The Venezuelan government has officially ruled out kidnapping as a possible cause of Vittorio Missoni's disappearance. [via Fashionista]
The Marc Jacobs beauty line for Sephora will hit shelves in the fall! Prepare yourselves. [via Fashionista]
Holy shit, the new Philipp Plein ads feature two twin brothers making out! (It also features Terry Richardson and Lea T., but that's old news.) Anyway, gross. [via Fashionista]
We love the collages of artist Ernesto Artillo, who combines trendy fashion photography (think scantily clad models of the moment) with ancient pieces of art. The results are slightly terrifying but completely engrossing. [via It's Nice That]
Check out these YGA limited-edition turbans made of re-purposed snakeskin and leather. We like, we like. [via High Snobette]
Carine Roitfeld is going to be a stylist at Balenciaga, which should be a great advantage for Alexander Wang. [via The Cut]
Norma Kamali has launched a new project, Stop Objectification, which aims to stamp out the objectification of women by sharing their day-to-day experiences of it. She cited fashion as being a particularly bad culprit, noting that "our medium, our ads and our promotions say, 'You're not thin enough, pretty enough, rich enough to buy this dress this girl's wearing.' It's perverse. It's a really kind of a strange business we're in." Agreed. [via Fashionista]
Here's your drag party/sex party moment of the day, brought to you by Room Service, the popular London-based gay party. In the fourth installment of the gay pornstar/nightlife impresario mash-up that is "The Sextape" video series, we see British queen Jodie Harsh cross the pond for a party steeped in debauchery and Jeremy Scott. Some of PAPER's favorite gays make appearances, the party looks looks crazy and everyone involved is absurdly hot. All in all, a great late afternoon pick-me-up.
The Burger Is A Lonely Hunter.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the burger.
We'll take a drumstick, please.
This burger may have a deep impact --sorry, we had to -- on hunger as we know it.
What happens when you unwrap it?
We'll take one scoop, please.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Oh no, too cute! Betty White meets Jimmy Fallon's dog, Gary. (Go to the 2:50 mark)
And in part 2...
Betty says something amazingly bitch about Kim Kardashian. This woman is a national treasure. [LNJF]
Tina Fey is in final negotiations to star as a Russian gulag prison guard in the next Muppets movie, a "European-set adventure" co-starring Ty Burell and Ricky Gervais. Fingers crossed for jewel thieves, pencil mustaches, tandem bicycle chases and Miss Piggy in an ushanka. [Flavorwire]
Each episode is just 30 minutes of Ryan Loche standing very still, making that exact face. [100YearsofLolitude]
Lego pot leaves, anyone? [Reddit]
Welcome to Puggingston Court. Pugglesby will show you to your chambers.[Afernoonsnoozebutton
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm really looking forward to this season of American Idol. [ONTD]
New policy. [Flickr via New York Shitty]
Bruce Willis on the set of Pulp Fiction, enjoying a Pepsi. [FYeah1990s]
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion use a different and colorful animation stye for their new "Bag of Bones" video. Directed by Lucy Dyson and Joseph Jensen, the clip looks like it was made from old magazine cut-outs and then switches to live footage and splashes of blood. It's pretty funny, too. The NYC-based trio is playing at the Bell House (149 7th Street, Gowanus) on Sunday, January 13, for the WFMU benefit -- the station lost two FM transmitters during Sandy. Tickets for that show (with The Relatives, Dot Wiggin Band, Arrington Di Dionyso and DJ Jonathan Toubin) are HERE.
Since Eva Mendez couldn't make it to the premiere of Gangster Squad, Ryan Gosling's mom accompanied him, wearing clothes from Eva Mendez's closet. Weird, but then again why not? [via Gawker]
Fashionista helpfully pulled the best quotes from the Harper's Bazaar article "24 Hours with Roberto Cavalli." Here are our favorites:
1) "I cannot sleep when I am dressed. I have to be naked. I am like Marilyn Monroe."
2) "I used to have a small tiger and a monkey but not anymore. The monkey was mean."
