"Nothing scares me more than people with some doll collection. Frightening...(But) Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them…Maybe I had one; I don’t remember. I never played with anything like toys. I wanted to be grown-up."
Friday, August 29, 2008
My Karl Lagerfeld obsession only continues to grow. He's just teamed up with Neiman Marcus to create a limited edition Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear.
It just might be the best thing ever.
Kaiser Karl hilariously told W magazine,
Want to get your paws on the adorable fashion bear? Well, like the master himself, he doesn't come cheap--he's selling for $1500!
He's sweet but I'll have to go to Build-A-Bear to get a Teddy Lagerfeld of my own!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I'm really excited to announce that I'm now a PR/Marketing/Communications intern at Dress in Boston! Don't worry I'll still be updating on a regular basis.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Here are some of the final results of the Kate Moss shoot for W September 2008...
And of course here are the definitely not safe for work or kids pictures from this month's Interview magazine of Kate Moss looking sinful.
I love the bleached hair and thick eyeliner. But Kate it's time to lose the cigarettes!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Laying around mostly naked and having water thrown on you all day for W magazine is a pretty tough way of making a living. Check out this behind the scenes video of Kate shooting in a traditional Turkish bath.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I was pretty excited to come home late last night and trip over a tiny UPS box placed inconveniently on my dark back porch. Well, okay once I got inside and saw that I wasn't terribly bruised I was concerned that I had sleep-shopped online and used my credit card without remembering it again. But then I opened the box and found out that someone at Neutrogena is a fan of Bostonista and sent me the Wave!
I had been wanting to try out the Wave for a while so I used it right away and tried it again today. But I have a prescription face wash so I'm always weary of trying new things on my face. But my dermatologist says that its a good idea to switch it up every once in a while so that it remains effective like with shampoo.
-The soap on the pads smell absolutely amazing.
-The vibrating sensation feels wonderful.
-It's fun and really simple. I did not feel like washing my face last night because for me its a whole process that takes forever. I just wanted to collapse. But I snapped on the foaming pad, turned on the wave and rubbed it over my face all that dirt, makeup and grime from the day was gone in no time at all.
-My skin was incredibly soft and smooth afterwards. It also continued to be tingly long after I was done using it.
-It's (obviously)waterproof which means you can use it in the shower.
-You really shouldn't use it two days in a row. Yes, my skin is now incredibly soft but the formula of the cleansing pads is very drying. Using them every day would over exfoliate your skin and leave it a dry mess.
-The pads aren't reusable which means a lot of waste washing your face with a regular cleanser wouldn't create and it would be expensive to keep buying the refills. The Wave comes with 14 pads and since it's recommended for daily use that means it's only two-weeks worth. At CVS the box of refills is $7.99 for a box of 30 cleansing pads.
-The pads aren't individually wrapped so as soon as you open the package you need to put it in a Ziploc bag so that they won't dry out before you even use them.
I think this is a great product when used as a supplement in addition to your usual skin care routine. So my final thought is that if you use it twice a week your skin will be super smooth and won't dry out. Plus, it'll be cheaper in the long run. I definitely recommend checking it out.
Thanks so much to Neutrogena for sending me The Wave!
Friday, August 22, 2008
You've probably noticed my icon before but if not it's a Chloe Sevigny wearing a Chloe cat mask:
But since I've been looking at this icon every day for almost six months it's started to seep into my mind. And I'm now officially obsessed with girls in masks and pissed off that I can't walk around in a mask all day, every day.
I just think they're glamorous!
See what I mean? Yes, they're mysterious and sexy but mostly I think they're just fun! The world is in a very serious place right now and fashion has mostly been reflecting that. I just want to have fun and these fashionable masks allow for escapism and fantasy just as fashion should! But I think for a night out we could make a cat mask work, couldn't we girls?
If you love the Chloe mask you should check out this one...
It looks remarkably similar and since it's mass produced I'm sure it's easy to find on other sites and at costume stores. Plus, it's less than $10! Lets make this photo shoot trend into a real world trend!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
MK is creating her own grungy style by stealing old ideas from the early 90s and mixing it with her favorite contemporary pieces. A lot of people are screaming that she is the worst ever for even daring to wear a flannel shirt wrapped around her waist because she is "so obviously the complete opposite of what grunge stood for!" I think it's just comfortable and cute. And her obsessions never last that long anyway. I can understand the appeal I mean when I was 9 I thought Angela Chase was the epitome of style.
