“I’m antifashion. I always think clothes make you look fat, so I prefer to be naked “ Pamela Anderson on having no taste (is that antifashion?)
‘What’s your favorite picture of yourself? Question to Pamela in WWD
Answer: “a David LaChapelle photo of me as a lizard with prosthetic nipples and a backpiece with a long tail. I’m wearing a bald cap with a white mohawk and I’m painted in pink spots’ (You look better naked)
“ She has a little something extra, Well, I guess she has two extra things.” Helena Christensen on Pamela Anderson ( pink spots and a mohawk)
“Throughout the years, I’ve done a lot of drugs and alcohol. It’s true that I was a nightmare, impossible. For the last 14 years I’ve been normal. Now my drug is called David” Elton John ( normal?)
“I have a K in a heart, I’ve really found love with Kate. I think it will last. She’s good for me because she’s got a beautiful soul and I think I can trust her. I believe her when she says she loves me and I know I mean it when I say I love her.” Pete Doherty, the lead singer of the group Babyshambles on his romance with Kate Moss ( started about 10 days ago at Kate’s 31st birthday party) His drug is kate (It won’t last) .
‘They are a match made in hell, He’s evil and twisted and the only thing he wants her for is her money. People will hate me, I’ll be blamed for splitting them up. But I have a beautiful soul and trusted him, and he killed me.” His x-girlfriend, Katie Lewis, who says he’s only after her for her cash and she ended their relationship because he was spending all her money on crack cocaine and heroine.( his drug is Kate, it won’t last!)
“ Pete’s not the sort of guy you’d wish for your best friend, Kate’s had a history of partying hard and the two of them together would be a terrible idea. [She] needs a guy who will anchor her like Jefferson did. Pete is very wild.” Sadie Frost on Kate and Pete (Kate listen to Sadie! It won’t last )
“Everything I’ve seen is awful.” YSL on the couture shows
“I think she’s kind of like my alter-ego, Whenever I feel like being mean or fussing to get stuff right it’s kind of easier to be called Mona Lisa instead of Britney.” Britney on being called Mona Lisa on her shoots (Mona as moan?) She feels like being mean? Awful Britney.
“He jumped up and started screaming, He’s normally very calm because he’s on Prozac. I knew something was desperately wrong.” ” dog trainer Jennifer Bauch said of her dog she was walking yesterday in Brooklyn Heights when electricity surged up through sidewalks left at least three city dogs with shocked paws yesterday ( be warned prozac doesn’t work against electric shock therapy even on dogs)
“It was the sort of unrefined entertainment that the earthy European settlers of this island continent would probably have appreciated.” The international Herald Tribune on Hewitt’s win over Nalbandian ( Aussies unrefined? outrageous)
“I’m antifashion. I always think clothes make you look fat, so I prefer to be naked “ Pamela Anderson on having no taste (is that antifashion?)
It is seriously chic and it is seriously cheap. It’s the Gucci sale! You’ll find outrageous bargains, most of half price or less: tops for $200, shoes $300, bags $600 and all sorts of goodies. Some of the sizes are small but get in there quick smart or you will miss out on some great buys. Plus remember it’s all from Tom Ford’s latest (and past) collections, surely a reason to buy up big, that’s my excuse anyway. Now go to First Class for more detail toute de suite!
Gucci sale 60 Castelreagh St (in the old YSL store)
I love fans, if only there were more in my life. Nothing like having something that will direct all its energy onto you and make you feel so very cool. But I hate they way they keep you awake at night, all that noise has stopped me sleeping more times than George Clooney has. And that’s a lot. But girls need their beauty sleep so please go straight to TOP3bydesign for the snazzy quietest fan ever not heard. The Propello desktop fan by Black + Blum has ‘soft natural rubber blades, a groovy guard less design and the highest quality motor, which makes it virtually silent’ Bliss. It might be more than you might spend but think how much Crème de la Mer you use after a terrible nights sleep. Nuf said.
