Michelle Dockery by David Slijper for Bazaar UK, October 2015

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Editorials, TV|Tags: , , , , |

I’m still giggle-watching Downton Abbey, which I have renamed, “My how things change as the years pass”, and it’s ridiculous and boring, but still so beautiful and fun. It basically consists of every character marvelling at how different things are now, in 1925 than they were then, in years before 1925. It’s so heavy handed, but it looks great!

My crush on Bates remains strong and powerful, he’s such a good husband/man/possible-murderer????? The cast has great camaraderie and yes, the wigs & ageing make-up are terrible, but the costumes, my loves, the COSTUMES! Plus I love final seasons of shows because ANYONE CAN DIE! And this show is already ruthless about killing off main characters with incompetent doctors/driving skills.

And then there’s this fierce diva pictured below whose weapons are her willow-slim arms and impossible eyebrows which she uses to test drive men’s sexual performance before deciding they’re not worthy of her, or to murder them with her SEXUALITY. God, she’s perfect! When not man-slaying she hangs out in her awesome room, just chatting with her bff/professional dress buttoner Anna while patting her bobbed wig, applying scents to her delicate inner wrists that trick men into thinking she won’t cut them if they cross her, trying on endless earbobs and lavaliers and long strings of pearls that I imagine she uses as a fuck lasso after dinner and cards and raising her sex-arch brows in response to everything everyone says. If you’re still with me in the final episodes of Downton watching, observe Mary every time Edith says anything, it’s hilarious! She rolls her eyes if Edith says hello. Every thing that poor woman says is scorned by her superhero eyebrow sister. I love it! I love them! I LOVE THIS SHOW!

But seriously, it’s not great. Worth it for the Dockery though. Worth it hard.

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, March 2015

February 7th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Su and I have been obsessed with the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue since its inception in 1995 (quick note: Oscar nominees and likely winners for best lead and supporting actress Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette are two of the women featured on the first Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover). A line-up of the most beautiful, popular performers of the year is too good to resist, and we would eagerly await the tri-fold cover each year, fold it out (or in the past few years, refresh the page) and delight or dismay in the choices of cover-stars. There have been a few misses, especially over the past few years, but the majority of the issues are memorable and timeless. Inside each issue, portraits of celebrities are featured and photographed by popular photographers. I believe Annie Leibovitz has shot every cover, including this year’s. This year’s portfolio is shot by British portrait photographer Jason Bell and features only popular British actors (even though the cover definantly features three American actors). While I’m not personally familiar with a lot of the performers, and I’m not totally on board with some of the people featured, and of course I have an angrily scribbled list of people who were overlooked (“WHERE’S IDRIS?” Su exclaimed), the actual photos are gorgeous; it’s always so refreshing to see a talented photographer who isn’t especially well known receive a spotlight this big.

Favorites from the 2014 Emmys

August 26th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Candids, Fashion Designers, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let’s preface all of this by saying that the Emmys are bullshit.  They’re dated, and lame, and tired and completely out of touch with the way that TV is growing and changing today.  That being said, PRETTY GIRLS IN PRETTY DRESSES!  Always a win.  So here are our favorites from last night’s red carpet

The Orange is the New Black cast is comprised of such an amazing, diverse group of ladies, that everywhere you turn you see some different kind of strong female role model.  Seeing all these ladies dressed up in the fanciest dresses, wearing jewels and done up all pretty is like a revolution in terms of women in pop culture.  Each one of them is a gift for all womenkind.   These are our favorite looks from this fantastically talented cast.

Mad Men, Downton Abbey, American Horror Story and Game of Thrones are all shows that have lifted the role of lead and supporting actress to incredible new heights.  Each one of these ladies express their own charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent via their personal style in such fantastic ways.   Here are our favorite dresses from these women.

And lest we forget our other ladies, like Amy Poehler, Carrie Brownstein and some of our favorite fellows.

Of course the party pictures are always the best part of any awards show, better than the ceremony itself, mainly because of booze.

Downton Abbey Ladies by Alexi Lubomirski for Harper’s Bazaar UK August 2014

July 5th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s true that Downton Abbey isn’t the show it once was, but it still has one major strong point – its female characters.  Whether the upstairs or the downstairs women, each one is fully fleshed out, has wants beyond finding a man, have great, unique relationships with each other, as well as showing the spectrum of all ages.  Telling the stories of these women during a time when women were first starting to have some control over their lives, fighting for the right to vote, to do something with their lives beyond marriage and children is an important inspiration for women of today.   This beautiful shoot of the female cast celebrates these actresses and the interacting that happens between them in real life.  Also?  Dockery is KILLING IT.   She’s like a John Singer Sargent painting come to life.