BlackBook Exclusive: A Très Romantique ‘Oddities’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Above image: arrangement by Wicked Florist

It’s often forgotten amidst the avalanche of bright red and expensive gold that has come to characterize Valentine’s Day – but throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the words “romantic” and “gothic” were literarily intertwined. The worlds depicted in those stories were the antithesis of dull pragmatism and mercenary pursuits, and were often characterized by the rush of fear and danger. Shelley, Byron, Poe…and of course, the apotheosis, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

With that in mind, BlackBook has once again enlisted that renowned impresario of all things mystical and macabre, Ryan Matthew Cohn for our très romantique 2019 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Should you require edification, RMC was the star of the fantastical Discovery Channel show Oddities, and is currently the co-founder, with his wife Regina, of the Oddities Flea Market Curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn. He is also the co-owner and curator of Brooklyn’s iconoclastic House Of Wax bar.

(N.B. – There will be a Brooklyn Oddities Flea Market at Brooklyn Bazaar April 6-7, and a Los Angeles Oddities Flea Market at The Globe Theatre May 18-19.)

The BlackBook Oddities Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


Wicked Florist

Flower shop specializing in morbid arrangements (top image). Obviously, skulls and black roses are involved.

Scientific Woman

If you’re hoping to convey how much you love someone in a uniquely “heart”-felt way, how about an actual anatomical heart?! Scientific Woman features art that will make anyone’s ticker skip a beat. Flesh is coupled with scientific artistry to create a stunningly unusual taxidermy gift. Each mount is quality crafted to stand the test of time…just like your love.


Image by Glenn Jones, @ikona_photography

Vegan Treats

If you are like me, you are sick to death of happy looking hearts, boring blue boxes of jewelry and tired looking Cupid iconography. So consider some chocolate severed body parts by Vegan Treats. The “Fatally Yours Chocolate Box” is a custom designed heart shaped box by Cecilia Granata, featuring 18 pieces of handmade vegan chocolates with gold leaf, including gems like: White Chocolate Fingers, Swiss Chocolate Stomachs Filled with Peanut Butter Cup, and Vanilla Bean Caramel Filled Ears.

This Shit Blinks

I only have eyes for you…doll eyes! Brooklyn based jewelry designer KT Ferris creates an eclectic, wide array of eyeball related jewelry, using real antique dolls’ eyes as components.

MM Fabrications

Every queen deserves a crown. Make a true statement while wearing one of these hand-made dark & deviant head-pieces made by MM Fabrications from Los Angeles. You can become a cross between Baphomet and Snow White’s worst nightmare!


Gotham Taxidermy

Nothing screams “I love you” more than a preserved specimen in a glass dome. Check out the genuine “orb-weaving” spiders delicately climbing the stem of a real, preserved rose, adorned with antique brass filigree. These arrangements (sustainably sourced and professionally preserved) are mounted beautifully in a Victorian glass display dome. Your significant other will either kiss you with excitement or run for the hills screaming in horror! (Obviously not recommended for lovers suffering from arachnophobia.)


Beauty Nirvana: BLVD Strikes an Exclusive Partnership w/ Neiman Marcus to Reinvent the Beauty Experience


Have you ever hoped you could just relax at your hair appointment, but instead found yourself stressing about whether or not you were going to make it across town to your manicurist in time? Your Beauty BLVD not only understands this, but they’ve done something about it.

Indeed, they’ve created the first luxury one-stop beauty shop, and have just begun rolling out more locations in a high-profile new partnership with Neiman Marcus. Already servicing clients in its Scarsdale freestanding location, Short Hills opened Friday, February 1, with a much-anticipated outpost arriving in the new Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards store in New York City this March. It’s perhaps best described as a veritable beauty services playground.

Buzz about the brand and concept, is that this could possibly be the new standard in beauty services…and it may in fact just be.

“We have reinvented the traditional full-service salon model,” explains Hudson BLVD Group President Robin Moraetes, who co-founded DREAMDRY with Rachel Zoe. “BLVD brings the best in beauty service brands together under one roof, while offering clients their favorite specialty beauty brands in one convenient, luxury experience.”



Just imagine getting a blowout, then walking just 20 feet to get a manicure, then some eyelash extensions or a brow shaping. And the consistency of quality of the brand partners means never having to think twice before booking an additional service. From the aforementioned DREAMDRY, to Pucker Lash Extensions, to Valley for manicures + nail art, and Spruce and Bond for brow shaping & tinting or a quick peel, only marquee beauty services will be on offer.

Moraetes elaborates, “We have reinvented the traditional full-service salon model by bringing the best in beauty service brands together under one roof, and offering clients their favorite specialty beauty brands in one convenient, luxury experience.”

Another great perk of the partnership? Members of Neiman Marcus’ loyalty program, InCircle, will be able to enjoy BLVD services as an added redemption option of their InCircle Perk Cards.

Beauty services at BLVD’s Neiman Marcus Short Hills location can be booked online at or by calling the salon at 973.847.2583. Appointments at Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards will be made available to customers this March. Services are available seven days a week.


Watch: The First Trailer for ‘The Spanish Princess’ is Rife With Intrigue

Image courtesy of Starz


Marie Antoinette, Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great get all the hype – but Catherine of Aragon has her devoted fans, to be sure. In fact, amidst all the Machiavellian machinations depicted in the Showtime series The Tudors (2007 – 2010), Henry VIII’s first queen comes off hands down the most virtuous person in the royal court.

Now with “period drama” mania reaching a fever pitch, Catherine at last gets her own series, The Spanish Princess – which will premiere at some as yet undetermined date this spring on Starz. The first trailer has just arrived to much chattering amongst the cognoscenti – and for very good reason. One is immediately struck by Harriet Walter’s Margaret Beaufort smirking the line: “I fear we shall have trouble with our princess.” Thus setting it up as a sort of post-feminist retelling of the 16th Century – despite Catherine having been not quite the rebel that that statement would suggest (she was notably devoutly Catholic all of her life).

Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons) stars as Henry Tudor, and Game of Thrones‘ Charlotte Hope is, of course, Catherine of Aragon. And while the long-reigning Queen of England (1509 – 1533) is often painted as the victim of Ann Boelyn’s merciless scheming, The Spanish Princess actually depicts the early days of their marriage – when the two were genuinely in love.


Brooklyn’s ‘Bunton’s World Famous’ Is Recapturing the Anything Goes Spirit of the ’90s Club Scene


Kareem Bunton has been around.

His musical collaborations have included the estimable likes of Run the Jewels, Prefuse 73 and TV on the Radio. He’s also been at the center of the scenes at such venerated NYC nightlife spots as Mr. Fongs, VON, Union Pool, and even Max Fish.

Now he’s taking it all to Bushwick, packing every bit of that experience into a outrageous but welcomingly democratic new venue, fittingly monikered Bunton’s World Famous. The location choice is no surprise, as New York nightlife has found a new incubator in the once decidedly insalubrious Brooklyn neighborhood. But the “mission” may surprise, as it’s meant to convey the vibe of a Tangier hotel bar – albeit one that draws a steady stream of urban cool kids.


Top image by Hannah Grankvist; This image by Taylor Sesselman


“What I like best about the’90s scene,” he says, “was that it didn’t really matter what you had in your pocket or what you did in the daytime. Looking good, being a great dancer, or just having a lovely personality were often enough to get you through the door. Building a space is easy, creating a scene is not. To do this we are attempting to build a sense of community by hiring old school DJ’s and youngsters.”

The interior space is not what you would call cavernous – but there’s a 1400 square foot patio, with a lushness that may indeed transport you to your favorite tropical destination. But to further attest to the unconventional exoticism at work here, drinks will nod to tiki bars and to sexy sultriness of New Orleans after dark – all while eschewing the preening nature of the current crop of over-concepted cocktail lounges.

“Think flavored daiquiris, hurricanes, rum runners,” says Bunton. “Lucas Moran of Mr. Fongs will be designing the menu. It’s usually my preference to keep cocktails simple and quick to make. Waiting 10 minutes for a drink while listening to an unsolicited speech about botanicals is not my idea of a good time.”


Image by Claire de Lespinois


It’s telling that Bunton’s World Famous has already embarked upon ambitious artistic collaborations for what will be an assortment of rotating retail fashions – they expect to quickly have fans who want to wear the brand. (The inaugural collection includes an attention-grabbing assortment of snapback hats and long & short sleeve 100% cotton T’s available at

What is most germane to BWF’s mission, however, is a sense of egalitarianism – that starving artists and thriving art dealers can hang side by side, and groove together on the dancefloor to unforgettable nights of old-school hip-hop and the like.