$259 Propello fan http://www.top3bydesign.com.au
There is nothing that looks as common as chipped nail polish. Yee Gads! Oh you beg to differ? Check out Paris Hilton? Mmm you are right: common as chipped nail polish. But you don’t need to be like that. Not when you use the very good (and cheap as chips) Cutex nail dry topcoat when you are doing your nails at home. It’s my new discovery and it really does dry in 60 seconds, plus it’s been days and I haven’t seen a chip yet (even after scrambling for the black Amex hundreds of times in the bottom of the Birken). If only I had discovered it years ago I could saved a fortune on manicures.
$5.95 Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat from major department stores.
Checkout this gorgeous hotel in Parma in Mallorca and click on the scroll button son the side to get a 360 view of the city. http://www.hoteltres.com
In London check out the Jurgen Teller exhibition at Modern Art Gallery.
“Be original or die,” was the dictum of Madame Yevonde, the British photographer and portraitist who made her name transforming society women into goddesses and mythical monsters in the Thirties. The National Portrait Gallery in London is currently displaying 14 of her color portraits in its exhibition “Goddesses and Others: Photographs by Madame Yevonde,” .
In Miami go to the Louise Bourgeois Exhibition called ‘Stitches in Time’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Go to http://www.mondomaratea.it for all you need for a holiday in Italy ( watch out for the crazy zing noises).
Just as Christian Lacroix unveiled last week his new design project - a colorful hotel in the Marais district vibrating with joie de vivre - the news broke that the Lacroix fashion company was on the block and LMVH is planning to sell the fashion house after 17 years of waiting for the company to turn a profit. The Hôtel du Petit Moulin is a refuge, with 17 rooms in pure, effervescent Lacroix spirit, from giant carnation or moon and stars panels above the beds, through the artful mixes of houndstooth, bold stripes and toile de Jouy patterns.IHT ( no website,) Hôtel du Petit-Moulin, 29-31 Rue de Poitou, Tel: 331-42-74-10-10.)
Prada Group said Helmut Lang has resigned as creative director of the fashion house he founded 19 years ago and made synonymous with edgy cool.
Gérard Depardieu and his long-time companion, actress Carole Bouquet, have opened a second restaurant — L’Ecaille de la Fontaine — across the street from their first one, the Fontaine Gaillon in Paris.( an oyster bar)
On top of the amazon best sellers list? ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ (Book 6) out July 16, 2005. And J.K. ROWLING, has had a third child, Mackenzie Jean, ( another mouth to feed) http://www.jkrowling.com/ check out her new website…good for the kids.
The Paris Haute Couture collections have started.
Tyler Brule, founder of wallpaper will be the presenter and co-producer of “The Desk on BBC Four,” The weekly show will examine how the news is reported — or not reported — around the world from TV to tabloids to glossy fashion magazines to the ad industry.
At the opening of the photo exhibit “Pam: An American Icon,” featuring the work of Sante D’Orazio there were two things to be seen: large photos of Pam Anderson naked, and celebrities awkwardly studying the “art.” At the Stellan Holm Gallery New York. “She’s pop art on heels” he says ( wwd)
From March 1-April 26, the Museum at FIT in New York is staging “Designing the It Girl: Lucile and Her Style,” an exhibit highlighting London couture house Lucile and its founder Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon. Dressing the likes of Mata Hari, Isadora Duncan and Elsie de Wolfe, the designer became just as well known for her tea dresses and suits as her scandalous fashion presentations and the fact that she survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Here is a great idea: yahoo! Photo is a service ‘which allows users to store digital albums online and share them with friends and family. You can make albums, enhance shots and rotate, crop and remove red eye ( and wrinkles?). ‘Yahoo! Photos makes sharing photos by email easy and fun, without the hassle of big attachments” Good for travelers to share happy snaps with a lot of people rather than sending individually, plus you can store the shots for up to six months.
