Thursday, April 30, 2009

Henri Georges Stephane Adolphe Opper de Blowitz
Bradley Green - Tyra Banks's Stalker
Tyra's Terror, NY Post

LOT-EK Puma CityZaha Hadis Chanel Botique
Decades of drink and subsequent embrace of religious psychosis made him the ideal transmitter of values epitomizing the death instinct.
-Gary Indiana

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cornelius Vanderbilt for whom the term robber baron was coined.
Duke Cigarette Cards

Hetty Green "The Witch of Wall Street"
Chelsea HandlerA typical moment on Chelsea Lately, Handler’s talk show on E!: Handler will start talking about Star Jones’ new “positivity blog,” then toss aside the card she’s reading from and say disgustedly, “I can’t even finish this.” About a rumor that druggy Amy Winehouse might want to adopt, she guesses that Winehouse heard there was a crack baby up for adoption and “thought it was a baby made of crack.” - Caryn James
The First Lady marked her 100th day in the White House in a pair of Lanvin sneakers. She, her Lanvins & Jill Biden bagged groceries at a DC food bank. -twitpic, Bonnie Fuller

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009


King Juan Carlos of Spain meets Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy greeted Queen Sophia of Spain with two kisses instead of a curtsy
He Dresses Michelle's Tresses
Chicagoan Shapes First Lady's Hair -- and Keeps the Details to Himself Johnny Wright met Michelle Obama two years ago, not long after Barack Obama announced his quest for the White House. The hairstylist, then popular in Chicago's Wicker Park area, was called in for an Essence magazine photo shoot -- not that he had to do much with the candidate's wife's hair, he says. Wright and Obama quickly hit it off. Fortunately for Wright, the Obamas may have moved from Chicago, but they believe in staying true to their roots. Two months into the Obama administration, Wright has become the first lady's exclusive First Hairstylist, the White House confirmed this week. "It's exciting, absolutely, doing the first lady's hair," Wright says carefully of the highly competitive gig, over lemon-drop martinis at a National Harbor restaurant. "She's a great lady and I feel privileged to do her hair." Any juicy details, Mr. Wright? Is she natural or does she relax? Does she color? Is that really her hair? Wright stays mum, then turns to comment on the restaurant's wallpaper color. As it turns out, being the First Hairstylist requires not only special talent with a blow dryer and flat-iron. One also must have a fierce commitment to discretion. Dozens of hairdressers lobbied for the role. Seemingly anyone who ever had hands in Michelle Obama's hair gave media interviews about the position. There was speculation about this person who used to do her hair, or that person who is a local styling legend. One stylist even exploited the frenzy by peddling a product on the Internet that he claimed to have used on Obama. Wright gave interviews when the Obamas were on the campaign trail, but since she became first lady, he has effectively taken a vow of secrecy. During the campaign, Wright, 31, was called in periodically to style Obama for such important events as the Democratic National Convention in Denver, he says, including the day she gave her speech. And more recently, he says he was called in for her photo session for the much-noted March cover of Vogue magazine. Since that Essence shoot two years ago, Wright had moved on to the Frederick Fekkai Salon on Melrose Place in West Hollywood. In January, he says, he was notified that Obama wanted him as her exclusive stylist. He says he had become her official stylist by the time he coiffed her for the official White House portrait, in which she smiles exquisitely from beneath a perfect modified bob wearing a designer "little black dress" and double strands of pearls. "She did look beautiful, didn't she?" Wright says rhetorically. He speaks so warmly of her, a listener must ask: Are they friends? He won't answer directly, but he offers that they've "done lunch." As he sips his martini, Wright says that the topics open for discussion include his career and the clients who have given him the okay to talk about them. He says they include actresses Lauren London and Vivica A. Fox, Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks, WNBA star Candace Parker and "Sex and the City" writer Candace Bushnell. Wright is also forthcoming about the challenges of relocating again. He wants time to get his footing in the chaos of the move -- a new city, a new house and a new salon at which to work. Two weeks ago, Wright chose Corte Salon on U Street, in the thick of hip Washington, as his work address -- at least, the one that's not 1600 Penn. "There were several things I was looking for in a salon," Wright says. "I wanted someplace professional, but also warm. I wanted my clients to feel at home and comfortable. I didn't want someplace that was so formal that it seemed, well, stuffy." Michelle Obama is not even Wright's first first lady. Actress and designer LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, a Chicago native who in 2006 married the president of Turks and Caicos, says that Wright has done her hair for seven years. "Look at him! He's doing two first ladies!" says McCoy-Misick, who goes by LisaRaye professionally. McCoy-Misick says she values their friendship as much as how Wright does her hair. "I trust him totally when it comes to my hair and style," she says. Wright is sorely missed at Frederick Fekkai, says front-desk manager Felicity Alston, adding that some of Wright's clients still call. They feel they've lost a friend. "Of course, they loved him because he's amazing at doing hair, but there is also a sense about him that makes people open up to him," Alston says. "They not only love their hair -- they love to be around him." Then as now, what sets him apart is his relationships with his clients, says Wright, who this week reportedly re-signed to promote an array of hair-care products by Softsheen-Carson, a subsidiary of L'Oreal. He says the closeness he shares with his clients is also what drives him to protect their privacy. Wright hasn't entirely left Hollywood behind. He has signed a development deal to create a show with L.A.-based 44 Blue Productions, which has produced such modest reality shows as the Style network's "Split Ends" and MSNBC's "Lockup." "People tell me everything -- they reveal their true secrets to me," Wright says. "It takes a lot of trust to have that kind of connection and I value that. I will not compromise the trust my clients put in me." Wright says doing hair is in his blood. He has two uncles who are hairdressers. At age 3 he started scratching and oiling his grandmother Minnie Brown's scalp. "She did hair until she was 91," Wright says of Brown. "She's where I got the desire to do hair." By middle school, he was styling family and friends on the back porch of his parents' house on Edbrooke Avenue on Chicago's South Side. "I washed hair in my mom's kitchen sink," he says. After a while, the family grew tired of all the hair in the sink, so his parents, Vernita and Edward, built a salon in the basement for the youngest of their four sons. Wright shampooed in the utility sink; his workstation was an old desk his father had fashioned with a mirror. Business was swift, but in high school, he wanted to take it to another level. That's when he decided to use a classmate, DeKeila Farrell, for his first marketing campaign. "She was the most popular girl in school, so I did her hair for free," Wright says, laughing. He showed off his best work on her: fancy French rolls and finger waves. Then the cash flowed as other girls crowded into his shop after school to get the same look. "People would ask: 'Oooh, girl! Who did your hair?' " says DeKeila Farrell-Gill, 32, who lives near Chicago. It is not lost on her that she was Wright's first star client. She always expected that his confidence and work ethic would propel him to great things. "He was very good back then, and its obvious that he still is," she says. "The first lady has good hands in her hair." - Avis Thomas-Lester, Washington Post
Sasha Obama's Security Detail at the Allgeheny Observatory