“Because I love consistency,” he explains, “we are going to structure the schedule by genre rather than promoters or weekly residents. Different DJs will be able to share their interpretations of reggae, afrobeat, nuyorican soul.”

Perhaps a classic ’80s rap from The World Famous Supreme Team would best sum it up: “You gotta make them dance you out your doggone shoes.”

World famous, indeed.


Above images by Claire de Lespinois


(Bunton’s World Famous merch items – including a camper/dad hat, snapback hat, long & short sleeve 100% cotton T’s – are available at

Blackbook invites you to celebrate the Grand Opening of Bunton’s World Famous during New York Fashion Week on Friday, 15 February 2019 at 7pm located at 1005 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn. RSVP

Follow Bunton’s World Famous on Social Media: Instagram; Twitter; Facebook



Image by Hannah Grankvist 


Steve Buscemi, David Duchovny, Chloë Sevigny, Moby, Alexander Wang, Jim Parsons…Some Rather Fascinating Quotes From BlackBook’s Best Interviews of 2018

Moby image by Jonathan Nesvadba


As you can obviously tell from being devoted readers all this time, BlackBook loves to travel, eat well, look sharp and, most importantly, be as all-around cultured as possible.

But our favorite pastime by far is sitting down for a chat with some of the most fascinating figures of our time in music, film, fashion, food, sometimes even space travel, and learning what it is that makes them tick. All while hopefully getting them to admit to something genuinely revelatory, or even a little…embarrassing. 2018, of course, was no different, as we pulled up a chair with everyone from Chloë Sevigny to Alexander Wang to Steve Buscemi, Jim Parsons and rising music/acting star Leon Bridges.

As we close out the year, we look back on some of the most amazing quotes from those very same interviews. Their wisdom, is our gift to you.



Interview by Ken Scrudato
“The main force that hinders that which is spiritual is simply our hereditary humanity. We’re born with ontological amnesia, seemingly unaware of the 15 billion year old quantum crucible from which we’ve arisen. Simply, we know nothing. In a way, we are the void – not that we see the void, we’re just clueless as to the actual nature of the Universe. So we stumble along and make mistakes and assume that we’re doing our best when the truth is that we’re not seeing through a glass darkly…we’re not even seeing.”

Sarah Jessica Parker

Interview by Hilton Dresden
“I don’t think it’s necessary to have experiences to play a part. I think as actors, what we’re mostly trying to do is find things that are different, unrelatable, foreign, unfamiliar. No, there was no point of reference [for Divorce] in my own marriage. But I didn’t need that to be the case, nor did I need it to play Carrie Bradshaw or any of the characters I’ve played. I think what’s most important are words that feel truthful.”

Peter, Bjorn & John

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“There is no shortage of darkness to inspire in the present day. The idea behind the title [Darker Days] was indeed mainly the Swedish winters, originally. But Trump, Brexit, old Swedish Nazis forming the third biggest party here at home, and above all climate change and the possibility that we are actually getting near the end of the world, thanks to our western capitalist lifestyle, isn’t exactly cheerful stuff. And it’s stuff you constantly think about; so it’s hard to keep out of songs.”


Actress Lola Kirke

Interview by Glenn Garner
“I think in a lot of ways, [in Gemini] you see a celebrity who is inundated by her own celebrity. I think that anonymity is a form of freedom, and it’s very interesting that we live in a world where people are constantly seeking to sacrifice their anonymity for the freedom that they perceive fame brings. It’s really exciting to get to evaluate those values in this film.”

Chinese Artist Liu Bolin

Interview by Hillary Latos
“Since 9/11 I was thinking about my body and how I could become invisible within society, as there are a lot of conflictive ideas between humans and society. My idea of disappearing reflects a lot of those conflicts.”

Sharp Objects‘ April Brinson

Interview by Hilton Dresden
“I’ve grown up watching Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. They are such successful and talented actresses, who I have looked up to since I was young. Being on set with them was so surreal.”



Chef David Chang

Interview by Alissa Fitzgerald
“I’m still ashamed about the dried deer tendon, still mad at myself that I had to spit it out. I would have vomited and that would have been worse. I hope I can get to a point where I can eat it, but I don’t know if I’ll ever love it. I love Peking duck and Vietnamese crawfish.”

Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“Yes, I believed in [U2) completely because of how real they were – and because of their passion. From the start, I wanted to follow their direction, and let them be in control of their own destiny. It worked, obviously. They also quite literally had a lot to do with changing Ireland.”

