Archive for March, 2011

March 31, 2011

Rubin Singer Fall 2011

“My customer demands both seriousness and whimsy; characteristics that are not bound by age, size or geography but more by an innate sense of self. My goal is to empower women.”

He’s fast becoming a favorite of celebrity stylists, editors and socialites alike.

His work features angular cuts, strong proportions and bold, original prints. His collections are produced with couture precision.

Singer’s designs are worn by, among others, Beyoncé, Lucy Liu, Heidi Klum, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, Shakira, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Iman and Glenn Close.

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March 31, 2011

The Charlie Sheen School of Babysitting (for Venture Capitalists and Log Cabin Republicans)

Before you dismiss Charlie Sheen’s idea of living with porn stars who take turns babysitting  the children as entirely tasteless, ponder this.

They see a doctor every month and get lab work that someone else pays for. Sort of like working at Walmart. What’s more wholesome and all American than working for Walmart?

You think Sam Walton and family became the richest in the world because they paid for health benefits and respected women? Winning!

Additionally, if you have infants, the girls don’t mind having strangers spill stuff all over them and they’re really good at cleaning up.

In other news, the first Republican to file for a 2012 presidential run is a gay activist. He says he’s Republican because he favors small government.

An ex-boyfriend says he’s a Republican because he can’t stay out of other people’s bedrooms.

March 30, 2011

Naked Ambition: Professional Women’s Magazine Sexts Chicagoland

“If you don’t send your boyfriend naked pictures, I feel bad for him.” Rihanna

March 30, 2011

Don’t Hate Me Cause I’m Beautiful

Ever wonder what sound was being played in the hippest gay dance clubs 10 years ago?

Listen to Chris Brown‘s newest single “Beautiful People.” Yes, it does take that long to work its way to the mainstream.

And just as a bonus, I’m throwing in Keri Hilson‘s new single. Love the video!

March 29, 2011

Femme Fatale: Britney Spears “live” on Good Morning America

To promote the release of her new CD Femme Fatale today, earlier in the week Britney Spears  performed 3 songs in front of a live audience in San Francisco. “Good Morning America” devoted its entire second hour this morning to the pre-taped  live concert event.

“Pre-taped live concert event” pretty much describes all of Britney’s work, so it wasn’t particularly odd to see on live morning television.

No, the oddity here was Ms Spears’ lethargic attitude, which regrettably brought to mind the fried chicken/Dunkin Donuts/rehab addicted Britney at the MTV Awards a few years back.

The choreography generally had the energy and complexity of a chair aerobics class at a senior center though at it’s peak it did mimic the artistry one sees at the finale of a 70’s themed performance at a respite center for the developmentally disabled.

As for her “solos,” Ms Spears stood almost in a haze, bending over or rocking back and forth from side to side, often gyrating her neck in order to whip her hair into motion, thus appropriating the entire  repetoire of a dancer with a C section at a Gentlemen’s Club around 2pm on any given weekday.

Despite all of this, there was some good news to report. If one thinks about it, counter-intuitive as it may be, it is quite heartening to hear her declare on her new single that she plans to keep on dancing “Till the World Ends.

She could use the practice.


March 24, 2011

I, Andy

It may just be me. But when I read the  New York Times profile of Andy Cohen–the Bravo executive who is responsible for the misogynist trash television phenomenon “Housewives” franchise–I couldn’t help but think to myself that, despite the fact the article was essentially a puff piece, Mr. Cohen came off as embarrassingly gay Charlie Sheen-like.

This brings me to Anderson Cooper, who is thankfully both gay and not an embarrassment.

March 24, 2011

How to double the life of your blue or grey suit? Brown shoes.

Before black shoes became appropriate to wear with everything, the traditional choice for a men’s shoe with a blue  or grey suit was brown.

Look closely at this 1961 portrait of Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia. All three are wearing a grey suit with brown shoes.

On any given day, if you tune into “The Today Show,” you can see how the conservatively but always impeccably dressed Matt Lauer follows this rule.

I always recommend to clients who buy a grey suit that they buy both black and brown shoes (usually from Ferragamo) so they can get two different looks from the suit.

The same applies to a blue suit. GQ magazine recently advised:

Always, Always Brown with Blue
1. Learn what every well-dressed European man knows: The best way to bring out the richness of your blue suit is with equally rich brown accessories.
2. A brown leather bag only gets better with age.
3. Brown dress shoes should be dark, like the color of coffee with just a touch of cream.

Cotton poplin suit, $1,845, shirt, $420, belt, $300, and shoes, $760, by Prada. Duffel bag, $3,420, by Louis Vuitton.

March 24, 2011

Design: Fernando Romero’s Museo Soumaya


If you’re the world’s richest man, worth an estimated $79 billion and have a 66,000 piece art collection, what do you do next?

If you’re Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican telecommunications mogul, you hire your son-in-law, a disciple of Rem Koolhaas, to design a building to house it all.

Here is an artist rendering of Fernando Romero’s Museo Soumaya which is slated to open later this spring.

Mexico City is home to astoundingly impressive museum collections, and now it may become home to a museum which is itself a work of art.

March 23, 2011

There’s an App for That, Maggie!

If Elizabeth Taylor, at the peak of her beauty, couldn’t cure Paul Newman of his homosexuality in “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof,” how exactly do the makers of the new iPhone app plan on curing it?

All this mendacity……

Come to think of it, she couldn’t cure Montgomery Clift or Rock Hudson in real life either.

Good luck with the app guys.

Godspeed on your journey, Miss Taylor. We will always be grateful to you for “Maggie” and “Martha” and for your tireless work for human rights.

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March 22, 2011

There’s an App for That, Jolene?

Apple has again come under fire for approving an iPhone app that promises to cure homosexuality.

Yes, you read that correctly.

By the time you read this, Apple will have probably come to its senses and removed the idiotic app from the iTunes store.

If there really is a  market for apps on human sexuality, and there is, I would suggest that this would be a great time for The Kinsey Institute to issue an app of the Kinsey Scale.

The research has been around since 1948, for God’s sake. I think it’s about time it moves into the 21st century with its own app.

Until that happens, perhaps everyone should take a listen to The White Stripes essential cover of the Dolly Parton classic “Jolene.”

Why? Because  hearing Jack White beseech in his trademark wail “Jolene, Jolene I’m begging of you please don’t take my man” will give you the essence of Kinsey’s work: how complicated and multidimensional human sexuality really is.

And there ain’t no cure for that.

Related post: There’s an App for That, Maggie!