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A$AP Rocky and Florence Welch: "I Come Apart"

Welcome to You Should Check Out..., a weekly blog in which Chris Black of Words For Young Men and Done to Death Projects tells you about something or someone he really likes and that he thinks you'll like too.

A$AP Rocky's highly anticipated debut album Long.Live.A$AP comes out next week. It leaked a little while ago, but his much talked-about collaboration with British singer Florence Welch was no where to be found. Rocky finally posted the track "I Come Apart" yesterday on his YouTube channel. Produced by Emile Haynie (Lana Del Ray, Kanye West, Bruno Mars) and Amanda Ghost (Beyoncé, John Legend) it's a contemplative departure from his normal bangers, but it totally works. Give it a listen.

Style Scraps: David Beckham Runs Around In Skivvies + Beyoncé Is Still The Best

becks-ad.jpgStills from the upcoming David Beckham for H&M ad. It'll be directed by Guy Ritchie and show Beckham as an action hero of sorts. Color us excited. [via Press Release]  

beyonce-covers-gq-february-2013-UpscaleHype.jpgWe're not the biggest fans of Beyoncé's cover for GQ -- not very interesting, as far as we're concerned -- but as usual, she looks fantastic.  

xMLl38wVqvJl.jpgSpeaking of Beyoncé, designer Ruben Singer told Glamour that she and Solange are "the only celebrities that always dry clean and send clothes back in a box, with a hand-written thank you note. They are true ladies." Now we know!

SEW-Moni-PopUp-Tumblr.jpgHere's a sort-of newish take on the "Brooklyn is hip" story: the New York Observer wrote a piece on "rough-luxe" (aka hand-made or things that are made in small batches from Greenpoint). Our favorite facepalm-y quote comes from a luxury pillow-maker: "Upper East Side women love to have almost a safari in Brooklyn, to walk through my studio and the piles of fabric and little threads or feathers clinging to their Chanel." Oy. [via Fashionista]  

115444929-300x451.jpgDoo-Ri Chung, who left her own company, Doo. Ri a few months ago, was just named Creative Director of Vince! [via Fashionista]

Fashion photographer Bon Duke directed this ethereal new music video by up-and-coming artist Vandana Jain. The song, "Men With Sticks," comes from her debut EP, Vandamner, and you can catch her at Glasslands on 1/15. Side note: we want those shredded paper costumes. [via Press Release]

a7eee5ed0a71d686_0-chrisbenzwide.xxxlarge_1.jpgThree's a trend: Chris Benz and Cacharel are both forgoing their respective fashion weeks to work on their brands, and there's speculation that Katie Holmes' brand, Holmes & Yang, will also be taking a break. [via fashionologie]

Screen shot 2013-01-10 at 11.51.16 AM.pngNaomi Campbell told Elle that she's aware that no one will ever forget her phone-throwing incident, acknowledging "I'm never gonna get away from it. It's part of my history. I was remorseful and regretful. I've served. I did that time. And I never want to be in that position again." We're glad that she knows and yes, she'll never get away from it and shouldn't because it's kind of amazing. [via fashionologie]

delinda_1000px_202.jpgThe Paleos "barefoot" chain-mail running shoe is a thing that actually exists. [via Boing Boing]

Behold: The Tricycle House

1356580226-11zhe-----------tricycle-house-night.jpgCool portable house, but you might have trouble finding a place to park. China's People's Architecture Office (PAO) designed this "Tricycle House" using translucent plastic in the shape of an accordion. Plus you can accessorize it with a little portable garden. What more do you need?

(via Arch Daily)

Designer Manon Kündig Shows Us What a Swiss-YouTube-S&M Fashion Mash-Up Looks Like

manonkundigppv.jpgA Bowerbird is a species of passerine that gathers colorful scraps to attract its mates. It's also the inspiration behind the captivating, surreal spring collection from menswear designer Manon Kündig. A self-described gatherer, Kündig's wide range of influences include ev- erything from the meticulous look of her Swiss hometown where "the trees were trimmed to exactly the one thousand meter altitude line," to the Moroccan neighborhood in Antwerp where the 29-year-old lives, resulting in precisely stitched kaftans and fringed, patchwork jackets.

For her latest "Bowerbird" collection she's also added a new bondage fetish and an obsession with the Internet seen in her silk face wraps and all-encompassing acid color prints that mash-up kit- tens, pineapples and race cars. Her Google image search benders and late-night photo manipulations have caused some work-related injuries, "I'm still recovering from an epileptic [seizure] and mouse arm," she jokes. But it was worth it. Having just graduated this past Spring from the prestigious Royal Academy of the Arts in Antwerp, Kündig--with her YouTube-era explosion of clashing digital col- lages and high/low fabric pairings, producing looks that could be described as S&M meets Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on an LSD binge--has already caught the attention of fashion's forward thinkers. Not least of which is the iconic Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck, who took Kündig under his wing. "Among other things," she says, "Walter taught me that 'excessive' is not a word."

manonppv2.jpgLooks from Manon Kündig's "Bowerbird," Spring 2013 collection

Filipino Cinema, Williamsburg Raves, and Fashion-as-Art

Thursday, January 10
ART: Christopher K. Ho at Forever & Today
This solo show takes the cheeky title "Privileged White People" as homage to the politically-correct '90s, represented by facing portraits of Bill Clinton and James van der Beek. The show also collects memorabilia from Ho's mythical liberal arts enclave, Trout College.
Forever & Today, 141 Division Street. Opening reception tonight 6-8 p.m. Through February 17.

