“When I shot the video for Hung Up none of the bones had gone together. Pharmaceuticals and my will got me through the shoot” Madonna loves pharmaceuticals. A nice new clean word for drugs
“Paris is like the Mary Poppins of the Brits, fixing everything and making everyone happy.” The Bodyrocker’s front man on Paris at all Brit Awards after show parties. Paris is Mary Poppins? The guy is on pharmaceuticals.
“Has anyone seen Paris’ phone?” one of Hilton’s security guards hunting for the elusive mobile at Julien Macdonald’s after-show party. Mary Poppins never lost her mobile.
“Where’s MY phone?” Camilla Al-Fayed, (clearly been spending way too much time with new friend Paris).
“Paris isn’t my rival. She seems to hate everyone around her age who is more successful. Silly bitch… She does steal people’s boyfriends!” Mischa Barton on Paris (Mary Poppins would never steal anyone’s boyfriend).
“I’ve never said a word about her in my life. But she seems to be spending a lot of time thinking about me.” Paris Hilton on Mischa Barton ( that’s enough about you; what do think of me?)
“I thank my mother, it’s the genes. I don’t think too much about it,” Elle Macpherson on looking fabulous at 42. She doesn’t think. (She doesn’t need to). and it’s got absolutley nothing to do with pharmaceuticals.
“ I really wanted to lose weight when I found out Edie was anorexic. In the end, I didn’t lose as much as I’d planned” Sienna Miller - Pharmaceuticals and will got her through the shoot?
“I’d dump her for the chubby nanny, too,” an editor at the Pucci show on seeing skinny Sienna Miller.
“Sometimes being that thin doesn’t look healthy. I lost weight when I was in the hospital, and then I wanted to keep it off.” Lindsay Lohan did not diet OK? She was in hospital and it fell off.
“It’s not like we call each other every day. We’re ’showbiz friends’, we’re not like, ‘friends, friends’. “It’s not like we go backpacking together” George Clooney on Brad Pitt.
“I made that film with my heart, and the success has been great, because it’s just proved that my gut instinct was right.” Jake on backpacking with Heath.
“It’s nice not to be just a seat filler this year,” Felicity Huffman on being nominated for an Oscar
“I’m pretty good at losing. You just look straight in the camera and say some inanity or other, like you’re really happy for that other schmuck who won.” George Clooney on losing at film awards.
“When I shot the video for Hung Up none of the bones had gone together. Pharmaceuticals and my will got me through the shoot” Madonna loves pharmaceuticals. A nice new clean word for drugs
Need a quick way to razz up all your daggy outfits from last season? Maybe they weren’t daggy when you bought them but looking at them now it’s clear they need something to bring them into 2006. I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again; it’s all about the big, clumpy shoe. A platform or a wedge. They are an instant-just-add-water update to anything lurking in the wardrobe. So rush into Sportsgirl for the very Lanvin inspired brown suede platforms. They have a cork heel and mini platform instead of the Lanvin wood which makes running to the next item du jour so much easier.
Spending too much time shopping? Spending too much time looking in the mirror? Or maybe you are just spending too much. You will do all three when you go into Prada and lash out on one of the divine Prada watches. In a very 30’s modern design they “ meld an unmistakable homage to Art Deco bakelite baubles with a candy-color, cartoon sensibility that would delight the trendiest Harajuku girl.” Released last year they are finally here in all sorts of great colours. Time waits for no woman on the way to Prada.
$1500 Prada watch http://prada.com/
Feeling tired, worn out and lacking some spark? It’s probably from Award Season. Watching night after late night of shiny, perfect celebrities at glamorous film awards can wreck havoc on your skin. And it’s only going to get worse: the Oscars are coming. So get yourself ready for a night on the red couch and start using the fabulous Chanel Base Lumiere. It does fantastic things to your complexion. It has “micro-spherical polymers and opalescent pigments, which minimise imperfections, smooth skin texture and even out the complexion. Bluish-white, non-oily gel texture. Dual protection is provided by an anti-pollution ingredient and a marine extract which helps maintain the hydration”. Talk about glowing. Start preparing the acceptance speech…
$69 Chanel Base Lumiere Illuminating Makeup from David Jones or Chanel.
