In honor of this random holiday that you may or may not have known existed until five seconds ago, team MR rounded up our favorite sandwiches in New York City for your drooling/eating/dreaming pleasure.
Of all the fake-even-though-they’re-on-a-calendar holidays that exist because of the internet, I stand by National Sandwich Day the most. I stand by it because I stand against sad, wilt-y, leftover salads that you packed in tupperware in an effort to save money and then glare at all day while your deskmate eats pizza. I stand by it because I’ve yet to find a food that tastes worse with bread. I stand by it because when it comes to sandwiches, condiments are given as much weight as your outfit’s accessories, cheese is encouraged (to the point that lactose intolerance is often ignored for the sake of a perfect bite), chips are crunched in between and avocado is almost always appropriate. What are honorable core tenets if not those?
Click through above for photographic proof that this whatever holiday should be a real one. Warning: If you’re hungry, these photos might send you into a serious tailspin, so view at your own risk. And then tell us your favorite in the comments!
Photos by Simon Chetrit; follow him on Instagram @simonzchetrit.
Have we entered the comedown stage in our relationship with social media consumption? That is, have we become so addicted to the drug of discovery that is endemic to apps like Instagram and sites like Pinterest that we can’t get high from them anymore? Where I once basked, marveled, shrieked in sheer delight at the sight of a new brand! Design! Collection! Stylist!, today I feel nothing. Nothing but dead inside.
I have tested this theory — that we’re addicted to a drug that can no longer get us high — on only a handful of fashion editors and media personalities, but the consensus has been one of overwhelming agreement. This is especially true for market editors, whose jobs revolve around discovery. Could it be that the press preview is making a comeback because digital lookbooks and subsequent reposting just don’t cut it anymore? Nothing, it seems, beats an in-real-life encounter.
Frankly, I’m sorry I’m saying this at all. Instagram is so wonderful for so many reasons (although it’s really not instant as the name suggests). I remember attending Ryan Roche’s fashion week presentation in Chelsea where a ballet dancer dressed in Roche was moving among similarly dressed models. She explained that she found the dancer, who is from Russia, on Instagram and flew him to New York to perform. How incredible is that? Moveable art right before our eyes! The crux of what defines experience! Ditto that for the very foundation of my career. Without Instagram (and before that, Twitter), would anyone even listen when I got on my soapbox and began to lament about whatever was ruining my lunch break in real time? Probably not. I do think it’s fair to surmise that as the fashion industry has taken to social media with such warm embrace, we’ve also lost touch with a crucial element of the fashion mechanism.
This element is difficult to describe; it doesn’t have a word, but there is a very particular feeling associated with it. It stops you short much the same way the beginning of a new season, or your first dip in an ocean after a long winter, or a window display over Christmas, might. It changes your thinking track. Everything you may have previously known as true becomes hypothetical and because of this thing, which you cannot un-see, you feel like you’ve changed.
It is delightful, it is frivolous, it is the exact release Diana Vreeland once said fashion must be from the banalities of life.
The thing is, you can’t really feel definitive freshness every day, never mind every time you open an app. Yet this is exactly how we have been conditioned to feel. Our attention spans are about the length of a tadpole and our imaginations are rarely put to work anymore. We expect to be wowed every time we plop down like fat kings, bloated in the mind, sitting on the thrones of our couches, waiting while the court jesters — those we follow — endeavor to entertain us.
If this sounds cynical, it might be. If you disagree, I’m sorry that I keep “we”-ing but in the interest of believing that misanthropy never got anyone anywhere, that we must remain positive, I also offer this: maybe the problem is us. Because we choose who we follow, right? We’re self-editing feeds to display only what we think we want, no longer allowing for the true element of discovery to creep in. Our opinions have become one-sided! Our followings, a legion of ideas that align with our own. How can we know what we really want without the disruption of what we don’t yet know?
So for whatever it’s worth, of course social media isn’t ruining fashion. That was hyperbole. That aforementioned element might be hiding, but it isn’t dead, and we’ll figure it out again. Maybe the solution is the same when it comes to the overarching question unintentionally posed by Vogue earlier this season — is street style dead? Of course not! We can’t quite treat our relationship with street style the way we used to, and the same goes for the mobile Internet. Whereas once it felt like the wild west and we truly could discover, now there are remarkable algorithms that constantly promote materials You Might Like. Life is basically a series of adjustments — getting older, losing friends, gaining new ones, moving, returning, getting hired, being fired — and what we do in the realm of virtual reality, another form of life that we live 24/7, isn’t that different. So, yeah, the high has worn off, but it will come back. It always does.
