The decadent 1920s fashions on display in Baz Luhrmann‘s new film version of The Great Gatsby are so beautiful that it’s easy to forget they’re a symbol of some less-than-beautiful things: hubris, materialism, and the gilded cage that Tom Buchanan keeps his wife Daisy in. At least, that’s what Tiffany & Company is betting on with their Great Gatsby tie-in line of jewelry! From a diamond and pearl headpiece that costs $200,000 (pictured) to all manner of dangly baubles and jewels, this collection asks you to look at these shiny, shiny fineries and forget all about the sinister narrative role they play in the film. So sparkly. So forgetful. You will covet them like Gatsby covets Daisy: fiercely and inappropriately. More
Former mall goths, rejoice! Goth/glam/shock rocker Marilyn Manson, of the aging surprisingly gracefully Mansons, has landed a starring role in the new YSL campaign, and there’s already a leaked picture of it. More
In the latest issue of Wired Magazine, Alison Brie (of Mad Men and Community fame) hams it up in some photos illustrating an article about the new ways people are using technology to engage with TV shows, and how outdated the Nielsen rating system is. (And how we have gotten better TV shows as a result.) None of the pictures within are quite as great as the cover shot, which shows what Trudy Campbell would look like if she murdered her horrid, sniveling prig of a husband and took his job. But they do show off Ms. Brie’s range as an actress, which is something the article discusses, and she looks great in all of them. Now, let’s do some “Mad Math.” More
So I’ve already said enough about Lana Del Rey‘s shortcomings as an artist/empty signifier/hubristic first year Pratt student to last me for quite some time. But what about Lana Del Rey, model? As it turns out, she’s actually really good at that. She should do it more!
The latest issue of L’Officiel Paris features the cyberbullied singer/songwriter in a retro styled editorial that gives James Dean and Marilyn Monroe‘s ghosts a rest for once and draws on the iconography of an equally mythologized, if infinitely classier, country called Spain. From the red lips to the mid-length, wavy hair to the beautiful clothes, this is a feast for the eyes. Much credit should go to photographer Nicole Nodland, who got some really beautiful shots. But Ms. Del Rey is great and posing and conveying moods, too. And this goes without saying, but she looks lovely. If only she’d been born in an era before trip hop, she might have been a silent film star. More
Do you have what it takes to time travel back to the 1960s and work as a Playboy bunny in one of the Playboy Club’s numerous classy locations in American and abroad? Find out by reading this retro-riffic recruitment brochure which was circulated by the company in the 1960s. Its requirements include boobs, “proper” proportions, boobs, intelligence and common sense, boobs, a cheerful disposition, boobs, and a readiness to make mad scrilla doing unskilled labor your uglier counterparts will never have access to. Oh, and boobs.
And if this whole thing disgusts you, which it may, just pretend you are Gloria Steinem and you are only filling out this application so you can go undercover and expose Playboy for all the ways it mistreats its foxy workers. Some fantasies are different from others. More
Michelle Williams is a great actress, and part of being a great actress is being able to disappear into a role and not just look like “celebrity X” up there on the screen. For their Spring/Summer ’13 issue, the always artistic AnOther Magazine took advantage of that fact and styled Ms. Williams, who is interviewed within about playing Glinda the Good Witch in Oz the Great and Powerful, in eight very different looks, from club kid to retro glamour puss to…some sort of farmer? As expected, she looks great in all of them. (Especially the farmer one.) More
Perhaps inspired by the pretty picture on the cover of the 50th anniversary edition of The Bell Jar, Vogue US took clear inspiration from “the problem that has no name” for a spread in its March 2013 issue. In it, the uber cute Lily Cole poses in various states of suburban ennui and looks fabulous in all the latest retro-inspired spring ’13 fashions, even as she appears to contemplate suicide. As if that wasn’t thought provoking enough, there’s also some peppy copy like the above paragraph comparing an ominous oven fire to “sparkly accompaniments,” and the other paragraph promising a “never-a-dull-moment-affair.” Depression is fun! More
We here at The Gloss like to talk about how awesome Vogue creative director Grace Coddington is as a person, but a quick search reveals that we haven’t explicitly made a point of showing you very much of her actual fashion editing work. Which is a shame, because it is great! For the January issue of US Vogue, The Cod enlisted Steven Klein to photograph models Carolyn Murphy and Karen Elson wearing colorful spring 2013 get-ups as they wandered through various bizarre, retro-futuristic scenarios. The resulting editorial feels odd, retro, glamorous and modern, all at the same time. Maybe fashion can be art, after all. More
I love that my style is about more than just the transient nature of trend based fashion. My style is in fact a lifestyle philosophy. More
Would you like to know how to properly finger a belly button? How about the best way to “69″ with a crash test dummy? All this and more awaits you in this amazing sex guide from 1960s era Japan, which the amazing people at Hello Damage were kind of enough to scan and post for your edification. (NSFW) More
Everyone was awkward and cheesy in the ’90s, even perfect fashion sparkle person Victoria Beckham. We know this because of her mid-late ’90s body of work with The Spice Girls, but did you know that Victoria Beckham (née Adams) was alive in the early ’90s, as well? Retronaut recently unearthed a whole bunch of glamor shots from 1992, when she was but an 18-year-old aspiring model and dancer. Here are the ten best (i.e. funniest) ones. More
As if last month’s three magazine covers weren’t enough, French actress Marion Cotillard continues to arrive this month with an insanely gorgeous spread in Dior Magazine. I know “feast your eyes” is a huge cliché, but seriously, if photos were eye food, this editorial would be a sumptuous banquet complete with bacon-wrapped dates and some little chocolate petits fours for dessert. Credit goes to the photographer and stylist as well, of course. Click through to see what I mean. More
Sad news today for fans of women in comedy: pioneering comedienne and all-around fabulous person Phyllis Diller has passed away at the age of 95. Starting out on TV and radio in the 1950s, Diller was known for her quick wit, bizarre laugh, and pithy one-liners about children, family, her own looks, and her fictitious husband “Fang.” She made a name for herself in the entertainment biz at a time when society thought women were even less funny than it thinks we are now, and continued to work in TV and film right up until her death. Let’s take a look back on some of her most widely adored witticisms. More
In the August issue of Italian Vogue, there’s an editorial showcasing Lana Del Rey doing exactly what she does best: dressing up like a sexy ’60s sex kitten and saying she doesn’t care what any of us meanie-heads say about her. I’m not just being mean when I say she should stick to modeling; my personal opinions on fake lips aside (DON’T DO IT, GIRLS) this lady has never had a problem looking good in pictures. Unfortunately, the interview is in Italian so I can’t read it, but I’ll try to imagine some of the things she was thinking and feeling. More