BOOKS: George Saunders at Greenlight
George Saunders's new short-story collection, Tenth of December, finds the literary titan inhabiting slightly cracked suburban minds, fighting back sentimentality with jagged prose.
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. 7:30 p.m. Free.

MUSIC: Hospitality at Bowery Ballroom
The three bands on this bill -- Hospitality, Teen, and Household -- eschew distortion, instead drawing energy from the complex melodic counterpoint between clean guitar lines and light female vocals.
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street. 8 p.m. $15. 18+

Friday, January 11
BOOKS: Best of Punk Magazine Launch at Powerhouse
With their late-'70s 'zine, John Holmstrom and Legs McNeil to popularize the eponymous four-letter word and to associate it with the music of cover stars like Lou Reed, Blondie and the Ramones (for whom Holmstrom later drew the cover of Road to Ruin). Tonight, Holmstrom celebrates a new anthology with drinks and live music.
Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, (718) 666-3049. 6-8 p.m. $15 admission goes to book purchase.

PARTY: GHET20G0TH1K at Santos Party House
GHET20G0TH1K will be bringing its signature, rapid party madness with a Black & White evening, featuring DJs like Venus X and $hayne to bring the beats while you are dancing in your best look. Color-coordinated attire preferred.
Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street, (212) 584-5492. 10:30 p.m. $15 (tickets here). 21+

PARTY: Night Slugs at Steel Drums
This long-running London bass and house rave and label hops over to New York, with DJ sets by four Night Slugs acts: owners L-vis 1990 and Bok Bok as well as Girl Unit and stateside representative Kingdom. Thunderhouse video will take care of the visuals.
Steel Drums, 35 Beadel Street, Brooklyn. 11 p.m. $11 advance (purchase here), $15 at door.

PARTY: Blackout Friday at This 'n' That
Dynamic rap provocateur Cakes Da Killa will be performing material from his upcoming EP at Williamsburg's new dive-y and dance-y gay bar. More info here.
This 'n' That, 108 North 6th Street. Doors at 9 p.m., performances at 11 p.m.

Saturday, January 12
MUSIC: Mystical Weapons at Big Sky Works
Sean Lennon and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier just recorded an album of instrumental improvisations that could easily be misstaken for the out-there late-'60s jazz of Eric Dolphy and the Tony Williams Lifetime. Miles Robbins opens for them tonight.
Big Sky Works, 29 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. 9 p.m. $10 advance (purchase here), $15 at the door.

FILM: Kidlat Tahimik at Anthology Film Archives
The Filipino director's scheduled New York appearance was cancelled by Hurricane Sandy, but the accompanying retrospective has been rescheduled for this weekend. His first two features, Perfumed Nightmare (1977) and Turumba (1981) screen back-to-back this evening. Both poke fun at the clash between Filipino traditions and foreign capital.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, (212) 505-5181. $10.
Perfumed Nightmare: 6 p.m., 93 minutes, 16 mm. Turumba: 8 p.m., 95 minutes, 16 mm.

ART: Quilted/Comfort - TELFAR at New York Gallery
The unorthodox presentation of Telfar's Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection features white prototype garments displayed as "sculptural furniture" as well as a video game in which visitors can preview the clothes in different colors.
New York Gallery, Film Center Building, 630 9th Avenue, Suite 308. Opening reception tonight 6-8 p.m.

Sunday, January 13
ART: Snout to Tail at JTT Gallery
Only the second fashion-as-art gallery opening this weekend, this group show comprises clothing by Anna Sophia Berger, trompe-l'œil wallpaper by Zak Kitnick, and 2-D sculpture by Sean Paul.
JTT Gallery, 170a Suffolk Street. Opening reception tonight 6-8 p.m. Through February 17.

DRINKS: GIRLS Premiere Party at Professor Thom's
East Village sports bar Professor Thom's will be hosting a screening for the premiere of GIRLS, featuring free jello shots for the first person to identify any restaurants or bars on the show, as well as free jello shots for all if Lena Dunham gets naked. So if you think you know struggle, come join!
Professor Thom's, 219 Second Avenue, (212) 260-9480. 7 p.m.

MUSIC: Globalfest at Webster Hall
Now in its tenth anniversary, this world music showcase lets you see twelve acts on three stages with one ticket. This year's iteration includes New Orleans second line from the Stooges Brass Band, Spanish flamenco-rock from La Shica, and Zimbabwean folk by Oliver Mtukudzi.
Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, (212) 353-1600. 7 p.m. $40. Tickets here.

Robert Lazzarini's (damage) Opens Tonight

The Robert Lazzarini exhibit, (damage), at Marlborough Chelsea (545 West 25th Street) is finally opening tonight, January 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Originally scheduled to open in November, the show was one of the many canceled or postponed after Hurricane Sandy. The New York-based artist is known for his planar and wave distorted images -- they look like you dropped acid and the world melted into a fun-house mirror. Marlborough is also opening the first solo exhibit of paintings by Yoshiaki Mochizuki on the gallery's second floor. Both are up until February 16.

