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  1. Words fail me every time I attempt to describe FKA twigs’ work. “Odd” is too subtle, “bizarre” too strong, “amazing” too vague. “Eccentric” seems to imply some sort of trendiness that doesn’t quite fit. “Strange” is probably the best choice, but only when coupled with “beautiful.”

    Or I could just make it simple and say that it’s “something.” Here’s her video for Google Glass.

     
     

  2. PaleyFest NY 2014: Round Two for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photos: Pamela Guerra

    For video of the PaleyFest NY panel, head over to Yahoo Screen.

    For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as Joss Whedon diehards, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a satisfying addition to the network TV lineup. It’s a particularly clever supplement to the MCU as well, weaving subtle allusions and seamless plot tie-ins from the big screen blockbusters while still existing at its core as a standalone venture. Based on where last season left off, the second season has few questions to answer: Who is Skye’s father? What’s up with The Cavalry? Will we ever be able to forgive Ward? (Okay, maybe more than a few questions.)

    One of the strengths of the show is the chemistry between the cast, which—as I found out from the teasing, hugs, and bunny ears on the red carpet—stems from their close relationship off-screen. These people love not only their co-workers but the show itself. ”Somehow, Jeph [Loeb], Jed [Whedon], Maurissa [Tancharoen], Joss [Whedon], they manage to get people on the show—starting with me—who are fans,” said Clark Gregg, “who kind of grew up loving Marvel stuff, who love the movies, love this part of it.”

    More photos from the red carpet after the jump.

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  3. PaleyFest NY 2014: Hannibal’s Bloody Season 3 Return

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    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photos: Pamela Guerra

    For video of the PaleyFest NY panel, head over to Yahoo Screen.

    "Well, I’m alive," said Hugh Dancy, after I asked him what he was allowed to reveal about the new season of Hannibal. “But I mean, that’s about it because I suppose one of the questions floating around is who survived that kitchen scene, and that will all be answered in the first couple of episodes,” he continued. “Well, maybe not even. You know, that hangs over the first half of the season,” Dancy added, “but beyond that, it’s a very different world.”

    For those of you who haven’t been indoctrinated into the cult that is NBC’s Hannibal, you only have to breeze through 26 blood-soaked episodes to catch up. Stylistically, the show hearkens cable thriller favorites such as Boardwalk Empire and Dexter—it’s dark, it’s sharp, and the cinematography is stunning. Like other folks from the Fullerverse, Will Graham, Hannibal Lecter, and the rest of the cast have brilliantly crafted roles, with complex inner workings that are—and I hate to say it—often lacking from network TV show characters. One can only hope that Hannibal won’t befall the same fate as Fuller’s other brilliant but gone-too-soon creations.

    More photos from the red carpet after the jump.

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  4. More than Just “Some Product”

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    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photos: Martina+Reem

    I’d have to imagine that the creators of Some Product named their brand in irony. This womenswear line certainly stands out with their unique and imaginative prints and designs, most likely because the brand “has always been treated as a large scale art project fusing art and fashion, a collage of ideas, inspirations and influences transferred into a business.” The design team of David Briker and Catherine Hou constantly evolve their creative process as well as their business, collaborating with various members of the artistic community such as Martina+Reem, Ronan Boyle, and Dandi Wind. In fact, many of the graphic prints featured in the Spring/Summer 2015 collection were created using images taken by Martina+Reem as the starting point for the design.

    I can personally vouch for the quality of Some Product’s items. The garments are vibrant, wrinkle-resistant, and feel oh-so-luxurious against the skin. The fabrics are stretchy but substantial (and don’t lose their opaqueness, the way many leggings tend to do), creating a flattering fit across a variety of body types. It’s as if they took the most desirable qualities of work-out apparel and transformed them into pieces that work for either a casual day out or a night on the town. Even more appealing is the fact that Some Product manufactures locally in their home base of Vancouver to ensure that their high-quality garments are produced under an ethical and hazard-free environment.

    Check out Some Product on their website, and make sure to like them on Facebook!

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  5. PaleyFest NY 2014: Bob’s Burgers Returns for Season 5

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    Article: Mercer McClendon
    Photo: Courtesy of FOX

    For video of the PaleyFest NY panel, head over to Yahoo Screen.

    Roommate One is a diehard Archer fan (ignoring the recent dismal nonsense of Archer: Vice). Roommate Two is an avid Bob’s Burgers fan. One and Two like to cook. One and Two like to eat. One and Two like to drink.

    You see where this is going…

    Consequentially, my roommate and I made a pact when we moved in together that we would catch one another up on Archer and Bob’s Burgers respectively by watching a couple of episodes on each night we happened to cook/eat/drink together, beginning with the first season of Bob’s Burgers, followed by the first season of Archer, and so on, and so forth.

    Needless to say, we were both successful in our endeavors to make a fan of our respective compatriot. 

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  6. PaleyFest NY 2014: Goodbye Archer: Vice, Hello Season 6

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    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photo: Courtesy of FX

    For video of the PaleyFest NY panel, head over to Yahoo Screen.

