Plippity-ploppity goes the rain, and pippity-poppity goes the shopping. This weekend, when we’re not watching designer-clad athletes dodge raindrops in London, we’re checking out temporary shops across the country. Popping up in unlikely locales, get your wardrobe fix everywhere from frescoed-in-spray-paint back alleys to restaurants best known for their house-music brunch service. But who wants house music when you have the latest band from Edmonton on your Rdio?
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The Weekend To-Do: Toronto gets a pop-up shop brunch, new music from Edmonton makes us swoon and don’t forget about the Olympics, of course!
All the lovely ladies crowd into New York’s New Museum to toast the launch of Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style coffee table book. View the pics!
Oldsters at the New Museum converged in technicolour flocks while young things, no longer bright by comparison, looked greenly on. For once on a champagne-soaked night in New York City, the “it” girls weren’t girls at all. They were women with lives as rich as their Chanel bags, faces to live up to their fascinators. They were maybe even, unironically, “ladies.”
It was the launch party for Ari Seth Cohen’s new coffee table book, Advanced Style, published by Powerhouse and based on the popular blog of the same name—and accompanied by a several-minute video that premiered on Nowness.com in March. Guests were happy to watch it again: with advice like “young women, you’re going to be an old woman someday, so don’t worry about it!” and “someone doesn’t like what I’m wearing? I don’t give a shit!” it’s probably the feel-best fashion film any of us has seen. Iris Apfel‘s in it, and so is Tavi, for whom rad granny style is a major inspiration.
“These women are some of my best friends,” said Cohen, who wore a Floridian pink suit he’d bought for $80 in Chinatown. “They’ve definitely influenced my own style—they’re so liberated!” Ilona Royce Smithkin, an ebullient half-pint of a woman with Tang-dyed hair and mink eyelashes to match, tugged impatiently on his sleeve. He had another book to sign. “We don’t have all night,” sighed an elegant woman in mounds of paste jewellery and piles of clashing silk. “We might not even have another five minutes!” replied her friend, and they cackled together. They did not seem to care when the party ended, so long as they were the stars of it.
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Watch Lara Stone star in Mercedes-Benz’s new Oz-inspired film. Plus, we’ve got the exclusive behind-the-scenes photos!
As part of their 2012 Icons of Style campaign, Mercedes-Benz has re-imagined Dorothy’s windswept journey to Oz. Premiering on Nowness today, the Alex Prager–directed short has Lara Stone in the role of the luckiest girl in the world, the backdrop of the moody Californian desert in place of good old Kansas, and the Benz SL Roadster as what we can only guess is Professor Marvel’s fantastical trailer. Watch the film for a peek at Stone’s acting chops, and check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes shots, for all the on-shoot action.
Remember when Tyra Banks used to be a model? It’s been so long since we’ve seen the TV host/expert smizer actually doing what she became famous for, that we were pretty shocked to see her back in the swing, starring in the Nowness video of the day, entitled Strike the Pose. Filmed by photographer Marcus Gaab for I Love You Magazine, the short film features the former supermodel in an eighties-tastic outfit, complete with a flat-top bouffant and bright-yellow eyeshadow. While we can’t seem to separate Tyra from her over-the-top ways on America’s Next Top Model, it’s nice to see her abilities put to the test once again. So, how do you think she did?