Thursday, January 29, 2009

Christian LaCroix Haute Couture S/S 09 Paris

From Christian LaCroix Haute Couture S/S 09 Paris

As Christian Lacroix made his customary run down the catwalk, being pelted with carnations (one always thoughtfully left on each seat, just for this very purpose), there was a huge smile on his face.

“More clients;” he beamed backstage, “I’ve just met another new one.”

It is easy to understand why women, of any age, want to buy into the Lacroix look, if they can afford it. His designs are never radical or extraordinarily referenced or require a manual in order to understand how to wear them. His collections are always beautiful, mixing deliciously feminine and romantic looks, with the nonchalant chic of masculine tailoring.

He opened with a short-sleeved, navy, military jacket, gilt-buttoned and braided, worn with loose, navy gaberdine trousers; then a black, cardigan-style corset, with little bloomers, overlaid with embroidered tulle. A navy crepe skirt suit featured a dandified, black, embroidered bow at the neck and was finished with a ruffled, beige blouse. A series of softly-tailored bright red suits were encrusted with black embroidery, matador-style; a classic Little Black Dress worn with an intricate cream lace bolero. More short, sharp military ‘spencers’, detailed with embroidery and gilt buttons, were paired with frou-frou skirts in black and white stripes, generally with a hint of lace petticoat – a favourite Lacroix combination.

The contrast between borrow-from-the-boys and unashamedly girlish was echoed in the red carpet designs. A navy and white, crisp, tailored shirt, for example, was knotted at the waist with a red rose and then paired with an extravagant, long, crinoline skirt in emerald green and navy.

Evening always opens the doors to a blaze of rich colour and ornamentation at Lacroix. A rainbow-striped, organza and chiffon gown featured sleeves worked in a magic carpet pattern, another rainbow-hued design, underscored the one-shoulder trend, as did a gold lame sheath, which featured a giant bow on the left shoulder, and was then draped and curved around the body to finish in a fishtail hem.

A short ball-dress showed Lacroix’s love of the colours of Watteau and Fragonard, featuring a one-shouldered bustier, embellished with silk roses, elaborately embroidered in gold and pastels, and allied to the designer’s invention, a doll-like puffball skirt in rose-pink taffeta.

-Hilary Alexander

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Stephane Rolland Haute Couture S/S 09 Paris

From Stephane Rolland Haute Couture S/S 09 Paris

French designer Stephane Rolland made his debut Monday as a full member of the elite club of grands couturiers, sending out an imaginative collection of cocktail dresses and evening gowns that played on bold beadwork and unexpected elements like bustles and capes.

Rolland cited Constantin Brancusi as an inspiration for the collection shown on the opening day of Paris haute couture week, and the influence of the Romanian-born sculptor was clear in the show's big, bold volumes and harmonious lines.

A stiff cone-shape panel emerged from the bust of a strapless shift dress and, curling ingeniously around itself, attached to the hemline.

Another shift dress in fire engine red had a bustle-like drapery that emerged from the shoulders and attached to the hemline, creating a sort of chic superhero cape. One show-stopping look improbably melded a one-shoulder evening gown with a pantsuit.

Lozenge-shaped leather discs covered a sleeveless organza evening gown in an intricate scale pattern.

Artful mosaic beadwork also adorned the hemline of many of the other floor-length dresses, making tinkling sounds as the models strutted their stuff. At the end, the catwalk was littered with sparkling beads and rhinestones that had popped off during the show.

The collection, which opened with 10 little back dresses, was heavier on daywear than most haute couture shows, in what was perhaps a concession to the current hard economic times.

But don't tell that to Rolland. The designer bristled at talk of the economy, saying he was "sick and tired of hearing the word 'crisis.'"

- the AP

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Christian Dior Haute Couture S/S 09 Paris

