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Rick Ross Has Just Blessed Us With His Adele "Hello" Remix

Adele's "Hello" may have already broken records as Vevo's fastest "platinum-certified" video, and if there's one thing Rick Ross can recognize, it's a hit. As such, the don himself has given Adele the ultimate "salute" by "remixing" the track as a part of his Renzel Remix series.

Leaving the beginning relatively intact, it's more of Rozay feature rather than a tried-and-true remix -- but we're not mad. Especially since there's an LOL-inducing "Maybach Music" shoutout toward the end.

Listen to the track below.

[h/t Pitchfork]

Taylor Swift is Suing a Radio Host for Allegedly Groping Her

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.

Justin Bieber Walked Out of an Interview After Being Asked to Break the Internet

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.

Nowstalgia: How Pulling From the Past Moves Us Forward


Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 1.24.43 PM.pngPharrell Williams, Photo courtesy of BFA

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!

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 1.21.59 PM.pngRappers 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.
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Photo courtesy of fancydressoutfit

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. 

Yeezy Season 1 Hits Stores Today

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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.

In the meantime, considering the fact that a pair of Kanye's rare Nike Air Yeezys sold recently for $75,000, it's a safe bet that if you're able to afford a piece from the collection, it'll become a collector's item for years to come.

Above and below, we've picked out a few of our favorite pieces from the collection.

MTM0MDQ0NzM0NzcwNDE4OTYy.jpgCamouflage t-shirt ($235)

MTM0MDQ0NzM1MzA3Mjg5ODc0.jpgDestroyed sweater ($2600)

MTM0MDQ0NzM0NzcwNDQyMjEw.jpgShearling jacket ($3380)

MTM0MDQ0NzM1MDM4ODY3NDY2.jpgCamouflage parka ($2860)

MTM0MDQ0NzM0NTAxOTU2MjI3.jpgBoucle boxy sweater. ($1690)

Faux fur-trimmed parka. ($3510)

The Gay Beards Give Us Haunted Facial Hair Just In Time For Halloween

With facial fuzz taking over the fashion scene, we couldn't be more excited to talk to our favorite hair-stylists The Gay Beards, the Portland-based pair (composed of best buddies Brian and Johnathan) who in 2014, decided to take the "big beard" trend to the extreme with their popular instagram account @thegaybeards. And while they may be most well-known for utilizing flowers, paint, popcorn and even little cocktail umbrellas to spruce up their facial hair,  we convinced them to get a little spooky in honor of Halloween. 

How did you guys meet? 

Brian: We actually met all the way back in 1998. We were both 8-years-old and we really have been pretty much inseparable ever since! 

Johnathan: Most people ask us, "So, did you guys meet in college?" But no, definitely not. Saying that we are best friends is really a technicality, because in reality we are more like brothers.

So, who are you guys? How do you identify yourselves? 

B: I would say we are part artist, part entrepreneur. Jonathan, by nature, is a musician, and I, by nature, am an artist. We like to push our creativity, so our art and creativity definitely played into it. For this project we really combined all of our strengths together. 

J: Yeah, we are artists/creatives/goofballs! 

What was the inspiration behind starting "The Gay Beards"? 

B: I started growing my beard In October of 2013, Jonathan soon followed. Close as we are, we soon found out than one couldn´t have a beard without the other. We're also gardeners, and when our buddy, who is in the film industry, asked for us to take pictures with some of our flowers in our beard, we just knew that this was something that we would want to do for a very long time. It just felt right. 

Even though your images as a whole definitely obey a very cohesive aesthetic, the individual images are all also very unique. Where do you find your inspiration? 

B: Being from Oregon we are surrounded by nature, so our day-to-day lives, as well as the different seasons, are a great source of inspiration for us. But we also like to push creative barrier to catch people's attention and really make them think. We like to think outside the box. 

J: And sometimes things will just sporadically come to our heads. We definitely find inspiration in a great variety of things. 

