As if calling a normal sized girl fat - by stating that the chunky footwear (Jeffrey Campbell 'Litas') she were wearing suited her solid frame - wasn't enough, Scott Shuman, wealthy blogger of all things homoerotic has recently also had the nerve to suggest that it wasn't suitable for people Tavi's age to be blogging, that the magazine industry had 'constructed' Tavi's success in order to trivialize bloggers, and that at her age she couldn't possibly understand 'art'. So the democratic nature of the internet makes it OK for you to earn mega-cash taking banal photos of old dudes wearing beige suits, but it's not OK for Tavi to make earnest statements about the state of feminism today and gain an audience from that. I smell hypocrisy, and nepotism. Apparently the only other blog he reads is Garance Dore's - his partners - because she is the only one doing anything vaguely interesting. You're right Scott, street-style photographs and illustration are so the future! Why didn't I think of that!
The music industry - hell, any industry fullstop - is notorious for turning good looking people with limited talent into superstars and causing a controversy. Enter Lana Del Ray, the new pseudonym of formally unsuccessful songwriter Lizzy Grant. Major label + lip job + getting dumped = 'Video Games', this hate on Hipster Runoff and these appropriately stylized photographs from her first live show by Pitchfork. Is she a legitimate artist? Does legitimacy matter? Should she at least get a phone that isn't covered in pink rhinestones?
Burberry have taken the route most travelled by British fashion houses and enlisted a band to add credibility to their questionable new campaign for new fragrance 'Body'. The video clip features celebrity slashie and ultimately talentless actress Rosie Huntington Whitley undressing (she was only wearing a trench to begin with so the process is pretty quick) while spraying herself with the fragrance to a soundtrack composed by Sussex band The Feeling, who look more nineties boy band and less fashion-house-muse-band, so I question Christopher Bailey's thought process here. Hope the frangrance's smell covers the tasteless stench this campaign has created; it's definitely got its work cut out.
Gossip Girl Season Five has begun and while I'm actually not sure how much more of Blake Lively's weird mouth-ticks I can stand it is the wardrobe department who really need a talking to, particularly in Episode Two where they have inexplicably decided that shiny red fedoras, and giant flower rings from Equip are in. The show should also be applauded for trying to gain traction in the porn market with this poster campaign.
Kate Moss is back on the catwalk post-marriage and honeymoon, walking the Louis Vuitton show last week in Milan. Unlike last year she appeared sans cigarette, and despite the dress being an angelic mix of virginal broderie anglaise and angelic feather detail, still looked like she had stumbled out of club after an all-nighter during which she smoked several packages of ciggies. Which she probably had.
And finally, finally, the trailer for Marilyn Monroe's biopic starring Michelle Williams has come out and it looks like it is going to be a visual delight, if only for the fact that the dude who was in this straight-to-television movie with Tom Sturridge plays her partner-in-crime.