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IN 2008,
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Friday, January 8
TO CELEBRATE THE
KINGS 75TH BIRTHDAY,
THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
IN L.A. WILL HOST ELVIS
AT 21: PHOTOGRAPHS BY
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From historys feistiest
females to the electro-pop
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ELLE plans the agenda
For more recommendations and reviews, go to elle.com/chicweek
Thursday, January 28
WOMAN AND MANHATTAN No
stranger to Broadway, Laura Linney,
whos earned two Tony nominations,
returns to the stage tonight (this
time with Alicia Silverstone and Brian
d Arcy James) in Time Stands Still,
by the Pulitzer-prize-winning Donald
Margulies, about a photographer
and a journalist who return to New
York City after reporting in Iraq.
Tuesday, January 5
WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY Art
book Dangerous Women: The
Perils of Muses and Femmes
Fatales (Flammarion) by Laura
Adler and Elisa Lecosse tells
the stories of 60 historic female
badasses, from Cleopatra to
Ophelia, through the work of those
they inspired, including Salvador
Dal , Andy Warhol, and Tracey Emin.
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Friday, January 1
HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR
And why so joyous? At last,
the ridiculously addictive ABC
island mystery Lost reveals,
well, everything when the
final season premieres
this month on ABC.
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Friday, January 8
LOST AND FOUND In the 1950s,
Glass Menagerie playwright
Tennessee Williams scripted The
Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,
which had been left unpublished
until today, when the film version
hits theaters. The drama, set in the
roaring 20s, stars Bryce Dallas
Howard as a young Memphis heiress
who befriends an impoverished (but
oh-so-attractive) Chris Evans.
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New York Times
columnist Gail
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writer/director
Nora Ephron will
chat. Headline:
Women Come of
Age, tonight at
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in NYC.
92y.org
Happy birthday
to first lady Michelle Obama,
who turns 46 today.
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STROKE OF GENIUS Turner
Prizewinning artist Chris Ofili
presents his midcareer survey
(including the controversial
elephant dung piece The Holy
Virgin Mary) at Tate Britain today.
Cant afford the trip? Check out
Rizzolis recent book of his work,
Chris Ofili. tate.org.uk
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LADY GAGA
Behind the fashion, behind the scenes,
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By MIRANDA PURVES. Photographed by TOM
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BRITNEY SPEARS
Britney like youve never seen her before. By
JASON GAY. Photographed by CARTER SMITH.
Styled by JOE ZEE
On the cover: Britney Spears wears a satin dress from
Ralph Lauren Collection, diamond earrings from Tacori, a
diamond necklace from Marco Bicego, a diamond bracelet
from De Beers, and a yellow diamond ring from Chopard
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STYLE A TO ZEE
Creative Director JOE ZEE shows how easy
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ELLE FASHION: THE LOOK,
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Alexis Bittar and Michael Kors new
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WILD THINGS

ANNE SLOWEY recaps the best of the
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HOLLY MILLEA sits down with Hugh Grant,
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he day we were closing this months profile of
Hugh Grant by Holly Millea, I happened to
catch an hour of Grants 1995 film Nine Months on
HBO, in which he plays the befuddled, terrified
boyfriend to Julianne Moores serene, acciden-
tally pregnant girlfriend. Its a classic early-90s
set piece: big-haired, marriage-minded woman
gently wooing the fussy semi-cad, who, aw-gosh,
just falls for the whole messy shebang once he
sees the little rascals face. Three things that
amazed me about Grant in that movie: his preternaturally elastic
face; his hairthe lush, bouncy locks of a Breck girl!; and what
an excellent yet underappreciated actor he is, especially in light of
the interview Holly had just handed in. Although he was perhaps
the It Boy of the modern rom-com, it wasnt until later that we saw
him in roles that were closer to his real nature: the verbally gifted,
bitingly honest loner in About a Boy; the cunningly self-aware and
self-loathing TV host in American Dreamz. The truth about Grant
is, he will always be our romantic hero, because no matter how
grouchy and dark he becomes, we still want him to fall for us at
the end of the movie. What got me thinking about him in light
of our annual Make Better issue is that one must always wonder
about the gulf between what we show the world and our truer
selves. And if the gulf is wide, is that necessarily bad?