Ute Lemper

Interview by Aaron Hicklin
“Yes, it goes back to 1988 when I lived in Paris, performed in the musical Cabaret, and won a French Tony award. [Marlene Dietrich] was still alive, living in Avenue Montaigne. The press was busy comparing me to her, and I felt embarrassed and wrote her a letter to express my admiration and thankfulness. A month later she called me and we had a three-hour conversation that took me a very long time to digest. She spoke a lot, about everything big and deep and sad and beautiful in her life. I kept this kind of secret and carried it with me.”


Photo by David Andrako 


Crazy Rich Asians Star Fiona Xie

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“Everyone wants in on what’s good. For the Asian community, it’s also a movement to have a platform to share their real stories and to be heard equally. Ultimately, we are all humans that want to be understood, loved and accepted and to transcend all boundaries for great opportunities.”

Spacehog’s Royston Langdon

Interview by Adam Pollock
“Bowie recorded Blackstar at The Magic Shop on Crosby Street, which was where Spacehog made The Chinese Album. I know it well. Whilst I was working with Spotify the label brought the record in to play for us, think it was the October before it came out. Made me sign an NDA and it was referred to by its code name Danny. Top secret. As soon as I heard it, I knew he was off. I emailed him immediately but alas, never heard back. Now, every time I hear ‘Dollar Days’ and specifically his line ‘If I’ll never see the English evergreens I’m running to’ my heart breaks. Makes me cry every single time.”

David Duchovny

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“To be honest, I think we were all kind of slightly disappointed in what we did [with the original X-Files] – and so we had to come back and do it better. That’s what these episodes are about. And in a way it was fun to revisit the origin of it, and to kind of lay claim to it. There’s also this new sci-fi boom, and it was kind of like, ‘Let’s show the kids how it’s done.’ We didn’t show them last time.”


Image Courtesy of The X-Files


B-52s’ Fred Schneider

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“Well, campiness suggests being ridiculous without realizing it. I have to say, we actually knew exactly what we were doing.”

Macy Gray

Interview by Hilton Dresden
“Red represents emotion, and all the songs are about emotion, and feeling from the heart – and the heart is red. It’s a jewel, and it’s a jewel for me to be making an album like this, 20 years later. Red: a bright awesome color that you also see when you’re nervous about things; and I’m nervous about the album coming out, so it’s just representative of everything I’m doing at this point in my career.”

Steve Buscemi

Interview by Aaron Hicklin
“I remember going in to read for one part and asking the casting director if I could read for the lead; and she looked at me, and said, ‘Oh no, they’re going to get a name for that part.’ I thought, ‘What is she talking about?’ And then I realized: ‘Oh, you’re going to get a name – you’re going to get an actor whose name people know.’ I was like, ‘Ok, I have to get a name now, it’s not enough to be a working actor.’”


Steve Buscemi in The Death of Stalin


Samantha Ronson

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“I always said I hoped to keep DJ’ing for as long as I loved it. I still love it. It still makes me happy, so I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Ultimately, though, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as getting a crowd going for our own songs – those songs that started as bad days, that went from paper to a piano, and then to the stage. You can’t really beat that.”

DJ/Producer Chris Liebing

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“I think in general it has been changing for the much, much better. Promoters have become more professional, sound systems in clubs have become way better and the experience for the people in the clubs therefore is a better one. Electronic music is still conquering the world, there are new places to discover, new artists are coming up. I think it is a pretty exciting and amazing time right now.”

Actor/Singer Jamie Campbell Bower

Interview by Hilton Dresden
“With acting I’m portraying a character and with music I’m being me with no barrier. Of course, they’re both creative outlets and share similarities, but for me the differences between playing Christopher Marlowe or a red eyed Vampire, and walking out on stage with my band and playing a sweaty rock show and living that life far outweigh the similarities.”



The Slits’ Tessa Pollitt

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“I prefer ‘female empowerment’ to ‘feminist.’ Has it succeeded? It feels like we have come around some kind of cycle and things appear one step forward, two steps backwards; if I look worldwide I would say…no! There is a lot of female suffering, and domestic abuse seems on the rise. I see and feel much divisiveness on many social and political gender levels. It feels time for a new revolution, I feel a change in the air!”

Alexander Wang

Interview by Hilton Dresden
“Pride has always been very close to me. Having been born in San Francisco, it’s been such a privilege to be a part of that gay community. In New York, it’s such a big celebration as well, and that’s something I wanted to be a part of. It’s not just about celebration, but about how this message of inclusivity and sex positivity in the world right now is really important.”