See how Anna Wintour spends her weekends in the March issue of The World of Interiors which has a 10-page feature on her home in the Hamptons.
Cate Blanchett will be in the movie of the book NOTES ON A SCANDAL by Zoe Heller. The film will be helmed by Richard Eyre (IRIS, STAGE BEAUTY) from an adaptation penned by Patrick Marber (CLOSER). It will be produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Fox, (IRIS, CLOSER and THE HOURS).
Go to The New York Times to see George Clooney with cats eyes and portraits of 26 actors ‘who made the films of 2005 so memorable” shot by INEZ VAN LAMSWEERDE and VINOODH MATADIN http://www.nytimes.com/pages/magazine/
“Elle apparently isn’t the only magazine to have the idea of publishing a “green” issue to coincide with Earth Day, which falls on April 22. Vanity Fair is also was planning its May issue on the environment, printing it on recycled paper and featuring a bevy of eco-friendly celebrities on the cover.” WWD
“Azzedine Alaïa is lending his stunning space for an exhibition of photos and illustrations in aid of Action Innocence. The works will be displayed from March 27 to 29. Among those who have contributed photos or sketches are John Galliano, Alber Elbaz, Peter Lindbergh, Hedi Slimane and Karl Lagerfeld.” WWD
“ Terence Conran’s Bluebird Garage in London is showcasing young designers in a new store called The Shop at Bluebird. ( by the owners of the Jigsaw clothing )” WWD.
Go to http://www.style.com/ to see the Milan shows for Fall 06.
“The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will have an exhibit devoted to Nan Kempner, who died in July. She was a regular couture customer with a penchant for creations by Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford in his Gucci days and Jean Paul Gaultier”.
Galeries Lafayette in Paris has opened a café Laurier run by restaurateur Andréas Mavrommatis and designed by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.
Biba, London’s first post-war department store is making a comeback. The ready-to-wear line, designed by Bella Freud, will show in Paris starting Feb. 27.
Prada will sell the Jil Sander to private equity firm Change Capital Partners.
“ One of Paris’ hottest tables is not French but Spanish. Chef Alberto Herraiz has opened a larger version of his restaurant, Fogon, on the Left Bank, to better accommodate fans of his native specialties, including what many consider the best paella in Paris. 45 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006;” WWD
Cristóbal Balenciaga’s ethereal work will be exhibited at Paris’ Mona Bismarck Foundation, through May 20. Curated by Givenchy from his private collection, the show also glorifies Bismarck herself, the international socialite who wore Balenciaga with “inimitable flair,” Forty of the creations on show were gifts from Bismarck to de Givenchy, who outfitted the American jet-setter after Balenciaga hung up his scissors in 1968. http://www.monabismarck.org/press_ENG.html
It’s Brokeback Mountain all in lego….hilarious ( who does these crazy things?)
A veritable feast of deliciously outrageous celebrity gossip !
Nicole Kidman and Keith have sent out Invitations for their wedding next month.
The nonstop barrage of freaking adorable pictures of the Jolie-Pitts just won’t stop: the paparazzi in Paris have been in overdrive and the pair is rumored to have purchased an apartment in the low-key 15th arrondissement. Brad is to shoot a new campaign next week with photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Tag Heuer.
George Clooney insists his hotel and casino in Las Vegas will not be purely a money-making venture, because he’ll give profits to the poor in Africa. Bless
A group of James Bond fans has launched a website (www.craignotbond.com) to protest the hiring of Craig to replace Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale.
Publicity hound extraordinaire Sienna Miller air-kissed her way through the press section and worked her way up and down the front rows of the Emilio Pucci show in Milan fawning over all the editors who have been fawning over her. Miller left the set of her new movie, “Interview,” to support Matthew Williamson in his first show for Pucci.
George Clooney was spotted getting rather friendly with ex-girlfriend Renée Zellweger at a BAFTAS after party at The Dorchester hotel and the pair were “canoodling” in a corner for all to see. ( Not true; George never canoodles).
