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Prada's Shiny Sock Shoes + Amanda Bynes' Fashion Line in Today's Style Scraps

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Tevas showed up in Richard Chai's collection a few seasons ago, and now Prada has debuted these shiny "toe-sock-shoes" (as The Cut has dubbed them) at their Spring/Summer '13 fashion show. All we need is for platform Crocs to show up in Dior's new collection and all of our upsetting-footwear-as-ready-to-wear-fashion nightmares will have come true. [Pic via TheCut]



Backstreet's back (and starring in an Old Navy commercial), alright! Remember the time Vivian Girls' Cassie Ramone interviewed AJ McLean? We think about that like 5-10 times a day. [TheCut]

1347952901SSI_Lady-Miss-Kier-1-540x555.jpegLove Rookiemag's ode to style icon Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite. She's dee-gorgeous and dee-groovy.

LOOK_28_MARTE_1653_f1_426x639.jpgThough Tom Ford rarely releases images of his new collections to the media before they hit stores, Vogue UK's site was able to post a few images from his private London Fashion Week show last week. Welcome to the Internet, Mr. Ford!  [Fashionista]


amanda-bynes-2-300.jpgPoor Amanda Bynes thinks she's moving to New York and launching a fashion line. [People]

Susanne-Canciolo-RUN-25-540x540.jpgHighsnobette has photos from artist/designer Susan Cianciolo's S/S '13 "Run" collection. Cianciolo also makes an appearance in our Oral History of X-Girl, by the by.

CHOUP-4.jpgJust another day for Choupette Lagerfeld, hanging out in the cockpit of Karl's private jet. [Grazia]



The Beginner's Guide to NYC's First-Ever All Tomorrow's Parties Festival

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20120921-ibymnycposter630lo.jpgIn New York, good music is never in short supply but when a thoughtfully curated music-meets-comedy-meets-art-meets-film-meets-literature festival like All Tomorrow's Parties heads to the city for the first time, it's worth taking note. The folks behind ATP, which usually takes place upstate, will bring their sister fest, I'll Be Your Mirror (so called for the B-side from The Velvet Underground's track "All Tomorrow's Parties") to Manhattan's Pier 36 this weekend for three days of music, movies, comedy, book discussions and more.  Since there's so much going on at the fest (and we're guessing there will be more than a few ATP first timers who couldn't make the out of town dates before), we've put together a little Beginner's Guide so you don't miss anything.

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Sonic Youth, Portishead, Tortoise, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine and Simpsons creator Matt Groening have previously lent their curating talents to ATP and this year, the fest is working with The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, whose band is also reuniting to headline the fest after 13 years apart. Dulli selected all of the Saturday acts -- which include The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, The Antlers and Charles Bradley -- as well as the Friday headliner, Frank Ocean. (And, really, at this point no one needs an excuse to see Frank Ocean but if you're still not convinced, watch this clip of the singer on Jimmy Fallon.) The rest of the fest, curated by ATP, features Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, two shows by Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Godspeed You! Black Emperor (who snagged the Sunday headlining slot) and DJ Jonathan Toubin, the last of which may be a particularly meaningful set considering his recent recovery from a nearly-fatal freak accident that happened last December. 

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On Friday night, Hannibal Buress, Janeane Garofalo and Kurt Braunholer will take over Stage 2 in the early evening, providing some nice comedic appetizers before the musical entrées.  

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If you need a break from the music, the Criterion Collection will be presenting a series of film screenings on the Queen of Hearts Boat (docked at Pier 36); they'll be showing classics -- both old and new -- like The Royal Tenenbaums, Harold & Maude, and Quadrophenia. Dulli's picks on Saturday include Dazed & Confused and The Night of the Hunter. Props for all that low-brow/high-brow inter-mingling.


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Also aboard the Queen of Hearts will be a book club of sorts, presented by Lapham's Quarterly. The Black Dahlia, Geek Love and Play It As It Lays, have been chosen by Dulli and attendees can check out discussions by LQ editors and guests like Evan Michelson & Mike Zohn (who star on the Science Channel show Oddities and own a curio shop on the LES) and comedian Julie Klausner, who will chat about Geek Love and Play It As It Lays on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

For the complete line-up, tickets, and additional information, visit the official ATP website HERE.