Adam Goldberg

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“Acting was something I did and wanted to do in some form or another since I was very small. It’s almost more akin to my love for baseball as a kid. Sometimes I’m on a set and think, ‘Hmm, I’m a grown man and I’m still playing little league. What the hell am I doing?’ But I’d also been passionate about music, photography, writing, filmmaking, since I was a kid – though I suppose I never saw those forms of expression as a viable means by which to make a living.”


John Travolta

Interview by Hillary Latos
“There are only a couple of roles that I think I could’ve taken that would have made my career transition smoother. Splash was written for me, as well as Days of Heaven, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Pretty Woman. I don’t know if I had done those if I would be where I am today – but overall I’m happy with what I have chosen. I like very much that I can choose my characters and roles; that’s more interesting to me than having a perfect arc to a career.”

Dance Music Icon Judy Torres

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“I woke up one morning with an annoying pain in my eye. A few days later, I was blind. I landed in the hospital, and by the end of the week, the doctor told me about the diagnosis. I was absolutely shocked, how could this happen to me? I contemplated suicide again – right there in the hospital. I read all the books about multiple sclerosis and none had happy endings. An ex-boyfriend came to visit me in the hospital and didn’t feel sorry for me at all. He told me to get up – that as long as I could still sing, I had no right to be upset.”

Electronic Music Superstar Richie Hawtin

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“What do you think is left for any type of music? Electronic music lives and breathes through technology, technology that is continuing to evolve and offer new, exciting possibilities in sound creation, performance methods and interactivity. As we push forward into a future based on and assisted by more and more technology, techno will be the only soundtrack that makes sense.”


Image by Jordi Cervera


Foster the People’s Mark Foster

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“I had parked in a guarded lot. At the end of the session, the LAPD called my cell phone, ‘Hey Mark, this is Officer Johnson, why don’t you give me a call back about your car?’ So we walked out into the lot, and my windows were broken. They stole everything I had from my flight, even my toiletries. It was such a low blow!”

Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll

Interview by Ken Scrudato
“We’re still doing this music thirty years later. Something was written in cultural stone back then, and it’s still going now. I also think [rave] was the last great youth culture movement – there hasn’t been one since. Culture has dissipated, a lot of people are specializing in a lot of little things. In one way, it’s a shame, because I really liked those tribalistic youth culture movements. But at the same time, everyone is now able to just follow their own path.”

Jim Parsons

Interview by Hilton Dresden
“As much as you can’t separate the current topic of gender fluidity, and possible transness maybe coming from this child – that’s there, and that’s important and one of the reasons why I loved [this film] – it really was much more [about] just these well-drawn human beings and the conversations and arguments they were having. [Director] Daniel [Pearle] has such an ear for the way people talk, and the way people fight. So this was a case of it both being meaningful and well-written; and as much as I wanted to produce it, part of it was that if this got made, I so desperately wanted to play that character. It would have made me very sad to let someone else say those words.”


Jim Parsons in A Kid Like Jake


Singer/Actor Leon Bridges

Interview by Kendah El-Ali
“I studied dance in college. When we performed a Bob Fosse repertoire, African or even a jazz piece, we had to pick out outfits for dance. The costume shops were filled with vintage clothing, and that is where my love for vintage started. I would steal pieces from the costume shop and wear them.”

Model/Activist Alaia Baldwin

Interview by Ireland Baldwin
“I do love so many designers!  Overall, I would have to say Azzedine Alaia. His influence on fashion, clothing, and sculpting of the female form in a garment is something that can never be replicated. He was one of a kind, he was revolutionary. He understood a women’s body better than anyone else.”

Chloë Sevigny

Interview by Glenn Garner
“I mostly gravitate toward auteurs. I like writers or directors that I feel are visionaries or you know, want to tell stories in a different way and different kinds of stories. Those are the filmmakers that I’m attracted to. So, I’ve had a pretty lucky run so far. But I probably would have played any part in this movie [Lean on Pete] just to get a chance to be a part of one of Andrew’s films. It’s kind of how I’ve navigated my career.”


