To Understand Why Brad Pitt’s Marriage Failed, Consider its Origins

What do you do with a movie star, a stellar budget, and a cataclysmic divorce? Conduct a tell-all interview with said star in topographically diverse environments with him clad in very expensive couture, of course! GQ has published a veritable celebrity Gesamtkunstwerk out of the breakdown of Brad Pitt’s glamorous marriage by whisking him from … Continued

Celebrities

Want to Age Gracefully? Dress Like a Lady

“When I was fifteen years old, I wanted to be a vamp—with a black veil, and a cigarette holder,” Carolina Herrera recalled in an interview with W magazine. “Because I was watching all these fantastic movies with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich and all these very glamorous ladies, so I wanted to look like that.” … Continued

Culture

Keep Your Ivanka Trump Hatred Out of My Closet

Recently I found the perfect pair of spring heels at Nordstrom Rack. Their most defining characteristic? They’re designed by Ivanka Trump. I didn’t think anything of it, aside from the fact that the daughter of our current president has great taste in shoes. Apparently, however, Nordstrom is one of many stores that will no longer … Continued

Culture, Fashion


The Latest Elite Fashion Trend? “Trashion”

“One day, he was swimming in the ocean off Ibiza and a plastic bag brushed his arm. At first he thought it was a jellyfish; then he realized it was trash. He began thinking about the Earth, ‘and it all kind of clicked.’” Apparently this was the inspirational moment behind Heron Preston’s new fashion of … Continued

Culture, Fashion

#ThisCatholicGirl and the Need for Emotional Chastity

Earlier this week, the world of Catholic Twitter went up in flames when one of its star members was revealed to be a fake. For those unaware of #ThisCatholicGirl-gate, Chase Padusniak, like many a social media-savvy Catholic, developed a “Twitter-Relationship”, as it were, with (who he thought was) a cute Catholic college student who broadcast … Continued

Culture

In Defense of Online Dating

There are two virtual realities we regularly encounter today. The first is the insidious one described by Ross Douthat in “The Virtues of Reality,” in which a myriad of human activities is mediated by social media; a virtual reality that discloses an unreal ideal self and obscures the real. “The trends in the marketplace—ever-more-customized pornography, … Continued

Culture

Ditch the Pantsuit, Hillary. Embrace the Power of Glamour

One of the more interesting questions left unanswered by the Democratic National Convention last week is an aesthetic one: Why did Hillary Clinton wear an all-white pantsuit? Given her history as a self-proclaimed “pantsuit aficionado,” it does not come as a surprise that Mrs. Clinton would accept the nomination in her signature style. The all-white … Continued

Culture

Return of the Retro First Lady?

“You can tell a lot about a person by whom they choose to marry,” noted a recent New York Times piece titled “Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas.” The essay explores the “perversely traditional” values of the Trump family, describing the qualities of the several women Donald Trump has called wife “remarkably … Continued

Politics

Sorry Ladies, Parading Around Naked to Protest Trump Isn’t ‘Art’

In the early morning hours in Cleveland, Ohio—the day before the start of the Republican National Convention this week—100 women gathered for a photography session/political protest. Unlike most protestors at the convention, however, these women were completely naked. The gathering was the work of photographer, Spencer Tunick, who called the installation piece, “Everything She Says … Continued

Politics