In the last 14 years, Sofia Coppola has become one of America’s most singular filmmakers by perfecting the cinematic art of haunting, emotional passivity. In her first four feature films, she has created evocative dream worlds of languishing arrest—an art-house anodyne to all of the muscle-bound blockbusters full of rage and speed. The Virgin Suicides (1999) depicts a small Michigan suburb and its reaction to a string of incomprehensible teen-girl suicides. (The suicides that afflicted the Lisbon family seem even to transpire without their victims’ full participation or understanding.) In Lost in Translation (2003), the plot revolves around the emotional swells of a young woman drifting around Tokyo, her own hotel room, and Bill Murray without a sense of purposeful direction. Marie Antoinette (2006) also focuses on a young woman whose fate was sealed by forces far larger than her. And in 2010′s ode to the Chateau Marmont, Somewhere, an actor passes through his own immobility and fracturing career—as well as his stilted relationship with his 11-year-old daughter—like a wanderer in a mildly inhabitable desert. Continue reading “A chip off the Ol’ Block: Sofia Coppola.” »
Yves Saint Laurent dressed both Mick and Bianca Jagger for their wedding in St Tropez, May 1971.
The image of the Rock royals made the YSL label an icon for hipness and gave it its Rock credentials… Continue reading “Rock of Ages: Slimane unveils new campaign for Saint Laurent.” »
Can a man sell a women’s fragrance? Well if you are Brad Pitt, chances are you probably can convince a few women to wear a certain fragrance; at least Chanel seems to think so. Continue reading “Brad Pitt for Chanel” »
So, Katie Holmes after Cruise is giving fashion and beauty a try. Not that she hasn’t before; she and her partner and personal stylist Jeanne Yang have had a go at making women’s clothes since 2009, with their women’s range aptly called: Holmes & Yang: it does sound a bit like an accountancy firm rather that a fashion range…Oh well not a very vibrant name I guess…. Continue reading “Jumping for Katie.” »
Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86 in L.A. at his home on the Hollywood Hills of complications from pneumonia.
Along with such contemporaries as Norman Mailer and Truman Capote, Vidal was among the last generation of literary writers who were also genuine celebrities , he was a fixtures on talk shows and in gossip columns, personalities of such size and appeal that even those who hadn’t read their books knew who they were. Continue reading “Gore Vidal a lifetime of independence.” »
Anybody that really doesn’t like TV has to admit that Jonathan Ames and Jason Schwartzman comedy series Bored to Death starring Jason as Ames—a writer from Brooklyn, who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective; in all his Jewish angst and existential humor was a step above most offerings on HBO and regular TV. This explains obviously its cancellation after three seasons. Continue reading “Bored to Death: an accident on a way to Moonrise.” »
She was every where during Paris Fashion Week….Chanel, Vuitton, Balmain….Just how big is Katy Perry? Continue reading “Fashionably Perry” »
I am told that I first met Daphne when I was a child. I cannot ellaborate upon this because I have no recollection of the meeting, but I can say the first time that I remember meeting and connecting with Daphne was last year, when she walked in Naomi Campbell’s charity fashion show to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Continue reading “Daphne speaks to Peter Brant” »
It was a last-minute decision by Miuccia Prada to have actors close her show, she nonetheless managed to recruit quite a power troop, including Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Tim Roth and Adrien Brody. Continue reading “Eastern Block chic and leading men” »
Ashley Greene was delighted about her role as a vampire instead as say a werewolf in the “Twilight” movies. When werewolves morph from human to canine, “you ruin all your clothes and, as a fashion addict, I wouldn’t be happy with that.” Continue reading “Ashley Greene Times 2 for DKNY” »
On Monday afternoon, a little before 5 p.m., about a dozen twentysomethings huddled on East 60th Street near the Barneys NYC men’s department entrance. Continue reading “Gaga’s little shop of horrors at Barneys New York” »
Marisa Berenson has spent a good portion of her time on this planet being photographed and admired. Continue reading “Marisa Berenson: beauty becomes her” »