One of my best talents is reading buzzed-about books 5-10 years after they come out. If you’re ever browsing at a bookstore and a woman nudges you in the arm to whisper conspiratorially about a great new author she just discovered named David Foster Wallace, well, that’s probably me. In keeping with my late-to-the-literary-party theme, a couple weeks ago I read Julia Child’s memoir, My Life In France. Yes, the book that came out in 2006 and was turned into a movie 5 years ago. Have you read it? It’s so, so good.
The whole time I was reading My Life In France, I had a goofy grin plastered on my face. It’s such a lovely, joyful book. The amazing food descriptions, her playful relationship with her husband, the gorgeous imagery of Paris, her dogged determination to become the best chef she could be — everything about it inspired me and soothed my soul. By the time I finished, I was such a Julia fangirl that I printed out an 8×10 photo of her and hung it in a blue glitter frame over my desk. Here are some specific quotes from the book that are going to stay with me at least as long as the weight I gained from eating cheese while reading it: Keep reading »
Oh Morrissey! He’s had such a busy weekend! On Friday, “The Boy With a Thorn In His Side” took to the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and took Beyonce to task for purchasing bags made out of rhinoceros. Beyonce’s choice of bags, claimed Moz, are responsible for the extinction of the rhinoceros. Mmkay!
Another complete Morrissey mindfuck? His Friday show was introduced by Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey. Because, yes, totally — friends that coif together, stay together.
But wait! There’s more!
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Kurt Cobain would have been 46 today. Do you remember where you were when you found out he’d killed himself? I was in high school art class, likely making some awful riot grrl-inspired art. I liked Nirvana, but at that point considered myself a little too cool to get super into them. They were soooo commercial, after all. And I fancied myself some kind of indie rock/riot grrl/zine-writing nightmare.
But fan or not, for those of us that exist in that murky era — not Generation X and not Generation Y — Cobain is and always will be a powerful arbiter of youthful dissent.
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There are some fashion designers who have managed to attain celebrity status based on their individual personas in conjunction with their brand. Exhibit A: Karl Lagerfeld, the kooky, perpetually politically incorrect, semi-unintentionally hilarious Chanel designer and cat owner for whom I have set a Google Alert. But for every Karl Lagerfeld there’s 20 big-time designers who prefer to fly under the radar in varying degrees — some simply maintain a low profile while others don’t claim much of a profile at all (seriously, who is Martin Margiela and what does he look like?). And then there’s Roberto Cavalli. I had no idea just how eccentric the Italian designer was, but if the clothes say anything about the man, his unrepentantly outlandish collections and penchant for all things wild should have clued me in long ago.
Leave it to Harper’s Bazaar to profile Cavalli in their glorious “24 Hours with…” segment, which has me all but convinced that he would make the best crazy grandpa of all time. After the jump, a bit of insight into Cavalli’s average day… but I highly recommend reading the entire piece. You won’t regret it. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
So much has been said about Anna “Nuclear” Wintour, but she doesn’t seem to say much herself. The longtime Vogue editor-in-chief conducts herself just about as privately as it gets, so when rumors flew last summer that she was in the process of writing a memoir, we had our doubts. After all, the woman only gives an interview once in a blue moon (and even then, it’s only in the interest of her magazine), let alone a tell-all book. In a rare move, Wintour took to Telegraph this week to talk everything from her father (the editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper) to her creative director and contemporary Grace Coddington’s new read. But here’s what you really want to know: what does she really look for in a potential hire? The answer might surprise you.
“I look for strong people,” she says of her staff. “I don’t like people who’ll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue, and disagree, and have a point of view that’s reflected in the magazine. My dad believed in the cult of personality. He brought great writers and columnists to the Standard. I try to do that here, too.”
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“As a woman, I think it’s really important not to discredit feelings. There weren’t too many difficulties with the whole love triangle thing [in "Twilight"] … If you can get past conventions and what everyone else is thinking, then you can have what you want.”
― While talking “Twilight” at a promotional event, Kristen Stewart waxed philosophical on her character Bella Swan’s complicated relationships with two men. It’s interesting to me, in light of what apparently went down, that she would make this comment ― and phrased so oddly! “As a woman, I think it’s really important not to discredit feelings.” What is she trying to say? [US Weekly]
Besides inventing one of the most important pieces in any woman’s wardrobe–the little black dress–fashion icon Coco Chanel has been quoted saying some of the most insightful and poignant things about life, love and the what we wear.
After the jump, we share with you some of our favorite Coco Chanel words of wisdom. Keep reading »
Who here has seen or read “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis? Remember that scene when the main character (played by the ever-bangable Christian Bale) is running through the halls covered in blood, wielding a chainsaw in hot pursuit of another hooker he wants to kill? Okay, keep that imagine in mind when you read this quote from American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis: “I think ‘The Hills’ is the greatest show I have ever seen in my life.” [Gawker] Keep reading »
“As you see, fashion means different things to different people.”
—Anna Wintour responds to PETA members who yelled at her during a talk last night at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
Celebrities are continuously being caught up in the words they utter in interviews and other sound-bytes. Some celebs say the funniest, most entertaining things. Others are known for their more reserved demeanors. Keep reading »