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November 18 2017

Lena Dunham criticised for defending friend accused of rape

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Lena Dunham is trending on Twitter again for all the wrong reasons. 

After it came to light that Girls writer Murray Miller was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in 2012, Dunham released a statement yesterday (November 17) alongside co-showrunner Jenni Konner, which said that despite it being a “hugely important time of change” in Hollywood, culture was “taking down the wrong target” in this instance.

“While our first instinct is to…

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Legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa has passed away

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We are sad to report that legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa has passed away aged 77, according to French magazine Le Point. However, it is unknown exactly how old he was, as for years he maintained that his birth year was something he tried to forget. 

Born in Tunisia, he got his start in fashion working for a dressmaker. He would copy the designs of European couture houses for women, a skillset that stood him in good stead when he moved to…

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Jay-Z says prison system stalks black people like Meek Mill

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Rapper Meek Mill has had his bail hearing cancelled “due to an administrative error”, after being sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison for violating his probation terms.

A chart-topping artist, perhaps best known otherwise for his rap feud with Drake and relationship with ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, the rap community has rallied around him, with the #FreeMeekMill hashtag becoming a trending topic…

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Lebanon’s Thinnest Building Was Built Out of Spite
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November 17 2017

Four times the runways referenced Suspiria

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It’s lurid, it’s bloody, it passes the Bechdel test with flying colours. Dario Argento’s giallo horror Suspiria is an undisputed classic of the genre. With mysterious goings-on (and a couple of sudden, very cinematic deaths) at a German ballet school, an American student is faced with unravelling the truth of the supernatural forces at play. The resulting film is 100 minutes of dizzying vivid…

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So, a student hung up a Swastika banner at CSM

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When it comes to art and fashion schools, Central Saint Martins is among the most prestigious. Earlier this month, the London college was top of the Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Ranking for the second year running.

CSM is known for other things too – its unofficial tote…

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How can feminist & queer practices impact future technology?

Post-Cyber Feminist International

Currently, at London’s ICA, a five-day programme that brings together thinkers and artists who are advancing discourses of how cyberfeminism has emerged over the past two decades, is underway. Moving through the realms of philosophy, art, performance, politics and gender theory, Post-Cyber Feminist International marks two decades since The First Cyberfeminist International was held in Germany in 1997.

According to the programme’s press release, “we are living in a…

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American Horror Story’s Ally – always lied to but surviving

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“I’m sorry, are… are you saying you believe me?” Ally (Sarah Paulson) asks breathlessly in a midseason episode of American Horror Story: Cult. She’s just told Sally Keffler (Mare Cunningham), a middle-aged Berkeley grad and the only local citizen willing to run against Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) in the upcoming city council election, that Kai is heading a murderous cult and that her life could be in danger.

When Sally tells her she does believe her, Ally’s response is one of…

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St. Vincent drops galactic new video for ‘Pills’

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St. Vincent has premiered her latest visual from her vinyl-slick album MASSEDUCTION, “Pills”.

The video features some futuristic humanoids a la the Jetsons ingesting pills, dancing like erotic dolls. It’s very much in the same titular, hyperreal world of videos like “New York” and the freaky cosmetic surgery in “read more »



Why I love Absolutely Fabulous

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When I was eight years old, I made up my mind that I wanted to become an actress, thanks in part to an admiration of the 1990s comediennes I saw on TV; from Miranda Richardson as the petulant ‘Queenie’ in Blackadder, to the troupe of women in Channel 4’s Smack The Pony. Above all, however, I loved the work of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and though my acting dreams fell by the wayside, a penchant for the dramatic seemed to follow me wherever I went over the next 20…

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Drag star Violet Chachki fronts a major lingerie campaign

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RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Violet Chachki has been revealed as the face of Playful Promises’ new campaign, becoming one of the first drag queens to front a women’s lingerie line. INSPIRED.

The collection, taking major direction from 50s fashion icon Bettie Page, features Chachki as the embodiment of a fierce pin-up star, particularly fitting given her 50s drag persona. “Bettie Page has been a big inspiration for my drag character,” Chachki read more »



Watch Yaeji’s dazzling new video for ‘Raingurl’

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Yaeji brings her brolly to the club in the video for “Raingurl”, a highlight from her acclaimed new EP released this month.

The New York producer has announced herself as one of electronic music’s most exciting prospects this year, with a pair of EPs blending house and techno with softly-sung vocals in Korean and English. It’s kinda like ASMR you can dance to.

Yaeji describes “Raingurl” as a tribute to those moments in the club when you find yourself lost in introspection…

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Listen to Jaden Smith’s new album ‘SYRE’

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Jaden Smith – actor, musician, existentialist thought-machine – has finally released his debut full-length studio album Syre.

The mammoth 17-track album features collaborations with A$AP Rocky and Raury, and includes previously released songs “Batman”, “Fallen” and “Watch Me”. It also features 14 other unreleased tracks including “Lost Boy”, “Breakfast” and “Rapper”.

Despite this big music drop, Jaden has yet to fulfil his promise of a read more »



Cute photos of LA’s Latinx metalhead community

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“Whether it’s punk, hardcore, ska, goth, death rock, hip hop – Los Angeles and the youth within its borders have always been at home with subversive, against the grain music,” says Daniel Dismal. As the founder of Church of the 8th Day, Dismal has been promoting underground metal concerts in Los Angeles for over 15 years and seen the evolution of the city’s scene first hand. “A lot of times, music that’s gone the way of the dodo is still relevant within Los…

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Stefano Gabbana says sexual harassment is ‘not violence’

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The fashion industry has been fraught with harassment, abuse and mistreatment, and now, people are giving survivors’ accounts the attention they should have had decades ago.

Nevertheless, Stefano Gabbana continues to vomit out some Bad Opinions. This time, in read more »



Adwoa Aboah narrates new film about nipple censorship

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Why does the internet refuse to acknowledge female nipples? That’s a question Nowness is asking with the release of short film Nipples, directed by Matt Lambert and powerfully narrated by Adwoa Aboah, the latest in the video platform’s Define Beauty series.

A three-minute ode to the nipple, the film is a defiant missive against social media…

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The only photos you need to see from last month

Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion

DEREK RIDGERS TELLS THE UNKNOWN STORY BEHIND HIS 1981 PHOTO

Derek Ridgers documentation of subculture spans four decades, but the group he found himself most drawn to was the Skinheads and his fascination began in 1979. Two years later, struck by a couple with their arms around each other, Ridgers took this photo at a house party in London’s Stoke Newington in the early 80s.…

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The art programme hoping to bring new life to Detroit

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Detroit is experiencing a cultural Renaissance. A city with a history marred by racial tensions, unemployment, a heavily decreasing population, and bankruptcy is now dubbed a place “for regeneration”. Red Bull’s House of Art is just one programme helping to inject life back into Downtown. Turning the gallery into a live-in residency programme, the House of Art acts as an incubator for local as well as national artists by providing…

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