How To Channel Chloë Sevigny As A Disco Queen


Time to get out those sequin tube tops

The Last Days of Disco, Whit Stillman's delightful portrait of nightlife, work, and romance in what the film calls “the very early 1980s," was released 20 years ago this month. We are now further away from the release of the film than the film was from the time it was depicting—a rather strange thought. As recent college graduates Alice and Charlotte, Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale respectively, are women in transition, quipping about their state of affairs as they spend days working in publishing and nights out dancing. They accommodate their wardrobes accordingly. Alice and Charlotte look stylish throughout, and one can't help but wonder, on the 20th anniversary, what today's equivalent of the film, capturing the late-'90s, would look like. There'd probably be a lot of spaghetti strap tops and chunky sandals. Maybe even some butterfly hairclips. It wouldn't be nearly as appealing as Stillman's take on early-'80s fashion, presented here with just the right amount of glitz.

Alice and Charlotte's disco fashions are not as over-the-top as one might expect. When we first see them, they're both in black—Alice in a one-shoulder sparkly dress, Charlotte in a halter. At a club that rejects people at the door for not looking the part, they choose to go for a more subtle style.

The two women—who were college classmates and are now coworkers, roommates, and disco partners in crime—have a prickly relationship, the kind of friendship filled with moments of jealousy and frustration all too common in one's 20s. Clothing unites them. In a particularly inspired bit of costume continuity, the women wear the same glittery high-neck halter dress in two separate scenes.

Without calling too much attention to itself, the re-worn dress suggests the nuances of roommate life. Clothes are borrowed and worn in different contexts, and noticing the reappearance of the dress gives the garment new meaning, bridging a gap between two characters who sometimes behave like opposites.

In another instance of costume continuity, Alice appears to have a wardrobe of sequin tube tops. In one scene, she wears a multicolored one (certainly her most outré piece, and one that goes against Charlotte's description of her as being like a "kindergarten teacher"); in another, she wears a similarly styled dress version in black. The sequined tube top is a simple but sexy garment, essentially a stretchy strip of fabric that shines under disco lights. Considering the shape, it's not an easy article of clothing to pull off. If anyone can make a tube top like this look stylish and flattering, it's Sevigny.

While their personalities don't always mesh—Alice is reserved while Charlotte is brashly self-assured—their outfits always seem to complement each other. Note the matching black sparkles above, or their elegant necklines below, which make them look like figures out of a classic society portrait.

Even when they're doing the decidedly non-disco task of hauling boxes for their move, their classic high-waist jeans go together.

At work, they both dress with a sensible, preppy formality befitting the young professional hoping to go from editorial assistant to editor. Both Alice and Charlotte wear mid-length skirts and white tops and look polished, perhaps self-consciously so.

Even if the disco is where our protagonists let loose, the fashion still feels somewhat grounded. It glitters in an elegant way, and Alice and Charlotte's coordinated approach to dressing, with outfits that for the most part are consciously sophisticated, makes a perfect visual aid to Stillman's mannered, prim yet punchy dialogue. The film may be set at the end of an era, but the outfits, in their sparkling simplicity, remain stylish.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


Photo by Darren Craig

It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.