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Totokaelo Opens Residency in NYC’s Famous Bowery Street

Luxury lifestyle purveyor Totokaelo, initially based in Seattle, will be opening its own residency space in the east coast this Friday, October 6 at 190 Bowery in New York.

The building, located at the corner of Bowery and Spring Street, was originally constructed to be the third home of Germania Bank in 1898. Having changed a few times since then and from 1966 until recently, was the home and studio of photographer Jay Maisel — Totokaelo will be the first fashion brand ever to exist in the space, in addition to provide the opportunity for the public to experience and explore the once very private and mysterious artist’s home.

Standout brands such as Calvin Klein, Vetements, Jacquemus, Viden and Acne Studios will be featured on the ground floor among many others, while the raw and roughness of the basement was left untouched, as the materials, textures, flooring and lighting provided an incredible backdrop for the lower floor designers to be showcased in, including Maison Margiela, Jil Sander, Marni, Lanvin and many more.

If you’re in the area, make sure to visit the revamped landmark building.

Totokaelo NYC
190 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

In other news, here’s 13 cozy corduroy pieces to shop right now.

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Police: Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Booked Room In Chicago In August During Lollapalooza Music Fest

CHICAGO (CBSNewYork/CBS Chicago/AP) — Two months before he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas from a 32nd-floor room of a hotel and killed 58 people, Stephen Paddock booked a room at a Chicago hotel that overlooks a park where a major music festival was held that weekend, police said Thursday.

CBS News Correspondent Dean Reynolds reports Chicago Police confirmed Paddock made the reservations at The Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan Ave., on the weekend of the four-day music festival, which typically brings about 100,000 people per day to Grant Park.

TMZ first reported Paddock booked one room at the hotel for Aug. 1 through Aug. 6. He later booked a second room for Aug. 3 through Aug. 6, the same days as Lollapalooza.

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A spokeswoman for the hotel confirmed a reservation was made under the name Stephen Paddock, but said they could not confirm it was the Las Vegas gunman. However, police confirmed to CBS News there was “no question” it was the Las Vegas shooter who booked the rooms.

The hotel said Paddock never showed up. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press there is no evidence Paddock ever came to Chicago during Lollapalooza.

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Fans watch the band moe. perform at Lollapalooza during the first day at Grant Park on August 3, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)

A police source told WBBM-TV, CBS2 Chicago that the Blackstone reservation tip was sent anonymously to investigators. The FBI referred all inquiries to the Las Vegas Police Department, which is leading the investigation of the Las Vegas massacre.

The Blackstone, a 21-story hotel which opened in 1910, has windows overlooking Grant Park, including the stages where bands performed at Lollapalooza. An estimated 400,000 people — including former first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — attended the four-day music festival in August.

According to TMZ, Paddock specifically requested rooms overlooking Grant Park, but never showed. A hotel spokeswoman told CBS2 Chicago that Paddock never stayed at the hotel in August during the festival. The Blackstone is cooperating with authorities, she said.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi would not confirm the TMZ report about Paddock’s plans in Chicago, but said the department is aware of the report.

“We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners. As you saw earlier this week the city conducts extensive public safety planning and training around major events, in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, to ensure public safety,” he said.

A Blackstone spokeswoman declined to comment.

The revelations about the Chicago hotel room booking come as investigators, trying to determine a motive for the Las Vegas shooting, have been trying to track Paddock’s movements in the days before he opened fire from the Mandalay Bay casino resort on Sunday night.

Clark County, Nevada Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Wednesday that Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at The Ogden condo tower in downtown Las Vegas around the same time as the Life is Beautiful alternative music festival held Sept. 22-24.

When it comes to the Ogden Hotel stay, “the reasons that ran through Paddock’s mind was unknown,” Lombardo said.

Lombardo told reporters that Paddock rented a room at the Ogden through Airbnb but didn’t know why. He says investigators have recovered items and video from the hotel. The Life is Beautiful festival featured Chance the Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182.

CBS Boston is reporting Paddock researched concerts there.

On Wednesday, police released new body camera video showing the chaotic and confusing moments when officers arrived on the scene of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting.

The officers are heard shouting warnings to each other in the chaos that was unfolding as Paddock unleashed a hail of bullets from his suite.

Amid sirens and volleys of gunfire, people yelled “they’re shooting right at us” while officers shouted “go that way!”

Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said the shooting spanned between nine and 11 minutes. Police say Paddock also set up surveillance cameras in the hallway outside of his hotel room.

“I anticipate he was looking for anybody coming to take him into custody,” Lombardo said.