Meet the Parents... on TV Shows This Fall

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Over the past few weeks, it seems like we can't read an entertainment blog without learning of some completely random and amazing actor guest-starring as someone's mom or dad on the new season on one of our favorite TV shows. So in the grand tradition of Kathleen Turner playing Chandler's trans-gendered father on Friends and Debbie Reynolds guest-starring as Grace's brassy mother on Will & Grace, here are the actors making cameos as (most likely horrifying and hilarious) primetime parents.

30-rock65-e1346763794814-1.jpgThe child: Kenneth the Page (Jack McBreyer) on the final season of 30 Rock

bryan-cranston-and-catherine-o-hara-land-30-rock-roles.jpgThe parents: Catherine O'Hara will play Kenneth's mom and "mom's friend," will be played by Bryan Cranston.

jess-new-girl-hair.jpgThe child: Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) on New Girl

new-girl-casts-rob-reiner-and-jamie-lee-curtis-as-jess-parents.jpgThe parents: Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis will play Joan and Bob, Jess's divorced parents, whom she will attempt to reunite at Thanksgiving.

jeff-winger.jpgThe child: Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) on Community

main-james-brolin.jpgThe parent: James Brolin will play William Winger, Jeff's long-estranged dad, on the Thanksgiving episode of the show, titled "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations."

120518-ep7-girls-marnie-600.jpgThe child: Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams) on GIRLS

ritawilsonongirls.jpgThe parent: Rita Wilson will play Marnie's mom. Here's a shot of them filming a scene together...

Ben_6.pngThe child: Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) on Parks and Recreation.

545886_10151187197485673_505569663_n.jpgThe parent: Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks will play Ben's father on the sixth episode of this season's Parks and Rec. According to the show's co-creator Mike Schur, he will be a lot like Banks' BB character Mike Ehrmentraut. "To me, at this exactly moment in time, he's everyone I know's favorite actor," Schur told Hit Fix. [Fun fact: Banks appeared in one of our favorite films of all-time, the made-for-TV movie Nadia, about Nadia Comaneci (as her dad), which we rented so many times from the video store that they ultimately gave it to us.]

hudson-smash-080912.jpgThe child: Veronica Moore (Jennifer Hudson), who joins the cast of Smash for its second season.

sheryl-lee-ralph.jpgThe parent: Tony-award nominee (for Dreamgirls!) Sheryl Lee Ralph will play her mother Cynthia.

r6a54fhw5h4eh5ef.jpgThe children: Alex and Jane Kerkovich (Elisha Cuthbert and Eliza Coupe) on Happy Endings

1347596751.jpgThe parents: Extremely prolific actor Christopher McDonald (Boardwalk Empire, Cracking Up, Veronica's Closet, Requiem for a Dream) and Airplane's Julie Hagerty will play Alex and Jane Kerkovich's parents on the sixth episode of the season, in which Jane "tries to find Serbian-themed jokes for her tough-to-please dad's birthday party."

mf_231857.jpgThe child: Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons)'s classmate on Modern Family.

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The parents: Bridesmaids' Wendi McLendon-Covey and former SNL-er Michaela Watkins will play lesbian moms whose son gets into a fight with Lily on the first day of kindergarten.

raising-hope-s1e3-Dream-Hoarders-02.jpgThe child: Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) on Raising Hope

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The parents: Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren will play Sabrina's mother and grandmother, respectively. Griffith said, "Tamara is a complete narcissist. Everything about her." And Hedren added, "I am playing the most despicable character!"


@DJsComplaining Is Our New Favorite Twitter Account

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New Twitter feed, @DJsComplaining, is a hilarious "best-of" re-tweeted compilation of DJs' oblivious rants. And we're obsessed. Top-earning DJs are putting on brave faces every night as they drop the bass for more than your weekly/monthly/yearly/life-long-earnings, all while facing unspeakable indignities like running out of things to mix with "champers" and having to wear "new trainers in the club." Below, some of our favorite highlights from the feed. 


