Gaga oh la la
This is one bad romance.
Joanne Trattoria, an italian restaurant owned by Lady Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, has been downgraded from an A to a B by New York City’s health department.
Not one to let a thing like sanitation get in his way, Mr. Germanotta turned to Twitter to air his annoyance. Read More
There’s been much to-do over the Barneys holiday windows that were unveiled this week. While last year’s amazing and somewhat controversial Lady Gaga collaboration pushed the envelope, this year, for some baffling reason, the retailer decided to partner with Disney.
Luis Fernandez, senior vice president of creative for Disney Consumer Products, had said that concept behind this collaboration made total sense from a retail perspective. “We thought, ‘A huge force in fashion and a huge force in animation,” he said in a recent interview. “What better than for these two companies to get together and do something for the holidays?’”
Big Apple Idolatry
- Lady Gaga had dinner last night with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Now there is a couple that makes some sort of sense in this crazy, mixed-up world.
- The New Yorker Festival this weekend brought out Lena Dunham, if that was any sort of surprise.
- Read More
Oh No He Didn't
There’s a simmering fashion feud percolating between New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn and Hedi Slimane, the designer who has taken over Yves Saint Laurent and is widely credited with Dior Homme’s skinny silhouette. The beef led to Ms. Horyn not being invited to the YSL show, which didn’t stop her from reviewing it in The New York Times on the Runway blog using publicly available photos. Needless to say, her take wasn’t overwhelmingly positive.
“I was not invited. Despite positive reviews of his early YSL and Dior collections, as well as a profile, Mr. Slimane objected bitterly to a review I wrote in 2004—not about him but Raf Simons,” wrote Ms. Horyn.
As best we can tell, the deliberate non-invitation was a result of Ms. Horyn’s doubts about the origins of the skinny-silhouetted suit.
celebrities and drugs
James Molinaro may know who Lady Gaga is but he probably isn’t aware of her fandom, the “little monsters,” and how they might react to an NY1 report that Mr. Molinaro referred to the pop star as a “slut” while launching an anti-drug campaign Monday night.
The performer’s fans are fiercely loyal and may not take well to the Staten Island Borough President’s characterization of their idol, whom Mr. Molinaro said was part of a celebrity culture that promotes drug use, among other things.
Big Apple Idolatry
— The Church of Scientology has written a strongly-worded letter to Vanity Fair about Maureen Orth’s cover story on Tom Cruise and the woman auditioned to be his girlfriend, Nazanin Boniadi. It’s eight pages long. In it, the church threatens, “If Vanity Fair goes forward with publication of such defamatory allegations, now that it is on notice that the story is false, the stain on its reputation will last long after any reader even remembers the article. The sting of the jury verdict will last longer still; far longer than any pleasure from racing to publish a poorly researched and sourced story.”
“The clothing’s just the sprinkles on top.” So said tattoo artist Ami James, and it could have been the motto for the evening, especially when the chocolate-sprinkled cupcakes appeared later on, one last treat for a collection of self-proclaimed oddballs, from Michael Stipe to Bono’s wife, Irish business woman Ali Hewson, to a late entry looking like the boy next door, Josh Hartnett.
They were gathered last night for the launch of the “Eccentrics Issue” of Vs. Magazine, which coincided with the official opening—or, anyway, the celebrity opening—of Paul Gerard’s Exchange Alley, the two events hosted by brunette beauties Liv Tyler, whose face in close-up stares from the cover of the new Vs., and Helena Christensen, who took the photo.
The Eight-Day Week
Tonight’s Fashion’s Night Out, Anna Wintour’s attempt to goose public interest in—and spending on!—luxury goods. At Bloomingdale’s tonight, for instance, there are 26 discrete events, including personal appearances by Matchbox Twenty and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz (Kristen Stewart was, we suspect, busy) and a manicuring session sponsored by Lady Gaga’s new fragrance. Oscar de la Renta Read More
Madonna (pictured, putting on her birthday suit) turns 54 today, though the pop star could be forgiven for having a somewhat muted celebration. Not merely is she hard at work–her MDNA tour played Oslo last night, and goes on to Zurich on Saturday–but that work has not gone amply rewarded, with fans revolting, Read More
Lady Gaga has announced the title of her new album, due out next year: ARTPOP. (Yes, the caps are meant to be left on–and she’s already tattooed the phrase on her body.) After a period of relative career difficulties–a onetime Grammy and Video Music Awards favorite has been starving for critical and chart attention Read More