Totally obsessed with these shoes btw. If you know who they're by and where I can get a similar pair at a significantly lower price point that MK's that would be awesome!
I think it has more to do with finding a modern comfortable style than it does with trying to be "grunge" on MK's part. I also think, as I was saying, that her style obsessions are intense and whole hearted but fairly quick. In six months she'll be on to something down a completely path. But that's part of why I find her so inspiring-she evolves and yet is still always herself.
MK loves plaid so much that a few months ago she hosted a birthday party for her friend with a plaid theme. Yep, all the guests were wearing plaid and I bet there was even a plaid cake.
I'm also obsessed with MK's Alice-in-Wonderland-esque hair band-bow-thing!
Gemma Ward has been my favorite super model since she was a 15 year old with a Prada exclusive. Five years on she's filmed movies (The Strangers, The Black Balloon) and has graced endless covers and runways. She's been modeling less as of late to focus on her acting so when rumors popped up a few days ago on the web that she was announcing her retirement it was sad but not exactly a surprise.
We worried for nothing! IMG confirms that Gemma is a on a vacation and won't be walking for the Spring 09 season next month but she is NOT retiring from modeling!
Gemma made this statement:
"I was surprised to wake up this morning and read news of my own retirement. While I am taking some time off currently to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family, I am still very much a (excited and enthusiastic) working model and actress. I'm only 20, for God's sakes."
Have fun with acting Gemma but come back to fashion soon! We desperately miss you!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Have you been watching Project Runway? I'll be honest...I haven't been. I know, I know! But I always forget when it's on! Of course Bravo's lack of promotion for this season hasn't helped my memory. But more on that later! Lucky for Bravo my cable company inexplicably changed all of the channels today so I came across the usual Project Runway marathon and caught up on this season. I hate the woman obsessed with leather and being "rock n roll" (I'm also pretty sure that trying really hard to be "rock n roll" is the complete opposite of actually BEING "rock n roll" but whatever...) and I have a weird affection for Suede and Jarrell.
But back to the lovely Nina Garcia. Now, my regular readers and people who have been following the fashion blogs know that Nina had a less than graceful exit from Elle magazine a few months ago amidst tons of rumors and controversy. But when Project Runway debuted a few weeks ago Nina Garcia was referred to as "Editor-At-Large" of Elle Magazine.
But...wait! She's definitely not at Elle magazine! In fact, the first Nina Garcia approved issue of Marie Claire is on newsstands and it's fabulous! So what is going on?!
Well, you can take this mystery and add to it Bravo's refusal to really promote this season to get the answer to this fashion equation.
According to an August 18th article by New York Magazine Elle had been trying to find a way to get rid of Nina for a year or so after some major changes and ego clashes. But Nina brought in ad revenue because of her Project Runway celebrity and the show had turned Elle back into a best selling magazine second only to Vogue. Elle's contract with the show lasted only until the fifth season which back in March was rapidly approaching. The show has such high ratings and pull that they knew they would not be the only magazine trying to score the sponsorship and they didn't want to pony up the money. Over the past year and a half Elle has significantly cut it's budget despite having some of it's highest revenues in years. When Project Runway announced it was suddenly, and unexpectedly, moving from Bravo to Lifetime for the sixth season and beyond a lot of drama was stirred up. Bravo stopped promoting the fifth season of Project Runway and began court proceedings for breach of contract. Elle didn't want to be involved ,especially since they're premiering their own reality show, Stylista, with Nina's rival, the skeletal Anne Slowey, on the CW in September.
So they killed two birds with one stone.
They know they already have the TV presence with Stylista so they no longer needed Nina or Project Runway.
Her office was cleared out by assistants in one afternoon and Elle didn't have to shell out money for additional seasons of sponsoring what may be a declining Project Runway.
But wait! Stylista doesn't premier until September and the winner of the fifth season of PR is still guaranteed a spread in Elle magazine. So compromises were made...and suddenly Nina was an editor-at-large for Elle magazine for TV purposes.
When Marie Claire, a great but not necessarily high fashion, women's magazine courted Nina part of the conditions of her being hired was the magazine sponsorship of Project Runway starting with Season Six for at least four seasons. It meant money but I think it's a very good deal for Marie Claire. They get an amazing fashion editor to spruce up a department of their magazine that was bland and lacking plus they'll get amazing ad revenue based on her name and readership will go up based on Project Runway if Elle is any indication.
Nina's first issue for the magazine is on newsstands and the fashion editorials are divine. She brings a lot of experience, contacts, and artistry with her.
