Baby Phat is BACK ✨The unapologetic consumerism of the early-aughts hip-hop fashion scene can be summarized in the image of a six-foot-one @kimoraleesimmons walking down the Baby Phat runway in a precariously low-cut white jumpsuit, Ring Pop–size diamonds on her fingers and ears. She was the loud-voiced, big-egoed high priestess of a particularly campy version of bling. @babyphat, the clothing brand Simmons ran from 1999 to 2010, was a billion-dollar company built on the lifestyle she embodied. The popularity of the brand — which started with bedazzled-logo baby tees — helped turn streetwear into a movement. Baby Phat brought the attitude and style of hip-hop to the mainstream. It meant a lot to people, especially to female fans of streetwear, who hadn’t had a line to call their own, really, before that. Baby Phat didn’t dismiss their desire for more, and Simmons personified the promise of upward mobility through purchasing power. Link in bio for the full story on the return of @babyphat. Painting: @robertoparadaart
A former employee of Robert De Niro’s production studio is being sued for millions of dollars over allegedly binge-watching Netflix during work hours, ordering takeout on the company’s dime, and causing general financial mayhem with her devastatingly laissez-faire approach to having a job. It’s sort of like no one told her life was gonna be this way. Link in bio.
On the @nymag cover of our new issue: a tour of the overlooked islands of New York, which aims to unearth the city’s hidden histories, from buried bodies to heron sanctuaries. More than 30 islands lie beyond the familiar borders of the five boroughs, and we put together a visual atlas of our urban archipelago. Even the smallest of these islands holds in its tiny footprint morality tales, histories that can help us see ourselves more clearly: the planned community of Roosevelt, the tourist trap of Liberty, the slow-burning human-rights violation of Rikers. Tap the link in our bio to check out our complete visual tour of the city's many islands, featuring visuals by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao and words by Robert Sullivan. 📸: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao
The @friends writers' room was simultaneously a party room and a prison cell, a wild daily gathering whose participants could never leave. It was like an arranged marriage between a dozen different people, and should have been as impossible. Instead, there was a kind of magic present in the room, where writers competing to tell the best joke were also able to carve out their own voices. Read the entire excerpt from #SaulAusterlitz's "Generation Friends" at the link in our bio. 📸Bruza Brother Productions RG @vulture
In The Politician, Lucy Boynton plays Astrid, a coiffed prep-school princess who runs for class president against an aspiring statesman played by Ben Platt. “Usually, my characters are quietly seething or eternally pleasant,” she adds. “Astrid walks into a room and she’s not afraid to have her opinion heard. It has helped me get more confident.” Link in bio for the full @thecut cover story starring @lucyboynton1. Photographs by: @sophiiieeehart Styled by: @rebeccarams Set design by: @sophiiieeehart and @victoriahtam Makeup by: @missjobaker Hair by: @hairbyadir Photo Editor: @cassidyturner Manicurist: @ashlie_johnson Lighting design: @greglefevre Grips: @owljazeer, @jennytrinhh Photo Assistance: @kristineilson Fashion Assistance: @christonya Set dressers: @malvivi3nte, @wright_rach, @vectorxing
Sorry @snooki and @deenanicole, there are some new meatballs in Jersey. The meatballs at the reopened Bread & Salt in Jersey City are simply what meatballs should be, a Platonic ideal of tomato-drenched protein, arriving with two pieces of bread for sopping or, should you want to take the risk, turning them into a DIY sandwich. Link in bio for more on @grubstreet. 📸: @melissa_hom
@themorningshow trailer is here and it is chock full of Monday moods 😕😡😤😄 Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, the new Apple TV show “provides an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual.” Link in bio to watch the trailer. RG @vulture
On the cover of @thecut's fall fashion issue: @lucyboynton1, Hollywood's latest golden girl, whose elusive, chameleonic quality has made her extremely popular in the fashion world. The Bohemian Rhapsody star opened up to @thecut's Anna Silman about social media, using fashion as armor, and dating "the Internet’s boyfriend" Rami Malek, and you should tap the link in our bio right now to read the full cover story. Photographs by: @sophiiieeehart Styled by: @rebeccarams Set design by: @sophiiieeehart and @victoriahtam Makeup by: @missjobaker Hair by: @hairbyadir Photo Editor: @cassidyturner Manicurist: @ashlie_johnson Lighting design: @greglefevre Grips: @owljazeer, @jennytrinhh Photo Assistance: @kristineilson Fashion Assistance: @christonya Set dressers: @malvivi3nte, @wright_rach, @vectorxing
