Raf Simons’ Blade Runner-Inspired Show Stole Men’s Fashion Week

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Raf Simons Spring 2018 menswear show yesterday evening – his second time presenting in New York – was a much needed jolt of freshness and excitement amid his largely predictable Men’s Fashion Week peers.

Inspired by the classic 1982 sci-fi film Blade RunnerSimons set his show under the Manhattan Bridge in a nighttime Chinese food market, complete with neon lights, wet pavement, and lanterns printed with imagery from the designer’s collaborator, artist Peter Saville. The latter was responsible for the stark, iconic imagery of those early Joy Division and New Order album covers.

 

 

The audience was standing-only, and more a-list than at much of the week’s previous events: A$AP Rocky, Marc Jacobs, and Julianne Moore were among those in attendance.

Jacobs had told Vogue“I love Raf and he’s a good friend, so I’m very glad he’s here. Although, I saw more of him before he got here than since he’s here . . . but, you know, Raf makes fashion. He’s a creator. So he brings a creativity to American fashion which I think is lacking.”

 

 

The clothes made reference to many signature Simons pieces past, only with a dystopian twist. There were several shiny trenches, printed bucket hats with matching neck ties, shirts bearing the word “Replicant,” as well as off-the-shoulder sweaters, wide-legged trousers, and an excess of plaid patterns. Accessories included, fittingly, galoshes and umbrellas, some with glowing rods, and little pouches in collaboration with Eastpak.

 

 

Soundtrack-wise, the music was a familiar Simons amalgamation of genres that only served to enhance the gritty, action-movie aesthetic of the whole scene.

The Emmy Noms This Year Are Maybe The Most Exciting Ever

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The Emmy nominations this year are stacked, and reminded us just how much amazing television has come out in the past twelve months. We’re actually giddy as we present to you some important highlights that are sure to make this year’s show a real nail-biter.

First, and most importantly, we have Big Little Lies, which, to our delight and no one’s surprise, was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series and garnered noms for not one, not two, not three, but four of our High Rulers: yes, we’re talking Nicole and Reese, obviously, but also the divine Laura Dern, and, of course, Miss Shailene Woodley as Jane. Oh, and Alexander Skarsgard was deservingly nominated as well, bringing the total count for the show to 6 noms.

Leading the pack are two of our faves: Saturday Night Live and Westworld, with 22 noms each. SNL really had a big year, and has been appropriately acknowledged: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Tom Hanks, Dave Chapelle, and Lin-Manuel Miranda all were recognized for their hosting chops. Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon all scored nods as cast members, and, of course, Mr. Alec Baldwin earned himself a Supporting Actor nod, having immortalized his Trump impersonation during election season. With Westworld, we’d like to draw attention to our lovely ladies Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, who both were recognized for their roles as Dolores and Maeve, respectively.

What makes this year’s awards so exciting is that those nominated include a refreshing mix of critics’ picks and fan favorites – one show that has won the hearts of both is The Handmaid’s Tale, which raked in noms for several of its cast members, incuding Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel, as well as for Best Drama Series. Stranger Things also did very well, earning a whopping 18 nominations, most excitingly for Best Drama and for young rising star Millie Bobby Brown.

Other things we’d like to note: Feud: Bette and Joan earned a very impressive 18 nominations and Veep took 17. A few of our faves we’ like to call out: Riz Ahmed killed it in The Night Of, and we love you. He also earned a nom for his guest spot on Girls, as did Hannah’s Mom, Becky Ann Baker, and Matthew Rhys. Our girl Sam Bee picked up a Best Variety Series. Oh, and Game of Thrones starts too late and so is ineligible, if you were confused. But it’s nice that they can share the wealth.

The Emmys are hosted by Stephen Colbert and will take place September 17 on CBS.

DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Westworld

COMEDY SERIES

Atlanta

Black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

LIMITED SERIES

Big Little Lies

Fargo

Feud: Bette and Joan

Genius

The Night Of

TELEVISION MOVIE

Black Mirror: San Junipero

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sherlock: The Lying Detective

The Wizard of Lies

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Anthony Hopkins, Westworld

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Zach Galifianakis, Baskets

Donald Glover, Atlanta

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Keri Russell, The Americans

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Robin Wright, House of Cards

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie

Allison Janney, Mom

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

LEAD ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies

Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Geoffrey Rush, Genius

John Turturro, The Night Of

LEAD ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Carrie Coon, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan

Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan

Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

John Lithgow, The Crown

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tony Hale, Veep

Matt Walsh, Veep

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Kathryn Hahn, Transparent

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

SUPPORTING ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Bill Camp, The Night Of

Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

David Thewlis, Fargo

Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan

Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan

Regina King, American Crime

Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

VARIETY TALK SERIES

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Real Time with Bill Maher

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Billy on the Street

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live

Tracy Ullman’s Show

REALITY TV, COMPETITION

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Project Runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Riz Ahmed, Girls

Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live

Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live

Hugh Laurie, Veep

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live

Matthew Rhys, Girls

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Becky Ann Baker, Girls

Angela Bassett, Master of None

Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Wanda Sykes, Black-ish

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us

Gerald McRaney, This Is Us

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Denis O’Hare, This Is Us

BD Wong, Mr. Robot

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black

Ann Dowd, The Leftovers

Shannon Purser, Stranger Things

Cecily Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder

Alison Wright, The Americans

Arcade Fire’s Cover of ‘Green Light’ Will Give You the Strength Needed To Make It To The Weekend

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Hipster icons Arcade Fire stopped by BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge” today to play some tunes and chat about their upcoming album, Everything Now, out July 28. While in studio, they found time to do the most important thing a band can do in these trying times, which is to deliver a rousing rendition of America’s national anthem: Lorde’s “Green Light.”

The band was backed by a youth choir as they delivered the electric song to radio listeners everywhere. They also sang the title track off their forthcoming record, “Everything Now,” which has seen the release of singles “Creature Comfort” and “Signs of Life.”

While in the “Live Lounge,” singer Win Butler also found time to thank “Our Lorde” for “fighting the good fight.” So, clearly, at least someone gets what’s important in life.

If you tune in to the radio broadcast here, you can listen to the “Green Light” cover at 2:25:05, or to “Everything Now” at 2:04:10. Or, if you’d rather just watch some clips, take a look below and rejuvenate your spirits as we power through to the weekend:

Patrik Ervell’s Spring 18 Show Packed on the 90s Hiker Vibes

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Patrik Ervell’s Spring 18 show saw the designer return to his 90s San Francisco roots.

Textile-wise, the show employed lots of nylon, a reference to the hiking culture and sleeping bags prevalent in Ervell’s Bay Area coming-of-age. He told WWD that the collection is very “nostalgic.” The silhouettes were baggy and wide, a combination of Patagonia hiker and industrial construction worker, given a sharp delicatness with severe lines and color blocking reminiscent of stained glass.

Shiny pleather shorts and chunky sneakers were prevalent throught the collection, as were button-down shirts that looked like they were made out of plastic bags. The tailoring represented the current trend in shows of remaining altogether non-form-fitting.

Perfume Genius Performs ‘Wreath’ and ‘Just Like Love’ on Kimmel

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Perfume Genius performed two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night – “Wreath” and “Just Like Love.” Both songs are off of his latest album, No Shape, which is currently in full swing of its North American and European tour with serpentwithfeet and Weyes Blood.

Decked out in a baggy button down shirt and some rad denim/latex cutoff pants, Mike Hadreas (Perfume Genius’ real name) breathed some much-needed queerness into the hetero-dominated world of late night TV. Take a look below:

Hadreas also recently performed for NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series, where he sang “Valley,” “Slip Away,” and “Normal Song,” all also off of No Shape.

Sofia Coppola Talks Colin Farrell Pinup Calendars, New Orleans & Working With Nicole Kidman

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Sofia Coppola is back, bitches. The director and writer of The Beguiledwho’s fresh off of a Best Director prize from Cannes, has surprised and delighted us yet again with her new Southern Gothic drama, placing Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in an isolated manor home with a sweaty Colin Farrell, and then seeing what happens.