Kylie Minogue has quashed speculation she will marry Olivier Martinez.
Hilary Swank is reportedly back together with Chad Lowe
Hugh Grant got into a fight with a photographer in Central Park and ended up hitting him over the head with a manila folder.
Vince Vaughn threw Jennifer Aniston a 37th birthday party catered by McDonald’s. (Jolie Pitts are in Paris , Jen does maccas. Chic)
Valium, morphine, marijuana and an elevated level of codeine were all found in Chris Penn’s body when he died. Unnatural causes.
Heath Ledger has asked Jake Gyllenhaal to be godfather to daughter Matilda “Heath and I are best friends now I’m actually godfather to Heath’s daughter Matilda, which is an amazing honor. Almost as amazing as the night he covered me in warm cocoa and called me Mr. Pickles. I think he might have been drunk.” (Ok, I may have doctored those last two lines a bit. But I’ll be curious to see little Matilda’s reaction to all this as she grows up. In most circumstances, stumbling across a DVD of Dad having sex with your godfather can lead to some awkward questions. Particularly if they’re both dressed as mimes. And weeping. And using your bed. And you get the DVD for Christmas” The superficifial.com)
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
” A real tour de force from masterful author Julian Barnes Arthur & George was short-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize. Late-Victorian Britain is brought to vivid life in the true story of the intersection of two lives: one an internationally famous author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the other, an obscure country lawyer, George Edalji, son of a Parsi Midlands vicar and a Scottish mother. They start out very differently. Arthur pursues a career in medicine before he discovers that he is really a writer; George, on his way to becoming a lawyer–near-sighted, timid and friendless–is victimized by locals because he is easy to scapegoat–a half-Indian in lily-white Great Wyrley. Julian Barnes is a gifted writer of enormous accomplishment. This novel is thoroughly engrossing, filled with Barnes’s trademark themes of identity and love, longing and loss, and ultimately, an examination of man’s inhumanity to man. ” Amazon
$16 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Knopf (January 10, 2006)
The Christmas List:
Robert Doisneau’s Paris by Robert Doisneau Francine Derondille
“As a photographer, Robert Doisneau is known for his ability to infuse images of daily life with poetic nuance. Organized thematically, the book leads us on an entrancing tour through the gardens of Paris, along the Seine, and through the crowds of Parisians who define their beloved city. More than 600 photographs-many rare, forgotten, and previously unpublished-are assembled in this beautiful volume to create a unique portrait of Paris. The photographs, edited by Doisneau’s daughter, are complemented by citations from the photographer himself, which reveal his profound fascination with the city where he lived and worked.
$37 http://www.amazon.comPublisher: Flammarion (November 15, 2005)
Witchery: A lot of classic navy pieces here if that’s’ what you need. Buy the black empire cotton jersey black dress $99; the black puffa jacket if you are off to New York and a blizzard, a great buy at $149; the cool paisley navy chiffon Victoriana shirt $119 and the choc brown bag a la Prada mentioned last week. Check out the chic grey V-neck sweaters with a jewelled trim a la Prada $119 and the round toe ballet flats in black $129. There are cool black round toe boots $229 and chic little black cord velvet city shorts $129.
MNG: New in this week is: Black ruffle lace sleeveless top $179; the cute little bags in pleather with hardware $79; chic, white, cotton, wide, slouch pant $119 and the nice black fitted blazer is chic $229. There is a cheap but chic beige stone nylon trench (shortish) with epaulettes $129 and the cute cotton cord black, crop, military jacket (collarless) with a belt $119. There are cute white racer back tanks with 3 buttons $19; and buy the fab white/cream princess coat with black buttons $329; the cute empire dresses and the tweed cuffed shorts shorts.
Just Jeans: check out the cute military jackets in cotton drill $89; the stripe tops $39; the cute grey and black wide stripe, wrap, cotton jersey dress $89.
