It sounded like a good idea for a TV show. It had a celebrity producer. It had a big TV star, and some fairly well-known young actors. “The Beautiful Life: TBL” seemed like it had what it takes to make it, but it didn’t. After airing just two episodes, the CW has canceled the show. Where did they go wrong? After the jump, what “The Beautiful Life” could have done to stay on-air. Keep reading »
Who decided to make Blair’s maid, Dorota, the only overweight one on “Gossip Girl”? And why did J.K. Rowling pen Harry Potter’s uncle and cousin, Vernon and Dudley Dursley, as portly? What dictates why some characters in fiction are chubsters while others are anorexic? One professor/doctoral student at George Washington University is actually pursuing a PhD in fat studies. Not gender studies or nutritional studies—no, Julia McCrossin is investigating why authors choose to make characters fat. The university will be rewarding her for her work with the first degree in fat studies, and I’m not sure whether to be repulsed or really excited. Keep reading »
For the Red Cross’s 150th Anniversary, Louis Vuitton and friends are joining forces to really celebrate in style. Photog Annie Liebovitz and artist Damien Hirst have each designed Louis Vuitton pieces for the collection to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s on November 17. Even Marc Jacobs got in on the action with a travel trunk for his dogs. Not only should this make you want to fly around the world, but it makes everyone else want to see you doing it. (Hey, a girl can dream, right?) After the jump, check out these soon-to-be auctioned items. Keep reading »
This is Richard Whitehurst, a Clevelad, OH based artist. His latest project is a 22 foot long tunnel made out of plywood, which leads to a small “project room.” If you choose to go through the tunnel, you should know something. When you get to the room, Whitehurst will be waiting, and he’s going to rape you. Um, what?
According to Whitehurst:
“I’ve constructed a 22 ft tunnel out of plywood that leads into the project room. There is no way in or out of the project room except for this tunnel. As you travel through the tunnel, it gets smaller and smaller, making it so that you have to crawl and put yourself in a submissive position in order to reach the tunnel’s destination. At the end of the tunnel the subject will find me waiting in the project room and I’ll try to the best of my ability to overpower and rape the person who crawls through.”
Okay, so what’s the point of this little art project? Is it rape if the “victim” enters into the tunnel willingly, knowing what lies again? Jessica suggested maybe it has something to do with the nature of consent, but I think he could be making some sort of convoluted point about how much responsibility victims hold for the crimes against them. More than likely, however, he could just be being SHOCKING and CONTROVERSIAL for the sake of attention. He does emphasize, “I want to make it clear that I plan to make the experience as unpleasant as I possibly can to anyone who dares to crawl through the tunnel. I will try to the best of my ability to make them regret their decision.”
Regardless, what is anyone getting out of this little art project? This is an example of something I consistently despise about shock art — the message isn’t clear and isn’t meant for anyone but the academic elite to digest. We — meaning you and I and everyone else not smart enough to “get” the point — are not “supposed” to understand. It’s not meant for us. But I believe real art should be meant for the masses — that’s not to say it should be simplistic, but art should make everyone think, not just those with an Ivy League degree or pretentious sense of self-importance. Here’s to hoping a 300 lb man comes crawling through Whitehurst’s rape tunnel! Good luck, buddy. [Gawker] Keep reading »
Just kidding. We wouldn’t wear this for such an occasion. It’s more like a at-a-birthday-party-for-your-grandma kind of outfit. So appropriate! [Milan, 9/28/09] Keep reading »
Thank you H&M for consistently making designer creations available to the masses. Continuing on their collaboration takeover, the brand brought on cult favorite Sonia Rykiel to create two, yes two, collections, just in time for the holidays. The French designer will launch not only knitwear and accessories, but she’ll be the very first to bring designer lingerie to H&M.
The first iteration of her designs–the sexy underpinnings–will be available on December 5th in 1500 stores, as well as her own. Sadly, her knitwear line will be sold in only 250 stores on February 20th; thus, the line in major cities is sure to be astronomical. At least those in the U.K. fare a better chance at scooping up some Rykiel pieces, as H&M’s finally planning on starting online shopping this fall. When can we shop online H&M? Guess we’ll have to stick with eBay. [WWD]
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Last week in an intricately planned heist, thieves stole about $400,000 worth of underwear, tights, garters, stockings, and shoes from a truck making deliveries to the chain store Next. How? They cut open the sides of the parked vehicle. The Leicestershire Police have no leads, and only know that the robbery occurred between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. Given the sheer quantity of items stolen, they believe that there was probably more than one thief and that a vehicle was used to move the goods. In an effort to gather information, cops have asked people to “keep a lookout for anyone selling the items described” or to contact them “if you know someone who has acquired items similar to those we described … and you are suspicious of how they obtained them.” Basically, the po po has absolutely no idea who stole this stuff and are totally screwed unless someone walks by sporting it all at once. What we want to know is, why are these people wasting their time robbing pantyhose trucks? With those cop-confounding skills, they could be robbing banks. Perhaps they’re gathering pantyhose disguises for the largest bank robbery ever? [Metro] Keep reading »
Fall is in full swing, and your TV is probably your best friend right now thanks to all the new shows on air. The biggest news this week: tomorrow night “The Hills” are alive with the sound of Kristin. Also going down this week: a special guest star belts it out on “Glee“; “Private Practice” returns after a cliffhanger; and Ryan Reynolds and Lady Gaga team up on “Saturday Night Live.” Keep reading »