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Style Scraps: A Louboutin X-Mas Tree + The Queen's Runway Show

gwen-stefani-vogue-us-january-2013-01.jpgHere's Gwen Stefani wearing Saint Laurent on the January cover of Vogue. We like how the mag title sneakily blends into the image. [via Design Scene]  

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 11.15.03 AM.pngPage Six reports that the Margiela for H&M collaboration isn't doing so well because it's so expensive and avant-garde. Most people just don't appreciate a good trompe-l'oeil bra shirt, we guess. [via The Cut]

christian-louboutin-studioxag-01.jpgScrew the DIY Christmas tree, we'll take this Louboutin's Christmas tree on display at their Paris flagship. [via ArchiScene]      

queen-coronation.jpgThe Queen's upcoming coronation festival will feature a runway show of brands that have obtained Royal Warranta and socks commissioned by Prince Charles! [via The Cut]  

151635906-300x302.jpgWhen asked about Anna Wintour's potential position as an ambassador and the backlash that followed, her longtime boyfriend Shelby Bryan said: "It's not just Anna - I see powerful women who really get slammed for being too forthright or running their business in a very determined way. If [former GE CEO] Jack Welch were being named as a potential ambassador, people wouldn't be saying, 'Oh, but hang on, Jack's a little strict in the way he runs his companies.'" Amen, Shelby! [via Fashionista]   

158372159-300x441.jpgGrace Coddington gave another great interview. She lamented that in today's fashion shows, "the focus seems to be more on the audience than on the clothes that go down the runway. Any old shit can go down the runway and they all sit there and clap." And on the subject of the changes going on at Balenciaga, she warned that commercial success is their goal: "Don't think of it as the same house as it was when Nicolas was the creative director; that's everybody's mistake." [via Fashionista]  

lorigoldstein-1 copy.jpgElle hired Lori Goldstein as a fashion editor-at-large! [via The Cut]  

givenchy-memopad.jpgRicardo Tisci tapped some of his famous friends, including models Kate Moss, Mariacarla Boscono and Francisco Peralta, artists Marina Abramovic and Jared Buckhiester, and bullfighter Jose Maria Manzanares for the new Givenchy ad campaign. Pictured above are Manzanares and Buckheister. [via WWD]  

Fashion editor Christina Dietze and creative director Nick Thomm decided to team up and create an alternative fashion mag called SRC783. We can't wait to track it down and flip through it. [via It's Nice That]   

Charles Atlas and Antony on Turning

Singer Antony and filmmaker Charles Atlas discuss the documentary Turning, which had its New York premiere last month. The film chronicles Antony's 2006 European tour, which brought Antony and backing musicians together onstage with thirteen women who appeared consecutively on a rotating platform and in video projections by Atlas. "If I had to be stuck in heaven," Antony tells PaperTV, "I would have wanted to watch this image of these women turning."

Build Your Own Architect-Designed Dog House


1. Thirteen international architects and designers built cool structures for their pets -- i.e. doghouses -- and the results are here. They've included all the plans, instructions and how-to videos so you can make a special holiday gift for your Fido, too.

2. Photo of the Day: Since you loved the bacon scarf, how about a bacon kitchen towel? Only $17.99 here.

3. Barney Frank has signed up with talent agent Ari Emanuel. After decades spent in the US House of Representatives, he's retiring at the end of the year. [AP]

4, 5. Giant Step hosts their annual holiday party tonight, December 17, at Le Bain in the Standard Hotel (848 Washington Street) with A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJing. Plus there's a special guest -- all the way from Berlin -- DJ San Gabriel. Doors at 8 p.m. and it's free with RSVP here. PLUS: Patrick McMullan, Michael Musto, Michelle Park and Niki & Shaokao Cheng bring more holiday cheer with DJ Lady Bunny at BoConcept (105 Madison Avenue). You must rsvp@boconceptny.com. They're promising Swedish men's underwear, modeled by New York Swim Team. Ho, Ho, Ho.