This month, were launching, among other things, ELLEs first-
ever DVD series, called, yes, Make Better* , starring the super-
gorgeous, supernice, and already mostly better Brooklyn Decker.
The series, and the issue, start with the idea that were pretty much
all right as we are. Maybe we dont need full-scale makeovers, just
a little prodding to improve uponto paraphrase The Serenity
Prayerthe things we can.
Its an idea we tackle throughout the issue: in Joe Zees make-
better style advice in his A to Zee column (page 28), Maura Lynch
and Janna Johnsons boisterously fun 21-day experiments in hair
and makeup looks (pages 84-89), and Andrew Goldmans hilari-
ous attempt to make his life less stressful by following a step-by-
step plan set out in a new book (page 119), as well as in Rachael
Combes startling discovery that some human behavior research-
ers are now claiming that all those attempts to get your man to
change are actually good for him (page 118). I know, I know; just
read the piece.
And, oh yeah, Britney Spears! Shes a fascinating person. Just
28, shes already morphed in the public eye nearly as often as
Madonna has , though Madonna claimed only to be like a vir-
gin. Shes gone from Lolita-esque pop tart to off-the-rails angry
young woman to, currently, a mother of two who just completed
a grueling 70-show, 53-venue concert tour with nary a bumpa
schedule that says a lot about what shes capable of and how shes
really doing. Because lets face it it takes discipline, will, and
pure stamina to pull that off. When her album Circus dropped
in 2008, assistant editor Seth Plattner said to me, Britney is so
back! Most people dont know that five of Spears albums have
debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Or that she was the first
artist in more than three years to open at No. 1 on the Billboard
Hot 100, with her last single, 3, released on October 15. People
love her and are rooting for her, and in our stunning portfolio shot
by Carter Smith and styled by Joe Zee (page 156), you see a side
of her that is touchingly honest and rarely captured. You can tell
from the pictures that this was a production number, a big and
complicated shoot, yet her main goal throughout was for her boys
to have fun. To make their lives betterand, by extension, hers.
Finally, theres Lady Gaga (page 138), who seemed to come
out of nowhere to stir the imaginations of both the music and
fashion worlds with an icon-in-the-making blend of fashion brav-
ery, sexual openness, and take-no-prisoners lyricsall set to an
irrepressible beat. Shes someone who seems to be striving to
make it all better all at once: fashion, music, gay rights, womens
rights around the world. And thats a kind of makeover we can
all get behind.
YOU BETTER , YOU BET
*To learn about (and buy!) our three new fitness DVDs starring Brooklyn Decker, go to ellemakebetter.com
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
As much as I enjoy the
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women directors featured in
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Fur or no fur, A Foreign
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BABY BIAS
As a mother of two, I was
appalled by Girl Crazy by
Ruth Shalit Barrett [November
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this world who desperately
long for a pregnancy and
cant achieve one, and here
are people willing to get rid of
their innocent babies because
of what sex they are . I say, be
happy that you have healthy
babies, and if you want a girl
so badly, adopt one.
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I was in the middle of my yoga practice
and it sort of arrived, fully formed, with
a title, says writer DANI SHAPIRO of the
idea for her memoir, Devotion (Harper), out
next month, about her search for a spiri-
tual connection. When my sonwhos
now 10was seven, I would tuck him in at
night, and he would ask me questions: Do
you believe in God? and What happens
when we die?the really hard stuff, Sha-
piro says. I would say, Well, some people
believe this, and some people believe that.
But that wasnt sitting well with him. He
wanted to know what I believed. An ex-
cerpt from Devotion appears in ELLEs
Make Better package, on page 131. I never
thought I would come up with answers,
Shapiro says. I just wanted to live inside
the questions and see what was there. Sha-
piro, whose other books include her first
and best-selling memoir, Slow Motion, and
the novels Black White and Family History,
lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut,
where, she says, driving her son to school
takes exactly 16.5 minutesunless you
get stuck behind a hay truck or theres a
pig in the middle of the road. Shapiro and
her family left Manhattan for the country
eight years ago. There are more hours in
the day here, she says. Theres no sort of
being carried along by a wave.
