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
It’s no secret that Kat Dennings has awesome boobs. But what do you think of her in a drape-y, retro, cleavage-baring dress? More
The wonderful blog English Russia recently scanned in some photos from the Soviet era teen magazine “Sverstnitsa,” which the blog translates to “peer girl.” They’re all taken from issues that came out in 1989, and constitute a wonderful snapshot of how Soviet teens used to dress when they wanted to look fancy. Try as they might, those mean communist leaders could not keep out the influence of the west, as you can see from the girls’ New Wave haircuts, stone washed denim, and shiny, shiny everything. I also appreciate their pin-up poses. More
Hey look, Chloe Sevigny is still cool! And/or desperately trying to capture her former coolness, depending what you think of her! More
Burlesque star Dita Von Teese is famously great at using makeup to create retro glamor, so it might surprise you that she’s never done a makeup line before. But that’s about to be corrected. Dita has partnered with German beauty brand Artdeco to create a line aptly called Dita, and it contains all the red lipstick and fake eyelashes that you’d expect it to.
“I think that anyone can learn to be glamorous with the right tools and practice,” Dita tells Beautylish, and I’m inclined to agree, as what we think of as “beauty” is nothing but a set of socially constructed signifiers we are trained to recognize as desirable, but which nevertheless can be a source of pleasure and creativity for women so long as we acknowledge the game we are playing.
What? It’s true. Anyway, look at the makeup. It looks nice! More
Nowadays, when people get arrested, it’s usually for bath salts. Rather, bath salts-induced violence. As much as TheGloss‘ editors live for bath salts stories, we have to say that the stricken, overwhelmed mugshots have become a little monotonous. Anyway, Least Wanted uncovered a trove of delightful retro mugshots and–surprise!–everyone is dressed to the nines. They may not be eating people or running from electricity, but they all have their hair just so. More
Flowers or vegetables? Dancing or crabbing? Boys or girls? Choose wisely or you’ll be sent to the sanitorium. More
The Coconut Grove, Florida mansion where much of groundbreaking ’70s porno film Deep Throat was shot is up for sale for a mere $1.75 million. As such, there are now some photos of it on the Internet that show it largely unchanged from those heady, sweaty days long ago. Let’s look at some house porn of the place where they filmed real porn, and wonder what kinds of lurid secrets those walls would tell us if they could talk and/or blog. More
Well, does it? If not, perhaps this 1971 movie about marijuana’s sexual secrets will change your mind. More
In the May issue of W Magazine, Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen star in a retro-styled editorial meant to drum up excitement for their upcoming HBO film, Hemingway and Gelhorn. Unlike the film’s gritty Spanish Civil War setting, the editorial is pure Hollywood glamor, but the two actors’ chemistry is definitely still there. Let’s try to decode its narrative. More
Something tells me Don Draper was not looped in on this one. More
Hey fellas! Would you like to be funny not in the next life, and not in the one after that, but in your own lifetime? Look no further than this book of jokes and anecdotes that I found at a thrift store over the weekend, which was published by Playboy Press in 1973. Of especial interest to the amorously minded man is the chapter titled “Wit, Whimsy and Women,” which is simply brimming with
rapey excellent advice on what to say to a woman with whom you’d like to “score.” Basically, you should pretend like you’re a pedophile and you’ve mistaken her for a child, because “every girl, no matter how young she is, likes to think she looks younger than she really is.” Here are some of my favorite lines from said chapter. More