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Why People Should Collaborate

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The Cut

I just finished watching two slideshows on The Cut, one featuring the best looks of the menswear shows, and the other featuring the most-ridiculous moments from the menswear shows.  Not surprisingly, there was some overlap between the two lists.  Fashion can be a polarizing issue, so I can understand how someone might adore palazzo pants on a man when I find them to be a little gauche.

But maybe the girls at The Cut should have discussed which looks would receive postive or negative reviews.  As is stands, they’ve made themselves appear sort of wishy-washy with their opinions.  The only conclusion I really can make after viewing the two reviews is that Ashlea Halpern likes her guys girly while Amy Odell prefers a more manly man.

Credibility comes with consistency.  I adore The Cut, but this minor glitch makes me believe that the right hand needs to know what the left hand is up to.

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June 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Happy Birthday, Allegra Versace

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Allegra & Donatella

Happy birthday, Allegra Versace.  How could anyone look at this photo and not say “Wow, that’s quite a pair”?

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June 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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Happy Birthday, Theoren Fleury

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Theoren Fleury

Happy birthday, Theoren Fleury.  Although Moose Jaw likes to claim you as their own, we both know you’re really from Oxbow, which is isn’t nearly as glamorous.  You’ll have to try harder to impress me.

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June 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm

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Daytime Emmy Awards: Welcome to Amateur Hour

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Adrienne Frantz

That’s Adrienne Frantz on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmy Awards.  She looks gorgeous!  At least someone got something right . . .

I’ve never seen a worse award show than last night’s amateur hour production on CBS.  Microphones were left open.  Cues were missed.  Presenters were clueless and terribly unrehearsed.  Every award show — and every live show — has to deal with a few glitches, but this was one egregious mistake after another.

I adore daytime TV and I’m offended that CBS would produce such a half-assed tribute to the genre.  Shame on you!

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June 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Happy Birthday, Alice Krige

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Alice Krige

Happy birthday, Alice Krige.  Besides Sarah Jessica Parker, you might just be my favorite movie monster of all time!

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June 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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Happy Birthday, Bruna Tenorio

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Bruna Tenorio

Happy birthday, Bruna Tenorio.  I just discovered that you have a blog, too.  If I could read a word of Portuguese, I’d probably love it!

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June 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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America’s Next Top Model Casting “Ugly-Pretty” Cycle

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Hot on the heels of the fan-favorite “petite” cycle, “America’s Next Top Model” is casting “ugly-pretty” girls for its seventeenth season.

“There’s a fine line between ugly and pretty” claims host and executive producer Tyra Banks, who recently sat down with Auntie Fashion.  “I’m eager to challenge society’s notions of conventional beauty.”

Age, height and gender restrictions have been relaxed in order to accommodate a wider variety of contestants, and Banks is excited about the changes.  “We’ve seen ugly-pretty girls on the show before,” Banks adds, “and we’ve seen pretty ugly girls on the show, too.  Who are we to tell them that they can’t be successful models  — well, besides industry experts, I mean?”

But what exactly defines an “ugly-pretty” model?  “Anything goes!” says Banks.  “I’ve seen the fiercest girls at casting calls.  Sure, many of them have been borderline plus-sized trannies with stumpy thighs and faces that could stop a clock, but when you’ve got it, you’ve got it!”

Prizes for Cycle 17 have also been changed to reflect the changes in the competition.  Out are “Italian Vogue” and CoverGirl cosmetics.  In are an editorial spread in “Nylon” and a gig as national spokesperson for Alpo.  “It’s going to be a dog’s breakfast,” Banks adds, “but an edgy, high-fashion dog’s breakfast with lots of smizing, tastelessly-executed photo shoots and plenty of irrational decisions from the judging panel.  I’ve still got to give the fans what they want!”

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June 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

September 1996

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Cover: September 1996

Context: Rapper Tupac Shakur is shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.  He would die in hospital on September 13.  On September 19, the scoreboard at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena falls to the ice just hours before an NHL game is set to begin.  On September 24, US President Bill Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the UN.  The Taliban capture Kabul, Afghanistan on September 27.  “Macarena” by Los Del Rio spends August, September and October atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Points of Interest: No longer “Toronto Life Fashion,” “FASHION Magazine” makes its debut with a new cover font.

What Tyra Would Say: Kim’s beauty shot tells me that she belongs in this competition, but her poor performance in the Macarena challenge has me questioning her ability to model through the pain.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: Someone in the editorial department sure liked alliteration.  Sheesh!

Grade: A+.

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June 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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Happy Birthday, Sean Hayes

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Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes

Happy birthday, Sean Hayes.  So you can lift Kristin Chenoweth off the floor with one arm — big deal!  So can my Mom.  Stop showing off . . .

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June 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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Happy Birthday, Carly Simon

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Carly Simon

Happy birthday, Carly Simon.  Thanks for never revealing that you wrote “You’re So Vain” about me.

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June 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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