Costume Party: ‘Never Been Kissed’ Is Peak High School Fashion


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Now that we're officially in fall, it's the season of back-to-school fashion. High school hallways have long been a site of cinematic costume fantasy—versions of the clothes we might've worn every day, with exaggerated elements as a means of conveying the social hierarchies.

Never Been Kissed, directed by Raja Gosnell (whose considerably less charming and stylish other credits include Beverly Hills Chihuahua and The Smurfs) puts a novel spin on the timeworn high school formula. In it, Drew Barrymore plays Josie Geller, a 25-year-old newspaper copy editor who, for her first big assignment, goes undercover as a high school student for an article on teen life.

This being 1999, such a job requires some garish attire. Josie shows up for her first day undercover in a sheer white blouse with marabou trim. Dressed in an all-white outfit paired with a pale lip gloss, Josie (once known in her own high school days as "Josie Gross-ie") has glamorous aspirations, but her social awkwardness gives her away—and, of course, she ends up spilling something on her pants.

Going back to high school is an uneasy transition for Josie. As we see early on, in her adult life, she favors business casual attire and oversized granny sweaters that blend in with her cozy home furnishings.

Meanwhile, the fashionable high school girls she meets upon her return wear borderline-sickly pastel outfits with crop tops that would surely be a dress code violation in the real world. Josie gradually attempts to adapt, wearing a little black Versace-inspired dress with a bondage-style neckline and a sensible baby doll cardigan on top for good measure.

The cardigan is what makes the outfit here, with its suggestion of timidity reflecting Josie's actual feelings. We also see her wear this cardigan with another outfit, one that feels more in tune with who she really is, adding a touch of verisimilitude.

The good girl-bad girl motifs of high school film fashion are cliché, but Never Been Kissed has an advantage given its costume designer, Mona May, who also outfitted Clueless and Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. With these credits, May clearly knows her marabous and bright colors. She's fully aware that sartorial exaggeration serves a purpose.

In a flashback of high school Josie about to go to prom, the sad truth of her "date" standing her up is made even worse because of the absurdly poufy and shiny pink dress Josie is wearing. She's trying so hard but ends up looking like she's wrapped in tinfoil. The dress doesn't just induce winking nostalgia, but also empathy for our protagonist. We want to tell her that things will get better—she'll meet nicer guys and wear more flattering dresses. And she will!

In an obvious plot development, adult Josie does finally get kissed, and her outfit, though simple on the surface, encapsulates her transformation into a more self-assured young woman.

No longer wearing marabou or a baggy sweater, she now wears a sweet, flattering, dusty pink dress with a low, ruffled neckline. The color and ruffle are vaguely reminiscent of her prom dress, but this look is more subtle and comfortable. Like many high school movie characters before her, Josie has tried dressing to fit with the crowd. But it's when she rebels against that, and finally wears something sweet and unfussy in a color that she likes, that she gets her long-awaited happy ending—including that kiss.

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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.