3) "I went to Papua New Guinea a couple of years ago and met one of the last cannibal tribes existing on the planet. Very exciting!"
PPR is rumored to really be working towards giving Christopher Kane his own luxury label. They're apparently looking for the "chief executive," so if that sounds like the job for you, send them that resume! [via The Cut]
There were some pretty out-there looks going on at the MAN show -- which, for those who are interested, is a collaboration between Topman and Fashion East, a British non-profit -- in London. [via Huffington Post]
Attention, shoe-lovers everywhere: The Generic Man and Comme des Garçons are collaborating on a line of shoes, which are available at Commes des Garçons worldwide. We'd spring for a pair. [via Press Release]
Here's what we're looking for: a quick-learner who's detail-oriented and thorough. You should be good with HTML, love editing photos and have a knack for coming to work sober. You should also enjoy working in an open, collaborative environment and petting dogs (we usually have two to four scampering around on any given day). It's also a huge plus if you're familiar with, and enjoy reading, our website and magazine but, at the very least, please double-check your email and make sure you're not applying to VICE, NYLON, PASTE, FADER, or SPIN (you'd be surprised how often that happens)! Video editing skills are also a plus (though not required).
Please send resumes and a brief cover letter about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org. The internship is unpaid but we are able to offer college credit. Applicants should live in the New York City area
Above: This is our previous design intern, Timothy. He's studying abroad this semester in Barcelona and we were sorry to see him go.
The Winner We're Going to Be Pissed About: The Big Bang Theory, which we saw once on an airplane and turned off half-way through (and that was AFTER watching all of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and crying at the end), is nominated for "Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical" alongside Episodes, Girls, Modern Family and Smash. Where is 30 Rock and Parks & Rec? Why does the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hate TV?
Most likely to Lose But Shouldn't Because He Is One of the Best Actors Ever and If You've Never Watched Deadwood, Oh My God, Watch It: John Hawkes.
Most Likely to Over-Indulge at the Open Bar: Jack Black, who's nominated for a "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical" award for his role in Bernie and, given that he's up against Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables), Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), and Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson), he'll ... probably not win.
Movie That Will Probably Sweep More Awards Than You Want It To: Lincoln.
Movie Most Likely to Win the Foreign Category and That You Still Haven't Seen But Keep Meaning to See: Amour.
Actors Most Likely to Give an "I'm Just Happy to Be Here" Smile Whenever the Camera Pans to Them: Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt who were both nominated for "Best Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical" award for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Does this movie exist?
Embarrassing Typo on the Golden Globes Website Most Likely to Remain Uncorrected: Leaving out the "c" in "Deschanel."
TV Mini-Series You're Going to Search For On Demand As Soon As the Golden Globes Are Over: BBC America's The Hour. It's like Mad Men-meets-Newsroom meets...Homeland (we think)! We need to DVR it, too!
Renaissance-Man Director Whom Other Directors Are Most Likely to Be Secretly Jealous Of: Tom Tykwer, who co-wrote the score to Cloud Atlas.
Most Likely to Just Be a Coincidence (But What if it Isn't? And What Does it Mean?): Les Mis is the only musical/comedy best picture nominee to have neither a color nor a celestial phenomenon in its title. Other films in this category: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing In the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook.
Competition Most Likely to Be a Little Awkward: The night's co-hosts, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, are both nominated for "Best Performance By An Actress in A Television Series -- Comedy or Musical."
Mean Nickname We'll Most Likely Give to a Movie While We're Live-Tweeting: "Django Dumbchained." Runner up: "Fartgo."
Person You Will Most Likely See On Screen While the Nominees for Best Actor Are Read and Be Like, "What movie was he in this year?" Richard Gere.
Nominee Who Will Be Having a Great Time Because He Is the Best: Bill Murray.
Nominee Who Won't Show Up: Maggie Smith. She is better than all of us.
