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Boxing Champion Victor Ortiz Arrested for Rape and Charged with 3 Felonies

Professional boxer Victor Ortiz, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars as well as films The Expendables 3 and Southpaw, has turned himself in to authorities for allegedly raping a woman in March, the Oxnard Police Department confirmed in a news release.

The 31-year-old athlete surrendered himself at the Ventura County Sheriff Department’s East Valley Station on Tuesday after being charged with three counts of felony sexual assault, including rape.

Officials first began investigating Ortiz after his alleged victim contacted authorities on Match 19 claiming she was sexually assaulted “inside a residence in the city of Oxnard,” by the boxer, the Oxnard Police Department said.

The investigation has been ongoing for the last several months before authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ortiz.

The boxer’s bail has been set to $ 100,000 and he is being held on suspicion of forcible rape as well as forcible oral copulation and forcible digital penetration.

Ortiz’s previously had a run in with the law in 2015 when he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, namely his foot.

Lieutenant Jason Clawson of the Pasadena Police Department previously told PEOPLE that the boxer was arrested at a Kenny Chesney concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The boxer later pled guilty to battery charge as part of a plea deal. He was put on probation.

Ortiz was also arrested in 2016 for a DUI, according to TMZ. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI and was sentenced to 3 years probation and 8 days in county jail.

Ortiz’s latest arrest comes just five days before the boxer is expected to fight in a nationally-televised special against former world title challenger, John Molina Jr.

The fight, which is planned to occur at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Ortiz is currently out on bail so it is not clear of the fight will go ahead.

A representative for Ortiz did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Ortiz’s previous titles include the WBC welterweight in 2011 and the ESPN Prospect of the Year in 2008. He was formerly rated as one of the top three welterweights in the world by ESPN, along with several other sporting and boxing websites.

In his tenure — which includes an overall record of 32-6-3 with 25 knockouts — Ortiz has fought against an impressive list of boxers including Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto, Lamont Peterson, Luis Collazo, and Marcos Maidana.


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Garrett Borns, known as indie rock artist BØRNS, is denying allegations of sexual misconduct, manipulation and harassment made by multiple young female fans. In tweets beginning Sept. 21, the women described meeting Borns at concerts — some when they were teenagers — which led to years-long conversations via Instagram and Snapchat messages that, according to the […]

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Bill Cosby, Once a Model of Fatherhood, Is Sent to Prison for Sexual Assault

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Shopping: Luxe Fall Skincare We’re fans of fall time, don’t get us wrong, but we could do without the affect it has on our skin.
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Will a Larger Adidas Yeezy Boost Release Hurt the Brand?

Kanye West always wanted this.
Not having royalties and not being able to produce more sneakers were the main reasons he left Nike. And upon signing his deal with Adidas, which started in 2013, he made it clear that he wanted more people to have access to his sneakers. Today he’s making good on that promise with the release of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in an all-white colorway that retails for $ 220. Customers will only be able to purchase the sneakers directly through adidas.com and the Yeezy Supply web site. They are reportedly releasing 1 million pairs of shoes.
West’s influence, along with scarcity, is what has bolstered the Yeezy footwear line. But what happens when a Yeezy Boost style becomes even more ubiquitous? Will it have the same trajectory as the Jordan brand, which lost market share and cache due to overproduction. WWD spoke with people in the sneaker industry to see if the release will hurt or help the brand.
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Matt Cohen: This is an interesting release because we’ve never seen something like this. For one, it’s a restock,

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Something Navy Crashes Site, Beats Expectations at Nordstrom

Arielle Charnas, the influencer behind the popular fashion blog and social channels Something Navy, had a “wildly successful” launch of her collection exclusively at Nordstrom on Monday, according to a Nordstrom spokeswoman.  The brand was so popular it crashed the site in the first hour, which was quickly remedied.
Many customers complained online that they weren’t able to buy what they put in their shopping bag since the site crashed, and once it was back online Nordstrom had sold out of the items.
The introduction followed the successful launch of the Treasure & Bond x Something Navy capsule collection last fall. That capsule was estimated to have racked up sales of about $ 1 million in less than 24 hours, as reported.
On Monday, Something Navy sales beat expectations, according to the spokeswoman. Among the best sellers were a v-neck slouchy pullover, which was available in five colors for $ 79; the double-breasted topper coat in check pattern for $ 139, and the teddy coat, available in two colors, blue and tan, for $ 149. The tan sold out Monday and the blue is still available in large and XXL.

The blue teddy coat is still available in a few sizes. 

Charnas will make an appearance at Nordstrom’s Yorkdale

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Koché RTW Spring 2019

At a time when the United Nations is meeting in New York, discord between nations has rarely appeared so high. Christelle Kocher has other ideas.
Her spring collection was an ode to unity, under the guise of a celebration of women worldwide. That could be a soignée Parisienne, strutting down Avenue Montaigne in a fuchsia blazer, or a young girl in Indonesia going out with friends in a sequined top and matching headscarf, paired with pleated track pants.
“It’s an homage to diversity, a rallying call in which fashion can be a good vector of unification,” Kocher said backstage after the show, held at the French Communist Party headquarters in Paris, a saucer-shaped building designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the Sixties.
Kocher has always connected with a more nuanced vision of Paris than most people who live here experience — the result of shuttling between her job as artistic director of Maison Lemarié, part of Chanel’s stable of specialty ateliers, and her own studio in the multiethnic neighborhood of Belleville in the northeast of Paris.
This season, she broadened that vision to places she has visited, and those she dreams of discovering. A black bodysuit was embroidered with silver sequins in geometric motifs inspired

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Uniqlo Opens Knitwear Show With Tales of Horizontal Knitting Machines

NEAT KNITS: Don’t take your sweater for granted.
This felt like the underlying message relayed by Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. executives speaking before a crowded room of journalists gathered for a Uniqlo exhibit about knitwear in Paris. People squeezed into the entrance of the show, a wide room covered with dangling wheels of colored wool, the hues arranged like a giant, three-dimensional rainbow.
Held at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris, the show runs from Wednesday through Saturday. It’s a sort of ephemeral pop-up experience from the Japanese label, which touts the exhibit as its first, as it joins the growing ranks of brands aiming to pull in new consumers by telling people how their stuff is made.
“The Art and Science of LifeWear” features a knitting machine in action, building a sweater dress before the public. It then takes visitors through a life of a sweater through photos, showing inspection stages and the factory hanger system, finishing with the final residue removal, done by hand. Another room is covered with rows of outfits, some outfitted with knit hats, scarves and gloves.
Closing the exhibit is a pop-up shop, complete with a cash register, featuring collaborations with Andrea Crews—airport themed, with sweaters stamped “Paris”

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A Star Is Born (2018) Opens Friday, Oct 5, 2018

In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has just given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight.

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This Star Wars Day Is Better Than Every Other Star Wars Day

This Star Wars Day Is Better Than Every Other Star Wars Day

We have new Star Wars movies now—and they’re great!—and an ever-expanding world of fandom to enjoy. That’s why this should be the best May the Fourth ever. The post This Star Wars Day Is Better Than Every Other Star Wars Day appeared first on WIRED.
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Seth MacFarlane to Star in Live-Action FOX Series

FOX has ordered 13 episodes of a “new hour-long, live-action comedic drama series” created by and starring Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, network chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced today. MacFarlane also wrote the pilot and will executive produce the currently untitled series.

Targeting the 2017-18 TV season, the new MacFarlane series takes place 300 years in the future and follows a “motley crew of space explorers” on a “not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship” named the Orville.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right,” said MacFarlane in a statement.

Walden and Newman added: “Seth has one of the most original voices – in every sense of the word – and we’ve been waiting for him to bring us a project as special as this one. It’s classic Seth – fresh and funny, incredibly smart, wickedly subversive and undeniably FOX.”

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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian latest names to visit Havana

American reality-show star Kim Kardashian takes a selfie as she rides on a classic car next to her husband, rap superstar Kayne West and her sister Kourtney Mary Kardashian in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. West, Kardashian and members of her reality-show-star family have become the latest celebrities to visit Havana. They visited Havana’s Museum of Rum Wednesday, stepping out of a hot-pink antique American convertible as they snapped selfies and were recorded by a television crew following them around.(AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)HAVANA (AP) — Rap superstar Kanye West, his wife Kim Kardashian and members of her reality-show-star family are the latest celebrities to visit Havana.



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Lisa Rinna Changes Her Hairdo for the First Time in 20 Years Using Drugstore Dye

As Brandi Glanville once told Lisa Rinna in season 5 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: ‘You’ve had the same hairdo for 20 years!” Well, not anymore.

The Melrose Place alum debuted her new darker hairstyle on Watch What Happens Live! on Tuesday, after the third and final part of the RHOBH reunion special aired on Bravo.


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“I mean, I wanted to try something new, and you know, I’ve had the same hairdo,” Rinna, 52, explained to host Andy Cohen about her coiffed strands. “For 20 years I’ve had the same hairdo and I thought, ‘Why not?’ You know?”

The mother of two also added that the hair transformation was a bit of a spontaneous decision that was influenced by the recent Met Gala.

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“I darkened it a little bit. I went to the drugstore last night, and I got this fanciful – I don’t know what it is. It’ll wash out,” she said. “Because my highlights were all crazy all over the place and I thought, ‘I’ll just darken it a little bit.’ I had a vision. It was sort of, like, for the Met Ball, the ‘Manus Machina’ look for the Met Ball.”

So will this darker color be permanent change? “I like my hairdo though,” she clarified. “I really do.”

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Rinna’s signature, short hairstyle previously featured streaks of honey blonde highlights. She most memorably sported brunette locks in April 2015 when she ditched her shaggy pixie cut for dark Kardashian-esque extensions in response to Glanville’s insults about her hair.

One of the reasons Rinna likes to rock a bob is because husband of close to 20 years Harry Hamlin prefers a shorter ‘do.

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“Harry likes it. He always says, ‘Keep it short.’ So I like to keep my husband happy; that is not news,” she said during a Access Hollywood co-hosting gig in April 2015.

