President Donald Trump is reported to have delayed his planned trip to the United Kingdom out of fear that he will be greeted by angry protesters.Trump used this as his explanation during a recent phone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to a report by The Guardian. Trump’s relationship with America’s ally has been tense — especially since he criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his response to the terrorist attack in his city, using a misquote of Khan’s comment that London citizens shouldn’t be alarmed by the increased number of police officers.
It’s unclear as I write this whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday in an open or closed session. He canceled his previously scheduled appearance at an open hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, so the speculation is that he just doesn’t want to appear in public right now.
Threatening those who oppose him with tape recordings of prior conversations is likely nothing more than a tactic of fear for President Donald Trump says one of the people who may know him best. Biographer Tim O’Brien explained on Sunday that Trump once threatened him with recordings of their conversations amidst a lawsuit on O’Brien’s book “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald” — except it was all a bluff.Appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” O’Brien explained to host Brian Stelter that Trump often distorts the truth. “His loose association with the truth becomes problematic when he’s confronted with documents,” O’Brien said. “We’ve had decades now of Trump frequently lying or exaggerating about a wide range of things.”
Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for bodyslamming reporter Guardian Ben Jacobs the night before the special election which he ultimately won.Gianforte will have to pay a $385 fine, take 20 hours of anger management classes and perform 40 hours of community service, according to The Guardian.“Although it was not my intention to hurt him, I understand Ben was injured,” Gianforte said during sentencing.This is similar to the letter that Gianforte wrote Jacobs after settling in a case last week, during which Gianforte agreed to pay $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalism. Gianforte said that his “physical response” to Jacobs’ “legitimate question was unprofessional, unacceptable, and unlawful,” and admitted that he “made a mistake and humbly ask for your forgiveness.”
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Virginia gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart has pretty much been willing to embrace anything in his race against the more widely known Ed Gillespie.After essentially building his Republican primary campaign around trying to preserve memorials to the Confederacy, Stewart has latched onto another controversy in an attempt to get votes. He’s cut a campaign ad featuring the fake bloodied head of President Donald Trump that landed comedian Kathy Griffin in a load of trouble last week.“Donald Trump is the president and unhinged liberals can’t handle it,” the 30-second spot begins.“Who will stop them? Ed Gillespie won’t,” the female narrator intones as a photograph of Gillespie pops up on the screen amid various criticisms.
Lesley Vance’s new paintings, now on exhibit at David Kordansky Gallery, are all about speed.“With this body of painting, I’ve been thinking a lot about pace and speed. Some things moving fast, and some things that are moving slow,” the L.A.-based abstract artist explains of her 12 latest works. “I think because the original gesture from where [the painting] starts is very fast, there’s a lot of speed in them,” she continues. “They start in this kind of chaotic speedy way, and then within the painting it gets slower and slower each stage of the painting.”Whether she’s building a painting from an exploration of gesture and speed, or a concrete object, Vance describes herself as a process-based artist. “I never know what I’m going to do when I start a painting. I’m not someone who has an abstract vision in my head and then I put that down,” she says. “I’m not really thinking about anything I’m doing, I’m just sort of waiting for something to happen that inspires me or excites me, that I think I want to exist, that I think is a good beginning to a painting. You have to pay enough attention where you realize that something good is happening, but not too much attention that you’re forcing something to happen. Then the painting builds itself that way.”Vance offers no simple literary clues into her work; each painting is “Untitled.” “I’d rather it be kind of an open-ended experience of just looking at what’s happening in the painting,” she says. “Whatever I called it, someone would try to find that in the painting.”Known for her small canvases, Vance’s latest paintings also represent a scaling-up —although at 31 by 24 inches, they are still much smaller than most contemporary paintings. “I think I wanted to move away from a certain preciousness. And also because I’ve been getting more interested in the idea of movement and different speeds happening, it just started to feel right,” Vance says of working with the larger canvas size. Although slightly larger, they retain a quality of intimacy, reflective of her approach. “I like the kind of paintings that are scaled for domestic space, like a real living space,” she says. “Something that you could see in someone’s house, not in a corporate office lobby.”Despite the scale, her work is spaced out within the gallery, which allows the paintings to expand beyond the canvas borders and into the gallery’s white space. “It’s almost like they’re magnets, if you have two of the same charge. If you hang [the paintings] too close together, they really fight. They don’t want to be hung close together,” Vance says of the installation. “Which is the instinct with small paintings all the time —people want to hang them close together.”The exhibit also marks a continuation of Vance’s relationship with David Kordansky. She was one of the gallery’s first artists, and her work was shown in its inaugural exhibition in 2003. “[Kordansky] is doing his own thing, he’s not paying attention to what I’m doing in here and letting it affect him, but I do feel like we’ve grown up together,” Vance offers. “There’s a feeling of we’ve done this together.”On view at David Kordansky Gallery through July 1.More From WWD.com:Laura Kimpton Brings Burning Man to Chelsea Becky Suss Talks ‘Homemaker’ Show at Jack Shainman GalleryCallum Innes Mounts With CurveAudemars Piguet Uproots Sculpture by Artist Sebastian Errazuriz for Art BaselYou're missing something!