Image courtesy of the artist/Marlborough Chelsea

Eight Items or Less: Amy Winehouse Nominated for Brit Award

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1. Alt-J, Emeli Sande and Mumford & Sons top this year's list of nominees for the UK Brit Awards with three nominations each. Amy Winehouse was also nominated posthumously for Best Female Singer for her Lioness: Hidden Treasures album and the Rolling Stones were nominated for Best Live Act.  The winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 20.

2. An amazing and controversial new theory claims that the continuing drop in U.S. crime rates is due to the fact that lead has been banned from paint and gasoline. (Mother Jones; photo via WikiCommons)

3. The Belgian artist Francis Alÿs -- currently living and working in Mexico City -- opens his second solo show at David Zwirner Gallery (525 and 533 West 19th Street) tonight, January 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Look for several new paintings, as well a screening of his 20-minute film "Reel-Unreel." It's all on view until February 9.

4. Cute baby somethings.

5. Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears is also a photographer. Check out his "Tour Diary" from the Fall of 2012 on Life + Times. (Photo by Steven Anthony Hammock on Flickr)

6. Brilliant ad for Fiat 500L with a rapping UK housewife. Already over 2.5 million views.

7. For their first foray into the Sundance Film Festival, Nikki Beach is hosting a 3-day pop-up on the roof of the Sky Lodge Hotel (201 Heber Avenue, Park City, Utah). It's open for three nights during the festival's opening weekend, January 18, 19 & 20. The festival itself runs through January 27.

Watch Charli XCX Make Lipstick, Not War, In Her New Video For "You (Ha Ha Ha)"


If you've ever wanted to see Charli XCX make lipstick, not war, we've got the jam for you. Her single "You (Ha Ha Ha)," features four things we love to see: a sample of electro producer Gold Panda 's "You" that's put to werk, a proclivity for wearing increasingly high-soled creepers, crazy clothes, and -- most importantly -- a very cute white cat.

The "You (Ha Ha Ha)" single is out on February 10th at Asylum.

He Said, She Said: Rating the Fashion at the People's Choice Awards

Rating the red carpet with Mr. Mickey and that One Girl Who Works on the Website

Last night, stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Taylor Swift, Robert Downey Jr., and more turned up to the awards season pre-game otherwise known as the People's Choice Awards. Find out below whom we thought looked particularly "mature and elegant" and who looked like they came straight from the "Ice Capades."
peopleschoice_jenniferlawrence.jpgJennifer Lawrence

"The People's Choice Awards is a bit freaky in that it's semi-formal so the looks kind of run the gamut. I personally think Jennifer looked gorgeous and was so elegant that she seemed out of place in that crowd! Meanwhile I've never met a sequin I didn't like!"- Mickey

"While I love sequins, too, I disagree about her look and wasn't crazy about the dress. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence's strategy was to follow that theater superstition that says if the dress rehearsal goes poorly, you're guaranteed to have a smashing opening night: perhaps the dress she borrowed from Alexis' Carrington's Dynasty-era closet is just a signal that she's going to knock it out of the park at this Sunday's Golden Globes. Who knows." -- Abby

peopleschoice_chloemoretz.jpgChloë Grace Moretz

"She looks cute and very age appropriate and I love the color. The only downside is that her ensemble makes me envious because I could never wear that in New York right now with our 40-degree weather." -- Abby

"She's adorable. Personally I never like a black shoe with a colored ensemble but that's just a weird hang-up of mine. I wish the photos were shot from a higher angle because coming in from below is NOT a flattering look for the girls." - Mickey

peopleschoice_leamichele.jpgLea Michele

"Though it's undeniably flattering on Lea, this dress feels like something one of Hugh Hefner's 'Girls Next Door' might have worn (especially Bridget)." -- Abby

"Bless you Lea for wearing color-coordinated shoes with the dress! She looks good but I must confess that the tattoo on the foot is causing me a bit of dismay." - Mickey

peopleschoice_rumerwillis.jpgRumer Willis

"I've always been really resistant to Rumer Willis for some reason but this might be the best she's ever looked." -- Abby

"Rumer looks good. I like that she's slightly overdressed."- Mickey

peopleschoicejoeylawrence.jpgJoey Lawrence

"He looks like a Chelsea Boy...in a bad way. I hope it's for a role but I'm 93% sure that that's not the case. Lay off the man-scaping, Joey!" -- Abby

"I've spent my entire life wanting to have sex with Joey Lawrence. Until now." - Mickey

peopleschoicekaleycuoco1.jpgKaley Cuoco

"Kaley looks like her driver accidentally dropped her off at the People's Choice Awards when he meant to take her to the Country Music Awards. She looks pretty but the frothiness would look better on a cappuccino." -- Abby

This look is inoffensive. My favorite part is the peekaboo of dark toe-nail polish. It's very The Craft. -- Mickey

peopleschoice_heidiklum.jpgHeidi Klum

"I really dislike this dress. It feels like Heidi has snakes slithering around her torso and the placement of her cut-outs don't work for me." -- Abby