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Nautica to Open Full-Price Store in SoHo

NEW YORK — Nautica is getting back into the full-price retail business in the U.S.
The nautical-skewed brand will open a flagship at 101 Prince Street in SoHo later this week. The 2,000-square-foot store, which is located between the Apple Store and J. Crew, marks the first Nautica store to open in Manhattan in over a decade. The company operates over 200 stores internationally, but only outlet stores in America.
The new store is part of the company’s repositioning strategy that was revealed in February. The plan revolves around the theme of “Reimagine Nautica — Inspired by the Sea, Designed in the City,” and includes a good, better, best pricing approach. The SoHo store will carry the higher-priced, more aspirational product and will include women’s wear as well.
Karen Murray, president of Nautica, said, “It is exciting for our brand and consumers to have a retail location in the city that we have called home for over 30 years.”
The SoHo store will offer a “reimagined nautical environment with references to a modern cityscape,” the company said. This will translate into a sophisticated, boutique-style store with nautical references including natural oak beams intended to be reminiscent of a boat.
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Duchess of Cambridge Opens Magic Garden at Hampton Court

DUCHESS ON DUTY: Following a tour of India and Bhutan, Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday festivities and a visit from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Duchess of Cambridge is carrying on with a series of royal engagements. She headed to Hampton Court to open Magic Garden, a new children’s play area, on Wednesday.
Designed by Robert Meyers with a moat and shrub maze, the garden is located in King Henry VIII’s former courtyard where, historically, jousting and tournaments took place. The duchess met with the teams involved in the design and construction, as well as children and families in the community. She attended a reception and unveiled a plaque to mark the opening. No stranger to recycling her wardrobe, she donned a blue-gray Michael Kors coat first seen during her royal tour to Australia in 2014 with LK Bennett heels.
As a patron of the Anna Freud Centre, she attended a lunch in a Roksanda Illincic dress and met with families from the center and supporters of the institution that increases awareness of children’s mental health issues. She headed to the National Portrait Gallery wearing a pink peplum Alexander McQueen dress to view two portraits of her by photographer Josh Olins that are on display as a

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Christian Siriano Bridal Spring 2017

For his first full-fledged bridal collection, retailing exclusively at Kleinfeld, Christian Siriano looked to France, drawing inspiration from its vintage interiors, Art Nouveau tapestries and the work of Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. He parlayed his references into a romantic lineup full of classic princess gowns and other, more playful silhouettes — the latter including a cropped-top and skirt set; a sexy, sequined jumpsuit; a ruffled tuxedo and a flirty, feathered minidress. Siriano’s strapless sweetheart gown with a tiered, pleated silk chiffon skirt felt effortlessly feminine, and his pink ombre ballgown — the collection’s showstopping finale look — was bound to fulfill some future bride’s ultimate wedding fantasy.

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Rodrigo Bazan Exits Alexander Wang

ON THE MOVE: Rodrigo Bazan has stepped down as president of Alexander Wang, a role he held since December 2010. The Argentinian-born executive joined the company in its first major growth phase, overseeing the expansion of new product categories and retail markets, including the rollout of 27 stores worldwide. He was the brand’s first appointed president since its launch in 2005. Prior to Alexander Wang, Bazan was based in Paris as the vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and India of Marc Jacobs International LLC.
A spokesman for Alexander Wang told WWD that the company was thankful for Bazan’s accomplishments and plans to pursue the next steps for its continued business development. An announcement of a successor is expected in the coming months.

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A Talk with Barbara Hershey About Her Long-standing Career

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Barbara Hershey is a multi-award winning actress who has been gracing us with her presence on the big screen for quite some time. She is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a “Killing in a Small Town” and was nominated for an Academy Award for a “Portrait of a Lady” as well as a BAFTA award for “Black Swan”. In the 1980’s Barbara was at the height of her career. She has played many roles, from “The Stunt Man”, “The Right Stuff” to “Hannah and Her Sisters” with Woody Allen, and “Hoosiers” with Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, Barbara is the epitome of what it takes to have a lifetime career pursuing your dreams and doing what you love. From her award winning role in “Anne of Green Gables” for PBS for which she received a Gemini Award to co-starring opposite of Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in “Insidious” Barbara’s gift of acting is beyond amazing.

I had an opportunity to speak with Barbara about her long-standing career and to find out what’s next for her.

ABCs “Once Upon a Time” is an amazing show, so let’s talk about your return to the show this season.

I was in two episodes this season. I was truly excited about it because I was asked to do more than I’d ever been asked to do before on the show. It was really an exciting show to get to do, and a very emotional show. They’re wonderful people and I enjoyed doing it and touching base again.

You play the standout character Ann Rutledge on the A&E series “Damien”, what has your experience been like?

Well one of the things that attracted me to it was the question, ‘what would you do if you found out you were the Antichrist?’ because we are starting with the iconic version of the film, the first one with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick and not dealing with any other sequels or anything since, and the little child at the end of that first film that looks at the camera and smiles, is Damien. This is him all grown up and during that period, the human part of him blanked out who he was. He couldn’t deal with it. He then found himself always drawn to pain so he became a war photographer. He’s now thirty years old. My character Ann Rutledge, has been in the shadows his whole life guiding him and protecting him, unbeknownst to him. He’s not aware of her at all, and at this moment she steps out of the shadows and lets him know who he is. But we approach this like the original film in that we approach it realistically. It’s much more like a psychological thriller with edges of horror rather than out of horror. We deal with a lot of interesting issues about good and evil and what is preordained and what isn’t. I find it very interesting and very surprising. The words Antichrist and Damien bring certain images to mind, but the show doesn’t really go in the obvious direction.

You’ve had a long a successful career, what has been your best and favorite role?

This is a very hard question to answer. I have five or six favorite roles and then as soon as I say that, I feel disappointed that I didn’t say something else. It’s hard. It’s like picking your children and saying which one you like best. They’re all a part of me and it’s a difficult thing to pick.

Let’s talk about “Black Swan” and how amazing the film was and your role in that.

I really loved the film. I don’t think I ever worked on a film where I had less of an idea of how the actual film was going to turn out. I don’t mean in terms of good or bad but in terms of my performance specifically, but the film itself. Darren’s way of directing is getting a lot of different varieties on a scene so you do lots of takes that are different from each other, and then he puts it together. The first time I saw the film, I didn’t know what the effect of my character was going to be. Especially that film because you’re looking at the movie through the eyes of someone who is going insane. It’s a subjected film. The character’s version of that is very warped and accelerates. You’re not just presenting a character, you’re presenting what’s going on and her perception of what’s going on kind of at the same time. It was a fantastic film to do and Darren is a really huge talent and wonderful to work with. It was intense. I came in the last three weeks of filming after they had done all of the ballet and everyone was pretty exhausted.

How did winning an Emmy and Golden Globe Award, change the direction of your career?

I don’t know if it did. I won the Cannes Film Festival twice too. It doesn’t seem to affect anything with me. I haven’t noticed any difference. But on a personal level, it has meaning. Film actors actually act in a vacuum, since they don’t have an audience. When you do get an award, it’s kind of an undeniable circumstance where you have to admit what you did which is gratifying. But I always think acting awards are writing awards anyway.

What’s next for you and do you have any aspirations to work behind the camera?

I don’t know what’s next which is often where I’ve been in my life and that doesn’t bother me but I have to stay in a state of openness. Hopefully “Damien” will get renewed and that will be next, but you never know about things. And behind the camera, I don’t know and I don’t think that’s a good enough answer to step behind the camera. I think you have to know. Sometimes I think it would be good but I don’t know. It’s not a big aspiration. I’ve always been just an actor. That’s my love.

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Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the place! We all need a course-correcting tool — A “GPS for the Soul” — to help us find our way back to center. The guide below will give you the tools you need to reach that calmer state of mind.

You can push through any problem with the right encouragement. In the GPS Guide below, reader Janel Beatty shares some motivating mantras to help inspire you. Read them when you’ve hit a roadblock.

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21 Couples Who Decided To Elope And Are Damn Glad They Did

There are those who dream of throwing a big blow-out wedding with tons of guests, a fairytale dress and fancy centerpieces. Others fantasize about eloping in a no-frills ceremony instead with only a few close family and friends present — or perhaps no one at all.

One choice isn’t inherently better than the other; it’s an intensely personal decision that the couple must make together. We recently asked 21 couples why eloping was the right choice for them. Read on to see what they had to say: 

**Some responses have been edited and condensed for clarity. 

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The Perfect Response To ‘Are Men Second-Class Citizens?’

You can spend a lifetime trying to find the perfect gif to deploy in response to sheer ignorance about women’s rights.

Today, we can thank Guardian Australia columnist Van Badham for supplying us with one.

The writer appeared on Australian morning show “Sunrise” on Saturday, where hosts were conducting a deep-dive into the ever-pressing topic, “Are men second-class citizens?”

The statement that prompted Badham’s eye roll of the century was “left feminism is essentially selfish.” Former Australian politician Mark Latham made that remark while trying to characterize Badham as only concerned about problems that affect educated, privileged women — even though she covers class inequality at The Guardian. (She also wrote a comprehensive response to Latham’s remarks, which you can read here.)

But her sublime expression is nothing if not versatile when confronting sexist idiocy.

For example:

“Why don’t you want kids?”

“Are you on your period?”

“Women are just voting for Hillary/Bernie because she’s a woman/they want boys to like them.”

“You’d be so much prettier if you smiled more.” 

Try it yourself! In the meantime, the entire segment can be viewed below:

H/T Elle

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Patti Smith Rocks the Getty Honoring Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith gently rocked the Getty Center Saturday, April 30, performing two acoustic shows in honor of her “life-long friend” Robert Mapplethorpe, whose poignant artworks and photographs are on exhibit there and at LACMA through July 31.

Using poetry, song, reminiscence and readings from her National Book Award-winning Just Kids, Smith took those lucky enough to have acquired tickets to this event on a journey through her and Mapplethorpe’s life together from the time they met in 1969 – penniless, guileless and both strikingly handsome – to Mapplethorpe’s death from AIDS in 1989.

Warning that “memory is like cubism,” she spun their entwined tale and revealed how the duo had a remarkable penchant for letting fate guide them to the right place at the right time and for getting out of their own way in service of their creativity and their work.

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Wearing an ear-to-ear smile and her uniform of black combat boots and jacket (at one time she wore only Ann Demeulemeester), Smith began by reading a poem that she wrote for Mapplethorpe’s memorial booklet. As photographs of and by Mapplethorpe were projected on the wall at the back of the stage, Smith described their journey.

Against the backdrop of a photograph of the “kids” in Coney Island on Sept. 1, 1969 — Smith in rolled up white pants and a black bandana around her forehead and Mapplethorpe, dapper in a black hat and a white bandana around his neck – she set off on a trip through their starving young artist days, during which she cooked them lettuce soup – basically just lettuce and bouillon cubes – while they listened to Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin.

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“We had a great way to weather all kinds of personal storms,” she explained, adding that though their romance was physical, too, it was essentially “work-based,” its foundation being their “common belief in one another” and the key to their long friendship. Smith revealed that her friend was funny, mischievous and liked to laugh and that he was “smitten” with photography, long before it became a respected art “like painting and sculpture.”

