celebrate, he's embarking on an anniversary tour, and stopping by Webster Hall tonight for what will surely be a raucous and upbeat affair.

Kembra Pfahler and E.V. Day's "Giverny" Opens at the Hole

In 2010, photographer E.V. Day was awarded the Munn Artists Residency by the Versailles Foundation, which invites recipients to live on Monet's estate in Giverny among the gardens that inspired his iconic impressionistic works. Day asked artist Kembra Pfahler to visit, which spawned their "Giverny" photo collection, featuring Pfahler injected among the gardens' iconic lily ponds and verdant scenery in her other-worldly wigged-and-painted look associated with her performance art/glam-punk project The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. The exhibit opened Friday night at Bowery gallery the Hole, which has been transformed into a mini Giverny for the show, complete with with a lily pond and a green Japanese footbridge. Attendees included Jeffrey Deitch, photographer Spencer Tunick, designers ThreeasFour, Terence Koh, Aurel Schmidt, Spencer Sweeney, the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, No Bra, Michael Stipe, model May Anderson and, of course, Kembra Pfhaler and Hole owner Kathy Grayson. The exhibit is open through April 24th. Check out Rebecca Smeyne's photos from the opening. 

AndrewAndrew Insta Review Newsies


In preparation to review Newsies, the new Disney Broadway musical now playing at The Nederlander Theater, we watched the 1992 movie that it's based on. Rather we should say we tried to watch it. Half way through the film we both realized that as adults we couldn't stomach it and stopped watching. Did we reach the same conclusion while watching the Broadway musical version? Watch our Insta-Review and find out!

1940s Street Style + Lauren Conrad Sans Shirt in Today's Style Scraps

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Amazing New York street style, circa 1944, photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE magazine. [via Miss Moss]

tommy_ton.jpg.scaled1000.jpgSpeaking of street style, Tommy Ton apparently turned down a book deal. "I was approached, but I think I should wait because my photos are a documentation of what goes on outside the shows and it's changed quite a bit over the last 5 years. I think I will wait another 5 years to see how much the shows have changed since then." [via Exposed Zippers]

Rihanna-2-540x529.jpgRihanna has a new 'do. [via High Snobette]

anne-v-adam-levine.jpgModel Anne V and Maroon 5's Adam Levine are officially dunzo. [via Refinery29]

Michelle+Obama+NWG+1.jpgMichelle Obama wore a Wes Gordon-designed get up at last night's Kids' Choice Awards. We recently featured Mr. Gordon in our 10 Fresh Fashion Week Faces to Watch story. [via Tom and Lorenzo]

DSC_8597.jpgThese Prada shoes are smoking. Literally! [via Sea of Shoes]

Lauren+Conrad+Glamour+magazine+cover.jpgLauren Conrad's sans shirt on the cover of Glamour. [via Coco's Tea Party]

Rag & Bone
is headed Upper East Side-ward, opening up shop in a former bank on the corner of 73rd and Madison, a block from the Ralph Lauren flagship on 72nd. [via Racked]

warbybarker-sized.jpgTo celebrate April Fool's Day, Renzo Rosso put Diesel up for sale on eBay and Warby Parker released a line for dogs, Warby Barker. Racked has a guide to the best fashion pranks here.

Keith Haring's "Party of Life" Takes Over First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

brooklyn-museum-keith-haring.jpgKeith Haring's legendary "Party of Life" returns April 7th this week as a part of Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn). Admission to the museum's current exhibit of the late artist's early career, Keith Haring: 1978 -1982, will be FREE for everybody from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Haring held the first "Party of Life" to celebrate his birthday in the spring of 1984 at New York City nightclub Paradise Garage with a performance by Madonna and over 3,000 people attending. At this weekend's event, legendary DJ Junior Vasquez will be spinning a tribute to '70s and '80s NYC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The night will also feature an "artist talk" with photographer Christopher Makos at 7 p.m. and a performance by Brooklyn-based electro-pop group Comandante Zero.  Go here  for the full schedule of the evening's events, talks, films and music.

15 Hairdos Willow Smith Oughta Try

We've gotta hand it to Willow Smith: at 11-years-old, Will and Jada's daughter has more ferocity and confidence when it comes to her hair than most women will ever have.  From a heart mohawk to dye jobs every shade of the rainbow, Willow's proven she possesses every bit as much game as  Nicki, Katy and Gaga when it comes to her coiffure.  Currently rocking a pink crop, we're curious what the singer's gonna try next.  In case she's having trouble deciding, PAPERMAG humbly offers 15 'Dos for her consideration.

