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As far as clothing items go, leggings tend to be pretty divisive. Some women sing their praises, wearing them everywhere and anywhere, whereas others shudder at the thought of donning them outside the gym.

It’s less clear, however, where men stand on the issue (or, frankly, if they’ve given the matter nearly as much thought). As proponents of inclusivity (and a very good laugh), we resorted to one of our favorite tactics to find out: crowdsourcing sartorial opinions on a dating app.

Last time we hit up Tinder to gauge dudes’ temperature on culottes, so we switched it up with Bumble this time, but the results were equally hilarious. Click through to find out what they had to say…

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Charli XCX has offered some exciting details on the follow-up to her 2014 LP Sucker. In conversation with Rolling Stone, the singer primed us to expect a more club-ready record, as she pushes her pop sound into the dark.

“On my previous record, I was really annoyed at the music industry and felt like I had something to prove,” the singer explained. “After that, I didn’t feel I had anything to prove anymore. Also one of my favorite hobbies is partying, and I realized that I never actually made a party album. I never made an album that I would want to hear at a club.”

READ: attitude, beatz, and brilliant lyrics with pop rock’s saviour, charli xcx

“It was very indulgent in that sense because I just wanted to make an album that I could get fucked up to. It’s the soundtrack to my nights.” And what is Charli’s idea of a perfect party night? “Some really great vehicles, like multiple, different vehicles. SUVs, limousines must be included, preferably white.”

Charli has set a tentative May release date for the project, but if that wait feels a little long to you, don’t worry. She’s also at work on a mixtape, which will drop first. “I’ve been working with lots of fun people on that,” the artist promises. Perhaps another tune with Lil Yachty?

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In a recent episode of the MenswearStyle Podcast I fawned obsequiously to the people that make fashion photography look all too easy. We interviewed the likes of Jonathan Daniel Pryce, the man behind esteemed blog GarçonJon. He waxed lyrical about how the light in New York is unrivalled for street style photography but London is the best city overall. 

“If we’re going for light then I love New York, it’s direct. It’s a challenge in London as sometimes the light is flat and dim even in the middle of the day. In New York the light is reflective of people’s ideas of what the city is supposed to look like. It goes with the stripes on the street, the bright street signs, and the people can be brash also… so the light in New York is fantastic.” – Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Aside from the light there’s also the tiny matter of persuading strangers into being the subject. Not an easy job. Strangers aren’t the friendliest of folk, often guarded, consumed with paranoia and not likely to stop for fear of being asked to part with cash for a charitable cause. Simply Google what the late, former Sex Pistol Sid Vicious had to say about the man on the street – he may have had a point. We spoke to Abdel Abdulai (pictured above) from Boy From Dagbon about what his approach is to asking guys to stop for a picture.

“I have a business card to hand. Most people want to know where the picture is going to end up because they want to share it on their website. Plus, you never know where it’s going to end up. Don’t carry something too intimidating in the camera department, you don’t want them to think you’re paparazzi. There are days when its tedious, there’s a lot of coffee drinking whilst you’re waiting.” – Abdel Abdulai

Needless to say this photography lark is not an easy nut to crack. Churchill once remarked upon Russia being “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. You could stretch that facsimile to Photography. The riddle is the shutter speed, the mystery is the aperture, the enigma is the depth of field. And even if you have all these planets aligned, it still takes a steady hand and a lot of decent light. For those that have ascertained the skills and the necessary accoutrements, perhaps you might want to consider a course to further your knowledge and hone your craft. This is where we turned to Mastered who currently offer a 10-month accelerator for 200 ambitious fashion photographers. Here we spoke to fashion photographer Antonio Eugenio on what people can expect from the course.

“Most of the photography tutorial videos are on the platform, so you can watch them at your convenience. Then you have a live QA where you can chat with the course mentors. Regarding the brief, you must follow the deadline, and when you send in your work you get feedback from the mentors. Next to that you have the dynamic between the other photographers on the course too.” – Antonio Eugenio 

Check out the MenswearStyle Podcast to listen to these interviews in full and please subscribe in iTunes if you like what you hear.