This woman is the female German Dorian Gray. The older she gets, the hotter she looks. - Mickey

peopleschoice_chriscolfer.jpgChris Colfer

"He looks cute. Nothing earth-shattering going on with the outift but he looks relaxed and confident, which, at these things, is often more important than the lewk." -- Abby

"I agree. I think Chris looks great and just right for the show. Not too fancy, not too casual." - Mickey

peopleschoice_emmawatson.jpgEmma Watson

"She's one brave woman wearing an outfit with all of those cut-outs near her décolletage. I'm really not crazy about her hair but I like that she went with a bold choice for her dress." -- Abby

"I disagree -- I generally adore Emma Watson and think she looks cute but this look isn't my favorite." -Mickey

peopleschoice_juliannehough.jpgJulianne Hough

"I'm still not sure who this woman is but I think she looks cute and fun here although there is a LOT going on with this dress." - Mickey

"I like the first half of the dress but with the pouf-y skirt and all of those ombré sparkles, the whole effect reminds me of the Ice Capades." -- Abby

peopleschoice_maewhitman.jpgMae Whitman

"On the one hand, I'm not crazy about the hanging pieces but on the other, I realize that without them, the dress would seem a little basic. Mae definitely stands out in this crowd in a good way -- she looks like the coolest girl at the Peoples Choice party and probably is." -- Abby

"This dress is a bit sophisticated for the occasion but I love how she looks. Also love nude shoes and her kinda casual hair and makeup with the more complicated dress." -Mickey

peopleschoice_robertdowneyjr.jpgRobert Downey Jr.

"A lot of people would say that wearing sneakers -- no matter how tricked out they are -- with a suit is a douche-y look but I'm not like a lot of people and actually give RDJ a thumbs up. Even down to his tinted glasses that match his pocket square. So sue me." -- Abby

"Who EVER would have thought that Robert Downey, Jr. would end up a sort of chic elder- statesman-of-Hollywood-type. Good for him." -- Mickey

peopleschoice_sandrabullock.jpgSandra Bullock

"Wut.is.going.on.here? Her makeup looks fantastic and I actually like that her lips match her shoes but that's where my praise ends. Her outfit looks like she paired a formal top with a pin-striped pencil skirt left over from a business suit." -- Abby

"This is a bit cuckoo bananas. Like a high-class call girl-turned-housewife hodge podge. Nobody's got time for that." --Mickey

peopleschoice_parishilton.jpgParis Hilton

"Ugh, why is she still around? I love Mary Katrantzou who designed the dress but with the garish spray tan and suede platform pumps -- which, by the way, I'm sick of those clunky toe platforms -- makes the ensemble look straight out of Forever 21 than from the runway." -- Abby

"Very cute dress but seeing Paris Hilton anywhere just makes me sad. I don't know why."  --Mickey

peopleschoice_oliviamunn.jpgOlivia Munn

"There are a million reasons why I shouldn't like this Victorian era-meets-Ann Taylor Loft dress (or skirt-blouse) combo but for some reason I do. Is that weird?" -- Abby

"I agree, I think she looks great. This look is very fashion and it would have looked bad on a lot of girls but I'm loving how it looks." -- Mickey

peopleschoice_mattbomer.jpgMatt Bomer

"He's so cute. I'm digging the more casual checked shirt paired with the navy blazer, too." -- Abby

"I hate when he wears clothes. It's kind of sick how handsome he is." -- Mickey

peopleschoice_naomiwatts.jpgNaomi Watts

"In theory this dress could be elegant but in practice it's not. The gold sequin top seems ill-fitting and I think the necklace (or is it part of the halter?) just gets lost in all that sparkle. Her skin looks radiant but I'm not feeling the hair at all. She should've kept it simple and pulled back and clean so the focus could be on the dress and on her exposed back (which unfortunately you can't see in this photo)." -- Abby

"Naomi is gorgeous and talented and you know I love a sparkle top but this look completely escapes me!" -- Mickey

Taylor Swift

"Given that she just broke up with an 18-year-old, maybe T. Swift has finally realized she should try to nab an older guy (or at least a guy her age) because with the look she's rocking, the singer appears more more mature and graceful than ever." -- Abby

"Say what you will about Taylor, she looks like a fucking movie star." -- Mickey

More He Said, She Said:
American Music Awards
GQ's Men of the Year Party
CFDA Fashion Fund Dinner

Morning Funnies: Alec Baldwin Met the 30 Rock Porn Parody Tina Fey


The cast of 30 Rock was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and Alec Baldwin talked about the time he met the woman who played Tina Fey in the 30 Rock porn parody. His story starts at the 2:50 mark.

And then....

Tracy Morgan sang "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye" and it was kind of sweet. WHY DOES THIS SHOW HAVE TO END?

