If you've ever browsed the novelty t-shirt selection at, say, tourist trap booths in Soho or on the Atlantic City boardwalk, you'll know that through some strange accident of marketing, American iconography, and the widespread availability of photoshop, there's a lot of merch featuring a specific, posthumous iteration of Marilyn Monroe: tatted up, tits out (more than usual), guns blazin'. And if you've ever tried your hand at holiday shopping, you'll know that it's super stressful!
There are many reasons to be excited about this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Ha. Just kidding. There really isn't anything to be excited about at all. I mean, you don't really care that much about 'NSYNC reuniting, do you? You're over the age of 10 and have ears, right? I thought so. And who could possibly really care about the not-witty-at-all banter that's going to be happening between all the presenters. I mean, for every great Courtney Love-throwing-shoes-at-Madonna-and-Kurt Loder or Fiona Apple-quoting-Maya Angelou-and-calling-everything-bullshit moment, there's hundreds of boring, pointless moments that remind you why you haven't watched MTV in years and years anyway. But so! There's one thing that's pretty reliably fun about the VMAs. Or at least, it always has been in the past. And that's the fashion. The fashion has always been pretty great. By the way, when I say fashion, I do not mean Lady Gaga wearing a meat dress. That is not fashion. That is meat. Here's 20 of our favorite fashion moments in VMAs history. We can certainly hope that, with the VMAs finally coming to Brooklyn, the fashion will reach the heights it has in years past. But, uh, yeah. We doubt it. So let's let nostalgia take us away, far, far away.
The vibe at Solange's sunday afternoon Converse Rubber Tracks Live at Northside show was decidedly joyous. The weather was perfect, there was plenty to drink, and there was lots and lots of dancing. But what really made it so great? Well, the absurd amount of extremely attractive and well-dressed people certainly didn't hurt. Fortunately, photographer Sam Polcer was on hand to take some portraits of festivalgoers. Slideshow below. And be sure to check out Sam's website, Preferred Mode, which is like a street-style site but specifically for cyclists.
As the lone L Magazine staffer who doesn't really understand or care about hockey, things can get a little lonely when talk turns to the Islanders. Like, "Oh, yeah, remember how nobody liked them, because hockey's a Canadian sport, and the stadium they play in sucks? Or is just sort of out of the way? Lol?" I have no fucking idea. But now. Now! Something is going on with this team that I find noteworthy.
But maybe don't use the company's new ad campaign as inspiration. It's a little confusing. Notice that web ad pictured above? Seeing as the traditions of Halloween are sacred, we assume the models featured in it are dressed up as something, but we're not quite sure what. We have some guesses, though. Going from left to right...
In keeping with Late Night's hipster-friendly narrative, Jimmy Fallon hosted once-upon-a-time fashion blogger, current editor-actress-alt-pixie-high-schooler Tavi Gevinson last night, in town to promote Rookie Yearbook One, a compilation of pieces from her online magazine's first year. There was a lot to be learned from the little one.
Now that it’s officially official that Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate against Barack Obama in November, we can finally start talking about what matters—Urban Outfitters t-shirts. Never one to let something that could be ironic go by without becoming ironic, Urban Outfitters has stocked its on-line store with shirts featuring both Romney and Obama (and Ron Paul, but haha). But which one is more ironic?
Let’s take a look.
On Tuesday night, the lights of 158 Allen Street were aglow with Sailor Jerry-covered creative types talking shop and trying on letterman jackets in a surprisingly minimalist, gallery style space. The occasion is a sneak peek of Feltraiger's flagship, the menswear line produced by Brooklyn-based brothers Daniel and Jon Feldman. The store, opening today, features items from their SS12 collection (including the woodland creature two peicer that we put on David Cross in Brooklyn Magazine) and handcrafted jewelry from another Brooklyn based designer, Bernard James.
There's something I need to talk to you about. Something I saw on page 58 of your February 2012 catalog that I just can't get out of my head. But first, a potentially embarrassing bit of background info, lest you think I'm just some weirdo internet troll with ulterior motives rather than a loyal customer writing out of legitimate concern, or at least something resembling concern.
