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Scene Snaps: Coachella 2017

Our global fashion reporter Kristin Yamada once again braved the heat, the fringe (it can hurt a person) and the bedazzled crowds to bring you shots of sunny fun on the festival scene.

Coachella 2017

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As Nordstrom’s footwear design director, Kim House oversees the styles that brands like Halogen®, Caslon®, Treasure & Bond and BP. put forward for feet. In her off-time, Kim is a singer and bassist in the band Fotoform, which she describes cheekily as a “pointy shoegaze” outfit.

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“Shoegaze came out of Britain in the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Kim explains, when we meet up in the band’s practice space in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. “Bands like Lush, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine were characterized by a wall of guitars, lots of effects, with ethereal vocals on top.” It’s Kim’s heavenly voice that floats like soft gauze on top of twin guitars, bass and drums. “‘Pointy shoegaze’ was a nod to some of the early ’80s dark stuff we were inspired by—and that time and that scene. People wore a lot of pointy shoes at that time.” But it’s also a nod to Kim’s day job, one that thankfully provides an outlet for her visual inspirations, like the Fotoform avant-garde photography movement, from which the band takes its name.

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Throwback boogie band Tuxedo never fails to change our mood. It’s just something about their music. If you didn’t catch their recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, increase the amount of positive energy in your life:

Check out our interview with Tuxedo. And if it’s relevant to you, let their outfits serve as a reminder that it’s prom season. Now is the time to shop for that perfect tuxedo, casual suit (Topman would be ideal for 90% of high schoolers) or flawless gown.

If you’re considering the suit/sneakers combo that Jake One is rocking in the image above (that’s Mayer Hawthorne next to him by the way), keep it clean and start by exploring the world of designer sneakers.

SHOP: tuxedos | Topman suits | designer sneakersprom dresses

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The singer and music producer serves as creative director for NikeWomen’s latest spring campaign, “Do You Believe in More?,” which shows a host of athletes cavorting in ancient urban ruins. Filmed in Mexico City, the video, directed by and starring FKA twigs, is also set to a new song by the artist. In it she explores “modern movement,” or in her words, “any genre of sport without boundaries.” The writhing and leaping bodies in her work seem to unify sport with the spiritual in a quest for improvement.

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Twigs cast each of the athletes who star in the campaign. Included are the fencer Miles Chamley-Watson; her krumping classmate and yoga pro Paleta CalmQuality; classical violinist and fellow krumper Saskia Horton; karate champion Jay Kirton and others. You can read about them all in Twigs’ own words in addition to her thoughts on “Sport and Expression,” an essay on the pleasures of preparation, both athletic and creative.

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Read her thoughts, but see this work. Even amid this world-class cast, the pop singer can’t help but stand out as a force both physical and emotional.

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Jon Batiste

His good-natured grin and bouncy mannerisms have endeared him to the nation as the bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. But Jon Batiste had been collecting accolades and admirers for many years prior to this appointment. Batiste, a Juilliard graduate, released two albums by the age of 17. His New Orleans-based jazz family includes over 3 dozen musicians and inspired the backstory for his fictionalized character in the HBO drama Treme.

Between melodica sessions, we spoke with the stylish multi-instrumental musician and actor (in addition to Treme he’s appeared in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer) about our Anniversary Sale, which starts July 22, what motivates him in the morning, some of his favorite things, including green tea and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, and what he’s shopping.

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Dad style, oxymoronic though it may seem, has established itself as a major factor in several areas of current fashion. Perhaps you’ve noticed the rise of dad hats (unstructured baseball caps with curved bills), dad shoes (New Balances are hot), Hawaiian shirts and Belichick-esque short-sleeve sweatshirts. The New York Times wrote about it the other day. And you don’t have to be a dad to partake in fatherly flair.

One thing we’ve noticed lately is how dad style is interpreted by some of the most famous rappers of our day, like A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Future and Gucci Mane. All are known to base outfits around key dad values like ease and comfort, while introducing a layer of rock-star luxury not stereotypically “dad.”

In that world-within-a-world—of dressing like a rap dad—many outfits are grounded by Gucci slides and loafers, which set a free and easy tone that says, “No, I’m not struggling for success anymore,” and “Yes, I could retire at any moment.” A good level to be on, if you can get there. Or at least a good vibe and a cool look.

