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Coachella Cuties

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What will Cali girls be wearing this summer? It goes beyond daisy dukes and bikinis on top (that Katy Perry song was two years ago, anyway). The annual music party in the desert, the Coachella Arts and Music Festival, usually offers an indication, though. We saw the feather thing, the high-waisted shorts look and even the maxi dress resurgence donned by trend-setters way, way before any of these styles got to the masses or in the malls.  And certain looks are seen so frequently that you can't help but take notice... it's like the cool chicks all get the same memo or something!

The party scene at Coachella is in many ways an even better forecaster for frock rocking than the festival itself. After all, gals can wear whatever they want and don't have to consider the heat and hiking through the festival grounds. Plus, the abundant pool parties are the best testing grounds for a hot, new skimpy summer look.

At the brand new Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, Dub Frequency and Flaunt hosted some colorful crowds (almost as colorful as the hotel!) like the eclectic group found at the "A Club Called Rhonda -- Queen of the Desert" bash.  The next day, similar -- if more stream-lined -- looks were seen at the Lacoste party held at a private ranch in Indio.  Click through our slideshow to see examples of crochet lace, sheer tops and bottoms, polka-dots, grandma florals, faded crazy-colored hair, massive hats, shirts as dresses, and, of course, LOTS AND LOTS of outrageous color.

"Real-Life" Barbies + The Ramones' First Cover Letter = Eight Items Or Less

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haiti kid_leto_book.jpg1. Jared Leto, in collaboration with Fabien Baron, is coming out with a photography book of images the singer/actor snapped in Haiti, one year after the devastating earthquake.  All proceeds will go to the continued relief efforts. [via 30 Seconds to Mars]

Screen shot 2012-04-17 at 5.40.23 PM.png2. Josh Hutcherson + Puppy = We. Can't. Take. All. The. Cuteness. [via Oh No They Didn't!]

3. NYC's The High Line has added Northern Spy Food Co., Bark Hot Dogs, and Terroir to its list of vendors this year. [via Eater]

Screen shot 2012-04-17 at 5.50.11 PM.png4. Check out these creepy photos New Zealand-based graphic artist created by using real-life people and re-touching and manipulating the images to make them look like Barbie and Ken. [via Flavorwire]

Screen shot 2012-04-17 at 5.53.51 PM.png5. Here's the low-down on the baffling Frasier theme song centered on "tossed salads and scrambled eggs." [via Laughing Squid]

Screen shot 2012-04-17 at 5.55.59 PM.png6.  Aww, look at this photo of Bruce Springsteen in elementary school.  Once a Boss, always a Boss. [via Buzzfeed]


7. Zac Efron gets the face morph treatment! [via Vulture]

8. Read The Ramones' first cover letter. [via Death + Taxes]

Tips for Today: Vinny Guadagnino + Eleanor Friedberger + Drive-In Dinner

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Vinny Guadagnino at Barnes & Noble
Vinny, he of Jersey Shore fame, and one of our  2012 Beautiful People, will be discussing and signing copies of his new self-help tome Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool. As he told PAPER, "I went through some stuff in my life, and I've learned how to deal with it through more self-help spiritual approaches...it's not a book about the Jersey Shore, but about life in general."

Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St. 6 p.m. Free.

Eleanor Friedberger + Hospitality at The Bell House

Two of our favorite Merge Records-ers -- Eleanor Friedberger (the female half of the Fiery Furnaces who released a jaunty solo debut "Last Summer," appropriately enough, last summer) and ebullient guitar-rock trio Hospitality -- take to the Bell House stage tonight.

The Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus, Brooklyn. 8 p.m. $12.

The Drive-In Dinner at Brooklyn Brewery

At tonight's food truck and beer blow-out sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and food magazine Edible Brooklyn, 40 bucks will get you a five-course, food truck-cooked meal (featuring goodies from the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Feed Your Hole, Coolhaus, among others), paired with Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster's Garrett Oliver's creations.

Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 6 p.m. $40.

