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Happy Birthday, Al Pacino

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Al Pacino

Happy birthday, Al Pacino.  I hope that this year’s celebration is as fun as the party pictured above.

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April 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand

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Barbra Streisand

Happy birthday, Barbra Streisand.  People, people who have birthdays, ARE THE OLDEST PEOPLE IN THE WORRRRRRLD . . .

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April 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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Kirat

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Kirat

Much was made of Lakshmi Menon when she appeared on the modeling scene a couple of years ago.  An Indian model?  Get out of here!

How soon we forget a fabulous face like Kirat Bhinder.  Discovered by a journalist while she was on vacation in Paris in 1976, Kirat was introduced to Yves Saint Laurent.  The designer was looking for new models to present his revolutionary Ballets Russes collection, and there was no one quite like Kirat.  Tall, dark and exotic, Kirat seamlessly became a part of the unique tapestry of models that defined the time.  In the era of Dalma, Iman, Marie Helvin and Jerry Hall, the one thing that kept a girl working was a face that could handle a lot of makeup, and Kirat definitely had that, along with an androgynous edge and a sharp jawline that gave her a look all her own.  Kirat continued to model throughout the 80s, eventually using her experience in the fashion business to move into jewelry design as Kirat Young.

Learn more about Kirat here.

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April 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

October 2001

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Cover: October 2001

Context:Pop Idol” premieres in the UK on October 5.  The show would go on to become an international phenomenon, begetting version that would include “American Idol.”  On October 7, the US invades Afghanistan.  On October 20, “Fallin‘” by Alicia Keys is knocked from the number-one spot atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second time by Jennifer Lopez’sI’m Real.”  On October 26, US President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act into law.

Points of Interest: Hot on the heels of Mariah Carey’s summertime breakdown, “Glitter” was flopping at the box office as this magazine hit the newsstands.  Well done, “FASHION.”

What Tyra Would Say:Daria did a terrific job of engaging the camera in these stills.  Now let’s see if she was able to maintain eye contact while the car was moving.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: This cover is a testament to the talent and creative vision of Susie Sheffman.  She’s still doing first-rate work ten years later.

Grade: A+.

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April 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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Happy Birthday, Joyce DeWitt

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Joyce DeWitt

Happy birthday, Joyce DeWitt.  I still think of you when I’m wearing L’eggs pantyhose.  Or cooking eggs.  Or wearing pantyhose.  Or cooking eggs while wearing pantyhose . . .

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April 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson

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Jack Nicholson

Happy birthday, Jack Nicholson.  I couldn’t find a photo of you so I decided to post this picture of my friend Rusty waiting for the bus.  Wisconsin is lovely in the springtime . . .

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April 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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It’s a Five-Way Tie

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ANTM

If there’s one thing I learned from last night’s recap episode of “America’s Next Top Model,” it’s this: I don’t have a clue who is going to win this cycle.

Usually I have favorite whom I can eliminate because my favorite almost never wins.  This cycle my favorite is Molly.  I thought that she was getting the edit of a bitchy runner-up (like Smellrose or Yaya), but Tyra still hasn’t beaten her adoption backstory into the ground, and last episode she was actually challenged to redeem herself.  In this strange alternate universe that Tyra controls, that means she’s going to be sticking around for a while.

Brittani has also been challenged to redeem herself, and for the most part she has earned redemption.  Last night’s episode confirmed the fact that she not only sought forgiveness from Alexandria, but she also attempted to be genuinely friendly to the competition’s current frontrunner.  Moreover, she impressed the judges with her modeling skills.  During last night’s episode I was also reminded that she has performed well in runway challenges.  Between a strong work ethic, a natural ability to pose in front of the camera, and — most of all — her trailer park upbringing, she’s looking more and more like the chosen one.

Yet Alexandria is still hanging on — inexplicably, if you ask me.  I believe that she looks old, photographs old, and is bitter beyond her years.  Nevertheless, the judging panel seems to adore her.  Jay Manuel doesn’t seem to share their enthusiasm for the crone, though.  In the preview for next week’s episode, he once again appears to be telling Alexandria to stop directing her own photo shoots.  She’s already had a couple of final warnings.  Unfortunately (for me), the girl who appears to be in jeopardy in the preview almost never gets sent home.  Fortunately (for me, again), the old/bitchy/hard/mannish girl usually gets no further than second or third place.  Her redemption edit came way too early in the season for her to take home the title — I hope!

Hannah is the dark horse as far as I’m concerned.  She’s got a remarkably commercial look that has translated well to a couple of high-fashion shoots, and Tyra adores that sort of versatility.  Last night’s recap episode showed that she not only has a personality, but that she also understands that the no-personality edit on this show is the kiss of death.  Without being told a second time to bring “herself” to panel, she could surprise the judges and move forward in the competition.  And she’s sort of growing on me because she’s given me no reason to hate her . . . yet.

Kasia is the least likely to win, in my opinion.  In fact, her photo last week was as bad as any photo in ANTM history — even Lluvy’s fish face and Kelle’s platypus.  But there’s always one girl who seems to be taken along for the ride despite her portfolio.  I get the idea that Tyra wants to take a “fiercely real” girl to Franca Sozzani because Franca would actually use a plus-sized model in “Italian Vogue” if that model suited the storyline of the layout.  She already did it with one of the show’s most-memorable rejects, Toccara Jones, and she could do it again.

So that leaves the girls neck and neck and neck and neck and neck.  I don’t know when I’ve been as unsure of the outcome of this somewhat predictable show.  Brittani does have the longest neck, so maybe she’ll stick it out when it counts.  Yet it’s sixteen seasons into ANTM and I’m still left guessing.  Good job, Tyra!

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April 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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Happy Birthday, Iggy Pop

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Iggy Pop

Happy birthday, Iggy Pop.  The two of us have a lot in common, including our preference for performing topless . . .

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April 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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Happy Birthday, Shemar Moore

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Shemar Moore

Happy birthday, Shemar Moore.  I bought my friend Rusty this magazine when he was on a workout kick because the cover said “ADD 2″ TO YOUR ARMS.”  It worked, but now he drags his knuckles on the ground like an orangutan . . .

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April 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

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Galliano who?

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Francesco Scognamiglio

There is a lot of conjecture over who will succeed John Galliano as the creative director of Christian DiorThe Cut published a post today speculating that some of the names being considered include Riccardo Tisci, Prabal Gurung, Tom Ford, Alber Elbaz, Sarah Burton and Olivier Theyskens.

Let me just say that my first choice would be Francesco Scognamiglio.  He’s decidely uptown and terribly chic with just the right combination of creativity and kink to revitalize Dior in the wake of the Galliano scandal.  And he’s probably available, unlike four of the six designers listed above.  Gurung and Theyskens could probably sign a contract with LVMH tomorrow without overextending themselves, but the other four are fine just where they are.  The last thing Bernard Arnault should want at the venerable label is a designer stretched to the max, like Galliano, Christophe Decarnin or Alexander McQueen.

I know almost nothing about Scognamiglio personally, but I do know what Christian Dior represents in the modern market.  I can’t see Arnault wasting time with someone who hasn’t operated an atelier.  Naysayers might believe that Scognamiglio is a little too Milanese to head a brand synonymous with French fashion, but they said the same thing when a Brit stepped into the role in the nineties, and look where that got them.

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April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm