May 27, 2009

Winona Forever

For Elle UK's July issue, writer/director Rebecca Miller interviewed Winona Ryder, who stars in Miller's upcoming film, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. As Miller writes, "I feel like I grew up with Winona Ryder without meeting her." Don't we all?

Something about the actress (who is now 37) seems eternally youthful, but interestingly, she didn't have a very happy childhood. Ryder tells Miller she was bullied quite often.

"I'd just seen Bugsy Malone and we were really poor," she says. "We only shopped at the Salvation Army, and I would get these three-piece, 1970s little boy suits. I had really short hair, and the third day of seventh grade, these kids basically jumped me in the hall because they thought I was a gay boy, and they roughed me up… I think when that happened, I kind of went into a movie in my head because I couldn't deal with what was happening."

Is it the ability to escape with her mind that makes her such a versatile actress? Even after she was in Beetlejuice, she suffered from being terrorized, in high school: "Kids would say, 'You're a witch, you're creepy, you're crazy.' I was in the number-one movie in the country and I was still being bullied in school."

Even though this piece doesn't touch on her shoplifting, you do get a little bit of insight into Winona's psyche — when talking about basing her Pippa Lee character on someone she used to know, she says: "In this day and age with antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs and diagnoses, there's so much to blame your problems on. Everybody has a disorder of some sort." She also admits she had an "extra-large breakdown" when she was 20. "I had just done Dracula and Edward Scissorhands. I had just had my first real break-up, the first heartbreak. And I think it was really ironic because, like, everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak, but inside I was completely lost."

Yet, Winona has found inspiration in some of her fellow actors:

"I worked with Meryl Streep on The House of the Spirits. I always thought actors had to be really depressed or moody or anguished to be great, but she was completely fine and had her family and came to work and did an amazing job and she wasn't that way. I remember that being a really big deal to me. And I was like, 'Wow, I can actually be happy and be good at the same time!' Because you go through that thing, especially as a young actor, when you think you have to make yourself miserable to play misery."

But in some ways, though she played a popular girl in Heathers, Winona has always been a sort of an outsider-type, the original, whom all the other manic pixie dream girls try to copy, but whose quirkiness can also be dark. That's why it makes perfect sense when she says:

"I thought it was cooler to be interesting than to be pretty. I must have got that from my parents, who felt strongly about being an individual and being your own person and that looks aren't everything. I always knew that I wasn't, you know, beautiful. I never wanted to be beautiful, I never wanted to be a cheerleader."

Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

David LaChapelle shot this image of Lady Gaga for a Junne issue of Rolling Stone. In other related news, the Paparazzi video should be out soon. Exciting times at the Haus of Gaga.

“I don’t feel like I look like the other perfect little pop singers...I think I’m changing what people think is sexy.” While some observers look at Gaga’s outre fashions and wild paparazzi shots and conclude she must be nuts, the 23-year-old singer born Stefani Joanna Angelina Germanotta reveals the only thing that drives her insane is being idle. “The truth is, the psychotic woman that I truly am comes out when I’m not working,” she says, explaining how every waking moment is filled with performing, writing, fashion and just being Gaga. “When I’m not working, I go crazy.”

On newsstands today!

May 25, 2009

Rihanna and Celia from ANTM

Why are they friends? I don't get it. Maybe Rihanna thought she was hanging out with "Ragin' Cajun" James Carville while shopping at Intermix in NYC.

Chloe for Elle

As Claudia mentioned a few posts ago (maybe last month?), Chloƫ Sevigny hates Canada. It's true. Well, despite this, here she is in Elle looking pretty damn fly. She looks like how Carrie Bradshaw would had SATC still be on the air.

As for this hating Canada thing...Vancouver hate I can understand. Montreal and Toronto? Que?

For Inspiration...

May 13, 2009


Dedicated to Lindsay - Bon Voyage!

May 6, 2009

Daily dose of Cuteness

Hip Kids. They're dressed better than most adults.

I would totally wear this kid's jacket.

This little girl's outfit is adorable. The pockets? THE POCKETS!

Suri Cruise, eat your little robot heart out.

May 5, 2009

Ms. Keri, baby

Keri took the stage on Letterman last night with Kanye West. I want a jean jacket, bad. She performed Knock You Down and it was pretty good. The styling is totally 80s and the jewellery courtesy of Melody Ehsani.

As for the song itself...I know I'll be playing this song all summer...what are your picks for song(s) of the summer 09?

"The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala was held in NYC last night, Monday May 4th 2009. While many played it quite safe this year, there were a few stand outs. The theme of the evening was "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion."

Chanel Iman

Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss in a Marc Jacobs gold lame mini and turban designed by milliner, Stephen Jones.

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Amber Rose and Kanye West

Coco Rocha and Isaac Mizrahi

Marion Cotillard (and do you see John Galliano in the background?)

Anne Hathaway channeling Barbarella, wears Marc Jacobs and looks great. Pour La Victoire metallic "Bethanie” strappy platform sandals and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels including "Camelia” earrings (catch the 5.8 carats of emeralds and diamonds). And finally, the between-the-finger “Lotus” diamond ring and the “Zip Paris Trocedero” diamond ring. Phew.

My girl, Posh.

Rihanna, in her first public appearance since Domestic Disturbia. Wearing Dolce & Gabbana.

Iman, minus Bowie.

Ashley Olsen wearing her own design from The Row.

Emma Roberts

Jessica Stam looking stunning in Rodarte.

May 1, 2009

V does Swimsuit

I'm breaking a sweat.

6 models. 6 covers. V Magazine is doing its first swimsuit issue and V is not messing around. Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Daria Werbowy were all shot by Mario Testino. This entire shoot/series is amazing but the covers look homemade/badly photoshopped (see: Daria's hair). Regardless, Daria, Kate and Claudia look the best in my humble opinion.

AND For the ladies (and some men): Charles Devoe, Garrett Neff and Noah Mills (NSFW-ish...suggestive Cocke-a-Cola bottle).

On stands May 6th 2009.

Gisele in Stefanel swimsuit; Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet.

Kate in Maison Martin Margiela coat; David Yurman earrings.


(for the curious, I gasped at these 'pieces' the first time I saw them years odd):

Naomi in Cartier earrings and Yves Saint Laurent cuffs.

Claudia in Louis Vuitton swimsuit and the now-infamous Yves Saint Laurent cage boots. I didn't know they came in a wedge (or is that bad lighting/photoshop?). I was going to blog about them, but doing so is now almost...passe.



And the men:

Charles Devoe

Garrett Neff

Noah Mills