The movie is everything you hope it will be: steamy, erotic, scary, violent – and full of signature Coppola sparks of humor and steady-paced storytelling. It’s reminiscent of some of her past work: the feminine longing of Virgin Suicides is there, as well as the extravagant costumes of Marie Antoinette – and even some of the groupthink-gone-wrong of Bling Ring. But The Beguiled is, as always with Coppola, a decidedly new chapter in a career of powerful stories about women. It was previously a book and a 1971 movie; but her version is wholeheartedly new and original.

We caught up with her for a chat about her star-studded cast, career evolution, and how, exactly, she decided to cast her main hunk.

 

This film is very different from your previous movies but there are some similar themes: female lust, as in Virgin Suicides, and opulent fashion, reminiscent of Marie Antoinette. How does it relate to your others, and what drove you to want to tell this story?

When I first thought about the story it reminded me a little bit of Virgin Suicides and that side of the world, of just girls kind of isolated and the mystery between men and women. And I love a period piece, so that was appealing. I have that side of myself that can really express a Marie Antoinette. I got to tap into that side – I love a nice ruffle. And petticoats.

And friends had jokingly suggested you make this movie?

Yeah, my friend Anne Ross, who was also the production designer, told me about this film and kind of said, “I think you should redo this.” And I just watched it, but then I changed my mind and I kept thinking about it. It’s about this group of women, but it’s told from the guy’s point of view, the soldier they take in. And I really wanted to see the story from their point of view, what it was like for them. So much of it is about sexual oppression, and desire. I felt like the other film treated it like they were crazy women, and I wanted to talk about desire in a relatable way.

You told Vulture that you made this film for a lot of your gay male friends. Can you expand on that further? A good place to start might be the setting: you filmed in Jennifer Coolidge’s house and the Lemonade house, amongst others locations.

It was very exciting – it was so fun to meet Jennifer Coolidge, she came by, and we’re all fans of hers. I was thinking a lot in the casting, when I was looking for who would play this soldier, I wanted to find a guy that women would love and gay men would love too. That was the audience I had in mind. My friend, the shoe designer Fabrizio Viti, was the consultant on how to look at the male body in an objectified way. He was my advisor. He pushed me – in the sponge bath scene with Nicole Kidman, he pushed me to really go there.

Were there any other men in final contention for that part?

I thought about a bunch of different people – my guy friends all had their favorites. But when I met Colin – he was so masculine, and had all the qualities, but could also be really complex. He’s not just a dumb hunk.

I read he was posing for a calendar shoot? What was that?

We were shooting the scene where he’s gardening, and doing his manly handywork around the garden, and we were joking we’d make a calendar, because it was so romance novel. He was really funny about it. But the photographer did take a bunch of pictures for me for an imaginary calendar. And now I’m thinking we have to make it.

If you make it, I will buy it. Was the set goofy and fun? 

It was, yes – my favorite memories were spending time with all the actors on the porch, with everyone in their petticoats sort of undone. Sitting around on this porch in New Orleans, and getting to hang out with Nicole, and Kirsten and Elle. Even though we were under the gun, it was fun to relax.

This was your first time working with Nicole?

Yeah, I’ve always loved her as an actress. She taught me a lot – the way she can work an eyebrow. Just to see her as that regal and imposing headmistress… I hope it spurs Halloween costumes in the fall.

Oh, you can count on me to dress up as her. 

I want a nightgown with a candelabra.

I promise you. And I do want to dive into Kirsten as well. This role is so different from, say, Lux in Virgin Suicides.

I loved her in this part because she’s so bubbly and fun in real life, so to see her transform – we always talked about how her character is really under the thumb of Miss Martha. It was amazing to see her transform on set. I love seeing when actors get cast against type.

Did you write this part with her in mind?

I wanted to work with her, so when I picked this story about women of different ages, I thought, “Oh, Kirsten can be the teacher. Now Elle’s old enough to play the Lolita-y teenage girl.” Kirsten is so smart and funny and gets my sensibility. I trust her. She’s able to convey so much under the surface.

Elle was so funny. Did you intend for her to be the comic relief?

Her character always cracked me up – I thought it was funny to make her really self-absorbed. We were laughing a lot because she really added this attitude. I wanted to feel all the tension, but then have humor without going full camp.

