Celebrating The Fashion Legacy Of Adriana La Cerva


A Costume Party tribute to our favorite 'Sopranos' character

The Sopranos—that game-changing, enduringly great, surprisingly funny mob drama—recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Countless words have been written about the show's legacy, including how the fashion featured onscreen is a huge part of how the distinctive New Jersey mafioso world was created.

Looking back, the fashions—from the men's tracksuits to the women's perilously long nails—offer a perfect time capsule of the late-'90s and early-2000s trends, and costume design is one of the most powerful ways the show navigates issues of class and performance of identities. One could easily write a book on the fashions of the entire ensemble cast of The Sopranos, but perhaps the most recognizably stylish character is the tragically fated Adriana La Cerva, played with a memorable combination of sass and pathos by Drea de Matteo. So, in celebration of the show's anniversary, we're commemorating some of our favorite looks of hers.

Adriana grew up around the mob and, as an adult, is enmeshed in the garish lifestyle. She has a taste for animal prints, and her accessory game is consistently on-point. It would be easy for her to be a caricature of a vapid moll, but underneath her flashy exterior lays a vulnerable, misunderstood woman.

Adriana puts thought into every component of every outfit. She loves a good matching ensemble, like this ultra-cropped short-sleeved denim jacket and low-cut jeans. The silhouette takes casual staples and makes them wholly impractical and revealing. She even has a wildly Paris Hilton-esque cropped sweatsuit. It admittedly doesn't look very comfortable for lounging in, but it's a way for her to show off her figure, putting a feminine spin on the sweatsuits favored by the brusque men around her.

Most everyone on The Sopranos has swagger, and much of Adriana's comes from wearing outfits that could be dismissed as slutty, if they weren't worn with her appealing confidence. Adriana, though, doesn't want to wear the "classy" suburban mom sweaters that Carmela Soprano favors, nor does she want the comparatively more "subtle" French manicure. Adriana keeps her nails long and red, and her hair leonine. She'll wear a black Latex mini dress or a leather jacket and look absolutely fierce, but she accessorizes every outfit with a gold crucifix necklace, adding a subversive touch of modesty. There's a classic fashion rule that you should always take off one accessory before leaving the house, but Adriana would laugh at such a notion. In every outfit she wears, more is more. Leather, gold jewelry, red nails, and fully done makeup come together to create a suit of armor.

We don't often see Adriana look casual. Even when she's wearing something a little more laid-back, like a baseball cap and a sweater, she projects attitude. When she plays tennis, she keeps all her jewelry on and wears a tight, fringed, fire engine red crop top and matching hot pants.

Adriana wears formal outfits with panache. A red dress paired with her side-parted mane gives a touch of old Hollywood glamour. One of her most memorable outfits features a floor-length dress emblazoned with a tiger. Adriana may end up being preyed upon, but she draws power from animal prints in all their glory. The dress is both predatory and unabashedly feminine. Adriana looks the part of the classic femme fatale, with a gaudy twist.

Adriana wears one of her most perfect outfits shortly before her horrible demise. In a tiger-striped catsuit with gold buttons, she looks imposing and fabulous. A diva outfit may not have been able to save her, alas, but Adriana's fashion legacy in all its boldness will never be forgotten.

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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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Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures.

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.