Halloween Party, 1965 Belleville "We dressed as charcters from the Beatles' movie, "Help". This was in the basement/garage of our Crest Haven Drive house." (c) mary_m on flickr
To me, feminism is also about liberating men from the stereotypes that they have to be the breadwinners, that they have to be a certain way, and they can’t explore their feminine sides. That’s crippling men. That’s crippling how fully men can experience their emotional lives and everything. They have to bond with each other by putting women down? That’s sad. What about having real friendships? Wouldn’t that be great?
Yesterday I met Patti Smith at the Chicago Public Library. She was there to give a reading/lecture about her new book Just Kids which documents her early days in New York City with her then boyfriend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. She read a bunch of passages from the book, surprisingly performed a couple songs on her guitar, answered audience questions, and was her usual witty and intelligent self. Afterward, she signed copies of her book for everyone in the audience. She is a truly inspiring and fabulous lady.
On Friday, a friend of mine also scored us free tickets to go see Evan Dando, formerly of the 90s band the Lemonheads who hilariously was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1993. According to my friend, he also took Juliana Hatfield’s v- card. Anyway, I really was excited to re-live the 90s and see him play. The show was a lot better than I thought it would be. He did all of the old Lemonheads songs like “It’s a Shame About Ray” and “Into Your Arms” and did a ton of covers, including my personal favorite, “Different Drum”. His voice still sounded really good and he still looked kind of foxy, in my opinion. And seeing him made me long for the simpler days of 1994.
The Lemonheads on the Jay Leno show, back in the day.
I feel bad that I never update this thing. I just never have any time. I started a tumblr where I can record even more of my mundane thoughts and interests. I work a lot, I go out dancing a lot, I’ve been drinking too much beer, and I’ve been obsessed with Curtis Mayfield and Sade. That really sums everything up.
I’ve wanted to dedicate a post to ‘The World’s First Supermodel’ Janice Dickinson for quite some time. While many people see her as a out-of-her-mind reality star, she is easily one of my favorite models of all time. In the 1970s, modeling was full of All American looking models with blonde hair and blues eyes, a la Cheryl Tiegs, Patti Hansen, Christie Brinkley, until Janice came around and shook the modeling world on its head. She was one of the first ethnic looking models to reach supermodel status and her hard-partying, rock-n-roll spirit set her apart from all of the other girls at the time.
I would definitely recommend reading her autobiography, No Lifeguard on Duty. In the book, she’s very candid about her abusive childhood, the not-so glamorous life of a new model, and of course many salacious stories about Studio 54 and the 70s party scene, her many famous flings (Jack Nicholson, Sly Stallone, Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Liam Neeson), and her substance abuse issues.
But beyond that, and as these pictures hopefully demonstrate, Janice was a fantastic model with the unique ability to look multi-ethnic and totally transform herself for every photo shoot.
I was inspired to re-watch the 1967 film Bonnie & Clyde last week after reading so much about it in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Although it’s an important movie in terms of ushering in the New Hollywood era of filmmaking, the movie itself doesn’t really fascinate me. What does make this movie worth watching, besides Warren Beatty’s hotness of course, is THE FASHION. Specifically Bonnie Parker’s fashion.
Since Dunaway was portraying a real life bank robber from the 1930s, the wardrobe had to reflect that time period accurately. However, many of the outfits in the film could easily be worn today and still look chic. Her scarves, trench coats, and form-fitting pencil skirts are very on trend, and I really wish more women would embrace the beret like she did. I have a beret but always feel too self-conscious to wear one because I feel like it looks too costumey, but maybe this movie will inspire me to finally rock it.
I don’t care what the fashion elite are pushing for the fall, but I will totally be using the Bonnie & Clyde style as my inspiration.
SWV is one of the R&B girl groups from the 90s that never gets any credit, and I’m glad that Rich from FourFour is helping in the fight to give props to the group that brought us such classics as “Weak” (still one of my favorite songs of ALL TIME), “Downtown” and “Human Nature”.
He has just posted his tribute to SWV member Coko’s infamous nails. And by infamous I mean multicolored talons. The best acrylics money can buy. They really should be celebrated.
And because it never gets old, SWV’s video for “Weak”. It’s like 7th grade all over again.
Although I make fun of American Vogue just as much as any follower of fashion, I must admit that Anna Wintour has been impressing me lately. Putting Michelle Obama on the cover was a bold and exciting choice for a magazine that pretty much never puts African American women on the cover. Then what did she do; she put Beyonce on the cover the following month. Two black women in a row on the cover of Vogue. Has hell frozen over?
It officially has now: The May 2009 issue actually has MODELS on the cover. Imagine that….models on the cover of a fashion magazine. What a novel idea! I personally am so sick of seeing the same 12 celebrities on the cover of fashion magazines over and over again. How many times can we see pictures of a heavily botoxed Nicole Kidman wearing Balenciaga? Who finds Kate Hudson THAT exciting? Can’t we just agree that Jennifer Aniston is boring and not at all fashionable? CAN’T WE BRING BACK THE MODELS?
I was just old enough in the 90s to be familiar with the SUPERMODELS. They were on MTV’s House of Style….they were in George Michael music videos. They wouldn’t get up for less than $10,000 a day. They were fabulous freaks of nature. They didn’t need as much photoshop as the current crop of Vogue cover girls (ie: actresses).
But now, Vogue has thrown us a bone. In honor of the Met Costome Institute Gala (this year’s theme: fashion muses), Vogue is honoring the mostly nameless and not at all famous current crop of top models. The girls who grace all of the top ad campaigns and walk down dozens of runways every season, yet get none of the glory like the supermodels of the past.
Famed photographer Steven Meisel is also featured in the issue, and many of the chosen cover girls are ones that he had a hand in discovering.
Anyway, here it is. MODELS ON VOGUE. Photo from the Fashion Spot
The Models: Liya Kebede, Natalia Vodianova, and Anna Maria Jagodzinska, Isabeli Fontana, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Raquel Zimmerman, Caroline Trentini, and Natasha Poly.
YAY for models. I am so buying this issue.