The Met Ball, held each year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, is Fashion with a capital F’s version of the Oscars. Okay, so no awards are given out — this year’s gala celebrated “parallels between Miuccia and the late Elsa Schiaparelli” — but the red carpet arrivals put the Academy Awards to shame. This is where Hollywood’s hottest and fashion’s finest put on some of the most glamourous, and often one-of-a-kind, garments that New York. Paris, and Milan have to offer. Sure, some of the looks may be over-the-top, the Met Ball is one night when crazy couture trumps ho-hum. First, let’s take a look at who impressed…
“Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn’t able to speak to. I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, ‘I hear this and I want to respond to it.’ And this is a hard issue to speak to because all I want to do is sound sensitive and not say anything that will horrify anyone or make them feel more isolated, but I did write something that was super-specific to my experience, and I always want to avoid rendering an experience I can’t speak to accurately.”
– Lena Dunham, speaking with NPR’s Fresh Air about the backlash towards “Girls,” in particular the frustration from some critics that all of the main characters are all white. I found Dunham’s “explanation,” for lack of a better word, to be honest and humble and I, for one, appreciate her candor and sensitivity. Love “Girls,” love her. You can listen to the full interview at the link. [NPR]
Amy Heidemann of the band Karmin is known for her retro hairstyles (and her ability to muppet scat), but her pouf was looking especially voluminous earlier today at the Z100 studios in New York City. What do you think of her look? Is it pop star perfection or a little bit much?
“I actually had a nightmare the other night that people were trying to deflate my boobs while I was working. They had tubes and I was trying to work, but they kept getting smaller. I was like: ‘Guys, don’t take them away!’ I’m getting issues about it, I think.”
– I would love to be a fly on the wall when Jennifer Love Hewitt discusses this nightmare in therapy. [The Sun UK]