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Twenty Things I Liked in Twenty-Twelve

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"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha had already established herself as a model with a little more to offer than most models, so she really didn’t need to do anything else to impress me.  At this year’s Met Gala, however, instead of shilling for some designer in a borrowed gown, Rocha showed up wearing a vintage Givenchy pantsuit that she purchased at Elizabeth Taylor’s estate auction.  Afterward she Tweeted “Putting my Liz Taylor Givenchy into storage for now, wondering if someone one day will get to have as much fun wearing it as I did!”

I certainly hope so!  While many couture creations justifiably end up as museum pieces, fashion should be fun.  The story of this ensemble — red wine stain and all — put a smile on my face and overshadowed every other outfit on the 2012 Met Gala red carpet.  Way to go, Coco!

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December 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Happy Birthday, Ellie Goulding

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Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

Happy birthday, Ellie Goulding.  I wasn’t quite sure what to think about you at first, but now that I’ve discovered that you’re a Capricorn who likes to lay on the couch, you’re all right with me!

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December 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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Twenty Things I Liked in Twenty-Twelve

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Pajama Jeans

Pajama Jeans

There’s nothing I adore like a trend-killer, and that’s why Pajama Jeans make me smile!

Yes, Pajama Jeans have been around for a while, but now that both overpriced, over-decorated jeans and leggings/jeggings/meggings have reached critical mass, I’ve fallen in love with the ” As Seen on TV” product because it reminds us all how tired jeans are in 2012.  The ubiquity of hideous denim nowadays takes me back to the designer jean era ca. 1981 when the industry began to collapse on itself.  Back then, the people who set the trends were trading in their Calvins for the most nondescript denim of all: Levis 501s.

I don’t really care if utilitarian denim makes a comeback to thwart the current trends.  In fact, I’d rather see something else come into style, like those baggy, highly-tailored Marithé et François Girbaud jeans from the eighties.  Anything would be better than what people are wearing right now.  You know you’re ready to dump the look when they’re selling it on the Wal-Mart website, right?

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December 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Twenty Things I Liked in Twenty-Twelve

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Malgosia

Malgosia

Here’s a photo of the legendary Malgosia Bela.  In terms of money-making modeling machines, Malgosia is right up there with the best of them, although she doesn’t have the name recognition of many of her peers. Still, she managed to show up on this list (click the link above) of “Vogues” top models of 2012 on fashionista.com.  And she did that at the ripe, old age of thirty-five!

Sure, there are a lot of old broads in the business, but most of them are either models who first made it in their teens and then stuck around as sentimental favorites, or else models who have made comebacks after stepping away from the spotlight for a few years.  Yet there are also girls like Malgosia and the incomparable Guinevere Van Seenus who just don’t go away because they’re so good at what they do.

It seems as if we’ve seen a lot more of these girls in 2012 than in recent years.  We’ve also seen a lot more models with children and far less child-models.  There are always a few youngsters kicking around in the business, but I can’t remember a time when models in their mid-to-late-twenties — or older — were more common than teenage models, and that makes me smile!

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December 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Happy Birthday, Mekhi Phifer

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Brandy & Mekhi Phifer

Brandy & Mekhi Phifer

Happy birthday, Mekhi Phifer.  I really believe that you and Brandy have a lot of chemistry together.  I wouldn’t rule out a remake of “The Boy is Mine” . . .

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December 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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Happy Birthday, Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Happy birthday, Maggie Smith.  Or should I say “Dame” Maggie Smith?  It’s sort of difficult to get used to using that title because we’re so close . . .

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December 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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Newsweek

Newsweek

While I’m not happy that “Newsweek” is publishing its last issue this week, I am glad that the publishing business seems to be adapting to the changes in the marketplace that have come about since the world became “digital.”  We all saw it coming, but what we didn’t see was how quickly it could alter our fortunes.  I was let go from “Harper’s Bazaar Online” ten years ago when Glenda Bailey came on board.  At that time, my editor was worried because Bailey didn’t even like to use email.  And for some inexplicable reason she’s still running the magazine . . .

But I digress!  “Newsweek” tried to stay afloat as both a print magazine and an online entity, but it didn’t really work.  People nowadays just don’t have the attention span that it takes to read a magazine article. Many of them get their news in Twitter-style snippets that are short on detail and often lacking entirely in acknowledgements.  Paranoid, groundless blog posts asserting that the world is run by evil, secret societies have more legs than actual news.  In the meantime, morons argue that the “mainstream media” ignores the real issues, yet their real issues are generally based upon the sort of falsified propaganda I just mentioned. The moral of the story: people are going to believe what they want regardless of what you tell them.

On the bright side, people like me are going to continue to read the whole story when it’s necessary for us to understand the whole story.  What’s more, we’re going to continue to be convinced of our own mental superiority because we can actually process information from multiple sources in order to come to an informed conclusion.  That, in turn, is going to feed our moral superiority.  Soon we’re going to form secret societies just because we can.

So as “Newsweek” closes its door, another door opens.  And behind that door there are people like me, ready and willing to take advantage of a world where almost no one can process a stream of information longer than 140 characters.  And that makes me smile.

#bowdownbeforeyournewmasterpunymortals

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December 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm