Thursday, July 29, 2010

Got $500?

Maybe you should spend it on a United Bamboo dress....for your cat! I swear to god this is not a joke. You can actually buy these from Opening Ceremony here and here. If any of you guys are crazy (or drunk) enough to buy one of these, please send us pictures!


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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Meowstix

Paul & Joe has read my mind yet again and produced the most insanely gimmicky cat lover lipstick ever. They've really gone above and beyond this time as the actual lipstick is shaped like a cat face. Then they went and took it to another level by adding an adorable swan print to the tube! I don't even know what to think at this point, is it possible to create a cosmetic that's more delightful than this? Doesn't matter that actually applying the stuff might pose a problem...that's what brushes are for.



via Refinery 29

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Superstar

Shortly after I moved to New York I rented a VHS of Todd Haynes' Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story from Kim's Video (R.I.P.). I thought it was so incredible that there were video stores where you could rent bootleg copies of films that were banned, unreleased, or just insanely rare. They also had Kenneth Anger bootlegs and Cocksucker Blues, the infamous Robert Frank documentary about The Rolling Stones. Nowadays, thanks to Youtube, these sorts of films can be seen by anyone, anywhere in the world (except maybe China). Films that would have otherwise remained in the underground now have the potential to reach massive audiences. I hope this is the case with Superstar. The film traces Karen Carpenter's life from the inception of The Carpenters to her death from anorexia related heart failure. The cast is comprised almost entirely of Barbie dolls and Haynes spent months constructing the miniature sets. The attention to detail is incredible; he even went so far as to make a miniature labels for miniature boxes of Ex-Lax. The body of Karen Carpenter's Barbie was whittled down throughout the course of the film.


Superstar was barred from release because of copyright violations; Haynes was never able to acquire the rights to the Carpenters songs featured in the film. Richard Carpenter hated the movie, presumably because it made him look like a dick and insinuated that he was gay. The lack of distribution is unfortunate, not only because the film is good, but also because it is one of the only movies about anorexia. Or rather, it is one of the only movies about anorexia that isn't relegated to the made-for-television category.  It's also too bad that there isn't a high quality version available; the 20+ years of shoddy VHS duplication has really taken it's toll. The Museum of Modern Art owns a copy (presumably less crappy than Youtube's) but they have agreed with the Carpenter estate to never exhibit it. Thanks again Richard Carpenter! Picture quality aside, it is still an incredible and important film and thanks to google video you can watch it right here, right now! Do it.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Missoni + Anger = WTF?

I was really surprised that Robert Longo did those Men in the Cities-esq Bottega Veneta ads but I am shocked that Kenneth Anger made a short film for Missoni. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great, he's just the last person that I would expect to do any sort of fashion collaboration. Well, him and Captain Beefheart. But who knows, maybe Captain Beefheart will score the Louis Vuitton show next season. (Vogue Italia via R29's twitter)

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Funny Girl

I attract Barbra Streisand records like George Clooney attracts women. I can't walk ten feet without someone giving me a copy of Color Me Barbra. This happens because all my friends know that I love Barbra Streisand and there are a million Barbra Streisand records in every thrift store. I also hate Barbra Streisand. It's a complicated situation, I feel similarly ambivalent about Oprah. But anyway, as a result I have 24 Barbra Streisand records, only one of which I purchased myself. This includes multiple copies of Lazy Afternoon, A Christmas Album, and What About Today?. I never listen to them but I love some of the covers. Lazy Afternoon and The Way We Were are my favorites.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Babes in Toyland

The Miu Miu resort collection looks more like a mood board than a collection but I still love a few of the looks. They just happen to be derrivative of all of my favorite things, like 70's-era Vogue Italia, Yves Saint Laurent, and those Guy Bourdin babes.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Style Sightings

I'm not proud of the fact that I sporadically binge on People of Walmart (usually at around 4AM) but I have to say, some people on that site actually have really good style...

Like this chick. She could be the 5th member of the B-52's.
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Two words: PANTS LAYERING. That is some innovative shit. Only this dude and Susie Bubble could pull that off.
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This looks like something that Erin Wasson would wear. Or possibly Madonna during that unsettling cowboy phase.
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I'm pretty sure that I've worn this outfit.
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This guy is just cool. And I love that he's buying more beads.
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I bet this looks like Comme des Garcons after a few bottles of Boone's.
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Is this the Mission district circa 1978? No, just Walmart.
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I don't know what I love more, the Cher jacket or a man with a cart full of Diet Pepsi.
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Why is "Beauty School Dropout" suddenly in my head?
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I am Wonder

The current issue of I Love You is Superwoman themed, which instantly reminded me of Dana Birnbaum's iconic video piece Technology / Transformation: Wonder Woman (1976). That piece actually has a lot in common with I Love You, namely the cheekiness, clever use of appropriation, and feminist themes. I can't imagine why it wasn't referenced somewhere in the issue. On a related note, I was happy to hear that the next issue of ILY will be princess themed. Let's hope there's a Donkey Skin-inspired editorial in there!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mommy, I ran out of my Klonopin

There are two types of people in the world: people who think that Todd Solondz is a genius and people who think that he is a very sick individual. I fall on the "genius" side of the debate, which has not served me well in more than a few social situations over the years. So, at the risk of pissing off the Solondz haters, I am very happy to present the trailer for his new movie Life During Wartime. It's a non-linear sequel to Happiness with different actors playing the various roles. I am beyond psyched that Paul Reubens is playing a younger version Jon Lovitz's character. And did I mention that Charlotte Rampling is in it? Life During Wartime comes out on July 23rd.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Good Sister/ Bad Sister

People talk a lot of smack about Courtney Love but I maintain that the world would be far less interesting without her in it. And I'm sorry haters, but no one looks cooler than Courtney Love circa 1994 (except maybe Stevie Nicks circa 1977). That Nancy Spungen-meets-Rosemary Woodhouse look always kills. And even though her look has evolved drastically over the years, I still love to see what she is wearing. Thanks to What Courtney Wore Today I can check out her wacky ensembles on a daily basis. It is seriously the best thing since astrologyzone.com. I also recommend watching the endlessly quotable Courtney Love: Behind the Music that aired a few weeks ago. My favorite revelation was that she read a Sylvia Plath poem about incest (presumably Daddy) during an audition for The Mickey Mouse Club. And lastly, I suggest that you listen to the title track from the Kim Gordon-produced Pretty on the Inside record. The second half of the song is a totally badass Joni Mitchell cover, it starts at 1:30.


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