Scarlett Johansson's new film, Hitchcock, hits theaters November 23, and V Magazine's Winter 2012 issue couldn't have done a better job at amping up the anticipation. The film, which stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, and Scarlett as Janet Leigh, portrays the behind the scenes battle to get Psycho made. In the film, Scarlett of course recreates Leigh's infamous shower scene, and V's tribute to the scene for their cover (photographed by Jean-Paul Goude) is kind of awesome.
“Such a nice and original take on that Psycho scene,” thought saann. “The shower curtain forming the V is brilliant, I hope the rest of the editorial is just as fun.”
Miss Dalloway wrote: “What a fantastic image, their best cover in years I would say. Love everything about it!”
“Jean-Paul Goude can do no wrong in my eyes,” GERGIN shared. “He really knows how to capture emotion and make it incredibly entertaining.”
I don't know where I've been, but I had no clue this movie existed until I saw this magazine cover. As a fan of Hitchcock's films I kind of can't wait to see it. Here's a look at the film's trailer if you're just as clueless as I was, but want to know more.
For the past couple of weeks, American Apparel has been really into holding online sales that tie into news events. First, they decided to offer discounts to people in states affected by Hurricane Sandy: "In case you're bored during the storm, 20% off EVERYTHING for the next thirty-six hours," they wrote in an email to newsletter subscribers. It was funny because people were less bored and more concerned for others' safety and the damage being done to the entire region.
This morning, the California-based retailer announced a second topical sale. In honor of President Obama's reelection, American Apparel is offering 30% off all their American Flag styles for one week. You might disagree, but leggings discounts are just not how I believe people should commemorate the democratic process. Personal preference. Just seems really frivolous and opportunistic.
But! If American Apparel CEO Dov Charney really wants to hold sales to help me mark the moments which are significant to my life, here's what he could offer that wouldn't piss me off:
20% off all Sleepwear when I make myself a delicious breakfast of farro salad with a fried egg on top.
Buy one, get one free Unisex Cotton Berets when I book a ticket to Europe.
Free gift of The Circle Scarf in a color of my choice when I buy a Unisex Long Wool Coat within twelve hours of the first snow.
Free shipping on any eyeglass frames when I finish a really good book and loan it to a friend.
If you were as affected by David Gandy’s 10 Men cover as I clearly was, then you’ll be really glad that I’ve put together this post. The cover was just a sneak peak of what the magazine holds within its pages, which is a six-page editorial of the brawny, brooding, impossibly sexy and rugged David Gandy. Thank stylist Garth Spencer for leaving Gandy shirtless in three of the six shots, and thank Matt Mulhall for the manly grooming. Last but not least, let's thank Paul Wetherell, because if he wasn't there to photograph the editorial we wouldn't be looking at it right now.
Any ability to further form words about this editorial is rapidly deteriorating as I continue to stare at the images. So I'm just going to stop. In the event that you’d like to see the images in a bigger size, which I’m sure that you do, then click on over to this post in the forums.
“The second cover is freaking amazing! My favorite Elle cover of the year!” pixiedust1603 declared.
“Jen looks fantastic on both covers, wow does she deliver in those shots!” GERGIN exclaimed.
Even though some forum members couldn’t get past the yellow background of the newsstand cover, the editorial won them over. Justaguy posted, “The editorial is really nice. I like all the shots, especially the one with her lying near the water.”
Jennifer kind of gives off the impression that she’s still settling into the whole bombshell actress persona, but Elle definitely helped her make it look more convincing in this issue.
The only thing you really need to wear on election day is your trusty sense of optimism. Everyone has one, even if it's worn thin at the sleeves or in an ugly sea kelp green color. It's impossible to get rid of, kind of like a Chucky doll. I don't think it's possible to be alive without believing that things have the potential to turn out okay.
Even if you don't live in a swing state, your vote still counts. Someone will actually count it! If you'd like, you can even write-in Anna Wintour for President, but I'd advise against it because she's not a natural born citizen and would never be sworn into office — and anyway, she's way better suited to a civil court judgeship or something like that.
I think I would be totally remiss if I didn't mention that most polling places are set up in public schools. If you had the great luxury of attending one as a child, your voting experience will be super Proustian. I learned that the essence of my past smells like bleached tile floors and school lunch pizza.
Anyway, whether you go out of a sense of obligation, to make your voice heard, or because you want go on a memory trip, just VOTE today, please. And scatch what I said in the headline: polling places are crawling with people. If you aren't going to look cute, you might as well stay home.
Yesterday, we found out that Nicolas Ghesquière was leaving his post at Balenciaga, where he's been what they call a critical darling for pretty much ever. (Fifteen years. Ghesquière was awarded the post when he was 25 years old. Where were you when you were 25 years old? I don't know. I'm not even that old yet.)
His departure from Balenciaga was reportedly related to label holding company PPR's efforts to push the brand in a more commercial direction. Where Ghesquière envisioned a future for Balenciaga that was all obscure and arthouse by way of boxy silhouettes and Kristen Stewart, PPR wanted something way more saleable. They wanted unicorns and car commericals and my cat Carl and a pineapple in a bikini and Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a bermuda hat on an African safari vacation. Those corporate suits wouldn't recognize art if they saw it walking down a Balenciaga runway show!
So, we have two big questions. No, maybe three. Let's make it four, just to be safe? (Speculative answers included as parentheses.)
1. What's next for Nicolas Ghesquière?
(According to Suzy Menkes, maybe his own brand with PPR rival LVMH. The company's CEO, Bernard Arnault, is said to have offered Ghesquière his own house, which would be overseen by one of Arnault's children — either his daughter Delphine or son Antoine.)
2. What's next for Balenciaga?
(No one really knows, but PPR CEO Isabelle Guichot wants to move quickly and waste as little time as possible finding a replacement designer. So she can get back in the business of dressing pineapples in bikinis. "We have a short list," she told WWD.)
3. What's next for Kristen Stewart?
(She'll be fine.)
4. Why don't people talk more about how Nicolas Ghesquière is so, so beautiful?