6. NY photographer Janette Beckman recalls her 1988 photo shoot with N.W.A.: "Afterward, they asked if I would come do a voiceover in the studio for one of their tracks. I looked at what they wanted me to read and it was about how to give the perfect blowjob. I said, 'Ah, no. I don't think so.' But now I think I should have. I could have been famous!" [Miami New Times]

7. Williamsburg Cinemas -- "7 state of the art theatres" -- opens on Wednesday, December 19, at the corner of Grand Street and Driggs Avenue.

Twitter Giveaway: Win Two Tickets to See Grace on Broadway

This time of year is all bout generosity and giving We're giving away two tickets to Grace, on Broadway through January 6th, starring cute cat-owner Michael Shannon, Paul Rudd, Ed Asner and Kate Arrington. To enter to win, just do the following:

1) Follow us on Twitter
2) Tweet us which Grace star you'd most like to make out with and why.
3) Include the hashtag #GraceMakeout in your response.

We'll pick a winner by 6:00 p.m. today, 12/17.

Ticket dates excluded: 12/24-12/28

PREMIERE: Ellen von Unwerth's Erotic, Horse-Themed Short Film


Care for a little light S&M and horseplay (literally) to brighten up your Monday afternoon? Legendary fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth has teamed up with just-launched Galore Magazine (a new fashion glossy from Prince Chenoa and Jacob DeKat) to produce Ride It, a short video clip starring the mag's inaugural cover girl, model Ashley Smith (also photographed for the issue by von Unwerth). True to the photographer's high fashion-meets-erotica style (and true to the film's name), the piece features dimly-lit shots of Smith in lingerie romping around Superlinda with assorted hunks in harnesses, saddles and horse masks. Watch the video above but, fair warning, it may cause you to ask Santa for a leather whip (and someone to use it on!) under your tree.

No nudity but still a little NSFWish.

Candy Magazine's New Michelle Obama-Inspired Cover

Candy -- the "transversal style" magazine best known for dragging up James Franco and turning Chloe Sevigny into Terry Richardson -- revealed their new cover, and boy is it close to our hearts. Brad Goreski, who styled trans model and '90s "It" girl Connie Fleming for the shoot, channeled all-around amazing person who we'd like to be one day/political fashion icon Michelle Obama, hitting the usual marks -- the structured, elegant dresses which show off her arms as well as her perfectly coiffed hair -- while serving some over-the-top patriotic realness. Candy publisher Luis Venegas told Dazed Digital (via the Fader) that he'd actually wanted to do this cover since the 2007 presidential election, when a black candidate and a female candidate were called "controversial" nominees. Reflecting on the future of politics, Venegas asks: "When [will] these archaic walls break down and the White House will be occupied by, for example, a black, transsexual woman?'" We're not sure. But until then, we're happy to pour over this.

Here's What An xx Cover Of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" Sounds Like

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Have you ever wondered what Wham!'s "Last Christmas" would sound like as a woozy, emotion-laden ballad instead of a (lovably) cornball 80s synth pop jam? No, you've never wondered about that, you say? Well, now that we've piqued your interest, listen to a cover of the holiday classic by The xx, recorded during a session at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Whereas George Michael's version makes us want to dance in our tube socks around the Christmas tree, Jamie xx's makes us want to cry into a big mug of hot chocolate -- both equally acceptable emotional responses to have any time of the year, if you ask us. Anyway, listen to the song below and, while you're at it, watch the music video for the original -- other than the whole heartbreak thing, George Michael looks like he's having a pretty damn good time spending the holidays partying in a chalet with a dozen friends.

[via Stereogum]

Ten Best and Ten Worst Films of 2012

As 2012 nears its end I'm still pissed off that I haven't seen Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, which I know I'm going to love. But that said, there still was enough love to go around. Here are my personal choices for the year's 10 best films:

Holy Motors. One of the most batshit crazy films I saw all year by provocative French director Leos Carax with a wild performance by Denis Lavant, making outlandish costumed transformations in the back of a limo driven by the still beautiful star of Eyes Without A Face -- Édith Scob. This reminded me why I love movies.

The Imposter. Hands down the best documentary (by Bart Layton) I saw all year, about a fascinating loon -- Frédéric Bourdin -- who impersonated a missing Texas boy. Unforgettable.

