"What about my brain? What about my heart? What aboutmy kidneys and my gall bladder?" Scarlett Johansson on being named Esquiremagazine’s sexiest woman alive.
"Don’t worry, honey, you’ll grow into your nose oneday.” Sofia Coppola, recallingmentor Anjelica Huston’s advice to her..( forgetabout my nose I want to be sexy)
"I have a fat head – I get freaked-out looking atpictures of me. So I got a Sharpie and drew horns and a goatee." RachaelRay has no brain.
"She is soun-Hollywood in the best way. She always wears black to every Hollywood event,which is extraordinary” Gwyneth Paltrow on Annette Bening. Shehas a gall.
"If you answertoo fast it means you didn’t really look. If it’s too slow, it means you didn’tlike it. So it doesn’t really matter what you say, you’re just wrong. So I justdrink a lot now. And it helps." Ashton Kutcher, on installing a wetbar in his closet to deal with the dreaded "How do I look?" question fromDemi Moore. He has a brain after all.
"I can’t stand those articles where people spill theirlife story. After a while I feel like I know more about them than their bestfriend does, and that’s weird." Scarlett Johansson, to InStyle
"I thought I was going to throw up or pee in my pants. I didn’t know whichone I was going to do."Jessica Simpson, spiling too much detailsabout the reception of her film Employee of the Month
“ It is a kind of ‘Boratistan’. It is a country of one. I meanpeople in their sane minds would probably know that any real country cannot belike what he describes in his show." Kazakh embassy spokesman RomanVassilenko, explaining his country’s ad campaign refuting Borat’s (a.k.a.Sacha Baron Cohen from Ali G) portrayal of the Central Asian nation.
"There is a man named RomanVassilenko, who is claiming to be the press secretary of Kazakhstan. Pleasedon’t listen to him: He is a Uzbek impostor, and is currently being hunted byour agents." Borat, in a press conference outside the Kazakhembassy.
"I’ve been caught withone unused spliff in the car. I had no drink or drugs in my body. I haven’t gota problem with drugs." George Michael meet Pete Doherty
"What about my brain? What about my heart? What aboutmy kidneys and my gall bladder?" Scarlett Johansson on being named Esquiremagazine’s sexiest woman alive.
We all need bags. Lots of bags. Bags for every outfit. Bags for every day. Bags for fat days and daggy days and groovy days. So time to check out the fabulous oversized nylon bags for the weekend days at Nine West. Very similar to the Longchamp totes these bags are big, double handle totes in nylon with zips galore and pockets galore with chic brown leather trim (a la Longchamp). In a fabulous khaki green with orange lining or in black with animal print lining these bags are for those days when the only bag you want to think about are the ones under your eyes.
$59 Nine West Tote Bags.
One word sums up the item du jour this week: Balenciaga. Anything Balenciaga is hot but the latest collection just seen in Paris is all you want. WWD writes “If the fashion futurism we’ve seen so far this season has been of the back-to-the-future Mod variety, on Tuesday morning Nicolas Ghesquière took it in a whole new direction at Balenciaga. With his soundtrack invoking the theme — “The robots are coming.”"When?” — he went lean, mean, metaled up and light years away from the structured pouffery of the fall collection that so impressed some of his colleagues in Milan. Anyone looking for an alternative to pretty, your quest is over. Ghesquière’s vision is a dark one, populated by aggressive warrior-bots in various sliver-thin layerings of black worn with weighty chain platform shoes and often, brassy ergonomic leg armor. There were men’s wear wools, waxed leathers, croc, bits of sheer, what looked like gun belts and some major plastic work delivered in new renditions of the designer’s signature skinny rock ‘n’ roll silhouette, altered significantly for that otherworldly vibe.” Go to Style.com for more.
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All the news from Paris from WWD.
Yves Saint Laurent’satelier-turned-foundation in Paris is showing the fabled couturier’s latestexhibit, "Voyages Extraordinaires."
Paris’ fifth edition of the NuitBlanche (or White Night) festival will take place on Oct. 7. From 7 p.m. until7 a.m., a long list of contemporary artists from various backgrounds areinvited to display their creations in different quarters of the City of Light.This year, James Turell, Sébastien Tellier and Xavier Veilhan are among themost awaited. The Place de la Concorde will be illuminated in Yves Klein blue.Meanwhile, at Versailles, several artists have been tapped to dress up thechateau. Fragrance nose Francis Kurkdjian, for example, will perfume thefountains with orange essentials oil, while Christian Lacroix will displaycouture gowns in the Royal chapel.
