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Molly Shannon Talks New Roles, Missing New York and Feeling Like an Outsider

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Playing a cancer-stricken mother in Chris Kelly’s semiautobiographical “Other People” is one of four new roles that Molly Shannon has committed to.

A self-described “dramatic comedian,” in recent years Shannon has distanced herself from her “Saturday Night Live” days with more sobering roles. This fall, Shannon will headline the new HBO show “Divorce” with Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. Another one of her flicks, “Miles,” will be shown at Outfest LA on July 17. In addition to a minor role in “The Layover,” with William H. Macy, Shannon just started shooting Julie Rudd’s “Fun Mom Dinner,” with Toni Collette, in Los Angeles.

On Nantucket for last weekend’s film festival there, Shannon ran through her latest projects and how her own personal losses filter through. She is also toying with an idea for a second children’s book, with her author friend Sean Wilsey and her 11-year-old daughter, Stella. A Los Angeles transplant for nine years running, Shannon is still pining for New York and hasn’t ruled out a summer return to Broadway.

Transforming herself into a terminally ill woman for “Other People,” Shannon said she asked Kelly a lot of questions about his mother, got to know his mother’s best friend and drew from her own life — including losing “a really close Mom friend to cancer. My Dad died of cancer, and my Mom died when I was really little, so I pull from my own life and [having to deal] with death. And as a mother, I pull from myself, too, so it’s all sort of mixed together.” (Shannon lost her own mother, younger sister and cousin in a fatal car accident that she was involved in at the age of four.)

The recent spate of family-related roles seems to be happenstance more than anything. “I feel like I have experience with death — well, who hasn’t? But I feel that sometimes you can attract roles wherever you are in your life,” she said.

Wearing a neon-pink sleeveless dress she biked to Lilly Pulitzer to buy earlier in the day, Shannon said she doesn’t work with any designers but would certainly like to. Asked whether the public’s obsession with red-carpet attire deters too much from the actual acting, she said, “It’s really not my world. But it’s not good if people feel like they can’t make a mistake or something. Then it takes away all the fun. In the same way, I never like it when comedy gets too cool, if it’s, like, all cool people. The whole reason I got into comedy was because I felt like an outsider. I never like it when it gets too cool for school.”

She continued, “The reason I got into it was because I felt outside the cool group. I think fashion should be the same way. There should be mistakes made. You should embrace the mistakes or the flaws. I do admire people who don’t care and who kind of do their own thing. It is also fun and like a business, and we all enjoy looking at it. But I don’t like it when it gets too mean or snarky, because that’s not how I see women. I think I am more accepting and [interested in] enjoying people. It’s about feeling good about yourself.”

Explaining why she felt like an outsider, Shannon said, “I stuttered a lot in my childhood, so I had a hard time. I think I always felt that things that maybe came easier to other people, I really struggled to catch up to be normal. Losing my Mom when I was little was really hard. Some things that people were just handed or took for granted, I really had a harder time. So I always felt a little different than some kids who had it a little easier. But also some of those things can be a gift in life because they give you an appreciation for things that people might take for granted.”

A heavy work schedule eventually gives way to “lots of time off,” mostly for hanging out with her kids and their friends, taking pictures, seeing movies and going swimming. Her husband, Fritz Chesnut, is an artist who makes poured-acrylic works on canvas that explore cosmic phenomena, geological formations and topographical issues. “He is so visually oriented. For me, photography is more of a Mom hobby. I make iPhoto books, but I am really into it. I go to Apple a lot, and they teach me. The courses they offer at Apple are amazing,” she said. “You know how they have those people who can teach you things on the computer? I’m always at Apple. I do that when my kids are in school. It’s like a university. You could learn how to edit a movie at Apple. Those guys are unbelievable.”

Shannon still has her West Village apartment — nine years after exiting the city. She said of New York, “I miss it a lot. I love it. I actually love when I get to go back there. It’s such an exciting city. I miss the restaurants, the people, the pace, Brooklyn. I love the High Line park. It feels like it’s always changing. If you haven’t been there for two years, a whole block can completely change. It’s like seeing a child who has grown. You’ve gotten so big all of a sudden. It’s always changing and growing. I went to NYU, so my heart’s really in New York. I just love it.”Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses

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Friends have to dress to impress

Kate Moss makes her friends change their outfits if she thinks they haven't made much of an effort to get dolled up.