I’ve read that you don’t let your daughter have a phone, because the idle mind is so important for coming up with ideas. That resonated with me, because people just don’t have time to sit with their thoughts any more. And this movie is about that too – idle minds.

Being a writer, so much of being creative comes from when you’re able to daydream and space out, and just be quiet, and alone with yourself. And now it’s so addictive and connected – it’s hard to have long stretches where you’re really alone. We’re so in the habit of always being in contact. I appreciate going to the movie theaters now because when you’re at home, it’s hard to really be disciplined and put your phone in another room. So the theater is that rare moment where you really focus on that experience – where you can get lost in another world.

Have you seen anything lately that has struck you?

I just watched this Frederick Wiseman documentary at a festival – he made a lot of movies in the 70s, I love this one called Model about the fashion industry. I want to see Wonder Woman, but I haven’t yet.

The Incredibles is one of your favorite movies – it’s one of mine too. Would you ever, or have you ever thought of doing an animated film or a superhero film?

I love that movie, yes. I hadn’t thought about it, though it would be fun to do an animated film. But I really like being on set with the actors, and that process. A couple years ago I actually thought, “Where’s Wonder Woman?” So I’m glad to see her.

So Little Mermaid isn’t happening?

Yeah, I really wanted it to, but it’s not. It became so much about the budget.

Do you have any ideas in the works for next projects?

This has been so intense, that I’m excited to get this one out and take a break. But I did just look at the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation last year, at their archives; but I haven’t done anything more with that yet. I do have a project that I’m producing, called Fairyland – it’s from the book by Alysia Abbott. It’s a memoir of growing up with a gay dad in San Francisco in the 70s. I optioned it to be a film and it’s in the works.

Here’s The New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Teaser

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Back during Super Bowl time, we got our first big taste of what would be coming in Stranger Things season 2. And today, a new teaser and poster have been released, along with the news of an October 27 release date. Take a look:

A press release explains that in the new season: “It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.”

Check out the Super Bowl trailer for Stranger Things 2 below, in which we see the unmistakably troubled eyes of Eleven, fueling our hopes that maybe she isn’t blasted into a permanent cloud of dust after all:

Barry Jenkins Set to Direct James Baldwin Adaptation

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Following his groundbreaking film Moonlight, which took home Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, director Barry Jenkins will adapt James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk into a feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

If Beale Street Could Talk was published in 1974 – it’s set in Harlem in the 70s and follows the story of a couple, Fonny and Tish, who are expecting a child when Fonny is wrongly accused of having raped someone. As a result Tish must scramble, while pregnant, to find evidence clearing her partner’s name. Jenkins, who in addition to Best Picture took home Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight, wrote the movie’s script back in 2013, the same summer he wrote his monumental Oscar winner.

Jenkins is working closely with the Baldwin estate on the production. In a statement, Baldwin’s sister said: “We are delighted to entrust Barry Jenkins with this adaptation. Barry is a sublimely conscious and gifted filmmaker, whose Medicine For Melancholy (Jenkins’ debut feature) impressed us so greatly that we had to work with him.”

Jenkins added: “To translate the power of Tish and Fonny’s love to the screen in Baldwin’s image is a dream I’ve long held dear. Working alongside the Baldwin Estate, I’m excited to finally make that dream come true.”

The movie will be financed by Annapurna Productions, as well as Jenkins’ Pastel Productions and Plan B, who produced Moonlight. Work on the film is set to begin in October.

Inez and Vinoodh Capture Dsquared Fall 17 Campaign

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Today Dsquared2 unveils it’s Fall 17 campaign, shot by Inez and Vinoodh with creative direction by Giovanni Bianco.

The campaign takes its models in layered looks to stand in front of dim images of cabins and forests, with pieces of faux red tape making it feel a little bit like a scrapbook from a really high-fashion fishing trip. Styling was done by Panos Yiapanis, and models included Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls, Jamie Bochert, Ariel Rosa, Etienne Robert, Filip Hrivnak, Freddie Ashcroft, Kit Butler, and Paul Francois.

Take a look in the following slides.