In my closet right now, there is what a lot of people would consider an absurd amount of clothing purchased from your company: 13 long-sleeve button-down shirts, 15 sweaters, one suit, two ties, two pairs of pants, and this really great thermal-lined hoodie you stopped selling years ago. This is to say nothing of the few pairs of shorts I've packed away for the winter, or the two short-sleeve button-downs I got on clearance last year, or the half-dozen or so madras—excuse me, Indian cotton—shirts I fell for starting back in the spring of 2010. I have a bunch of your socks, too. And I wore a pair of your shoes on my wedding day, back before you even starting selling all that "special occasion" stuff you sell now.
holiday shopping season and what better way to get into the giving buying spirit than with Lady Gaga-inspired tchotchkes? As if the pop superstar weren't already sufficiently ubiquitous, she has now taken over an entire floor of Barneys New York, all 5,500 square feet of it. The journey into Gaga’s Workshop begins outside Barneys’ doors (above) and continues throughout the ridiculous and exotic interior.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell, isn’t it? [Alternate headline: Costumes That You Could Pull Off Very Easily.]
An actual Canadian lumberjack:
While most of us were sitting around writing about books and records and movies and other primarily solitary pursuits, a bunch of our photographers, as well as dedicated writer Brianna Affen, were out there taking part in the craziness of Fashion Week. We even convinced Sydney Brownstone to film the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend thing at 285 Kent on Friday, and this is a person whose Twitter bio reveals that her primary interest is "play[ing] folk instruments in a windowless room." Now that we've finally seen all their coverage in one place, jeez, we're actually really proud of it. Check it out here.
I have no idea why this exists, and I kinda wish it didn't, but I suppose you shouldn't second-guess Jay-Z. He apparently thought the world needed to see a who's who of supermodels lip-sync to "Empire State of Mind" in honor of Fashion Week, so he got a who's who of supermodels to lip-sync to "Empire State of Mind" and posted it on his website, Life + Times. The New York Observer took it a step further, creating a rolodex of nearly every model that appears in the clip and some of the recent campaigns you might recognize them from. I just clicked through all 22 slides and now feel great about my thighs. You try!
In the meantime, he'll be releasing his very own shoe tonight (7pm, 128 Prince St.), in Soho, at the Cole Haan store, called the Theophilus Blue Suede Buck (which comes with a Theophilus 10", a cover of Nat King Cole's "Calypso Blues"). T.L. will also be DJ'ing! So that should be fun. SHOES!
This viral video (embedded below) having something to do with "the NYU Reality Show" and this Kickstarter project for a short film about root beer purports to pertain to the prevalence of hipsters on college campuses, but was filmed here in DUMBO where there is not a single college campus.
In what may be a scheme to boost its numbers past Jeff Koons on the Roof to all-time attendance record-setting status, the Metropolitan Museum's retrospective of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty, has had its hours extended again—previously the closing date was pushed back one week to August 7, and Monday hours were added for a steep fee—during the show's final two or so weeks.
Since it opened nearly two months ago on May 4, the Metropolitan Museum's retrospective of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty, has attracted over 350,000 visitors, surpassing the scores who shuffled into a hugely popular 2005 exhibition of Van Gogh drawings, but putting the blockbuster fashion exhibition not quite on pace to beat Jeff Koons' 2008 rooftop sculpture show—at least not in terms of total attendance numbers.
BeardsFromBelow.org, the non-profit branch of the presumably bankruptcy-destined for-profit enterprise BeardsFromBelow.com, is not nearly so Brooklyn-dominated as you would expect a site of user-submitted photographs of shaggy facial hair shot from a low angle to be. That said, I'm fairly certain I found a photo of Brooklyn resident and L Mag editor-in-chief Jonny Diamond's beard on there—whoever figures out which one might be Mr. Diamond gets a free beard. (TheDailyWhat)
We first heard about it last December, and now it's time for the Brooklyn Flea to step out for the spring and summer: Sunday (not Saturday, as reported in the Brooklyn Paper) will mark the weekend shopping destination's debut on the Williamsburg waterfront. The Flea will take up the waterfront lot along the East River between North 6th and North 7th Streets every Saturday from April 3 through November 20.
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