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Cocktail of the Week: "Dive in the Afternoon" at Swine

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It's quite possible the last time you tasted (or, more likely, chugged) Jägermeister was as a sloshed undergrad. Now that well-made cocktails have become more desirous than back-to-back shooters, Weisi Li, manager and head bartender of bi-level West Village eatery Swine, thinks it's time for you to give this German herbal liqueur another whirl.

Her Dive in the Afternoon, she says, is a cocktail that is "a little rebellious" and "hopefully changes the perception that Jäger is only a college-days shot."

Like other amaros and digestifs, Li warns that Jägermeister may first come off strong yet by second or third sip it balances out. "It's delicious, with a punch of flavor. I wanted to create a cocktail that celebrated its sweetness, earthiness and spiciness," she adds.

So, she accentuated Jägermeister's herbaceous nature with mint and lemon, while giving it a lush roundness courtesy of peach bitters. It's all brightly contrasted by Prosecco.

"Bubbly can be seen as highfalutin, so matching that with something people associate with frat bars is a fun subversion," Li notes. A final playful touch comes in the form of an absinthe-laced sugar cube.

Swine
531 Hudson St.
(212) 255-7675 or 7676


The Fanciest McDonald's Ever + The First Liz & Dick Trailer = Eight Items Or Less

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Screen shot 2012-09-20 at 5.11.45 PM.png1. For all of you who are as obsessed with the "Andy Warhol MoMA Rejection Letter" as we are, here's another doozy: a 1981 letter from Mick Jagger to Rolling Stone Magazine founder Jann Wenner in which he asks (in exchange for his consent on the mag's name) for "cover stories, special small ad rates and summer clothes coverage." Aww Mickie. [via Gothamist]

Screen shot 2012-09-20 at 5.16.43 PM.png2. Bet you didn't know there was a fancy schmancy McDonald's in a New Hyde Park, NY Georgian mansion built in 1795! [via Death + Taxes]


Screen shot 2012-09-20 at 6.31.56 PM.png3. Amy Poehler was on Jay Leno last night -- just days after she and Will Arnett announced their split, mind you -- chatting about the "loser's lounge" at the Emmys and having a post-break up cig and martini.  Amy, we <3 you. [via Daily Mail]



4. Listen to this languidly haunting new track, "Appalachia," by Chelsea Wolfe.  It appears on her forthcoming LP, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, out October 16th. [via Chelsea Wolfe]

anigif_enhanced-buzz-16668-1348151362-7.gif5. Our new favorite meme: Philosophical Honey Boo Boo. [via Buzzfeed]

Screen shot 2012-09-20 at 5.54.55 PM.png6. NYC's McKittrick Hotel, site of Sleep No More, will now be the home of a 10-week pop-up rooftop garden bar/restaurant, Gallow Green. [via press release]

Screen shot 2012-09-20 at 5.21.51 PM.png7. Breakbot's debut album, "By Your Side," is out this week on Ed Banger Records in a limited-edition one-sided chocolate version that's good enough to eat.  Unfortunately, only 120 copies are available at Colette in Paris. Pick up a copy for us, please.  And, yes, it's available HERE on iTunes.


8. The first Liz & Dick trailer is here!  (We see what you did there, Lindsay Lohan...) [via Perez Hilton]

Tips for Today: Carrie in NYC + Azure Ray in LA + The Melvins in Chicago + Fabric Live in London

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It's not October yet, but you can still get excited for Halloween tonight with a screening at Nitehawk Cinema of Brian de Palma's 1971 film Carrie [Flavorpill]

Literary magazine Canteen Mag is having an Epic Brooklyn Book Festival Party that will feature an open bar and performances by bands Devin, Starlight Girls, and Vorhees. Head over for a night of bands, books, and booze. [My Free Concert]

Tonight's the start of All Tomorrow's Parties -- head over to Pier 36 to catch Frank Ocean! [via Papermag]

Acclaimed author Jeffrey Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex) will head to powerHouse Arena to read and discuss his most recent work, The Marriage Plot, a novel about recent college grads struggling in work and romance in the early 80s. [via Papermag]

Los Angeles

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Whimsical duo Azure Ray, whose whispy and enchanting vocals have made them standout dreampop stars, are playing tonight at Largo. [Oh My Rockness]