The Master. Truly strange film about a cult leader (a brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his damaged acolyte (a twitchy, mannered, but wonderful Joaquin Phoenix). This damn movie haunted me for weeks afterwards. 

Keep The Lights On. Director Ira Sachs's devastating account of a doomed love affair between a film director (Thure Lindhardt) and a troubled, drug-addled, boyfriend (Zachary Booth). I can't recall a more warts-and-all memory piece.

Beloved. Another ambitious, utterly unconventional film from one of my favorite directors, Christoph Honoré, starring Catherine Deneuve and real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni in a saga spanning 40 years of love, lust, loss, AIDS and even 9/11 -- sometimes even in song.

The Deep Blue Sea. Director Terence Davies's exquisite cinematic rendering of Terrence Rattigan's play, with a staggering best-of-the-year performance by Rachel Weisz as a married woman who has a reckless affair with an air force pilot (Tom Hiddleson). Heartbreaking as it was beautiful.

Cloud Atlas. Fuck the critics who sniped at this wildly inspired collaboration between Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. This 3-hour head trip left me dazzled and moved.

The Cabin In The Woods. Director Drew Goddard's meta-horror film mixed elements of favorite chillers with a H. P. Lovecraft-like modern spin that left me laughing and screaming.

God Bless America. I just adore the sensibilities of gifted director Bobcat Goldthwait's anarchistic rant against popular culture as the wonderfully droll Joel Murray and his peppy young accomplice (Tara Lynne Barr) gun down assholes that tick them off.

The Raid: Redemption. Director Gareth Evans's thrilling action film about a SWAT team who fight their way up to the top floor of a building filled with vicious criminals. Your jaw dropped as your pulse raced. I haven't been this wildly entertained in a long time.

Now, 10 Of The Worst:

The Amazing Spider-Man. Trust me, there was absolutely nothing amazing about it.

Total Recall. I've already forgotten I saw it.

The Avengers. I had high hopes for this but the movie was big, exhausting and dull.

Cosmopolis. I have to admit this is a first: the only movie by the great David Cronenberg that I was bored stiff by.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The trailer looked like fun, but the minute the movie began a sinking feeling set in. And I don't mean in my neck. I kept praying for Abe to head to Ford's Theater.

Silent House. A lame remake of a rather unnerving film that gives the appearance of being shot in one continuous take. Edit.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. God forgive me -- the only reason I went to see this kid-friendly 3D headache-inducing nightmare was to look at Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, whom I find irresistibly likable.

Lincoln. So sanctimonious and self-satisfied it made me want to throw out all my pennies. Four snores and seven years ago...

ravenjc.jpgThe Raven. Nevermore...

Les Misérables. No, I haven't seen it yet but the trailer makes me want to thrust hot pokers in my eyes.

50 Gifts Under $100


2166751.jpg1. "Harvard Law Just Kidding" hoodie. $41.99 via Skreened.

2. Elvis Presley, Prince From Another Planet box set. $25.92 via Amazon.

3. Classic Pencil Eraser Hats. $3.50 for set of 4. via ArchieMcPhee.

DSC_0462-web.jpg4. Dream Cats Calendar. $30.00 via FieldGuided.

englishbeat.png5. English Beat: The Complete Beat 5 CD Box Set. $35.50 via Amazon.

APF_WOW_Baldessari_JamesEwing_5266v318.jpg6. John Baldessari towel. $95 via ArtProductionFund.org

reitaschencover.jpg7. Rei Kawakubo by Terry Jones. $39.99 via Taschen.

8. Dolly Parton "Tote of Many Colors" bag. $24.99 via DollyParton.com

9. Say Yes Ta-da necklace. $78.00 via KateSpade.com

10. House of Ladosha 2Pac Tattoo T-shirt. $25.00 HouseOfLadosha.BigCartel.com

404.mu.mu.op.billwithers.thecompletesussexandcolumbiaalbums.jpg11. Bill Withers, The Complete Sussex & Columbia Albums Collection. $48.36 via Amazon.

12. "Oh No You Didn't" prints by I Heart JLP, set of 4. $15 each. via Society6.

green-on-white-half-width-234.jpg13. Ampllifear iPad speaker. $25.00 via theamplifiear.com

ABD0102.jpg14. Cat-shaped black bag. $60.90 via Romwe.

colorblock-pens-1-460x460.jpg15.  Color block pens. $4.99 via Poketo.