From Christian Dior Haute Couture S/S 09 Paris

When people are confronting recession, counting their pennies and designing their wardrobes on the save-not-splurge formula, what is the role of French haute couture where a single dress can cost the price of a modest British home?
John Galliano, the couturier at Christian Dior, offered a master class in the art of the couture atelier by way of explanation, in his collection, on the opening day of the spring/summer 2009 season in Paris yesterday.
Galliano literally turned gowns inside out to show the extraordinary construction, hand-finished seams, painstaking cross-stitching and velvet ribbon bindings which go into the making of an haute couture creation.
As many as 80 craftsmen and women in the Dior couture ateliers worked for between 300 and 400 hours to create each of the six corseted, crinoline, ballgowns for the show's finale. Then, each gown was sent to Paris's surviving artisan studios which employ the specialist hand-beaders and embroiderers.
"I spent hours in the archives, examining the inside of Dior's designs, subjecting them to an almost forensic examination. It was like discovering a long-lost love letter which declared a passion for clothes which are beautifully and elegantly made. It is an art, which the craftsmen and women perform with love and pride," Galliano said.
His sentiments were echoed by the president and chief executive of Dior, Mr Sidney Toledano, who, in referring to an escape route from the global financial meltdown, said: "Politicians can provide the leadership, but artists such as John (Galliano) have a role to play, as well."
The Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard, Mischa Barton, the R&B singer Kanye West, and the burlesque star Dita Von Teese, who opens a new season at Paris's Crazy Horse at the weekend, were among the front-row celebrities, together with a solid turnout of "real money" clients.
The French First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who is one of Dior's most high-profile fans, was not present but was there in spirit as tracks from her latest CD, "Comme Si de Rien N'Etait", featured on the soundtrack.
The collection, inspired by Flemish Old Masters,Van Dyck and Vermeer, paraded against a stained glass-inspired backdrop which echoed the colours of their paintings and was, in turn, reflected in the rich gold, chrome yellow, ivory and Delft blue colours of the clothes.
Pearl necklaces, referencing Vermeer's 'Girl with Pearl Earring', embellished the necklines of Guipure lace, shawl-collared suits. Pencil skirts featured pannier-style "wings" at the side or were draped into soft pleats and bows at the back. Matching shoes were balanced on scroll-design pedestal heels.
The Dutch tulip was a recurring motif, hand-painted, beaded and embroidered on the underside of rise-and-fall hems.

-Hilary Alexander

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Paris: John Galliano - fall 2009

From Men's John Galliano - fall 2009

Though there were several thousand votives burning and Slumdog Millionaire was playing on the soundtrack, it was freezing in John Galliano's show venue. And the wintry chill penetrated his collection. From Scott Barnhill's entrance in a tricorn, with powdered wig and bruised eyes, the scene was set for the usual pell-mell historicism. But it didn't quite engage, possibly because Galliano's cast of characters was a little frosty. Dead-eyed highwaymen in their britches and buccaneer boots were followed by a crew of piratical zombies who also looked to have shuffled off this mortal coil. Next came a posse of Pans, their satyrdom curtailed by the subzero temps, and a coven of black-clad Pilgrim Fathers—not a fun bunch at the best of times, even if this lot were wearing shirts as sheer as lingerie.

There was still enjoyment to be had, particularly when—during the underwear promo that has become the wingiest part of a Galliano show—the designer paraded a high-court judge in wig, undies, shoes, socks, and garters. But maybe it was color that was missing from the show, and that may very well have been Galliano's comment on a world gone wrong.

— Tim Blanks

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SAG awards 2009 - winners!

From SAG Awards 2009

—- FILM —–
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
‘Slumdog Millionaire’ — WINNER
‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Jenkins - ‘The Visitor’
Frank Langella - ‘Frost/Nixon’
Sean Penn - ‘Milk’ — WINNER
Brad Pitt - ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’
Mickey Rourke - ‘The Wrestler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Anne Hathaway - ‘Rachel Getting Married’
Angelina Jolie - ‘Changeling’
Melissa Leo - ‘Frozen River’
Meryl Streep - ‘Doubt’ — WINNER
Kate Winslet - ‘Revolutionary Road’

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin - ‘Milk’
Robert Downey Jr. - ‘Tropic Thunder’
Philip Seymour Hoffman - ‘Doubt’
Heath Ledger - ‘The Dark Knight’ — WINNER
Dev Patel - ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams - ‘Doubt’
Penelope Cruz - ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’
Viola Davis - ‘Doubt’
Taraji P. Henson - ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’
Kate Winslet - ‘The Reader’ — WINNER


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
William Shatner, “Boston Legal”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie, “House” — WINNER
James Spader “Boston Legal”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace”
Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters” — WINNER
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
David Duchovny, “Californication”
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” — WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?”
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock” — WINNER
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”
Tracey Ullman, “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“30 Rock” — WINNER
“Desperate Housewives”
“The Office”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Mad Men” — WINNER
“The Closer”
“Boston Legal”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Paul Giamatti, “John Adams” — WINNER
Ralph Fiennes, “Bernard and Doris”
Kevin Spacey, “Recount”
Kiefer Sutherland “24: Redemption”
Tom Wilkinson “John Adams”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Shirley MacLaine, “Coco Chanel”
Laura Dern, “Recount”
Laura Linney, “John Adams” — WINNER
Phylicia Rashad “A Raisin in the Sun”
Susan Sarandon “Bernard and Doris”