The Morning Funnies: James Franco Sings Carly Rae Jepsen + Capybaras in the News

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James Franco has struck again!! After bringing us lip-synched renditions of Selena Gomez and Rihanna songs, here he is going at it with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." [via Just Jared]

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All-hologram Coachella. [via Vulture]

batman-doesnt-care-about-tupac.jpgSpeaking of which, Batman does not care that there was a Tupac hologr--- [via G4TV]

  enhanced-buzz-10702-1334677141-12.jpgBehold: A Capybara with very small monkeys on its back. [via BuzzFeed]

  tumblr_m22m11et9G1rtoixio1_500.jpgAnd speaking of which, Capybaras that look like Rafael Nadal. [via HuffPo] 1333088286absolutebeginnersillo-540x756.jpgRead Lena Dunham, Liz Phair, Bethany Cosentino, Sarah Silverman, Miranda July, Shannon Woodward, Krista, and Pamela Des Barres recall their First Times. [via Rookie]

rainbowsfamous.jpgFamous rainbows. [via Laughing Squid]

weirdgirl002-35.jpegMeet Creepy Doll Girl, who is very popular on the Russian Internet. [via Animal NY]

vader-fridge.jpgArtist Tom Sachs' Darth Vader fridge. [via World's Best Ever]

485292_10150671479606676_10092511675_9605187_61353685_n.jpgRihanna has posted semi-nude photos of herself frolicking under a waterfall in Hawaii on Facebook. [via Jezebel]

Zinc's "Goin' In" Is Our Music Video of the Day

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Zinc is a metallic chemical element. It's also the pseudonym of UK DJ/producer Benjamin Pettit whose music has evolved from drum 'n' bass to "crack house" and now to this catchy pop/rock track, "Goin' In," featuring vocals by Olly from the band States of Emotion. While the security guard naps, Olly (and friends) wreak havoc in a grocery store. The action really gets going when the lights go out and the household products start to fly, a scene that sort of recalls the video for the New Radicals 1998 song "You Get What You Give." The song is out on June 4 through Rinse Recordings.

Peace on RTH

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Stepping into RTH, Rene Holguin's leather goods shop in West Hollywood, one feels the urge to give a full-throated yee-haw! Raised in El Paso, Texas, Holguin was schooled in the family trade. His father, a genuine cowboy and leather-smith, was renowned for his handmade cowboy boots. "My dad taught me every step in the making of a cowboy boot, it was an incredible education for me as far as learning the design process," explains Holguin. His mother was an interior designer. "My parents put the bug in me as far as design and style goes," Holguin says. "The store has a point of view that is highly influenced by the house I grew up in."

The meticulously merchandised boutique also reflects his time spent in Vermont working under the guidance of his style mentor Ralph Lauren in numerous capacities, including creative director for Polo retail. "Growing up in Texas I wanted the opposite, to be an East Coast prepster," Holguin recalls. "Ralph Lauren was my introduction to that world." A world that led Holguin to work as a fashion director for J. Crew and a VP at Lucky Brand Jeans and Levi's, which ultimately inspired him to open his own store smack dab in the middle of L.A.'s design quarter in late 2010.

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The stark white building is unassuming, save for a large wood- en sign that spells out "RTH." But consider the exterior a palette cleanser for the accessory overload within. The store sells a range of handmade leather flowers, beaded belts and turquoise jewelry crafted by in-house designers and a selection of vintage clothing. In the back, Holguin has a workshop for his team of artisans. "My favorite thing more than 'made in the USA' is 'made by hand,'" he says. "RTH is influenced by artisans from all over the world -- every country uses leather, beading, similar symbols in their designs, and you come to find that we are all more similar than we are different."

RTH is located at 537 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, Ca.

Above: RTH goods; Below: Rene Holguin

Memory Maker

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Since M. Ward completed his analog-baked, Americana breakthrough Hold Time in early 2009, he hasn't had much time to himself. The following years have been punctuated by the re- lease and subsequent tours of critically acclaimed LPs with She & Him (featuring band mate Zooey Deschanel) and his indie-rock supergroup Monsters of Folk (alongside Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes).