Here are some looks from my favorite editorial...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It's almost fashion week/season which means my favorite people on earth are getting ready to flirt with casting directors and bear some claws.
Everyone's favorite jumper, Caroline Trentini, sent out her show cards recently and they are absolutely beautiful. Marilyn did a really great job this season!
If I can't have Gemma on the runway then Caroline is my favorite doll face.
Today was also the premiere of Vogue.Tv's much hyped online model show Model.Live an actual legitimate look at the world of modeling and not some kind of lame contest. The show is sponsored by IMG so all three models that we'll follow are new IMG girls and I think they picked 3 really interesting and different models. Austria is 16, English is her second language and she'll be traveling the world with her mom. Cato, from Amsterdam, is ready to take everyone by storm and Madeline has been living & modeling in Australia for the past year but is making the transition onto the international stage this season. The first episode, although short and a little awkward, introduced the girls and their backgrounds while the IMG agents plotted how to use them for the upcoming season. It's an honest, if not exciting, look at the industry and I'm excited to watch new episodes every week.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Okay, so I know I'm supposed to despise knock-offs and fakes. And I do! Well, to an extent.
Of course I hate sweat shops, theft, pollution, and poor quality! I passionately hate all of those things!
Still, have to admit a fondness for faux-bans (my name for fake ray-ban wayfarers) since my best friend started rocking a pair of green ones from Forever 21. Before I thought they were a little cliched and annoying...the kind of thing pretentious hipster types wear. Plus, I would never pay $120 for a piece of colored plastic when I can get the same style and eye protection from a $10 version at the mall. That's a lie. I totally would if I could. Anyway lately ever since that day at the beach I've been craving a pale pink pair because my best friend is my style icon. She's amazing.
At the moment, I can't even afford the $10 Fred Flare version, which is pathetic.
Then again, it could be a good thing, since Wayfarers are so trendy everyone and their kid is getting a pair of multi-colored ones from Urban Outfitters.
No. Damn it. Pink sunglasses are always going to be lovely.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I have a fairly fancy wedding to attend in September so I've been looking around for some different glamorous dresses. Here are a couple of my favorite finds so far...
The Brush Viva Organza dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs ($458) is so far out of my price range it's ridiculous. But I'm obsessed with the pleats and draping plus I feel like it's sexy but still really elegant.
This 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent strapless mini-dress ($275) might be a little too "day" for a glam wedding but I like the print a lot and I think it would be unexpected. I always think it's best to go for the unexpected!
So I'm not actually a huge fan of this dress (Camilla & Marc Creme Charlotte Frock $528) but at the same time I think it's really fun and if you have the right boobs it might actually be wearable. It just looks like a ballerina or fairy childhood fantasy fulfillment dress but on me, because I'm very pale, it might be my very own version of Carrie Bradshaw's "naked" dress!
And finally my favorite even though it's insane and tacky...
God how I wish this was an 80s-prom themed wedding! I always feel like cringing when thinking about Betsy Johnson probably because in the 8th grade I thought she was just the HEIGHT of fashion and style. But I can't help it. I love her. You have to admit the woman can make insanely awesome party dresses. This might not be one of them but I want to dance the electric slide in it anyway.
Friday, August 15, 2008
So okay they aren't really my style (I grew out of the whole displayed logo thing half way through college) but you have to admit these Chanel charm earrings are kind of cute in a silly way. If I had a ton of money I'd totally shell out the $450 for perfume bottle earrings that I'd rarely wear. Maybe you can remove the Chanel logo charm? They'd be more fun and wearable that way. If you have money and like fun earrings I definitely suggest heading over to Saks and checking them out!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Bostonista: Did you see my new shoes?
Mommy Dearest: Yes. They're ridiculous. And you really can't afford them.
Bostonista: But...but they are so pretty!
Mommy Dearest: (Ignoring Bostonista) And I don't see how you could even walk in them. They're completely impractical! And you really shouldn't be using your credit card. You don't have a job. You have to return them!
