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IYES is an electro-pop duo from Brighton, a city with a hallowed dance-music history that they push forward on their excellent new single, "Glow." With his-and-hers vocals courtesy of IYES members Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanová, a rapid-fire snare, and echoing atmospherics throughout, the track is a perfect intro to IYES' sound and a good indication of why they were signed by Sony. This is capital P Pop music, and we can't get enough.

How would you describe your aesthetic?
J: The way I would describe IYES aesthetic is timeless. When younger, I’d wear flamboyant colours and wild clothes to portray what kind of emotions I must have been feeling at the time, but now, I’m all about monochrome colours.

How did your career get started?
J: In the early stages, we just put up a handful of demos to feed blogs that went crazy over our first demo, “Lighthouse.” We rode the buzz-wave; if the blogs love your music and you’re fresh, a few will post about you and then the rest will follow.

What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
M: That we have got people who believe in us and support us, from fans, to our team, to our management and family. It’s a very nice position to be in. 

What famous person dead or living do most wish you could have as a roommate?
M: I would like to live with Will Smith because I think he would be the most inspiring of people and be able to teach me wisdom quicker than experiences can. I think he’s the best example of a good parent and good person.

What is your favorite driving music?
M: When I drive I like to listen to Bonobo. That’s what we listened to a lot on tour with Raleigh Ritchie. It holds good memories I suppose.
J: I like anything really, anything where I can dream about being the producer creating it! I love to sit there and just say to myself “How the fuck did he compress that so well?” or “What kind of saturation plug-in is that?”

What activities do most enjoy doing alone?
M: Some Yoga and/or any kind of sweat-inducing exercise. I do a lot of writing music alone too, as I feel it’s where I write wholeheartedly and best.
J: I like spontaneous nights sitting at a bar alone and getting to know new people and make new friends. It’s a great confidence-boosting technique.

How do you wind down before bed?
J: Melis drinks her body weight in herbal tea. The amount of tea I watch her drink day and night, when we’re working or when we’re chilling, she’s addicted. I like to watch a really dark thriller, or a touch of red wine. Can’t beat it.

What kind of person were you in high school?
M: I’m an educational person so I learned a lot, but to be honest, I never liked school. It was great for socialising though, and the best part about school is seeing friends and chasing boys, right?
J: I was quite dysfunctional as you could probably imagine. I got good grades though!

What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
M: Dance. I really want to try dance. 
J: I’d be interested in learning more about cooking. It’s something i’m passionate about and creative with, but I need to learn a little more before I can take a path into the gourmet world.

How do you hope to grow as a creative person?
M: To be able to write better songs and learn music theory properly.
J: I’m not sure how to answer that one. Come back to me in a few years and I’ll have an answer to it.

 

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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