In order to find the time to write and record his seventh full- length solo album, A Wasteland Companion, Ward (the "M," incidentally, stands for Matt) embraced the chaos of a life on the road and laid down tracks intermittently at studios in Austin, Los Angeles, Tuscon, Omaha, New York and Bristol in the U.K. He also teamed up with a slew of star collaborators including Dr. Dog singer and bassist Toby Leaman and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. "I wanted to create an album by trying out new [recording studios] in different parts of the world, and collaborating with new people, and have it be an accurate reflection of what the last three years of my life has actually looked like," says Ward, "which was not spending months and months inside the same four walls."

The resulting record is a haunting mishmash of dusty folk- rock and alt-country twang, inhabited by songs Ward crafted to be emotional documents of his life since Hold Time, like the frayed shuffle of "Primitive Girl" or the fragile wisp of "The First Time I Ran Away."

"There are definitely moments that everyone has experienced in life that should not be forgotten. And you kind of wish that you could tattoo it on your arm so that you could never forget it--but, I'm not into tattoos," says Ward. "Music is the ultimate memory bank. A song is better than a photograph because it doesn't fade."

Some of our other favorite M. Words.
M. Shanghai: Chinese restaurant, Williamsburg.
M. Wells: Quebeco- American restaurant, P.S. 1.
M. Patmos: Fashion line, chic.
M. Night Shyamalan: Director, creepy
M. Emmet Walsh: Actor, manic sniper in The Jerk.
M. Butterfly: Play, later adapted to film by David Cronenberg.

A Wasteland Companion is out now via Merge Records.

Macy's + PAPER Celebrate Launch of Alberta Ferretti for Impulse

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Last night a colorful crowd gathered at the Macy's flagship store in Herald Square to toast Alberta Ferretti and the launch of her new capsule collection for Impulse.  Taking inspiration from the riviera in her native Italy, Ms. Ferretti's designs featured bold, graphic prints, eye-popping colors and flowy silhouettes perfect for the summer. Guests like Wendi Deng Murdoch, Ivanka Trump and model Shanina Shaik scoped out the frocks while tunes were provided by DJ Chelsea Leyland. Check out photos from the event above.

Objects of Desire

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"Clothing is the most intimate of art forms," says Zoë Ryan, the Art Institute of Chicago chair and curator of architecture and design, discussing her latest exhibit, "Fashioning the Object." She adds, "I think now we're recognizing that fashion is this tremendous forum for exploring our place in the world." It is this idea of fashion's ability to reflect current issues -- whether social, political or environmental -- that prompted Ryan to produce a show highlighting the work of three innovative fashion lines: Bless, Boudicca and Sandra Backlund.

Of her decision to feature these three in particular, Ryan explains that each of the designers "see fashion as a legitimate platform for serious inquiry." Moreover, the three brands are united in their goal to create fashion as art, "by doing installations and re-thinking traditional forms of presentation," Ryan says. "They're trying to break with tradition to elevate their work, because theywant it to be taken seriously."

As such, the exhibit is a multimedia and multi-sensory experience. Guests can walk through a chain mail curtain designed by Bless, triggering the sound of wind chimes and bells embedded within the mesh; marvel at the sculptural garments by Swedish designer Sandra Backlund; and spray Boudicca's Wode perfume from a graffiti can, which emits what looks like Yves Klein's blue paint before the liquid evaporates just as the aroma hits your nostrils. Accompanying the bespoke scent is the 2008 film by Boudicca designers Brian Kirkby and Zowie Broach that shows a woman lying in bed in a white shirt. There's a sound as if she's been shot and a blue substance streams down her neck. Watching the liquid disappear as she rubs it into her skin, sensations of violence transform into pleasure and fashion's ability to provoke critical thinking is nowhere more apparent.

"Fashioning the Object," is open through September 13th at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Above (clockwise): Dress by Boudicca; "Hairbrush," 1999 by Bless; "Pool Position," Spring/Summer 2009 by Sandra Backlund.