Bostonista: (Ignoring Mommy Dearest & tying up laces) And they look so pretty!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Rumors have it that Target is courting Alexander McQueen for their next GO International line. Can you imagine? I don't think I can even begin to picture what a low-end McQueen line would look like. I know he has McQ but for the average Target shopper that line is about as accessible as a trip to the moon! It will be interesting to see how the aesthetic translates for Target shoppers. I couldn't believe it last year that no girls were trampled trying to get their paws on Proenza for Target and I'm willing to bet that if this comes to pass we'll see some very violent fashionistas!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I'm a bit obsessed with Nicole Richie but could not care less for her former stylist, Rachel Zoe. I thought that when she and Nicole parted ways I'd get to forget about her. I was wrong. She was brought on for the revival of Halston and wrote a best selling book. But hope emerged. She was reportedly banished from the Marc by Marc Jacobs show since she arrived late (and shock of shocks the show started on time!) and threw a huge tantrum asking security guards "DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!" But I was wrong again. She's starring in her own reality show for Bravo and is in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar. Here is the article for your entertainment:
"We've had Audrey Hepburn, we've had Twiggy, we've had Veruschka, we've had Kate Moss. I'm trying to figure out why I am to blame for skinniness."
Rachel Zoe is making this observation in her suite at New York's Mercer hotel. She normally stays across the hall, next to friend ("but not a 'fashion friend'") Marc Jacobs, who often runs through the rooms' shared door to inspect her outfits. Tanned and superthin, she is wearing a loose black vintage Pierre Cardin T-shirt dress and gobs of her signature gold jewelry, and she is proudly maintaining her false eyelashes from yesterday's Bazaar shoot, where she was enthusiastic about being resized (and retouched) from a size 0 to a size 8. "Have you ever seen me without these, even once?" she asks with a Scarlett O'Hara flutter. She breaks into a grin. "I mean ..."
For a stylist who has been working diligently — obsessively, even — for 15 years ("since I had to get orange monkey-fur boots for the Stone Temple Pilots"), Zoe, 37, sure gets some bad press. She's been, alternately, an anorexic, a pill peddler, an egomaniac. She remembers a 2006 trip to London when she was styling designer Julien Macdonald's show. "There was a piece in The Sunday Times. A model had died in Madrid, and somehow it was my fault. I burst into tears. I was like, are you kidding me?"
Has Zoe ever pressured her clients to lose weight? No, says Cameron Diaz: "Print that I laughed out loud. She's more likely to press big dangly earrings or chunky necklaces on you! No one can make somebody do something they're not already predisposed to doing." No, says Eva Mendes: "If anything, that woman makes me eat. When I leave Zoe's place after a fitting, I feel better about myself because she has only ever encouraged me to stay the way I am." Zoe makes a point of mentioning, "I don't have one client right now who is a size 0. All of my clients have athletic or curvy, healthy bodies."
In some ways, it's as if Zoe has been punished in the press for stepping beyond her stylist station. "She's not the help, you know what I mean?" says an incredulous Diaz, who has known Zoe since 2000. "Rachel has become a celebrity because she is dynamic." Mendes agrees: "You hear things, and at first I was a little reluctant. But I kept running into Rachel, and I'm like, this person doesn't seem at all like anything they're drawing her out to be. She is so in it for the right reasons." Marc Jacobs thirds it: "As we say, I don't 'fashion love' her, I love love her. She has an iconic look. And she is a caricature in some ways, and I don't mean that negatively."
Zoe is resigned, however, to having to refute rumors: "People will say to me, 'You are the opposite of what I thought you were.' And I'm like, 'But why did you think I was this mean, aggressive, bossy diva bitch, giving pills, doing drugs?' "
Clothes are Zoe's drug. The New Jersey native knew this the first day of her job as fashion assistant at YM magazine in 1993. "My dad called me, and I said I'd do this for free, I love it so much." (She also commends her husband, Rodger Berman, for his reserves of patience when she would call him in a panic with seven garment bags.) "Now my heroes are a reality in my life. It's not like, 'I can't believe I'm having dinner with John Galliano or Karl Lagerfeld.' But I still die. Like when I talk to Tom Ford. When I was in my 20s and he was doing the whole Gucci horse-bit pants? Are you kidding me?"
Of course, that Ford era perfectly syncs with Zoe's own style. Over the years, she has developed a glam-hippy, Talitha-Getty-for-all look in tandem with an innate ability to help stars step it up for the red carpet. Her first big client was Jennifer Garner, whom she styled for the 2003 Emmys. "We used this beautiful cream halter-neck Narciso Rodriguez. Jen's taught me a lot; she's as good as it gets, that one." Of course, Zoe's most high-profile advertisement was Nicole Richie, with whom she doesn't speak. (The exact reasons remain a Hollywood mystery in line with the Black Dahlia.) "Nicole Richie and Rachel, they share a similar aesthetic," observes Diaz. "Nicole still looks like she's being dressed by Rachel."
