Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Richard Johnson - Page Six - May 27, 2008 -- NEW York Ranger Sean Avery spent last week saturated in the world of couture. "I wanted to immerse myself in fashion," Avery told Women's Wear Daily. "I couldn't think of a better place to do it than Vogue." Avery - who has dated the likes of Elisha Cuthbert, Mary-Kate Olsen, Rachel Hunter and Charlotte Ronson - started his internship last Monday, and presented a FiFi Award (from the Fragrance Foundation) to Vera Wang the next night at the Park Avenue Armory. WWD previously reported he would attend the couture shows in Europe next month with Vogue editrix in chief Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Hamish Bowles and Sally Singer. There is also speculation Avery will appear like LeBron James on the cover of Vogue, or like Roger Federer on the cover of Men's Vogue. The special treatment won't be reflected in his paychecks, however. Vogue reps were firm in stating he'll be paid the same minimum-wage as the other interns.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Art Center College of Design student Jake Loniak combined motorcycle technology with an exoskeleton form for what is essentially a wearable motorcycle. Named Deus Ex Machina and branded by Yamaha, it's intended to serve as an extension of the body. Loniak found inspiration in Biomechatronics and used 36 pneumatic muscles, seven artificial vertebrae and two linear actuators to mimic human motion. He introduced the design earlier this month at an event on the school's Pasadena, California campus. The Deus Ex Machina remains in the concept stage, but it's expected to go from zero to 60 in three seconds and achieve a top speed of 75mph. It has an incorporated helmet, but no storage space. The single motor is contained in the central wheel and, fortunate for the environment, runs off of nano-phosphate batteries similar to those in hybrid cars.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Richard Johnson - Page Sis - May 23, 2008 -- "MODEL: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women" may finally be turned into a movie. The book by Michael Gross has been in print for 13 years and sold almost a half million copies. But past attempts to adapt it for the screen - first by Dawn Steel, then Joel Schumacher - involved fictionalizing the story. Producers J.T. Allen and Jon Katzman of KDX Productions in LA, who just optioned "Model," plan a 10-part documentary.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Liz Smith NY POST - May 11 2008 - HERE ARE a few raveled threads plucked from that highly charged eve ning at the Metropolitan Museum, put on by Vogue's Anna Wintour last week. (And, incidentally, did you know that the editor's rather controversial Chanel dress, described as looking a bit like ram's horns, was called "Storm.") The big hit of the night, I'm told, was the tennis ace Venus Williams in a bronze Carolina Herrera gown, wearing a Fred Leighton diadem upside down like a tennis band in her hair. She is being pronounced the best of the non-Hollywood A list. On the afternoon of the great day, Venus took time out to practice at the net with her ever-loving Harold on the sidelines. He is her little Haverford gray dog that she carries about in her Prada handbag. That night, Venus clutched a Van Cleef vintage minaudiere, something like those carried by the Duchess of Windsor or C.Z. Guest in their heyday. Venus killed two birds by attending the Met gala. She also was in NYC to announce her new sports drink called POWERade Zero, meaning it has zero calories! Other girls who "ruled" included Kimora Lee Simmons, wearing a Kevan Hall gown inspired by African tribal art. (Hall is the LA designer who dressed Ruby Dee for the Oscars this year.) AND THE men! Olivier Theyskens was one such who spent the evening talking to his own favorite editor, Vogue's Grace Coddington. He had insisted that the house of Nina Ricci spend hours and hours working on Bee Schaeffer's poison iris silk tulle dress, all 130 yards of it. This one is said to have put the famous gowns designed by Rose Bertin for Marie Antoinette to shame. Karl Lagerfeld was in a silver paillette Chanel jacket that he had designed for himself. He was paid court to on a white banquette with Venus and Kimora by his side. (The men he hires as security are all in impeccable Dior dinner jackets with scalloped edge pique shirts so that they simply look like guests and not Karl's protection.) At dinner, King Lagerfeld was seated next to Wendi Murdoch, who was in navy blue Christian Lacroix couture. Designer Marc Jacobs told pals he was wearing Superman underwear beneath his tux.
Richard Johnson - Page Six - May 11, 2008 -- MARC Jacobs' former boy toy Austin A. is hurting over the duo's breakup. At a 2Xist underwear party at the Standard in Los Angeles the other day, he was asked to leave after he stripped in front of the guests. "He got so drunk, he got naked, jumped in the pool," said our spywitness. "He was out of control." Austin laughed to Page Six: "I had a good time. I had a blast."