SHOP: Gucci slides | Gucci loafers

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Your schedule is already packed—you’re so popular. The invites keep coming. Another music festival just announced its lineup, which looks pretty great. Plus you have to make time for the beach, backyard barbecues and rooftop cocktails. This summer is going to be amazing, and exhausting.

Your Summer Soundtrack

To help psych you up for it and set the mood at your many events and outings, we’ve curated four playlists with Spotify. Turn them on while you get ready. Crank them up in the car on your way to meet friends. Play them while you celebrate in the sun. These are jams to keep your energy high all summer long.

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VIVA from Magnolia PicturesHéctor Medina in VIVA, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

SEE: VIVA
Exploring the complicated codes of machismo and gay culture in a destitute but transitioning sector of Havana, VIVA is both a touching and harsh film. Jesus, a gay hairdresser, pursues his drag star dreams while hustling on the side. His father, Angel, returns from a stint in prison and forcefully sets himself up in Jesus’s home and life. As they struggle to reconcile, Mama, an aging queen, offers tough warmth and protection to both men.

Eva Hesse
German-American sculptor Eva Hesse died of a brain tumor at just 34. But her short life contained more hardship and success than most. Escaping the Holocaust, Hesse came to the U.S., where she studied at Yale. This documentary explores her artwork and journals to show an accomplished young artist celebrated by her Conceptual artist peers and committed to her craft as she confronted adversity and ultimately death.

READ: Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher
Appleseed, Massachusetts, is the town that metafiction built. When the economy begins to rot, due to a blight of bookworms that burrow into the residents’ very meaning, the young narrator finds his own life and that of those he loves upended. Boucher’s strange story is referentially so. Prepare to meet Reader and question the very act of literature as you consume this book.

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Like the majority of the thinking and feeling populace, we were floored by Beyoncé’s new album, Lemonade, a beautiful visual and aural exploration of sorrow and forgiveness in intimate relationships and in American racial history. Her interweaving of a maybe-fictional, maybe-real marital infidelity with the tragedies that African Americans, both past and present, have suffered in our nation was mostly poignant, often furious and ultimately redemptive. When Beyoncé told ELLE magazine earlier this month that she wanted to create music to make people heal, she was certainly referring to this.

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Throughout the changing emotional and artistic terrain on Lemonade, Beyoncé uses her fashion choices to signify complex situations and reactions. From the swinging of a baseball bat in a cheerful Roberto Cavalli dress in “Hold Up” to her defensive Hood by Air fur coat in “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” and from the taunting apathy of her twin hair braids and deuces up in “Sorry” to the romantic Victorian dresses by Givenchy, ruffled shirt by Rosie Assoulin and the “Formation” Gucci red dress, Beyoncé’s fashion choices were evocative, careful and extraordinary.

To maintain that residual feeling that great art leaves in its wake, that raw spirit of human resurrection and connection captured in Beyoncé’s verses and that solidarity of sisters united, we’ve rounded up a few pieces that remind us of Lemonade. Wear them to carry you through the week or to see the diva in concert. These are uniforms that slay, like Bey.

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The Weekend Guide: April 15-17

Kevin MorbyHEAR: Singing Saw by Kevin Morby
If comparisons to the lyrical geniuses Lee Hazelwood, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan haven’t been enough to lure you to Kevin Morby’s albums, well, then we don’t have words for you. Morby’s third release, his best to date, features lush folk-rock mixed with flourishes from a saxophone (“Destroyer”), a trumpet (“Dorothy”) and a gospel choir (“I Have Been to the Mountain”).

DO: Obscura Day
Digital encyclopedia of global oddities Atlas Obscura invites you to embark on an adventure this Saturday. Sign up for any number of group outings to bizarre places like the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn; the House of Balls in Minneapolis; Kiev’s death mask museum; a secret garden party in a New York City cemetery; the Harry Partch Instrumentarium in Seattle; Tieranatomisches Theater in Berlin; or a concert in Oslo’s Emanuel Vigeland Museum and Mausoleum.

Record Store Day
Even if you’re not into collecting vinyl, Record Store Day (also Saturday) brings abundant treats for the music enthusiast. Local retailers often host performers, exclusive releases and product rollouts; plus, fans gather en masse to share rare finds. Rolling Stone has a comprehensive guide to the major record releases and reissues coinciding with this year’s event. But just drop into your local music store to see what’s playing.

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