HBO's @euphoria is a kaleidoscopic look at the lives of troubled, yearning teenagers on a journey of self-discovery that happens to involve tons of sex, drugs, and cathartic weeping. Filmmaker Sam Levinson never does things the easy way, and that’s what made the debut season of his HBO series so distinctive. At the link in our bio he talks about how #Euphoria achieved those wild flourishes. 📸: HBO RG @vulture
"I never leave [Russo's] without a house-spun spool of mozzarella marinated in olive oil and herbs, and that’s a rule. Thankfully there is a perpetual tray of prosciutto balls in pyramid formation on the counter, so I know I’m not the only one indulging in this oversize cured-meat-and-cheese bomb.” 🧀 At the link in bio, 37 chefs shared with @grubstreet their favorite places to eat in the city. 📸: @melissa_hom
Cameron Diaz filming Charlie's Angels 2, 2002 🌊 #celebsinwater 📸: Getty
With summer winding down, there's only so many weekends left to do a Coney Island trip. So you better get to planning! At the link in bio, we've got insider tips on the best way to spend a day at the boardwalk: the scariest car on the Cyclone, the best time to hit the Sideshow and where to get an incognito Paloma 👀 📸: Getty
"I thought the world was the world. I didn’t ever expect things to be fair. I didn’t expect this much out of life, being a woman. And in the last couple of years, that started to shift." Michelle Williams is standing up for herself — and for Gwen Verdon. She talks @fosseverdonfx, asking for equal pay, and becoming a meme, with @vulture's @jacksonmchenry, at the link in our bio. 📸: @aspictures #regram via @vulture
Jeffrey Epstein's longtime friend, apparent employee, and alleged co-conspirator/madam Ghislaine Maxwell left New York in 2016, and speculation veered wildly as to her whereabouts. Was she in London? Elsewhere in Europe? The islands? Now it seems she was closer than that: spending years creating a new life with a new, younger tech-entrepreneur boyfriend near Boston, according to people who met her there. She nor her lawyers have made any comment since Epstein’s July 6 arrest, and just this week, she was spotted eating alone at an In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles. At the link in our bio: read more from @thecut's Matthew Schneier on Maxwell's abrupt disappearance from New York society, and the new life she reportedly created since her 2016 departure.
Everyone has their place: that bar or restaurant they return to again and again. Usually it’s someplace that’s comfortable, close by, and definitely not hot or new. Instead, they offer familiarity and some under-the-radar charm. They’re called neighborhood gems for a reason, so @grubstreet asked 37 chefs to tell us which spots they think of as their own third place. Tap the link in bio for what they had to say. 📸: @melissa_hom
Russian MMA fighter Igor Zinoviev served as Jeffrey Epstein's bodyguard, driver, and personal trainer, working and traveling with Epstein for a number of years. Zinoviev has not made it easy for reporters to find him, and there appears to have been no published or broadcast interviews with Zinoviev about his relationship with Epstein until M.L. Nestel spoke to him for Intelligencer. The interview touched on Epstein’s apparent suicide, which Zinoviev suggests Epstein did not do alone. The conversation also sees Zinoviev share memories of working for Epstein and Epstein's lifestyle, though Zinoviev appeared quite nervous about saying anything at all. You can read this full talk with Jeffrey Epstein's bodyguard by tapping the link in our bio right now.
Happy birthday to everyone's favorite Father of the Bride, Steve Martin! 📸: Getty
"Today, we got an email from my boss that infuriated me to the point that I left work early in order to avoid going into his office and shouting at him," writes a person who had been working 50- to 60-hour weeks for over two months with no end in sight, and in turn was going into their office later (around 9:30 a.m.) and leaving later (7-9 p.m.) But that email from their boss said it "was important to remember our corporate hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.," and asked people to arrive on time and to "be considerate to the rest of our team in planning your daily commute." At the link in our bio right now: read what @thecut's workplace advice columnist Alison Green had to say to this person left "at a loss for what to say or how to react" after their previously-allowed flexibility with their hours was called into question with no explanation.