Chloë Sevigny in Lean on Pete


BlackBook Exclusive Interview + Shoot: Model/Activists Alaia Baldwin + Ireland Baldwin In Conversation

Alaia Baldwin


In an exclusive interview for BlackBook, model and animal rights activist Ireland Baldwin (daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger) sat down with first cousin and fellow model Alaia, to catch up on life and reflect on their shared love for fashion and music. Alaia Baldwin, daughter of Stephen, niece of Alec, William, and Daniel, and sister of Hailey Bieber, is an advocate for model rights and an accomplished dance artist (she’s trained in ballet, as well as modern and jazz styles) in her own right.

Splitting time between residences in New York and Los Angeles, Alaia navigates her modeling career, social activism and charitable work with the demands of her new marriage to movie producer Andrew Aronow. These oft competing priorities make for a careful balancing act, as she also travels extensively both in the U.S. and abroad, in pursuit of her passions – as well as for family, professional and social obligations.

In addition to modeling, she has completed her studies in Eastern Medicine, with a goal to helping people to take on a more holistic approach to their health.

Here’s how it went…



Ireland Baldwin: I would say you and I are both somewhat passionate about fashion. You much more than myself…but what and who inspires your sense of style?
Alaia Baldwin: I really feel that my sense of style evolves with me. I am intrigued by historical influences in fashion, such as punk rock’s influence on fashion in the ’70s. What inspires me is not necessarily what I wear on a day to day basis, however. I do like to keep my personal style simple, clean, classic and comfortable. A good pair of jeans and a leather jacket – you can never go wrong. A person who I would say inspires me stylistically is Jane Birkin; she’s classic, cool and relaxed.
IB: What drives your wardrobe choices day to day?
AB: My daily wardrobe really depends on my mood, but I like to find one great item and wear it often. A good white t-shirt, black ankle boots, jumpers, etc. I like things that are easy to choose in the morning and that are easy to wear.
IB: Who are your all-time favorite designers?
AB: I do love so many designers!  Overall, I would have to say Azzedine Alaia. His influence on fashion, clothing, and sculpting of the female form in a garment is something that can never be replicated. He was one of a kind, he was revolutionary. He understood a women’s body better than anyone else.
IB: What brands have you been wearing lately?
AB: I’ve been wearing some great vintage finds, like a men’s Christian Dior leather jacket. I love this pair of Rag & Bone ankle boots, I wear them every day. Also Hanes t-shirts, and a black leather fanny pack I purchased in Italy at this great little leather shop. Simple but stylish looks that are perennially fashionable.



IB: What few trends do you wish would go away?
AB: I really appreciate athleisure, but I think it’s gone overboard.
IB: If you were a genre of music, what would you be?
AB: Bossanova.
IB: What have you been listening to these days?
AB: Daily I usually listen to rap, like Childish Gambino or Drake. I love Radiohead, In Rainbows is my favorite album, so that’s played a lot.
IB: If you could be any musical artist in the world, who would you be?
AB: I recently watched The Beach Boys documentary (Pet Sounds, Showtime) and was really inspired by Brian Wilson. He was a genius…and it would be interesting to get inside of his head for a day.

Follow Alaia and Ireland at @alaiabaldwin @irelandbasingerbaldwin


Photographer: Nelson Castillo
Stylist: Lexyrose Boiardo
Stylist Assistant: Melanie McCord, Hannah Sheron
Make-up: Anya Sinclair
Hair: Li Murillo 
Production: Alfredo Mineo / Mineo Media
Clothing Credits:
Top Look / Top: Miaou Pants: Miaou Coat: Michael Kors Shoes: Suzanne Rae Rings: M Jewelers Earrings: Anna Sheffield
Middle Look / Top: DSquared2 Pants: Sally Lapointe Shoes: Jill Stuart Earrings: Anna Sheffield
Bottom Look / Sweater: Michael Kors Skirt: Michael Kors Shoes: Jill Stuart


Can You Really Access YouTube Using Free VPN in 5 Minutes?


If you’re a regular visitor to YouTube, you’ll have noticed that you may be unable to access some videos due to your location. The reason for this simple; as the site published huge amounts of geo-restricted content that is bound by the licensing and copyright terms.

This may seem odd for a site the hosts an estimated 1.8 billion unique users every single month, but it’s inevitable when hosting different publishers and connecting them in a single global marketplace.

The question that remains, of course, is how do you access geo-restricted content when surfing YouTube? We’ll explain this below, so that you can access your favourite content in as little as five minutes.

The 3-Step Guide to Accessing YouTube Through a VPN

Although it may sound too good to be true, it’s actually breathtakingly easy to access restricted content on YouTube.