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lanvin Pre-Fall 2009

From Lanvin Pre-Fall 2009

In these uncertain times, Alber Elbaz still believes in dreams and the power of glamour and beauty. For Lanvin, he took paillettes and lamé to a new level and introduced luxe evening fabrics for day. He offered up brocade blouson jackets, ruffled lace cocktail dresses, beaded skirts with elastic waists and cozy knits and furs — all perfectly draped to a woman’s frame. Although he recycled elements from past collections, Elbaz updated some pieces by reducing volume for “real life,” as he put it, and added self-attached waist-cinching belts and ribbons to emphasize shape.


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Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2009

From Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2009

John Galliano’s pre-fall collection for Christian Dior took inspiration from two distinct aesthetics: Alfred Hitchcock’s icy heroines and Helmut Newton’s tough-chic glamazons. It added up to a strong and graphic, yet feminine, collection with long dresses and coats, double-faced wool suits and luxurious furs and evening dresses. The colors ranged from the classic gray of flannel to strong, vivid shades reminiscent of René Gruau’s drawings for Dior in the Fifties.


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Dolce & Gabbana - gym collection 09


models: Julien Quevennem, Jesper Lund, Sean Harju, David Jensen, Noah Mills, David Gandy + unk


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Friday, January 23, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana SS2009 Full Campaing (HQ) repost

From Dolce & Gabbana SS2009 Full Campaing (HQ)

Models: Maria Carla Boscono, Caroline Trenti, Karlie, Adam Senn, David Grandy, Justiin Q., Noah Milss,+ unknown
Photographer: Steven Klein
Styling: Patti Wilson


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the 81st Annual OSCAR awards - nominations

the oscar nominations are out!
check them out here!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Look of the day - frog princess!

MINT jodi arnoldGreta silk dress£366
Marc JacobsIris sequined bag£947
Jimmy ChooClue platform sandals £349

get the look from net-a-porter!

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Milan: Men’s Fashion Week (fall 09): trend report

There were clear trends in color for this season; the most startling shade we saw again and again was camel. The summery shade made its debut in the fall collections of many designers, some even dedicating half their line to the color. Don’t just thing trenches, get camels in the form of ankle showing cuffed pants, or warm turtle necks, even go in for a hardy camel leather coat instead of a predictable black one.

Its all about the gloom and blue this season; John Varvatos sent the message out quite clearly with his whole collection dipped in the darkest navy. Blue can be fun, choose blues with a bit of quirk like baby blue tinted leather jackets, or allow cartoon figures to make a statement like seen on the Iceberg runway.

At the opposite end of the spectrum; reds popped up practically everywhere, some done subtly like a red crisp shirt under a slick dark suit others creating bold statements with reds being used for coats and dinner jackets, if you don’t want to see red this season choose the subtle highlights like a red scarf, or a brilliant red skinny tie.

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Chirs Evans is a sprinting hottie

From Chirs Evans is a sprinting hottie

Chris Evans sprints out of Dominick’s restaurant in West Hollywood on Tuesday (January 20).


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Valkyrie hits London

Katie Holmes glows in a black-and-navy Escada cocktail dress with exquisite beading at the premiere of husband Tom Cruise’s WWII flick Valkyrie held at London’s Odeon Leicester Square on Tuesday (January 21).


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Milan: Versace - fall 2009

From Versace - fall 2009

It was a wintry affair at Versace’s Fall 2009 show, with a barrage of white commencing the show, cool shades of every kind of blue and dark tones set a somber tone but with flashes of reds and camel, Dontella Versace managed to bring in some color to a rather blue palette. Fur played an important role trimming the edges of parkas and even took the form of stoles that added drama to the necks of many models. Versace showcased many coats, glossy trenches, coats resembling bathrobes, great knitwear, and clean lined pea-coats. The leather pieces and kits were the obvious highlight of the show and Versace may have opted for the gloom but there was no lack of glamour.