Her readings from the book and her other memories were punctuated with song – she sang some of her most well-known numbers like Dancing Barefoot and Because the Night, her one hit song (written with Springsteen.) She sang the very moving Paths that Cross, which she wrote for Mapplethorpe after his lover, mentor and benefactor, Sam Wagstaff, died of AIDS in 1987. Smith was accompanied on guitar or piano by her long time collaborator Tony Shanahan.


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When Rani Singh of the Getty Research Institute introduced Smith at the 4PM show, she enumerated her many creative attributes – poet, author, singer – and even created a new one calling her a “songer,” which she quickly corrected to songwriter but which foreshadowed the singer’s own talent for making up words. I found it especially fascinating that Smith kept referring to Mapplethorpe’s early pen and ink, complicated yet delicate drawings, as “drawlings,” definitely adding an “l” to the word. Was this intentional, a reference to Mapplethorpe’s own “drawl?” Smith used this word to describe how, towards the end of his life, Mapplethorpe had sardonically drawled “where’s the dance song?” when she and her husband, musician Fred “Sonic” Smith visited him in New York and she sang him Wild Leaves, which she had written for him.

“He always wanted me to have a hit,” she fondly remembered.

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This Is The Actual Inspiration Behind Those Crazy Outfits At The Met Gala

Monday night’s Met Gala left onlookers speechless with the elaborate gowns and overall commitment to the theme, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

This year the annual exhibit, which opens up to the public at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shortly after the eve of the gala, examines the relationship between hand-made and machine made garments over time. The result? An even bigger display of mind-blowing gowns than those usually seen on the red carpet. 

The museum’s website explains that the exhibit, which features over 150 ensembles, will “address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production.”

There are feathers! There is intricate design! And if you thought the train on Zoe Saldana’s dress was long, well:

 

Enough said.  

Feast your eyes on the gorgeous gowns below, and if you’re in New York, be sure to visit the exhibit, which runs May 5 to August 14.

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No, That Huge Celebrity Is Not Moving To Your Town

Perhaps you’ve seen the news on Facebook: Matt Damon is moving to Asheville, North Carolina. Ariana Grande is moving to Mobile, Alabama. Miley Cyrus is moving to Roswell, Georgia.

Alas, small-town dwellers, it is all a hoax. 

Since February, a network of self-titled “fantasy” news sites has been posting articles claiming A-list celebrities are moving to far-flung cities and small towns across the U.S. and other parts of the world. 

A quick Google search reveals that dozens of these such stories come from the network, which includes the websites DailyNews11, Headline Brief, LocalNews33, Lopez Report, Aly NewsKNP7 News, KLPO News, WCPM3 News, WMAC News, KUPR7 News, WLEB21 NewsNewsDaily27, The Clancy ReportO’Reilly Post and McKenzie Post. All but Headline Brief were created in early 2016, and Headline Brief was only registered in April 2015.

Each of these sites — which look nearly identical — declare all or most of their content to be “satire or pure fantasy.” But still, the articles have a tendency to spread across social media, sparking many real local news stories to debunk rumors of some major celebrity moving to the area. 

To read a handful of these stories in succession is to realize you are being duped. Many of the celebrities claim to have tired of “the LA lifestyle” and want to cast the city glamour aside for a life among “real, genuine people” in the articles, which are published with similar, if not identical, wording that praises each town.

“The people there are good, decent people and they care about their community,” Vin Diesel, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner and Justin Timberlake are quoted as saying.

In other versions, celebrities simply happened upon the town and fell in love with it — a tempting fiction. It’s not so unreasonable to think a public figure would also recognize your hometown’s charm, although some on social media share the articles to mock the celebrity’s choice.

Maybe, one day, Angelina Jolie or Justin Timberlake will tire of city life and relocate to Montana. But if that news is published on any of the sites mentioned above, it’s probably not true.  

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Civil War II: Who Are ‘The Fallen’ and ‘The Accused’?

Today Marvel revealed a pair of new one-shot comics that will tie into their Civil War II event this summer. True to form for Marvel’s recent teaser campaigns, we don’t know much more than the name of these mystery projects – Civil War II: The Accused #1 and Civil War II: The Fallen #1.

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Both of these these teaser images promise that more information will be forthcoming on July 6, which happens to be the same day that Civil War II #3 will be hitting stores. The solicitation for that issue reads, “This is the one everyone will be talking about! One of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe will fall! Who it is and how and why will divide fans for years to come. Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe survive the unthinkable happening? The fallout to this issue is enormous!”

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Would You Order a Coffee Via Drone?

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Apple Loses Suit Against ‘iPhone’ Wallet Maker

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This Kendall Jenner Vs. Britney Spears Fashion Faceoff Was 14 Years in the Making

We’ve already caught Kendall Jenner channeling Britney Spears in the past, and now the supermodel just took her appreciation for all things ’90s style to the next level by wearing almost the same exact diamond choker as Brit, 14 years after the pop princess first rocked it.

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Jeweler to the stars Lorraine Schwartz pointed out that she made an almost identical diamond choker for Kendall’s White House Correspondents look to the one Britney wore in 2002 at the MTV Video Music Awards

“The first one I made in 2002 that #britneyspears wore to the 2002 #vma’s to the one #kendalljenner wore to the 2016 #whcd it shows that a #classic is classic forever even if it’s a little #funky ???? #lorraineschwartzjewelry #goodthingslastforever,” she shared on Instagram.

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If only Instagram existed in 2002, we know Brit would have posted a similar photo to Kendall, showing off the goods.

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And since Wednesday are Fashion Faceoff day at the PeopleStyle office, we have another too-good-to-miss style showdown for you to vote on.

Bella Hadid hit the Met Gala afterparty circuit in a body-hugging Atsuko Kudo crop top and pencil skirt, as previously seen on Kim Kardashian. The reality star is a huge fan of the latex brand, and has stepped out in a number of second-skin looks from the label over the years, even during her pregnancy with Saint!

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While Kim may have stepped out in the latex look first, Bella still gets some serious points for that sexy, ’90s inspired topknot she paired it with.

What do you think of Kendall and Brit’s choker faceoff? How about Bella and Kim? Vote in our polls below, and be sure to share any additional thoughts in the comments.

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Justin Timberlake Set to Release New Song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and Our Ears Can Hardly Wait

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Pintrill Opens Brooklyn Store

Jordan Roschwalb’s enthusiasm for pins is infectious.
“I wanted to be able to give pin collectors a space to congregate just like sneaker collectors go to Stadium Goods,” said Roschwalb when asked about Pintrill’s first brick-and-mortar store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “This will be a flagship where people from all over can come and experience this.”
Roschwalb cofounded Pintrill in 2014 along with Doni Gitlin and Andrew Yung. Over the past two years the brand has grown rapidly with its clever, of-the-moment pins, which retail from $ 12 to $ 20 and are released on a weekly basis.
The Pintrill flagship, which opens this Saturday at 231 Grand Street, sells Pintrill’s vast collection of pins. They are displayed on clear pegs to give the appearance that they are floating. The 625-square-foot space, which will also serve as Pintrill’s headquarters, is stocked with vintage pins Roschwalb sources from all over the word — they are featured on rotating trays in a glass box — and supplementary items to display pins such as vintage corkboards, trays and Pintrill’s line of hats.
Different displays in the shop, which is sprinkled with vintage toy viewfinders, will be dedicated to new weekly releases, in-store exclusives and a board behind the cash register

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Versace Launches Sunglasses Contest

Versace on Wednesday launched a contest dedicated to its Greca Stars aviator sunglasses.
Until May 15, the brand’s fans will have the chance to win a pair by participating in the contest in two different ways.
They can either take a selfie with the Greca Stars in selected Versace boutiques worldwide and then post it online with the #VERSACESELFIE tag, or they can check the brand’s @VersaceHomeWW, @DVHomeMilan and @VersaceBoutiques to spot a selfie of Donatella Versace sporting the sunglasses.
The winners, who will be selected by the company, will receive a pair of the sunglasses, trimmed with Swarovski crystals and embellished with Versace’s signature Greek frieze.
This initiative follows last March’s launch of the 7 Bags for 7 Cities contest, which asked participants to help customize the Versace Palazzo Empire bag.
 
 

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Anna Maier Couture Bridal Spring 2017

Charles W. Bunstine II played with dimensions this season, creating a collection filled with beautiful draping and controlled volume. Working with only the most exquisite fabrics, such as French lace and Italian duchess satin, taffeta and jacquard, the designer created a variety of gowns to complement many different types of women, but each dress was consistent with the elegance and sophistication that’s built into the brand’s DNA. Looks ranged from an architectural seamed and draped fluted gown — the last word in minimalistic chic — to a glamorous fitted gown of Chantilly French lace over tulle and crystal paillettes.

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Calvin Klein Cancels Annual Bash at Cannes Film Festival

CALVIN SKIPS CANNES: Calvin Klein, which has thrown some of the splashiest events at the Cannes Film Festival in collaboration with the Independent Filmmaker Project for the past five years, is taking a pass this year. The company has decided to cancel its annual party, which over the years has honored such stars as Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, Isabelle Huppert, Mélanie Laurent, Sienna Miller and Rachel Weisz. The parties have taken place at a private villa on the French Riviera.
Last year’s event attracted such celebrities as Jake Gyllenhaal, Harvey Weinstein, Rossy de Palma, Joan Smalls and Doutzen Kroes. The party included a huge seafood buffet, a DJ set by Harley Viera-Newton and a live performance by California band Haim.
With the changing of the guard of the design team at Calvin Klein — Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli are both exiting as creative directors of women’s and men’s Collection — sources said the company decided to skip the celebration this year.
Klein confirmed that it won’t be doing an event in Cannes but still supports the IFP, which includes its sponsorship of the Gotham Awards with the presentation of the Calvin Klein Euphoria Grant to an

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Wonder Woman, Black Widow, and the Scarlet Witch Fight for Fangirls

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Culture Podcast: Star Wars Isn’t the Only Thing Worth Celebrating Today

Culture Podcast: Star Wars Isn’t the Only Thing Worth Celebrating Today

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Missing Song from Force Awakens’ Soundtrack Released

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Hamilton composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda have released Maz’s cantina theme from The Force Awakens.

The song, called Jabba Flow, is now available on iTunes and Star Wars.com. It was co-written by Abrams and Miranda for the film in secret. The lyrics are recited in Huttese, the language spoken by the slug-like species of the Star Wars universe. Abrams revealed Miranda’s involvement as a composer and co-writer on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon back in December, but the song was not released on the film’s official soundtrack.

