Joan Smalls, Adriana Lima, Doutzen and More Celebrate Summer with H&M

Courtesy of H&M

Here in NYC, we’re dealing with a spring that seems perfectly content to simply not exist–40 degrees and rainy–come on.

None of that for H&M though. The fashion powerhouse is 100% ready for summer and getting ready to launch their bikini-filled campaign starring Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes, and Adriana Lima.

To celebrate the campaign, they’re keeping things local, which for them means Swedish, with an exclusive track by Axwell /\ Ingrosso, who are set to debut their first album since parting ways with Swedish House Mafia this summer.

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Photo: Courtesy of H&M

Watch for the video and song elements of the campaign to hit on April 30th, but in the meantime, start dreaming up your warmer weather getaways now with highlights from the summer collection, all of which will be available on April 30th!

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Visual Xanax: No Pouting, It’s Valentine’s Day

Have you no Valentine? Drape yourself in Moschino, á la Doutzen Kroes. That should cut the cranky.

Photo: Doutzen Kroes wears Moschino for Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Camilla Nickerson. W magazine August 2007.

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Diplo Headlines Huge Hush-Hush Event Tonight

Last night I bartended the Help Heal New York benefit at Pacha. I had not bartended since before you were born; the game has since changed. Here I am writing everyday about how to do this and how to do that, and my afternoons are spent designing bars so it was good to have this hands-on experience. I didn’t actually make a drink; I had minions to do that. I better correct: the love of my recent life, Amanda, made the drinks while I interacted with the patrons. It all went to charity – the price of admission, the drink revenues, and even the tips. The real Pacha bartender assigned to me, Megan, was amazing. Her smile and demeanor while slinging drinks for the cause and putting up with my antics was above and beyond. She is a great bartender and a wonderful new friend. Twenty-dollar bills and even some Benjamins flew over the bar to the tip bucket, which also benefits the cause. At one point I was squatted down picking up loot that slipped down from the bucket.

The DJs were just grand. I particularly loved Afrojack. I left before Erick Morillo went on, as I have to be up early for you…and looking good at that. At one point, Pacha owner Eddie Dean came by to hug and heckle me . He was accompanied by his sidekick, partner in crime, his "Tonto"… Rob Fernandez and DJ Sunnery. These guys threw money at us for the bucket as well-wishers gathered to shake hands and take pictures. All around us, thousands rose with the music… the love was apparent. DJ Sunnery , a big deal, was waiting to go on. He seemed as calm as a thoroughbred at the gate on derby day, ready to get this party started. I was told he is the nicest of persons and is married to the most beautiful girl in the world… Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes. I looked her up and, for sure, she is real, but alas I only have eyes for Amanda.  

Pacha is a monster. On every level, from the door to the staff to management, they are pros. Everybody talks a good game, but Pacha walks the walk. As those who know me know I am a rocker, and house or  EDM or whatever label is put on it in whatever decade doesn’t sooth this savage beast . That being said, being in a big room with a big DJ, big lights, effects and a big crowd is an experience unlike any other.

Before the bartending gig I was at 1OAK, tasked to DJ for Richie Romero at his birthday. I was to open for ?uestlove and Jesse Marco, and I had M.Ortiz opening for me. M.Ortiz was so great that I didn’t bounce him off, content to hear what he was offering. Amanda told me if I kicked him off, as some told me to do, she would "moida me.” Mr. M. Ortiz is getting ready for a British tour, and I expect we will be hearing his name often. He is really great. 1OAK was starting to fill up when the birthday boy finally showed. Richie Romero was zonkered as I wished him well. He has dodged almost as many bullets as your humble servant and it was good to see him surrounded by hundreds of friends and tacky balloons and such.

Tonight I will be at a big event in a big location…off the beaten path and super hush-hush as it’s sold out. Dos Equis is behind this shindig. Diplo will headline. There are six or so rooms of music and other distractions. I’m going to DJ for a short set along with Cobra Krames, Sam Valentine, David Katz, Justine D. Daniel Leyva, Fatherhood (Michael Magnan and Physical Therapy), Hayley Pisaturo, Shayne (Hood By Air), and 7aywana. There will be a lot going on at this happening and I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow. If you see me today, ask me nicely. I think there are three tickets left.

If I wasn’t obligated elsewhere, the place I would surely be is the Ava Lounge at the Dream Hotel up on 55th Street. A photo installation by Marko Kalfa will bring the sharp set. Liquid Lab, which I have to tell you about in depth on a later day, will provide fall cocktails. Fannie Chan wil DJ.

Another party worth checking out is the five-year anniversary of the Thursday Punk Rock Happy Hour at Otto’s Shrunken Head. My pals Traci Danielle and Joy Rider are doing the inviting.

6 Surreal Things That Happened at Cannes (via Instagram)

Another Cannes Film Festival has come and gone, proving that over-the-top glamour is still very much prevalent in the land of ridiculously rich people, aka the French Riviera. And it’s not just movie stars; models, musicians, beauty brands and even bloggers got in on the decadent action this year, too. From amfAR’s annual gala to P. Diddy’s yacht party on steroids, here are some of my favorite FOMO-inducing moments captured by everyone’s favorite photo sharing mobile app, Instagram.

1. Theophilus London chilled with footwear god Giuseppe Zanotti at dinner one night and got him to do what you’re seeing above.

2. amFAR held their annual Cinema Against AIDS gala, where supermodels and superbloggers mingled, like Doutzen Kroes and Rumi Neely:

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3. P. Diddy hosted a crazy party on a monster yacht:

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4. L’Oreal Paris set up a fancy beauty suite to help pretty people get even more pretty, like athlete/actress/model Aimee Mullins

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5. Supermodel Anja Rubik threw a party for erotic fashion rag 25 Magazine, which her fellow supermodel friends flocked to:

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6. Just for good measure, here’s a lasting FML shot of a gold freakin’ Mercedes that someone drove to the amFAR gala:

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Doutzen Kroes Is Going to Outer Space!

This is literally happening. As an ambassador of the HIV and AIDS awareness group dance4life, Space Expedition Curaçao (SXC) is offering supermodel Doutzen Kroes a ticket to board the first Dutch commercial flight to space in 2014. The company is also providing dance4life with an extra ticket to join the supermodel, which will be auctioned off at an exclusive dinner on July 2. It’s all for charity, folks.

“My work has literally brought me to the most beautiful places on earth,” says Kroes, as reported by British Vogue. “But apparently nothing is as beautiful as the view of the earth from space. Astronauts who have been lucky enough to have had that experience say it is life changing. I cannot wait to go, and I am also proud that SXC has made one extra ticket available for dance4life.”

Wow, fashion really is out of this world. With the birth of her first baby and now a ticket to space, Kroes must really be over-the-moon. Okay, we’ll stop now.