Oh! honestly a blog written by and about male models. Laugh did we laugh! We didn’t know they could read (or write for that matter) but nothing shocks me anymore ( except perhaps that Dubya). Please check this out for a laugh but warning! It is very fluffy (as in Elton John probably loves it and half of Sydney too…)
The Sundance Film festival and the Haute Couture in Paris. How do you choose?
The Sundance Film Festival kicked off last Thursday in a whirlwind of film and fashion moments. A few dispatches from the mountain: Despite an engaging performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal, several A-listers dozed off in the front row at the premiere of “Happy Endings,” directed by Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex”). A few hours before David LaChapelle ended up in a Park City jail cell, he was elated by the response to his documentary, “Rize,” about the South Los Angeles dance movement. “It’s probably one of the best nights of my life,” he said. “I’m on Cloud Nine.” Celebrating with the fashion photographer were Alan Cumming, Pamela Anderson, Jamie Bell and LaChapelle’s Italian greyhound, Lil Boo, who was flown in on Anderson’s private plane. Naomi Watts got off to an early start Saturday morning to screen “Ellie Parker,” a film she produced based on a short she appeared in five years ago at the festival. The humorous tale of a struggling actress was very personal for Watts, who recalled “shoving flyers under people’s noses and handing out gift bags in the street” on her first go-round. “This time, we’re collecting the goodies,” she said. But Saturday’s hottest ticket was “Pretty Persuasion,” an over-the-top teen comedy starring festival princess Evan Rachel Wood. The actress stunned the audience when she fell off the stage during the Q&A. “I leaned on the curtain behind me and realized there wasn’t anything behind it and I thought, ‘I’m just going to let myself go gracefully’ and I started laughing hysterically.Anyone who is anyone at Sundance partied until a fire alarm went off at 2:30 a.m., forcing everyone home two-and-a-half hours early. Still, Paris Hilton was in no hurry to evacuate. As the alarm blared, the heiress whipped out her compact and started powdering her nose. On Sunday, all anyone could talk about was Craig Brewer’s hip-hop pimp drama, “Hustle and Flow,” which sold in a $16 million deal with Paramount Studios/MTV Films. WWD
On the Couture front from Paris : The fame-obsessed Andy Warhol — John Galliano’s inspiration for his Dior spring couture collection — would surely have relished the paparazzi gridlock actress Monica Bellucci created when she arrived for the house’s presentation on Monday. But La Bellissima, who refused to remove her sunglasses because of “a problem I’m having with the light today,” parted the barrier of photographers like Moses split the Red Sea. Sofia Coppola, is living in Paris as she prepares to make a movie about Marie Antoinette, and said she thought Galliano would have been the ill-fated queen’s “first choice for dresses if she were still alive today.” .WWD
Kylie Minogue tried to avoid as much of the paparazzi crush at the Chanel couture show by hanging out backstage with Karl Lagerfeld — even hanging off his neck for a moment — until minutes before the show began. The designer has agreed to design what she called a “dreamy” dress for her “Showgirl” tour, John Galliano will also whip up a dress for her.( who would have thought ).
Porn star Jenna Jameson is now hawking “moan tones.” For $2.50 mobile phone users can choose from a variety of moans, and sexual noises all recorded by the blond bombshell.
A series of love letters Paris Hilton wrote to ex-boyfriend Nick Carter has been leaked to the press ( moan tomes).
Christian Slater has separated from his wife
Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson have signed up to appear in Ricky Gervais’ new show, Extras. The Hollywood pair join Jude Law and Kate Winslet in the sitcom
Ozzy Osbourne is alive and kicking, despite Internet rumours to the contrary.( his body is alive, but his brain?)
Paris Hiltons pooch Tinkerbell is getting its own line of clothes.
