In Praise Of ‘Beetlejuice,’ A Goth Fashion Classic


Costume Party: ‘Beetlejuice’

Throughout the month of December, New York's Metrograph theater has been showcasing goth films, from Nosferatu to Twilight. Goth films, an enigmatic bunch that includes horror, melodrama, and coming of age stories, are reliably stylish. Much of the appeal of goth culture is rooted in fashion, with intense blacks and elements of Victorian and punk aesthetics in equal measure. Goth fashion in film may be darkly alluring (such is the appeal of every vampire ever to grace the screen), but it typically doesn't go out of its way to be conventionally sexy. It's not usually thought of as a playful style, but because the look takes itself seriously, it can be satisfying to see it treated with humor. Over the course of his (admittedly uneven) career, Tim Burton has made himself the auteur of goth playfulness. The goth-with-a-wink look is the centerpiece of Beetlejuice, his anarchic 1988 dark comedy, playing through Monday.

Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) Maitland, the young couple whose deaths trigger Beetlejuice's silly plot, are, as ghosts, doomed to wear the same outfits for eternity. Barbara's long floral dress and Adam's plaid shirt and khakis are meant to connote a bland, suburban style that separates them from the Deetz's, the arty New York family that moves into their home.

Winona Ryder's Lydia Deetz is one of modern cinema's most memorable goth girls. Ryder is perhaps the only actress capable of making spiky, broadly spaced bangs look good, and she brings sweetness to a character that could easily be a cliché. Lydia only wears black, of course.

We don't see her wear color until one of the final scenes, in which she is supernaturally forced into the beginning of a marriage ceremony with the troublemaking ghost Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton). Whether she's wearing all black or a frilly red dress though, Lydia looks inevitably goth as hell.

Lydia wears the most dramatic of all accessories, a broad, black lace-veiled hat, with aplomb. She's a teen who has made a decision to always look like she's in mourning ("My whole life is a dark room," she famously says) and judging by her outfits, it's no surprise she's kindly inclined toward ghosts.

Lydia can even make a uniform goth: in the film's final scene, she pairs her school uniform with a long black petticoat and black boots.

Lydia's look is set up in opposition to her parents. Her father, Charles (Jeffrey Jones), is a bland, suit-wearing businessman. Her stepmother, Delia (Catherine O'Hara), dresses in a self-consciously arty style, swanning about wearing a glove as a headband, or as one brilliant Twitter user recently pointed out, her husband's sweater as a pair of pants.

Delia and her friends, with their draped frocks, oversized earrings, and swirled hair, look straight out of an '80s magazine photo shoot.

We can't talk about the fashions of Beetlejuice without a look at its sleazy, mischievous title character. Betelgeuse is well known for his black-and-white striped suit. It's a Halloween costume-ready, eye-catching look, but he only wears it briefly. In one early scene he taunts Adam by conjuring up a matching outfit for himself. Seeing Betelgeuse in Adam's clothes emphasizes just how unhip they are.

Barbara and Adam's outfit provide an amusing counterpoint to Burton's bizarre visuals. At one point they refashion their faces (they're ghosts, after all) into something resembling a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Their newly scary faces are absurdly at odds with the conservative clothes they've been wearing all along.

While Beetlejuice may not be the greatest goth film in Metrograph's delectable series, the power of its costumes, with their mix of darkness and irreverence, can't be denied, and Lydia's charming, black-clad presence will forever inspire sad and stylish girls.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

Asset 7

These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.