Beauty Beat 7.7.13: Navigating Cosmopolitics, Dungarees and Cronuts
Like the sticky weather this July 4th weekend, here’s what I thought was hot and clickworthy.
1. Hot off the Paris couture runway from Maison Martin Margiela are jewel encrusted masks (see above) for those lazy days when you want to conquer the world without putting on your makeup.
There’s something a little kinky yet vaguely empowering about them in a Pussy Riot meets Bat Girl kinda way, but that lack of vision thing could be a problem.
2. On the other end of the spectrum, dungarees are having a moment. I didn’t think word dungarees existed outside my Dad’s 1950′s vocabulary (which also includes twee words like nifty), but here it is.
Question is, can dungarees translate from super model to real world without rendering most of woman kind looking like a sack of potatoes in a coal mine? I feel a test drive coming on, but my hunch is this won’t be pretty.
3. In other news, politics and fashion collide as Mizuno running shoes become the best-selling women’s sneaker on Amazon.com. Credit Wendy Davis, the state senator from Texas who wore them during her 11 hour filibuster to block an anti-abortion bill.
4. And now plastic surgery + Hilary Clinton = “Cosmopolitics”. As speculation ramps up about Hillary’s possible ’16 presidential run, so do suggestions that she get a little nip tuck to give her that leader of the free world glow.
And it’s not just Hills; it’s been rumored Chris Christie got the gastric band for the same reason. Last week, the NY Post even implied the NYC Mayoral candidates do the same. But so what, who of us wouldn’t take stock of our packaging if we knew we were going to be living under the media microscope for an extended period of time?
One of my favorite quips on the subject comes from last year’s Barbara Walters interview with Joan Rivers in the special The Cutting Edge. When asked why she uses her own plastic surgery as comedic fodder, Joan answers
“Because we live in a society where looks count, and all the beautiful women lie and say they’ve done nothing, and it’s so unfair, and I just wanted women to know…it’s OK.”
5. Move over US, Brasil and South Korea to make room for the Middle East, which is quickly becoming the new mecca of plastic surgery. While the cultural differences in the Middle East are vast, many of us carry around a stereotype about Middle Eastern women as being beautiful, but also somewhat chaste and modest so this surprised me somewhat.
Also disheartening is that 9/10 Middle Eastern women are unhappy with their appearance. The procedures leading the pack include nose jobs and Botox. But, or should I say “butt”, rear end augmentation is almost as popular as liposuction.
6. I’m personally not a tattoo fan, but apparently 23% of women are, which is why I can’t wait to get my hands on Margot Mifflin’s third edition of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo. Mifflin deconstructs the relationship women with their tattoos as it relates to body image and statements about society, sexuality and feminism.
7. Off topic, but sex for cronuts? Wait, first do you know what a cronut is? It’s 2013′s answer to the macaron, a greasy lovechild between a donut and a croissant, dreamed up by pastry prince, Dominique Ansel. All you need is $5 and patience, which apparently New York is running out of given that a delivery service as since spawned that charges $5000 for a box of twenty.
And this sex thing? Seems like one entrepreneurial young man found a way to have his cake and eat it too, um literally vis a vi Craig’s List. Klassy with a K. Which gives me an idea – I’ll get my husband to stand in line.