Painter Lydia Emily and The Karma Underground, a group of politically-minded artists who work on behalf of a variety of different causes, are hosting a charity art show to bring awareness to the persecution of the Tibetan people. The show will feature artists such as Shepard FaireyHenry RollinsKiino Villand and more. [LA Weekly]

Chicago

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Infamous metal band The Melvins are playing tonight at The Double Door so do attend if you're in the mood to head-bang all night long. They band is currently attempting to complete a 51 day tour through 50 states which, if completed successfully, will no doubt be awarded a Guinness World Record. [Flavorpill]

The release party for photographer Bernard Colbert's book Getting Into Face is tonight at Eyeporium Gallery, followed by a lip-synching party at Debonair Social Club. The book features photographs of Sal-E and JoJo Baby -- two drag queens who perform at the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco -- that were taken by Colbert over the past five years. [Chicago Reader]

London

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Check out Fabric Live at club Fabric London to dance to bands like Fake Blood, Clouds, Kill Em All, and many more. [Last.fm]

Jessie J plays Roundhouse tonight as part of the iTunes Festival. [via TimeOut]

It's the last weekend to snag goodies like furniture, household items, accessories and prints from some of the city's best art school grads at the Salad Days Pop Up shop at 34 Marshall St. as part of the London Design Festival. [via TimeOut]

Morning Funnies: Uni-Cat + Homer Simpson Votes for Romney

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tumblr_manoksYxWt1qz7ztxo1_500.jpg"Why have just a regular cat, when you could have a uni-cat?" (Uni-pug feels uni-cat's pain.) [TylerCoates]


Homer votes for Mitt Romney in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons ... and then gets outsourced to a factory in China. [TheDailyWhat]

colbert.jpgWUT: Stephen Colbert will make a cameo on The Office's Halloween episode this season. He's playing Broccoli Rob, the often-mentioned member of Andy's college a capella group Here Comes Treble. !!!!!!!!!!!!! [Vulture]


Oh noooooo! Here's a video of a hero pig saving a drowning baby goat. [ihaveseenthewholeoftheinternet

tumblr_manlgeXxRV1qlkly8.jpgGuitar hero pig. [Thanks Gary]
 
tumblr_mao33pe6OZ1qaxybpo1_500.jpgMorrissey wrote this rant about the Ramones in a 1976 edition of Melody Maker magazine when he was 17. It's on Ebay with a "buy it now" price of only £35 ($57.00)! [DangerousMinds]


This Weekend Update Thursday SNL ad for a DVD featuring audience cutaways from the Republican and Democratic Conventions is perfect.
 
c8Rwp.gifPat pat. [Reddit]

r2Q9W.jpgHaha, your mom's restaurant totally fits in parties of 6 or more.[Reddit]

recordwatchphoto.JPGTime to get ill. [thisisnthappiness]

enhanced-buzz-21967-1348151966-1.jpgOh, you know, just Jon Hamm and Adam Scott hanging out in green unitards, filming what Buzzfeed guesses is an episode of Comedy Bang Bang.

tumblr_ma1zwyvgoQ1qfh8ouo1_500.pngLife good. [Coinfarts via flip3ndo]

tumblr_m9uprvXyKd1qzpj3eo1_500.jpgBig Edie knows best.(Just kidding, the raccoons living in her walls told her to say this.) [RatsOff]



A Preview of Megan Whitmarsh's New Show, "Here Comes Purple," at New Image Art Gallery

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One of our favorite artists, L.A.-based Megan Whitmarsh, whose delightful, everyday-object-inspired paintings and cloth Sharpies have earned her a cult following, has a solo show opening on Saturday at New Image Art Gallery in L.A., "Here Comes Purple," which promises a "bolder, conceptual side of her lage wall works and soft sculpture collage."  We are so happy to be able to show you a sneak peek of some of the pieces. And if you're in L.A., be sure to stop by.