Other than exploring artistic innovation, what is the ultimate goal behind your work? 

B: We really want to use "The Gay Beards" as a platform to be inspirational. Being gay -- we had a time in our lives where we understood the struggles of not being accepted and not knowing how to feel about our own identities. That still sticks with us today. With this project we want to try and encourage other people to be who they want to be and to make them feel that there are no restrictions in life. 

J: And with that we are trying to create a certain positivity for people of all ages and all locations. 

So what does the future have in store for the "The Gay Beards"? 

B: In the near future, we really want to push towards publishing, We've even been toying around with the idea of writing a children's book! We are also going to focus more on the comedy aspect of our Youtube channel because, although we love to push our creativity, we would also like to show the public the more goofy side to our personalities.

Wino Forever: Happy Birthday To Lissome Specter, Winona Ryder

winona-ryder-beetlejuice-sequel.jpgOn 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.

winona-ryder.jpgYou've dated studs like Matt Damon...

Screen-Shot-2013-07-12-at-15.06.03.png...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.
Winona-Ryder-Marc-Jacobs-Fall-2015-Ad-Campaign.jpgIn honor of the incomparable Ms. Ryder, here are our 10 favorite Wino-roles.

10. Beth MacIntyre, Black Swan (2010): Fatal Attraction's graceful cousin.

. Rina, Lucas (1986): Your first role. The haircut. Those eyes. The unrequited pining for the movie's tragic hero, Lucas. You broke our hearts.

lucas2.0.jpg8.May Welleland, The Age of Innocence (1993): Victorian Wino with the earnestness of a wind chime.

tumblr_ml4s1tjYWS1r1a5igo1_500.jpg7. Kim Boggs, Edward Scissorhands (1990): Pom-poms with a side of heart.

3180909884_6b17b89f80.jpg6. Jo March, Little Women, (1994): Enough passion to fuel a gas lantern.

Little-Women-1994-little-women-4023357-1024-576.jpg 5. Lelaina Pierce, Reality Bites (1994): Generation Yes.

winona-ryder-sunglasses-w724.jpg 4. Charlotte Flax, Mermaids (1990): Gay icon.

MV5BMTMyOTk2NTk2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzUxODI1NA@@._V1_SX640_SY720_.jpg3. Lydia Deetz, Beetlejuice (1988): The look.

ld-lydia-deetz-33429317-554-408.jpg2. Susanne Keysen, Girl, Interrupted (1999): Girl, yes.

Susanna-Kaysen-Girl-Interrupted-Winona-Ryder-girl-interrupted-16476411-852-480.jpg1. Veronica Sawyer,
Heathers (1988): Legend.

veronica_sawyer_croquet_heathers_winona_ryder.jpgWe owe you a lot, Winona. Thank you for existing.

The "I Definitely Have Friends!" Song From "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Will Assuredly Speak to Your Soul


crazyexgfrebecca.jpgThe 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).

Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 11.57.03 AM.pngAnd 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.

Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 11.58.20 AM.pngWe get a slew of randos she counts as confidantes...

...including Paula!...

Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 11.59.17 AM.png...and friend from friend from law school...

Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 12.00.23 PM.png...and grocery clerk with half an eyelid!

Screen shot 2015-10-29 at 12.01.32 PM.pngWe'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.

An Intro To Troma: The Best/Worst Horror Filmmakers Out There

The distributors for all that is campy, culty and of indelible bad taste for over four decades, Troma Entertainment to many is the holy grail of purposefully horrible, low-budget exploitation films -- and for good reason. 

Founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974, all of their films draw influences from the likes of B movie genres, à la sexploitation and grindhouse, reveling in all the atrocious nature of the film industry through satire, trope-laden sleaze and desensitized bloodshed. So in the Halloween spirit of celebrating of all that is slightly spooky and gratuitously gory, we rounded up a few of Troma's essential watches...you know, just in case you prefer your horror with a side of bad taste.  