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 6.04.37 PM.png16. Sequin tuxedo top. $98.00 via Free People.

Summer12YlsdTeeWhitezoom2.JPG17. Forever Strung YLSD Tee.$35 via Karmaloop.

123_box_348x490.jpg18. Grey Gardens: The Beales of Grey Gardens Criterion Box Set. $39.96 via Criterion.

6166.jpg19. Wood Flashlight. $65.00 via blueribbongeneralstore.net

20. Comme Des Fuckdown hat. $40 via ssurempirestate.com

myidealbookshelfhead.png21. My Ideal Bookshelf by Theassly La Force and Jane Mount. $16.49 via Amazon.

holybroken.png22. The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah." $15 via Amazon.

23. Jeff Koons Plate Edition with Bernardaud. $95 via ArtProductionFund.org

96807_A2_Pot_Dansk_4_Quart_Red_with_Trivet_Lid.jpg24. Kobenstyle casserole. $100 via MoMA Design Store

45box_lg.jpg25. Third Man Records Heavy Duty 45 Carrier Case. $45.00 via ThirdManStore.com.

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26. Alexander Wang playing cards. $55 via AlexanderWang.com

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27.  Steven Alan Wigwam socks. $12 via StevenAlan.com
. mytherapist.png28. 11x4 "I Told My Therapist About You" print by Mike Monteiro. $60 via 20x200.

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29. Men's crewneck sweater. $59.99 via J. Crew.

measuringhedgies.png30. Hedgehog measuring cups. Set of 4 for $36 via Anthropologie.

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 5.11.11 PM.png31. Lighter ring. $55 via Shopbop.

236429_310632977-bagtot01_b.jpg31. Ron Swason tote bag by Chase Kunz. $18 via Society6.

tumblr_meb4jfjduy1r02bqio3_1280.jpg32. Holiday cards by artist Michael Pellew, available in packs of 10 at LAND Gallery.

33. Sunset sailing class from Hudson River Community Sailing. $100 via Coursehorse.

34. The Stefon Set (includes a t-shirt, magnet and key chain), $31.99 via NBCUniversalStore.com.

obsessivechef.png35. The Obsessive Chef cutting board. $26.00 via MoMA Design Store.

1547809006-1.jpg36. Bikini Kill tote bag. $10.00 via BikiniKillBandcamp.com

buckterrarium.png37. Hanging woodland terrarium with tiny deer figuring. $40 via greenerynyc.com.

marcjaobsphonecase.png38. Shorty iPhone 4 case. $48 via MarcJacobs.com

gracememoirbook.jpg39. Signed copy of Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington. $35 via Bookmarc.com.

40. Staring at the Sea wooden waves. $70 via thecuriosityshoppe.com

41. Park Lane ankle strap, glitter toe flats. $49.25 via ASOS.

fatboybox.png42. Fat Boys Pizza Box Set. $15.71 via Amazon.

43. Phases of the Moon 2013 Lunar Calendar. $20 via Etsy.

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 5.07.13 PM.png44. Woody Allen earrings. $18 via Etsy.

45. Surfer pillow by Alysia Potter. $20.00 via Society 6.

46. Cherry Blossom Bonsai seed kit. $12 via Anytime Flower.

47. Hola door mat. $44.99 via Uncovet.com

il_570xN.345300945.jpg48. 24 oz. Mason Jar Tumbler. $11.00 via Etsy.

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49. Canis major vintage constallation print. $25.50 via Etsy.