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Whitmarsh-BananaPeel.jpg"Banana Peel," 2012

Whitmarsh-GoneBananas.jpg"Gone Bananas," 2012

Whitmarsh-BluePinkDripPainting.jpg"Blue/Pink Drip Painting," 2012

Whitmarsh-Dropcloth2.jpg"Dropcloth 2," 2012

Whitmarsh-GreenYellowDripPainting.jpg"Green/Yellow Drip Painting," 2012

Whitmarsh-OrangeBelt.jpg"Orange Belt," 2012

Whitmarsh-PurpleJumble.jpg"Purple Jumble," 2012

Whitmarsh-Untitled1.jpg"Untitled," 2012

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Whitmarsh-Animation2jpg.jpgWhitmarsh-Animation1.jpgAnimation stills from "Liberate Your Love," 2012. Animation by Matthew Salata, still image from Worldword!, a cartoon series created by Peter Glantz and Becky Stark, airing on MTV's LIquid Television this fall. Image courtesy of MTV and Imaginary Entertainment.

The White Stripes' "My Doorbell" Is Our Music Video of the Day

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Sorry, this isn't a White Stripes reunion announcement. It's our oldie-but-goodie-Friday music video starring a bunch of cute candy-consuming kids and Jack and Meg White. The track, "My Doorbell," was nominated for a Grammy and appeared on the Detroit duo's Get Behind Me Satan album, released in 2005.  Super-prolific video directors, Emmett and Brendan Malloy, shot the black and white footage at LA's Magic Castle.

Britney Spears Can't Quit Her Short-Sleeved Turtlenecks

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Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 10.53.26 AM.pngYou can take a girl out of a short-sleeved turtleneck, but... well, never mind, no you can't. As we documented here, Britney Spears loves her a short-sleeved turtleneck. And it turns out that not even a $15 million X-Factor judging gig can keep Brit away from her beloved, relatively low-budg-seeming S-STs, as she was photographed yesterday leaving an Old Navy in Los Angeles sporting a turquoise one. While we would not choose to wear a short-sleeved turtleneck (mostly because they're pretty unflattering!), we very much respect Britney's commitment to consistency and sticking to what she likes.

Photo from Just Jared

The Best, Worst and Most Head-Scratching 2012 Emmy Awards Nominations

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On the eve of the Emmys this Sunday, let's revisit our thoughts on this year's batch of nominees.

sub-19emmy-modern-family-articleLarge.jpgMost "let's give someone else a chance on the swing set" nominee: Modern Family. For the second year in a row, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burell, Ed O'Neill and Eric Stonestreet take up four of the six slots for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Which, fine, ok, they're all super funny on that show. But if Jack McBrayer, who was nominated in 2009, doesn't win for Kenneth next year (which will be 30 Rock's final season), then we give up. We are, however, excited that Max Greenfield has been nominated for his excellent portrayal of the loveable/terrible Schmidt on The New Girl and that Bill Hader has been nominated for SNL.

GIF-stefon-23812068-500-282.gifPerson we most want to see accept an Emmy in character: Bill Hader as Stefon, the party monster. While completely unlikely, how awesome would it be if he showed up in character and doled out some hot after-party recommendations during his acceptance speech? 

Tom+Bergeron+Dancing+Stars+Season+14+Episode+R9fmHtOmQpal.jpgCategory that embarrasses us the most: Outstanding Host For a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

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Weirdest costume design snub: Janie Bryant, Mad Men. Though Bryant was nominated for seasons one and two, it's sort of strange, as the Hollywood Reporter points out, that Bryant was overlooked for season 5 -- arguably the show's strongest fashion season so far.

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Category we most wish existed: Best Use of Product Placement. "Bugles, Mad Men," would be the obvious front-runner.

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Show we're most glad is not on the air anymore to win awards in any comedy categories: Entourage. Jeremy Piven won best supporting actor four years in a row. Four years!

FX_louie113.jpgPerson we most hope wins for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis CK, Louie. We've said it before, but Louie is one of the best representations on TV of both parenting and life in New York City. You mostly feel sad and weird at the end of each episode, but it's so perfect you just want to scream and throw your TV out the window.
  
Screen shot 2012-07-19 at 4.30.56 PM.pngBest "comeback" nomination: Mayim Bialik, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. Whoa!
 