Cue: Oh so lanvin/Miu Miu here and it looks good; it may look conservative but it’s the way you put it together in unexpected ways a la Miu Miu that makes it all work and look modern. Check out the ¾ sleeve rib knit in purple $85; the burgundy cotton jersey baggy, empire top $55; the black chiffon tie back dress in chiffon $225 and the black pencil skirt is great with a back pleat ( no slits) and it’s over the knee $99; There is a teal tank $69; and an empire shift dress in a subtle pinstripe $179
Nine West: check out the gold or red/purple strappy patent wedges $159; and the gold or black patent T bar flat sandals with an ankle strap $149.
Esprit: check out the cute black halter empire top $79; the chic little black trench $149; the white cotton cute little DB peacoat with a belt $149; the white cotton pique empire cami, so handy under black $69 and the velvet straight leg black pants $119.
Portmans: There is a cool grey jersey wrap dress with a collar and with a black ribbon belt $99; a grey knit V neck button front top $39; and the cute black velvet knicker bockers ( what else to call them ) are cool with silver buttons detail on the hem $79. The jewellery here is good cheap but chic. The black jet is the go, and of course don’t forget the sunglasses.
Mollini: check out the round toe cuffed boots, a great buy at $268; the very groovy purple suede ankle boots with a drape side ( for the very young and skinny) $198; the moc croc, wedge, peep toe heels $128 and the best cheap but chic evening heels are the black satin, raw edged peep toes heels with a little diamante strip $128. Buy the outrageous red, grey or dark navy sequin square toe ballets flat $148.
French Connection: There is a classic navy and cream knit V neck sweater $79; a white Victoriana pintuck tie front blouse $79; a cute blue multi print chiffon blouse $99 and a stone cotton, short, crop trench, almost a wrap jacket ( no buttons) with a belt $159.
Wittner shoes: There are some cool boots here: check out the wedge cuffed boots with square ish toe $299; the round toe, cuffed, brown platform boots $399; the flat, round toe, choc brown suede $189 with a cuff ; and the round toe black pumps with a cone heel a la Prada $129.
Supre: Bless them, they are so cheap. Buy a black cotton cropped with puff sleeve blazer for you for $45; also in stone. There are skinny black cotton jeans $60 and cute little grey silver metallic bucket bag with silver ring detail is $30. Why not?
Oxford: go here for work wear suiting: there is a chic little black pinstripe flippy skirt $139; will look great with boots and a peacoat.
Sportsgirl: it’s all happening here. Checkout all the handy scoop neck baggy cap sleeve T’ s in a cool purple, black or light grey, they are a must buy $29; the V neck long sleeve tiny bling trim top in grey marle $99; the cute blouse in a 70’s print in purple green muted colours $79; the skinny leg black pants $79; and the dark denim skinny jeans $89. There are some fab big sunglasses in a sqaure shape $34; way cool. Also sunglasses in a funky red or white. For the young. Buy the cool little dark grey pleather utility bag with white stitching and pockets and extendable strap $49; the dark brown low platform boots $199 and the cute stud wedges $99 with ankle strap in black. The jewellery here is great and so is the black grey and navy stripe T- shirt $29.
Midas: check out the chocolate, round toe, heel boots $468; the tan mini platform heels with crossover straps $249; the choc brown velvet peep toe bow front heels, the only shoe to buy $198. Also in black or green velvet. Also love the Chloe esque round toe flats in beige or black with square brass buckle $228. There are faux croc round toe heels $248; Lanvin style wooden stacked platform heels with round toe $268, and the fab wedge black boots are a must buy $428.
Country Road: new in is a cream pinstripe grey linen blazer $299; very good classic stone narrow pants $169; a white, lace trim cami with black halter straps $149; the white pintuck cuffed shirt is chic $89; and the cute little stone silk cami in beige teal hibiscus print is handy $129. Buy the grey duffle coat for those weekends away $349 and simple V neck knits in every colour $119.
Bettina Liano: has some chic little new winter pieces in store: check out the gorgeous black ruffle edge sleeveless organza blouse $320; the fab lace edge cap sleeve top (spot petticoat top) $325;the stretchy skinny leg jeans $190; but the dark denim are the best $220 with white stitching. And for the funky out there buy the so –very- 80’s denim, ruffle edge, Victoriana shirt $270 (coming back to haunt me but it’s cool ;sad but true). There is a dress version too; there are some cool pleat front city shorts in black. $279. NB: pleat front trousers are on the way back : get used to it .