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Embryo study shows ‘life’s first steps’

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Addiction doctor made Prince 911 call

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Seth MacFarlane to produce, star in Fox TV sci-fi series

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2015 file photo, Seth MacFarlane attends Sinatra: Voice for a Century concert in New York. MacFarlane is going to star in and produce a sci-fi TV series set 300 years in the future. Fox said Wednesday, May 4, the series, described as a comedic drama, is intended for the network's 2017-18 season. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seth MacFarlane is going to star in and produce a sci-fi TV series set 300 years in the future.



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Hulu will offer live-streaming service in 2017

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Bella Hadid, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and More Stars Prove That Stray Hairs Are a Thing Now

Remember the 90’s tendril trend? You know the one: A stray strand of hair cascading dramatically out of a ponytail, perfectly waved in front of your face? Well according to Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Kylie Jenner, it’s back — and so is its tiny little sister, the baby hair.

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Kendall, Bella and Gabrielle Union all stepped out with 10% of their ponytails flying freely in front of their faces this week. Jenner and Union are so serious about the trend that they both wore it proudly in front of the President to the White House Correspondant’s Dinner, while Bella paired it with a Kim K-esque latex dress following the Met Gala. (Her look is courtesy KarJenner mane master, Jen Atkin.)

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But the tendril doesn’t get to have it’s own time in the spotlight. Stars are also embracing their baby hairs. We know, finding a rogue hair on the hairline of Kim Kardashian is impossible, but Kylie is proudly flaunting her tiny strands in the most major way — on the cover of a magazine.

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Jenner covered Glamour UK’s June issue looking fresh-faced and pouty — but it’s not her plumped lips, yellow eyeshadow, or bold blue coat that immediately caught our eyes. It was the unlikely sighting of all of her baby hairs, combed down onto her forehead. And she’s not the only one.

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Minka Kelly, Vanessa Hudgens and Nicole Richie are all feeling the look as well. In fact, Richie named her baby hairs “J Lo’s” in an Instagram post, writing, “Brushed my teeth, washed my face, & brushed down my JLOs. Night night bbs.” And Hudgens also credited the singer as her inspiration, writing “These baby hairs are giving me major J-Lo vibes.”

What do you think of the two looks? Would you try them? Tell us below.

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Damir Doma to Show Men’s and Women’s Together in June

Just as a number of brands ranging from Ermenegildo Zegna, Bottega Veneta and Calvin Klein Collection to Costume National, Corneliani and No. 21 will, for different reasons, forgo the catwalk during Milan Fashion Week in June, Damir Doma has decided to show both his men’s and women’s collections on the runway.
“It took almost a year to make this decision but we think this will enable us to improve our deliveries and performances,” said Doma, who unified his women’s pre-fall and main collections into a single lineup in June. The Croatian designer said he will show the same number of men’s and women’s outfits. “The sales campaign will close in July and we will have the right amount of time to produce the collections and have them delivered in stores earlier than in the past.”
Doma also said that by showing together the two collections buyers might make more coherent purchases. “Men’s buyers used to focus on sportswear, while women’s buyers tend to look for special pieces,” he explained. “The image of the brand was not cohesive in the stores and it also turned out that women’s wear had a higher retail price point. I hope that, from now on, things will be more balanced.”
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There was no shortage of spectacle at Pat McGrath’s public appearance Tuesday night at the Sephora in Union Square in New York.
First there was the line of eager McGrath fans wrapped around 18th Street from Park Avenue in the pouring rain, queued up to take a selfie with McGrath, get a touch-up by a makeup artist in her crew or to purchase her Skin Fetish 003 kit, which will officially launch May 10 in seven Sephora stores and on sephora.com. The set, which includes a highlighting stick duo, iridescent powder and brush, launched and immediately sold out on McGrath’s Web site last week. At Sephora, Skin Fetish 003 is housed in a special gold fixture reminiscent of a carnival game.
Though some of McGrath’s fashionably famous pals — including Grace Coddington, hairstylist Guido Palau and Anne V — trickled in throughout the night, the real sight to be seen was the coterie of about 20 performers decked out in fantastical stage make and bejeweled, bedazzled costumes — some in drag — that would not have been entirely out of place at Monday night’s Met Gala. Among them were Duo Raw, a pair of Swedish drag queens, and Muffinhead, a New York-based performance artist.

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VFiles Hosts Justin Bieber ‘Purpose Tour’ Pop-up

BIEBER BOUTIQUE: VFiles has cleared its SoHo store in Manhattan to make way for Justin Bieber’s “Purpose World Tour” merchandise.
The Millennial-minded social media platform and retailer is hosting a two-day pop-up that opens today and is dedicated to Bieber’s concert merchandise, which includes a denim jacket, T-shirts, hoodies, hats and sweatpants that retail from $ 30 to $ 360. The pop-up will also include two limited-edition hoodies that are exclusive to VFiles and a T-shirt designed specifically for his Brooklyn concert, which will be held tonight and tomorrow night at the Barclays Center. Customers, who were let in 20 at a time, are only allowed to buy one of each item.
The line for the pop-up, which snaked down Mercer Street, was filled with mostly young people wearing other merchandise from their favorite pop stars — Beyoncé’s Ivy Park logo and Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” graphics were scattered through the crowd.
Shoppers in line were either Beliebers or they worshiped at the altar of Jerry Lorenzo, the Fear of God designer who helped with the merchandise and designed custom pieces for the tour. Lorenzo was set to make an appearance at the pop-up, but in a very Bieber-like move, he refused press

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Crop tops, culottes, backless everything: Along with every summer arrival comes a new way to minimize the amount of clothing you have to put on. And even though the heat isn’t oppressive just yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump on this season’s newest stay-cool styling trick: off-the-shoulder everything. The trend really began to pick up steam earlier this year, quickly spreading to just about every street-style star in existence. We like to think of the style as the crop top’s more conservative older sister—a perfectly inoffensive way to show some skin. And yes, the shoulder-baring silhouette can be totally work-appropriate: Even if bare shoulders (and, perhaps, an obvious sense of style) are frowned upon in your office, layer one of these picks over a tissue-thin turtleneck or a T-shirt in a similar tone for a monochromatic look. We culled 21 ways to get the look on any budget.
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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass Opens Friday, May 27, 2016

Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas.

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Janet Jackson Reportedly Pregnant With Her First Child

Congratulations are apparently in order for Janet Jackson! The music icon is reportedly pregnant with her first child, a source confirmed to Entertainment Tonight. Us Weekly and E! News are also reporting the news. 

The Huffington Post has reached out to a representative for Jackson and will update this post accordingly. 

The pregnancy news comes about a month after Jackson, who turns 50 this month, decided to postpone her Unbreakable World Tour in order to plan her family with her husband, Wissam Al Mana. 

In a statement to her fans, Jackson said there had been “a sudden change,” and that she had to delay her shows. At the time, it was unclear whether she meant she was pregnant herself or growing her family in another way (such as adoption or surrogacy).

“I thought it was important that you be the first to know,” she said in a video posted on her social media accounts. “My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try to understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up; doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you.” 

Jackson married Al Mana in a secret ceremony in 2012. This child will be the first for the couple. 

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Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking and American Burnout

On Tuesday, the musical Hamilton was nominated for a record 16 Tony awards. And three weeks ago, its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, won the Pulitzer Prize. And it’s all, of course, richly deserved — Hamilton is everything the critics say it is: Ben Brantley of the New York Times, for instance, suggested people “mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets.” Ideally though, they should get tickets for their children too as the show has also been credited with getting young people interested in American history. But one angle of the saga of Hamilton, both on-stage and off, that has not been commented on is how it shows the value of time off.

In fact, in March, before the most recent round of awards and accolades began, Miranda announced he was going to take some time for himself. “I’m going on vacation next week to my undisclosed location under the sea where I recharge,” he said in a YouTube video. The video is part of a series Miranda does called “Ham4Ham,” in which he performs and interacts with people waiting to get tickets to the show — it’s not enough that he entertains them for 2 hours and 45 minutes once they do get tickets! His vacation was certainly well-deserved. Since he opened the show Off Broadway at the Public Theater in February of last year, Hamilton has been performed over 400 times.

As the show’s description on Playbill puts it: “From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind.”

But, in addition to all that, one element of the show I found particularly interesting given my exploration of all things sleep is how it depicts a crucial and apparently timeless facet of our political culture. Hamilton wasn’t just the subject of our country’s first sex scandal — he was perhaps also our first fully documented case — and the founding father — of political burnout.

Ron Chernow, the author of Alexander Hamilton, the biography on which the musical is based, depicts a man who never slowed down. “This intensely driven man,” Chernow writes, “always compensating for his deprived early years, had a mind that throbbed incessantly with new ideas. When it came to issues confronting America, he committed all the resources of his mind.” But how much better would his adopted country have been if he had given some time to his mind and his body to refuel before he hit a wall of burnout?

Miranda himself proved the value of taking time off since it was while taking a breather from his previous hit show that he happened to read the Chernow biography that Hamilton is based on. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it was my first vacation from ‘In the Heights’ where I read this book,” he said on Charlie Rose in March. “It was literally the first time I had any time off from the show.”

Put another way, the inspiration for a musical about a man unable to give himself some time to recharge came to Miranda when he chose to give himself some time to recharge. And one of the biggest takeaways from the musical, for me, is this question: If the hard-driving Alexander Hamilton had given himself that time, how much better — and longer — would he have been able to serve the adopted country he loved so much?

The perpetual motion started early on, with Hamilton asking to be admitted to Princeton on an accelerated track. He was turned down, Chernow writes, likely because Princeton had allowed James Madison to finish on an accelerated schedule, during which he “worked himself into a state of nervous exhaustion.” When Madison finished his degree, according to Chernow, “he was still so debilitated from his intense studies that he feared for his health.”

So Hamilton wound up at King’s College (later renamed Columbia), where he rose at 6 a.m. every day and studied day and night. And this compulsion never let up. In the Revolutionary War, Hamilton rode on horseback “at a furious pace” along the Hudson delivering important messages from George Washington. Riding as many as 60 miles a day for five days straight, the trips took their toll on Hamilton. As he wrote to Washington in 1777, to explain a delay in his travels, “I have been detained here these two days by a fever and violent rheumatic pains throughout my body.” The frenzied pace continued after the war as Chernow writes, “At moments of supreme stress, Hamilton could screw himself up to an emotional pitch that was nearly feverish in intensity.”

At one point, Chernow tells how the chronically overstretched founder of our country’s first bank had to write to the Bank of the United States to admit “he did not know his account balance because he had lost his bank book.”

This theme of constant, ceaseless work — along with the inevitable consequences — comes through resoundingly in the musical as well. Again and again, Miranda presents a Hamilton who feels the pressure of all the work ahead of him. “And there’s a million things I haven’t done,” he sings, “but just you wait, just you wait.”

