The French romantic thriller “Diva” dashes along with a pellmell gracefulness, and it doesn’t take long to see that the images and visual gags and homages all fit together and reverberate back and forth. It’s a glittering toy of a movie... This one is by a new director, Jean-Jacques Beineix... who understands the pleasures to be had from a picture that doesn’t take itself very seriously. Every shot seems designed to delight the audience.
- Pauline Kael, 1982 [more inside]
The Man's Suit (p2/p3/p4)
has influenced politics
, shaped fashion
, and signaled everything from stodgy conformity
to rock stardom
, and success
. And yet the man's lounge suit
was originally considered the casual option
. It is an iconic image of Western (and today, global
) masculinity, even when used to question
and challenge traditional gender
iconography. And where are the finest men's suits in the world made? [more inside]
) is a 24-year old, Chinese virtuoso classical pianist who became an overnight sensation in 2007 when she filled in after piano legend Martha Argerich
a performance with the Boston symphony. Since then, Ms. Wang has become a superstar in her own right, hailed
by critics for her precise
, passionate performances
. But after a recent appearance on-stage in a short red dress and high heels led to a critic's complaint about her outfit
, others are now weighing in
on whether it is appropriate
for a female classical musician to wear
. [more inside]
Style Like U
features an exhaustive video archive
of people talking about their clothes and history and what personal style means to them and the power of self transformation. [more inside]
"When legal teams need to prove or disprove the authorship of key texts, they call in the forensic linguists. Scholars in the field have tackled the disputed origins of some prestigious works, from Shakespearean sonnets to the Federalist Papers."
Decoding Your E-Mail Personality
Ben Zimmer, of Language Log discusses the Facebook case and forensic linguistics
in the NY Times. [more inside]
Love in the Age of Self Consciouness:
Rob Horning argues authentic, risk-taking romantic love has been replaced, in the age of social networking, by peacocking aspiring to sprezzatura
. "Modern identity, then, is born of the alienation of auto-surveillance, which makes the self seem a discrete thing we manipulate from behind the curtain of publicity." [more inside]
From bouffants du jour and shampoo secrets of the stars to yesteryear's 'dos and you-know-you-want-it accessories, if it's about hair, you'll find it at the always entertaining Hair Hall of Fame
Edward and Bella disemboweld.
Style purists are pretty tedious, but so can be Bella's conversation
. [more inside]
The miniskirts, hotpants, bellbottoms, boots, sunglasses, and hairdos of the Sixties Seventies
as worn by the famous and anonymous beauties of the time. (some images NSFW)
January 1, 1985
: Earfuls of earrings out, armful of bangles in.
January 1, 1993
: Pellegrino out, Crystal Pepsi in
January 1, 2004
: Viagra out, Levitra in (MetaFilter previously in)
January 1, 2011
: Trolling out, Hacktivism in.
The List: a middlebrow, Beltway elite, mildly insufferable, perennially baffling Washington Post tradition since 1978
(Concave chests out, bosoms in)
The Congolese Sape
is a photoessay by Héctor Mediaville on Sapeurs, a male subculture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which is defined by its haute couture clothes. Blogger Eccentric Yoruba
wrote a post for steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana on Sapeurs which was crossposted to Racialicious detailing the history of the movement and linking it to dandyism in general
and explaining its political significance in the 70s, when it was championed by music legend Papa Wemba
(live footage from the 90s
"I came to this beautiful hall in a soiled subway car,
but I might as well have travelled in a grand carriage. As I walked down the street I drew sidelong glances. 'Who is this man,' they seemed to say. 'A man at home where-ever he travels. A man of refinement. A man of elegance. A man of corduroy.'" An address to the Corduroy Appreciation Club
) by MeFi's youngamerican Jesse Thorn
Inspired by photographer T. Hayashida's book Take Ivy
, a collection of images
of (largely white) Ivy-league students of the 1960s, style bloggers Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs
of Street Etiquette
reimagine the book as The Black Ivy
, where the race lines are flipped and the dapper dial is cranked up to 11.
has died at the age of 40
. He will be remembered for his beautiful and haunting
style (and his gravity-defying hoof shoes
Friend to Isabella Blow
, Philip Treacy
, and many more; inspiration to countless. He will be missed.
