Bold Faced Names, Stills

L is for Lupita

Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

Lupita Nyong’o can cross the cover of Vogue off her fashion It Girl to-do list.

Photographed by Mikael Jansson, Vogue, July 2014

Photographed by Mikael Jansson, Vogue, July 2014

What do you think of the decision to shoot this Brooklyn resident in Marrakesh? Me thinks I’ve caught a faint whiff of exoticism under the scent of marketplace spice. See the cover (and other shots) after the jump. Continue reading

Bold Faced Names, Life, Music, Stills, Words

Shake Yo Shimmy, Sister – RIP Maya Angelou

Chester Higgins, Jr./The New York Times

Chester Higgins, Jr./The New York Times

Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)

Sister, you’ve been on my mind

Sister, we’re two of a kind
So, sister, I’m keepin’ my eye on you.

I betcha think I don’t know nothin’
But singin’ the blues, oh, sister,
Have I got news for you, I’m something,
I hope you think that you’re something too

Scufflin’, I been up that lonesome road
And I seen alot of suns going down
Oh, but trust me,
No-o low life’s gonna run me around.

So let me tell you something Sister,
Remember your name, No twister
Gonna steal your stuff away, my sister,
We sho’ ain’t got a whole lot of time,
So-o-o  won’t you shake your shimmy, sister,
‘Cause honey the Shug is feelin’ fine.

Bold Faced Names

Afternoon Catnip: Reese Witherspoon in an Elevator

Lots of chatter about these clips today, originally Instagrammed by Brit model Cara Delevingne, showing what goes on inside an elevator at the Met Ball. Gawker was very gawkery about them. Vanity Fair was sunny and breathless, like the nice, wide-eyed girl in a clique of cool girls–see, judging from the clips above, Kate Upton.

Here in no particular order are my initial takeaways. Feel free to share yours in the comments:

  1. Reese Witherspoon is essentially Blanche Devereaux sans shoulder pads. The drawl, the cussing, the sass–all make her a lot different than her public persona and it thrilled and terrified me all at once.
  2. Where are they going?
  3. Drunkity drunk drunk drunk or other.
  4. Zooey Deschanel, you’re my silly rabbit.
  5. But where’s Lupita?
  6. Kate Upton’s squealing “We don’t know!” at the end of the first clip may have replaced Kanye’s as the response in my head whenever someone asks a dumb/unanswerable question.
  7. The elevator at the Met Ball is a lot like the girls’ bathroom at your high school.

Kiernan Shipka Rocks Louboutins When She Rides a Bike / Photograph by Williams & Hirakawa / Photograph by Williams & Hirakawa

Don’t you, troglodyte?

Vanity Fair’s recent Spotlight  is a perfect storm of several obsessions: Shipka, fashion fierceness, bicycles for people of leisure, and the open road. Surprised I maintained consciousness. If you click for the rest of the shots I’ve so thoughtfully provided after the jump have Jeeves keep smelling salts close at hand…

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