Remember how, during the past few fashion weeks, there's been such a to-do about the health of female models? In 2006 in Madrid, designers were ordered to select only runway models with a healthy body mass index and officially banned from using any that set an unhealthy example for young women. This was followed by political efforts in other cities, including New York, to institute the same kind of rule. Designers and buyers alike took sides in the debate. Well, it's been a while since we've talked about the issue, but we're wondering whether it might be coming up again this season. As many fashionistas are winging their way back to New York from the Milan shows today, we're hearing that there's buzz about the size of the models. The male models.
In this week's Italian menswear shows, as you can tell from scanning through New York's extensive photo galleries, there was an emphasis on the super-skinny. "The models did look more like stick insects than usual," texted one fashion guru while idling on an airport runway waiting to come home. "Even Dolce & Gabbana [who often favor overmuscled hunks] had slightly more slender models!" This is a city that made headlines for plastering itself with cautionary billboards of a naked anorexic woman before last fashion week, too. We're not saying any of these guys are unhealthy (we'll wait until the swimwear shows start to really start judging), but they've certainly gotten that "colt look" going. Kate Bosworth would kill for those legs!
European Menswear Shows [NYM Fashion]
Being lifelong fans of labor strife and (especially) guerrilla street theater, we received this press release with some excitement. We are passing it on without comment, except to ask why this doesn’t happen more often. What could dramatize the struggle of labor versus management better than the preannounced crashing of ritzy parties?
Well, folks, we were back for a moment, and now we're gone again. But never fear, Daily Intel will return with a vengeance on Wednesday (and for good. We have no vacation written into our contracts — we just had to stop last week because our fingers, and souls, were bleeding). Since we know you've probably already left work and are going on to whatever horror you've got planned for this evening, we're going to leave you with a bunch of heartfelt wishes for New Year's Eve. While we would normally recommend getting the hell out of the city on this wretched night, we know you all, like us, are still here, and that you, like us, still allow yourself at your age to be bullied by some latent high-school-era belief that tonight should be the most fun night you have this year, and not only that, but the most fun night of your entire life thus far! We sure hope you won't be disappointed! Here's to that! And along with that we'd like to bestow upon you the following well-intentioned toasts…
• Know more than eight other people at the giant open-bar party that you paid $200 to get into.
• Be so entertained by friends and merriment that you don't have to watch any New Year's Eve special on any major network, including MTV because God help you if you do.
• Not have to give a midnight kiss to that only semi-cute person you were sandbagging at the beginning of the evening in case no one hotter came around.
Astoria: What happened here food-wise in 2007? Wine bars and the bloggers’ favorite new restaurant, Il Bambino. [Joey in Astoria] Bedford-Stuyvesant: The Rustik Tavern opens on DeKalb this afternoon; look for a full menu soon. Points for quoting Hemingway on the menu. [BedStuy Blog] Fort Greene: The proposed food co-op starts a blog. One step closer to reality! [Brownstoner] Midwood: Shawarma has come, at long last, to America's first kosher Subway. [Grub Street] Upper East Side: There are over 200 restaurants here, so don’t dine in the same place more than once. [Upper East Side Informer] West Village: Josh DeChellis is doing a late-breaking party at BarFry with composed Japanese dishes and an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for $75. Call the restaurant to reserve. [Grub Street] Williamsburg: Long Island’s Bridge Vineyards to open a tasting room and wine bar on Broadway. [11211side]
Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek at what your friends and neighbors are doing behind doors left slightly ajar. Today, the Solo Filmmaker Looking for Harmony: 26, Astoria, female, single.DAY ONE8:30 a.m.: Woken up by vibration somewhere in my sheets.
8:31 a.m.: It's my phone. I just started dating again after a two-year hiatus. I don't answer in fear that it's one of my dates.
8:40 a.m.: Can't get back to sleep. Go pee. Sore from masturbating last night. Haven't had sex in 23 months.
8:45 a.m.: Check e-mail. Received eight matches from eHarmony. Just signed up last night, so I'm super-excited. One guy is holding a little puppy. Begin to figure out how eHarmony works. Send "1st Questions" to the puppy guy.
Hartford Courant restaurant critic Elissa Altman has a very long and very powerful essay over at the Huffington Post about the state of food writing, and it repeats something we've heard often: Personal, heartfelt memoirs about food should trump the fembots of the Food Network and their ilk. It’s an argument we can well understand, but we disagree.
Dumbo: Local, too-cool-for-school publisher powerHouse Books better watch out! Another indie publisher, Melville House, plans to open offices plus a bookstore and event space, just like pH did! [DumboNYC] East Harlem: Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito, who fights for affordable housing here, is "vivacious enough to play herself in any television biopic." Shouldn't that be a requirement for the whole City Council? [NYDN] East Village: Hygienic bohos, rejoice! Soap dispensers are returning to the women's restroom at Tompkins Square Park! [Suzannah B. Troy Artist]