27 March 2009

The modern economy and Lucy Maud Montgomery

A disclaimer - I am compelled to post anything (regardless of interest) that cleverly references Anne of Green Gables...it's really an irrational combination of sentimentality, nostalgia and obligation to a childhood heroine. So, I feel like Clarissa was abusing that fact when she pointed the following out to me.

Friendly manipulation aside, I think this is really good - Megan McArdle notes that "for the past few months, listening to GM talk has always reminded me of a story near and dear to the hearts of many girls--the death of Ruby Gillis in the third book of the Anne of Green Gables series." Click through for the excerpt, it's wonderful.

Wunderbar

Some Friday zen compliments of Felix Burrichter at The Moment. Don't ask me to explain, just watch and enjoy.

26 March 2009

An error from Gwyneth Paltrow...?

Look at the bottom under "Next Week." Did Gwenie make a mistake on this week's GOOP blast?

Goops! (Forgive me, I couldn't resist...)


GOOP

Spring is springing! The optimism inherent in the first blossoms says it all – that is, until you realize that bathing suit season is closer than you think. As it is wholly unrealistic to follow those “10 Days to a Bathing Suit-Ready Body” routines expecting to actually achieve a drastic change, I asked the cutest, most motivated, most genius trainer on earth to jumpstart our spring fitness regimes. Here is a spanking new dance cardio routine from Tracy Anderson to get our heart rates up and the inches melting away. Do dance cardio five times a week for at least 30 minutes and by summer you will see a change you will be proud of!

--- Gwyneth Paltrow

P.S. We got a little enthusiastic with our video graphics. Apologies.

Make sure to visit TracyAndersonconnect.com to purchase Tracy’s new webisodes that benefit Raising Malawi!

To get more of Tracy visit Amazon.

NEXT WEEK

FPO - awaiting next week copy

25 March 2009

GIPE

I love the term GIPE "Good Idea, Poorly Executed" coined this morning by Monica Khemsurov, an editor at The Moment. She says that Chanel's Mobile Art exhibit is a perfect example, and I couldn't agree more.

GIPE might just explain my philosophy for this site...

24 March 2009

If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?

Things are looking especially bright for Anne Hathaway - she's set to play Judy Garland in an upcoming Weinstein biopic (based on a Gerald Clark biography) of the troubled star, according to Nathan Rabin, on the screen and the stage.


On the surface, Miss Hathaway seems a terrific choice for the role, considering her vocal talents. Let's hope that whomever is chosen to direct can do the story justice, in both aesthetics and narrative.

On the Fringe

Today I got a spectacularly ill-timed email from Bergdorf Goodman introducing Marchesa Couture, headlining with this $5500 dress.


Clearly people will still need nice dresses, and if you can afford it, good for you! But the bow, and the length and the fringe and the sparkles make it look as though it were designed by a twelve year old trying to update and sexify Jennifer Connelly's dress from Labyrinth for an upcoming Bat Mitzvah.


More interesting, though is the woman behind the brand's name. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig named their clothing brand after Luisa Casati Stampa di Soncino, Marchesa di Roma (and breathe...), the original female dandy, who said "I want to be a living work of art."

Crazy Eyes

A wealthy woman, patron of the arts and all of those other cliches about moneyed people in the early 20th century, she was in fact a true eccentric, commissioning nude male servants painted in gold as help, seating wax mannequins as guests at her dining table, wearing live snakes as jewelery and taking evening walks with her cheetahs, wearing only fur. There are a few stories about killing chickens and blood and wearing them, but I'd rather dwell on the more provable fact that she devoted a gallery in one of her homes (the Palais Rose, with floors of red marble) to herself, with over 130 likenesses in one room. Sounds rather Tyra Banks.

A likeness by Giovanni Boldini (1908)

It was not to last, however. By the age of 49, Marchesa had aquired a debt of $25 million and spent the rest of her life poverty stricken in London, fishing through garbage bins for feathers to wear in her hair.

And there hasn't been a film made about her?

But back to my point - knowing only what the celebrities choose to wear of Marchesa, I was prepared to write Georgina and Keren off as phonys. And it's kind of true, many of the dresses, though lovely, are merely that - precious, beautiful and conventional, however intricate they may be.

Anne Hathaway at the 2008 Academy Awards

In researching her shows, however, they certainly do make the eccentric pieces too (not of the snake jewelry or chicken blood variety mind you)...but I suppose these aren't the ones that Bergdorfs are going to pick up, which is why we won't see anyone stepping out in them on the red carpet. But I have hope that SWINTON will accept this challenge.


Kind of Tim Burton-y, no?


18 March 2009

Pickpockets

I didn't realize Dickensian fashions were, well, fashionable.

The alleged "Justin Giunta" at the CDFA Nominee Ceremony
Photograph by Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene


The Artful Dodger
or at least one interpretation

Youth = Twilight

A wonderful analysis of Twilight by my dear friend Tori. She moves beyond Caitlin Flanagan's piece on the experience of reading as a young girl (which I loved) and looks more deeply into Bella's limited character.

