2011 April 5
Photo By Chuck Close VIA Harper's Bazaar View Gallery
Legendary photographer Chuck Close and Diane von Furstenberg sat down for Harper's Bazaar and chatted about the topic that always fascinates: Plastic surgery! You'll never guess who doesn't like it.
DVF: I realize that very often what you hate is what makes you special, but it takes awhile to actually accept it. I personally am attracted by wrinkles because it is the map of your life.
CC: It helps if you’re very beautiful.
DVF: Well … [laughs] if you have good bones and good legs, you can get away with a lot. But nevertheless some people who are not good looking when they are young become better looking with age. You become what you are inside.
CC: Well, you know the conventional wisdom is that women look worse the older they get and men look better the older they get. I don’t believe it’s true, but there is one reason why that cliché has some truth to it. Until recently, men didn’t go after plastic surgery and they were a little more comfortable with aging, whereas women were really trying to move back the clock, erase all that stuff.
DVF: To erase is the horrible thing, because if you erase things in your face, you basically erase souvenirs, you basically erase memory, you basically erase pieces of you that made you. And it’s the layers of your life that give you character.
2011 April 5
Image courtesy of Newsweek View Gallery
Because nothing else is going on in the world, Newsweek's cover girl is Kate Middleton, who has something going on at the end of the month that we're sure you'll be hearing about. We're actually OK with this because Kate looks effervescent, and we have a hunch that she will likely outsell Qaddafi. What do you think?
2011 April 5
For Bianca Turetsky, art imitated life—albeit in retrospect—on the pages of her first novel for vintage fashion loving, slightly wallflower-y teens like herself. Today's release of The Time-Traveling Fashionista marks a full coming-out of Turetsky's pet project for five years now – though it certainly hasn't been all café-squatting and writing in her pajamas. For the past nine years, Turetsky has assisted Julian Schnabel. But before heading to Schnabel's West Village studio each morning, Turetsky has tapped into her inner preteen in pursuit of a dress for the seventh grade semi-formal with an hour of fictional time travel back to the decks of the Titanic.
So Bianca: what prompted you to write this book?
I got the idea about five years ago, when I was at this vintage store in New Haven called Fashionista Vintage and Variety. It's run by two amazing women who are such characters. They know the stories behind all the pieces there, so I tried on this pink dress that belonged to a woman named Mrs. Baxter, and the owners told me a bit about her life. I was so intrigued, and I just couldn’t shake it. I love how women’s lives and memories are still preserved in some way with vintage clothing. Then I started writing about a fictional Mrs. Baxter in the most extreme situation I could imagine—aboard the Titanic.
2011 April 5
Photo Via Patrick McMullan View Gallery
Federer to the rescue! Page Six reports that Anna Wintour's pal protected her from that notoriously pesky Miami paparazzi. The deux dined ensemble on Saturday night at Myles Chefet's Prime Italian to celebrate his wife Mirka's birthday. According to a spy, "Federer created a diversion so that Wintour could avoid the paparazzi in front of the restaurant. He and the group exited the side door carrying presents. The photographer ran to the side, but the queen of Vogue was nowhere to be found. One yelled, 'Where's Anna?' Federer took his time loading the car, smiled and went on his way. Anna walked out the front door unnoticed.' Did we just report on an item about absolutely nothing happening?
2011 April 5
Photo courtesy of W View Gallery
In a rare and tantalizing interview with W Magazine, designer Vivienne Westwood continues to say whatever comes to her mind. But this exchange reveals some absolute shockers! She hates New York? She loves California? She believes she moves too fast for a certain editor? Oh, Vivienne!
On California: "It’s all related to this being the “Great West” – the land of milk and honey and oranges. When I first came here, I was surprised that almost all the buildings are just one or two stories high, and by how spread out everything was: you can take Sunset Boulevard all the way to the sea, passing all these haciendas as you drive along. To me, this gives the city its character. The place has its history: I associate California with The Grapes of Wrath, and Jane Fonda and Henry Fonda, more than anything. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s not governor anymore, is he? I’m glad he’s gone."
On New York: "I don’t actually like New York. New York people are a bit stuck up and self important, and think that just the fact that they live in New York makes them better than anybody else. Sometimes there, you feel trapped by the concrete, and for me that means being trapped by the myth of Superman and American foreign policy and all these dreadful things that have done so much harm in the world. There’s just so much pressure there; it’s not nice. But I love the Met: they’ve got such an amazing, wonderful collection of Impressionist and Chinese art. I have spent as long as three days in a row just looking at the Met’s Chinese art. I really love that."
On her deceased ex-husband Malcolm McClaren and a certain editor: "Malcolm’s dead, and I can actually say things I wouldn’t have said if he’d been alive. I have such a loyalty to Malcolm, even though he was so horrible: he was good fun, and he really did get everyone moving. What I was about to say, which I shouldn’t… When Malcolm and I separated, I was pretty bored with him, and didn’t go along with much of what he was doing. I do criticize him because he was clever enough to have been a thinker, but he never wanted to go deep. He needed quick results and success all the time, and just wanted to take what he could; I don’t think he learned much because of that. He was always fast, and there are definitely a lot of people in the fashion world who want to find the latest idea and pretend it’s theirs before anybody else snaps it up. I will say I think there are one or two fashion editors – well, there’s one actually – who does not like me because I’m too fast for her. They like to discover you, and patronize you."
2011 April 4
Courtesy of Teen Vogue View Gallery
Teen Vogue got its hands on the 1958 prom picture of former (and, actually, current) prom queen Betsey Johnson, and she sported one hell of a dress! At Terryville High School in Terryville, Connecticut, Johnson "wore hoops and petticoats to make sure her princess gown stuck straight out—it had to be big, big, beyond bouffant big!" Mission accomplished.
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