Chillhouse, anewly opened café-spa in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, caters to the multitasking New Yorker who is in a rush to relax. “The idea of going to a spa stresses me out,” admits owner Cyndi Ramirez. “It’s a two-hour commitment to do this whole thing.”So Ramirez — who is also a partner in the hospitality group behind The Garret bar — created an airy urban retreat at 149 Essex Street that offers Instagram-worthy drinks like a goldenrod Ube-Bey Latte (yam, ginger and valerian root) and organic wine alongside a menu of reasonably priced manicures and massages.Treatment offerings include 50- or 80-minute rubdown sessions for less than $100 that focus on either invigorating, relaxing or stretching the body depending on your ache du jour. If there simply isn’t enough time to disconnect for the better part of an hour, Chillhouse can take care of target areas with a 25-minute focused massage.“We want people to think of massages as something they can do on a more repetitive basis rather than when you feel like splurging,” the entrepreneur continued.Regular manicure maintenance has become as commonplace as a daily cup of joeand, Chillhouse has one covered on both fronts. Settle into the 10-seat nail bar for a fresh coat of polish or a customized artistic look by Brooklynite Eda Midori of Lady Fancy Nails.“It’s about taking care of yourself and not stressing about how much it costs,” Ramirez added. Coming at you 3/21: Chillhouse, the café/mani/massage hybrid that will suit all of your chilling needs. Book your appointment today: chillhouse.com 💆🏽💅🏼☕️(or 🍵🍷🥂) #chillatyourwill 📸 @threadsalt, design by @thisiseau, wallpaper @calicowallpaperA post shared by @chillhouse on Mar 16, 2017 at 8:37pm PDTYou're missing something!
The Fyre Festival drama lives on. By now you’ve no doubt heard of the ill-fated music festival in the Bahamas, which promised to be a luxurious (and expensive) weekend of models, music and tanning but crumbled Friday, as documented on Instagram, Twitter – and on newspaper front pages.The festival was promoted by a bevy of models including Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Baldwin; following the controversy those who lent their names to the festival have done their best to stay mum. But now, Hadid has addressed the disastrous event – and made sure to note she really didn’t have anything to do with its failure.“Hey guys,” shewrote in a note, which she shared on Twitter Saturday afternoon. “I just wanted to address Fyre Festival…Even though this was not my project what so ever, nor was I informed about the production or process of the festival in any shape or form, I do know that it has always been out of great intent and they truly wanted all of us to have the time of our lives. I initially trusted this would be an amazing & memorable experience for all of us, which is why I agreed to do one promotion…not knowing about the disaster that was to come…I feel so sorry and badly because this is something I couldn’t stand by, although of course if I would have known about the outcome, you would have all known too. I hope everyone is safe and back with their families and loved ones…xo.”❤️… pic.twitter.com/5XqHXBGIn9— Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) April 29, 2017Jenner, on the other hand, might want to hold off on promotions for a little while. Earlier this month she found herself at the center of the Pepsi ad controversy, for which she drew widespread backlash on social media and wound up removing all promotion of the ad from her Instagram, as Pepsi pulled the ad. Coupled with the Fyre Festival scandal,it’s been a rough month for model promos.Hey @pepsi, can yall send @KendallJenner in a helicopter to the #fyrefestival with some pepsi #theyneedit— Jay Zalowitz (@jayzalowitz) April 28, 2017First #Pepsi and @KendallJenner, Now #FyreFestival and @bellahadid.No Model is Safe Anymore!! 😐— Camilla Mary-Rose (@CamillaMaryRose) April 28, 2017You're missing something!
Ahead of tonight’s Met Gala honoring Rei Kawakubo, Nicki Minaj unveiled something unrelated:a music video.Minaj on Sunday shared a preview snap of thevideo for her track “Regret In Your Tears,” revealing the visuals were shot by fashion photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The video, which is now available to watch exclusively on Tidal, finds the rapper-turned-modelposing and dancing in several aquatic environments.In the opener, Minajsits on top of a pickup truck halfway submerged in a lake. Another shot finds her dancing on a bed in a room filled halfway with water.The 34-year-old revealed in March that she had signed to Wilhelmina’s celebrity division. “I love the synergy between my music and how it inspires my fashion,” shesaid of the news via a press release. “My message is always about celebrating your own style. I’m thrilled and honored to have signed with Wilhelmina. They get me.”Minaj attended last year’s Met Gala, themed “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” wearing Moschino. Will she make an appearance at tonight’sfestivities? The chances are likely. But who will she wear? Ok. You guys got a million views in 2 hours. 😍😘🙏🏽 – the next unlocked secret of #RegretInYourTears💧is that: IT WILL BE A TIDAL EXCLUSIVE for launch tomorrow. 😬🦄👀🎀 Go sign up for Tidal RIGHT NOW cuz if u miss this premiere, you'll #Regret it 🤣 ~ shot by the legendary #MertANDMarcus 🍄 ~ fits the song perfectly 👑👑🦄 I'll update you on the TIME on a later post. Love ya 😅 #RegretInYourTearsVIDEOdrops2mrw get a student discount for $5 on #TIDAL plus your first month is free when u sign up! 💋💋♥️A post shared by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on Apr 29, 2017 at 3:36pm PDTWatch the visuals for Nicki Minaj’s “Regret InYour Tears” here via Tidal.More from WWD.com:The Way They Were: Former Couples at the Met GalaRihanna’s Met Gala Style Evolution3 Things You Didn’t Know About Beyoncé’s Most Popular Met Gala LooksSarah Jessica Parker’s Met Gala Style EvolutionYou're missing something!