Skinny Guys in Skinny Ties!

27 Oct

Last night, I covered The Walking Dead red carpet. Now, as most of my friends, readers, and random stalkers know… my red carpet reports are usually about the ladies and their high heels.

But last night’s event was hosted by AMC channel, and the influence of its hit show Mad Men was so pervasive, I absolutely could not ignore the men. In spite of the icy temps, the fellas were looking hot-hot-hot!

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My favorite suit of the night belonged to Steven Yuen. The skinny tie, narrow lapels and crisp, clean look were just so perfect.

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AMC News Host Jacob Soboroff was also rocking the retro-cool vibe with his jacket and tie, plus those sexy black rimmed glasses (glad those are back in style).

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Linds Edwards was hands-down the best rocker/hipster of the night. I wasn’t able to get as many good photos of everyone as I would have liked, but I had lots of interviewees in front of me and also the carpet was tight — I could not zoom out very well. On the left, Linds had a bandana wrapped around his wrist, plus several assorted bangles with pendants shaped like guns, skulls, knives, etc. I really liked it the whole deal. He had skinny jeans with the cuffs folded over.

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Definitely stripped down compared to the stars, but I thought even AMC’s Roving Photographer looked smashing.

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Andrew Lincoln, the main attraction of The Walking Dead (aside from Frank Darabont — his photos are at horror.com), also looked great but I never did get a decent snap of him. In fact, I feel kind of guilty posting such an unflattering angle of him, but it’s all I’ve got. He totally blew me away with his memory — the first thing he said to me when he stepped up to my mic was, “Oh, hi. We talked at Comic-Con!” That was three months ago. How could he possibly have remembered that? I’m impressed.

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OK, the women were there too. This is Gale Ann Hurd, a producer on the show. I liked elements of her look (patterned tights, boots, leopard, leather, studs) — but not all together. She was really funny and smart (as usual) though, so it was a pleasure (as always!)

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Shoes, shoes. Publicists’ shoes!

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Here’s me with Mike from ELS (the lighting people). We remember to take a pic together every couple of years (that last one was at the Hellboy 2 premiere, even though we see each other all the time!).

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Myself and the zombies… at first, I tried to blend in. But who am I kidding? I can’t hold a snarl for more than a few seconds.

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I hardly ever wear fur, but I do have a couple of pieces. This one is a Chris Ann original. I figured for something called “Walking Dead” it was appropriate. The last time / item was my fur-lined suede leather jacket at The Wolfman premiere (it was freaking freezing that night, too. Yesterday, I was so cold I thought my mic had turned into an popsicle).

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Legends of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hool are Fashion Forward

29 Sep

Legends of the Guardians – The Owls of Ga’Hool are Fashion Forward

Writer/director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) isn’t exactly known for his hilarious, whacky sense of humor so I don’t know what else I was expecting, but his new animated 3D family-flick Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hool is awfully stuffy.

The epic spectacle is based upon a series of fantasy adventure novels about Soren, a young barn owl who’s birdnapped and forced into a life of military servitude. Not that the story lends itself to comedy, but a little feather-light levity (ala Charlotte’s Web, The Lion King, or Toy Story 3) would have been welcome. Grave and heavy from start to finish, Legends of the Guardians doesn’t really take flight until the glorious battle scene at the end.

Fortunately, the animation is absolutely breathtaking and the 3D immersion is organic to the narrative — the flights, fights, and even the quiet moments are stunning. Also, they’re ultra-realistic. At the red carpet premiere, Warner Bros. brought out Twilight, a European Barn Owl, and I have to say seeing him just before the screening really added to my enjoyment of the animators’ attention to detail. There’s not a pinfeather out of place.

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Hm, coincidence or calculation? The premiere was just across the street from HOOTERS.

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The voice cast of Legends of the Guardians is also excellent across the board. The main character Soren is played by Jim Sturgess, and the young actor hold his own with the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush, and the ever-eminent Sam Neill (who got a real kick out me mentioning his work in Possession, when I interviewed him on the red carpet! Check out the video, below). Overall, the movie is solid but it just didn’t work for me. (I’m holding out for Sucker Punch!)

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Since my mind is always taking flights of fashion fancy, I wore my owl ring to the premiere.

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But someone on the red carpet was even more owl-obsessed than me: check out her cool purse!

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Here are some more owl-inspired fashions I found online.

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Easy A & The Scarlet Letter

15 Sep

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The Scarlet Letter is a novel of high-drama, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1850. It recounts the fictional plight of young bride Hester Prynne who, in 17th-century Puritan Boston, who commits adultery while her husband is away and is badged by her friends and neighbors with a giant “A” on the bodice of her gown. There’s that self-same uppercase letter worn in the new comedy Easy A, too.

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Emma Stone plays Olive, a sardonic high school student who fakes the loss of her virginity and then talks about it via webcast — a sex, lies and YouTube tale, if you will. But Olive’s intentions are honorable. She does it to help the reputation of her closeted gay friend Brandon (Dan Byrd), and to make her classmates take notice of her (as if this Olive were as drab as her name! Stone is perhaps too hot for the role, but she makes it her own quite beautifully as the sordid story unfolds).