50. Feel Good pencils. $8 via Patchnyc.com.

Morning Funnies: The Big Ang-Rihanna Mash-Up We've (Kinda) Been Waiting For

tumblr_mf0jx8s6Gv1qz5a57o1_500.jpgThe original cabbage patch kids -- Christmas edition. [via Tall Whitney]

tumblr_m7pleazWag1qzwim2o1_500.gifYour hair is making us hungry, Gwen. [via Afternoon Snooze Button]

tumblr_m1rwkkjoE01qa0q13o1_500.jpgThe only two settings in life one really needs. [via Coin Farts]

tumblr_mf52izEg931rn7bzro1_500.jpgPool party at His house! [via Knugsprig Titten Hitler]

tumblr_mf4n4oB6cK1r0wqrdo1_500.jpgThe ability to have a six pack and a snack for later is the best. [via Paris Hilton Sex Slave]

tumblr_mf776sbryf1r0wqrdo1_500.jpgHere's the album cover for Pink Freud's The Wall: A Mental Block. The record's decent, in case you're curious. [via Humor Train]

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 10.58.50 PM.pngOur new favorite time waster Tumblr: "Real Estate Agents Headshots." That Napa Valley Pinot Grigio really adds a classy touch. [via Uproxx]

Here's a a delightful clip of Community's Alison Brie and Danny Pudi rapping. In case you aren't already a little bit in love with these two you will be. [Uproxx via Buzzfeed]

Screen shot 2012-12-18 at 7.55.55 AM.pngYou'll be relieved to know that Blink-182's new EP is the #1 album on iTunes right now. It's called Dogs Eating Dogs. Yep... [via ONTD]

Screen shot 2012-12-18 at 8.03.45 AM.pngGossip Girl's final episode aired last night and, if like us, you were too lazy to watch it, you can get all the spoilers -- including the big reveal about who was Gossip Girl (hint: it's not Kristen Bell!) -- at Celebuzz.

Screen shot 2012-12-18 at 8.11.56 AM.pngThis Rihanna-Big Ang mash-up of "Diamonds" is a real Grammy contender, we tell 'ya. We're just sorry we can't embed it directly -- click HERE to hear it. [VH1 via Vulture]

Solange at the Bowery Ballroom and More Tonight in NYC


MUSIC: Solange at Bowery Ballroom 
Former PAPER cover girl Solange takes the stage for her second and final concert this month at the Bowery Ballroom to serve tracks from her groove-tastic EP True, including the PAPER office jam "Losing You." Sold out, but tickets are floating about on Stubhub for those unwilling to miss a sure-to-be excellent show. 
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street. 8 p.m. Sold out. 

MUSIC: METZ at Generation Records 
The last time taut Toronto trio METZ played Manhattan, we worried for frontman Alex Edkins's vocal cords. Arrive early to this free show to find out how they held up. Dirty Old Women open.
Generation Records, 210 Thompson Street. 7 p.m. Free: first-come, first-served. 

FILM: Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve at Film Society of Lincoln Center
This history of the American central banking system is narrated by Liev Schrieber and directed by Jim Bruce, who was able to finance the film largely through his short trades in 2007 and 2008. Bruce will take part in a post-screening Q&A with NYU historian Richard Sylla and journalist James Grant.
Howard Gilman Theater, 144 West 65th Street, (212) 875-5610. 6:30 p.m. 110 minutes. $13. Tickets here.

Peaking Lights' Trippy New Surf Video


It's a little dreary in New York today, so we won't be doing any surfing. But that won't stop us from enjoying this relaxing, psychedelic "dub" version of Peaking Lights' "Beautiful Sun." The duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis decided to release a new version of their latest album, Lucifer, and they asked San Francisco-based filmmaker Mike Seely to do the video for this track. Aside from the annoying, intermittent busy signal (or maybe we're just having flashbacks?) we're trippin' on this video.

Style Scraps: Andre Leon Talley Can Really Turn A Phrase

Kardashian-Christmas-Card-Family-2012.jpgThe Kardashian Christmas card is here. [via CeleBuzz]  

Dane DeHaan, Benicio Del Toro, Harvey Keitel and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are starring in the new Prada menswear campaign! [via Fashionista]  

img-altontherollingstones_143810754587.jpg_article_singleimage.jpgAndre Leon Talley really knows how to make a simile! He described Mick Jagger's dancing during the final show of The Rolling Stones' tour (pictured above) thusly: "Mick Jagger on stage is like a dandelion floating in the air...the Jagger prance-strut-dance is as powerful as James Brown's snake-hip wiggle, as Elvis Presley's gyrating hips with his guitar, as Little Richard's over-the-top sexy jigs." He then compares him to a Pentacostal minister. [via Vogue]  