Noted celebrity and fashion photographer
TOM MUNRO is old hat at photographing
musicians with outsize personas. His port-
folio includes Beyonc , Justin Timberlake,
and Madonna, for whom he has directed
two music videos. This month, Munro
shot cover subject Lady Gaga (New York
Doll, page 138), whom he calls a truly
eccentric character. And the wild, Gaga-
fied fashion? That actually made it more
interesting, he says. Munro, who was
born in England and lives in Manhattan,
has also shot for Details, LUomo Vogue, and
Numero, and his advertising credits include
Bur berry, Calvin Klein, and LOral. He
is currently working on an exhibition
and corresponding book, to be released
this year, of his celebrity subjects, who
have included Dustin Hoffman, Kate
Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett
Johansson, and Tom Cruise. Munro says
that 2010 is the year he plans to quit
smokingif I havent already done so
before this is printed.
In editor-at-large RACHAEL COMBEs
on-and-off tenure at ELLE (she started as
an intern in 1994! ), shes divulged a truck-
load of personal details in print. I just
feel like people arent honest that often,
she says, and theres nothing wrong with
being honest. Unless, of course, you pub-
lish a story about a bad breakup and the
ex gets wind of it. I dont regret writing
about that, she says. I only regret that I
didnt put my name on ithe found out
anyway, and I should have taken credit!
Now a happily married mother of two,
this month Combethe voice behind
Neurotica, ELLEs health columnwrites
about some surprisingly effective methods
for changing the one you love (If You
Love Him, Fix Him Up, page 118). If I
could change anything about my husband,
Id change how perfect he is, so I wouldnt
have to feel less perfect by comparison,
Combe says. He gets up at 5:15 every
day to work outand he does in fact put
the toilet seat down. And if Combe could
change one thing about herself? Id like
to stop yelling at strangers, she says. Do
I need to reform strangers? No! I just need
to let them go on their merry way.
Four years ago, DANIEL KING left his na-
tive Sydney to start a photography career
in New York as Steven Kleins assistant.
Every day, I worked 20 hours, he says,
but when youre 20, youre just like, Its
amazing! You wake up stoked to go to
work. King says he picked his career at
14 while going through my parents slides
and Super 8 footage from the 70s, when
they were hippies in Europe. For ELLEs
January issue, King shot three of fashions
hottest personalitiesNadja Swarovski (of
the iconic crystal company/brand), cloth-
ing designer Jason Wu, and shoe designer
Nicholas Kirkwoodwho are collaborat-
ing on a Swarovski jewelry collection .
Nadja was sort of like the mama bear,
King says, and Nicholas reminded me of
an Australian friend: funny and easy to
shoot, completely comfortable in front of
the camera. King, whose side hobbies
include jewelry-making (I just get stuff
from the dollar store, chop it up, and make
cool stuff), furniture-making, sculpture,
and a new book project (it looks like
an old z ine kind of thing), says, Its re-
ally hard being a Gemini. You start lots of
things and dont finish them, and youre
overambitious and hyperactive! Kings
work can also be seen in V magazine. He
lives in Manhattan.RACHEL ROSENBLIT
JANUARY ELLE CONTRIBUTORS
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RESCUE
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Creative Director Joe Zee wants to save you
from yourself your dress-habits-die-hard self,
that is. With these make-better New Years tips,
he shows just how easy it is to stay true to all
those fashion resolutions
I have big plans for 2010. No carbs after 5 P.M.
Check. Ill use the gym for more than just locker space.
Check. Ill read entire books, not just their blurbs online.
Check. Ill tell every cabdriver to have a nice day. Check. Ill occa-
sionally wear a bright color and not just my uniform black. Whoa!
Resolutions are always easier to make than to follow through on.
Yes, folks, its that time of year again. The time when I (and you
know you do this too) put pen to paper and outline all the wonder-
ful, clich ways Im going to better myself in the new year; a simple
checklist to a healthier, kinder, more enlightened me. A checklist
that I fear I will have dumped by January 15. Nonetheless, that
doesnt stop me from being sure that this year could be different!
However, when it comes to fashion, some things just seem unfath-
omable. Its almost easier for me to forgo solid food and hit the gym
seven times a week than to put on a bright pink shirt. Yes, style reso-
lutions are a whole other ball game.
I know you all feel the same.
Over the past few months, Ive received numerous Tweets,
e-mails, and Facebook messages from readers and friends across
the country in desperate need of style advice and help, many with
fashion conundrums they just dont know how to solve. I sensed the
urgency behind some of those dressing dilemmas (I apologize for
the delay), but I, the self-anointed Fashion Knight in Gucci-black
armor, am now here to help. Consider this my first resolution: Ill
dispense chic solutions for fashion resolutions. Check.
