• Naked Blink-182 Helped Ryan Reynolds Grow Up on TV Sitcom

    Who says nobody likes you when you’re 23? Ryan Reynolds‘ character Berg turned out alright on the late ’90s sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, and it’s a naked Blink-182 that got him there.

    Way before he donned his Deadpool tights and even a few years before he played the eternal college student Van Wilder, Reynolds caught his TV breakout role as Michael “Berg” Bergen, the wise cracking member of the three central characters in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. The show ran four seasons on ABC, but underwent a few changes along the way. In fact, a Blink-182 guest spot helped transition to a new phase in the show’s run.

    While Blink-182, especially in 1999, were probably one of the last acts you’d think about when the idea of maturing came to mind, their naked presence played a big role in shifting the series away from its post college graduation roots and transitioning the central characters into adulthood.

    In the second episode of the third season, Reynolds’ Berg, who had worked at and managed the titular college pizza place, made the conscious decision to go all in on his pursuit of being a doctor and make peace with giving up part of his youth to evolve in his more adult pursuits.

    Making a guest appearance in the episode were Blink-182, fresh from their naked jaunt in the “What’s My Age Again” video and landing a gig at the pizza place to bring in some more money. The site of the naked band makes Berg realize his own age, feeling that it’s finally okay to move on from his youth and take the next step in his life. In the process, the “pizza place” was then removed from the show’s title, officially being renamed Two Guys and a Girl. You can revisit that pivotal scene in the show’s history below and pick up the series via Shout Factory.

    The scene also references the nakedness being the band’s gimmick, but Blink-182 would also graduate to more serious adult themes, even within the same album cycle, by tackling the dark subject matter of teen suicide with “Adam’s Song.”

    This TV treasure took place during promotion of Blink-182’s third album, Enema of the State. The band has since enjoyed a successful career as one of pop-punk’s most influential and beloved acts. They issued their Nine album in 2019 and the group is currently working on their tenth studio album.

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  • The RealReal Helped Create the Collina Strada Fall 2021 Collection – WWD

    While some may be missing the ritual of in-person runway shows at fashion week, Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour is not one of them.

    “It’s more freedom to be as truly weirdo as possible,” she said of the creative opportunities opened up by the digital space. This season she really ran with it, presenting a high-octane, music-video-style short film, inspired by the trippy Nineties-era “Animorphs” fantasy book series by K.A. Applegate.

    Taymour and collaborator Charlie Engman teamed with David Mattingly, the artist responsible for turning kids into animals on the “Animorphs” book covers, and used computer-based techniques to transform models into all kinds of creatures, including some not in the natural world but that they wish were, like a frog-parrot, horse-dog and cobra-kitten.

    It was a blast — including the new eco-version of the Lit song “My Own Worst Enemy” that accompanied it.

    Entertainment value aside, it’s easy to see how “Animorphs” would appeal to Collina Strada’s 1990s-nostalgic, sustainable, arty, community-based brand values (models were age, gender, ability and size inclusive). For fall fashion, that vision translated into a smile-inducing offering of wild-printed leggings, second-skin T-shirts and corset tops; groovy floral pants, tie-dye jeans and squiggle patterned sweats; a jade green draped satin pleated skirt and camp shirt, and an airbrush floral printed bodysuit that morphed into a ballgown, all of it made from deadstock fabrics as well as unsold merchandise culled from resale giant The RealReal.

    “I’m the first designer to work with their leftover pieces that they own,” said Taymour of the treasure hunt that sent her digging in The RealReal’s New Jersey warehouse, which she describes as being as big as “multiple airport hangers.” The resulting one-of-a-kind looks will be sold on the e-commerce site, alongside some of Collina Strada’s archives.

    “It would be selfish to not continue,” Taymour said of her sustainability stance, which she intends to honor even as the brand grows. “I am not chasing after every store to sell merch, it’s about being a healthy business and creating projects we can have fun doing without overconsumption.”

    The brand was in the international spotlight in November when Alessandro Michele chose it to be part of his GucciFest showcase for emerging designers. “It was an industry cred stamp of approval,” said Taymour, whose fall collection should be another boost.

    Now, she and Engman are focused on translating buzz into business, with several collaborations rolling out for 2021. Gotta keep on animorphing.