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Maggie Smith Leaving Downton Next Season

Oh Dowager, I think I’ll miss your hats most of all.


According to the RadioTimes:

“They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” Smith has told the Sunday Times, alluding to recent speculation that the hit ITV drama will come to an end after the sixth series.

“I mean, I certainly can’t keep going,” she continues. “To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”

But let’s be honest–we knew this day would come.

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First Glimpse of Doctor Who’s New Alien

From a tweet in Ben Freeman‘s timeline. It looks like papier-mâché…

filming alien

This picture was taken in Teide National Park in Tenerife, home to a volcanic landscape and the third largest volcano in the world. We can therefore assume this is a Volcano alien? Whoever he is, he’s part of the season opener two parter, which also includes Missy, so perhaps he should be a little more careful.

There are more pictures from filming below. Spoilers ahead!

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Milan Fashion Week Fall 2015 RTW: Versace

The title of the Versace show this season in Milan was #Greek. The Greek motif has been permeating Donatella’s work now for several seasons, as she plays with the traditional fret pattern from Greek friezes. The traditional three ninety degree angles lines finally found their connection to the Now Now Now of Donatella’s designs. The relevancy was there all the time if you just add a little curve to those 90 degree angles and create….the @ sign.


Yes, digital symbols were all the rage tonight, as Greek lines gave way to emjois and invisible chiffon cut out areas created smiley faces. It was certainly an in your face moment for the assembled company, but one might argue that wasn’t the audience Donatella was aiming for. She was looking to catch those on twitter following along with her show, and those on Facebook who will gaze at the pictures afterwards. Versace is a label that doesn’t want to grow old, and that means aiming for the youth of today in any way they can be reached.

The full collection is below.

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Downton Abbey Season 5: For The Love of Christmas

Downton Abbey Christmas specials were originally conceived by ITV as stand alone, made-for-TV-movie style one-offs, usually Christmas themed, much like the Christmas day programming on rival channel BBC. But by the second year, which coincided with Season 3 and Matthew’s departure, it was obvious that Downton’s enormous American audience would not be seeing the special that way. Since PBS insists on starting the season in January when the competition is lightest, the special was ending up lumped in at the end of the run, as an extended season finale.

Violet: “Lord Sinderby, Branson and Barrow. Not what I call a recipe for a peaceful week’s shooting.”
Isobel: “Makes you wonder what they’ll be shooting at, by the end of it.”

With that awareness in mind, the Christmas episodes have become less one-off like and more season finale. Last year was not even set at Christmas, but instead the height of the London season. This year she show returned to a more Christmas-y roots, with a hunting party, a huge tree and the action halting altogether at times for characters to sing carols. (That couldn’t have anything to do with the Downton Christmas album tie in, could it?) But even so, though there was a nearly eight week wait in the UK between this episodes and last weeks, this deliberately played as a wrap up of all the story lines from the year.

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Milan Fashion Week Fall 2015 RTW: Moschino

For those who took a gander at the Kanye West x Adidas collection a couple of weeks ago, let me try to put the man in context a bit. Phillip Scott of Moschino is who Kanye West is trying to be.

Scott is a reference wizard. Some fashionistas consider him a gimmick, but the truth is, everyone like references they can understand, and that’s arrayed in bright colors and a wink and a smile. Tributes to SpongeBob, childhood candy and Barbie dolls have all gone over like gangbusters. The only question for tonight was what part of our collective memories would Scott mine this time?


That’s where Kanye comes in. His collection for Adidas was supposed to be some kind of tribute to hiphop, but no one got it, and even less looked thrilled to wear it (and that includes his ridiculous wife.) Scott, on the other hand, nailed how you mine the memories of hip hop for the fashion audience. His homage to hip hop and street style from the 1980s and 1990s was a candy colored airbrushing of all the darker parts of the era, and a recycling of all the things we want to remember–the large gold chains, the big puffy jackets and the graffiti. Oh the graffiti! It adorned all the evening wear looks to the point where it looked like they’d sprung fully formed from a 1986 A train. Now that’s a look Kim K will proudly sport.

The full collection is below.

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