In fact, this can all be achieved simply through the use of a VPN, which is a tool that extends a private network into a public one while also disguising your IP address to geo-restricted content. Here’s how it works:

  • Firstly, you’ll need to download a free VPN service and install this on your device. (We’ll have a little more on this later).


  • Then, launch your chosen VPN and select one of the provided locations, such as the UK or the U.S.. It’s important to note that not all VPN service providers have been created equal, as each will be available in specific regions across the globe.


  • At this stage, the VPN will be activated and switched on for use. This should enable you to access geo-restricted content from YouTube in the U.S. and similar regions, while also improving your security when surfing public networks.


Choosing the Right VPN for your Needs

Of course, when comparing the market for a viable VPN service, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the current climate.

However, we recommend TunnelBear as one of the very best free VPN packages on the existing market, particularly when looking to access geo-restricted content on YouTube.

This tool offers a number of benefits, including the ability to browse YouTube privately and the sheer numbers of servers that support it. This enables the tool to cover a large and extensive range of locations, which currently features more than 1,000 IPs and continues to grow every single day.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of TunnelBear is that it includes a couple of really striking security features. The first of these is called VigilantBear, and this blocks the leaking of personal data in instances where your public connection breaks down.

The second is referred to as GhostBear, which masks your encrypted data as standard Internet information. So, rather than simply encrypting the data and activity that hides in your IP address, it disguises this information and makes it extremely difficult for hackers to function.

On a final note, it’s also worth pointing out that no free VPN offers more than this to users than the standard TunnelBear package. So, while you do have the option to upgrade for the annual fee of $4.99 per month, this is largely unnecessary for regular YouTube use or similar Internet surfing.


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Watch: Video of ‘BlackBook Presents’ Art Gallery Opening in DUMBO


Wednesday evening, the art world cognoscenti, as well as many of New York’s most notable influencers in media, entertainment and fashion gathered at the new BlackBook Presents Gallery and Event Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for one of fall’s most buzzed about events.

The Gallery’s inaugural exhibition featured photographic work by such high-profile artists as Francesca Galliani, Bob Tabor, Giampietro Favero, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Andrew Wyeth, et al.

Here’s what it looked like.


‘BlackBook Presents’ Gallery Opening in Brooklyn Pulls the Art World Crowd to DUMBO


Last night on a cold, quiet New York evening, the art world descended in throngs upon DUMBO, Brooklyn for the opening of BlackBook Presents, a new experiential art gallery. The cobblestone streets and gallery were filled with art world glitterati, goths, cool kids, fashionistas, collectors, techies, and suits.

BlackBook Presents’ first gallery exhibition featured works by Francesca Galliani, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Irving Penn, Bob Tabor, Diane Arbus, Hugh Arnold, Christopher Tennant, Brian Alfred, and Daido Moriyama, amongst many others. One prominent Manhattan gallery owner said, “the level of BlackBook’s first exhibition is comparable to any first exhibition I’ve been to in fifteen years.” It was indeed a unique opening, as the entire exhibition echoed BlackBook’s signature hi-low voice. The works of both emerging talent and famous masters are for sale at the gallery through the 2018 holidays, and on until the end of January 2019.



The exhibition also includes mixed media installations, featuring an experiential room of erotic photographs by Giampietro Favero projected onto a large cloth-covered wall. Additionally, scattered throughout the gallery are the unique works of artist Christopher Tennant, which consist of dioramas with bizarre nature scenes lit from within their eerie wooden boxes. Art world guests liken them to a cross between Damien Hirst and Joseph Cornell.

BlackBook Presents entered the gallery scene last night attempting to do a low-key opening; but by 8pm the exhibition overflowed onto John Street. Chris Blackwell’s signature brand Blackwell Rum provided endless Black & Stormy cocktails, with nibbles courtesy of the indomitable Luc Levy and his timeless classic Café Gitane (the best café in Manhattan and Brooklyn). The new gallery and events space is one of the most unique and beautiful in the city, designed by Mark Zeff from an old DUMBO loading dock.



The BlackBook Presents Gallery will feature art exhibitions and programming through 2019, with events and parties planned around each exhibition. It is also available for rent as a white box events space for clients, with full events production and services offered.

BlackBook Presents is a partnership with BLACKBARN, and is located at 20 John Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The opening exhibition is up through January 2019, with works selling from $2,500 to $600,000. For information, sign up for BlackBook’s newsletter at or go to:

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