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Six decades into his Hollywood career, Warren Beatty is almost as well-known for his personal life as his work on the silver screen. In a new interview with Sam Kashner of Vanity Fair—one of the actor’s first in 25 years—he delves into both sides of his fame, while promoting his new film, Rules Don’t Apply.

Here are six things we learned from their conversation:

Beatty’s sexual history isn’t as prolific as you might think.

Known for being quite the playboy in his prime, Beatty is said to have slept with 12,775 women. According to the man himself, that legend is a fallacy.

“If you stopped and thought about it, I’m now a married person of 24 years, and I believe in doing the right thing,” he said. “I’ve never been secretive that I had a rather religious youth, and that I didn’t begin this until late—you know, the age of 20. So I would have had to have been with something like three or four people a day, and nobody twice, ever!”

But he did sleep with Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick the night of the first lunar landing.

“I was staying at the Delmonico Hotel, in New York, when there was a phone call from the lobby,” Beatty said. It was Sedgwick, and according to Kashner, “When [Beatty] opened the door, she stood in the hallway in a yellow rain slicker, with nothing underneath. The television was on. And taken by surprise, he wasn’t all that sure he could rise to the occasion. But she was insistent, flirting and nuzzling. Eventually he gave in, and as they fell to the floor, they suddenly heard on the television: ‘One small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind.’ Neil Armstrong had stepped onto the surface of the moon. The moment had passed, and the two just stared at the television for the rest of the night.”

Beatty doesn’t smoke or drink.

That bad-boy persona is just for the camera. “If you see pictures of me smoking,” he said, “I was acting. What I do like very much is the smell of cigar smoke.” In fact, he even received a box of Cubans from Fidel Castro, who was reportedly a fan of Reds.

He was one of the last people to see Marilyn Monroe alive.

The pair were at actor Peter Lawford’s house in Maibu one night, when Monroe invited Beatty to take a walk on the beach. “It was more soulful than romantic,” he said of the stroll. But the next morning, Marilyn was gone; Beatty heard the news from Producer Walter Mirisch’s brother. “Did you hear?” he reportedly asked. “Marilyn Monroe is dead.”

Becoming an actor was a stroke of good luck.

I left Northwestern University after a year,” Beatty said, “and was in New York playing piano in a little bar on 58th Street, and I didn’t know whether to go back. And then someone said, ‘You should go to [acting coach] Stella Adler. She was Marlon Brando’s teacher.’ I said, ‘What is Stella Adler?’ I was just a redneck football player from Virginia. That’s how much I knew. I got lucky. I was very young.”

But he’s happy to stay out of the spotlight.

Sometimes referred to as reclusive, Beatty has in many ways stepped away from public life, refusing interviews and taking time off between projects. Of his choice to stay relatively out of the spotlight, he said, “I think I’ve been lucky enough not to have to do movie after movie after movie for financial reasons, so I’ve been able to live life, and also make movies. I didn’t have to grind them out. I could go long periods where I was living life, rather than tripping over cables. Sometimes life just takes over, as it has taken over with four kids, in a way that has been more wonderful than I could have imagined at an earlier age.”

Speaking of his children, Beatty says his transgender son Stephen is his hero.

Commenting publicly for the first time about his son Stephen Ira’s gender identity, Beatty said, “He’s a revolutionary, a genius, and my hero, as are all my children.”

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Yesterday, French police arrested 17 people in connection with an October robbery, according to CNN. I know you have a lot on your mind so let me jog your memory: It involved $10 million worth of cash and jewelry, this woman named Kim Kardashian and the opinions of millions of people delivered via half-baked tweets.

It happened during Paris Fashion Week and the following things promptly came to a halt: Kim’s social media accounts and public appearances, her husband’s tour, her family’s reality show. But the radio silence from Kim and her camp wasn’t what made the week following the robbery so freaking dark for pop culture. That gold prize goes to the raging debate happening online around whose fault it was. Congrats 2 us!

