As you may know by now, princess of commodified quirk Zooey Deschanel has just gotten around to filing for divorce from her estranged husband Ben Gibbard, which has somehow resulted in an account of her personal finances getting released to the public. They’re fairly boring, all things considered. Apparently, Deschanel makes $95,000/month and spends a fraction of that (~$22,000) living incredibly well; according to the document, she spends $1,000 on groceries and household supplies, $500 on eating out, $800 on utilities (turn out the damn lights!), $300 for “her various phones and email accounts” (isn’t email free?), $600 on laundry and cleaning and $2,000 on clothes.
Or does she? Maybe this balance sheet is but a smokescreen for what Zooey’s actually spending her money on: items fantastical and fine. Here’s where I think the money is actually going. More
Working here at The Gloss has been nothing but good times and girl power. A veritable top-free stroll through the park, as it were. But alas, I have not always been so happy with my employer(s). Believe it or not, I’ve had many jobs that I’ve hated quite a bit, and even one which I’m pretty sure drove me temporarily insane. Hence, I feel qualified to dole out advice to people in similar situations. Here are some things you can do when you hate your job. More
It’s almost more like a breastplate, no? The spectacular chest-hugger is a creation of Armani Privé, which means you probably can’t have one. But I’m not sure anyone not named Beyoncé Knowles could pull it off, anyway. She rocks it pretty hard in Complex’s Thierry le Goues-shot photospread; the accompanying feature is worth a read, too. I’ve included some salient quotes.
Unlike the many complainers who constantly pollute the Internet with their anti-fun diatribes, I love summer. I love it so much, in fact, that I was only mildly peeved about living in a loft with no AC from the time I graduated college until the first of this month. (That’s more than four years, for those keeping track at home.) And now that I have the ability to cool my dwelling, I love it even more wholeheartedly. Sure, it can feel like you’re walking around inside someone’s mouth at times, but how much better does that make the ocean breeze feel once you make it to the beach? It’s with this in mind that I present you with some choice words from my colleagues and my own brain about this, the most controversial of seasons. More
Can you ever have too much Gisele? That’s a rhetorical question; of course you can’t. In recognition of this fact, Vogue Brazil‘s July issue will feature not one, not two, but four separate versions of the imminent billionaire on its cover(s), plus a fifth that will be available only to subscribers (and people who shop for magazines on Ebay). Do they each represent various conflicting aspects of her fragmented, tortured personality? Does her outer beauty hide a dark schism within? Probably not, but it’s fun to fantasize. Come along with me on an imaginary journey into the darkest reaches of Gisele’s soul. More
So, The Telegraph tells me that Kate Moss is kicking her wedding plans into high gear, and that the three-day affair is going to be something out of Stefon’s wildest nightmares. In fact, part of me thinks she’s mainly doing it as an excuse to throw the most epic party ever. Here are some things that will be there, according to the Internet. More
Lady Gaga has long been known for her aversion to any item of clothing that could even remotely be construed as “pants.” But lately, she’s been experimenting with wearing the previously hated garment in various outrageous ways. Lady Gaga, you always keep us guessing. More
It looks like M.I.A. protege Rye Rye is following in her mentor’s footsteps in more ways than one. In addition to making some incredibly catchy hip-hop, she’s also become something of a designer clothes horse, and with none of the problematic contradictions that come along with M.I.A.’s radical politics. Rye Rye and her crew of backup dancers just wanna have fun!
It’s no surprise, then, that designer Prabal Gurung wanted to collaborate with the Baltimore MC on the video for her single “New Thing.” “It was just so fantabulous,” Rye told Spinner. “I never really wear things like that, so it made me feel so on top of the world — sexy but cool because I was still dancing in the heels!” Indeed. All the outfits in the video are taken from Prabal Gurung’s 2012 resort-wear collection. Check it out. More
Remember when I told you about 19th Century oil tycoon Alber Elbaz’s decision to launch a “superluxury” line of children’s clothing, and most of you agreed that it would hasten the demise of capitalism by several decades? Well, Sir Elbaz made good on the threat, and now there are photos to prove it. (My anarcho-commie boyfriend is doing the Snoopy dance as we speak.) Is the Lanvin kids’ line ridiculously cute, or just ridiculous? You be the judge. More
In a comment on my post about her magazine yesterday, Beautiful editor Sue Thomason said that she only uses models above a U.K. size 12 to “redress the balance.” In other words, since you only see skinny models in most magazines, it’s important to show an equal number of larger models in hers. This makes a certain kind of sense. I’m not saying we should live in some communist utopia where everyone gets to be a model who wants to be one, but we need to expand our concept of beauty from where it is now. It’s with this in mind that I’ve made a gallery of eight beautiful plus-size models. More
Did you know that the world’s going to end this coming Saturday? It’s true! At least according to various fundamentalist Christian groups, who, as you know, are never wrong about anything. What better way to celebrate our imminent deaths and/or ascensions to heaven than by looking back at some of the best fashions of apocalypses past? Here are ten looks from my favorite apocalypse movies. More
With respect to his largest pre-fall collection yet, Alexander Wang intended to “showcase the core elements,” alluding to a tightened-up fall collection waiting in the wings. “I’m giving the buyers the bread and butter,” Wang told WWD, “and the dessert later.” More
So yeah, there’s been a big furor over Kate Middleton’s sleeved blue Issa London dress. I’m betting the reason for its rapid sell-out has less to do with Middleton’s impeccable style (which she has) and more to do with what a lovely, endlessly flattering piece it is. So we’re answering the call today with a gallery of sleeved, kimono and shirt-style navy dresses that will look great on you and won’t break the bank. More
This week we learned that the focus of next year’s Met Gala will be a retrospective of work by the late, great Alexander McQueen. The news inspired me to go through the McQueen archives and try and narrow down some of his finest moments. I was shooting for 10–which you can tell I didn’t hit–though I doubt I’d be satisfied with a limit of 50, as McQueen will always be one of my absolute favorites. There will never be anyone quite like him again. More