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Steampunk Replaces Satanism On Clinton Street, But the Goat Heads Stay

Blue Bayer's Goat Ring.

Blue Bayer’s Goat Ring.

It’s been a hot minute since JJ Brine moved Vector Gallery, or the Official Art Gallery of Satan, from Clinton Street to the southern reaches of the Lower East Side after the landlord broke his deal with the devil and leased the place to another tenant.
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The Name Just Nails It

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Forget Primp & Polish and its hoity toity ampersand — this new nail salon on Metropolitan, near Lorimer, has to have the greatest name ever. We won’t speculate, but this bit of AOL humor (Tom Hanks humor?) might be why Cutie Calls — the mani-pedi spot that previously had the best name in all of Williamsburg (get it, cuticles?) — is closed for remodeling today. You’ve got NAIL, Cutie Calls: it’s time to step up your game.

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Sick of Pistorius? Take Another Look at South Africa

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

NOT × Chris Saunders on display now at Wallplay Gallery (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Lest Fashion Week leave you feeling jaded (about the superficiality of the industry, and the inanity of the clothing and the persons therein), allow me to offer an antidote of sorts: NOT × Chris Saunders, an exhibition currently showing at Wallplay that fuses fashion, photography, sculpture and video to explore the complex cultural underpinnings of style—South African style, in particular. Keep Reading »

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‘We Have the Bourgie-ness’: An Early Look Inside Westside Market’s Eastside Debut

The newest Westside Market prepares to open in the East Village (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The newest Westside Market prepares to open in the East Village (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last week, a Bloomberg Intelligence report concluded that Whole Foods was now one of the city’s best budget grocery options—news that hardened New Yorkers might greet with a horrified howl. Not George Zoitas.
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Attention Brave Boys, Dress-Length Tunics And Leather Track Shorts Now On Bowery

Inside General Idea (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Inside General Idea (Photo: Nicole Disser)

If you saw “Scarf Guy” yesterday and thought, “Nice look,” this might be the place for you. Just in time for Fashion Week, Korean label General Idea has landed in the pop-up space we know and love, Open Gallery Space located at 355a Bowery.
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Mr. Throwback Now Has an Action Figure, and 2Pac and Biggie Are Next

(Courtesy of Mr. Throwback)

(Courtesy of Mr. Throwback)

Mini Basquiat has a new friend to play with now that Mr. Throwback has his own action figure.

Michael Spitz (aka Mr. Throwback) tells us it all started when Brooklyn-based writer and multimedia artist Moth de la Cruz came into his vintage toy and clothing shop on East Ninth Street and showed off a hybrid action figure he had made for his son, using the body of a Venom figure and the head of a Kid Robot-esque bear. Spitz encouraged him to turn the mash-ups into a business and now, under the name Mixxedchampions, De la Cruz sells figurines of Cocaine Fiends and the like.
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Stitched up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion with Tansy Hoskins

And if you thought fashion-talk might offer some light relief from the horrors of the death railway, think again. Tansy Hoskins’ recently released book Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashiondelves into the grimy underbelly of the beauty-obsessed industry: exposing the class division, gender stereotyping and wasteful consumption plaguing the world of fashion. If you own a closet and keep garments in it, it behooves you to take note of this insightful indictment of the distorting priorities of capitalism.

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Maureen Callahan’s Champagne Supernovas! with Susannah Cahalan

If you’re around my age, and were an equally uncool child, the nineties were an unmitigated fashion disaster: stretchy black bellbottoms and puffer-jacket vests, and indefensibly ugly platform sneakers (seriously, did you have those in America? Erryone in New Zealand was all about that shit. I blame the Spice Girls). Heck, even Carrie Bradshaw was making someway out weird fashion choices. But Maureen Callahan clearly has a different recollection of the era, and has published a book to prove it. In Champagne Supernovas! she presents a look at the “exciting fashion trends” of the 90s (what could this mean? fashion bindis? mood rings?). Callahan focuses her rose-tinted lenses on Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs: leading lights of the star-studded grunge era, when—apparently—the alternative went mainstream. Callahan will be defending her thesis against Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire.

Turn to the Left: Fashion Events!

(Courtesy of LES BID)

(Courtesy of LES BID)

While so many New Yorkers succumb to the insidious “normcore” and “athleisure” trends, others are determined to stay fresh — and not just the drag queens. With Fashion Week coming up, it’s once again time to focus on the fabulous. Luckily, you don’t have to trek up to midtown (or wherever the shows are this year) to do so, since there are plenty of fashionable festivities in our hoods.
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