Karl Lagerfeld is set to waxlyrical on a few of his favorite things. “Les Musiques que J’aime,” or “MyFavorite Songs,” is a double album set for release Oct. 2. In collaborationwith Paris Vogue, it contains 23 tracks selected by Lagerfeld for work and forplay.
Famous for his blue, Yves Klein isgetting the retrospective treatment at the Pompidou Center in a show featuringabout 160 paintings, sculptures and sketches, which is sponsored by LVMH MoëtHennessy Louis Vuitton.
A Robert Rauschenberg exhibition opens at the Pompidouon Oct. 11.
Meanwhile, photographer Lee Friedlander is getting a major showingat the Jeu de Paume through Oct. 7, and the Musée du Luxembourg has beendrawing crowds for its exhibition of Renaissance master Titien.
Colette will exhibit a series ofimages from “Individuals: Portraits From the Gap Collection,” the book ofphotographs — taken by Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts and StevenMeisel, among others — of fashion icons such as Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld andIsabelle Adjani, all of whom posed for the sportswear brand.
Go here to read the hilarious fashion Blog direct from thefront row of the Pret A Porter collection by the Pulitzer Prize-WinningFashion Columnist Robin Givhan (from The Washington Post
“Diary Of A Marie Claire Fashionista….Join the MarieClaire fashion team as they head to Milan and Paris Fashion weeks. Here, yourbehind-the-scenes look at what goes on at the shows and an all access pass tothe latest trends hot off the runways” .
Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth areso over.
Eva Longoria and Boyfriend are soover.
Jennivince or Vincifer is nolonger. Jen even has her sights set on a new man, Matthew. My advice to Jen:dress up like Jake Gyllenhaal, with lots and lots of spandex, if you want towant to catch Matt’s eye ( asocialisteslife).
MatthewMcConaughey looks like a psychopath … plus he brushes his teeth whiledriving.
Ivanka Trump and Lance Armstrongare dating, although they have no witnesses and no sources and pretty much noreason to think they’re dating at all.
I give it three months beforeNicole Richie’s sunglasses get so big her head is just dragging on the floor.Then when she shows up to places and people ask her what’s wrong she can pointand laugh at them because their lame sunglasses actually fit on their head.Thesuperficial
Breaking news: Eva Longoria wasseen with huge red sandals. “She woke up one morning thinking to herself,"I need to buy a pair of slippers with huge flowers on them that make me alook like a ridiculous human being. And not just huge flowers. I mean flowersso big you’ll think my feet are actual giant flowers.” Thesuperficial
Mischa Barton and boyfriend CiscoAdler enjoyed a stroll together. Really enjoyed it. There are photos to proveit
Maggie Gyllenhaaland Peter Sarsgaard are the proud parents of a baby girl.
Nicole Richie and BrodyJenner are splitsville.
Tori Spelling says "Yes, I’m Pregnant”.
Anna Nicole Smith had a commitment ceremony to her shady-ass lawyerHoward K. Stern in the Bahamas . Anna Nicole looks spaced out of her mind.Allwe see in Howard’s eyes are dollar signs ..
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen continue their rein of terror upon the poorunsuspecting people of Paris. pinkisthenewblog.
Wallpaper City Guide (Paperback) by Editors of WallpaperMagazine
These are the must buy guides to all the fabulous cities ofthe world from Wallpaper magazine. “ A new concept in city guides they are pocket-sized, easy-to-use anddiscreet so that you don’t feel like a tourist”. God Forbid. There are 20 CityGuides launching in September 2006, and a further 40 will be available in
2007” Chic de la Chic travel for all.
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The Christmas list
Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design (Hardcover) by Vicente Wolf
“Famed interior designer Vicente Wolf is known for a modern and elegant design sensibility that is guided by integrity and simplicity. He is also a photographer of note, capturing images of his own design work and of his travels. Crossing Boundaries is a fascinating combination of the two, a spirited approach that pairs travel and design based on visits to Ethiopia, Myanmar, Syria, Madagascar, and Borneo”
$31 http://www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Monacelli (October 5, 2006)
Witchery: lots of very casualpieces, not really seriously fashion pieces to take you breath away. Check outthe white shoe string tiered cotton dresses in black too ( the only vaguelyboho thing you are allowed to have in your wardrobe) $79; the white cottoncaftan top with ¾ sleeves in muslin $79; the orange or tangerine tanks $39; andthe simple tanks like a Bonds cotton tank $29. I see lots of shorts, verycasual and some cool grey maile track pants. Buy the sheer chiffon cami in afab leaf style print in pinks and greens, rather chic $99. Also check out thefab flat T bar anklestrap sandals in gold or black $129 and the Prada ruchedstyle bag in a nylon with 2 straps and leather trim $169.There is also classic scoop neck T with puff sleeves $34.The lace trim satin cami is very simple and classic in black and cream and it’sfor all those people who didn’t buy one last year. Or the year before (that’show long I have been writing about them. Perhaps they are now to be viewed as aclassic). The black pencil skirt with buttons front is cool $99 and so are theblack skinny leg pants cut like a jean $99 and the chic black clutch bag withgold clasp $99.
