In case you missed it, the sublime, the serious and the silly regarding all things women, beauty and culture. This month, better high heels, middle-aged supermodels, a skin cancer savior, IRL Benjamin Button and everyone’s favorite, slut shaming.
1) A rocket scientist, astronaut and orthopedic surgeon at Thesis Couture are inventing a better high heel set to launch this winter. Finally, shoes made for walking and not waiting to be worn in the “sit shoes” basket. (Garance Dore)
2) Jaden Smith – son of The Fresh Prince from Bel Air, and now the crown prince of attention getting gender blending – vamps as the face of Louis Vuitton wearing women’s clothes. Quoted from the article, “Mr. Smith represents a generation that has assimilated the codes of true freedom, one that is free of manifestoes and questions about gender,” Mr. Ghesquière stated. “Wearing a skirt comes as naturally to him as it would to a woman who, long ago, granted herself permission to wear a man’s trench or a tuxedo.” Man buns were just the start…don’t be surprised if we see more boys borrowing from the girls this year. An exceptional analysis on gender blending in fashion found here. (NYT)
3) Is sobriety the new black? Booze free happy hours are popping up everywhere. (NY Times)
4. Gisele and Tom Brady’s private chef leak their spartan, and better than you diet which is paleo, gluten-free and fun free. In revolt, the Internet freaks out and eats Oreos. On the other hand, it’s refreshing to know they didn’t just wake up like that — it takes hard work and dedication (Elle)
5. At CES, L’Oreal debuted a sun patch that looks like a BandAid and tells you when it’s time to get out of the sun. Brilliant! (BBC News)
6) The Golden Globes were a snooze, with the exception of Brad Pitt who has the plastic surgery in Hollywood. He Benjamin Buttoned right in front of us. (Daily Mail)
7) Four women over 40 reveal how much they really spend on beauty. I’ll never retire either, but at least I’m not alone. (WSJ)
8) Cindy, Naomi and Claudia are back as the faces of Balmain. I can almost hear Wham! playing the in background, but is this just a tired old trick? I thought Celine’s celebration of Joan Didion was much more provocative and fresh.
9. Barbie debuts a range of body types and the internet predictably freaks out with applause…but will this sell products in the age of GoldieBlox? And will we miss the escapist fantasy pleasure that came with old Barbie? Maybe we have role model problem, not a Barbie problem. Discuss. (NYT)
10) Regardless of your politics, we are all Megyn Kelly and her series of very bad days. Starting with the rampant bullying from Donald Trump, fixation on her hair and dramatic eyelash extensions, I’m stunned that in 2016 we still burn women at the stake. (NPR)