Britney Spears is taking her secret Kabbalah lessons seriously - she’s had a Hebrew symbol tattooed on the back of her neck (a tattoo is seriously religious)
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax : A Novel by Liz Jensen
This sounds like a great story, it has had rave reviews and was a ‘runaway success in the U.K where it was published last year. It is, funnily enough, about a child called Louis Drax. ‘Louis Drax isn’t like other children. The morbidly imaginative and sharply intuitive boy has survived eight suspicious accidents, one for each year of his life. On his ninth birthday, Louis suffers a mysterious fall from a cliff and ends up in Dr. Pascal Dannachet’s experimental coma clinic, where the truth of his most recent mishap will be revealed. Families are torn apart, scientists are confounded by the miraculous, and the human heart unleashes its many secrets. Jensen’s gift for black humor and off-kilter narratives shines throughout this page-turner, and her understanding of fractured psyches and their ability to heal is remarkable. It has been compared with Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” and both books could soon be films: Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, owns the rights to “Curious Incident,” and writer/director Anthony Minghella bought “Louis Drax.”
The Christmas list:
New York Apartments: Private Views by Jamee Gregory
Another snazzy interiors book about the glamourous people living in glamourous homes. ‘Reading through Elle Décor columnist Gregory’s lavish volume is a bit like watching several back-to-back episodes of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Most were done over by professional interior designers, like Mario Buatta, Bunny Williams, Henri Samuel, Pamela Banker and David Easton. Most have stunning views of Manhattan’s best-known parks, plazas and rivers.’ Though many of the apartments lean toward traditional decorating styles- lots of fine china, gilded furniture and trompe d’oeil paintings - thank god there are also some fabulous modern places as well, including Lisa Perry’s futuristic residence above the 59th Street Bridge. “It’s the Jetsons!,”
$31 from http://www.amazon.com
Target: have some cool shoes ( for them) talk about cheap but cheap: a 40’s style, ankle strap, faux suede caramel or burgundy with a gold trim $39.99. There are cute little pull on cotton hats $13 simple in raffia or cotton , and a cool black one with white stitching and funky buckle. If you are off to a wedding or something then there are still lots of racewear style hats here too for nothing ( under $30!). Check out the faux fur chubby’s ( short jackets) here which are not bad at all : in choc brown or black and yukky caramel for an outrageous $69 but beware it has a hideous diamante brooch which I am sure can come off. Also don’t forget there are still lots of cool bikinis in here too.$24. In the homewares you will find those terribly chic leather boxes, bins and chest of drawers are all now 30% off, the choc brown with white stitching are the best.
FCUK; Have a quite nice ruffle skirt in choc brown with a blue tiny floral print $120 and a cute yellow silk cami with light blue flowers $79 and a very simple knit cream shell top $69. Check out the great pair of wide leg chinos but they don’t have side pockets $120. Tree of life: have cute little empire line, short, print dresses with sequins (subtle) around the neckline $45 and some cute little shirred tops , a bit empire line with shoe string straps in fab paisley and floral prints $25. Supre: Have lots of long peasant layered skirts in all sorts of colours , not exactly a Lanvin rip off ( too long and wrinkled) more YSL seasons ago $60, and there are some Ok shorts too $35.
Sportsgirl: Oooh it all looks a bit too cheap and fake vintage. Best pieces are the satin cami ( yes, still around again this season) with a sheer net trim $79, a light grey tweed, crop to the knee pants $79, and a white crinkle cut tank is cool $19. There are some classic pinstripe navy pants to the knee $79 and some brown grey side pants baggy pants $79 ( yes, all $79!). There are some Ok round toe flats $69, and of course the drop earrings here are all great for the price and in every colour. Esprit: a few good pieces here including a black satin bandage cami $99 and a green or light blue low cut grandpa rib knit $69 , and good zip through camel bomber $99. Witchery: I like the camel fitted cotton jacket $129, the Balenciaga esque bags are great for $229 and so are the round toe black sling backs in dark blue $129.
Cue: have a YSL style purple ruffle top $59.95, and some cool knit shell top but they have a rib at the bottom which is very eighties and not so flattering $89.