The Toxic Avenger Series (1984-2000)
The definitive standard-bearer of the Troma franchise, the extended Toxic Avenger series is probably their most famous offering to date -- aka the best place to start any B movie-related conversation. Following the journey of Melvin Ferd, a shrimpy gym janitor who falls into a vat of toxic waste that gives him superpowers, the series sees him saving the town of Tromaville, New Jersey (and Tokyo in one sequel) from the evil forces that be. Obviously start with the original cult classic and then move in serial succession. 

Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)
You know your film is a definitive arbiter of bad taste when Roger Ebert walks out of its Cannes screening in the first 30 minutes, but with a synth-tastic soundtrack, laughable dialogue and neurotic editing, what's not to love? Set in a world where a massive earthquake ruins the California coastline, it's a so-bad-it's-good shitshow that sees a revenge-driven retiree gunning down Neo-Nazi surfers for an hour and a half.

Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)
Another film set in lovely Tromaville, New Jersey, Nuke 'Em High is one of the franchise's most popular films...and for good reason. After all, nuclear power run-offs always make for good stories, especially when they begin to change the students of a nearby high school into violent killers. Bonus points for radioactive joints, teen necking and, uh, monster babies.  

Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
This gem comes from none other than South Park co-creator Trey Parker who wrote, produced, composed, starred and directed a gruesome, gory, "based-on-a-true-story" musical about a West-ward journey gone amiss. Think less Oregon Trail and more Donner Party...with lots of "eat everything but the butt" interludes.

Killer Condom (1996)
Carnivores condoms are eating unsuspecting user's peens in this German horror flick distributed by none other than the tastemakers at Troma. Not exactly something I'd show in sex ed, but definitely a riot of a monster mystery. Talk about giving Benson and Stabler a run for their money.

Tromeo and Juliet (1997)
A surprisingly close retelling of the Shakespearian original, Tromeo & Juliet is just like your high school required reading...just smutted-up and with a lot of oral sex. And while (spoiler alert) they might end up happily ever after in this version, there is one terrible, taboo twist at the end that no one will expect.

Dumpster Baby (2000)
Terrible premise, surprisingly good content. An abandoned crack baby becomes a little bundle of blessings/curses for the array of misfits he's handed off to. Strangely beautiful in a warped, surreal, Buñuel-inspired way, it's a collection of sprawling, interlocking narratives that serve as a (relatively) heart-warming alternative to the rest of the Troma backlog. 

Rabid Grannies (1988)
A family dinner party goes awry in this underrated Belgian goldmine of blood, blasphemy and good old-fashioned cannibalism. Guess it goes without saying that the squeamish should beware, especially since this one is one of the more, ahem, gross Troma releases out there. Probably don't opt to watch this over Thanksgiving.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
Nothing is probably more nightmarish than a fast food-themed musical about killer zombie chickens, which is what makes Poultrygeist one of the Troma franchise's better "new" films to date. Filled with food-themed ballads like "Slow Fast Food Love," chicken fucking and cute corporate nods in the form of characters named shit like Carl Jr., there's also biting satirical commentary on the fast food industry and food politics, so you can swallow down this one with a little less guilt.

May This Photo of a Windswept Gwyneth Paltrow Bring You To A Higher Plane of Being


A photo posted by Carey O'Donnell (@ecareyo) on

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.

A Sex Book For The Blind Has Finally Made It To The National Library Of Sweden

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In addition to universal healthcare, it appears the Scandinavians also believe in everyone having the ability to enjoy the pleasures of sexual stimulation, especially since Swedish artist Nina Linde created the first braille sex book for the blind back in 2010. Titled Occasionally Blind, the book has recently come back into the spotlight as the latest addition to the National Library of Sweden's esteemed shelves...you know, to serve its purpose as a freely-available reference text. Which is equal parts awesome and racy, especially since Occasionally Blind pictures it all, with raised lettering also describing a wide variety of sexual activities -- including gay, group, strap-on and bondage sex.  