Luckily for literally everyone, Twitter is not in charge of determining fault! That would be the police. And investigators and stuff, per crime shows I’ve watched. And they think it was some combination of these 17 people whom they apprehended yesterday and took in for questioning. Here’s the interesting part, though: Among them is the man who acted as Kim’s Paris chauffeur.

YEP. Chauffeur! As in, a person who had access to Kim because he was hired to, not because she shared too much on Instagram. That was the popular theory, as you’ll remember, as to why Kim brought being bound, gagged and threatened at gunpoint upon herself. I told you this shit was dark! People can really be the worst. And I say that confidently even after seeing those security-footage reels of people doing nice deeds. Another theory, which we ought not to pay any credence, was that she made it all up for attention.

Either way, arrests would disprove the latter and her chauffeur’s involvement chips away at the former. Sure, Kim Kardashian didn’t take pains to hide her wealth, but any rich person is vulnerable to being robbed by the people who have access to them, regardless of their social media activity. Staff, friends, family. So maybe her robbery wasn’t so special and pseudo-self-inflicted.

Anyway. Kim is going to be okay. She’s back, anyway. And very into her family, evidently. The rest of the world needs our attention more, I know. But victim blaming is a shitty, destructive habit in our society, and seeing one instance proved potentially wrong put a little jump in my step this morning.

Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images via Getty Images. 

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The things artists like aren’t always the things everyone else does. They’re good at finding the unknown, forgotten and esoteric bits of our world. And at a time when it seems to make more sense just to bury our heads in the proverbial sand, artists are getting involved in these strange political and social times.

From new web series to graphic novels, films and museum exhibitions, we spoke to 10 international artists to get a glimpse into what’s on their radar over the next few months. What art will artists be looking at in 2017? Some responses might surprise you.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

2016 was a big year for Njideka Akunyili Crosby, who showed work at the Whitney in New York, had her first museum show at the Norton, and a first solo exhibition in Europe at Victoria Miro in London. The year ended with her biggest effort yet – her first child. Adjusting to her new schedule, she told Amuse: “I’m looking forward to seeing Kerry James Marshall at MOCA, Mark Bradford at the American Pavilion in Venice, and the Istanbul Biennial.”

Ed Fornieles

The British artist, who relocated from Los Angeles to Montreal not long ago, is looking to films for inspiration and relief this year. “Number one for sure is Guardians of the Galaxy 2!” Fornieles, who also consulted his social networks on the subject, suggested anticipated remakes of Blade Runner, Alien, Wonder Woman, Trainspotting and Twin Peaks (all due for release this year) say something “about a technologically dark future and the nostalgic warmth that comes from remakes and familiar things.”

Vivien Zhang

Currently on a residency at the prestigious British School in Rome, painter Vivien Zhang says, “In the year of the Rooster (Chinese New Year is coming up at the end of this month), the top three on my to-see-list are: the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, I learnt about the museum at the 2016 Contemporary Art Society conference; GRANPALAZZO, a curated art fair/”exhibition-event” set in Palazzo Rospigliosi, just outside of Rome; and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden.” Zhang’s work is currently on view at Long March Space in Beijing and will be presented at a solo booth by House of Egorn at MiArt in Milan at the end of March.

Martine Syms

The razor-sharp polymath Martine Syms comes to London this week, for a takeover show at Sadie Coles presented by her New York gallery, Bridget Donahue. The LA-based artist told Amuse, “I’m excited to see Andrea Longacre-White’s upcoming exhibition at Various Small Fires [Los Angeles]. Andrea is strong ass woman who makes aggressive, sensual abstraction and I’m hyped for the new show.”

From Martine Syms: Fact Trouble. ICA (2016)

“Also, NTS Radio recently opened a station in Los Angeles. One of the launch events was an incredible show with Princess Nokia, Cam China, and the Rail Up Crew. It was one of the best shows I went to all year and I’m so happy we’re gonna get more,” said Syms.

