Is Spending $160 On A Pair Of Jeans “Wrong”?

The other day, I read online about a clothing boutique near where I live that carries all the crazy expensive jeans that the celebrities wear: Paper Denim & Cloth, True Religion, People’s Liberation. You know the deal. A few days later, I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d stop in and take a look. Mostly, as I’ve written here previously, I buy inexpensive jeans. We’re talking Gap prices. The jeans at this place were crazy expensive: $152, $170, and up. Still, I decided to try on a few pairs. Keep reading »

Quotable: Lady Gaga Intimidates JWoww

“Being able to stand 20 feet away from her was unreal. I couldn’t even remember my name at that moment… She speaks for all the oddballs.”

—”Jersey Shore” cast member JWoww on almost meeting Lady Gaga at the VMAs. So I guess we won’t be seeing any Haus of Gaga/Filthy Couture collaborations any time soon? Bummer. [NY Mag] Keep reading »

Who Dares Hate Lady Gaga?! Camille Paglia Takes Potshots At Mama Monster

If you somehow missed Camille Paglia in any gender studies or cultural studies classes, here is a general (but by no means complete) run down: she’s a public intellectual who is extremely critical of mainstream feminists and accuses them of being the P.C. police; she’s pro-pornography and pro-legalized sex work; she believes masculinity and femininity are essential qualities in each of us that should be nurtured; she argues love and sex are supposed to be passionate, even violent; and she is obsessed with both “high culture” and “low culture,” particularly art and literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the pop star Madonna. To say Camille Paglia is controversial is putting it mildly; quite a few female writers dismiss her entirely as a publicity whore. Personally, I’ve read a few of her books and old Salon.com columns and find some of Paglia’s ideas interesting to think about.

Some of Paglia’s criticisms are spot-on: indeed, the woman whose birth certificate reads Stephani Germanotta was raised in New York City’s Upper West Side, attended the same private school as the Hilton sisters and attended one year of $40K-a-year NYU, and was financially supported by her parents while she launched her music career. Paglia accuses Gaga of a disingenuous identity, writing:

“There is a monumental disconnect between Gaga’s melodramatic self-portrayal as a lonely, rebellious, marginalised artist and the powerful corporate apparatus that bankrolled her makeover and has steamrollered her songs into heavy rotation on radio stations everywhere.”

[Wikipedia: Camille Paglia]

Emma Stone, The Cast Of “Easy A” & Taylor Swift Spice Up The Film’s Premiere

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Last night was the Los Angeles premiere of “Easy A” starring Emma Stone, a movie we are ZOMGsoexcitedfor because it looks like a quirky, irreverent, and smart twist on the usual teen rom-com. Plus, Emma Stone is basically our spirit animal. Keep clicking to see who else showed up for the premiere, including a country music star who seemed to be in the Christmas spirit …

Girl Talk: I Placed My Son Up For Adoption

Fresh out of a long, committed relationship with my childhood sweetheart to whom I was engaged long before I was ever ready to fully commit myself to someone in that regard, I rebounded. His name was Stan* and he was quiet, shy, compassionate and funny at times. I knew he wasn’t “the one,” but I had fun with him. After five months of dating, I decided that I needed someone who was more ambitious and outspoken, and called things off with Stan … only to find out that I got knocked up the last time we were ever intimate. Keep reading »

In Model-land, 25 Is Really, Really Old

Model-turned-filmmaker Sara Ziff created a documentary on what life is like behind the scenes in the modeling industry, “Picture Me.” This week, she’s shooting behind the catwalk curtain at New York Fashion Week to make a mini-doc for New York‘s The Cut blog. In this first installment, Ziff talks to girls about age and modeling. Suffice to say, in this business, if you started at 14, you’re DOA at 25. [The Cut] Keep reading »

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