Daily Links: August 23 2018

  1. Michael Cohen’s plea deal revealed he made $30,000 from selling a handbag: the Birkin economy, explained: President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes yesterday, the most incendiary of them related to paying hush money to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, women with whom Trump allegedly had affairs, ahead of the 2016 election. Read more on Vox
  2. In 2018, Advertising is Obsolete: Since it first became clear that Russian agents spent thousands of dollars a month on political advertising on social media in the runup to the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been asking how the powerful advertising infrastructure run by Google and Facebook could have been thrown open to foreign agents. What fewer have stopped to ask is whether there is a good reason for this infrastructure to exist at all. Why, exactly, is it a good thing for Facebook and Google to be selling advertising to anyone, let alone Russian agents? Read more on TFL
  3. How a Stop-Motion Costume Designer Makes Tiny Clothing for the Big Screen: Whether they’re making spot-on ’80s period clothing or producing hundreds of detailed, Afrofuturistic outfits, costume designers regularly pull off staggering creative feats. But Deborah Cook’s job is uniquely challenging. As head of the 25-person costume department at Laika, the Oregon-based stop-motion studio behind movies like Coraline, ParaNorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings, Cook makes clothing for characters no taller than a pencil. Read more on Racked
  4. Millie Bobby Brown Gives a Masterclass in Dressing Up Shorts and a T-Shirt: Shorts and a T-shirt have long been a staple for laid-back summer weekends. But how often do you give that combo the spotlight on dressier occasions? After seeing the way Millie Bobby Brown pulled it off Tuesday night at a screening of “Stranger Things” in New York City, we’re convinced it’s worth a shot. The teen’s stylist Thomas Carter Phillips elevated the humble shorts-and-tee combo by layering them under a well-tailored black Off-White blazer that just barely let the edge of Brown’s orange camouflage Off-White shorts peek out from underneath. The casualness of her plain white tee was counterbalanced by a pair of strappy black Tabitha Simmons heels. Read more on Fashionista

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