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Joan Smalls Talks Cropped Sweatshirts, Killer Heels and True Religion Brand Jeans

Joan Smalls is gorgeous. Flawless skin, a killer smile and legs for days—all attributes befitting a supermodel who’s one of the highest paid and best known in the world. But there’s another, maybe not-as-obvious aspect that’s gotten her there: a lot of hard work.

Joan Smalls True Religion Brand Jeans

It’s that serious work ethic that has helped the native Puerto Rican become a success in her field, graduate magna cum laude with a degree in psychology (in only two years) and, most recently, successfully collaborate on a spring collection with True Religion Brand Jeans.

We caught up with the megamodel on the rooftop terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan, where fellow models including Lily Donaldson and Jacquelyn Jablonski, as well as famed photographer and True Religion collaborator Steven Klein, gathered to celebrate what is not just Smalls’s first foray into design, but the first collaboration for True Religion too.

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Paris Fashion Week, March 8: Stella McCartney

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: Stella McCartney makes modern sophistication look totally effortless.

Stella McCartney Fall 2015 Paris Fashion Week

Stella McCartney

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Milan Fashion Week: February 28

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: an astrological motif wound through Peter Dundas’s final collection at Pucci, while Roberto Cavalli did what he does best with a show that deftly mixed sexy and sophisticated.

Pucci Fall 2015 Milan Fashion Week

Emilio Pucci

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New York Fashion Week: February 17

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: bold looks rooted in girl power at MARC BY MARC JACOBS, a ’70s Moroccan fantasy from Tory Burch, modern minimalism at Narciso Rodriguez and the bittersweet passing of the torch at the always lovely, classically feminine Oscar de la Renta show.

Marc by Marc Jacobs New York Fashion Week Fall 2015

MARC BY MARC JACOBS

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Listen Up! DJ Suspence’s NYE Picks

Champagne, fancy clothes, noisemakers, sparklers…there’s a lot to think about when considering the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration, but an awesome playlist should be right up there. Rather than leave it to chance, this year we’ve decided to get some professional help.

Spencer Manio (aka DJ Suspence) spends his days creating the perfect in-store playlists for brands you might have heard of, like Vans, Levi’s, Under Armour, Converse and more. In short, he basically knows everything that’s happening in music, all the time. Who better to ask for their top party jams of 2014, right?

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Listen Up! Wings

After The Beatles, but well before Paul McCartney became an official “Sir”, Macca had a little outfit called Wings (a name apparently inspired by his designer daughter Stella’s birth).

The band—featuring a core lineup of Paul, his wife Linda and guitarist Denny Laine—generated a slew of ’70s hits like “Jet“, “Silly Love Songs” and “Live & Let Die” (covered later by Axl Rose and crew), but one of our favorite Wings numbers is the timely tune “Wonderful Christmas Time”.

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Listen Up! Katie Gately

It’s the time of year when one is aurally bombarded by holiday tunes—whether you’re in a doctor’s waiting room or shopping at the market. Don’t get us wrong, we love those seasonal songs, from the classic to the contemporary, but sometimes we want to switch them off and switch things up.

This week we stumbled across exactly what we were looking for: “Pivot” from L.A.-based artist Katie Gately. The three-minute “song” (it’s actually an excerpt from a longer piece available on a split with Gately and Tlaotlon) is a sonic marvel—it’s lush and beautiful, but with a sufficient amount of experimental quirk that it truly stands apart. And, weirdly, it doesn’t seem like it would be that out of place in a holiday mix.

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Listen Up! Ex Hex

TGIF. A popular sentiment 52 times a year, but some weeks you really, truly mean it. Those are the Fridays you want to dust off the workweek and just have FUN.

You’ll need a soundtrack for that. Might we suggest Ex Hex?

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Listen Up! Antony and the Johnsons

Everyone knows Times Square for being very bright and very loud—a tourist attraction on par with Las Vegas in terms of the sheer wattage being gobbled up. But did you know that every day, just before 12am, it’s also an open-air art exhibit?

Since 2012, the Times Square Advertising Coalition has partnered with Times Square Arts on Midnight Moment: the “largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night.”

Sounds pretty cool, right? And starting December 1, the featured experience is a collaboration between the ridiculously beautiful Antony and the Johnsons and multimedia artist Charles Atlas, called “You Are My Sister (TURNING)”.

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Listen Up! 5 Questions for Doug Yule from The Velvet Underground

Since The Velvet Underground quietly disintegrated in the early ’70s there have been numerous reissues and special collections of their body of work—from their now-groundbreaking first album featuring Nico (with a Warhol-designed cover) to their last studio album, Loaded, a disc chock-full of grooving pop hits. Their parent label, Universal, has made good use of whatever demo tracks, behind-the-scenes photos and anecdotal tidbits they can wrangle to create sets that are a collector’s dream. And there are some pretty rabid VU collectors out there.

Next week, the third Velvets release (commonly referred to as The Grey Album) gets the deluxe reissue treatment. It’s a lovely record, and the first where the band shifted from a dark, dirty NY-art-scene feel to tunes that were more melodic and melancholic. The band also shifted members: Welsh music prodigy and viola player John Cale departed and a young bass player from Long Island named Doug Yule signed on.

Historically, Yule hasn’t really been one to do tons of interviews, but since he happens to be this writer’s father he kind of had to grant us one (thanks, Dad).

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