"The book is about sexual stimulation -- I don't think 'porn' is the right word," Linde told the Daily Mail, explaining that, "Sexual stimulation is for everyone." 

Another win for Scandinavia, if we may say so.

[h/tDaily Mail

Trick or Turn Up: The Party Guide for NYC Halloweekend 2015

It's that time of year: Halloweekend. Blessed be these hazy nights of body glitter, faux blood, and squad costumes -- and whether you're dressed as a sexy potato or trap queen, NYC's got a spooky soiree just for you. Check out our preliminary list of things to do this Halloweekend so you can trick or turn up in proper ghoulish fashion for everyone's favorite two-night turn-up. 

Friday, October 30th 

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's Crypt Crawl
It's only right to change the popular bar crawl to a crypt crawl for those interested in learning the stories of the entombed and the history behind the evolution of Halloween from a Celtic New Year celebration to the Christian All Hallows Eve. Make sure you bring a flashlight, unless you want to get lost in the dark crypt below the church.
4-6 pm / The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan / Tickets $20

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. 

Bohemian Grove's Goddess Party II
Puppet shows, empowered women and body-painting? All set to music? Uh, sign us up.
8 pm-1 am / Bohemian Grove, 64-66 Grove Street, Brooklyn / FREE

The Box: Devil's Night
The boxers over at OVERTHROW NYC are organizing a knock-out Halloween party and you're invited. Join them for a night of drinking and dancing, as well as performances by Party Supplies and Le1f...not to mention B-boys, two boxing fights and a photo exhibition by Clayton Patterson.
8pm-Midnight / Overthrow Boxing, 9 Bleecker Street, Manhattan / Invite Only

Fivestory Halloween Day Party Pop-Up
Who doesn't love a good pre-holiday day-party? Especially when there are manicures involved? That's right, Fivestory is hosting their very first spooky pop-up party with shopping deals and nail art by a celebrity manicurist in case you're jonesing for some ghoulish talons. Bwahaha.
3-6 pm / Fivestory, 18 East 69th Street, Manhattan / FREE

Zombie Jamboree
Go all in on Halloween with a zombie-themed party -- ignore everyone whose costumes aren't all-out horror. Get your face painted to look like a zombie, get your future read, and engage in all manner of other supernatural activities.
Lot 45, 411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn / $15, $20 at the door

If you really want to go in this week, check out the party hosted by the team behind Sleep No More. Tickets might be on the expensive side, but it could be worth it for the full, insane Halloween experience you'll get, complete with creepy kids, graves, and maybe people murdering you in your sleep! Fun.
6:15 pm / McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th Street, Manhattan / $75-$360

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 

The Queen of the Night's Halloween Masquerade Ball 
If dark debutantes are your thing and you've been dying to break out that masquerade mask this Saturday head to the Queen of the Night. The center for everything vaudeville in the '30s and early '50s, but was shut down and recently reopened this past January -- and this is their first Halloween Masquerade Ball. Costumes mandatory!
10 pm / The Queen of the Night, 235 West 46th Street, Manhattan / Ticket $60 

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

The Raveyard 5 @ China Chalet
Speaking of unconventional party spaces, get ready for The Raveyard 5: Dead or Alive at the famed FiDi dim sum-cum-club China Chalet, where the costumes are mandatory, the beers are cheap and the music spooky. RSVP (or die) to theraveyard2015@gmail.com.
11 pm / China Chalet, 47 Broadway, Manhattan / Tickets $10

Nightmare on 23rd Street 
Whitney Day, arguably New York's most prominent lesbian DJ, has teamed up for Halloween this year is throwing the LGBTQ Halloween party of the year. Accompanied by three other amazing DJs, you can't miss this queer Halloween event -- especially since it's oh so close to the Halloween Parade.
10 pm / Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd Street, Manhattan / Tickets $20

