And more from our Liz: Advice to men — don’t smile? … Le Cirque and Literacy Partners celebrates Erica Jong’s delicious “sugar”… Peter Fonda and Cokie Roberts — do they think before they talk?
“FASHION IS what you adopt when you don’t know who you are,” said Quentin Crisp.
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FASHION NOTES from the Unfashionable! Do you know who Nyasha Matonhodze is?
I didn’t. It seems she is the 16-year-old model from Zimbabwe who is now the face of Louis Vuitton worldwide, booked by creative director Marc Jacobs.
She says, “My eyes filled with tears as I thought, ‘Lord, I am so lucky!’” when she found herself starring on the fashion week runway in Paris with such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
You can’t miss her as Nyasha has already been photographed for Harper’s Bazaar and Teen Vogue.
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I DON’T know about you but I agree with London columnist Allison Pearson who advised fashionistas to “Lay off Michelle Obama.” This was after the Obamas were in London visiting the Queen and other royals and somebody decided that in a contest between our First Lady and the newly-wed Princess Catherine, some Brits pronounced that the recent bride had it all over Mrs. Obama when it comes to looking good and dressing well.
Miss Pearson writes: “How dare the fashionistas reprimand such an incredible woman for choosing the wrong length of bolero? Remind me, what exactly has fashion journalism done to equal the achievements of Michelle Obama? Why should she be measured by their shallow, narcissistic criteria? It’s what’s inside the frock that counts … it’s no surprise that the rise of nitpicking commentary about female appearance has coincided with a falling back of women from the top table of power.”
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THE big no-no at the Cannes Film Festival fashion-wise was that bouncers at the Palais denied entry to women dressed in androgynous evening wear – like tuxedos and silk trousers. The red carpet there was all for display and feminine frou-frou.
Again, how dare these bouncers and their bosses tell people how to dress? Yves St. Laurent and Chanel must have been flipping in their graves. St. Laurent once said, “For a woman ‘Le Smoking’ is an indispensable garment which she finds herself continually in fashion, because it is about style, not fashion. Fashions come and go, but style is forever.”
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TOUGH STUFF works! A team of psychologists at the University of British Columbia asked 1000 adults to rate the sexual attractiveness of hundreds of photos of members of the opposite sex, smiling, proud, or moody and scowling. The result? They found that women were least attracted to smiling, happy men, preferring those who looked proud, powerful or moody.
The would-be shrinks found that men were most sexually attracted to women who looked happy, and least attracted to the proud and confident woman.
For women, men smiling was linked to lack of dominance. So moody men are the ticket!
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WHEN LAST I checked, there were a few seats left for Erica Jong’s book luncheon honoring Literacy Partners on June 1. She’ll be there at the glamorous Le Cirque with a clutch of writers who have contributed to the collection, “Sugar In My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex.” This coming book won an uncompromising rave from Kirkus Reviews.
The title under which many of us wrote for Erica’s original idea was “The Best Sex I Ever Had.”
It was a long time ago, but memory did not fail me and, just think, I wasn’t one of the most “distinguished” who contributed to this surefire bestseller. Erica Jong, still the queen of “The Zipless You-Know-What” keeps on keeping on in her quest to delineate the world’s oldest obsession.
The last such lunch benefiting Literacy was about beauty, facelifts, Botox. This one will be about S-E-X. Be there or be square if there’s a ticket left. The talented Patrick McMullen will be on hand taking photos for posterity. Call 646 –237-0105.
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HOLLYWOOD is fuming about having to consider
the controversial Lars Von Trier as a true Oscar contender with his film “Melancholia.” The reason they are nervous? The director’s silly comments on Adolf Hitler.
But did Hollywood care about what hometown boy Peter Fonda said? “I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles. For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words ‘Barack Obama’, but….”
This is a film star, once respected, who is talking about assassinating a sitting President!
Speaking of that, a few Sundays ago Cokie Roberts appeared on ABC’s “This Week.” During the talk of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s behavior, she suggested she would kill her husband should he ever be unfaithful to her.
In my book, this remark is beneath a Washington journalist who is supposed to be cultured and humane. She might well never forgive him but to suggest she would eradicate him from life. Don’t people even watch what they are saying these days and how it affects the discourse?
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QUESTION for one of this column’s favorites, Debbie Harry, one of the queens of the Seventies and Eighties. Is she sorry that she did not have children?
Ms. Harry: “Sometimes. I guess it never struck me as being part of survival and for many people it is.”
Question: Do you have any problem with aging?
Ms. Harry: “Oh yes, sure. It’s hard. Regardless of what I say about trying to be better at what I do, I rely on looks a lot. Women’s calling cards, unfortunately, are based on their looks. As far as ageing goes, it’s rough. I exercise like a fiend.”
Whatever Debbie does, it’s working. (She has admitted to plastic surgery.) The last time I saw her at a Manhattan event she looked 35 and was totally recognizable as Debbie Harry.