In the second act, as Hamilton is trying to get the Report on the Public Credit, his financial plan to establish government credit by full payment of government debt, through Congress, his wife Eliza and her sister Angelica urge him, in the song “Take a Break,” to get some rest. “Run away with us for the summer,” Eliza begs. “Let’s go upstate.” To which Hamilton replies: “I have to get my plan through Congress. I can’t stop until I get this plan through Congress.” The women tell him that “John Adams spends the summer with his family.” But Adams, Hamilton throws back, “doesn’t have a real job anyway.”

The sisters, in fact, are a counterpoint to Hamilton’s idea of a non-stop working existence. “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!” sings Eliza in “The Schuyler Sisters.” And in “That Would Be Enough,” she urges him to:

“Look at where you are
Look at where you started
The fact that you’re alive is a miracle
Just stay alive, that would be enough.”

There’s even a song entirely devoted to the theme of Hamilton working non-stop, called, appropriately, “Non-Stop.” “Why do you write like you’re running out of time? Write day and night like you’re running out of time?” asks Aaron Burr. To which the ensemble answers: “Every day you fight like you’re running out of time, like you’re running out of time. Are you running out of time?”

And, in a sense, he was. The sex scandal that would derail his career, and indirectly affect the decisions that led to his own premature death, was looming. Sleep deprivation had left Hamilton vulnerable to the plot, hatched by Maria Reynolds and her husband James, for Maria to seduce Hamilton and then blackmail him. In “Say No To This,” Miranda’s Hamilton is aware of this:

“I hadn’t slept in a week
I was weak, I was awake
You never seen a bastard orphan
More in need of a break
Longing for Angelica
Missing my wife
That’s when Miss Maria Reynolds walked into my life.”

And so begins an affair, and America’s first sex scandal — fueled by America’s first-recorded, and now sung — case of serious political burnout. (As Bill Clinton himself acknowledged: “Every important mistake I’ve made in my life, I’ve made because I was too tired.”)

“Like many people driven by their careers, he did not allow himself sufficient time for escape and relaxation,” Chernow writes, describing Hamilton as “a volatile personality encased inside a regimented existence.” Once the Reynolds affair was made public, Hamilton’s political opponents used it against him, making sure Hamilton was “distracted by the Reynolds probe.” “This sword of Damocles,” Chernow writes, “perpetually dangling above his head, may provide one explanation of why he never made a serious bid to succeed Washington as president.”

And the episode also laid the groundwork for his feud with Burr. “For fifteen years, Hamilton had tried to run down the sources of the lies told about him,” Chernow writes. “The effort had left him weary and dispirited, but he still could not shed the fantasy that, if only he went after slander with sufficient persistence, he could vanquish his detractors once and for all.” And it was this mood of lashing out, a habit he honed during the Reynolds scandal, that led to his duel with Burr.

There’s certainly no doubt that burnout among our political leaders has proved as enduring as Hamilton’s bank and other parts of his legacy. In fact, most of them actually brag about it. Our political campaigns constantly feature candidates presenting themselves as ceaselessly working – as if that’s a good thing. Ted Cruz used his sleep deprivation as a fundraising tool two weeks before he suspended his campaign (was his decision to nominate Carly Fiorina made in the brain fog of exhaustion?) In fact, we now know from mountains of recent science that sleep deprivation dulls our judgment, our decision-making, our creativity, our productivity — in short, pretty much every quality you want in a political leader.

And that’s no surprise: one recent scientific study showed that even moderate sleep deprivation can leave you with levels of cognitive impairment roughly equivalent to being legally drunk. And yet no political campaigns would feature a candidate saying, “vote for me, because I structure my life so that I make all my decisions while effectively drunk.” (Actually, that might explain a lot about this year’s race, but that’s a different post.) “No politician would smoke in front of a camera,” Dr. Till Roenneberg, a prominent sleep scientist in Germany, told me, “but all politicians clearly declare — and show it in their faces — how little they have slept. We know how important sleep is, but they convey to the world that sleep deprivation is good.” In fact, a recent McKinsey study shows how degraded our prefrontal cortex, which directs executive functioning, becomes when we’re sleep deprived.

And we actually do have evidence of how productive it is when a politician does recognize the creative powers of recharging. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was confronted with a problem every bit as pressing as Hamilton’s financial plan — how to give aid to Britain in the war without formally entering it. But, unlike Hamilton, Roosevelt did decide to go away. To think through the problem, he announced he was going to take ten-days to sail around the Caribbean on a navy ship.

And like Eliza, Eleanor was all for it. “I think of you sleeping and eating and I hope getting rest from the world,” she wrote him. Roosevelt’s aide Harry Hopkins also saw the importance of what Roosevelt was doing. “I began to get the idea that he was refueling,” Hopkins later said, “the way he so often does when he seems to be resting and carefree.”

The result of that refueling was Roosevelt’s idea for the $ 50 billion Lend-Lease program, in which the U.S. would lend arms and supplies to Britain and be paid back in kind after the war. Would he have come up with the plan by continuing to work around the clock “as though he was running out of time?” Those around him certainly attributed the masterful plan to Roosevelt’s masterful use of his creative resources. “One can only say that FDR, a creative artist in politics, had put in his time on this cruise evolving the pattern of a masterpiece,” Roosevelt’s speechwriter Robert Sherwood later wrote.

After Hillary Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in 2012 — having logged nearly 1 million miles flying to 112 different countries — she told the New York Times‘ Gail Collins. “I would like to see whether I can get untired.” What a great word — “untired.” Is she making room in the current campaign to regularly get herself untired?

In a Daily Show appearance in 2007, her husband talked about the wider consequences of political burnout! “I do believe sleep deprivation has a lot to do with some of the edginess of Washington today,” he said. “You have no idea how many Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate are chronically sleep-deprived.”

And if you thought politics was edgy in 2007, take a look at the headlines today as our politicians continue to push away a free and available resource — sleep and renewal — that can help them come up with more creative solutions to our many challenges.

Alexander Hamilton was only 49 years old when he died, in the infamous duel with Aaron Burr. What connection did his burnout have with his untimely death? When you find yourself walking to a duel at dawn — after you had lost your son in a duel three years earlier — it’s fair to ask if you’re mustering all the wisdom you’re capable of.

Like other burnout aficionados, Hamilton was selling himself short. Contrary to all our collective delusions, he was successful not because of his overwork and burnout, but in spite of them. And perhaps if he’d listened to Eliza’s advice to “take a break,” he’d have had more time to build the nation he was so devoted to.

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Important Questions to Ask Your Wedding Vendors

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Wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming. Some brides know exactly what they want and have known since they were little girls and other brides have no idea what they want. Whichever bride you are, you’re going to be overwhelmed. The internet and social media is saturated with wedding ideas. Hashtag after hashtag, vision board after vision board… There is almost too much information out there. Nowadays, it isn’t enough to just see someone’s work online. You have to really investigate and interview your vendors. Now, before we get into some of the essential tools for hiring wedding vendors, HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER! I’ve never understood people who don’t hire a wedding planner to handle one of the most important days of their lives.

1. Decide what matters the most. I always ask my clients, “What is the most important aspect of your wedding?” I get everything from the cake to the dress to the food. Depending on their answer, we’ll focus more of the budget on that particular want. Often times, there isn’t wiggle room in a budget. Meaning, if your budget is $ 75,000 you don’t have $ 75,000.01. In that case, you’ll have to pull from one item and add it to another in order to make what you want work for the big day.

2. Be specific when searching hashtags. In the age of Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc, finding the right vendors for your wedding can be overwhelming. Even as a vendor, finding the right hashtag to put your work under is challenging. You have over-saturated categories that don’t always fit the intended need. In a recent conversation with Season Bennett a/k/a The Social Barber, who created a program that generates hashtags based on more concise and specific areas and groups, she stressed the importance of searching detailed hashtags. The more detailed the hashtag, (i.e. city, state, street, landmark) the better your chances are of finding local vendors instead of having to weed through thousands from all over the world in that one group.

3. Do your research. Ask your potential vendors for references. Ask to speak to a few of their previous clients and find out what their experiences were like. One bad review out of 30 isn’t terrible. 1 bad review out of 3 is questionable. Aside from reviews, do your research based on pricing as well. If there is a photographer who you absolutely love and there is one who you just like with a $ 500 difference between the two, pick your favorite. Consult with your planner on how to rework the budget to see where you can cut costs to make up for that extra $ 500.

4. Read the fine print. Every contract has fine print. The most confusing fine print for many of my clients is the venue contract. Luckily for them, I go through and explain the contracts but if you don’t have a planner (WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A PLANNER??!!), make sure to have each vendor explain the entire contract line-by-line.

5. Get options but not too many options. One of the biggest mistakes that I see my clients make is having too much information. Once the planning begins, you’ll drown in wedding information if you’re not careful. Have your planner suggest two options per vendor. You don’t need 10 photographers and 10 videographers because all of that information will be overwhelming and it’s unnecessary.

As a general rule when choosing vendors, if they take a week to respond to your email, they’re probably going to take that long if not longer after you hire them. If that bothers you, as it should, they might not be the vendor for you. Remember that not only will you be working with them on one of the most important days of your life but that you’ll have to deal with them the months leading up to the big day.

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X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse Opens Friday, May 27, 2016

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

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President Trump announced that he has accepted a bid on a wall that would run along the Mexican border from the German company that built the Berlin Wall for the GDR back in l961. According to aides to President Trump, the Mexicans will still be fronting the money, but the president wanted to make sure that if he was going to get another country to pay that they would be getting the best bang for their buck. Much discussion has gone into the question of what such a wall would be called and after days of deliberation a bipartisan group of both Mexican and American legislators have decided to call it The Trump Wall. Travelers coming either from Mexico to the United States or traveling South from the United States to Mexico will be greeted with large neon signs visible from miles way with the familiar Trump logo, in place of the usual welcome to the United States or Mexico. When Chris Matthews of MSNBC asked President Trump whether choosing the builder of the Berlin Wall would excite comparisons to the Cold War, Mr. Trump reiterated an earlier controversial statement that women who have abortions should receive “some form of punishment.” A White House spokesman commented,
“All along people have told President Trump that this was impossible, this was not gong to happen, but now it’s going up right before our eyes and after the whole thing is finished we’re planning on buying it back for the same 25 bucks that Peter Minuit paid the Indians for Manhattan. We’ll turn the whole thing into a casino. The president is convinced that his wall will make the Great Wall of China look like chump change.”

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What It’s Like to Be Black in China

Being black in China is not easy, but it’s not as bad as many would have you think, according to our two guests this week who are both black immigrants currently living in Beijing. Sure, people stare a lot and there are often some inappropriate questions about hair and skin color, but more often than not says Black Lives in China creator Nicole Bonnah, those awkward questions come from a good place — curiosity.

