Word to the Wise, Stay Home!

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I always forget just how bad traffic can get on these holiday weekends. Hashtag, disappointed. :/

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Ruby Red Slippers

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I never get tired of the Ruby Reds, but I don’t know whether to applaud when designers ‘borrow’ from Oz, or give ’em a frownie face for lack of originality.

 

P.S. wouldn’t Meadham Kirchhoff, Ready to Wear 2014 Ruby Reds made much better slippers than the ones they saddled Diana Ross with in, The Wiz?

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Plastic Shiny Things are a Girls Best Friend

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A lover of all things old Hollywood I ran across a quirky detail concerning Marilyn Monroe’s costume in the famous song and dance number, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Everyone knows the iconic pink dress she wore, but apparently that wasn’t the original concept. Instead the film’s costumer, Billy Travilla,  had in mind a much skimpier number. One where Marilyn was draped in diamonds and not much else. Reportedly this version was considered too riske.’ At the time her ‘red velvet’ nude pictures that were causing a sensation, and the studio thought her reputation needed some cooling off.  Another version claims it was rejected as being just too plain tacky, and this I would have to agree. Supposedly Travilla lamented it’s rejection by pointing out the glorious detail of a bejeweled horse-fly on the tail he’d pinned to MM’s derriere.

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Which brings me to this:

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Versace I think. Could it be their answer to the rejected original? The sleeves/gloves are the same. I think it is, and it’s definitely and improvement. But what would Mr. Travilla say? Or MM for that matter?

Beauty is the Beast

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast? Bah-humbug! For me there is only one B & B: Jean Cocteau’s 1946 treasure, La Belle et la Bete. It is so fantastic there are almost not words to describe it. Shot it gorgeous black and white it is a dazzling gothic nightmare that you wish would never end.

Which got me to thinking, what does it mean? What was the original message of the story? (Clearly there must be something here that resonates with audiences or there wouldn’t be a revival. Not to mention King Kong playing in the theatre next door, a Beauty and the Beast 2.0.) Thanks to the Google machine there are plenty of answers. The feminist perspective, the gay/outsider perspective, the-bride-to-be-in-an-arranged-marriage perspective, post WW II France, child rearing, etc. What a rabbit hole it is.

What satisfaction I did receive was that Cocteau is credited with the enchanted castle aspects of the story (not Disney and it’s singing tea cups). And there was a real beauty and the beast in the remarkable form of …

*Petrus Gonsalvus, who was born in the sixteenth century on the island of Tenerife (Spain) and was brought to the court of King Henry II of France.[9][10] Petrus suffered Hypertrichosis, causing an abnormal growth of hair on his face and other parts. In Paris, he was welcomed under the protection of the king and married a beautiful Parisian woman named Catherine.[9][10]

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If truth is beauty than it’s a beast.

 

*Wikipedia, of course.