The 41-year-old British supermodel can't bear it when her pals rock up to her house for a party in casual wear, telling the Daily Telegraphnewspaper: "I change my friends when they come to my house. Not everyone but if they haven't tried very hard and we're dressing up.

"I'll say, 'You're not coming in looking like that! In jeans and a T-shirt and trainers. Get that heel on.' "

But, although she likes to dress up to the nines, the blonde beauty isn't a big fan of red lipstick.

She explained: "[A gig] is not a red lip event. You're kissing too many people ... you don't want to leave stains on everyone."

Meanwhile, Moss likes to keep her make-up look relatively low-key most of the time, opting for neutral colours, but has admitted her simplistic style isn't something her 13-year-old daughter Lila-Grace has adopted.

"Lila's really into eyebrows and shaping them. She's got the same brows as me but she wants them painted in and shaped.

"I'm like, 'Right OK, they look like they've been cut out and stuck on your face but whatever.' I'm sure it all goes around and next season it'll be thin brows."Read more at:pink formal dresses | yellow formal dresses

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Fashion brands bank on a wet weekend

Alexa Chung wearing Hunter wellies at Glastonbury, 2015

“Rain starts play,” says Alasdhair Willis, creative director of Hunter. It does for the wellington boot brand at least.

Summer is a time when a wet weather brand’s sales would traditionally fall off. But such is the demand for outerwear at the music festivals that take place around the world during the summer that Hunter now claim the months between April and September as their biggest retail period. The upswing begins with sales of lightweight jackets for the warm weather festival Coachella, in LA, and continues over the summer period as the festival season moves to Europe - and the weather becomes more unpredictable.

Festival style has become a major commercial story for many brands and high street retailers, and understandably so. According to Google’s analytics, the most common search terms used globally around the festival season are “what to wear to a festival” and “Hunter boots festival”. The searches peak in August when British events including Reading and Leeds and V Festival absorb every weekend.

In anticipation of the annual rush, Topshop has transformed the ground floor of its Oxford Street flagship store into a dedicated festival shop, selling clear plastic macs with glittery pockets, denim hotpants and leather bumbags. Many websites, including Asos, Selfridges’ and Harvey Nichols’ also have specific festival categories: in the past month, Asos has had over 96,000 searches with the word ‘festival’ on its site.

So committed is 160-year-old British brand Hunter to the market that it has now refocused its entire business towards the fashion conscious festival-goer: the brand announced last December it was stepping away from showing at London Fashion Week after only four seasons to focus solely on festival engagement. Its final show, for SS16 in September, staged in a giant marquee at King’s Cross, saw models stomping through a slop-covered runway in lightweight windcheater jackets and wellingtons to a soundtrack that included the Stone Roses and Oasis.

The collection, in stores now, was designed with the warm-weather festival consumer in mind - and the ombre shaded Haze zip-ups and bomber jackets were subsequently worn by the singer Ellie Goulding, model and actress Suki Waterhouse and model Binx Walton at Coachella. The gamble paid off: sales are up 50 per cent on last year, and 290 per cent on 2013.

But when did brands become so closely aligned with the festival circuit? And how did a wellington boot brand come to dominate that market? Kate Moss’s endorsement of the classic 28-part boots at Glastonbury in 2005 was the turning point for Hunter. “Until that point, the brand wasn’t necessarily associated with fashion. Kate transformed it into something very different,” says Willis. US stockists subsequently bought into the brand as a fashion product.

Likewise, British brand Barbour’s fashion kudos came via similar associations. “Alexa Chung brings out her classic Bedale waxed jacket for festivals every year,” says Ian Bergin, director of menswear and accessories for Barbour. “It’s a fantastic endorsement,” says Bergin who is building out the brand’s festival range: “We’ve launched a new capsule called Spirit of Adventure, which has everything one might need for the festival season, from waterproof ponchos to quilted picnic rugs.”

This summer, many brands will be banking on a wash-out. But, Willis insists, no amount of rain can dampen a true festival spirit. “When it starts raining at a festival, it’s not a disappointing or miserable moment. It’s a kind of exuberance and release.” Just don’t forget your poncho....Read more at:long evening dresses | cheap formal dresses melbourne