Nicole, originally from the United Kingdom, is a Beijing-based journalist who is embarking on an ambitious documentary film project about daily life for black immigrants living across China. One of the people Nicole interviewed for the film was Tiffany Johnson, an African-American educator also based in Beijing.

Tiffany, like Nicole, said China’s largely homogeneous culture and inexperience in dealing with diversity does lead to some awkward encounters, but she adds that it would be incorrect to label this “racism.” Compared to the United States, where race is a filter for almost everything in society, the Chinese are largely ignorant about issues of race. So when Chinese people say things that would otherwise be off-limits in Africa or the West, Tiffany and Nicole argue that because the intent isn’t the same as it would be if those same words were said in New York, London or Johannesburg, the impact is also different.

Nicole and Tiffany join Eric & Cobus — in the podcast above — to talk about what it’s like to be a black in China.

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The Photos From Chanel’s Show In Cuba Are Absolutely Dreamy

Chanel continuously pushes the boundaries when it comes to its runway shows. But now, its all-mighty leader Karl Lagerfeld has literally crossed a boundary few of us in the United States can say we’ve crossed: He debuted Chanel’s 2017 Cruise Collection in Havana, Cuba. 

With the imminent change in rules and regulations over travel to Cuba from the U.S., it was only a matter of time before someone Lagerfeld pulled a move like this. While traveling there is still out of the realm of possibility for many, some, like beloved fashion site The Coveteur, got to experience it first hand. 

The website’s co-founders Jake Rosenberg and Stephanie Mark were on-site for the exclusive, dreamy event, capturing scenes from Havana’s beautiful surroundings and the show itself, which they explained had “essentially taken over an entire city plaza.” 

There were colorful cars! Mojitos and lemonade! Tilda Swinton! And arguably most shocking of all: Lagerfeld in an uncharacteristically colorful outfit.

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21 Perfect #ManlyBookClubNames For Bros Who Only Wanna Read About Bros

Men who feel forced to slog through the occasional novel written by or — god forbid! — about a woman, never fear: The Man Book Club is here. 

A Tuesday New York Times profile of said Man Book Club — a 9-year running club made up of men in their 50s, “a number of whom are lawyers and engineers” — and other all-male reading groups made it clear that the men who participate in these groups feel an added need to assert the masculine nature of the groups. (One of the other book clubs highlighted is named the International Ultra Manly Book Club. Because… of course it is.)

“We do not read so-called chick lit,” the Man Book Club founder Andrew McCullough told the NYTimes. “The main character cannot be a woman.” The point is driven home on the group’s website, which reads: “No books by women about women (our cardinal rule).”

The International Ultra Manly Book Club’s website even outlines a vision that “one day we could step out of the shadow of our mothers’ book clubs and proclaim that yes, we too, are intellectuals.”

(Faux) shocked by this apparently new phenomenon of men reading, Fast Company asked people to chime in with their own #ManlyBookClubNames.


Unsurprisingly, the suggestions are pretty brilliant. Below are 21 book club names for any men craving the safe space of other men to talk about books written by men about men for yet other men:

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This 4-Year-Old Darth Vader Is Wickedly Adorable

Who knew an evil Sith Lord could be so darn cute? 

Photographer James Hopkirk, who’s a huge Star Wars fan, cast his adorable 4-year-old son Harry as Darth Vader in the photo series below. In it, The small Sith Lord does everyday tasks in a way that’s just sinisterly adorable. 

The project, called “Little Lord Vader,” was shared on Tumblr just ahead of Wednesday’s “Star Wars Day.” 

The small Darth Vader is seen doing anything from munching on a burger to changing diapers (probably with the use of The Force). The photos were shot over a few months, and Hopkirk told the Huffington Post that the 4-year-old was actually behind the concepts for some of the shots. 

“Harry had lots of ideas,” the London-based photographer said. “And he insisted that we include his little brother Ted in the pictures.” 

Hopkirk told HuffPost in an e-mail that his son’s love of Star Wars began just before the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” last year. It didn’t take much for the tot to get hooked.

“I decided that, even though he’s quite young, I couldn’t deny Harry the chance to see a brand new ‘Star Wars’ movie on the big screen, so I had to quickly show him all the other films first,” he explained. “He was just completely in awe of them. I’m a massive fan myself, but I didn’t need to do any selling — he fell in love with them straight away.”

Interestingly enough, Harry gravitated toward the notorious Sith Lord the most. 

“He loves all the characters, but for some reason he went nuts over Darth Vader — to be fair, he is pretty awesome. When we play together he always wants the Dark Side the triumph. Hopefully that’s not a reason to be concerned,” Hopkirk joked. 

After the dad bought his son a Darth Vader costume, he realized just how kickass Harry looked. Pretty soon, a photo series was born.

So far, there are 15 photos in the series, but Hopkirk isn’t done capturing the cutest villain in the galaxy yet and promises there’s more to come. 

To see more of Little Lord Vader and his antics, head on over to Hopkirk’s Tumblr page for the project here. 

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Warning: This Mother’s Day Surprise Will Have You Sobbing

We all know that grandmas are proud people, and mostly what they are proud of are their sons and daughters and grandkids — even if they don’t get to see them as often as they would like.

Enbridge Gas Company in Canada arranged a Mother’s Day surprise for a group of grandmas who live in an assisted care facility in Moncton, Canada. The women were told they were being videoed for a documentary about motherhood. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but just have a box of tissues handy before you hit play. 

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Bemustached Cop Who Rescued Kitten Now Flooded With Marriage Proposals

Police officer Cody Garrett of Spartanburg, South Carolina knew that a photo of himself posing with his newly rescued kitten was cute. He just didn’t know how cute.

The 28-year-old cop has been bombarded with marriage proposals since the pair, dubbed a “crime-fighting duo” by Buzzfeed, went viral. (Though Garrett clarified to HuffPost that the tiny orange feline does not, in fact, come along on patrols or otherwise assist in fighting crime.)

Garrett adopted the kitten, whom he named Squirt, after he and another officer found her in a dumpster.

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“It was raining outside pretty bad,” Garrett said, noting that “we probably saved her life” since there was a small flash flood in the area shortly afterwards.

“She’s the smallest kitten I’ve ever seen,” he added.

He decided to bring her home because his own cat, a female named Toothless whom he adopted after finding her in his yard, just had a litter of kittens and was still nursing. He hoped she’d adopt the newcomer, and it worked.

“Toothless has taken her as one of her own,” he said. The cop, who told BarkPost he’ll be getting Toothless spayed, also has two rescue pups, including a one-eyed pup named Mike Wazowski, a reference to the Monsters, Inc character.

And why the name “Squirt?” It’s not because the kitten was just so dang small, but because shortly after bringing her home, the kitten let out a stream of poop.

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Though he’s been getting “a lot of marry me’s” from new fans, he said his longtime girlfriend isn’t concerned.

“She knows I love her,” he said.

But while he’s not looking for romantic attention, he does hope that his viral story helps people think more positively about cops.

“Police officers aren’t the enemy,” he said. “We have families, we like rescuing animals and playing video games. We’re not just out doing the crazy stuff people see on the news.”

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#ActionMovieCampaignSlogan Dials This Election Cycle Up To 11

If you ask us at HuffPost Comedy, there’s not nearly enough crazy stuff happening in this presidential election. We asked our thousands of comedy minions on Twitter to kick this political process in the balls with the hashtag #ActionMovieCampaignSlogan.

Many thanks to Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) for being this week’s special guest. Check out his podcast at www.gilbertpodcast.com. And look for him in the upcoming movie “Life, Animated.”

Here are some of the very best of our “Stupor Tuesday” tag, #ActionMovieCampaignSlogan.

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Interview With Glenn Brown

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Glenn Brown. Foto: Elena Cué

British artist Glenn Brown (1966) himself acknowledges and admits the influence that French Post-Structuralist philosophy has had on both his thought and his works. Too much knowledge when contemplating a work of art can prevent the viewer from seeing and experiencing the emotional content of it, but this is counterbalanced by the great stimulus it poses for the mind. At a time when it is claimed that painting is dead, artists like Glenn Brown prove that it is very much alive. He uses a technique that bestows movement to the essence of the subject portrayed. It is as if, by breaking free from classical linear form, he opens the floodgates of its essence, stripping it from its static state and transforming it into an evolving entity. He takes over iconic works of other artists and transforms them. He disassembles his images and presents them in a new way. The interconnection and dialogue with artists of the past help develop his own style and render his own interpretation. Opposites, humor, kitsch, even the pleasure of destruction and the fascination for the decomposition of the human form are also characteristic features of this artist.

We begin our conversation surrounded by his paintings in his London studio, where sculptures inspired in the intensity of Van Gogh’s palette will travel to his upcoming exhibition in Arles.

Elena Cue: Is the interconnection and dialogue with artists from the past a condition to building your own style and offering your own interpretación?

Glenn Brown: Obviously, it’s only a one-wat reaction. I can only take from them; I can’t give back to them as would happen with artists when they come into the studio. So obviously, artists from the past can’t comment on my work, I can only comment on theirs. But yes, just in the same way that my work is a combination of myself and all of my friends and the people who have helped me make the work, it’s also the case that it is a combination of all the artists that I’ve seen and learned from. And to that extent, you go back to Gilles Deleuze in terms of any individual being made up of the parts of the society that has constructed them. We are part of a rhizome, a structure of society that develops the language with which we think, as if we’re made of language. We can’t exist outside of it.

Where identities are lost and one is with many other…

I’m just trying to make it very clear that all artists borrow from the past and we cannot be wholly original, because to step outside of originality is to step outside of language. To be wholly original would be to be nonsensical. I think the idea of the avant-garde has made people believe that an artist is supposed to return to some childish level of communication, where the inner-self can be expressed directly onto a canvas and the raw emotion that is beyond language and beyond society will come out in some way. Expressionist painting was supposed to be that. Hence why artists like Picasso and de Kooning to some extent were making these thick, grotesque gestural paintings mimicking the work of children, as if they had the real understanding of what it was to be human. I borrow some of their work, as if to say, well yes, you’re partially right that the work of children is raw and interesting and describes something fundamental, but really what you’re doing is a pretence – it’s a game, because you’re being a very sophisticated artist using sophisticated color combinations and nobody really believes that it’s the work of a child. You’re just pretending, like an actor pretending to be somebody. I’m sort of contradicting the idea of the avant-garde, or trying to, which I think is still very prevalent in our understanding of what art is. It’s too dominant in society. Too much importance is given to the understanding of the real, and not enough importance to the idea that there is a shared understanding of society and that we are social beings more than anything else.