— An online lifestyle publication focused on the latest and best in fashion
for men. Includes the two-part survey The Female Perspective, A Modern Guide to Dating from the Minds of 150 Opinionated Ladies
Tavi Williams, Style Rookie
. Tavi is a (self-described) "Tiny 13 year old
dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats. Scatters black petals on Rei Kawakubo's doorsteps and serenades her in rap. I have no where near 4 million readers. Rather cynical and cute as a drained rat. In a sewer. Farting. And spitting out guts." [more inside]
The Considered Ensemble
is a platform showcasing meticulous outfit choices from individuals around the world. Describe what you're wearing today, and they may post it on the blog. Detailed descriptions give insight into the creativity, coordination, thought and taste (or lack thereof) behind each unique ensemble.
Put This On
is a new video series and blog by MeFi's Jesse Thorn (youngamerican
) and Adam Lisagor (Twitter's lonelysandwich
) on men's style, with the style-unconscious but pragmatic beginner in mind. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
The Face Of Hockey
: November 1st will mark the 50th anniversary of Jacques Plante - subject of an upcoming biography
- skating onto the ice wearing a goalie mask. A new style was born, one that would later be carried into the mainstream by another prolific slasher
. And to celebrate the anniversary, TSN is running a poll
asking which current goaltender has the most original mask. (gallery
) [more inside]
The Footnotes of Mad Men
explores and discusses the historic events, themes, and cultural mores of the show.
Try on the hottest celebrity hair and makeup looks. Upload your own picture. Or picture of someone you hate.
Tokyo Camera Style
"People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day"
Stylish Gent: Thedaniel
provides men with an easy to use shopping blog for fashion with a retroish flair. [via mefi projects
"It's like I used to enjoy firecrackers, but now it takes dynamite to get me high."
Brit Eaton takes Outside magazine on a safari for vintage clothing in the wild west. (via)
The cars of tomorrow, today.
Link goes to NYT, you may need to use BugeMeNot. [more inside]
Lord of the Memes
: Now that MeFi has taught me how to beat the hipsters
, how do I beat the poseurs? David Brooks
says "prestige has shifted from the producer of art to the aggregator and the appraiser;" the cultural elite are early adopters
and, more importantly, early discarders
, of culture. [more inside]
A flipside of Kitty WigsTM
, for the stylish kitty - pointed out previously
- is available for the stylish kitty owner
Taaz is a fun, easy-to-use website that gives women the opportunity to “try on” the hottest makeup and hairstyle looks from the convenience of their homes. From creating the perfect smoky eye to painting on a dramatic ruby-red lip for a night out on the town, taaz.com allows women to become their very own makeup artist and create the perfect look for any occasion. [more inside]
Love American Style
Season One Volume One is coming to DVD on November 20th
. The series ran on ABC-TV from 1969-1974, was nominated for an emmy for best comedy series (won for music) and often featured pilots that had been turned down by the networks. Some would later be picked up after airing on Love American Style; two such shows were Happy Days
and Wait til Your Father Gets Home
. The original theme song was performed by the Cowsills, here is their live version
years later. As a kid, I actually hoped my dating life might be fun and humorous like the show, no such luck.
From hair styles
, this site has amassed a massive fashion photo collection
of groovy celebrities and swingin' stars from the '60s and '70s.
High Security Fashion
Miguel Caballero is walking around his company's showroom in Bogotá, Colombia, holding a .38-caliber revolver. "You!" he says, pointing to German Gonzalez, a 20-something salesman who's been on the job for just two weeks. "You're next."
The latest in boardroom insanity? Nah, Miguel Caballero makes high fashion bulletproof clothes for presidents, state leaders and gangsta rappers and enjoys demonstrating how effective they are at stopping pistol fire at point blank range.
Its Armani-style combined with highly effective personal protection.
An online version of The Chicago Manual of Style
is scheduled for release in September 2006. A test drive will be available next month; there's a Quick Tour [PDF]
with screenshots and more info.