In honor of our annual Make Better issue, I asked a select group
of ladies looking for change up to our office with the promise of help
and a happy New Year. I hope I was able to give them the answers
they neededand the incentive to keep their resolutions, even past
mid-January. While I cant be responsible for or curechocolate
addictions, I can offer my expertise on how to incorporate leopard
or how to flatter your figure. Advice that could prove invaluable, es-
pecially if the astrologers are right. Last I read, theyre predicting
2010 to be a lightning year for all signs, a year in which life will be
exploding and accelerating at a blinding speed and life as you
know it will be completely transformed. Sounds intriguing, but do
you really want that transformation to happen in bad shoes and a
frumpy skirt?
MY RESOLUTION SOLUTION: Theres a broad spectrum of colors between black
and hot pink, so branching out wont require you to go from zero to 60 in
style seconds. Have you ever heard the adage Slow and steady wins the
race? Start with subtle, neutral tones (gray, camel, khaki, etc.) that can
easily be incorporated into the wardrobe you have. Then when youre ready,
venture into what I call shy colors (which can stand in for neutrals), like deep
blues, dark purple, and maroon. After that, youll have no problem
graduating to brave colors (primaries). If all else fails, think accessories!
They can add a perfect touch of color without going overboard.
MY RESOLUTION SOLUTION: Youre too cute and too young to look like a library
checkout girl! Twentysomething single girls like you should be working
runway trends. This season was all about the print, bold hues, and the stud.
But that doesnt mean you have to combine everything. Try tiptoeing in with
accessories first (hello, colored pump!), and then begin to add pieces of
clothing (love that stud-trimmed jacket!). Because of your figure, you can
pull off something more body-conscious as well. Remember, keep it youthful
and funsave boring for those golden years.
DEAR TRENDLESS
QUENNA SANCHEZ, ACCOUNT MANAGER
@
mrjoezee: Stuck in a rut! I only
wear black, but its getting to be too
much, even for me! Hot pink is not
an option. What can I do?
8:46 A.M. Oct 15 from Web
DEAR STUCK IN A RUT
KELLY VALLON, ASSISTANT PUBLICIST
@mrjoezee: Help! How can I embrace
trends more? I am a single girl who loves to go out, and I want to work cool pieces into my wardrobe!
7:30 A.M. Sept 3 from Web
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criminals all day (Im guessing ) doesnt mean you have to bring that dark
prison drab to the dinner table. The solution begins with accessoriestwo or
three great statement necklaces, killer heels, and some fabulous belts. Then
invest in fun, colorful dresses (save the black for the courtroom), and from
there, just mix and match the accessories. Dresses are the chic, lazy answer to
dressing quickly (you dont have to think about what they go with), and mixing
up your accessories will produce a different feel each time. I prefer necklaces
over bracelets, since the latter can get cumbersome with oven mitts.
DEAR HOPELESS HOSTESS
I LANA ECK, ATTORNEY
MY RESOLUTI ON SOLUTI ON: I love the oxymoronic idea of you running a
teen company but dressing like your grandma! Dressing more age-
appropriate doesnt necessarily mean showing a lot of skin. You can definitely
maintain your quirky sense of fashion but do it in a more flattering, updated
way. Prints and colors are the best way to have fun with fashion and still keep it
youthful, and in your case, Im loving the emphasis on the waist. You have a
great figure, and this is an excellent way to show it off without indecent
exposureso think belts on tops and sweaters or fitted dresses. Top off the
look with a leather motorcycle jacket.
DEAR GRANDMAS CLOSET
ZOEY WASHI NGTON, COFOUNDER, LITTLE BIRD STYLE
Help!
Between You and Zoey Washington
Zoey Washington October 26 at 2:06 Report
Hi Joe,
I am a curvy twentysomething whose style is more grandma
chic than girl about town. My company, Little BiRd Style ,
is a teen company, and though it allows me to be stylish, Im
always conscious of how much skin Im revealing. I would love
to try a look that shows o my curves and celebrates my quirky,
grandma styleand turns a few heads in the process!
