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Dance Around In Your PJs With Raffaella

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Throw on some rose-colored glasses and kick back as you watch the “Bruce Willis” video

Nothing quite gets you down like waking up after a wild party only to be hit with a hangover and a big mess. That's exactly what NYC-based alt-pop artist Raffaella is dealing with at the beginning of her "Bruce Willis" music video, premiering today exclusively on NYLON. Rather than getting stressed or bummed out, Raffaella snags a pair of rose-tinted sunnies off a sleeping party-goer and makes light of the madness.

"It’s easy to find solace in solitude when you’re a kid, but then suddenly you grow up, and solitude becomes scary. We wanted to explore the journey back to an age where feeling isolated was a good thing," Raffaella explained the inspiration behind the visuals. "The video’s narrative parallels the paranoia expressed at the beginning of the song as I discover that my apartment is a wreck, my dad is still sleeping in his room, and I’m left to clean up the mess alone. Right before the chorus hits, I find a pair of rose-colored glasses on one of my sleeping friends, which is when the perspective shifts from that of a responsible adult to that of a curious rug rat. From then on, the story plays with reality in the same way that a kid or a dream would."

Director Luke Marcus Rosen wanted to make a "lonely but sweet" ode to childhood, "existing in the in-between world of when you're a kid becoming an adult." He explained, "Where a child once had tea parties with their dolls becomes the same space where they drink with their friends to lose their inhibitions." The low-key track was a huge inspiration to the surreality Rosen aimed to create in the video, which walks "a fine line questioning what's real and what's in a dream." 

One thing that definitely was real? The man still slumbering is Raffaella's actual dad, who actually fell asleep for most of the shoot, which he referred to as "method acting." 

Watch the entire video for "Bruce Willis," above. 



Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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