All About The Vivienne Westwood Documentary That Vivienne Westwood Hates


We talked with director Lorna Tucker about ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist.’

Director Lorna Tucker never imagined fashion designer Vivienne Westwood would dismiss the documentary Tucker made in homage to the designer, but that's exactly what happened. Before Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist had even premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January, Westwood’s team sent out a statement denouncing it. “Lorna Tucker asked to film Vivienne’s activism and followed her around for a couple of years, but there’s not even five minutes activism in the film, instead there’s lots of old fashion footage which is free and available online,” the statement reads. “It’s a shame because the film is mediocre, and Vivienne and Andreas [Kronthaler, her husband and design partner] are not.”

Before their relationship turned sour, Tucker had befriended Westwood in 2008, after being recruited to shoot a video of Josh Homme, the lead singer of Queens of the Stone Age, who had collaborated with Westwood on a rap song (for charity). Tucker was entranced the moment she met Westwood, recalling, “I didn't know much about her history, and especially nothing about her struggles. All I knew was that she was a famous fashion designer and an older lady. And when I went down there to film, my mind was blown by this incredible woman the same age as my grandma, coming through the door into a music studio with six-inch high-heel platforms on and this ombré hair; she just looked incredible.” The two started spending a lot of time together, with Westwood telling Tucker about the different charities with which she was working, and Tucker decided she wanted to make a documentary about Westwood—but it's hard to tell just how enthused the designer was with the idea.

In fact, just mere seconds into the film, it's clear that Westwood wasn’t, exactly, thrilled with the idea of sharing her life story: “I think you just let me just talk and get it over with,” she declares, exasperated. At another point, still aggravated: “I’m just completely bored with talking about this, but you need it, so I’ll tell you,” she says, before diving into her childhood.

Tucker says that Westwood was always resistant—“At first she was like, ‘No way! Why? Why should I do that? You know I only do my activism. I don't care about the past,’”—but maintains that her persistence eventually convinced the designer to collaborate. “I explained to her, ‘Look, people are only are going to be inspired by your activism and what you're doing now if they are inspired by you and what drives you to do this,” Tucker says. “So, for me, I just wanted to make it some about her past and take you on a journey. Also, you know, I wanted to show her as an older woman. We grow older, we're supposed to mature, we're supposed to act a certain way, we're supposed to behave a certain way, and she busted all of those assumptions… she's a real working-class woman.” 

And despite what the Westwood team claims, there is evidence of the designer's activism woven throughout the film, but it also follows her career closely, not shying away from its highs or lows, meaning that Tucker doesn’t gloss over the struggles of the industry, and the resulting stress Westwood endured. Tucker explains, “I thought if the whole world could see this really powerful woman doubting herself and being vulnerable, people can relate to her instantly.” It’s possible this level of transparency is another reason Westwood revoked her endorsement. It’s clear Tucker wasn’t interested in putting out a reductive portrait of the designer, though Tucker emphasizes she never went into the project with malice. “I wasn’t out to make an exposé, you're never going to make a film that's going to show anyone in a bad light, but you have to be honest,” she says. “If you take out anything that shows emotion, drive, and passion, then all of a sudden it's just a commercial.”

And that’s what people come to documentaries to see: real, authentic depictions. In fact, it’s quite appropriate that Tucker is releasing a film that ruffles some feathers because Westwood is a designer who has ruffled a bunch herself. It's a punk film, and Westwood is punk for protesting it as well. Even so, Tucker never imagined that this documentary, which was meant to celebrate her subject, would end up alienating her. 

However, Tucker hopes people walk away from the film feeling inspired and appreciative of the work that Westwood has done. “The film is a portrait of an artist, of somebody who has changed culture and defined fashion, and has fought against classism and the patriarchy in the fashion industry,” Tucker says. “This is pre-#MeToo, this is pre-Women's Movement, and this is someone who purely fought to get to where she is now. And now, she is trying to stay at the top of her game and change the fashion industry from within, and this was the story that drove me and inspired me, and that was the story I wanted to tell the world.”

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is in select New York theaters today, and in Los Angeles on June 15. 

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

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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.