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Paper Mag’s Kim Hastreiter Records a Rap Song to Celebrate Spring Cheer

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Every spring for the past ten years, Paper cofounder, editor, and publisher Kim Hastreiter devotes a page in the magazine to “reasons to be cheerful,” a roundup of zeitgeist moments from fashion and pop culture meant to provide a spring awakening after a long winter. The annual column is inspired by Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ 1979 song of the same name, and although Hastreiter thought herself witty for the throwback reference, it turns out that for the past decade the joke has been on her: “I asked everyone in the office if they got the reference, and all I got were blank stares. Everybody at Paper was born after 1979! Nobody knew what I was talking about!”

So for this year’s addition, Hastreiter went for something a younger generation might understand more easily: a rap. “Fashion can be so, so serious,” she told us. “I hate the fashion mentality ‘one day you’re in, one day you’re out.’ Fashion isn’t one thing. How can someone be a genius one season and not the next? I just wanted to squeeze in as many things as possible to make people smile.” And squeeze them in she did: Despite the unforeseen recording challenge of “just having to speak so quickly,” Hastreiter’s rap contains references to Jeremy Scott’s Moschino debut, Erykah Badu’s Givenchy campaign, and Chanel’s supermarket runway spectacular—all things that have certainly been making us smile lately.

Today, Style.com debuts the song and video from Paper‘s spring issue. Sadly, Hastreiter refused to comment if there would be more raps in her future. But who knows? “I love the power of the Internet. Anyone can do anything. Even I can make a rap song and put it out. The Internet gives power to the people.”

X-Files

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Spring ’13 marks a full-on nineties revival. So it’s appropriate that the new fashion-media site VFILES would choose this week to relaunch X-Girl, the indie, New York-based clothing line started by Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth fame) and stylist Daisy von Furth in 1993. Inspired by X-Large, the L.A.-based men’s skatewear brand founded by Eli Bonerz, Adam Silverman, and the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, X-Girl offered fitted streetwear and provided a preppy, sixties-style alternative to the baggy grunge look of the decade. The duo’s first collection debuted via a guerrilla fashion show in Soho—naturally, it was broadcast by MTV’s House of Style; it was the nineties, after all—and after the designers’ pals joined in on the fun (Sofia Coppola was involved, and Chloë Sevigny was their first fit model), the line reached cult status. As von Furth explained in Paper magazine’s “An Oral History of X-Girl,” “It was all about being cool and having stuff that other people didn’t have. We had no official style background. The first thing we did was a T-shirt that said ‘X-Girl’ in Agnès B. font. We got a quick cease and desist.”

The brand was bought by a Japanese company in 1998 and hasn’t been seen stateside since. Until now, of course. The revived range—which includes X-Girl logo T-shirts, chip clips, and other kitschy swag—isn’t designed by Gordon and von Furth, but it definitely induces some much-appreciated nineties nostalgia.
X-Girl is available now exclusively on VFiles.com.

Photos: Courtesy of VFILES

Toasting New York’s Night Owls

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Last night, scenemakers and 24-hour party people descended upon Webster Hall to toast Manhattan clubland’s most hip at Paper magazine’s Eighth Annual Nightlife Awards. “For a while, New York was just a bunch of the same hipsters hanging out at one place,” said Matt Kliegman (of The Jane Ballroom and The Smile), whose downtown hot spot Westway took home Best Party award for its Tuesday night fête Westgay at Westway. “Right now, New York feels more exciting.”

Inside the disco ball-festooned ballroom, nightlife impresarios like Nur Khan and Ben Pundole sipped Hennessy with the likes of Cynthia Rowley, Samantha Ronson, Cory Kennedy (pictured), and Chelsea Leyland. Winners of the night? Best Arty Party (The Hole), Best Club (Le Baron), and Best Restaurant with Nightlife Scene (Acme). Riffing on the eccentric categories (Best Social Media Nightlife Star, anyone?), presenter Sarah Sophie Flicker conceived her own award idea. “I would love to see old-fashioned dinner theater,” the Citizens Band maven mused. “I know it economically makes no sense, but I just want to dress up in a long dress and hear beautiful music.” Meanwhile, model Jessica White was miffed Richie Akiva and her preferred playpen 1-Oak got snubbed. “He’s known me since I was 17,” the 28-year-old Sports Illustrated model said. “We’re planning a big Halloween party.” Still, not everyone on hand was a self-professed night owl. “My nightlife is more about Netflix streaming,” Girls actor Alex Karpovsky deadpanned before dashing out to the premiere of his flick Gayby.

Following the ceremony and a 15-minute delay, which prompted Paper‘s David Hershkovits to break out into dance à la South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Ellie Goulding took to the stage to perform while her boyfriend, DJ Skrillex, looked on. A couple made in nightlife heaven? Hardly. “In New York it’s all about work,” the Brit pop star told Style.com backstage. “And when I’m home in London, I’ll most likely just go to the pub.”

Photo: Paul Bruinooge / PatrickMcMullan.com

April77 No More, Browne’s Baccarat, Karlie Kontinues, And More…

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Pour a little out for French denim label April77. The Paris-based line (and record label, incidentally) announced it is shuttering operations, effective immediately. [WWD]

iPad mania is the Apple craze of the moment, but Diane von Furstenberg hasn’t forgotten the iPhone. She’s just released her own hot-pink iPhone/iPod Touch case, available at her stores and emblazoned with her trademark lips. [NY Mag]

The reign of Karlie continues: Kloss (pictured, opening the Fall 2010 Dior ready-to-wear show) has been re-signed as the face of Dior for Fall 2010. [Fashionologie]

WWD sits down with Thom Browne for a chat on moving his show to Paris. Most intriguing: He lets slip that he’s working on a collection of limited-edition Champagne coupes with Baccarat. “It’s just a nice little project I wanted to do, even just for myself, because when I travel I always look for vintage Champagne coupes. It’s similar to how my [signature] suit came about. I decided to produce it instead of looking for it in an antique store,” Browne told the paper. For the man who has everything (except vintage Champagne coupes)! [WWD]

And the Times takes a moment to check in with Paper magazine editor in chief (and 2010 CFDA Eugenia Sheppard Award honoree) Kim Hastreiter as she hobnobs with Madonna and enthuses about all things fashion/art/culture/cool. [NYT]

Photo: Monica Feudi/GoRunway.com

Scout Willis (And A Few Others) Pop Up For Paper

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Paper magazine set up their second annual pop-up store over the weekend on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. (That’s right across the street from the Hustler store, for those of you who need a familiar landmark.) The jam-packed event boasted over 30 vendors, including the likes of Rodarte, Jeremy Scott, and Katy Rodriguez and had musical performances every hour over the course of its 24-hour existence. Linlee Allen chatted with a few stylish shoppers about what they were wearing, buying, and selling.

1. Name: Magda Berliner
Occupation: Designer
Wearing: Vintage top, Grey Ant shorts, VPL boots, Corso Como tote bag and ribbon, Balenciaga sunglasses
Paper Pop-Up Highlight: “I came (and at the best time, I might add) and I conquered.”

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