Burberry-Spring-Summer-2013-00.jpgIn kids-are-growing-up-so-fast news: Romeo Beckham (son of David and Victoria) is now modeling for Burberry. [via Design Scene]  

deborah-lippmann-girls.jpgDeborah Lippmann is making a line of nail polish inspired by the girls of Girls. Hannah's color is "Hapless Hunter Green," Marnie's is "Prim and Proper Pink," Shoshanna's is "Virtuous Vivid Violet" and Jessa's is "Bohemian Burgundy." The adjectives tacked onto the color descriptions are a little cringe-worthy, but we like the burgundy and the green. [via HuffPo]  

bfa-vogue-fund-nominees.jpgThe nominees for the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund are Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead! They'll announce the winner in January. [via Fashionista]  

alex-wang-objects-2.jpgAlexander Wang released his second Objects Collection and it's just what you'd expect: cute, chic, black and very leather-heavy. Here are our favorites. [via HypeBeast]  

155925810-300x448.jpgThe current CEO of Louis Vuitton, Jordi Contans, had to step down for health reasons. Michael Burke, who is currently the CEO of Bulgari in Rome, will take over at Louis Vuitton starting Wednesday. [via WWD]  

Melkor's Ghost at the Vault at Pfaff's

By now, all that holiday reveling has undoubtedly led to mulled wine and eggnog fatigue. At the Vault at Pfaff's, Greenwich Village's sexy, subterranean, circa-1850s watering hole, a festive libation of another variety awaits in the form of Melkor's Ghost.When glancing over the ingredients of this snowy beauty -- white Armagnac, crème de cocoa, crème de banana, heavy cream -- there is the fear it might be cloying, too syrupy to savor after gorging on, say, homemade iced butter cookies. Fret not: thanks to the Armagnac's elegant backbone, it's soft and balanced, with subtle velvety notes of chocolate and banana in each sip.

"A lot of pre-Prohibition drinks used liqueurs ever so slightly. It works," assures Frank Caiafa, the Vault at Pfaff's beverage director, who created Melkor's Ghost as a riff on the classic White Russian-esque Banshee. The floral Armagnac gives the cocktail a smooth heft and unearths an appealing, "undefined taste," he points out. "If you make this with vodka, it's just not the same."

When hanging the last of the ornaments on the tree, with Bing Crosby crooning in the background, this is the gluttonous concoction you want in hand.

Melkor's Ghost
1 oz. Delord Armagnac Blanche
1 oz. Marie Brizard White Crème de Cocoa
1 oz. Marie Brizard Crème de Banana
1 oz. heavy cream

Add all ingredients to ice-filled mixing glass. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Using a microplane, top with finely shaved, dark chocolate curls for garnish.

Eight Items or Less: "Modern Family" Nail Polish is Coming

1. Twitter is about to allow their users the option to "Request Your Archive" -- ie to download every friggin' Tweet you ever made. [TechCrunch]
2, 3. New Product Alert: If you thought "Girls" nail polish was weird, how about "Modern Family" nail polish and Shaquille O'Neal's Luv Shaq Vodka? [Image via]

4. Heading to Miami in January? Be sure to check out our pals Pink Martini at The Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Avenue, South Beach) on January 19. Tickets are available here. Maybe PAPER's Kim Hastreiter will make a guest appearance.

5. The E! network is developing a scripted series called "Gallerina" that "centers on a young woman determined to make her name" at an LA art gallery. Now doesn't that sound familiar? [Deadline, Image via]

6. Vice Media bought the 32-year-old UK style magazine i-D. [Guardian]

7. NME looks back on the year in music -- in GIFS. [Madonna GIF via BuzzFeed]

If the Shoe Fits: Designer Sophia Webster Is On the Rise

sophiawebster6.jpgAfter spending two years working for, and being mentored by, Nicholas Kirkwood, British footwear designer Sophia Webster has stepped out on her own. Her whimsical shoe and accessories line, which the designer says is inspired by "anything and everything," launched this fall during London Fashion Week and features graphic prints, unexpected cut-outs and eye-popping color combos that are fit for Rainbow Brite. Appropriately, the up-and-comer staged models in variously themed doll boxes during her debut presentation. You can snag her shoes on Net-a-Porter and check out more of her designs below.



