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Clearly I am all for life imitating art, art imitating life, art in life, and style driven in equal parts by beauty, enthusiasm and a good sense of humor. Still, the two are not entirely interchangeable and it seems lately like some people could use a little reminding about where the line is, however faint it may be.
On Tuesday, for the London premiere of Snow White and the Huntsmen, the stars showed up decked out in full Gothic glory. I have been waiting not so patiently for the movie to come out. I love that kind of dark Gothic drama. On film. And I admire actors like Christian Bale, or even Sascha Baron Cohen, who stay in character when appearing in public while promoting a film. But Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron’s dresses weren’t in character, they were simply misguided. Somehow when Rooney Mara tries this type of thing, the whole look is so completely of a piece, and so genuine to her style, that for me it works. But Stewart and Theron have their own looks which work for them, and this is not it.
In today’s episode of tattoos gone wild — when pet ownership becomes animal cruelty — tattooed pets. Yup, you read that right. Tattooed pets. I am so sorry to know this is a trend. And this is from someone who loves anything that makes the world more purrty. Tattoo yourself all you want. They can look very cool, although as I have discussed, I have some concern about living with the permanent nature of tattoos as your identity changes over time, but either way, it’s your body. But, news flash, your pet’s body is not your body. I’ll grant that the pet owner own’s the pet (which is a little odd if you think too hard about it), and animals are not people and not protected by the same laws. But involuntary tattooing of an animal — that’s just wrong. PETA? ASPCA? Bueller? Anyone? ….
Trendy pop culture topic of the day — what everyone who’s anyone is talking about — Hunger Games. I am not, god forbid, going to talk about the merits of the movie — that is a different blog, in addition to which, I haven’t seen the movie yet. I read (and loved) the books, but am still waiting for my YA movie buddy to dig herself out from under her work to go see it. But I feel entirely equipped to enter in on the ridiculous argument which seems to be all the buzz about the casting choices in the film, and more specifically, Jennifer Lawrence’s figure and weight.
Most of the argument seems to go, “Katniss is supposed to be lean, Jennifer Lawrence is too fat.” ”How can you call Jennifer Lawrence fat? She is not fat.” ”She doesn’t look like she’s athletic or anything.” “Yeah, and how is your figure? At least Jennifer Lawrence looks real and not like a stick.” ”Folks, Suzanne Collins, the author, signed off on the casting for god’s sake and she knows what the characters look like better than you do so you’re an idiot to question it.” blah blah blah. Admittedly an inane argument, and beside the point, but at the core of it I think are some real issues that feed into common misconceptions about movie casting and the importance of precise physical appearance on the whole.
Originally I had planned to write a post about the “pretty” trend in Spring 2011 collections. I’ve mentioned it before, but there are a few great designers – with very pretty collections – whom I feel the need to discuss. I’m telling you, I lie awake at night and stress about these things. As if there weren’t enough stresses in my life, I throw these in for good measure. ”Oh god, have I neglected Alberta Ferretti. I really love her clothes so much.” But then the entire day got away from me trying to improve the structure and look of the blog in an effort to make it a little more user friendly. And that’s just fine because this afternoon (at approximately 12:29) I was overcome by the need to write a rant about Boston taxi drivers. I know – absolutely nothing to do with “art into life” – but certain things just have to be said.
What I want to know is, how it is possible that unlike every other major city in the entire world, Boston taxi drivers are invariably the slowest and most confused cars on the road? Read the rest of this entry »