Anna-the-ladies-maid-in-Downton-Abbey.jpgNominee we did a little dance in our heads for the most: Joanne Froggatt, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series on Downton Abbey. Mistah Banks!

jackie4.jpgHottest Broadway actor with great eyebrows to be nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
 for his role on Nurse Jackie: Bobby Cannavale.

redeye-emmy-nominations-2012-tv-20120719-001.jpgMost head-scratching nominations sweep: American Horror Story, which has been roundly panned by critics. Then again, this show is so weird that its inclusion in the Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie category is kind of refreshing. (We're also excited that our enduring Woman Crush, Connie Britton, has been nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her single-season role on AHS.)

betty-white-off-their-rockers_500_343.jpgMost AARP-Approved Nomination: "Outstanding Variety Special (Betty White's 90th Birthday, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again, Tony Bennett: Duets II etc.)"

emmysGirls.jpgBest "Hahahaaa, a-holes!" nomination(s): Controversial, much-scrutinized HBO comedy Girls and its creator Lena Dunham get the last laugh with a bunch of nods. The show is nominated for Best Comedy Series and Dunham is nominated for three Emmys including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Additional reporting: Whitney Spaner

This story was previously published on July 19th.


Moschino Goes Mod + Proenza Boys Reveal They First Met While "Sharing a Joint In the Lesbian Room" at a Club in Today's Style Scraps

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During Fashion Week, Cynthia Rowley held her presentation in the beautifully decaying 5 Beekman Place building, transforming the space into a whimsical party with confetti and, of course, lovely models in lovely designs. [via Cynthia Rowley Vimeo]

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In case you were too busy following the Cathy Horyn-Oscar de la Renta cat fight and missed this, Roberto Cavalli has been exchanging words (or, should we say, parole) with Giorgio Armani. Regarding Armani's show date switch, Cavalli sniped, "As usual, the Camera Nazionale della Moda is washing its hands of the situation and it will not go against the wishes of Little King Armani, and therefore the problems are mine alone." Armani replied, "Cavalli should be quiet because the 'Little King' could start to get angry."  How do you say 'zing' in Italian? [Fashionista/WWD]

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Love the 60s Mod looks seen all over the Moschino runway during Milan Fashion Week. [via Fashionologie]

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Watch W's super cute video of the Proenza Schouler boys -- Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough -- talking about "sharing a joint" in the "lesbian room" of a club the first time they ever met. [The Cut]



And, while we're on the subject of cute (and black and white!) videos, we're more than a little obsessed with this clip from eyewear brand Illesteva's S/S '13 presentation during New York Fashion Week. Watch a Big Band tune up and see 1920s-style models show off the frames. [via Roberts Horowitz Creative]


Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 1.25.55 PM.pngValentino revealed that he designed Anne Hathaway's wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials to Adam Shulman. [via Telegraph]

Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 1.34.26 PM.pngAnd, speaking of Valentino and Anne Hathaway, we love the actress's Valentino gown she wore to the opening of the NYC Ballet Gala. The designer also created costumes for members of the ballet company. [via Styleite]

Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 1.34.44 PM.pngAnd, and, what do you think of SJP's gown and cape. We don't normally go for capes but in this case, we actually really like it (though we could pass on her makeup and hair). [via Styleite]

5 Under $150: Homes in Buenos Aires, Rome, Hawaii & More

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So in addition to being obsessed with finding amazing objects for under $50, we are also obsessed with finding amazing apartments/houses in far-off lands to rent for under $150 a night. Which is why we have launched a new feature, "5 Under $150," showcasing the best of the best steals on vacation-rental sites airbnb and vrbo. It's real estate porn for travel-addicts.

1. 1-bedroom loft in Buenos Aires, Argentina with hot tub, $120 a night. More info here.

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2. 1-bedroom apartment in Trastevere, Rome with shared garden and pool, $120 a night. More info here.

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3. Cottage in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, $125 a night. More info here.

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4. 2-bedroom apartment in Madrid, Spain, $104 a night. More info here.

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5. Loft in Tel-Aviv, Israel, $110 a night. More here.