Molly Soda

“In 2017 I’m excited to see what people have been secretly working on and not telling anyone about. I know there’s a lot of stuff like that, so it’s hard for me to predict what I’m gonna experience this year!” says Molly Soda, whose practice has transitioned from social media to gallery spaces over the last year.

Her second solo exhibition at Annka Kultys gallery in East London, Comfort Zone, at the end of 2016 featured 18 hours of photobooth footage, as well as new resin sculptures of bedroom clutter and beauty paraphernalia. “From what I do know, I’m really looking forward to reading Darcie Wilder‘s book, literally show me a healthy person, which comes out via Tyrant Books this Spring. Her Twitter is a constant source of comfort for me and a lot of times I think we take the work that people do on Twitter for granted – there’s always this elevation of printed text versus digital text, which really bums me out,” she tells Amuse.

“I also had a friend recently show me this web series called Zhe Zhe. It’s basically about this band/two best friends and their adventures and it’s SUPER funny. I watched it all in one sitting. I heard a rumour that the second season is coming out this year so…”

Petra Cortright

“I’m looking forward to shows at and/or gallery and 1301pe gallery in LA,” says Cortright – known for her multi-layered paintings that turn the Internet into an impasto. “And I’m always looking forward to Stella McCartney shows.” Maybe because her practice demands it, she stays inside and online for hours a day, Cortright is also hyped about sports. “I also want to see who wins the Premier league this year. Particularly these games are gonna be crazy in the next few weeks: on 21st Jan, Man City v Tottenham and on 31st Jan, Liverpool v Chelsea, omg!”

Djordje Ozbolt

Djordje Ozbolt’s current exhibition at the Holburne Museum in Bath shows the painter’s eclectic – and sometimes esoteric – range of references, from Science fiction to cat culture, art history to cartoons. His picks for 2017 equally seem to suggest his explorative and experimental tendencies.

His wish list is part-fantasy, part-whimsy, and includes a Mike Kelley retrospective, followed by a visit to the Shangri-La at the Shard, and finally to “see the publication of the second part of Alexander Tucker’s graphic novel World in a Forcefield.” You can catch Ozbolt’s exhibition, Brave New World, at Hauser Wirth Somerset from 19th January.

Alexandra Marzella

New York-based Alexandra Marzella is known for her interdisciplinary works, and as an outspoken art world provocateur, says: “I’m real excited for all new animated films coming out in 2017.” While Crumbling World Runway, curated by Marzella’s friend, India Menuez, at MoMA ps1 is the art event she’s most excited for. Catch it on 5th February at 3pm if you’re in New York.

Alex Da Corte

If you saw Da Corte’s object poems of the consumer everyday in New York, Los Angeles or at MaSS MOCA last year you’ll probably wonder where the artist draws his inspiration from.

In 2017, he’s looking to exceptional women. “I am really looking forward to the inimitable Alissa Bennett’s zine, Bad Behavior, due this February; Jo Nigoghossian’s beautifully grotesque and savage work at Team Gallery in June; Elaine Cameron-Weir’s sick alchemy at New Museum in April, Martine Syms taking MoMA in May, the brilliant curators Kim Nguyen at CCA Wattis and Jamillah James at ICA Los Angeles, and all things JTT and Bridget Donahue this year.”

Celia Hempton

Painter of fleshy situations, Celia Hempton says Jana Euler at Cabinet Gallery is at the top of her list in 2017. “I have never seen the paintings in person and quite intrigued. It seems like a way of painting that I quite envy – completely imaginative and bizarre – whereas I tend to look outwards and make images of things that are already in front of me,” she explains.

Photo: arianna lago

Next is “Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern.” Hempton, who was born in 1981, says “the first Wolfgang Tillmans show I saw was when he won the Turner Prize when I had just started art school. I loved it then but haven’t really kept up with what he’s been doing since. Really looking forward to it.” Finally, she’ll be off to the ‘other Tate’ later this year to see Queer British Art 1861-1967. “I imagine that this show will have a very broad selection of work as it spans so many decades – looks fascinating.”

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