Investigators also found a computer and 23 guns with him at the hotel, along with 12 “bump stock” devices that can enable a rifle to fire continuously, like an automatic weapon, authorities said. Nineteen more guns were found at Paddock’s Mesquite home and seven at his Reno house.

“The fact that he had that type of weaponry and amount of weaponry in that room, it was pre-planned extensively and I am pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did and his actions,” said Lombardo.

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The 007 Best James Bond Cars

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It's the 55th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, so to celebrate here are our 007 Best James Bond Cars. 

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Hip-Hop Influence Shows Up in THR’s 2017 50 Most Powerful in Hollywood

Words by Nicole Duncan-Smith

Hip-Hop had no place in Hollywood for years, aside from Will Smith, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Ice Cube and Ice T. Only a few have found comfort in front of the camera and even fewer have found their space in behind the lens. However, over the last few years things have been changing in regards to content and those who create it. So it was no surprise to us that some of our fave TV and Film execs have found themselves on The Hollywood Reporter’s 50 Most Powerful TV Showrunners of 2017.

See if you agree.

Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang
Master of None (Netflix)

We definitely agree that Ansari and Yang has had Netflix in a choke-hold for the last year. This season of Master of None was superb and explored so many aspects of immigrant culture and lifted ever so slowly the New York Hip-Hop turned Hipster in the the coolest ways. It was out hope that the Emmy winning Lena Waithe would have gotten a shout out for her masterful penning of Thanksgiving (S2E8). Oh well, we have next year.

Kenya Barris
Black-ish (ABC); Grown-ish (Freeform)

Kenya Barris is unapolegitically one of our favorite TV execs. This HBCU grad brings funny and social commentary together like a fire hyrdrant and hot kids in the summer for us. Can’t wait to see Grown-ish, because if this week’s season premiere is any evidence of what we can expect, it will be as impactful as A Different World but as fresh and new as the show that birthed it, Black-ish,

Ilene Chaiken, Lee Daniels and Danny Strong
Empire (Fox)

Empire is probably the epitome of Hip-Hop TV. Originally modeled after Dynasty, Lee Daniels, Ilene Chaiken and Danny Strong have created a phenomenon that seems to have a life of its own. Cookie, Lucious, Hakeem and the crew are family. We know them and we are rocking with this family all day.

Ava DuVernay
Queen Sugar (OWN)

While most people want to rush to thank exclusively Queen Mother Oprah Winfrey, we know that her passing the baton (and the golden key) to Queen Sister Ava was a rites of passage that everyone Hip-Hopper was all the way here for. The Queen Sugar story line is dope and we love how militant Nova is and how business savvy Charlie is, but the buzz of the season and the genius of the franchise celebrates the show’s runaway star Ralph Angel. But Ava is not just a boss because of Queen Sugar, but because of Wrinkle in Time, 13th and her ARRAY and African-American Film Festival Releasign Movement. Empowerment is about creating content we want to see and getting butts in the seat to actually see it.

Donald Glover
Atlanta (FX)

Whether we are calling him Childish Gambino or Donald Glover, this cat has proven that he can do Hollywood anyway he wants to. He made history at the Emmys taking home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor and Directing in Comedy Series for Atlanta, and received a nod for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. We can’t wait for season 2 which is finally being filmed as we speak.

Courtney Kemp
Power (Starz)

Power is the hottest show on television right now, hands down. The complex storyline and sudden plot twists just leaves you yearning for more. It makes it all better that 50 Cent is attached to the hit series and stars as the antagonist who we still got love for.

Prentice Penny and Issa Rae
Insecure (HBO)

Aside from the relatable series of events in the life of Black women, Insecure is so Hip Hop because of the soundtrack. The show serves as a platform for underground artists and has unreleased music from some of our favorite artists like Jasmine Sullivan, Bryson Tiller, and SZA just to name a few.

Tyler Perry
If Loving U Is Wrong, The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN); Too Close to Home (TLC)

NewWe agree that Tyler Perry earned his place on this list. He knows how to portray different aspects of the Black family like religion, roles, extended family and more. His work that resonates with us in a way that we can’t resist. Who doesn’t love Madea?

Shonda Rhimes
Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Grey’s Anatomy has been on air for 12 years and counting. While the series already has a huge following, Shonda secured her place on the list with the creation of Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.  She resonated with all successful, independent women worldwide. Shonda owns Thursday nights.

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Las Vegas gunman rented rooms near other music festivals prior to attack

Stephen Paddock booked rooms overlooking events in Las Vegas and Chicago, authorities say, but it isn’t yet clear if he planned massacres at those sites

Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago — and perhaps Boston’s Fenway Park – before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans.

Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements before he undertook the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

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