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Sandwich of the Week: City Sandwich's The Bench Girl

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Let's face it: there are few better ways to start your day off than with a breakfast sandwich.  Our current early bird obsession: The Bench Girl from Mediterranean/New Jersey/Portuguese "ItaLisboNYorka" sandwich shop City Sandwich. This oddly-named delight from the not-so-oddly named Hells Kitchen eatery is essentially an omelet between bread, combining fresh eggs, soft Portuguese Alheira sausage, spinach, and grilled onions, and topped with melted mozzarella. Despite the hefty filler, chef and owner Michael Guerrieri insists on a no-mayo approach, instead drizzling his creations with olive oil for a lighter hint of flavor. 

City Sandwich
649 9th Ave. (between 45th and 46th Streets)
(646) 684-3943


How to Dress Well's Tom Krell on His New Album, Depression and The Spice Girls

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I'm on the phone with Tom Krell (better-known as indie-soul lothario How to Dress Well), and, in response to a question about the influence of top 40 balladry on his work, he's walking me through a playlist he's just made. On Krell's buzzy, sophomore release Total Loss (out this past Tuesday on Acephale Records) tracks radiate with both despair and cautious elation through a haze of mid-90's R&B. Krell rattles off a few obvious influences including Antony Hegarty, Robbie Basho, Babyface, Kate Bush and Whitney Houston...and then pauses.
 
"And...'2 Become 1' by The Spice Girls. It's such a gorgeous song," says Krell. "I learned so much about love by listening to that song in middle school."
 
Krell can be analytical, almost academic, about his influences and artistic explorations (he's completing a PhD in philosophy at DePaul in Chicago), but underneath that professorial air is someone who obsesses over the emotional shifts in Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope and British composer Michael Cashmore's The Snow Abides with equal attention.
 
Krell's quivering falsetto is usually paired with abstracted appropriations of top 40 production techniques, and he's subsequently been grouped in with "PBR&B" artists like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and dubstep song bird James Blake. Krell, however, stands apart from his peers thanks to his ability to seamlessly combine the avant-garde cues of contemporary classical music with the disorienting textures of sound collage artists and traditional pop theatrics.
 
"For me, a lot of my music is about my taste. Listening to music and writing music aren't different to me. I have to trust my musical intuitions, I have to trust I'm onto something," says Krell. "I want my music to be like a Gerhard Richter painting. There is this sense of photorealism on one hand, and total surreality on the other."
 
Appropriately, his 2010 debut album Love Remains played like R. Kelly on large doses of ketamine. Love showcased the devastating beauty of Krell's approach, which was seared by a personal battle with depression.
 
"That album focused on grinding, self-enclosed depression, and the production reflects that," says Krell. "Depression becomes this very monotonous rhythm, and when you think you're breaking out of it, those cries become muffled under that blanket of sadness. It's almost suffocating."
 
He recorded 2012's Total Loss in the span of 15 months, dividing his time between Brooklyn, Chicago, Nashville and London, in the midst of a personal tragedy. His best friend passed away unexpectedly after the release of Love Remains, and Krell says he realized the majority of the writing for Total Loss was a message to his friend's mother as much as it was a way to cope. The music, he says, was for "a grown woman suffering very deeply, not for niche listeners who understand the importance of noise sculptures."
 
But the album isn't mired in unrelenting depression, and the harsh production moves from his earlier work are mostly absent, replaced with swelling strings, patchworks of atmospheric clouds of synth, and Krell's untarnished voice front and center. Total Loss is an album focused on emotional renewal, not stagnation, and while parts are harrowing and chillingly ethereal, the quietly, uplifting dignity of the album's closing tracks feel hopeful and strong.
 
"I needed to make a sound that was more spacious, that still had moments of suffocating intensity, but also produced moments of clarity," Krell says. "With depression, you drown in it. With mourning, you dive in, come up to get a breath of air, and then go back into the darkness with a clarity of vision...I wanted to find a way to positivity without denying pain or denying loss."

Total Loss is out now.