Cue: Lots of chic little summer pieceshere. Best buys are the puff sleeve fitted jacket $259 in taupe or black; thefab black chiffon dress with a self belt and scoop neck ( an updated version ofthe little black dress seen in Whatswhat.com.au ads) $239; the black and whitesmall check cotton pants $219; the lurex short sleeve polo $129 and the blackand cream stripe jersey singlet top with a tie back, cute $69. Check out thecute little brown cotton empire dress with a ribbon trim about $239 and all thefine knits in great colours. I spy a Prada esque bag in cream canvas and a chocbrown trim $279 ish and a cool black and cream stripe tank with a drape frontand empire line $69. For those that dare : buy the the high waisted baggy creampants with a cuff $145 or the purple tie back cotton square neck top $109. Thecheck out the grey and navy stripe tie back singlet top and the beige cottontrench $369. The cotton gaberdine crop jacket is a great buy $239.
Esprit: check out the cute blackand white linen thin stripe classic trousers $99; the black simple tieredsundress in white or black $99 and the patch pocket shirt with ¾ sleeves in astripe too ( red and cream is fresh $69). There are cool red Balenciaga style Ttops with an emblem on the front $38; and buy the fab cotton pencil skirts with buttons down the front and sidepockets in khaki, black and beige- a must buy for summer $89. There are lots of jeans here as well tocheck out.
Just Jeans: There are some fabSeven jeans here in dark denim ( Just Jeans have bought the rights to Seven sothat’s why there are called Seven) for just $99 and check out the new andgroovy dark denim skinny levis $99- a must buy too. There are cute little whitecotton cami tops here for under $40 and also a cool beach hat $40.
Nine West: lots of great cheap butchic shoes here. Best buys are the flat toe thongs with an ankle strap in blackpatent, green suede or taupe $139; little elastic strap flat sandals $119 andthe chunky wedges a la Miu Miu $149. The bags here are great too. Also checkout the Studio Collection range which is more expensive : there are some fabnew wedges with a T bar and ankle strap in a choc brown $249; the groovy blackpatent wedges with a silver wedge insert and ankle strap $229 and a peeptoe andthe brown very Chloe platform with tan leather and wooden sole $299. And alsothere are clothes in here and I rather like the black cotton peacoat with chocwhite stitching and silver pressstud buttons $259. Cool.
Country Road: I see some fab Pradaesque dresses here that look great. In black or navy and red they have anempire and drape front with grosgrain blush coloured straps;$199. A great buy.Also check out the long caftan tops in black or white $159; the ¾ white or greycrop pants $129 and pleat tulip skirt with its own grosgrain belt is a fab buyfor summer and comes in lots of colours $129. There are cute little crop V neckknit cardigans $99; lovely cream with black trim, tie back contrast dress in anempire line $249; a cream cami with a black ribbon trim in a cross under theempire $129 and the fab lace trim cream blouse as previously reported. I seelots of pastels for casual weekend wear and linen too. I like the groovy baggydenim shorts $119 and the Chloe style ankle strap chunky wedges $179.
Maggie T – yes you read right- havedone some long linen caftan, very Marni style because they are oversized theywould look great belted. Infact they are Amanda Tabberer and are rather chic inchoc, black or white about $249. In the accessories department buy the standup totein camel $275 and the Sigersomn Morrison black stone encrusted flat T barsandals abput $170 and of course the fab floppy straw hat with a wire brim soperfect for the races or the beach . The wooden chunky necklaces are chic $49.
Saba: Go here for a cute blackprint race dresses . Buy the beautiful cream or black simple simple satincamisoles $129 with a scalloped edge in a cream or black ; the cream knit baggyround neck cardigan $129 and the very nice classic side pocket trousers $199.Check out the cute bubble drop waist skirt in black $229 with pockets – chic-and the fab little black and white ticking stripe shorts. Then check out thesale rack: I see the fabulous trapeze crop cotton trench jacket in light blueor brown now reduced to $125 ( was about $300) and the teal blue Prada esquesatin skirt with grosgrain ribbon trim $139 ( half price) . Not on sale butinvest in the white stretchy shirt with a double cuff $149 . A must buy. Plusthe choc brown side pocket pants $199.