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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Milan: Dolce & Gabbana - fall 2009

From Men's Dolce & Gabbana - fall 2009

The “Dynamic Duo” brought a lot to the table with their Fall 2009 collection. There was a definite lack of color in the beginning, but as the show progressed, fuschias, light pinks and dangerous reds brightened up the runway. It was a show that focused on texture with the sense of touch explored; silky satins, hard leather, comfortable quilted fabrics and the ingenious use of woven ribbons for dinner jackets which was truly the highlight of the show. Once again Dolce & Gabbana made fantastic jackets which came in a number of interesting avatars; the wood grain print jacket with oriental knot buttons, the mentioned “woven ribbons” jackets and a black jacket with a large brocade print. With glam additions such as velvet bow ties and satin slip-ons, Dolce & Gabbana sent out a message that forgoing luxury was not the way to go, even during such trying times!


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Lara Stone by Steven Klein pour Vogue Paris

From Lara Stone by Steven Klein for Vogue Paris

Magazine: Vogue Paris
Issue: February 2009
Models: Lara Stone ,Travis Hanson, Doug Porter + Unknown
Styled by: Marie Amelie Sauve
Photography: Steven Klein

Lara Stone gets bloody for the upcoming issue of Vogue Paris! The shoot also features Major Model agency's Travis Hanson and Doug Porter and is shot by celebrity and fashion photographer Steven Klein.


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vogue out of VOGUE!???

It wasn't long ago that Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor in chief known for her withering gaze, impeccable taste and ability to make or break the fashion fortunes of all who crossed her path, seemed impervious to ruin. Just two years ago, critics like Caroline Weber of The New York Times were still hailing Vogue as "the world's most influential fashion magazine," a claim that was supported by the numbers: In 2004, the publication broke its own ad-sales record with a September issue that clocked in at 832 pages. Recalls one veteran of Condé Nast, the company that publishes Vogue, "At that point, Anna was on top of the world."

These days, if the hailstorm of rumors is to be believed, the editor may be sliding from her perch. "Page Six" kicked things off with a November item that claimed: "[Anna's] thinking of retiring. She feels she's done it all and had enough. She has been putting out feelers to intimate friends recommending a possible replacement." The media-mad Web site took things a step further, reporting on December 2 that the Waverly Inn was "crawling with Condé Nast insiders" chowing down on "the hot, delicious rumor that [company chairman] Si Newhouse was meeting in Paris with Carine Roitfeld to work out the final details of the French Vogue editor's move to New York, where she is expected to take over the Vogue flagship from Anna Wintour immediately after New Year's." The Condé Nast–owned trade paper Women's Wear Daily then gave the rumor weight by faxing the Gawker post directly to Newhouse and running his response ("It's the silliest rumor I ever heard"). Meanwhile, insiders buzzed at the shock of it all and bloggers chronicled each development with a guillotine glee akin to that which preceded the death of Marie Antoinette.
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Golden Globes 2009 (pic post)

winners list


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Look of The Day - Upper East Side Harajuku!

McQPrinted bustier dress$845
LanvinMetallic pointed pumps $880
FendiFF logo cuff $280

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Zegna SS09

From Zegna SS09

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Dolce & Gabbana SS09 by Steven Klein (part 2)

From Dolce & Gabbana SS09 by Steven Klein

part 1 here

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Armani Underwear : Victoria Beckham by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

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Matthew Fox pour Details Magazine

Lost star Matthew Fox covers the January/February 2009 issue of Details. Here’s what the 42-year-old actor opened up about:

On Lost coming to an end: “Personally, it’s a relief…I owe this show a great amount, and I think it’s exceptionally good…[but] I am looking forward to the freedom that comes with not working on one project professionally.”

On the Lost series finale: “This show started with a plane crash on an island in the South Pacific, and it’s going to have a very global and epic ending.”

On moving to Oregon: “My major motivation is to be closer to family. My brother is there, my mother is there…I really miss that kind of wide-open space.”

Real the full Foxy article at Also check out the exclusive video interview here!


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Monday, January 12, 2009

Men's Fashion Week :: F/W 09:10

Fashion Week: Milano
Season: Fall Winter 09.10
Date: January 17 - January 21

Saturday 17 January 2009

Sunday 18 January 2009

Monday 19 January 2009

Tuesday 20 January 2009

Wednesday 21 January 2009

Fashion Week: Paris
Season: Fall Winter 09.10
Date: January 22 - January 25

Thursday, January, the 22nd

Friday, January, the 23rd

Saturday, January, the 24th

Sunday, January, the 25th


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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana SS09 by Steven Klein *NEW*

Ad Campaign: Dolce & Gabanna
Season: S/S 09
Models : David Gandy, Julien Quévenne and Adam Senn + Unknown
Photography by Steven Klein

Check out part 1 here and as soon as we get better scans we shall update the post!

