As usual, Paula Abdul never fails to disappoint on American Idol. I won't break it down play by play for you since the video clearly speaks for itself. Whatever Paula is on is working. I'm not sure it's working in a productive or coherent way but it's definitely working! Enjoy. xox.
This past Friday, my very good friends Ashby and Leswere featured on the news program 20/20. The story (HERE) asks the question Is Main Street USA Ready for Gay PDA? ABC News has created this new series which consists of social experiments meant to gauge the reaction of the public in certain situations. For this experiment, they had a male gay couple and female gay couple being openly affectionate in public. The reactions were not surprising by any means. While many considered the issue null, in Birmingham, the cops were called by a concerned citizen. Each reaction is unique and each is interesting for so many reasons. You can view a clip of the show below. Enjoy. xo.
Madonna's new film, directed by Nathan Rissman, I AM BECAUSE WE AREpremiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week and has gotten very good reviews. The film documents the AIDS crisis in Malawi and also briefly touches on the adoption of her son David from the troubled country. The movie looks absolutely heart breaking. I'm so glad that Madonna has become such a huge advocate for this incredibly tragic situation that is debilitating the continent of Africa. You can learn more about the movie by visiting the official site - I AM BECAUSE WE ARE. Check out the trailer below. wow.
In case you missed it, last week The New Yorker featured a story about a man trapped in a New York City office building elevator for 41 hours back 1999. 41 HOURS!?! Yeah - It's as bad as it sounds. As you can imagine, the experience left then man completely changed. Quite scary! Watch the video below. It's quite sad. How would you have reacted?
"The control panel made a beep, and White waited a moment, expecting a voice to offer information or instructions. None came. He pressed the intercom button, but there was no response."
The article is quite interesting. While it opens with the story above, it continues on giving you a full history on elevators and the ins and outs (or shall we say "ups and downs"? - sorry!) on what makes them function.
most notably: perspective, and all that life brings whether it's cherries, tangerines, sleepless nights, mystic encounters, or the Macy's day parade. It's all quicksand And we will all get paid in karmic lessons.
the energy we broadcast boundlessly says: we might miss!
wholeness seems so easily fractured (might not BE what the point is)
then comes Depression fallowed tediously by her cohort Elevation. things that do not require use of your meager measures to contain them.
as much as they own you, as much as you sense ownership of them.. only your not holding can make things happen. just an exasperated release, will let life occur. The tone morphing salamander of control will never be the right shade for catching. - ariel quirolo
Hong Kong's Prestige Magazine interviewed uber-designer Tom Ford for their most recent edition. The shots of Tom are all done by the very talented Jeff Burton. I've always admired Tom Ford's work. He is the man that brought relevance back to Gucci back in the nineties and has continued his fine award-winning work at Yves Saint-Laurent when that was acquired by Gucci. After his departure from both houses, he has gone on to start his own line called Tom Ford. He has recently branched out in to fragrance as well and has no signs of stopping is quest for style domination. He is always innovative and always...well...hot.
Tom had the following things to say -
PM: Lagerfeld says he does everything his way and takes no advice. What about you?
TF: Well, when my staff says to me, “Here’s plan A and this is plan B,” I always say, “There is no plan B. We have to figure out how to work plan A. And if you hit a wall you have to go around the wall, or dig under the wall, but you just don’t stop." I’m very much that way when I‘m determined and I think something’s right. I figure out a way to make it happen. So sometimes you pound your head into the wall, against the wall, around the wall, under the wall and you still don’t succeed, but you must make sure you’ve tried everything when you think it’s right.
PM: Words like “exclusive” and “limited edition” are used for everything now in fashion. For you, what’s authentic luxury?
TF:First of all, the product has to be made of the highest quality. Attention to detail – the way the buttonholes work, the way the back of the lapels are rolled back – and the best quality product.
On top of that you have to layer great service, because luxury for me is getting someone on the phone instead of an answering machine when I call. And it’s being able to get help when I walk into the store, and someone who calls me when something comes in that I might like, and sends it to my apartment and will pick it up if I don’t like it, and really takes care of the customer in a way that once upon a time people were able to receive that kind of service. That is a huge part of what luxury is for me right now – to be taken care of.
PM: What’s the first thing you notice when you meet a man?
TF: Confidence, confidence, confidence! And you can fake it. I mean, it’s best if it’s real. Actually, I’m a very shy person, and you might say that’s bullshit, but I am and I guess I developed that ability to project from an early age. It’s armour. A lot of performers have it, and I’m not saying that I’m a fake at all. In fact, sometimes I’m too honest when I talk to people – often when I talk to journalists. But you project that – the confidence – and the way you carry yourself and the way you walk. That’s the first thing I always notice, the thing that makes people jump out: somebody who walks right up to you and says, “Hi, how are you?” and looks you right in the eyes.