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Glenn Brown. Led Zeppelin, 2005. Oil on panel. 122 x 86 cm. Copyright Glenn Brown

Do you think then that style is produced by the forces from which thought springs?

To some extent, through my borrowing of artists as diverse as Gray or de Kooning or Rembrandt or Van Dyck, you could say I don’t know who I am myself, or that I have no particular style because I borrow so much from other people. I am partially saying that I don’t have an identity, I just choose.

Yet your work has its own distinct caracter that can immediately be attributed to you…

Precisely, because it is important as an artist, I think, to have an identity. Otherwise, nobody pays any attention. And although I’m saying it’s impossible to be original, I also believe that you have to try and be as original as possible and make objects that have never really existed before. So I am trying to make a painting that, although it’s based on somebody else’s work, you would never think was from the eighteenth or nineteenth century; it feels very twenty-first century and postmodern. I have particular styles of working, I mean the very flatness of the paintings and my obsession with the brush mark and the way that’s led into an obsession with the line and the movement that I try to create on the surface of the image, to make your eye slide around the image and continually feel that nothing is quite solid and everything is vaporous; sliding and moving and animated.

You said that you are not original and of course we are a combination of our pasts, but there is a tension between that and something in your thought process that can only ever be original.

That is the wonderful contradiction of making anything. You really want to present something and people like seeing new things; human beings are hardwired in their brains to want to see something new that they haven’t seen before. Something that is surprising and they can tell all their friends is different, and they now understand the world as being different to the way it was before. We love the idea of progression; that the human race is heading towards some nirvana where it becomes better all the time. I don’t believe that the world becomes better; I don’t believe that we become more intelligent. I just think things change – certainly in art. I can’t look at art from the Northern Renaissance – I’m thinking particularly of Dutch or German or Italian artists from the Renaissance. But I particularly like Northern European fifteenth and sixteenth century art. I really can’t think that art is better than it was four hundred years ago. I have Hendrick Goltzius’s etching over there of the Pietá, and I just can’t really conceive that art has ever got better than that, in depicting the idea of death and mortality and emotion and flesh and relationships and the way that the sky becomes electric with emotion. It almost predicts the idea of radiation in the work, or the idea that we are made up of atoms. There is something very atomized about that image.

You use a singular technique. With the movement that you imprint over the essence of the human being in your portraits, in order to break the linear way, do you intend for us to change our previous conception of understanding ourselves and the world?

The idea of the movement is that we are never fixed as individuals. Gilles Deleuze talks about the idea of the horse and the rider, and the rider, in understanding the horse, behaves like the horse. The horse behaves slightly like the human being because they both have to understand each other, in order for the rider to be able to ride the horse properly. They predict what each other are going to do, and are therefore joined together. There is a fluidity between the horse and the rider; between human beings and animals, just as there is when we have a conversation and we try to predict what the other person is going to say. Or we empathize with somebody else and that means there is a fluidity between one person and another. Brains almost literally become connected. That is why in a lot of the work, the linear form is trying to describe a literal fluidity – a melting, reforming or maybe rotting. The image decomposes, hence why I like painting flowers, because when they’re just at the point of being absolutely beautiful, they are about to die – cut flowers particularly, are already dead. They’re at the point in which they are at their most beautiful and we want to display them, but in order to display them, we have killed them. I love that contradiction of having to kill something in order to enjoy it. The important point is that the people and flowers and animals that I paint are maybe all appearing to be decomposing, but they are just transforming from one thing to another. The person rots away and then transforms into the soil, whose atoms then become part of the tree. Then an animal comes and eats the tree, and the tree becomes part of them. We all transform from one thing to another, we are all made of stars; the atoms that we’re made up of are billions of years old and once formed parts of stars. So it’s that idea that we are all eternal, to some extent. It doesn’t matter what form we take. We never truly die, we just transform continuously. I think that is also the essence of what it feels like to be human. I don’t feel as if I am absolutely aware of my skin the entire time, I’m not fully aware that I’m an isolated individual in the world. I feel like I’m part of the world, because I know what the street outside looks like and therefore part of my brain is out there in the street. I feel that I know what Russia is like, although I’ve never been there – so part of my brain is in Russia. I think to be human is to be fluid. It’s not to feel closed in. I’m trying to get at that idea of the inside and the outside, that the skin of the human being is translucent and things flow inside and outside. It’s as if the individual’s skin and flesh is turned inside out and we see the inner organs on the outside of somebody, or the musculature and the inner workings of the face all turned inside out, so that you start to see the structures that happen within the skin… I’m obsessed with that… the translucency of the flesh and the transmogrification of something turning from one thing into another. Andy Goldsworthy does that extremely well – the breaking down of one thing into another is done very beautifully, the way the line creates fluidity from one shape to another and then connects to each other. It is nothing original that I’m trying to do; artists have tried to do it for centuries.

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Glenn Brown. Reproduction, 2014. Oil on panel. 135 x 101 cm. Copyright Glenn Brown

When you appropriate the paintings of other artists, what is your intent? To destruct and rebuild, or deconstruct and transform?

You do destroy, because it’s an act of homage to take somebody else’s work. People often ask whether I like the images that I work from, and I generally do, but not absolutely all the time. Sometimes they’re just paintings where the most important thing is what I can do to them, therefore I will see aspects of them without fundamentally necessarily needing to like the painting.

How do you choose?

It is something that I think I can transform. I see gaps in the work. It is a very disrespectful thing to do to another artist, to take their work and transform it, so it’s partially an act of homage and partially an act of destruction that I think I do. I’ve used a lot of the work of Frank Auerbach, and I like his work extremely, but I don’t think I could do what I do to his paintings if I wasn’t willing to say, well, I think maybe they don’t go far enough, I think maybe I can improve them… they don’t describe the world in the way I want it to be described, so it’s partially an act of criticism and partially an act of homage. I think it is like the relationship between the father and the son, or mother and daughter, where the two criticize each other immensely but they love each other. Families quarrel. Children want to rebel against their parents and tell their parents that they don’t know anything, that they misunderstand the world and that they know better. And all of those things are healthy, because fundamentally, we are our parents – they’re the biggest influence in our lives. So even though we rebel against them and hate them sometimes, they are us. It’s that same relationship of the parent and the offspring that I think I have with artists and art history. I love them and hate them in equal measure. To that end, when my father sees my work, he gets it immediately. He understands my work immediately. He’s my harshest critic, because he will sometimes see a painting of mine and say, you’re not trying hard enough with that one; you’re just trying to get away with it… you think you’ve done something that is good enough, but you can do better. He will point out bits that he doesn’t think works in them, and he is generally right as well. He knows the way my mind works. He is very helpful. It can be quite difficult sometimes, because he’s harsh… but good!

Opposites are very present in your work: figures between life and death, ugliness and beauty, opposite meanings of the paintings and their titles… Do opposites provide greater meaning?

They animate the painting. It is those strong emotions, when you see a film or you read a book and it takes you from a point of absolute elation to absolute disaster, and then back again to being elated. As human beings, we love to be told stories that make our heart beat faster and then calm us down. I don’t know fully why human beings like that; it gives us a sense of adventure, I suppose. I think as hunter-gatherers, we are hardwired to be interested in opposites because extremes can be very dangerous and we know we need to avoid them, very often. It all goes back to dreaming, as well. The reason we dream is to analyze all of the events that have happened in the previous day; to categorize them, to decide which are important and which we need to discard because it’s information we don’t need. It’s a sort of protection that goes back to hunter gathering. We want to know how the animal might behave, therefore we think, I need to think like an animal if I’m going to catch it. Again, going back to that fluidity of one thing flowing into another and the dream world being part of the actual world, and what differences there are between the two. You can’t really have a hierarchy; you can’t have the dream world without the real world.

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Glenn Brown. Dark Star, 2003. Oil on panel. 100 x 75cm. Copyright Glenn Brown

The titles of your paintings are opposite to the meaning of the painting. What role does humor play in your work, so obviously present in the recycling of titles?

I like black humor… humor that is quite cruel. It appears to be nonsensical, but it’s about atomization basically, and it’s about the electricity between the couples. It is meant to be playing the game of having nothing to do with it, because there’s the idea of the human scale and the idea of the nuclear scale – which we perceive as either being very big or very small – with the human being in the middle. So there are opposites in scale within the idea of nuclear reaction. But it’s the electricity or the dynamism between the couples relating to the way they fight and argue with each other, yet love each other. And the way the marks are flying off, it’s as if the atoms are starting to break down and the radiation is destroying them. The idea of the destructive but creative power of radiation is in the work as well, because you don’t know whether the lines are flying off and breaking the figures apart, or whether everything is coalescing and forming back into itself again. There is a painting based on Zurbaran’s ram called Spearmint Rhino – it’s very big. Spearmint Rhino is a series of strip clubs, where women take their clothes off. And so you look at the picture of this ram, which appears to be decaying and smelling rather badly, wondering what this has to do with a lot of American strip clubs. And the ram is about entertainment. We have tied up the ram and killed it; it’s been sacrificed and killed for our entertainment. The reason we sacrifice things is illogical.

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Glenn Brown. Spearmint Rhino, 2009. Oil on panel. 194 x 260.5 cm. Copyright Glenn Brown

What meaning do you give color?

I do generally take color from other artists. I will look at books by Kees van Dongen or Van Gogh or Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. But certain artists – especially those around the turn of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century – where they just tried their damndest to be as extreme as possible with color and really question what was possible, in terms of representing the world. And what happens if I make a painting where the sky is red, the trees are blue, the sea is purple and everything appears to be the exact opposite of what you’d expect it to be? But somehow by being the opposite, it doesn’t become unreal, it just becomes heightened reality, as if he is describing what is really there and we just haven’t seen it yet. I am just learning and stealing color from other artists, in order to try and heighten the theatricality of the real world. And not all of my paintings have very heightened color in them; for the last few years, I’ve been really concentrating on drawing, which has no color in it at all. Some of my paintings are black and white, where I’ll do the exact opposite, I’ll take all of the color out – or as much color as I possibly can – because even when you make a black and white painting, it’s never purely black and white. You get warm areas and cool areas. But I do like the way color describes emotion.

As a primarily figurative painter, how do you feel about the destruction of form, such as can be seen in your Auerbach-inspired paintings?

In a lot of the paintings, the original has become turned upside down, distorted and made abstract, in essence. You can’t recognize what I’ve painted anymore, though I have destroyed the original form and it’s been broken down into a surreal blob. There are a whole group of paintings that I call my blobby paintings, because they are not one thing. They appear to be renditions of a form, a blob, it’s at the point at which it could change into any one thing. You can’t really decide whether it is figurative or abstract, for instance, in a painting . But there are heads and figures you can see within it, so it’s at once both very figurative and very abstract as it transforms from one thing to the other. It has that fluidity of line, as though it is melting, or like chewing gum.

