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Obamarama Continues

As if I wasn’t already in love with Michelle, she’s gracing the cover of Vogue and the interview is posted online. So she’s sporting Jason Wu for the cover, but it’s such a toned-down cover probably to keep naysayers at bay. There’s nothing ostentatious about her, the cover, and the clothing for the photo spread? It’s J.Crew, baby! Yup, it was styled by someone at J.Crew and the whole package makes for a down-to-earth package and no frontin’.

Obamarama Redux

There’s no such thing as too much of the First Lady, and NYT writers Cathy Horyn and Eric Wilson talk about her and the big cover. Scope it.

You’re First Prada, Joey!

Check out the male international style-setters sporting purses, heels, and women’s clothing for both laugh out loud funny and tenderhearted moments. From talking about shopping all day to arguing the case for boys borrowing women’s clothing on the grounds that women’s clothing borrows from the boys, it’s a good read.

Smokin’ and Stylin’ with Agyness Deyn

Following on the heels of our guys is British model extraordinaire Agyness Deyn–one who loves to borrow from the boys. Seems like she actually has a pretty normal life, nicotine and all. Read the story from NY Mag.

Get Love…

Found a great band, The Love Language, and if you like The Walkmen, check ’em out. “Lalita” is a must-listen.  

… and Get Down

It all started when I saw looking for Senor Coconut’s remix of Jamie Lidell’s “Little Bit of Feel Good” and then this track, “Moskow Diskow,” popped up during the week care of the bodacious brains at RCRD LBL.

Heads Up

Just got the dates for Cornelius with Deerhoof playing the Mayan on 5/14 and the Glass House 5/16… sweet. And it gets better, Brandi Carlile is B A C K and I’m totally seeing her at the Iron House back when I’m home for break this April. Loved catching her live on afternoon playing outside at Copley Square in Boston, and we can expect the new LP this summer.


We are not talking about Ticketmaster hooking up with Live Nation. Absolutely not. Don’t want to hear about it.


The List: Part Duex

Barbie’s Birthday Party… or I was Born VIP, Thank You

 Valentine’s Day marks the original glamour puss’s birthday and she’s celebrating the big 5-0. New York Fashion Week promises a runway show for Barbie with designers Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang and Anna Sui dolling models up.  When I was a kid, I had this video, Barbie’s Birthday Party commemorating her 35th birthday with a celebration at Epcot. No words can adequately express how floored I am to a) have thought about that video and b) to have found it. Turns out, when the video came out, other top-tier designers made mini-me outfits for Barbie and then the looks were auctioned for an AIDS charity. Word. Barbie did everything and it’s a little sad that all she is getting, so I’ve heard, is a fashion show; I would imagine she would like her 50th to be an affair for everyone to enjoy and as a chance to give back–if only she were real. 

Cynthia Rowley’s dress for Barbie’s 35th bday, 1994, WWD photo

Cynthia Rowley’s dress for Barbie’s 35th bday, 1994, WWD photo

 The British Are Coming! McQueen hits Target

I started with a feeling, a girl and her spirit, and ran with it… It’s an eighties punk aesthetic that evokes the anarchy and social change of the time… I thought of what The Duke Spirit‘s lead singer, Leila Moss, might wear on stage. She has brilliant stage presence, very energetic and compelling.

-Alexander McQueen 

McQueen is one of my personal favorite designers, consistently wooing me with his chiffon concoctions of romanticism and riotousness in his signature line. McQueen clothing will be within reach at a local Target, and in an interview with New York Magazine he discusses the soon-to-be unveiled collection. Not one to hide his ambition to increase his name recognition in the United States, McQueen seized the opportunity to move beyond the racks at Saks and get into the closets of mainstream America. For New Yorkers, it will be available Valentine’s Day Weekend, and for the rest of us, March 1st. Here’s a peek of what’s to come and the complete look book is at Nylon:

Get Engaged with Alexander Wang

 Downtown designer of the moment Alexander Wang teamed up BK-based jewelry designer Paris Kain of Abraxas Rex for his own line of little treats for Fall 2009. Showing on Valentine’s Day, the collection of silver cuffs and earrings is unorthodox, to say the least.  

 “‘We’re working with ways of wearing earrings that aren’t typical,’” Wang told WWD. “‘How they work on your body, how they hang. We want to push the meaning of embellishment and how people interpret jewelry.’”

 That doesn’t help us much, but the overall look will be in keeping with what he has planned for his Fall clothing collection; moreover, both the jewelry and clothing collections will be a different look for the poster-boy of slouchy cool. Wang added that the collection will be “‘animalistic’” a la Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

silver cuff with big ol’ pyramid spike and earrings the size of the Ritz

Translation: silver cuff with big ol’ pyramid spike and earrings the size of the Ritz

“‘The shapes we’re working with could just as easily be from a thousand years from now or a thousand years ago,’” said Kain, who added his signature barely-there diamonds to add a little sparkle to the bad-ass wares. 

 OK, no more talk of Valentine’s Day.