Why Crystal Renn Went Blonde + the Complete Altuzarra X J. Crew Collection in Today's Style Scraps

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Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 11.47.52 AM.pngWhat won't Karl Lagerfeld do these days?  First he got into the helicopter biz and now he's going to be providing on-air commentary during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. [via Fashionista]

Chloé is setting up shop in Soho. [via Racked]

Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 12.02.48 PM.pngHere's the reason why Crystal Renn went mega-blonde. [via Styleite]


Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 11.53.10 AM.pngCheck out photos of Joseph Altuzarra's complete collection for J. Crew. [via Fashionista]

Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 12.10.32 PM.pngDakota Fanning sported, uh, interesting headgear at the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival party last night. [via Coco Perez]

What a day for Sarahs! Sarah Burton and Spanx founder Sarah Blakely were named to Time's 100 list. [via Fashionologie]

Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 12.27.00 PM.pngPerhaps not surprisingly, Victoria Beckham eschewed a cake and instead celebrated her 38th birthday with a giant fruit plate. [via The Cut/Facebook]


Top of the Pops: Lionel Richie + Monica Are Back

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He's Back! Lionel Richie returns to the top of the charts for the first time since his 1986 smash hit "Dancing On the Ceiling." Several TV appearances boosted sales of Richie's Tuskegee --his hometown -- and kept Adele at #2. Georgia native Monica's latest, New Life, went straight in at #4 and One Direction stayed at #5. Gotye had a huge week with his album jumping from #15 to #7 while his "Somebody..." single hit #1 on the digital sales chart with 542,000 downloads.  That's the most in one week (even more than Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend") so far this year and the fourth best digital sales week in history. [Billboard]

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Usher Heads Off-Broadway in Fuerza Bruta

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usher_fuerza_bruta.jpgFor reasons unknown, R&B superstar and mentor to the Biebs, Usher, will be joining the cast of the Argentine-multi-sensory-anti-theater production, Fuerza Bruta, for two performances on April 28th. The singer, who previously starred in Chicago as Billy Flynn, will hop on a giant treadmill when he takes on the Running Man role that also opens the show.  The performance will run at 7 pm and 10 pm at the Daryl Roth Theatre and you can purchase tickets -- at $150 a pop -- HERE.

Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E. 15th St., New York

Watch Hoodie Allen's Video For "No Faith In Brooklyn"

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Here's rapper Hoodie Allen's new video for "No Faith In Brooklyn" from his eight-song EP "All American." The Long Island native -- born Steven Markowitz -- released a couple of mixtapes and got lots of press for being a former Google employee, but haters take note: the new EP just went straight onto the charts at #10.

The Band's Levon Helm Performing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

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Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 3.15.12 PM.pngSo sad to hear that Levon Helm is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. There's not a lot to say so, instead, watch this clip of the incredible man performing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" during The Band's 1976 California concert as documented in Martin Scorsese's 1978 film The Last Waltz.

May Anderson, Assistant Director of Bowery Gallery the Hole, Is On the Cover of Playboy

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May Andersen, the assistant director of NYC art gallery The Hole (312 Bowery), will be signing copies of the May issue of Playboy magazine tomorrow, April 19th. Why, you may ask? She's on the cover! And possibly making a little art history. Though the art of Playboy is well-documented, the gallery's Facebook invite for the signing points out that the cover is "the first and probably the only Playboy cover to include a member of the art world." Stop by with the copy you stole from your Dad between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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

R.I.P. Dick Clark

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Dick Clark's American Bandstand was my gateway drug. Watching the smooth-looking, smooth-walking and, most of all, smooth-talking host of the non-stop dance party gave an immigrant kid like myself entree into the heart of American culture in the name of rock 'n' roll. And that's been with me ever since. "It's got a good beat and you can dance to it," was the oft-heard phrase uttered by the cute Philly kids on American Bandstand who rated records by the only standards that mattered. Years later, Clark became iconic as the host of the annual Times Square New Year's Eve broadcast on ABC. After suffering a stroke in 2004, he continued to appear every year on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, setting an example for others despite slurring his words, his dulcet announcer's voice gone forever.

New Year's Eve will never be the same.