The trailer for this year's Little Women remake directed by Greta Gerwig arrived yesterday, providing a first look at Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as the four March sisters. While people may argue over which adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel is best, @thecut's Katie Heaney believes that there can never, in fact, be too many Little Women remakes. Tap the link in our bio now to read her piece explaining why, unlike almost every other story ever told, Little Women always works. 📸: Wilson Webb/CTMG
If you’re one of the hapless souls who were dealt the cruel fate of being a cat person who is allergic to cats, your luck could change thanks to a group of scientists in Switzerland. A research group announced it has been working on a vaccine, HypoCat, that would decrease the presence of Fel d 1, the glycoprotein secreted by cats to which 10 percent of the Western population is allergic. Tag your allergic friend for the good news and tap the link in bio for more info 😺
A very relatable problem gets addressed by @thecut's financial advice columnist Charlotte Cowles, who responds to a person struggling with an Instagram-fueled shopping habit: "I spend a lot of time on Instagram, partly because it’s fun, but also for work...The problem is that I’m also using it to shop, and I need to rein it in. I like a lot of the stuff I buy, but I know I don’t need it. And I definitely can’t afford it." Tap the link in our bio to read Cowles's advice for addressing a tendency to impulse shop.
According to @grubstreet, Danny Meyer's @dailyprov makes an "LT" so good you don't need the B(acon). While it seems sacrilegious to demote bacon from top billing, this sandwich makes in-season Beefsteak tomatoes from the Union Square Greenmarket the star. They get blanched and peeled, then marinated in fresh lemon juice, pepper, and California olive oil, before being stacked on crusty ciabatta bread with baby watercress and a lemon-basil aïoli. You can still make it a true BLT, but you should tap the link in our bio for more on why this ends up being a BLT so delicious it doesn't need the bacon. 📸: @stella.blackmon
"I didn’t believe my filing this suit would damage my career as much as it has," says Sara Tirschwell, who claims that she was repeatedly coerced into sex by her boss at TCW, the $200 billion asset-management firm, and that her firing was "retaliation" for filing an HR complaint against him. Tirschwell has filed a lawsuit against her boss, Jess Ravich, and TCW alleging retaliation, gender discrimination, and breach of contract, asking for $30 million in damages. When she filed suit, Tirschwell assumed TCW would settle. That was not to be. The ensuing case is a particularly dramatic example of what can happen when a #MeToo allegation gets dropped into a world like high finance, where everything is litigated to the mat and nobody likes to lose. Tap the link in our bio to read @thecut's piece on what might be Wall Street's first #MeToo lawsuit to to go to trial, and what filing that lawsuit has meant for the respected hedge-fund professional who filed it.
Houseplants are seemingly more popular than ever, and now that it’s so easy to buy them online, the only real question is: Which plant should you get? Your friend might somehow have a four-foot-tall Meyer-lemon tree in their living room — and that’s great for them, really — but let’s be realistic, that’s just not an option for all of us. Luckily, there is a plant for pretty much everyone, if you know what to look for. For notorious plant killers or the person who’s only really doing it for the ‘gram, tap the link in bio for @thestrategist's picks of the best plants based on personality.
Last month, federal prosecutors said in a court filing that Jeffrey Epstein was worth at least $500 million and brought in more than $10 million in annual income. Epstein owned a $77 million Upper East Side mansion; a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and homes in Palm Beach, Paris, and New Mexico. What becomes of all that wealth now? Three days after Epstein’s apparent suicide, it’s a question with no clear answer. Federal prosecutors last month indicated their intention to seize any of Epstein’s properties where he sexually abused minors. But now that he’s dead, the criminal-asset-forfeiture option is dead, too. Link in bio.