And In Today's James Franco News...He Has a Music Video

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James Franco is expanding into music, people (this after his turn playing a creepy lawyer who takes up with an underage porn actress). After spending time filming Oz: The Great and Powerful in Detroit, the actor-cum-artist-cum-writer-cum-filmmaker became influenced by Motown and, along with his buddy, Tim O'Keefe, formed a band called Daddy. Their debut EP, titled MotorCity, comes out next Tuesday, September 25th, but in the meantime, you can hear their first single, "Love in the Old Days," and watch its accompanying music video.  The song features pleasant, chillwave melodies interspersed with a few spoken-word moments by the actor and as for the video, there are lots of hazy, kaleidoscopic images of kids frolicking on the beach, a couple getting it on and -- our favorite -- old family photographs of Franco's parents on their wedding day. That part is really sweet. Watch it above.

GIFs of the Week: Beyonce's Butt + Firenadoes

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Welcome to our Friday GIF roundup, featuring a curated list of this week's most important, amusing and/or newsy GIFs and GIF sets by Mike Hayes of BuzzFeed and GIFHound.

tumblr_m55yibdN6Z1rtxen9o1_400.gifMitt Romney shenanigans and foolhardy comments created a perfect opportunity for this GIF to make the rounds again. [BrooklynMutt]

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Then, Obama and Letterman had a bro moment. [GIFHound]


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Enough politics. Here's Beyonce's butt. [Buzzfeed]


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That was intense. Here's another intense GIF.


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That was serious. You know what else is serious? Firenadoes. [Buzzfeed]


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Side note: Follow this guy Bobby Finger. He's a goddam genius.


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Here's how that GIF made you feel. [Reddit]


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Meanwhile, if you haven't been keeping score, Britney is winning Fall TV season GIFs. [BritneySpearsGIFS]


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And, UGGH, don't even get me started on her. [LindsayLohansLastFan]


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Finally, I was hoping someone would make an Endeavour GIF like this. [DailyDot]




Meet the World's Thinnest House

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Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 4.47.49 PM.pngWe'll never complain about the size of New York apartments again.

Construction is underway in Warsaw, Poland on what will become the world's most narrow abode, measuring a slim 47 inches at its widest point and a mere 27 inches at its narrowest.  Known as Keret House, the dwelling has been designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny but the owner remains unknown. Architizer says the place "aims to attract artists, writers, and other young innovators" who can take advantage of the house as an "artist's residence and art installation space." For those whose lives are spartan enough to move in, they'll find "remote control stairs [that] will flatten against a wall and pop out when needed for use" and "an independent, boat-inspired water and sewage system separate from the city," according to Architizer. Check out digital renderings of the exterior and interior, above and below.

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The Hippest Hipster 'Hood in America + LMFAO Takes a Break = Eight Items or Less

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20081011_weekend_shift_3_25.jpg1. Forbes ranks the country's hippest hipster neighborhoods. And (shocker) Williamsburg is not number one! Silver Lake, L.A. takes the top spot, the Mission in San Francisco is number two and Williamsburg is number three. Check out the full list here.
  Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 2.59.38 PM.png2. We were bummed in July when subMercer -- the cool little nightclub in the basement of the Mercer Hotel -- closed abruptly.  It was one of the few NYC spots were you could hear great music from talented DJs that usually don't get to spin in the more commercial mega-clubs.  On Sunday, September 23, starting around 9 p.m., most of the DJs that kept the place jumping will be re-uniting for one night down at Santos Party House (96 Lafayette Street).  Check out the flyer for the complete list.

Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 3.01.44 PM.png3. Not so much party-rocking: LMFAO's Redfoo and Sky Blu are taking a break from the band, "to focus on their own personal and professional interests." [via Rolling Stone]

Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 2.55.33 PM.png4. This Damsels in Distress blooper reel is a fun little time. [via Vulture]

Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 3.08.59 PM.png5. The New York City Transit authority is selling off items from its lost and found, like violins, saxophones, jewelry, electronics and... these Tabitha Simmons sneakers. To peruse the super-weird array of items, click here. [via Gothamist]

47389755IMG_8422.jpg6. This guy, first in line at the Apple flagship store on Fifth Ave. for the iPhone 5, got in line last Thursday! [via Motherboard]

enhanced-buzz-25556-1348248462-18.jpg7. Look at those gams! Martha Stewart wore some sparkly capri pants to last night's New York City Ballet Fall Gala. [via BuzzFeed]

article-0-15214B0F000005DC-242_634x431.jpg8. Ahh! It's Eva Longoria's butt! [via Daily Mail]