Former Cro-Mags Bassist Harley Flanagan on Court Triumph

American Hardore author Steven Blush has been writing for Papermag about the Harley Flanagan case, in which the former Cro-Mags bassist was accused of sneaking backstage to the band's Webster Hall show and assaulting two of the band's current members, since the story broke this summer. Flanagan later told Blush that he been ambushed after being invited backstage, and had acted in self-defense. Blush interviewed the band for PAPER in 1986, the year of their first album, The Age of Quarrel.

The Harley Flanagan case that made headlines this summer has gone out with a whimper. The strange and sordid tale of the Cro-Mags founding member going on a stabbing spree against his bandmates for playing at Webster Hall without him became one of the biggest rock stories of 2012. Only one problem: It looks like it wasn't true. 

We all know that dropped charges don't always mean innocence. In the beginning there were dozens of eyewitnesses, but as the DA's case unfolded, there was nothing but divergent, even bizarre, statements rife with contradiction. There are even questions as to who was to play bass for the Cro-Mags (Mike Couls or Craig Setari). On Friday, Judge Alexander Tisch dismissed all charges against Flanagan because the prosecution, who were unable to produce witnesses for a grand jury, could not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Harley offered: "When I found out I was the so-called perpetrator and they were the so-called victims, I was shocked. They were making it out like I launched myself into the dressing room like a wild man and just started stabbing people -- what a joke. I've known where [Cro-Mags singer] John [Joseph] lives for years. If I wanted to jump him or attack him wouldn't I just go to his apartment and wait for him? Nooo, I would go to a big concert and attack him in a room full of witnesses and all his friends and band members, all by myself. Even a dumbass should be able to figure out that that makes no sense and isn't what happened. All these fake hoods were so quick to point the finger at me to try to cover their own tracks and all the rest of the sheep and the media just went along with it.

My first court date was September 27th. I was nervous, as I should have been, facing four felonies and looking at a good amount of jail time -- possibly 2½ years for defending myself. That night would have amounted to nothing back when I was a kid, but now in 2012, in this soft-ass New York, it's become a big deal, and with all the media attention it was pretty major. But the 20-plus witnesses the DA had were all starting to fall to the wayside. All of the statements they made to the cops and to the press, including John's, were starting to contradict each other, and the DA started having a hard time putting a case together because of it. It was almost as if John was helping me beat the case."

These past six months have cast a pall on New York Hardcore, which was one of the most intense and underrated subcultures ever. Perhaps one day all these guys will just hug and make up, but I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, Harley gets back to his life, teaching Jiu-Jitsu at the Renzo Gracie Academy, writing music and caring for his sons. New York hardcore's "family" may be broken, but, then again, the worst family dysfunction often inspires the best art.

Joey Arias' Apocalypse To-Do List

 Joey-by-Juano.JPGDid you hear? According to the Mayan Calendar, the end of the world is December 21, 2012. But worry not, legendary ladyman and cabaret chanteuse Joey Arias is here to shepherd us into the apocalypse with his End of the World show this Friday at Joe's Pub. The performance marks Arias' first time working with music director and pianist Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and will also feature performance artist Narcissister, dance troupe the Pixie Harlots and theramin player Cornelius Loy. In honor of his upcoming show, we asked Arias to tell us about the five things he'd do if he knew the world was ending tomorrow. His answers below.

1.) Walk into a bank naked, get all my money and stuff it into a clear raincoat. Then, my little dog Rumbles and I would fart out the door together. FFFFrraapshhpi!!!

2.) Meet the Pope and tell him some dirty stories for confession and then put a pie in his face. Very Three Stooges!

3.) Have a dinner for 12 and eat the most craziest foods, prepared by the number one chef in the world. Then drop acid for dessert!

4.) Have a recording date with David Bowie and Stephan Hawkins to leave our last testament on earth.

5.) Hold hands with every child from every nation and tell them stories of what it was like to be me.

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But we'll always make time for the ......

ALPACA-LYPSE!! And the streets shall run fluffy with the fluff of millions. [ThisIsntHappiness; TastefullyOffensive]