The Marie Antoinette
The Marilyn Monroe

The Beatle

The Kate Gosselin
willowsmith_rachel.jpgThe Rachel

willow_biebernew copy.pngThe Bieber

The Farrah Fawcett

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The Motown Bouffant
The Rainbow Clown
The Flapper Bob
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The Flat Top (à la Dad!)

The Katy Perry Pompadour
willow_lisa bonet.jpgThe Lisa Bonet

The Perm Mullet

The David Bowie

RIP Kurt Cobain: Eric Erlandson's Letters to Kurt Reading + Jesse Frohman's Photo Show

LettersToKurt.jpgCoinciding with the 18th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death on Wednesday, former Hole guitarist and songwriter Eric Erlandson has a new book out this week reflecting on the loss of the Nirvana front man and the turmoil that followed. Letters to Kurt includes 52 pieces by Erlandson and is blurbed by Thurston Moore, who describes the collection as "a poetic elegy" to Cobain and who refers to Erlandson, with whom Cobain was friends, as "the spirit boy in the Nirvana-Hole dynamic." In an interview with the Times in February, Erlandson said he hadn't discussed the book with Courtney Love. He is, however, appearing with former Hole bandmates Melissa Auf Du Maur and drummer Patty Schemel at a few upcoming book dates. Auf Du Maur will join Erlandson at Barnes & Noble Union Square for a performance April 5th and both Auf Du Maur and Schemel will be with Erlandson at Basilica in Hudson, NY April 8th for performances and a screening of the excellent-looking documentary about Schemel, Hit So Hard. The film chronicles Schemel's struggles with growing up gay in a small town, substance abuse and the losses of Hole bandmate Kristen Pfaff as well as Cobain.

Also opening April 5th at Morrison Hotel Gallery is an exhibit featuring Jesse Frohman's portraits of Cobain, taken shortly before his death, featuring him in his big, Jackie-O-esque sunglasses and a leopard fur coat. The show opens April 5th and runs through the 22nd. (See more images at Flavorwire

Here's a full list of Erlandson's reading dates:

April 5 - New York, NY / Barnes & Noble Union Square (33 East 17th St.) Upstairs at the Square presents a conversation with Eric Erlandson, with musical performances by Eric & Melissa Auf der Maur, 7pm

April 8 - Hudson, NY / Basilica (110 Front St.) Featuring a reading by Eric Erlandson, musical performances with Eric, Melissa Auf der Maur and Patty Schemel, and a screening of Hit So Hard, 6pm

April 10 - Providence, RI / Books on the Square (471 Angell St.), 7pm

April 11 - Clinton, NJ / Clinton Book Shop (12 E. Main St.), 7pm

April 13 - New York, NY / Cinema Village (22 E. 12th St.) Hit So Hard premiere with performance by Eric and Patty Schemel, and special guests.

April 16 - Boston, MA / Newbury Comics (36 JFK St.), 6pm

April 19 - Los Angeles, CA / Vista Theater-Los Feliz (1822 N. Vermont Ave.) Hit So Hard premiere with performance by Eric and Patty Schemel, and special guests.

April 21 - Los Angeles, CA / LA Times Festival of Books (USC), 11:30am and 4pm

April 23 - Los Angeles, CA / Largo at the Coronet (366 North La Cienega) An evening of music/performance art and conversation with Eric (special guest tba), 8pm

April 25 - Berkeley, CA / Moe's (2476 Telegraph Rd.), 7:30pm

April 26 - San Francisco, CA / City Lights, 261 (Columbus Ave.), 7pm

April 27 - San Francisco, CA / Roxie Theater (3117 16th St.) Hit So Hard premiere with Eric and Patty Schemel

Hear New Track from Dirty Projectors, "Gun Has No Trigger"

Screen shot 2012-04-02 at 4.35.09 PM.pngAfter spending "a sprawling twelve months of constant writing and recording in a weird house in Delaware County, New York" Dirty Projectors are back with their sixth album, Swing Lo Magellan, out July 10th via Domino.  The band, which had been a favorite among the indie scene for several years before they found broader success with their fifth album, Bitte Orca, in 2009, culled seventy songs produced by frontman David Longstreth during that prodigious time period along with forty finished demos before choosing the twelve tracks included in the album. 

The first song they've released, "Gun Has No Trigger," features the same haunting harmonies from singers Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle found on Bitte Orca while at the same time feeling sparer and more intimate than some of their famously complex previous works.  Listen to it below.