Here's a very strange ad for George Clooney's new tequila. It stars Clooney, Stacy Keibler, Clooney's business partner Randy Gerber and Cindy Crawford, and everyone does it with each other or something? I don't know. What the hell are you doing, George Clooney? [ONTD]

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wrote a Golden Globes drinking game for the Hollywood Reporter:

  • Drink any time an actress cries in a speech.
  • Drink any time you see a person actively not listening to someone onstage.
  • Drink any time someone says, "I didn't prepare anything!"
  • Eat a meatball sub any time someone thanks Harvey Weinstein.
  • Take off an article of clothing any time they show Judi Dench.
  • Take off an article of clothing any time Maggie Smith wins
I'd also like to add "Drink any time someone is chewing gum or wearing sunglasses indoors," and "drink any time you can see someone's rib cage."

tumblr_mgf2kjFmwr1qas6e1o1_500.gifIt OK, Leo. Don't be cry. [OKJanelle]

Heart explosion. [LaughterKey]

tumblr_mgbls5vajc1qh4fsbo1_1280.pngOne day these two crazy kids will look back on that moment and fart. [Craigslist via PenisPolice]

tumblr_mgfj9knz7D1qiavcao1_500.jpgOh no, Sammy Sosa is on Pinterest. And pointing. And wearing a sweater. [DailyDot]

Shit girls say to gay guys, part 2. [Buzzfeed]
The Treachery of Delish Images. [LaughterKey]

Muhammad-Ali.jpgMuhammad Ali playing Monopoly. [ThisIsNotPorn]

Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" Is Still a Jam and a Half


Heard this one last night in an ad for a product that's already slipped my mind. As for the song, "This Is How We Do It," well, it's one I'll never forget. In 1995 it drove my roomie crazy: "Stop playing that friggin' song over-and-over or I'll throw it out the window!" Too bad. Still like it.  Montell Jordan exploded that year -- the song was Def Jam's first #1 pop hit -- then he slowly disappeared until there were even rumors that he had died. He's alive and well and is now a minister down in Atlanta.

Soon You'll Be Able to Watch a Sigur Rós Video On Taxi TV


Sandy Kenyon. Cat Greenleaf. Sigur Rós? The Icelandic five-piece will soon be joining those Taxi TV mainstays when a thirty-second clip of their Ryan McGinley-directed video, "Varúð," starts airing inside some 3,000 cabs. The Art Production fund is behind the installation and the video itself is part of the band's Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which the group commissioned twelve different directors to create a total of sixteen films inspired by one of the songs from their new album, Valtari. (We posted another of these films -- "Fjögur píanó" starring a naked Shia LaBeouf and directed by Israeli filmmaker Alma Har'el -- back in June.) In McGinley's project, the artist chose to create "a poem to New York City" by shooting mostly aerial shots of a female friend wandering down city streets. We recommend you watch the full six-minute video above before you catch it on Taxi TV -- for what it's worth, it's quite soothing. Come to think of it, maybe the Discovery Channel should get in touch with Sigur Rós about scoring the next Planet Earth.

[via Pitchfork]

Style Scraps: Marc Jacobs Consulted a Shrink + The Diary of a Model In a Crazy Show

jenn-rogien-aerie.jpgJenn Rogien, stylist for Girls, is now also a "style and fit expert" for Aerie, the underwear line of American Eagle. Kind of weird, no? [via The Cut]

marcjacobs.jpgMarc Jacobs' psychiatrist helped him work out why he shouldn't take the job at Dior. He revealed to Fern Mallis: "It was actually my psychiatrist who said, 'How is this going to improve the quality of your life?' and I said, 'It's not.' I mean, two more shows -- and after Galliano, what he has done -- when am I going to live my life?" Fair point, Marc. [via Fashionista]

gagakellylead-640x470.jpgLady Gaga wrote an open letter to Kelly Osbourne, criticizing her for her stint on Fashion Police. The singer posted on her site that Osbourne's work on the show is "rooted in criticism, judgment, and rating people's beauty against one another," and argued that her participation on it is hypocritical. "It used to make me truly sad when I would hear people talk about your weight when you were younger, as I was bullied too. To see you blossoming into a beautiful slender woman who makes fun of others for a living is astounding," Gaga wrote. Wow. [via Fashionista]

Screen shot 2013-01-11 at 11.33.55 AM.pngBlogger Bryan Boy has caused quite a stir for Tweeting "Mark your calendars kids! You have less than a month to lose weight and make those bones appear. Fashion month is just around the corner," because people are interpreting it as either pro-anorexia or mocking of anorexia. [via Styloko]

xlarge.jpgWe need to go to SF to check out Tomboy Tailors, the first store specializing in custom tailoring for women looking to wear menswear-inspired clothes. [via Jezebel]

adidas-campus-ftbl-1.jpgLoving the new Adidas Campus FTBL sneakers. Those are some nice kicks. [via HypeBeast]

andersonlead.jpgFour Pins found the personal online diary of one of the male models who walked in J.W. Anderson's bananas AW '13 show. It's a treasure trove of quotes, but our favorite is this one: "I also prepared myself mentally, envisioning scenarios in which I would wear my tube top and ruffle shorts in my everyday life so I could really sell it on the catwalk--If I were trapped in a room on a hot day with a fan that only blew on my chest, for example. This would be ideal. Or, if I were going to a Halloween party dressed as John Smith right after he was caught getting it on with Pocahontas by an irate Chief Powhatan and, in a zany mix-up, accidentally grabbed her clothes while frantically trying to escape her teepee. You know, relatable things." We relate, gurl.