17 March 2009

Smells and Sights

After months of wondering what Sofia Coppola has been up to, I finally found proof that she's been doing more than just posing for Louis Vuitton advertisements with her father...she's created a perfume commercial for Miss Dior Cherie.



At first I hated it. It all seemed too much - the sunglasses, the pastries, the bike, the balloons, the ribbons and the muted color palette set to the exuberant "moi je jeu" yelping of BrigitteBardot all reeked of a saccharine sweet whimsy. She seemed like she'd know better than this. Plus, I had already made fun of the print ad - what was I to do when one of my favorite directors decided to put the overdone concept to music and movement?

And why a perfume commercial? The inherent absurdity of selling perfume through a visual medium is too comical, and yet, these commercials have been around since the 1970s, selling nothing but the brand and the mood. It's manipulation to the extreme and a weird way for talented directors to exercise creativity. You'd think they'd be more inclined to direct a music video.

As you may have guessed, Miss Coppola is not alone. A modest search turned up a number of perfume commercials directed by lauded artists. Luc Besson directs a Chanel No. 5 spot, featuring a strange Little Red Riding Hood tale with model Estelle Warren and a score by Danny Elfman.



There's also the hyped Baz Luhrmann Chanel shortfilmbutstillacommercial spot with Nicole Kidman, the tan fellow from Love Actually enacting some sort of Britney Spears' "Lucky" meets "Moulin Rouge" meets "Notting Hill" plot. At least Claire de Lune is pretty as background music.



And finally, to no one's surprise, David Lynch seems to have been quite the fan of perfume advertisements in the early 90s, collaborating with his longstanding cinematographer Frederick Elmes (Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, etc.) to create spots for Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani (shown below).



Compared to the other ads, Miss Coppola's was by far the most fun, and perhaps a little tongue in cheek. The others were so dramatic, it was hard to tell whether or not they were striving for melodrama or irony. And yet, even though the Dior ad may be growing on me, I'm still not inclined to purchase the perfume, or even to try it. Does that mean it's a failure?

16 March 2009

Playing Dress Up

Hilarity from Kate Coe via Deep Glamour, criticizing Glamour magazine's "American Icon" spread. Could the observations of the 20-something starlets be any more inane?

Emma Roberts as Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
"She was so simply beautiful. And she loved charity work, something even more beautiful about her."
I especially love how Lindsay Lohan manages to avoid the cliches of the other girls (and also any semblance of deeper meaning or perceived reverence) by talking about herself instead of her icon.

Lindsay Lohan as Madonna

“When I was little, every day after school I would come home and put in her The Immaculate Collection disc and karaoke to it around the whole house.”
Is this worse than the insult of Tyra Banks dressing up as Michelle Obama from Harpar's Bazaar a few months back?

Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski

I'm tempted to declare that we should let our icons be...stop the insanity...but then again, I found the Vanity Fair spread "Comedy's New Legends" very amusing. But, you know, that's because because it was intended as "gentle subversion."

Jason Segal as Buster Keaton
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy

Amy Poehler as Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker and Will Arnett as Han Solo
Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

And the best...Annie Leibovitz mocking her own VF cover:

Paul Rudd as Tom Ford, Seth Rogen as Keira Knightley, Jason Segal as someone who wasn't actually in the original Vanity Fair cover but still looks lovely, and Jonah Hill as Scarlett Johansson



10 March 2009

Ceci n'est pas Magritte

I found this graphic tee shirt today via BuzzFeed.


I'm not amused, but I wonder if I'm I in the minority here? Is this a brilliant meta satire of one of my favorite paintings? What would Foucault say?

The Treachery of Images, indeed.

09 March 2009

How to Dress for Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, and OH! what to wear to the parties?

Model
Wear the skinniest black pants you can find and make sure to strike poses as if you're in a Fiona Apple video. Or just make like a bunch of ethereal nymphish floating heads of blondness and eyeliner.


Actress
You kind of look like an idiot at these parties. I'd like to think that there is still a slight purity of purpose to the Parisian fashion shows and thus get distraught to see barely working, albeit lovely, actresses at gallivanting about. But, if you do get invited because you're so avant and global and available, don't wear a skating costume constructed entirely of chain mail.


A Dude
It helps when you're skinny, sporting a vest, and can gloat to all the smug Frenchies about having just designed Michelle Obama's Inauguration dress. Well done, Jason Wu.


Kanye West
Don't wear your signature Louis Vuitton shoes with jeans that make your legs bizarrely stumpy. Also, get better and less neon arm candy.


Other
Kudos for scoring an invitation! You must be either inexplicably weird or a Trania. Make sure to dress like a crazy, wear only one bit of intense makeup(LIPS!), and comb your hair with a clam shell. The Beautiful People will be so confused that they'll deem you fabulous and your position as a fashionable party hopper and camera scowler will be forever set.


Or just grab hold of some Veuve, some fake lashes and some Anderson and go as Lady Bunny. At least she looks like she's having fun.

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