Zimmerman: Lots of funky pieceshere. Check out the divine little cotton linen strapless dress with frontpockets and heart buttons in a beige or black $480; the cute short shorts witha belt in taupe $295; the brown and white stripe scoop neck top $ 225. There isa cute denim cross back dark denim dress with a ruffle hem for the young and alots of jersey sexy mama slinky dressesin bright blue, green and pink if you must. Or just indulge in the divinestrapless black evening baby doll mini dress with little chiffon cut out discsallover it or the gorgeous soft pink strapless mini dress ( as seen on SundaySunrise styled by FiFi for the red carpet dressing). Love the chiffon blouse in a cream chiffon with a print about$400.
Sonia Hopkins: don’t forget tocheck out her store in William st Paddington for lots of fabulous silk andcotton knit tops and cardigans in delicious colours like red and cream andtaupe.
Max and Co: I see a bit too muchwatermelon pink Boho No No here but please ignore and go past that to somethingmuch more au courant for this season and buy : the classic pinstripe suit $595for jacket and pants $400; the gorgeous camel jersey empire sleeveless top withdouble stitching the front $130 ( bargain); the fab white pants $410; the cutewrap and tie cotton dress in a dirty pink and brown and the cream crochet styleknitted peacoat $370. Buy the black and white and brown check crop trench withbelt $590 and the red halter top $160 with a plaited strap. Also check out thestripe knit singlets in a faded green ,browns and blues $195 and a very prettyblack and white print dress perfect for the races.
Evelyn Miles: Lots of new Miu Miubags and Jimmy Choo arrived in here. Buy them all, go on ; start with the darkgreen khaki double handle drawstring bag $1500 with gold hardware; the biggerversion in soft gold metallic leather$2500 with gold hardware trim; also in anavy. There is a divine green or navy square tote with a gold zip, 2 handles,very structured with hardware $2900 or just the Miu Miu brown doctor style 2handle bag $1800 and the small version with a long shoulder strap and shorterhandles in a suede choc brown $1300. Then check out the shoes: the L’autreChose dark green/black /purple faux snakeskin in an ankle strap platform $638;the Espadrille wedge mules with a bow front in the choc brown or silvermetallic $248; and the Jimmy Choo stiletto with a big thick gold chain alongthe front $1098. Don’t forget about the new shoes by the Evelyn Miles label:the black round toe patent black flats with a T bar, cute, also in white $428;the metallic round toe ballet flats $458 in bronze and the black fabric 40’sstyle black heels $498. And of course as reported the Miu Miu clunky chunkywooden platforms are all still begging to be bought with gold stud details andwooden sole from about $600.
Hugo Boss Woman: lots of classicchic pieces here and some are great prices considering the fabulous quality.Check out the green suede belted jacket $1999, (not sure who can wear palegreen suede this but it’s rather gorgeous.); the camel patch pocket tie frontblouse $249; the faded denim in a grey green Khaki blazer $529; the beautifulrib camel knit top with buttons down the front and ¾ sleeves $329. Buy the divine light blue or brownsleeveless top with button downs the front and epaulettes for a cheap but chicprice of $289. Buy the black pinstripe suit jacket $1500; the knit black tank$239 and the black cotton jersey patch pocket top $269. There are simple blackshift dresses with a thin belt for you $809; a divine cap sleeve taffeta dresswith a lace trim on the hem $949 and some fab bags as well.
Weekend Max Mara: Very conservativehere but worth checking out for investment pieces. Best buys are the pinstripetrousersuit jacket $1340; the white cotton ¾ jeans $320; the black drape lacetrim T shirt with asymmetrical under layer of chiffon, rather chic, $360 and a black and white print top with awrap and tie red belt $225 – a bargain. Also check out the cute double layercream T ‘s $230, and the stripe tops as well. I see a lot of pink and a few boho pieces. No No. Buy the zip throughcable knit beige sweater $429 or the black stretchy zip through top $325. Go here to buy a frill trim dress for theraces in black and white.
Belinda Corner Shop: check out the Superfine jeans here andalso I see that the Rachel Roy label is also available here.
Savoury Tart …from Simone Logue
This is a brilliant recipe and really one of the best waysto kill anyone: full of cream, eggs, butter, cheese, cream cheese and anythingdelicious. I have renamed it Cholesterol tart
For 40 models or 10 men without heart problems
You need for the Pastry. You will make pastry. You will.
