Last night, during the finale of “American Idol,” Beyoncé strutted onstage to debut a new song off of her new album, “1+1.” As you can guess, the song shows off her arithmetic skills. But more impressively, the soulful ballad repeats the line “Make love to me,” which feels like a nice return to the days of “Let’s Get It On” and, more recently, “No Diggity (Bag It Up).” And those are two of the influences Beyoncé notes on the new album, in addition to afrobeat. “I found a lot of inspiration in ’90s R&B; Earth, Wind & Fire; DeBarge; Lionel Richie; Teena Marie,” said Beyoncé. “I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence + the Machine, and Prince. Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back.” Keep reading »
For a while a few years ago, everywhere you looked you’d see those Anya Hindmarch “I Am Not a Plastic Bag” bags — a cheeky take on environmentalism and sustainability. Now, Yves St. Laurent has their own, rather twisted take on recycling; they’ve created a bag made from plastic bags and manufactured by artisans in Burkina Faso. And it costs $1,720. Called the “Muse Two Artisanal,” YSL says the bag show’s the company’s “commitment to innovation in design and particularly to corporate social responsibility, demonstrated in the initiative’s alliance with a non-profit women’s organization and its use of recycled materials.” But we’d like to know just how much of that immensely high sticker price is making it back to the women who made the bag. [YSL] Keep reading »
It’s hard to believe that, just a few minutes ago, Oprah concluded her final “Oprah Winfrey Show” after 25 years. The episode was quiet and thoughtful, as Oprah said in the first moments of it, “This last hour is my love letter to you. I want to leave you with lessons from my life.” And lessons she gave, along with some fun nuggets of personal history. Like that she started the show at age 30—hey, it’s never to late to start an empire—and that she hasn’t missed a day in her quarter century on the air. She even showed a picture of herself on her first day, wearing a Cruella de Vil-esque fur coat.
But you probably want the lessons, no? After the jump, some of my favorite quotes from the episode. Keep reading »