Netflix has finally put Anglophiles out of their misery by confirming that The Crown will return for its third season on Sunday, November 17. That means we're only a few months from watching Olivia Colman deliver her iciest stares as Queen Elizabeth. Head to the link in our bio for more from @vulture on this anticipated return. 📷: Netflix
Sundays come at you fast 😫#celebsinwater
The Fistful of Seashells, one of the colorful new 🍹cocktails from @izzyrosebk, which is a very stylish new Clinton Hill bar with a large backyard and Mexican-inspired bar food (that just happens to be vegan). Tap the link in our bio to read more about what you'll find at this new destination for vegan eats and technicolor drinks. 📸: @melissa_hom RG @grubstreet
The New Jersey home that was the center of our 2018 article about a family that received creepy letters from someone called “the Watcher” has finally been sold. The house had been purchased in 2014 by Derek and Maria Broaddus for $1.4 million dollars. Shortly after moving in, the couple began receiving anonymous threatening letters that made them fear for their safety. Five years later, the home has been sold to an unnamed couple for $500,000 less than the Broadduses had paid. Link in bio.
Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier and convicted sex offender, reportedly died by suicide on Friday night in his jail cell while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Developing story will be updated at link in bio.
By now, even casual New York ramen fans know there's more to 🍜 than tonkotsu, the cloudy, ultra-rich, pork-saturated style that kicked off the city’s ongoing obsession. But are New York's ramen obsessives ready for tomato ramen? More and more ramen in tomato-based broths are popping up around the city, like this one that will be available at @eakramen's new Hell's Kitchen location next month, which is vegetarian-friendly and features a cabbage broth — with some garlic and ginger for kick — that has homemade tomato paste added to the mix. It's the kind of noodle innovation you may not know you needed, and if you're looking to try some 🍅🍜 you should tap the link in our bio to read @grubstreet's piece exploring this relatively new phenomenon, and outlining the places where you can find it in NYC right now. 📸: @melissa_hom
Is there hope for America after Trump? The Republic already looks like Rome in ruins to Andrew Sullivan, who writes: "If republicanism at its core is a suspicion of one-man rule, and that suspicion is the central animating principle of the American experiment in self-government, Trump has effectively suspended it for the past three years and normalized strongman politics in America." Tap the link in our bio to read Sullivan's full piece looking at the parallels between what transpired to lead to ancient republican traditions eroding over centuries and what similarities exist in America in 2019, and why all hope might not be lost just yet.
The development in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest that currently demands attention is the emergence of Senator Elizabeth Warren as something other than the candidate of policy wonks. Her strong debate performances, a knack for organizing, and the misfortunes affecting some of her rivals have combined to give her the clear path to the Democratic nomination that she really did not have in the early going, writes Intelligencer's Ed Kilgore. Tap the link in our bio to read his full piece detailing all the factors that have combined to create a plausible path to the Democratic nomination for Warren.
Cousin Greg on #Succession, "Greg the motherf***in' egg" as his cousin Kendall memorably put it in season one, is an improbable object of widespread adoration. That traces back to the captivating awkwardness of @nicholasbraun's performance in bringing the deliciously complicated character to life. @vulture recently spent an afternoon at the golf range with Nicholas Braun, Succession's clumsiest power player, who says of his character "I still don’t know exactly what Greg is. Everybody in the show lives in this weird middle ground." Tap the link in our bio now to read @vulture's full interview with Nicholas Braun. 📷: HBO
@thestrategist is writing a story on the best stuff for college dorms, and we need your help: we're looking for college students to tell us what they really want, and RAs to tell us what those students really need. Comment below with a 🙋and let us know if you're a student or an RA if you'd like to share your thoughts with the class (us). RG @thestrategist
The gin-and-tonic is the quintessential drink for hot weather. The beauty of a G&T is its simplicity, but many bars today elevate the cocktail’s fundamental recipe. @grubstreet has done fans of the classic cocktail a warm weather service by ranking the 10 best versions you'll find in New York City. That ranking includes this "Ultimate G&T" from Mercado @littlespain at Hudson Yards, which arrives in a mini-vase-size glass that's filled to the brim with ice, Hendrick's gin that's been stored in the freezer, Fever-Tree Indian tonic, and a medley of garnishes that includes a lime wheel, lemon twist, lemon verbena sprig, and juniper berries. Tap the link in our bio to read @grubstreet's complete ranking of the city's best gin-and-tonics, which are all super-cold and bubbly, embrace botanical flavors, and leave your thirst quenched. 📷: @melissa_hom
A political promise worth keeping: At the end of an hour-long conversation on Joe Rogan's podcast, Bernie Sanders promised that if he makes it to the White House and learns something earth-shattering about aliens, he will reveal that information to the world (on Joe Rogan's podcast). Tap the link in our bio for more on Sanders's 👽 pledge, and more on just how much interest in UFOs has seeped into the mainstream of late.