Accessoriize: don’t forget they have lots of cute pull on cotton hats for cheap $19. Nine West: have some 40’s style heels with an ankle strap in faux snakeskin in green or deep burgundy $129 and in sling back too $139. There are some very marc Jacobs 70’s patchwork suede heels for $139.
Herringbone: Don’t forget they have fabulous fabric tote bags in great colours hot pink, green and stripe $339 ish. CK Jeans: It’s not amazing for next season which is disappointing, they usually have great winter pieces but I like the cream shearling leather jacket $2499 ( ouch) and a paisley print chiffon top $199. David Lawrence: Not a lot grabbing my eye here for winter but the red pieces are good such as the scoop neck, self belted knit $79, the blue and red print ruffle chiffon top $129. There are some nice DL L/S fitted T’s and there is a lot on sale, can someone please buy the black satin belted trench? It’s is a great cut now $199 Yes, when in doubt go for black.
Jigsaw: Best pieces are the cap sleeves T $49 and the canvas skirts straight are good basics $99. Country Road: have a lurex bronze knit shrug $89 and also in green with a silver fleck. There are some felt floppy hats but is the brim wide enough? $79 and some crushed leather purses in steel $99. Check out the track pants with a drawstring and over stitching $89 and the matching tight fitting hoodie is great $49. Also if you have to buy the last bit of bling buy the simple white tank with a chic diamante trim $69.
Saba: have a cool blossom print chiffon dress with a black belt with a bow $449, some fab knit camis with a lovely lace trim, I think they are a bit more sophisticated than satin and don’t look so cheap, in fact these are a great buy! In lots of colours for you $145. Also check out the nice grey maille T-shirt top with chiffon sleeves $375. Midas : have some fab satin black 40’s heels like the Chanel ones with a bow on the toe $198, also in a dirty pink colour. There are cool round toe Barbara Bui heels $258 and white wedge sandals by Raspini, perfect for next summer $198. Coach: A lot of winter in here with fur trimmed bags ..damn just not working for me in this heat. But check out the sale with more than 30% off including my favourite tan shoulder bags now $400, and the green suede slouch shoulder bags .
David Jones: Have some more Boss By Hugo Boss A/W collection and it is rather perfect for work, of course the best piece is the leopard print belted coat $2495, very Prada from last season ( and nearly as expensive). Also check out the camel coat $1495, and the gorgeous black jackets for work $995 and the pants $499.Burberry: check out the Burberry tartan tweed zip through coat $1995 and the beautiful camel coat $2495, and a little short trench belted in black with leather trim $2495 and of course the fabulous classic trench is yours for $2295. Max Mara Weekend: great basics here for winter: check out the white long sleeve sweater $220 and a white L/S T $195 plus a black knit L/S sweater $295. There is a brown, flocked tweed pleated skirt $395 and a jacket $1030. You want the cream taupe car coat $$ and the gorgeous mint velvet pencil skirt without a slit at the back $$. Belinda: it’s all here and more is coming! Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 05 will soon be arriving at Belinda and The Corner Shop. The pre-collection will arrive in Belinda MLC in mid-February, and the main collection will arrive at The Corner Shop in April. But in the meantime just head in there to fall in love with the Ann Demeulemeester, the Balenciaga, the Dries, the Lanvin. I can’t list it all, it’s all too gorgeous.