    Every time I hear H. Jon Benjamin’s voice, I have flashbacks to the first time I watched Archer. It was the second day of spring break during my junior year of college. For some awful reason, I was stuck on campus. (Okay, it wasn’t really awful, but I digress.) My friend Katie was house-sitting for a professor and invited me over to keep her company. I arrived at the house—Malibu and mango juice in tow—just as Katie was queuing up the first season of Archer on Netflix. Seven hours and an empty bottle of Malibu later, we’re deep into the second season, screaming “danger zone” at every opportunity.

    Adam Reed and the Archer team just get better with each new season, which I can imagine must be really hard to do after five years. I even liked Archer: Vice, though I know some of my colleagues found it a bit of an unnecessary detour. Either way, both hardcore Archer loyalists and fans of the ISIS employee-run drug cartel will rejoice in the fact that **spoiler alert** Bionic Barry is back, which should make for some excellent cyborg-powered scenarios in the upcoming season. It’ll be even more interesting to see **more spoilers** how Sterling will deal with raising his child with Lana. Hopefully, it’ll be better than that time he "took care" of the Wee Baby Seamus.

     

  7. Stories from Women in Clothes

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    Article: Norris Eppes
    Photo: Courtesy of Women in Clothes’ Facebook page

    The biggest fashion rule I had in childhood was that I wasn’t allowed to wear white shirts. My two little brothers and I would bring them home stained with red mud, past any point of ever being clean again. I destroyed pants, too; mostly from grass stains due to obsessive slide tackling in soccer, or the legs getting caught in the gears of my many childhood and early adolescent mountain bikes. One time—a low point for me in terms of fashion—I missed out on attending a day at the Masters because I, in a fit of thirteen-year-old stubbornness, refused to wear a collared shirt to the golf tournament. I remember thinking, “I don’t understand?”

    I didn’t get why it mattered. They were just clothes. And, to be entirely honest, I guess I’m still not the best at dressing nicely. Sometimes I just don’t really care what I’m wearing. I’d say I’m more into…”practicality.” So, what with my stained history (get it?) and the world of fashion, I approached reading Women in Clothes with trepidation, even timidity.

    The book, co-edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Juvalits, and Leanne Shapton and published by Penguin, comes out to 1377 iBook pages if you read it, like I did, on your iPhone. It is made up of many of small chapters and primarily focuses on interviews with six hundred and thirty-nine  women (excluding the editors) about the clothes they wear. It also includes features, like one with photographs of the interviewee’s mothers. There are a few poems. There is photography of clothing item collections. There are drawings. It could be a coffee table book—but I find that term rather demeaning to the excellent quality of the stories told in this book.

    Because of the way it composed, Women in Clothes was not a book that I picked up and immediately read from cover to cover. No, it was easier to read, set down, then pick back up. And, despite my initial hesitation and bad history with the subject matter, I did keep picking Women in Clothes back up.

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  8. Another year, another great round-up of brand-new and returning TV shows at PaleyFest NY! If you’re unfamiliar with this amazing event, PaleyFest is an annual festival that gives TV fans insider access to some of the hottest shows on television with a week-long schedule of panels and programming. 

    Click through for previews for the shows featured at this year’s PaleyFest, and stay tuned for more updates from the festival.

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  9. Highlights from Paris Fashion Week S/S 2015

    IRIS VAN HERPEN

    Iris Van Herpen: Van Herpen’s high-concept work, with its technological and scientific references and collaborations with architects, always seems to be less of a “collection” and more of an “experiment.” Regardless of how you see it, her latest effort, titled “Magnetic Motion,” was an exercise in subtlety—which isn’t something Van Herpen is usually known for. The looks all had incredible movement, even the most structured of pieces, and the show capped off with a gorgeous garment that resembled a soft, halo-like exoskeleton. 

    GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

    Giambattista Valli: After that post-wedding photo of Amal Alamuddin in a GV couture dress made the internet rounds, even the non-fashion set was paying attention to the Italian designer’s latest effort. The spring RTW collection, inspired by the designer’s interest in an obscure Japanese architectural movement called metabolism, seems to fuse the post-war movement’s interest in technology and organic growth with concepts of Italian futurismo. Despite these esoteric, high-brow references, the pieces themselves remain innovative yet accessible, featuring sixties-style silhouettes in a mixture of abstract florals, layered textures, and Japanese folk art-inspired prints.

    CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE

    Christophe Lemaire: For his debut après Hermès, Lemaire created a collection that drew on his strength with designing gorgeous coats. From cape-like blazers cut on the bias to a brilliant red trench coat dress, the pieces shined with their crisp lines and quiet strength. In the hands of a lesser designer, a collection such as this—simple, minimalist silhouettes in a restrained color palette—might have been a disaster at best and absolute bore at worst, but Lemaire excels, revels even, in this sort of understated luxury.

     
  10. "Metamorphosis," a stunning short film by Tell No One (Luke White and Remi Weekes), retells the tale of Titian’s “Diana and Actaeon.” Originally commissioned by The National Gallery in London to celebrate the acquisition of three of the Venetian Renaissance master’s paintings, “Metamorphosis” went on to win the Gold Lion award at Cannes in 2013.