Our Predictions for Season 2 of Girls


Sorry Downton Abbey, Laura Linney and Masterpiece Classics, but Girls returns this Sunday and we'll have to catch you on the DVR. We're even planning to take a break from the Golden Globes when 9 p.m. rolls around to catch up with our millennial crew who is almost kind of getting it together. In anticipation, we've refreshed where we last left our foursome and the dudes who love (like? like, love?) them, and make some predictions about where things could be heading next.



Where we left her: Following an explosive fight with her boyfriend Adam, Hannah passed out on her F-train train ride home and woke up at the final Coney Island stop, robbed of her purse and her pride with only a piece of wedding cake in hand. She then proceeded to eat that cake alone on the beach. 

Our predictions: Newly single and feeding off the energy of her new roommate, her gay ex-boyfriend Elijah, Hannah will have a new lease on life for a hot second. As glimpsed in previews, she's got herself a slew of suitors -- including Donald Glover and Patrick Wilson! -- and we predict this will give her a new sense of semi-false confidence. After a few run-ins with Adam, however, she'll return to her old habits and will end up in a decisive scene, crying in her bra and underwear in a Beacon's Closet changing room and back at square one. 

Drinking game suggestion: It's too easy to drink every time Hannah gets naked. For a more difficult moment to spot, try to recognize Hannah's signature pouty frown. It looks like this:




Where we left her: After a few episodes of chronicling the post-breakup downward spiral of self-assured, type-A Marnie, she cut loose and got drunk at the finale's surprise wedding, making out with SNL's Bobby Moynihan and eating cake with her hands. She also learned how to twerk to Lady's "Yankin." Changed woman.

Our predictions: The writers aren't finished breaking down this character before they build her up, so Marnie will have it rough for a bit longer. Already single and squatting at Shoshanna's apartment, she will likely be fired from her job and lose the last sense of security she has. Then she will be forced to work through her unresolved issues with ex-boyfriend Charlie and his new girlfriend, deal with a visit from her snippy mother (played by Rita Wilson), and get busy with the eye-rollingly sexual confident artist named BOOTH JONATHAN (played by Jorma Taccone). It's possible that in a weird "taste of your own medicine"-sort of way, she'll find out that Booth has only broken up with a long-term girlfriend a few days before they start hooking up and all of a sudden, she realizes she's not that different from Charlie's new flame, Audrey. 

Drinking game suggestion: Marnie is the Miranda of this crew, although her cynicism tends to work more in her favor. Take a sip whenever she has something judgmental. 



Where we left her: Surprise! Jessa married the bizarre, mash-up loving venture-capitalist Thomas-John in an unexpected ceremony at the end of the season. She knows almost nothing about him, hates almost everything he does, and only seems intrigued by the fact that he "knows nothing." She also claims to now feel like an adult while on the toilet.  

Our predictions: Jessa will quickly discover how little she and her new husband have in common after a few episodes of marital bliss. This can end up one of two ways: Jessa will abandon the relationship by embarking on a sexual roundabout or Thomas-John's polar opposite freakiness will make them a tumultuous and addictive pair who love to do it on the balcony of their apartment in the Edge.

Drinking game suggestion: Drink each time Jessa wears something that makes zero sense. Or, for that matter, any character.



Where we left her: When we last saw America's Jewish little sister, her meltdown over wearing white to her cousin's surprise wedding won over the sarcastic Ray, who deflowered her at the end of the episode. 

Our predictions: Nothing bad. Nothing bad can happen to Shoshanna. She is a bizarre, NYU-enrolled angel. We fell in love with her in the warehouse party episode when, after accidentally doing crack, she freaks out and starts running through the vacant industrial streets of Bushwick. In one scene you see her run by without her shoes on, in the next she's taken her skirt off and is wearing only her top and a pair of Spanx.  Ray, if you hurt Shoshanna, we swear to God....

Drinking game suggestion: Drink whenever Shoshanna starts to nervously ramble.



Where we left him: After the tables turned and Adam finally confessed how much he cared for Hannah, he had to face the news that she wasn't ready to move in with him. Their resulting fight -- and break-up -- lead to everyone's favorite, complicated douchebag getting reamed by a truck. Moments before season one ended, we saw him on a stretcher inside an ambulance, yelling to the EMTs that Hannah was absolutely not allowed to come with him.

Our predictions: Hannah will be out and about having a great time and doing it with everyone, not thinking about Adam (but of course, thinking about him all of the time). Then she'll see him on the G train making out with his new girlfriend, who looks exactly like Hannah and all hell will break loose. He'll also be shirtless 83% of season two.

Drinking game suggestion: Drink any time Adam calls Hannah "kid."



Where we left him: Frustratingly, Charlie probably showed the least growth during season one because it seemed like he basically traded in one bossy, alpha girlfriend for another. Still dating a girl who looks like she's permanently at Coachella, Audrey (played by Audrey Gellman, press secretary to Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer and Dunham's real-life best friend), Charlie indicated that he's not over Marnie when he looked on forlornly while she made out with Bobby Moynihan during Jessa's quickie wedding.

Our predictions: Charlie will get dumped by Audrey for the same reasons he got dumped by Marnie and decide that he needs to do some soul-searching. He'll move to Buenos Aires for a while to "play music" and return newly-tanned and newly-confident...just in time to confuse Marnie once again at the very moment she's starting falling for someone new.

