Well, it looks like we got Valeriya Lukyanova all wrong. We’ve been wasting our time talking about her likeness to a variety of Barbie dolls, debating the methods by which she achieves her look, and trying to figure out why the hell anyone would do this to themselves, anyway. You see, we’ve simply been missing the point. More
James Franco‘s Vice review of The Great Gatsby begs the question: which awkward, vaguely applicable sex act from high school were you reminded of? More
When was the last time you could convince your partner to die for you or play fetch with you? I’ve spent half my adult life trying to get the men I’ve dated to play fetch with me, and it’s no sale every time. I’m not telling them they need to catch the ball with their mouth like a dog, it’s just a suggestion. More
Cat Marnell! I want to give you a hug! More
Have you ever wondered what fashion week is like in other countries? I’m not talking about the obvious (Paris, London, Milan) but places that are less well-known to people in the west. Vice‘s “Fashion Week Internationale” series looks at fashion weeks (and fashions) all over the world, and their new three-parter on Seoul is especially interesting. More
Back when I was Goth, I wore regular work out clothes to the gym and felt super dorky in them. But of course, it would’ve been even weirder if I’d worn my fishnets and schoolgirl skirts. Or would it have? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could express your subcultural affiliations and exercise your feeble muscles at the same time? This excellent Vice fashion editorial envisions a world where people do just that. (I said people. I realize Lady Gaga already does it.) More
Vice loves the chance to provoke people (occasionally with memorable results) but this time we’re 1) kind of impressed by how far they’ve gone and 2) kind of shocked no one’s done it before*. In “There Will Be Blood,” we have what looks like a typical Vice shoot–a mix of new and vintage fashions, unconventional models, unglamorous locations–and period stains. Yes, the subjects appear to be menstruating.
The editorial was shot by a woman named Emma Arvida Bystrom who–based on a rough Google translation of her blogspot–seems very interested in the representation of women in media, especially beauty ideals (and, it would seem, subverting them). On the one hand, the images show nothing more than biological function and are only shocking because we never see things like this. On the other, some just seem like gory sensationalism. More
So Vice published a bunch of photos of porn stars eating yesterday, and they’re a lot more interesting than I thought they would be when I first saw the headline. Rather than showing them doing ridiculous things with their food, most of the photos show their subjects doing a regular thing in a regular way, hence humanizing them to the viewer. A lot of them look fairly normal when not in porn get-ups, like someone you might be friends with. It’s not surprising to me, but it might be to someone who doesn’t know any porn people. More
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Last night I attended a press screening of Vice‘s new online TV series Slutever where I got to watch four whole episodes. And what fine episodes they were! Created by sex blogger Karley Sciortino, the show explores love and sex (but mostly sex) from the P.O.V. of Karley’s onscreen persona, who reads to me as a hilarious but unpretentious, faux-naive, open-minded Brooklyn babe-next-door with a kinky streak who is just looking for love. More
Terry Richardson is really controversial. Really, really controversial. Like the world’s most controversial. Anyway, Richardson has a new book out with Morel called “Mom” and if you were expecting some conventional family portraits, you’ve made a grave mistake. If you expected some harshly-lit portraits featuring breasts, cigarettes and the total absence of ideas, then… you win a prize. That prize is me telling you not to click through. Unless you want to see Terry’s mom topless. This is, like, art! More
I suppose it was only a matter of time before we found ourselves faced with this day…the day that someone wrote a book about clothing for cats. More
So everyone’s favorite tampon tea enthusiast shot some photos once again for Vice’s annual photo issue (which just hit the Internet), and perhaps to counter accusations that he’s only into skinny white women, this time he decided to shoot plus-sized, mostly non-white women in his trademark lecherous style as if to say, “don’t worry, bigger girls, I will totally creep on you, too!” Although I will admit to a certain critical bias here, there are actually some things I like about the photos, as well as some things I really, really dislike. Let’s take a look. More
FakeKarl – one of the best blogs ever, which I’m pretty much convinced is run by the real Karl Lagerfeld – is also imparting some words about Terry Richardson. And dishwashers. And traffic lights! You know, the stuff you really … More