Tap the link in our bio to read how @thecut's advice columnist Heather Havrilesky responded to the person who has a very severe allergy to mushrooms, yet has in-laws who somehow manage to find a way to add mushrooms to almost everything when she attends a family meal at their house.
If you really really really really really really like @carlyraejepsen, you're going to want to tap the link in our bio to read about the time @jacksonmchenry took her to a paint-and-sip class before her recent NYC concert. Of all the sailboats and sunset options, she chose for them to paint Pablo Picasso’s 1932 portrait of a woman asleep and dreaming, Le Rêve. "She’s a pop star unafraid to work a little harder and wander in a direction you might not expect. Jepsen is surprised that people don’t choose this painting more often: ‘Who doesn’t want to pretend they’re Picasso for a second?’” Swipe to see her Picasso-in-progress. Photos by @davidwilliamsphoto
As we mourn the death of author and cultural titan Toni Morrison, this quote has been used repeatedly to summarize her legacy and her worldview. The line comes from Morrison’s Nobel Prize lecture, a speech she gave in 1993 while accepting a Nobel Prize in Literature for her novels. The excerpt that begins “We die” may be the line that we turn to the most while mourning Morrison’s death, but the full speech will help you appreciate how Morrison ended her story. It was not with language or with death. “Look,” she says in closing. “How lovely it is, this thing we have done — together.” Tap the link in bio to listen to the full speech.
As a lifelong teacher, Elizabeth Warren's the most professorial presidential candidate ever. But does America want to be taught? "Plenty of our former presidents have been teachers. Some of them, including William Howard Taft and Barack Obama, taught law; some, including Millard Fillmore, primary school. Warren has been both law professor and primary-school teacher, and as a person who ran for office for the first time in her 60s, her four decades as a teacher define her in a way Obama’s stint as an instructor in constitutional law never did. Here, as in all else, it matters that she’s a woman. Teaching is a profession that, in post-agrarian America, was explicitly meant to be filled by women. That means teachers historically were some of the only women to wield certain kinds of public power: They could evaluate and punish, and so it was easy to resent them." Tap the link in bio for the full story by Rebecca Traister. Photo: Warren teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the early 1990s. Leif Skoogfors/Corbis via Getty Images
Breaking: Author Toni Morrison has passed away at the age of 88. The celebrated novelist was best known for her critically acclaimed and best-selling novel Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “We die,” Morrison closed her Nobel Prize address. “That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Link in bio. 📸: Chuck Close RG @vulture
Each year, the Barbadian festival of Crop Over promises a killer look from Rihanna. This year did not disappoint 💗 📸: SplashNews
The Algonquin Hotel's annual cat fashion show raises money for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and has been taking place for 11 years. @thecut's Madeleine Aggeler went to this year's event and spent a night with New York's most glamorous cats, writing: "The cats, it turns out, do not walk; they are carried, like animal royalty. The audience, to put it mildly, loses their shit...The cats, consummate professionals, remain unperturbed." For more scenes from this evening of cats in thematic "It’s a Small World" attire (dressed to represent different countries), tap the link in our bio to read @thecut's full piece on what it's like to attend a cat fashion show. 📷: @bethdixsonphoto (pics 1 & 2); Lisa Raymond (pic 3)
"May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo. May God protect them," President Trump said while discussing the Dayton, Ohio mass shooting in which nine people were killed and 27 were wounded. Geography is not his strong suit, nor does it appear to be Joe Biden's, who made a comparable gaffe by misstating the locations of not one but two shooting massacres. Americans are accustomed to expecting little in terms of gun-control reform, but the hope would be that our president — or anyone who wishes to be president — would at least not confuse the basic facts about what's taken place. You can watch this cringeworthy moment of geographical confusion for yourself by tapping the link in our bio right now.