NIKE X Liberty's Summer 2012 Collection

Good news for anyone who can never seem to find a cute pair of running shoes: the summer  2012 collection of Liberty X NIKE was released today, featuring classic NIKE styles in the British retailer's Lagos Laurel paisley print. In May, the collection will expand to include shoe styles including the Blazer, Hyperclave and Dunk Sky High. See more from the collection here

Candid Shots of UK Punk Rockers as Teens + Sand Nano-Sculptures = Eight Items Or Less

1. A new documentary that looks at the final days of LCD Soundsystem, Shut Up and Play the Hits, will be released this summer during special, one-night engagements.  The film was recently  acquired by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's production and distribution company, Oscilloscope Laboratories.

2. Patti Smith has a new album coming out, Banga, on June 5.  It will be her eleventh studio album and will feature her children, son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris.

Screen shot 2012-04-02 at 5.47.43 PM.png3. Check out this store in Milan, eBARRITO, whose shelving is constructed entirely from cardboard.

Screen shot 2012-04-02 at 5.56.35 PM.png4. Researchers in Vienna set a world record by constructing nano-sculptures the size of a grain of sand in four minutes.  THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF SAND! [Buzzfeed]

5. Cobble Hill just got a Buffalo Exchange!

6. Not everyone in Korea will get to "Just Dance" after all.  The (South) Korea Media Rating Board has decided to ban anyone under 18 from attending Lady Gaga's upcoming concert due to some of the content in the singer's lyrics.  Many Christian and conservative groups pressured the KMRB to enact the age ban, claiming Gaga promoted "homosexuality, explicit sexuality and mocking of religious figures." [Oh No They Didn't]

Screen shot 2012-04-02 at 6.06.58 PM.png7. Look at these interesting candid shots of UK punk pioneers when they were just teenagers.  (Billy Idol pictured above.) [Flavorwire]

Tips for Today: Perfume Genius + Lauren Conrad + Girlfriends

perfume-genius.jpgPerfume Genius at Mercury Lounge

Perfume Genius, the nom de band of Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas, plays the bare-bones, occasionally heart-wrenching ballads off his recent release, Put Your Back N 2 It, tonight at Mercury Lounge. Chamber-poppers Parenthetical Girls open.

Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Lauren Conrad at Barnes & Noble

It wasn't clear from the get-go that Lauren Conrad, star of MTV's Laguna Beach and The Hills, would go on to be a wildly successful clothing designer and young adult author. But the former reality star has topped the New York Times bestseller list several times over, and tonight she chats with her editor, Farrin Jacobs, about her latest tome, The Fame Game.

Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. 7 p.m. Free.

Girlfriends at BAM

As part of this week's delightful Lena Dunham-curated film series at BAM, the 1978 cult classic Girlfriends -- Claudia Weill's directorial debut about young woman navigating the downtown New York creative scene of the '70s -- screens tonight. Weill will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening.

BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 6:50 p.m. $12.

The Morning Funnies: Andrew Garfield In Disguise + Cadbury Creme Scrambled Eggs


Here's Andrew Garfield on The Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday. She had him try on an amazing blond mullet wig and sunglasses. [JustJared; GIF via MaryLouMoriarty]

tumblr_lyngz86elC1roa9ggo3_500.pngTom Cruise Running, a Tumblr dedicated to photos from movies featuring Tom Cruise running, is our new favorite Tumblr about Tom Cruise running! [Via Vulture]

Cadbury Creme Scrambled Eggs. (The "potatoes" are cut-up doughnuts and the "toast" is pound cake.) File in your recipe box under "Easter Diabetes." [SeriousEats]

Mark Wahlberg adjusting his junk. [Buzzfeed]

tumblr_m1ncfbKPMO1qz7lxdo1_400-1.pngThere there, R. Kelly. [Amandalynferri]

A gown designed to look like Google. See more dresses inspired by Twitter, YouTube, and MegaUpload here. [Via Buzzfeed]

Mj0xj.jpgTreat yourself. [Via Reddit]

young-larry-david.jpgA collection of old clips featuring Larry David (with some crazy hair) on late-'70s SNL competitor, Fridays. [Splitsider]

summer-school-sandler.pngBecause he deeply respects the American movie-goer, Razzies-sweeper Adam Sandler is remaking '80s Carl Reiner comedy Summer School. [Indie Wire]


The Tupac X Lisa Frank art you've always dreamed of. [FuckYeah1990s via annunnaki.]