We saw This Is 40 over the holidays and, even though Judd Apatow could've ended the movie 27 minutes before he did, it was still pretty great. One of our favorite subplots by far was the quasi-romance between Sadie and her Bieber 1.0-esque classmate Joseph (played by Maude Apatow -- daughter of Judd and Leslie Mann -- and Ryan Lee, respectively) and we could've used a little bit more of them and a little bit less of Albert Brooks and John Lithgow playing Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's respective well-meaning but crappy fathers (though Lost In America is still one of our all-time favorite movies). Fortunately, Funny Or Die posted this deleted scene from This Is 40 featuring the star-crossed tweens video chatting about the Kardashian sisters. You should watch it because Maude's impressions of Khloe, Kourtney and Kim (especially Khloe) are pitch-perfect -- down to their nasally whining and liberal use of 'creaking voice.'
If E! ever needs to hire someone to dub over a KUWTK episode, Maude's apparently your girl.
In a small café in Shanghai, Jan Chipchase described his latest personal design experiment, Red Mat, which used China's ubiquitous red welcome mat to explore questions of globalization and morality. He was a little concerned. "Normally, we're interested in amplifying the effects of what we're doing. And actually, with this, it's about containing them," Chipchase, creative director for Global Insights, a global design consulting firm, told me. "I mean, if it gets too big, things could get pretty f*cked. Frankly, I don't know how it's going to play out."
The experiment started with six rules:
1. It must engage people from across China
2. Every Chinese person must be able to recognize the final thing that is made
3. None of the people taking part should understand what is made until the exact moment it is made
4. Only Chinese people and services can be used
5. The experiment's goal and process is reviewed after each step
6. The process must be transparent, insofar as it doesn't compromise Rule 3
In April 2012, volunteers gathered in a large warehouse in Beijing to assemble the pieces. They were given 45 minutes, seemingly random numbers sketched on the reverse side of each piece of mat, and an 8x12 meter area taped off on the warehouse floor. As Chipchase recalls, "Nobody said 'Build a flag.' They could have stacked them up and burnt them. They could have rolled them up. And, if we'd given them four hours to complete the task, maybe they would have come up with a completely different outcome and shape. But, it started as a set of mats; then, in a matter of 15 minutes, a flag emerged."
As soon as volunteers in Beijing assembled the flag, all 100 pieces were dismantled and loaded on a truck headed for Shanghai. Red Mat's year-long final phase will test the result of selling each piece at online auction against selling them through a fixed-market model on China's e-commerce giant, Taobao, which collects revenue from each sale to fund similar experiments among Chinese artists exploring questions of national identity in countries around the world. Chipchase says he's "expecting to be totally ignored, if this is seen as too abstract. The other reaction could be highly nationalistic and 'How dare a foreigner do this?'"
As this final phase kicked off, Chipchase was preparing his move back to the US. He had high hopes for what Red Mat could indicate about society.
"Is it possible to radically change or challenge the status quo, whatever it is, if an individual, a corporation or a foreign government manipulates many little situations with just enough of a touch and then, right at the end, reveals it and, in the revealing, people know what to do, even though just the moment before, they had no idea what it's about? It's that spontaneous coming together that I wanted to explore. I have no idea if this is very, very dumb and a completely self-indulgent waste of time or if it's a blueprint that we have to be very careful with."
To read Chipchase's full Red Mat report, download the booklet here. If you're interested in purchasing a piece from the project, you can visit the official Taobao site or contact Chipchase directly.
It's been a while since we checked in on that website TotallyLooksLike.com and upon our perusal, we saw this gem: Quentin Tarantino = Really High Guy. Brilliant. [via Totally Looks Like]
The only New Year's resolutions worth having. [Thanks Jonah!]
Little kiss. [via Coin Farts]
Personally, we prefer to think there's a Wendy's. [via Rats Off]
How about a night out in New York City. Nothing better, right? If you don't live here, this new Childish Gambino clip will give you a little taste of our "L.E.S." Gambino, of course, is the actor -- he plays "Sandy" on the upcoming season 2 of Girls -- comedian and rap artist otherwise known as Donald Glover. The song is from his major-label album, Camp, released in 2011 on Glassnote. He supposedly came up with the Childish Gambino name by using the Wu-Tang Name Generator -- and we believe him. Ours, btw, is "Irate Worlock."