Morrissey: Check out the autumn rust print chiffon dress $329; and the purple chiffon blouse s/s tie front $169.
David Jones: Check out the choc brown suede wedge boots with wrap and toe ankle strap $1300 (what designer? ); and the Robert Robert boots with the brass buckle $329.
A/X Armani Exchange: Looking good: For the funky groovex out there buy the light bronze metallic jacket with a zip front $529; the oyster satin flared skirt $159; the navy and tweed baggy slouch pant $199 and the cute rib shrug black cable $169. Also check out the zip front silky knit Alaia style top in black $199 and the cute black satin cami with tiny jewelled shoestring straps $109
Longchamps: check out the new bags, they are rather gorgeous but they are getting up there in prices and now compare to serious designer labels.There is a fab big black buckle bag with white stitching $1500 and divine choc brown soft bags with a flap and buckle in all sorts of shapes $1100.
Prada; http://prada.com/ heaven is here; Some of the spring summer 06 collection has arrived: The luggage collection seen in all the magazines with the coat of arms across linen fabric with chic leather trim. All rather divine. Buy the vintage style trunk and the suitcase but there is a huge selection. Choose the black and tan trimmed bags or the cream neutral with tan leather in all sorts of great shapes. The tall doctors bag is rather divine $2000 and so are the very square structured bags. There is also a huge selection of black nylon bags in every shape and size(for the Japanese tourists?). In the accessories check out the divine gold eyelet belts in choc brown $430; the cute black leather ipod case $350 or mobile phone case; the fabulous wallets in lots of great colours gelato colours and divine sunglasses $350. In the shoes buy the black ankle strap, wedge peep toe heels; the brown T bar flat sandals $650 with white stitching ; also in a heeled version. There are gorgeous black patent, mini heel sandals with black patent daisy front $600 and patent ankle strap heels with studs details $600. In the clothes buy the pretty, soft cream linen, simple almost shapeless shift dress with black straps as seen in all the mags $2780; the cute silk silver grey shift dress with a touch of navy scribble print $3040; the robot T shirt $570; the white eyelet lace placket shirt $2180 and the fabulous dark navy chiffon dress cut off the shoulder with black ribbon belt $$. Buy the Prada Sport cream sundress, 50’s style with shoestring straps $760; the scoop neck tank $$480; the cotton stone or black pleat skirt $630 and the pencil cotton drill cargo skirt $630. Buy the fab fitted, black zip thro, knit sweater $680 and the jeans. Now read the reviews from WWD of the next winter 06 shown this week in Milan ” The reign of the lady is officially over. Whatever doubts that may have lingered on that point were squelched definitively by Miuccia Prada, whose fall collection was as spectacularly beautiful as it was bold. Prada put forth an audacious vision of fall’s wrapped-up, toughed-up aesthetic. Hers is overtly chic, a fascinating, almost impossibly deft fusion of refined and raw elements in which each held equal sway. She showed against Rem Koolhaus projections of jungle scenes fading in and out of various cityscapes in what seemed almost too-obvious juxtaposition: fashion for an urban jungle. The clothes, sensual in their sobriety, were rooted in Japanese, sports and medieval warrior references with no color and almost no embellishment — save for patches of rugged, uncut fur that delivered the primal punch. Almost everything was black or dark gray, with an insert or two of dark brown at the end. The looks emerged as clean, strong, uncluttered layers finished with spectacular outerwear, often a luxed-up parka or stadium coat that typically sported fur somewhere — on hoods, patch pockets, sleeves, or a skunk-like panel in back. Everything was sturdy — coats, knits, shoes, bags, even the lingerie, heavily constructed black bras worn over thick gray sweaters.”
Stir Fried Rice Noodles with dark soy sauce …from Kylie Kwong
Easy and delicious; you can whip it up in about 5 minutes after a hard days shopping. The crucial ingredient is the honey soy so don’t even think about making it without it.