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Above: Clark as the host of American Bandstand. Below: Clark in the mid-1970s, during one of one of his many "New Years' Rockin' Eves" broadcasts. Photos via Time.com

Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock + Shit Girls Say Book = Eight Items Or Less

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Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 4.55.43 PM.png1.  What's this?  A Starbucks secret menu?  This is really a game-changer. (Click to enlarge image.) [via Buzzfeed]

Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 4.58.58 PM.png2. Obama is sick of Bill Clinton hogging the spotlight. [via GQ Tumblr]

shitgirlssay.jpg3.  The folks behind "Shit Girls Say" are getting a book deal. [Flavorwire]

Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 5.12.33 PM.png4. Check out an uncanny photo of Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in his forthcoming film, Hitchcock. [via Vulture/People]


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5. New York's Hester Street Fair, a Lower East Side open-air market featuring food jewelry and vintage clothing, returns on April 28 at the corner of Hester and Essex Sts. New food vendors this year include Pies 'n' Thighs, White Belly Pizza, Sons of Essex, and Korean-style BBQ sandwiches from We Rub You. The market will be open from 10am-6pm.

Screen shot 2012-04-18 at 5.30.04 PM.png6. The entire 10-episode new season of Arrested Development will be available all at the same time (!) on Netflix Watch Instantly. [via Flavorpill/Vulture]

mara-wilson-2011.jpg7. Child star Mara Wilson, famous for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street, explains why she quit the biz. [via Huffington Post, photo via Homorazzi]

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8. Anna Paquin is with child. [via EW.com]

The Honey Brothers + Misha Nicole + Paul Simon = Tips For Today

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The Honey Brothers at Bowery Ballroom

The new-wave folk act like to describe their origin story as one in which they met at "ukulele fantasy camp" but fantasy camp or not, the three original members, close friends from college, bonded in the wake of 9/11 over the Hawaiian instrument and began to learn folk songs over long dinners and drinking sessions.  In 2002, the group added another member who joined its entourage just as he was starting another: Adrian Grenier.  Now five members strong, they're sure to put on a lively set at Bowery Ballroom. BONUS: Read PAPER's "night out" with Adrian and the Honey Brothers that ran in 2005.

Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., New York.  8 p.m. $20.

Feeling Tribal at Misha Nicole

Head to global-chic Bowery boutique, Misha Nicole, for a night of socially responsible spring shopping.  They'll have fashionable products from Rwandan co-ops/NGOs as well as a children's trunk show from Ode Kids whose garments are perfect for the "hip, modern, globaltoddler."

Misha Nicole, 303 Bowery, New York. 6 p.m. Free.

Paul Simon at Lincoln Center

The legendary singer-songwriter plays from his catalog with special guests Wynton Marsalis and Aaron Neville.

Lincoln Center at Time Warner Center, 33 W. 60th St., New York. 8 p.m. $75.

Cartier Celebrates Aldo Cipullo's Iconic "Juste Un Clou" Bracelet & New Exhibition, "New York City in the 70s"

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Last night at the landmark Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue, the French jewelry powerhouse  unveiled a new exhibition, "New York City in the 70s," that celebrates the company's iconic designs from the era and the dynamic city that served as inspiration.  The exhibit, which will be open to the public from April 13th - May 8th, also highlighted the relaunch of jeweler Aldo Cipullo's nail bracelet -- known as Juste Un Clou -- that he originally designed for the house in 1971 and which has come to symbolize the raw energy of New York in that infamous decade.  After a preview of the show uptown, the party moved downtown to Skylight SoHo where guests like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Olivier Theyskens, and Chanel Iman were treated to DJ sets provided by the Misshapes and James Murphy as well as a surprise performance by 2012 Beautiful Person Rita Ora. Check out some pictures of the raucous fun.

Watch the Video for L.P.'s "Tokyo Sunrise" Live -- PAPERMAG Premiere!

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Singer-songwriter LP, one of our 2012 Beautiful People, has a new live EP of songs and videos coming out next Tuesday, April 24th (pre-order here), and we've got an exclusive video from the CD/DVD combo. Live From EastWest Studios features six live songs and videos, including the driving track "Tokyo Sunrise," making its premiere today on PAPERMAG. After years of writing hits for Rihanna ("Cheers (Drink to That)") and Christina Aguilera ("Beautiful People"), LP told us in this month's issue that she decided to make the EP because, "I had all these songs and realized I could sing 'em better than anyone else." Agreed. Check out the video above.