Party Etiquette

If you show up to a party and the person hosting is GENUINELY surprised you made it, you shouldn’t be there.



Cultural News Items

1. Clare Waight Keller’s takeover as Creative Director for Givenchy. While it may be nice for her to steer the brand away from the starfuckery it became under Tisci’s reign, Keller is going to need to bring a lot more heat than she had been at Chloe. When I think of the brand Chloe, all I see is a picnic basket – a straw basket with a French blue checkered picnic blanket and a carefree yet highfalutin attitude. Chloe is feminine and demure — to the point of quite possibly boner-killing. How can the brand go from former “bad boys of fashion” Galliano, McQueen, and Tisci to the equivalent of a human doily? The answer: SALES.

Chloe’s sales have been doing well in a time of fashion uncertainty – so LVMH brought Keller in. Too bad they didn’t realize it was because of ACCESSORY SALES at Chloe, not clothing.

They took a risk when they brought in Galliano, which paved the way for McQueen. What risk are they taking with Keller? It’s the same as the new CD for Christian Dior (or shall I say Christian SNORE) — is the fashion industry done taking risks??

AFTERTHOUGHT: While I am glad it’s a female CD, I am complaining strictly on her design aesthetic and how I don’t think it’s a fit for Givenchy.

2. Urban Decay launches a Basquiat-themed line of cosmetics. We get it UD, you’re trying to slip in some some social and racial commentary because they are hot ticket items these days. Yes, Basquiat included these themes in his work, but are you trying to imply that our current sociopolitical climate has reverted back to the 70’s/80’s? Bold would describe more than just the color palettes you chose for this “collaboration”.

It’s great that you are giving a platform for mass promotion of an artist that may not have gained as big of notoriety as Warhol. Basquiat was a quintessential “tortured artist” who died from a heroin overdose at age 27. His work was influential, and it’s always great to pay homage to the lates and greats — but is it a step forward? Would it perhaps have been better to feature a living artist whose work is culturally relevant and boundary-pushing?

I am sick of society putting drug-addicted artists on pedestals, as it can only encourage addiction in young talent. Not to mention your tagline for your mailing list/members is “Beauty Junkies: Addiction Has Its Perks”. (Also, the new collection drops on 4/20? How subtle.)

AFTERTHOUGHT: And yes I’m ignoring the fact that Ruby Rose is the face of the campaign — they did that on purpose to draw attention – no such thing as bad publicity!


An Other Version of Me

I wrote this the day David Bowie died. I wrote it imagining it being crooned over strong guitar riffs.

You got a type
And it’s got to be right
An Other Version of Me

Mimicked clones
Flaxen-haired clowns

Over the years and over time
Your history is marked by the same type
You constantly want the same light

You got a type
And it’s got to be right
An Other Version of Me

We look exactly the same
It’s kind of insane
Doing the same thing
And expecting a different outcome



Lover’s End

I turned and looked back at him as I was leaving. I thought to myself it was the end of an era — brief, but still life-changing. I wondered if he would remember me — if I even mattered that much to him — if he thought about me this way — if he even gave our time together as much thought as I did.

I looked back at him with so much force behind my eyes I swore I felt the ground shake. Unfortunately he did not stir. He didn’t even look back at me as my eyes burned through the atmosphere like lazers. He did not burn.

I then knew I had made the right decision.