Happy Birthday Hillary! In honour of the presidential candidate’s birthday we’ve rounded up 10 of the best birthday suits…well, pantsuits that is. Hillary’s signature style has inspired us to search for a whole bunch of seriously fashionable options. The powerful politician look doesn’t have to be drab, a sharp tailored suit in a bold colour or print adds some life to the classic business uniform. If a suit isn’t part of your workwear wardrobe, experiment with one for evening. A well fitting suit can be just as flattering as your go-to LBD. Wear yours with a bow blouse, turtleneck or lingerie inspired cami for a look that is guaranteed to get lots of votes.
Throughout the campaign, Hillary Clinton has blasted Donald Trump for being “temperamentally unfit” and “totally unqualified” to be president. At a campaign stop in Kent, OH, she singled out his stance on nuclear weapons in particular.
“I am running against a man who says he doesn’t understand why we can’t use nuclear weapons,” Clinton told voters on Monday. “He actually said, ‘Then, why are we making them?’ And he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons — Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia. Imagine nuclear weapons smack in the middle of the Middle East.”
But back in 1986, Trump bragged about his prowess with nuclear negotiations to an unlikely source: Playgirl magazine. Trump told Playgirl, which named him one of the 10 sexiest men in America that year, that he would be “the best U.S. negotiator of nuclear arms limitations with the Soviets.”
“It would take an hour and a half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles,” Trump told the magazine. “I think I know most of it anyway,” he added.
The brief interview, which ran on page 42 of the magazine’s September issue, preceded a double-page spread of full-frontal nude photos of college jocks going back to school on pages 46 and 47.
And, for the curious — Trump shared the sexiest man title with the likes of Bob Dole, Garrison Keillor, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, and Bruce Willis that year.
The Trump campaign had not responded to Refinery29′s request for comment at the time of publication.
Donald Trump’s bid for the White House has always been a media circus. Now, it’s being run by one of the ringleaders.
The Trump campaign announced today that it has hired Breitbart News Network executive chairman Steve Bannon as campaign CEO. Paul Manafort, who has been running the show since the ouster of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, will stay on as campaign chairman and chief strategist, but it seems without question that his power will be seriously diluted.
Bannon’s hire highlights a troubling trend: the blurring of the lines between media as campaign observer and campaign operative. With Bannon leading Trump’s presidential bid, the lines are now erased.
That the head of Breitbart would eventually just up and join the Trump campaign may have seemed a foregone conclusion to anyone who’s been watching the conservative media outlet this election cycle. Breitbart has been openly pro-Trump, even as other conservative outlets like The National Review and Red State have come out against him.
When Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields accused then-campaign manager Lewandowski of battery, a charge that was eventually dropped, Breitbart’s staff sided with the Trump campaign, telling reporters to stop speaking out about the story.
Breitbart has always been on a covert quest to see Trump elected. Now, that quest is out in the open. Bannon’s hire highlights a troubling trend: the blurring of the lines between media as campaign observer and campaign operative. With Bannon leading Trump’s presidential bid, the lines are now erased. And Bannon isn’t even the only media mogul helping: ousted Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is reportedly advising Trump in the run up to the first debate, despite allegations against him of sexual misconduct at Fox.
All of this would be unthinkable in any other election year. But with Trump’s unpredictable candidacy, anything goes.
We’ve said before that the Internet killed objectivity, but it’s just as true to say that election 2016 did, as mainstream media outlets struggle to cover a candidate who says and does things no mainstream candidate would. Meanwhile, outlets like Breitbart see a candidate who’s giving voice to the very conspiracy theories and fears that have long lingered in its social media networks and comment sections. And now, giving them a seat at the political table. This has exacerbated the echo chamber effect that already makes it nearly impossible for people of different ideologies and beliefs to hear each other.
In choosing Bannon to lead his campaign, Trump is leaning into the divisive message that’s buoyed his candidacy since last year, rather than trying to bridge the gap with disaffected Republicans, who have urged him repeatedly to pivot toward a steadier strategy. (In fact, Breitbart is one of the biggest critics of the current GOP leadership, including Speaker Paul Ryan, who’s had a rocky relationship with Trump so far.)
It’s also a familiar move for Trump: when the going gets tough, whoever’s leading the campaign gets the boot. It happened to Lewandowski just two months ago when Trump’s dominance in the polls began to flag and early fundraising numbers turned out to be dismal.
Now, as Clinton continues to trounce Trump in battleground polls, Trump seems to be sidelining Manafort as well. The move also comes amid debate over Russia’s role in Trump’s rise and Manafort’s ties to Russia. According to documents obtained by The New York Times, while Manafort was working for pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych, he was supposed to be paid $12.7 million in unofficial payments.