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Glenn Brown. New Dawn Fades, 2000. Oil on panel. 71.5 x 62 cm. Copyright Glenn Brown

What stimulates you more, knowing the world or helping others think through your art?

I like that question. It brings to mind the idea of which is more interesting: experiencing something or reading about it, for instance. Like a lot of people, I would probably say that I like the experience of reading about something. I like the second-hand enjoyment. For instance, I like looking at paintings and portraits, because I like traveling the world through art, in many ways. Especially in the way that painting allows you to travel through time. You can go to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries through paintings, in such a fantastic way. Not just because they’re literal renditions of what it was like to live in those centuries, but also how people felt in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is different to how they feel now. Their ideas of beauty, their ideas of pain and what death meant to them was incredibly different. People were surrounded by death and therefore I probably find the enjoyment of somebody else’s description of something slightly more interesting than actually being there. To travel to China and to go to the Great Wall of China is nice, but to read about it is much more interesting. I can only really appreciate the world through the stories told about it.

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Glenn Brown. Foto:Elena Cué

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Obsessed AF: 5 Beauty Products I Can’t Get Enough Of

As a beauty writer, I live and breathe products. There is a constant flow of new skincare, makeup and hair products making their way into my hands on the daily, so it’s a big deal when I declare that I’m “obsessed AF” with something. This series will detail the products that are *everything* to me right now. 

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I don’t know about you guys, but this month has been all about skincare for me. I found myself experimenting with close to 15 new products, which kinda made my skin freak out on me. Wah. As a result, I intentionally simplified my routine and focused on thoroughly cleansing my skin (thanks to a new cleanser, + two incred devices), instead of adding in more products. That said, I’m eternally makeup obsessed and always on the hunt for my next favorite lip product, which I might have found this month 😉 These are the five products I’m obsessed AF with.

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1. FOREO Luna 2 ($ 199): Say goodbye to your Clarisonic, y’all — this rubbery face brush is everything. The gentle vibrations exfoliate dead skin cells, scrub the gunk from your pores and help get your skin seriously squeaky clean. The best part of this device is that the other side features a slightly rippled surface that’s designed to combat the signs of aging — this is truly a two-in-one product that I can’t live without.

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2. Stacked Skincare Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller ($ 30): If you haven’t heard of micro-needling, you (and your skin!) are missing out. The treatment involves poking the top layer of your skin with a device covered with tiny needles, prompting your skin to go into overdrive repairing itself. You’ll wake up looking totally radiant, and your skin will appear plump and dewy. I’ve been micro-rolling for about one month — I do it 3 – 5 times per week — and it’s made such a huge difference in my skin.

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3. Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel ($ 25): If you’re looking for a gentle but powerful cleanser that removes everything (including stubborn waterproof makeup products), give this stuff a try. It smells amazing, gets the job done and won’t dry out your skin. I keep this adorable bottle in my shower and use it every morning to get my skin squeaky clean.

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4. Embryolisse Smooth Radiant Complexion ($ 50): I put this silky gel on my face every morning before I do my makeup, and on days when I go bare-faced. I looooove it for its smoothing and blurring effects. It makes your skin look super healthy and gives you the perfect natural glow.

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5. PERIPERA Peri’s Ink ($ 14): Korean beauty is everywhere these days, and I’ve become totally obsessed with skincare and makeup in this category. I use this lip ink in shade #4, which is a pretty, pinky berry color. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever used — and I’ve used a ton of lip products. You apply it as you would any normal liquid lipstick (it comes with a felt-tipped applicator), but be extra careful — this stuff stains your lips for a full 24 hours. At first, it’ll appear wet, but it will become matte as it sets. Once it’s dry, it. Is. ON. Seriously, it stays on through anything and everything, and doesn’t feel like you have anything on your lips at all. I use a makeup wipe to remove it at the end of the day. Absolutely love this stuff!

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Rumer Willis Slams Photographers For Allegedly Retouching Her Jawline In Vanity Fair Photos

Rumer Willis loves her jawline just the way it is. 

After an outtake from a Vanity Fair photo shoot appeared online, Willis took to Instagram to express her disappointment over what she seems to think was a Photoshopping job gone wrong.

The 27-year-old actress wrote that the size of her jawline was reduced in the high-fashion spread, but photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa quickly responded to Willis’ claim, explaining that the photo was not retouched “to alter or modify anyone’s face.”

“The photographer Photoshopped my face to make my jaw smaller and I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically,” Willis captioned the photo on Instagram.  

“I love the way I look and I won’t support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful. Whether or not they realize it, it is a form of bullying, which I won’t stand for,” she continued. 

After Willis posted the image, the photographers issued a statement to The Cut to explain their editing choices, claiming that “there was never any intention … to alter her appearance.”

Read their response below: 

The retouching that was done to the photograph was only done to resolve some distortion with using a wide angle lens for a group shot, and not to alter or modify anyone’s face. We used a wide angle lens, and it might’ve made Rumer’s chin look smaller from the higher angle that we shot the image. We did correct for the optics of the lens slightly as people’s heads get distorted through the wide angle lens. We certainly did not intend to change the way she naturally looks. Our intention was to capture the special bond between Rumer and her sisters.

It saddens us that Rumer feels the way she does about the image and hope she understands that there was never any intention with it to alter her appearance.

We should make clear that this image was an outtake and was not published in Vanity Fair or vf.com nor did they ever see it.

Regardless of the motivation behind the retouching, Willis, the eldest daughter of superstars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has been routinely criticized for her appearance from a young age. She’s been vocal about her battle with insecurity and the pressures of fame in the past, penning a powerful essay in Glamour after taking home the Mirror Ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” last year.

“When you grow up in the public eye the way that I did, everyone’s looking at you and waiting for you to do something crazy or say something wrong or have a meltdown,” she wrote. “I was constantly bullied because of my looks, so I struggled a lot with my body image.”

“After I finished [the show] I felt more beautiful than I had in my entire life … because of what I’d accomplished and worked so hard for,” she continued. “What it comes down to is this: We all need to stop bullying ourselves and being cruel to other women.”

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When asked by Collider whether would see an LGBT character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joe Russo said “the chances are strong.” As filmmakers, Joe Russo added, “it’s important on all fronts” to push for diversity so that “storytelling becomes more interesting, more rich, and more truthful.”

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Erin Andrews’ DWTS Blog: ‘I Felt Like Christie Brinkley from National Lampoon’s Vacation’

While the majority of Hollywood’s elite dazzled and glowed (literally!) on the Met Gala red carpet, Erin Andrews and the rest of the Dancing With the Stars team had a show to put on! And according to the host, things got sleek, chic and a little sexy on Tuesday evening’s episode. Get all of the details on the host’s look, including her curve-skimming gown, dramatic hair and makeup and more!

Erin Andrews Dancing with the StarsAdam Taylor/ABC

For the taping, Andrews and her stylist Alyssa Greene selected a slinky, long-sleeve red Elie Saab gown, which she teamed with gold-accented accessories, including Manolo Blahnik heels and Royal and Sylvie Collection jewels.

“The past few episodes we went really girly and over the top, so for this look, we wanted to go back to sleek, sexy and fierce,” Greene told PeopleStyle. “It looks super simple from the front, but when she turns around, you see the asymmetric back detail with gold buttons. We added a bit of gold bling and a super simple Manolo sandal to complete the look.”

And while Andrews calls the sexy siren gown a “little dangerous,” she says the sleek design made her feel like a supermodel. “The slit was high and a little dangerous, the host confessed. “I had to watch it walking up those ballroom stairs. Again channeling the Met Ball, I was thinking, ‘What would Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] do?’ She was rocking a slit beautifully [last night], too!”

Erin Andrews Dancing with the StarsCourtesy Erin Andrews

As for the host’s makeup, makeup artist Lisa Ashley was all about creating a “dramatic yet simple” look for the evening, opting for a bold eye and statement lip moment. To get Andrews’ smoky eye, the makeup pro began by accenting the star’s eyes with matte cranberry and apricot eye shadow shades (by Viseart) to match the rich shade of her dress and blended them into a smoky state. (As Ashley points out, “smoky doesn’t necessarily have to be blacks and grays — it’s the technique and blending rather than the colors used.”)

After contouring with the Laura Mercier Flawless Contour Palette, Ashley selected a matching cranberry hue for the star’s lips, which is actually the byproduct of many different shades. “Creating the perfect lip is never simple, she confessed. “I can sometimes use up to five different products.” But for this look, the makeup pro mixed together L.A. Girl Semi-Permanent Auto Lip Liner in Dark Plum with KIKO Precision Lip Liner #305 and added sheen with Girlactik Pout Shine in Stunning.

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Erin Andrews Dancing with the StarsCourtesy Erin Andrews

As for Andrews’ hair, she and her stylist Ryan Randall were up for trying something new. “I’ve always wanted to try slicking my hair back for the show,” she told PeopleStyle. “[Last night] we thought this was the right dress to do it with.”

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“Week after week, Erin has trusted us to deliver looks out of her comfort zone, and tonight’s look is no exception,” Randall told PeopleStyle. “We took an editorial approach with this wet, sleek and chic style. Red carpet worthy most definitely, with a nod to the Met Ball happening tonight in N.Y.C.”

The hair pro prepped Andrews’ wet hair with Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer and blew it out, straight and off the face. To get the slick style, Randall re-wet the roots with the same primer spray and added a layer of Moco De Gorila gel for “an ultimate, set it and forget it” slicked-back style. He added slight texture to the back of the do with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray as a finishing touch.

As for the final look? Andrews loved it — and even made a reference to a favorite supermodel vet. “I was joking around and said I felt like Christie Brinkley when she was filming the pool scene in National Lampoon’s Vacation, ‘So you gonna go for it?’”

Erin Andrews Dancing with the StarsCourtesy Erin Andrews

But in between shooting, Andrews said she was keeping tabs on the fashion happening on the East Coast (and playing with puppies!). “Backstage during the show we were looking at all the Met Ball photos, and we were laughing about how this was our West Coast version of it.”

Did you catch last night’s episode of DWTS? Were you a fan of Andrews’ slicked-back look? Share below!

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Brian Trunzo is leaving Carson Street.
Trunzo cofounded the New York City store in 2012 with Matt Breen, whom he met at law school. He declined to provide details on his reasons for departing or his plans.
Trunzo is leaving the brand while it’s in growth mode. The former lawyers recently relocated the men’s store to a larger space on Greene Street in SoHo and shifted its brand offering to focus more on progressive designer merchandise. They also had plans to set up shop in either Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., or Chicago in fall 2017.
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