Serve as a meal for 2 or as part of banquet for 4
500 g fresh rice noodles cut into 2 cm stripes
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 small red onion cut in half then wedges
2 long green spring onions, cut into 5cm lengths (not smaller or they shrivel )
1 tabs of ginger julienned (don’t grate it, it will burn)
¼ cup dark or honey soy….crucial ingredient
2 tabs of light soy
½ cup of finely shredded Chinese white cabbage
1 cup bean sprouts
1 tab roasted sesame seeds
·Gently pull the rice noodles apart; unroll it and then cut into 2 cm strips
·Pour a glass of wine or two
·Whip out your favourite sharp knife
·Cut the ginger into Julienne size bits. Not too small or it will burn and you lose the taste
·Cut the red onions into chunks, Ditto
·Cut the spring onions into the 5 cm lengths , Ditto
·Then cut the cabbage up. The boring cutting is over
·NB: delegate the cutting up bit to your trusty assistant.
·Have the sesame seeds and the soy sauces handy for easy pouring; it’s all about keeping the wok as hot and busy as a Prada sale
·Heat the oil in a hot wok and stir fry the onions, spring onions and ginger for about 3 minutes. Smells good non?
·Add the noodles and stir fry for about 4 minutes. Till the vegetables have wilted ( about as much as your black Amex has after the Prada Sale)
·Pour in the soy sauces and stir about 2 mins. It goes a lovely gooey black.
·Toss in the cabbage and bean sprouts and give them a quick whirl around for about a minute. It’s all about crunchy vegetables.
·Throw onto a chic white platter and scatter sesame seeds over it all .
· Quicker than ordering takeaway and a thousand times more delicious.
NB: it’s addictive.
Syriana: Directed by Stephen Gaghan
Who: George Clooney, Amanda Peet, Matt Damon , Christopher Plummer
Genre: political thriller.
The Plot: Set in the fictional country of Syriana. It’s about oil (no, not of Olay), money, power, corruption and terrorism. Men of middle eastern appearance do dirty deals done dirt cheap with CIA Men in black and the father from the Sound of Music. The Bourne Identity turns up as does The Orchid thief with Diane Keatons’ daughter (Something’s Gotta Give) . Confusing, convoluted, it’s all too hard to explain. If it’s a true reflection of the oil business no wonder it’s a mess. Everyone is the bad guy. The dialogue is dumb, cliche and spells it out to compensate the confusing plot. I just gave up and watched George Clooney.
Acting: George put on weight for the role and grew a beard and he is still handsome. Matt Damon plays himself , Amanda Peet does a good job crying and Chrispoher Plummer relishes being evil, mean and wicked ( a nice change after being in love with Julie Andrews)
Photography: Hand held shaky and oh, so groovy.
Set design: It’s the sand and dessert, the Third world with a bit of glamour throw in ( think Geneva, Palaces and Yachts).
Wardrobe: Amanda Peet has cute black platforms she can’t walk in, a fab Burberry trench and luxurious grey knits. George looks handsome.
Botox? For frowning at such an incomprehensible plot and evil people.
Waterproof mascara? For crying at George’s beer belly. Bless. For the stupid dialogue.
Smooches: “Where’s the passion? Where’s the heat? Where’s the sex?” (repeat from last week)
Smoking smooches: George is so handsome.
Best review: “Du cinéma intelligent pour spectateurs intelligents.”ENPRIMEUR.CA
Best worst review “Didactic and muddled to the point of incoherence.” NICK SCHAGER FILM PROJECT… “I’m still waiting to see the film that was advertised in its great trailer, the movie is completely dead. … One of the worst films of the year.” INTERNET REVIEWS …”Maybe they should give the editor something - if not an Oscar, then antacid tablets. ” ARIZONA DAILY STAR.
Tom Cruise/Alien sighting: It’s a mission impossible to understand it.
Rename it: War of the Worlds
See it or donate to the Prada bag fund? See it twice. Once to see George Clooney and once to try to understand the plot ( and to see George Clooney again). The Constant Gardener is much better film; it inspired you to give up shopping for Prada bags. This movie is so depressing that you want to buy a Prada bag to cheer yourself up.
http://syrianamovie.warnerbros.com/ (download the screenplay ! Listen to George!)