Meanwhile, the fact that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russian operatives has led many to wonder whether the Russians did it explicitly to prop up Trump’s campaign. Then there was Trump’s off the cuff comment during the Democratic Convention, in which he said of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Bannon isn’t the only one who will be tasked with getting this chaotic campaign across the finish line. Trump has also promoted KellyAnne Conway, a Republican pollster, to the position of campaign manager. That, too, is a fitting jump, given Trump’s obsession with the polls during primary season. And yet, with just just 82 days until Election Day, turning around Trump’s favorability numbers this late in the season would be unprecedented even for the most sophisticated pollster.
In a statement, Trump described Bannon and Conway as “some of the best talents in politics.” WIRED reached out to the Trump campaign for comment but hadn’t heard back by publication time.
“I am committed to doing whatever it takes to win this election,” he said. In other words, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
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Ekaterina Tikhonova a toujours été dans l’ombre. Les seuls projecteurs qui l’ont éclairée sont ceux qui illuminent le parquet de danse acrobatique où elle excelle depuis plusieurs années. Également cofondatrice d’un programme d’aide à la recherche scientifique avec son mari, la jeune femme de 30 ans est la seconde fille de Vladimir Poutine. Et l’incarnation parfaite d’une jeunesse aristocratique qui tient – et tiendra – les rênes du pays dans quelques années. Portrait.
Rockeuse acrobatique et femme d’affaires
En 1985 et 1986, Lioudmila Poutina et son mari Vladimir Poutine donnent naissance à deux filles : Maria et Ekaterina. Difficile d’en savoir plus tant le couple (divorcé depuis 2013)a toujours mis un point d’honneur à brouiller les pistes, allant même jusqu’à nier le lien de filiation. Si l’aînée, mariée à un riche homme d’affaires néerlandais, se fait discrète ; la plus jeune commence à faire parler d’elle.
En 2013, la cadette termine ainsi cinquième au championnat du monde de rock acrobatique, et le monde découvre les talents de cette danseuse… sans connaître sa véritable identité. Et pour cause, Ekaterina Tikhonova utilise le nom de sa grand-mère maternelle lors des compétitions officielles pour préserver son « anonymat ». Le pot aux roses n’est découvert qu’en février 2015, à l’occasion d’une vaste enquête sur l’opaque université d’État de Moscou (MSU). Si la jeune femme y a étudié durant sa jeunesse, elle fait désormais partie du conseil scientifique en tant que spécialiste en sciences mécaniques. Outre cette activité, Ekaterina Tikhonova travaille de façon officielle pour le groupe RBC, qui possède notamment des chaînes de télévision.
Côté vie privée, durant l’hiver 2013, Ekaterina Tikhonova épouse, dans la petite station de ski d’Igora, Kirill, fils de Nikolai Shamalov, un vieil ami de son père. À lui seul, le couple bâtit un empire familial. À ce stade, la fille de Vladimir Poutine et son époux sont gestionnaires d’Innopraktika, un programme controversé de 1,7 milliard de dollars visant à réformer l’université de Moscou (encore elle) et soutenir les prouesses scientifiques russes. Or, l’organisme est connu pour être financé par d’importants donateurs, dont Nikolai Tokarev, Sergei Chemezov et Igor Sechin, trois anciens collègues de l’actuel président de la Fédération du Russie durant ses années au KGB, les services secrets russes. De plus, parmi les collaborateurs d’Innopraktika figurent deux entreprises – Sibur et Gazprombank – dirigées par Kirill Shamalov en personne avec son frère Iouri. Le business des époux semble par conséquent fonctionner en circuit « fermé ».
Le couple formé par Kirill Shamalov et Ekaterina Tikhonova est le parfait exemple de cette deuxième génération d’oligarques proches du pouvoir, originaires d’un cercle restreint et fils des plus grands actionnaires et dirigeants de la Russie. Selon Reuters, la fille de Vladimir Poutine et son époux seraient à la tête d’une fortune estimée à plus de deux milliards de dollars, collectés en partie grâce aux investissements dans les usines pétrochimiques. En outre, Shamalov serait également propriétaire d’une demeure à Biarritz valant 3,7 millions de dollars.
Université de Moscou, Innopraktika, usines pétrochimiques… Le business bâti autour d’Ekaterina Tikhonova est souvent pointé du doigt par les opposants de Vladimir Poutine, dont Alexeï Navalny, qui crient au conflit d’intérêts. Accusations balayées d’un revers de manche par le président de la Fédération de Russie : « Je ne discute jamais des questions liées aux membres de ma famille. Ils ne font ni des affaires ni de la politique, ils ne prétendent à rien ». Si ce n’est suivre l’exemple paternel ?
La vie rêvée de Vladimir Poutine
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