on the new kanye.
home of the free + the brave.
blood on the leaves is really impressive, and beautiful. and the end of new slaves just kills me.
noun. yiddish. a person of integrity and honor. a stand up guy. gentleman.
i want to live inside this photograph.
there’s this scene in Madonna’s documentary truth or dare that I’m crazy about. She’s dating Warren Beatty in the film, and if you haven’t seen it you should just stop reading this right now and let me change your life in five minutes (it’s on itunes). Anyway Madonna is doing this massive world tour, of course filming the entire thing, and she loses her voice. There is a doctor in her room examining her throat, you know like “say ah” and all of that, and Warren is sitting in the corner watching. Madonna’s hair is wrapped up in a towel. So the doctor is telling her what do to get better and he says “do you want to talk at all off camera?” And Warren, just kind of sitting there looking sexy starts laughing, “talk off camera? she doesn’t want to live off camera.”
monday, babes. from elle, 2008.
the hostess gown.
one of my favorite places in london (flying tonight!), the connaught bar.
When Oscar came to new york in the early 1960’s his first job was working for Elizabeth Arden. At the time, Ms. Arden was already very famous, and well into her eighties. The first time Oscar was invited to her house for dinner he noticed she wore a sort of ragged looking hostess gown. from the 1930’s to the seventies women wore these sort of long, loose dresses to entertain in their homes. (As an aside, of course! how perfect.) As Oscar and Ms. Arden became closer, he was invited to more dinners, and every time she wore the same hostess gown that according to Oscar was positively beat up. He decided to surprise her by making her a new one. He labored over it, copying the pattern of the one she loved, ordering beautiful laces from italy, etc etc. And she absolutely loved it. But the next time Oscar came for dinner she was wearing her old one. and the time after that. and so finally Oscar, ever brave, asked Ms. Arden why she never wore the gown that he made for her. She told him she was saving it for a special occasion. Oscar left Elizabeth Arden to start his own label in 1965, and shortly after, Ms. Arden passed away. Her funeral was the first with an open casket that Oscar had ever attended. He was nervous going up to say goodbye and when he did his eyes filled up with tears, because there it was, the gown he made for her. his labor of love, her special occasion. and who wouldn’t want to wear Oscar de la Renta for eternity?