Drinking game suggestion: Drink every time Charlie gets bossed around by someone.



Where we left him: To our collective sigh of "thank fucking god," Ray successfully wooed Shoshanna -- at least for a night -- and does the dirty deed with her after Jessa's wedding.

Our predictions: He'll embark on one of the most confusing -- and entertaining -- relationships we've seen thus far on the show (which says a lot) with Shoshanna.

Drinking game suggestion: Drink every time Ray says something mean to Hannah.



Where we left him: Elijah wraps up season one by agreeing to move in with Hannah and becoming her new roommate.

Our predictions: Elijah and Hannah get on swimmingly until Elijah breaks up with his sugar daddy boyfriend and can no longer pay his rent. In an ironic plot twist, Hannah now must spot him for a while with her Cafe Grumpy wages just as Marnie once did for her. This causes tension for an episode or two but eventually Elijah gets a job as an assistant to a P.R. dynamo played by Alan Cumming and co-habitation harmony is restored.

Drinking game suggestion: Drink each time Elijah calls one of the girls out for being self-centered and/or entitled.

A '90s Hip-Hop Golden Globes Playlist

Hesta Prynn A.jpegIn this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.

This Sunday is the Golden Globes and the category I'm most excited for is Best Television Series (Drama). The characters on these shows are ferocious badasses who don't take shit from anybody. Carrie Matheson basically runs the C.I.A. and Walter White is so gangsta it hurts. It wasn't hard to imagine each of these series with a '90s hip-hop theme song. Pour a little out for Abu Nazir, here are your new opening credits.

Breaking Bad: Biggie Smalls, "10 Crack Commandments"

When you're in the "empire business" you'd do well to heed Biggie's warnings, particularly rule number seven: "This rule is so underrated -- Keep your family and business completely separated." (Jesse Pinkman: BITCH!)

Downton Abbey Season 2: Wu-Tang Clan, "C.R.E.A.M."

The ringing of a bell, the dusting of a chandelier. Yes, the sun is rising over Downton Abbey just as it rises over the streets of Shaolin. The faces are different but the game remains the same. Get the money, Mary.

Homeland: Method Man feat. Mary J Blige, "You're All I Need to Get By"

The chorus says, "Lie together, cry together, I swear to God I hope we fuckin' die together." It's literally the Carrie Matheson theme song.

Boardwalk Empire: Snoop Doggy Dogg, "Gin & Juice"

How is "Nucky" not a euphemism for something at this point? (Also whose Phantom of the Opera mask is more fierce, Richard Harrow or this dude from the St Lunatics?)


The Newsroom: KRS One, "MCs Act Like They Don't Know"

The Newsroom is to KRS One as The Real Housewives is to 2Chainz. You know that this show is "critically acclaimed" and "important" and "smart" but ... maybe you find it "uneventful" "one note" or "kinda boring."

Related: A '90s Hip-Hop Girls Playlist

Eight Items or Less: RAMBO Opening at Bowery Hotel


1. Here's a list of all the bands set to play MulchFest 2013. Just kidding. This weekend's MulchFest, January 12 & 13, is actually the time to bring your holiday tree to a designated spot in NYC so it can be recycled into mulch. HERE's all the locations and, sorry, no music.  

2. Hotelier Ian Schrager is being sued by NYC art gallery Sperone Westwater (257 Bowery). Apparently his planned 25-story Public Hotel on Chrystie Street "will block light and air" in the gallery's space. (WSJ; photo © Patrick McMullan)

3. Peter Makebish opens a show of new paintings by RAMBO (Lance De Los Reyes) in the The Bowery Hotel Basement Annex tomorrow, January 12, 6 to 9 p.m.. Also that night, 6 to 8 p.m., Gavin Brown's Enterprise (620 Greenwich Street) opens a show of works by Nick Relph and Christopher Knowles.

4. This is what the Limelight (Sixth Avenue at 20th Street) shopping mall (and former nightclub) looked like in 1946. (Flaming Pablum)

5. One of the bands that we think should become really, really big in 2013, HAIM, is opening for Mumford & Sons at Barclays Center on February 12. If they don't get big, we will eat our shoes.

6. A 2011 Miami mayoral candidate released this parody of "Thrift Shop" called "Pot Shop."

7. The Generation Wild tour with Deniz Koyu, Danny Avila, dBerrie and Mikael Weermets is coming to NYC's Webster Hall on February 16.

Why We Need to Care More About Soil When Discussing Global Warming

drought_soil_interview.jpg2012 was the hottest year ever in the U.S., it was reported this week. From extreme droughts to floods to fires to Hurricane Sandy, it's hard to deny anymore that something serious is happening to the planet. One of the answers for averting famine and extinction could be in the soil, a concept we learned about from USDA scientist, teacher and writer, Calvin Bey.

You're an organic farming expert so first explain why it's important to eat organic instead of conventional food.
It's much more than a matter of nutrition. Modern, commercial production of food is destroying the soil. Soil erosion is not a very pizzazzy, sexy issue and very few people seem to know about it. If you compare the soils around the Gulf of Mexico from years ago to now, hundreds of millions of pounds is gone. A whole ecosystem is being destroyed, it's so full of pollutants, high nitrates and phosphates. The state with the most eroded soil is Iowa, traditionally idyllic farming land.