Día de los Muertos Celebration @ George Gustav Heye Center
Celebrate everything dead this Halloween and enjoy a fun-filled day for the entire family in this annual celebration of Mexico's Day of the Dead. Traditional dances honoring the ancestors will be performed, in addition to hands-on activities like embellishing paper skull masks, decorating skeleton puppets, creating paper flowers and painting plaster skulls. 
Noon-5pm / George Gustav Heye Center, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan / FREE

The Rub Halloween Bash 
Named the best dance party in New York by Thrillist, The Rub's annual Halloween soiree is guaranteed to be a ghoulish gala for all with residents DJ Ayres and Eleven "treating" the crowd to a range of karaoke favorites, pop classics and 90s nostalgia.
9pm-4am / The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn / $10 before midnight, $15 after

Puff Daddy Presents The Emperor's Ball
This Halloween, Puff Daddy himself presents the Emperor's Ball, a renaissance-themed celebration that quote-unquote fit for royalty. Specialty cocktails, celebrities and an open bar, oh my!
10pm / Marquee, 289 10th Avenue, Manhattan / Tickets $150

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

Labyrinth Halloween
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

Sesame Street-Wear Is Real Thanks To This Amazing Mishka Collaboration

photos by Koki Sato / Mishka

That's right, the perennial purveyors of big prints and grotesque graphics have paired up with none other than the beloved Sesame Street franchise for a 15-piece collection that features the likes of Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Count Von Count. Even better, this nostalgic trip back to childhood comes courtesy of artists Arik Roper, Nicholas Gazin and Lamour Supreme, so you know shit's street-worthy. 

Check out a few of our favorite flips below.


Who Is Madame Wang? A Look at the Inscrutable Lanvin Owner Who Possibly Ousted Alber Elbaz

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 5.23.36 PM.pngWhen 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?

Check Out a New (Gross) Supplement to Rihanna's "BBHMM" Video

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.

In Appreciation Of Häxan, The Only Witchcraft Movie That Really Matters

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.

Trick Daddy Is Crowdfunding His Own Line Of Seasonings

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Trick Daddy may be known best as a successful 90s rapper, but turns out dude's also a pretty accomplished cook -- and one who's now trying to crowdfund his very own line of seasonings.

Yup, the man himself is trying to get together a line of Southern-inspired seasonings with a little help from JADA Spices -- all he needs now is your help raising money for product development and licensing...which Trick rationalizes will help more parents make meals at home, seeing as "all these crazy fast foods are gonna kill [the kids]."

And if all goes well, we may even get to see a Trick Daddy franchise come out of this -- restaurant, cookbook, TV spot and all. After all, dude was born to be on the Food Network, if his incredible Instagram videos and #BitchIGotMyPots catchphrase are any indication.


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Donate to the Trickstarter (yup) here.

[h/t First We Feast

The Screaming Mimi's-Pratt Halloween Costume Design Contest Was a Scream

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

Screaming Mimi's_Costumes_Large jpegs-16.jpgElizabeth Gee's winning design, a lobster dress, in the window at Screaming Mimi's.

Screaming Mimi's_Costumes__Details_Large Jpegs-7.jpgThe second place winner, a crab costume designed by Sophia Rous.

Screaming Mimi's_Costumes_Large jpegs-10.jpgSome of the entries on display at Screaming Mimi's.

Screaming Mimi's_Costumes_Large jpegs-11.jpgMore entries in the first annual Screaming Mimi's- Pratt costume design contest.

F The Haters: Gigi Hadid Will Be Walking The Victoria Secret Runway


Gigi Hadid will be walking the coveted Victoria Secret runway next month -- heartening news in light of last month's body-shaming trollfest, which she shut down gracefully via Instagram. 
Called too curvy "for a runway model" body by the haters, it's wonderful to see the iconic brand embrace a wider variety of body types. And while Hadid has not yet been inducted as a full-fledged Angel, it's still a big step -- plus she'll be amongst good company at the show, which also boasts headlining performances from the likes of Rihanna, The Weeknd and Selena Gomez.


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