Once word of Olive’s easiness gets out, the boys flock to her — she sets them straight on the virgin angle, but angles in on some nice deals for herself along the way. Before she can say “Charge it!” she’s the proud owner of cash, coins, gift certificates and coupons. It’s a sort of prostitution, but without the execution.

Along for the wild rumor-ride are the boy she loves (Penn Badgley), her freewheeling parents (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson), her meddlesome teachers and various elders (Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell), and of course, the school’s resident sanctimonious bitch (Amanda Bynes). The cast is flawless across the board.

A few things didn’t ring true in the dialogue for me; especially the many references to John Hughes and Judy Blume. I looked up the screenwriter, Bert V. Royal, and saw that he was born in 1977… I’d assumed he was in his 40s, if those are his points of reference. The movie is somewhat contrived and everything ties up far too neatly, but it’s enjoyable overall.

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When it comes to the costumes (this is a fashion blog first, after all) I can’t complain but I felt designer Mynka Draper (no relation to Don, I assume!) was just a little too on the nose. Not that Easy A is a subtle comedy anyway, but I think the wardrobe will appear quite dated in the years to come. Especially the egregious use of skinny jeans… when even slim 19-year-olds like Stone can’t pull it off, it’s a trend that needs to end. After her sullied rep is nice and solid, Olive begins to wear her heart on her sleeve (via webcast) and her letter on her bust (As on the bustiers). It’s a cute idea, but after a while: We get it! As the school mascot, the woodchuck costume Badgley is forced to wear during an adorable, out-of-nowhere musical number (and those are the best kind, aren’t they?) is appropriately embarrassing and quite amusing.

In fact, I give Easy A an A for amusing. It’s probably not bound to be a classic, but Stone shines with star power and it’s definitely worth the price of admission for some laughs on the big screen.

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Check out my interviews with Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, and Stanley Tucci at TV-Wire.

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I’m With Coco (Chanel)

19 Aug

Avoiding the formulaic trap that made last year’s Coco Avant Chanel biopic seem like a made-for-Lifetime movie, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (coming to DVD next month) is a mature, thought-provoking and often unsettling, unflinching look at the torrid yet ice-cold affair between the rich patron of the arts and the struggling (and very married) musician (it’s the “wrong of spring,” if you will). Director Jan Kounen’s complex, considered style brings to mind the ’70s-era work of Bertolucci or Bergman; little is explained, but all is shown. I loved it, and am looking forward to seeing the behind the scenes featurette (unfortunately, looks like there isn’t a director commentary).

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The Coco Collective

Surprisingly, Coco Chanel hasn’t been the subject of all that many biopics — what few there are have been are recent, making it seem like a proliferation. We had a terrible, trying, awful, boring and soapy (do you get that I didn’t like it?) miniseries starring Shirley MacLaine a few years back. Then there was the somewhat better, but still strictly tv-entertainment level version starring the usually wonderful Audrey Tatou as the pioneering fashionista. And finally, the very good (but still not definitive) film starring Anna Mouglalis as a chilly and commanding Coco.

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Anna Mouglalis

Fun Facts:

Did you know that Coco Chanel was the only person in the field of fashion to be named in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century?

Katherine Hepburn played Coco Chanel in a Broadway musical in 1969.

Timothy Dalton and Rutger Hauer are in the 1981 film version, Chanel Solitaire, directed by George Kaczender and starring Marie-France Pisier.

Marilyn Monroe’s favorite perfume was Chanel No 5.

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Filthy Glam Fashion Show – 40 Photos!

12 Aug

I was on the scene on behalf of Buzzine the other night at the Fred Segal Store in Santa Monica for the unveiling of the Nude Collection by Lyric Culture’s Hanna Rochelle Schmieder. As fan of fashion and rock’n roll, it was the perfect fit for me (though I may have to lose a few lb’s to wear *those* clothes!), so I took a million more pictures than Buzzine will ever publish. The logo tees and tights feature prose and snippets from classic rock songs of the 60s, 70s and 80s (via special arrangement with the artists, so they can cash in too).

I’m posting many of the images here (some by me, some by Enzo) plus a video of the wet’n wild grand finale by the band Semi Precious Weapons. Singer Justin Tranter was there to perform, but also to show off his Fetty (F’n Pretty) jewelry collection (fun fact: Tranter’s mom is a custom engagement ring designer) and to unveil Lyric Culture’s first foray into modern-day bandom with a limited edition SPW “Sticky” (With Champagne).

The unseasonably chilly August evening began with some red (OK, champagne-colored) carpet shenanigans from special guests and the band.

SPW is a band from New York City (not unlike The New York Dolls, come to think of it) consisting of Justin Tranter on vocals, Stevy Pyne on guitar, Cole Whittle on bass and Dan Crean on drums. They have two excellent dancers and all-around cheerleader party-gals who perform with them onstage, but for the life of me I could not find their names anywhere online. If you know, drop a comment — they deserve recognition, too. (I’ve posted a few pics of them here, but if you want to see the naughty bits, you have to go my personal CONCERTS photo album at Picasa.)

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Rochelle strikes a pose with the glammy guys and gals.

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A band apart.

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Just the boys. (The guy to the far left of the screen looks so much like Kato Kaelin, doesn’t he?!)

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