Sidwell Friends - Malia & Sasha Obama's School
Sasha Obama's security detail.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

“Defeated Demo Driver”Danny Lyon said he felt a greater affinity with intensely personal photographers like Larry Clark than he did with, for example, photographers like Eugene Richards, whose searing work has focused on mental institutions, emergency rooms, wrenching poverty, AIDS and drug abuse.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Robert GatesNew Abuse Photos Coming
The images from Abu Ghraib may have just been the tip of the iceberg of photographs depicting U.S. soldiers' abuse of war-on-terror detainees. On the heels of its controversial release of torture memos, the Obama administration has now agreed to make public more photos of alleged abuse at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 44 photos, which will be released in the coming weeks, are said to be not as shocking as the ones taken at Abu Ghraib, but they include images of U.S. service members intimidating detainees at gunpoint. The Obama administration will also release tapes from detainee interrogations and more reports on prisoner abuse. According to an ACLU lawyer, the photos "will constitute visual proof that, unlike the Bush administration's claim, the abuse was not confined to Abu Ghraib and was not aberrational.” -The Daily Beast
Susan Boyle's Makeover
John Baldessari
Once art had been emptied of visual matter, he wanted to fill it back up with images, specifically with images lifted from the mass media.- Holland Cotter, NY Times
The Spellings

CANDY Spelling's new memoir, "Candyland," Page 38, states she couldn't wait to get rid of designer Nolan Miller. Nolan, who did the clothes for her late husband Aaron Spelling's super successful '80s TV series "Dynasty," starring Linda Evans and Joan Collins, lived with the Spellings seven years.

Last Saturday Nolan, who'd read the book, was cleaning out his desk. In it he found this handwritten letter on Aaron's personal stationery. Starting with Aaron's extra comment that "These are the dozens of things that I thought of at 4 o'clock in the morning when I couldn't sleep," it was written to Nolan by way of a felt pen in poem form. From the Xerox copy now in front of me, I quote it in its entirety:

"So there is no confusion,

We have come to a conclusion.

No arguments & no fuss,

We want you to stay with us.

We are all a perfect blend,

Living, here with our best friend.

You're fun, sensitive & oh so neat,

Having you here is a special treat.

You've worried that you have prolonged your stay,

Randy & me are screaming 'No way.'

Please promise that you won't leave

And leave us here only to grieve.

I guess we're saying, Nolan dear

We want you forever to just stay here."

It is signed "Candy & Aaron".

-- Cindy Adams, The NY Post
Nolan Miller

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kitchifing Brice MardenWatching Myself Painting Lines with a Stick
Kitchifing Brice Marden/Painting Lines with a StickIllusionary relation ships with characters on favorite TV shows can provide people with feelings of belonging, even in the face of low self esteem.
-Courtesy University at Buffalo and World Science staff
Kitchifing Brice MardenWatching Myself Painting Lines with a Stick
Kitchifing Brice MardenWatching Myself Painting Lines with a Stick
Teens shopping at Hot TopicEric Wilson, NY Times
Philip Markoff - The Craigslist KillerThe Boston University medical student accused of slaying a 25-year-old masseuse he met on Craigslist owes more than $130,000 in student loans and cannot afford an attorney, according to court papers. -RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press
The Home of David Kellermann

Sidney Korshak

from Flloyd's Myspace
Chad Rogers Hair

Good Hair from Facebook

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Helen Gurley Brown and her publisher John Mack Carter“A lady’s love should pay for all trips, most restaurant tabs and all liquor." - HGB