It is hot as Hell. But it’s still pretty. #summer
The rain will not keep me from my burger. Happy Fourth of July...
When your neighborhood liquor store runs out of Aperol and is tragically low on Lillet blanc, you realize you’re living a cliche.🤦🏽♀️
Veruca Salt notwithstanding, is it possible to eat too many blueberries? New Jersey blueberries.
“The men made the most obvious, heavy-handed use of fashion. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who has positioned himself as the tech candidate, leaned into the stylistic cliche of the tech world. He went tieless....Yang celebrated the stereotypes of a tech bro. And with his lack of affect, with his head tilted slightly upward as he offered up his non-answers to questions, he came across like the founder of a start-up aiming to rustle up venture capital through sheer pomposity.” #demdebate
“Her gestures are smooth elucidation, rather than a series of exclamation points. She does not plod across the stage; she alights upon it. She is not here to brag about herself; she is here to help you bring forth your best inner citizen.”
His fans were really loud. Really loud #fishfry
“For any man to bungle white-tie dress — something so regimented, so steeped in tradition, so well-documented — he must be a man who doesn’t bother with the details, who doesn’t avail himself of ready expertise, who refuses to be a student of history or even of Google. White-tie attire is more science than art. The fit of the tailcoat is just so. Great flapping yards of the white waistcoat are not meant to hang below the jacket. The sleeves should not stretch to the base of the thumb. The jacket is not to be buttoned. And so on. White tie is fact-based. One cannot fudge it. One does not make white-tie decisions based on one’s gut, lest one end up with the gut overly exposed. The president’s iteration of white tie at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace was, in a word, a mess. The waistcoat was too long and too tight. The tailcoat did not fit. The trousers were voluminous. And the man himself looked so ill at ease in the whole unfortunate kit that his awkwardness loomed over him like Pig-Pen’s dust cloud.”
The vet told me this silly boy needs to lose weight. (Slow metabolism? 🤦🏽♀️😉) In solidarity, I’m living a sugar free June. God help us both.
Last night, @CFDA honored Barbie. Not the women who oversee the brand. But the doll. I really tried to understand why. I did not succeed. “Barbie, despite all the marketing and platform-blah-blah-blah, is still a doll. And women are not. They are not objects or infantile or without agency. That might be an obvious distinction, but it’s one with which the culture — some men, many legislatures — still struggles. It’s one reason many women remain uncomfortable discussing how they use fashion to communicate an idea, a mood or opinion. Critics argue any acknowledgment of a woman’s fashion is demeaning to her. But that’s only true if fashion is seen as a game of dress-up and the women who enjoy it as having only as much thoughtfulness as a doll.”
From Sunday brunch: When your college friend’s daughter launches a line of sunglasses meant to sit perfectly on diverse facial features... and you get a gander over afternoon cocktails and try not to feel really old. @sedthelabel
Wedding vows. Congratulations! 🍾
Post - wedding cocktails.
A glorious day for a wedding
Pulling out the feathers for my friends’ wedding. Dress code: Elegant chic. 🤷♀️
Good morning, NYC.
The magnificent view from Cedar Hill/Frederick Douglass National Memorial.
I heard Frederick Douglass was getting a lot of attention lately...
The @cfda is giving Barbie - the doll - the Board of Directors Award at its annual dinner in June. That’s the same award it gave Michelle Obama, Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards and Michael Bloomberg. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. For now.
Today, camp may mostly be an expression of fun, but it’s hard not to consider the difficult route to getting to that freedom. To look at a Thom Browne black tuxedo with a white wedding dress affixed to its back sets your mind spinning through the history of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights. “Camp is the heroism of people not called upon to be heroes,” reads a line of wall text from writer Philip Core. @metmuseum #camp
I need to get this off my chest. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers. I am not a mother. I have not done the hard work or made the sacrifices that so many mothers have. But I feel accomplished and whole nonetheless. My own mother was perfect in my opinion. She was magnificent. And I miss her every day since she died. Ever since then, Mother’s Day makes me sad because it makes the heart ache more intense. So perhaps I’m especially sensitive to the unique love that a mother gives a child and how precious it is. I always hope that I can get through the day without a stranger wishing me happy Mother’s Day. But people always do. Not because I have a child with me but because I’m old enough to have had a child and so they presume I must have had one. And yet, I don’t presume every adult male has fathered a child and feel compelled to wish strange men happy Father’s Day. I have been a friend, sounding-board, mentor and daughter. But not a mother. And no, I have not “mothered” anyone. To be a mother is a tremendous thing. Don’t toss the word around carelessly. Wish the mothers in your life well. Please wish me a nice day.
“Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH: “Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO and a terrific leader. She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty Maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the Group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.” @lvmh
Come on now, scooter people. You’re better than this.
From my story about the aftermath of the Gucci blackface controversy: “With the legions of qualified applicants readily available in Italy or France, François-Henri Pinault says, it’s all too easy to hire yet another white European manager. “It’s not enough to talk and express and convince,” Pinault says. “We’re at the point where we have to force it.” It’s a similar realization he had when Kering set a goal of gender parity and pay equality by 2025. Thus far, women make up more than half of its company managers. When considering potential employees, Pinault says, “Diversity is a skill.” @gucci @kering_official (photo: @jonas_snapsalot )
“Three months after the conflagration, Gucci is taking the long view. How Gucci reacted to accusations of racism reflects the history of the company itself...” @gucci
This Met gala situation is serious. Campers! Get it? They camped out. Exhibition is “Camp.” 😂my own joke! 🤷♀️
Bonus brain food to go along with that latte. From my story on Pete Buttigieg’s Vogue portrait: “The Vogue portrait isn’t intimate. You don’t come away feeling as though you’ve glimpsed some inner truth. It’s not an emotional image but rather an aloof one. He’s not looking at you, after all. He’s purposefully turned away. There’s something about that inaccessibility that makes him seem more intriguing than perhaps he is and puts a gloss of sex appeal on his policy wonk ensemble. And every politician can use a little sizzle — even one who, thus far, is mostly that.”
“The background is neutral. Buttigieg hasn’t been placed into the context of a narrative because his very presence is the essence of the story. His photograph is such a contrast from all of those that Annie Leibovitz took of Beto O’Rourke for the April issue of Vanity Fair. Take any one of those pictures and the eye is overwhelmed by symbols and references — open roads, sweeping horizons, a moseying dog, American flags flying in the wind. O’Rourke is all parables and metaphors.” (Photo: Ethan James Green/Vogue)
That wonderful, beautiful, fleeting time of year. Stop and smell the peonies.
“Gvasalia has not been influenced by other creative souls as much as he has found validation in them. He describes himself as a guy who was flexing his imagination in the wilderness until he found kindred spirits who made him feel that his work was legitimate and thus worth pursuing.” @balenciaga @washingtonpostmag (photo: @jonas_snapsalot)