And so do a lot of women, thanks to Zoe's how-to book, Style A to Zoe. "A woman came up to me," Zoe says, "and she said, 'I'm battling cancer for the third time, and I read your book every night' — look, I still get chills — 'because it makes me want to be beautiful again.' "
Not that Zoe is about to sell herself as fashion's Mother Teresa. She makes no bones about her ambitions to be RZ Inc. "Some stylists look at it as a job for hire, so that's all they're going to do. I look at the bigger picture." Alongside her celebrity and private-shopping clientele, Zoe has inked deals with Judith Leiber and Piperlime, an online accessories retailer, and is developing jewelry and accessories lines.
This month will also see the premiere of The Rachel Zoe Project, her new reality show on Bravo. Among other things — like a casual purchase of a Balmain dress, an Hermès Birkin, and a Chanel necklace at Decades, the Los Angeles vintage mecca — it showcases Zoe's hyperbolic fashion vocabulary: "I mean" is big, as is "sexy time" and, most enthusiastically, "I die." "I also love her 'amaazing,'" says Mendes. "Amaazing, which I've totally stolen." "No way, it's [I have] 'no words,'" says Jacobs. "'No words.'"
All of this has increased Zoe's sway exponentially. Which leads us to a media speed bump. When asked about the infamous piece inThe New York Times Magazine in which Zoe referred to the extent of her influence in the fashion industry, she says, "What I think happened is things got twisted, put in different places, taken out of context."
Ask her about her influence over certain clients and she'll ascribe it to a Zoe fashion compression chamber: "When you spend an exorbitant amount of time with someone and they're younger, they absorb what is around them. And young girls tend to dress like each other." Two years on from the heady days when Nicole, Lindsay, and Mischa swanned about in flowing vintage Pucci, Zoe Mini Me's are still in abundance. "Sometimes Rodger will say, 'Honey, she looks like you!' But in the case of Cameron or Jennifer Garner or Demi Moore, I would never say they were a Zoebot! You never see Jennifer in a bohemian caftan, wavy hair, and sunglasses the size of her face, you know?"
Media speed bump number two: Zoe has, of course, gotten flack for her weight (or lack of it). There is no denying that the girl's not an eater; she won't, either. "I'm a textbook definition of that perfectionist girl who has huge expectations of herself," she says with a shrug and a stir of her tea. "It's hard for me to take care of myself, let's put it that way. I am my last priority. What I get from people is, 'You need to rest, you need to take care of yourself, you need to...' But I'm like, 'I'm fine. I have to work now.' "
She insists, however, that she doesn't exist on style alone: "It's not that I don't eat. I eat." Lunch? "Truth? I don't. I'm not a lady who lunches; it's a lull in the day." What's the daily diet? "When I'm on downtime, like on vacation with Rodger, I take care of myself. But when it's me working on my own, it's 7:00 p.m., and I've had coffee and a grapefruit." Favorite food? "Asparagus! I'm kidding. I'd have to say cobbler." Diaz chuckles and says, "I had dinner with her the other night, and I swear she ate the whole fish."
Of her size 8 self that she conjured for the camera, Zoe smiles and says, "I immediately worked my body differently. As soon as I had curves, I was like, I want to stick my butt out, show my cleavage. I immediately felt sexy. I don't feel sexy on a daily basis. In fact, I never feel sexy."
Does Zoe understand why people think she is too thin? "Truthfully, I've never seen myself as being too thin. Sometimes I'll look at photos and be like, Oh, that's not a good look. But generally speaking, I'm not too thin." Why is she made an example of? "Because I'm not a model. But because I work with models and actors, I'm an easy target." Jacobs adds, "Both us of have gotten hell from the press on our appearance. We have provided comfort for each other." Diaz is circumspect: "Rachel may have her own issues, whatever they may be. But we all do, don't we?"
Back on the couch, Zoe is pondering the Big Game. "When I met Tom Ford, he said, 'Put on your boxing gloves. No one is going to make it easy for you.' When the media attacked me, I said, 'I'm quitting, I'm done.' You feel like everyone's against you."
But in the case of Rachel Zoe's success, clearly they are not. There is no denying that she works hard for the money. "If I didn't have Rodger, I would 100 percent be a fashion widow," she says with "I die" hyperbole. "Because my life has just gone whoosh! I miss every birthday, friends giving birth, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, holidays. I miss it all."
But that, she acknowledges, is what happens when you want to have it all.