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Joop S/S 2009 - Sean Opry


Season: S/S 09
Model: Sean Opry + unknown
Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh

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Chace & Leona sitting in a car!

From Leona Lewis’s new music Video

Check out these new pics of Gossip Girl hunk Chace Crawford on the set of British singing sensation Leona Lewis’s music video for her new single “I Will Be.”

“[He's] is one of the nicest people I’ve met,” Leona has said of Chace. “Super talented and he’s in one of my new fave series’ Gossip Girl.”

The “I Will Be” music video will premiere next week. The deluxe version of Leona’s chart-topping debut album Spirit entitled “Spirit - The Deluxe Edition” hits stores February 3, 2009.


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Upstreet #69-HS : Will Chalker by Lionel Guyou

From Upstreet #69-HS : Will Chalker by Lionel Guyou

From Upstreet #69-HS : Will Chalker by Lionel Guyou

Scanned by Taben
Photography: LIONEL GUYOU

This is a special issue for the magazines 10 year anniversary, the whole issue is a huge black&white portfolio with an impressive male model cast.


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Tony Duran - Cindy Crawford

From Tony Duran - Cindy Crawford

Model: Cindy Crawford + Unknown
Photography: Tony Duran

Tony Duran does it again … This time he shoots Cindy Crawford in a very Equus inspired, fetishistic fashion and the results are positively orgasmic!

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Tv Roundups - via BUZZsugar!

Ugly Betty Rundown: Episode 11, "Dress for Success"
Oh boy. Ugly Betty begins a story arc this week on a topic that tends to make me squeamish when it pops up in my entertainment: the choice between family and career. In The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway's character is told straight-up that once your personal life suffers, you know you're making it in the business world, and that now seems to apply to Betty as well. In this episode, she attempts to balance work and family obligations, but ultimately one part of her life will suffer — because clearly, you can't have it all.

Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 11, "Wish You Were Here"
As seems to be the case these days, this week's Grey's Anatomy had a bunch of things that worked and then a few major things that just did not. In the first category, we have some sweet Alex moments, the introduction of a new character who might actually make some sense, and Bailey being awesome.

90210 Rundown: Episode 12, "Hello, Goodbye, Amen"
Welcome back, 90210 fans! The kids of Beverly Hills are back from their Winter breaks (Ethan was "shredding" on his snowboard!) only to find their problems waiting for them back at home.
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Lindsay Lohan - ‘Interview Magazine’ February 2009

From Lindsay Lohan - ‘Interview Magazine’ February 2009

Here’s a sneak peek of Lindsay Lohan’s February 2009 feature for Interview Magazine. Here’s what the 22-year-old girlfriend of Samantha Ronson said:

On the public’s misconception of her: “I wanted to be a movie star [growing up]. But movie stars are not what they used to be. When I was a kid, I thought movie stars were women and men who were in these great films that we still look at now. But I don’t think there are too many films coming out these days that we’re going to look at in the future and say, ‘This is one of the great ones.’ Like, what is the great film that I will tell my children about? I’m still going to tell them about the old films, the Hitchcock films. And people my age don’t even know who those people are. I can’t even have a conversation with most people of my generation about that, because they’d be like, ‘Okay, she’s a freak. Something’s wrong with her.’ And the worst part is, in terms of what people see of me, I have become this girl who just loves to be photographed, doesn’t know how to focus, doesn’t know how to work on set, just loves the attention, knows how to go out at night, knows how to party.”

On being in Hollywood to act, not to become a celebrity: “I just feel as though it’s become a situation where people have manifested this caricature of who I am, and they act as if there’s no real person inside of it. I mean, people really have come to believe-directors, producers, agents, whoever it may be-that I started in this because I wanted to be a celebrity. But that was never my intention.”

On not getting the same opportunities as other actresses: “But it’s so impossible for me to actually [go someplace where no one knows me]. When I was in Dubai, there was still press lined up around the hotel. So I find it close to impossible to actually do that. I mean, it is what it is. This is what I asked for, and in this day and age that’s what actually goes on. But what hurts me the most is that I work just as hard as any other actress around my age, like Scarlett Johansson, but I just don’t get the opportunities that they get because people are so distracted by the mess that I created in my life. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to last forever.

Check out the full feature at

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