So what exactly is happening?
Adding more fertilizer and GMOs [Genetically Modified Organisms] are destroying the biology of the soil. More nutrients leach out of the system. The bottom line is there's a finite amount of soil and if it's not sustainable, it means the extinction of the human species.

That's the direction we're headed. From a scientific standpoint, what is going on right now is an assault on the wholesomeness of nature. Chemicals, fertilizers, GMOs and pesticides scream of in-your-face defiance against the land. Humans will lose.

It's not just in the U.S., it's happening all over.
I've spent quite a bit of time in Haiti over the years and it's so bad down there. They were trying to emulate American farming, adding fertilizer and pesticides, and it's just horrendous.

Proposition 37 in California, which would have forced labeling of genetically modified food, failed to pass in November. Is there any hope?
There are going to be some disasters that will really show people what's happening. In India, cattle go into the fields and eat GMO cotton after the harvest and they're dying. Cattle's biological makeup hasn't evolved to digest it. GMOs are so unnoticeable to the general public. You can't tell from looking at a rice crop that it's a GMO thing. But when disasters happen on a big scale, people will notice.

What about the flavor of organically grown food vs. conventionally grown?
My wife and I have an organic garden and when people come here I say, 'Taste a carrot.' I'll hear 'That tastes like the carrots my grandfather used to grow.' There's a nutrient-dense aspect of it affecting the sugar content and relationship of the minerals.

But studies have shown organic doesn't always mean better in terms of nutrients.
You can do things poorly organically, if you don't know what you're doing. Some people think it's just about adding more compost to the soil and everything will be more luscious. But you can add too much compost and have too much nitrogen. There has to be a balance. The real difference shows up in extreme weather conditions. There were 29 studies of organic vs. conventional conditions of crops and there was very little difference in production/yield. But when there was a drought, organic soil won hands-down. Plants still grew while the chemical soil was barren.

There's so much more cancer now, too.
Absolutely. I think a lot of diseases -- diabetes, autism, cancer -- are food and environment-related. If you eat an apple that's full of toxins, it goes into your body. I saw a horrifying study of tumors in rats who were fed GMO corn.

Other than buying organic, what can we as consumers do?
We've got to educate people, very difficult to do. When I go into a store I ask where the organic food is and which ones have GMOs. Many people who work in these stores have no clue. I'll ask to talk to the manager and the manager won't have a clue. But if three people go in and ask, there will be an awareness. It's got to be grassroots. I often say this: The problem is too big and too important to leave to big business or the government.

What else?
I encourage people to read Joel Salatin's Folks, This Ain't Normal. He's doing more to help this cause than people give him credit for. He took an old farm that was basically a wasteland and turned it into something productive. It shows how we can still turn things around, rebuild our soil. We can stop doing research -- and I'm a researcher. We've got lots of answers. It's a matter of putting them into action.

For people who don't have much money, how can you justify the cost of organics?
You've got to think long term instead of instant gratification. You are helping to promote sustainable production of agriculture instead of destroying the planet. The world needs to pause, take a breath of fresh air, and change our value system regarding how we use our natural resources.

Watch Andy Warhol Comment On A Wrestling Match


In "What the what?" news, Open Culture (via Boing Boing) unearthed this video of Andy Warhol backstage at a WWF match with Mr.T, Hulk Hogan and someone who may or may not be Cyndi Lauper. Now that we think about it, it makes sense that Warhol would like the constructed personae and performative nature of the sport. Still, we're not entirely sure how we're supposed to feel about it. Watch above.

Daria, Sailor Moon, Betty Boop and More Get High Fashion Makeovers

Illustrations-6.jpgIt might be time to update our "Chicest Cartoon Characters" list! We spied these real cute fashion illustrations by TheStyleMonk's Jerome LaMaar, featuring cartoon characters of the vintage and "dear-god-the-90s-can't-be-considered-vintage-yet" variety wearing designer looks by Marni, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, and Alaïa, to name a few. Above and below, peep Daria and Jane, Sailor Moon, Betty Boop and Jem with designer makeovers and head over to High Snobette to see more. Barneys, take note. 


Forget the Oscars, Leo!

Welcome to our Friday GIF roundup, featuring a collection of this week's most important, amusing and/or newsy GIFs and GIFsets by Mike Hayes of Buzzfeed and Gifhound.

This week's GIFs Of The Week is dedicated to Leo DiCaprio, the biggest Oscars snub of the year. Sorry, Leo. You're still awesome. (The TV Screen)

The Daily Show finally came back this week. The Daily Show takes way too many breaks. (Comedy Central)

The ghost at the Drive-thru prank. Classic! (ForGifs)

This GIF is brought to you by the words: Stop and GODDAMMIT! (ibid.)

This is a mouse watching that awful baby cake GIF (BuzzFeed)

This GIF is important because JT announced that he'll be announcing something on Sunday night at midnight. (Check out countdown.justintimberlake.com) (topherchris)

This is a tiger GIF. (B&W GIFs)

This is another slightly more frightening tiger GIF. (creativity sucks)

This cat is kind of rude. (heyarigrande)


This dog is named Herbie. G'night er'body! (starkofwinterfell)