The cri de coeur a reader sent in last week in the form of a Ginsbergian 'Howl' has inspired us. What would the likes of Ginsberg, the Beats, and their admirers think of today's restaurant world and its absurd come-ons? What would Bob Dylan circa 1965 think of it? Well, owing to the magic of aggressive marketing, the new Website for the Dylan boxed set allows us to see for ourselves. Just click here.
Gastronomic Homesick Blues [Dylan07.com]
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Mayor Bloomberg and girlfriend Diana Taylor appeared at Us Weekly's 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers party last night. Bloomberg, an honoree, took the stage and cracked jokes in his usual adorably nebbishy fashion. He suggested a feature called "Mayors, They're Just Like Us!" and advised the audience to "wear what you want, just don't wear red socks to a Yankees game." (Get it? RED SOX!) He said he'd learned a lot about being fashion forward, and as a result owns "business suits in 57 shades of gray." It was admittedly a little corny, but his jokes fell surprisingly flat on the audience of tipsy twentysomething Us Weekly readers. They chatted through his speech, searched for waitresses carrying shots, and rolled their eyes. At one point, he even said, "Hey, it's hard to write this stuff!" We wondered what was going on — usually Hizzoner is a home run at goofy events. But as we looked around at all of the blank stares in the crowd, we realized what must have been the problem: Nobody had any idea who he was.
Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet took offense to Molly Sims's comment that the label was "lower end" by claiming that Sims begged for free pants and a plane ticket to the show when she modeled for her last February. Tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova claim to be just friends, but they were out singing karaoke together till 5 a.m. the night after Djokovic lost in the finals. In other tennis news: Some designers were annoyed that Anna Wintour spent more time with Roger Federer at the U.S. Open than at Fashion Week shows. Details editor Dan Peres is expecting his first child with Aussie wife Sarah Wynter. Walmart competitor the Wholesale Department Store Union bought out a showing of Off Broadway show Walmartopia. Chef Todd English, of Olives fame, may open up a new place on 98 Kenmare Street. Liz Smith's sources tell her that Rudy Giuliani is "a bad man and an erratic personality" but would make a good chief executive.
For the second season in a row, John Varvatos debuted his new collection at the very top of 7 World Trade Center, which boasts a spectacular view of Manhattan and a moving perspective on ground zero. Many of the guests were unable to keep up the usual routine of schmoozing with their fellow fashionistas, instead wandering over to the floor-to-ceiling windows to take a look.