Prada: Some of the summer collection has already arrived and of course it is all very gorgeous. The fabulous shoes are here with the small square heel and gold trim, very sixties in purple and brown $670. Drool over the gold brocade dress $$, the new brooches in the shape of anchors and dolls $290 and the new nylon orange tote bags with an ostrich trim and covered with a few brooches $1800 ( darling, it’s the ostrich) and don’t forget the Prada Sport T shirts are good prices; You want the white T $270 and the caramel chinos $490. And drool over the divine evening dresses and lots of new bags. all quite gorgeous. Good news is that thee are still 3 jeweled brooches left $270, the pick of the season. Gucci: Check out the new seasons floral print bags ( inspired by the Gucci archives) and the big fabulous tan bag with horse bit detail and chain $2395. And the cruise line (which arrived and I reported on before Christmas) is hanging in there too. And is that a version of the dress Nicole wore to the Golden Globes? The new shoes are quite divine. I love the flat T bar sandals with horsebit and Gucci stripe $560 and the gorgeous green suede mules with horsebit $600. On sale there are simple satchels style bags with no logos, no embellishment, no hardware. Oh! my god can this be true? In black or tan $845. There is a doctors bag with a bamboo handle in log canvas $850, also in tan leather $1000, and check out the leather purses and all sorts of key rings and wallets on sale too. With the clothing check out the black slinky top with a cut out back $585, the divine green pleated and twisted slinky knit op $560, the jersey sexy tops in burgundy $600 , the purple knit sweater $425 and the pencil skirts $585 are sexy. There is a black leather shirt $$ and a fabulous khaki belted and paneled jacket and now for the shoes. Best buys are the purple suede flats with a gold GG $360, if they are still there, the green strap ankle strap heels $320, and the loafers.
Here is another fabulous award winning dessert ( if you can pronounce Millefeuille then you deserve an Oscar). It comes from FiFi’s cheat cook book and is a winner for hot summer entertaining because it takes no time at all and you can do it in your bikini. (eat it that is).
1 packet butter puff pastry
2 or 3 punnets of strawberries and/or a mix red berries
I bottle of whipped cream or thick King Island cream (or one that is NOT runny)
Some icing sugar for sprinkling
·Now here’s the trick:
·You are going to bake squares of the pastry then when they have cooled, you will then make a layered sandwich with the pastry and the cream and berries. Easy!
·Hot hint: cook the pastry before your glamourous lunch then assemble it just before serving so it won’t be soggy (even though you may be).
·OK. So preheat the oven to about 180
·Then cut up the big pastry squares into 4
·You need 3 squares for each dessert so you do the maths: Work it out how many you need for your guests. Put away the calculator you can’t be that stupid.
·Moisturize a baking dish with butter or oil and just lie the cut up pastry squares on it and cook for about 10 or 15 mins
·Keep an eye on them… you want them about the colour of Paris Hilton, a slight honey suntan
·Optional: While they are cooking you can whip up a coulis to drizzle over the dessert if you so desire…. just throw some water, sugar and half a punnet of berries in a saucepan and squish them with a fork so they are crushed. Let them cook on a low heat for about 5 or 10 mins or until it looks like you could drizzle it
·Let the coulis cool.
To serve: layer one square of pastry on a plate, dollop a blob· of cream on top, sprinkle with the berries then pile on another pastry square on top of those berries and cream and do the same again, to make a tower of fabulousness
·Then throw a final square on as a lid.
·Drizzle with the coulis and then sprinkle with icing sugar
·WOW! Look at that, it’s world standard!
·What can I say? Another crowd pleaser that takes a mere 10 minutes to whip up and all just to make you the center of attention
Sideways; directed by Alexander Payne
This is a fabulous film. That’s all you need to know. Funny, poignant, and so well written and directed it takes you by surprise. Which I shouldn’t say, because now you won’t be. Yes, it is a Rom Com but guys don’t despair, it’s not a soppy chick flick. So what is it all about? “ A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s (Thomas Haden Church) final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles (Paul Giamatti) hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women.” And boy are they funny and boy are they daggy. Please Note; This is not a groovy film full of fabulous vineyards and chic people. Oh, no. It is shocking in its view of American suburbia. Shocking. And did I mention funny? The New York Times said ‘A small masterpiece. You need to understand that the truth of both a human being and a screen performance doesn’t exist only in grace and beauty, but in small fissures and cracks, in the tiny vein on Miles’s forehead that throbs out the rhythm of his anguish” But I like this review by FILMSINREVIEW.COM who said “I didn’t like it, then I liked it. ” (If only I felt like that about the small fissures and cracks on my forehead.) A must see.