1 cup flour
½ cup polenta
a little bit of preserved lemon mashed up
2 leeks sliced
1 tabs butter unsalted
1 tabs sugar
100g oven roasted tomatoes
3 cloves of oven roasted garlic
For egg mix
10 x eggs ( 10; not a typo)
400 ml thickened cream
100g fresh grated parmesan cheese
sel et poivre
q Preheat oven to 150
q Blend butter, cream cheese, flour polenta and a dash ofpreserved lemon in a whizzer until it forms a paste or a pastry clump.
q Roll the pastry out. Watch the manicure.
q Moisturize a spring form tart tin
q Press the pastry into tart tin so it looks fabulous
q Cut up the leeks. Don’t cry
q Roast the garlic till soft and gooey
q Roast the tomatoes in olive oil, garlic, thyme andbasil and a dash of balsamic
q Heat up butter and sugar and gently cook the leeks tillthey are soft and caramelized and outrageously delicious.
q When the tomatoes, garlic and leeks are cooked let themcool then ..
q Arrange them on the bottom of the pastry shell with thecrumbled fetta and a few sprigs of thyme. But wait! Keep some tomatoes, Fetta andthyme for accessorizing at the end
q Now mix the cream, eggs, parmesan, salt and pepper andpour over and into the pastry shell
q Top it the remaining Fetta thyme and tomatoes for a bitof a snazzy look on the top
q Bake in the 150 oven for about 1 to 11/2 hours untilthe top is firm to touch but wobbles a little like your thighs or upper arms (depending how old you are)
Serve with a light white wine and an adorable green saladand the phone nearby for all any calls for 000
The Devil Wears Prada….directed by director David Frankel
Genre: Comedy chick flick
Who: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Simon Baker,Stanley Tucci. Giselle.
The Plot: Girl writes a shockingly badly written andexcruciatingly boring, bitchy book about Anna Wintour which for some reason ismade into a move. It bares little resemblance to anything at Vogue. Exceptthere are a lot of clothes and shoes. In the film daggy girl who has no fashionsense is employed at a fashion magazine (Why you would employ anyone who is notinterested in your product to work for you I just don’t know). The boss is abitch. Who has the worst wardrobe I have ever seen. On anyone. Ever. Girl puts up with bitches at the office.Shehas a poor boyfriend. She goes to Paris. Meets Valentino. Wears some Chanel.Leaves boyfriend. Leaves the job. Goes back to Boyfriend. The end. Thank God.
Acting: Meryl Streep is fabulous. The end.
Photography: Not worth mentioning.
Set design: The magazine editor’s office looks likea freedom catalogue. So wrong So cheap. Like her wardrobe.
Wardrobe: Absolutely shocking.What fashion editor would wear those hideous hoop earrings, those trashysunglasses; those awful coats, sheer black hosiery ( ewww) and those tackyshoes? How could they get it so wrong, wrong, wrong?
Salon de Beaute: Tacky cheapwhite hair on Meryl streep in a daggy cut. Anna Hathaway has great simple hair,the only thing with any style. The fashion assistants have blue tacky eye shadow and green nails. I ask you. Please explain.
Botox: Triple dose to get overthis crap and sexist movie.
Waterproof mascara: triplethe application to get through crying over the shocking wardrobe, the wetfashion jokes and laughable fashion shoots.
Car chases: I wish.
Blood’n’guts: You want to kill the wardrobedepartment and the script writers for this drivel of a teen movie with no witor story.
Rename it: The Devil wears thin.
Best Review: “If The Devil Wears Prada didn’t have the silentlymenacing Meryl Streep as its title character, the film would be sporting nubsand carrying a broom instead of full-blown horns and a pitch fork.” Hollywood.com
Best Worst review: “ flat comedy that pretends to cluckits tongue at gloss and glitz and the surface tension of lives attuned only toappearances, then spends most of its time drooling over them.” San DiegoUnion-Tribune
“Wearing an ill-fitting top of insincerity matched withclunky, hypocritical heels, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is in dire need of amakeover. Sun Publications Chicago
See it or donate to the Prada Bag fund? The Prada bag! Willanyone ever write a movie where a successful chic woman can have a career, befabulous at her job and
be happy and not a bitter and twisted unhappyold chook? Will anyone write a movie that shows the fashion industry in a chicway? Will anyone write a movie about fashion that is full of interesting peoplewho love what they do? Will anyone? Yes. Me. I will write that movie. Soon.Very soon.