Zoey
__________________
From: Ilana Eck
To: Zee, Joe
Subject: Have a fashion crisis
Dear Joe,
I am an attorney by day and the Hip Hostess by
night (Hiphostessblog.com) and frequently have
cocktail and dinner parties. I dont have time to
make the transition from my work wardrobe to a
party-ready outfit, and I usually end up wearing
black and boring. I need to look more like the fun
hostess that I am!
Best,
Ilana Eck
MY RESOLUTI ON SOLUTI ON: You are so lucky to be able to wear jeans to
work every day. But that doesnt mean you cant take it up a notch. To look less
dorm-bound and more gallery director, trade out casual pieces (no peasant
tops, please!) for something more sophisticated. Because youre tall and lean,
you can definitely pull off fitted dresses, slim skirts, and simple tops. You dont
need a lot of clothes but a few simple basics: Start with a blazer and layer it
with a knee-length shift or even a T-shirt and pencil skirt. And for jean days, go
for a dark wash in a trouser cuta perfect compromise of chic and comfort.
DEAR CASUAL CORNER
HI LARY SCHAFFNER, GALLERY DIRECTOR
MY RESOLUTI ON SOLUTI ON: I would say youre either a thrift store junkie or
your mom is Liza Minnelli . Either way, I love that you have nothing but crazy
prints and sequins. My advice here is do not abandon your cool personal style.
You dont need khakis or blue jeans just to conform. Instead, choose classic
items that can be worn on many occasions and still retain all the fun you look
for in clothes. The key is silhouettes: For example, go for a fitted blouse or opt
for a tweed skirt over tweed bell-bottoms. And mixing it all together will still
keep your stylish personal signature.
DEAR TOO MUCH JAZZ
MARI NA LANGE, STUDENT
__________________
From: Hilary Schaffner
To: Zee, Joe
Subject: Need some styling help
Hi Joe,
Im the gallery director of the East Village art space Wild
Project. Its a pretty casual environment, so most days I wear
jeans. Im hoping to transition out of my jeans-and-boots
phase into more simple and sophisticated pieces.
Thanks,
Hilary
@mrjoezee: Help! My closet
has been taken over by crazy,
impractical prints and too many
sequins. How can I incorporate
more classic items?
11:50 A.M. Aug 28 from Web
Id love to see what fashion resolutions you have planned for next year. Twitpic your fashion crisis to me @mrjoezee
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1. Striped silk shirt, BALENCIAGA BY NICOLAS GHESQUIRE, $1,515, at Balenciaga Boutique, NYC | 2. Leather bag with studs and Swarovski crystals, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN, $905, visit giuseppe-zanotti-design.com |
3. Lapis earrings, HELEN YARMAK, price upon request, visit helenyarmak.com | 4. Tanning goggles, TOM FORD, $450, at Tom Ford Store, NYC | 5. Polyamide and elastane swimsuit, STRENESSE BLUE, $360, at Angela,
Menlo Park, CA | 6. Crystal necklace, BALENCIAGA BY NICOLAS GHESQUIRE, $575, visit balenciaga.com | 7. Yellow sapphire champagne-cork ring with brown and white diamonds, HENRI J. SILLAM, price upon request,
call 888-6-SILLAM | 8. Leather sandal with Swarovski crystals, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN, $995, call 212-650-0455 | 9. Silk shorts, RALPH LAUREN BLACK LABEL, $598, visit ralphlauren.com. Cotton belt, STRENESSE
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Imagine a young Diane v on Furstenberg in the


1970s, jetting the globe with her first husband, Prince
Egon of Furstenbergnow youve got a feeling for the
princesss first line of shades. The 24-piece collection
incorporates interpretations of the designers iconic
shapes and symbols, including the wrapdress as a
twisted metal frame and pink Swarovski-studded
DVF lips on the side of a chic blackout pair (illustrated
below). Were in love!
Eye of the
Tigress
Edited by
Ellyn Chestnut and
Kate Davidson Hudson
THE QUEEN OF THE
WRAPDRESS CELEBRATES
HER BRANDS HERITAGE WITH
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Prince Egon in
Europe, 1970; a
1972 DVF ad; the
designer in Capri,
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FACE TIME
A trio of luxury fashion houses are expanding their watch
offerings just in time for the new year: Salvatore Ferragamo has
unveiled its first full timepiece collection; Fendi is adding fresh
colors, such as dusty rose, to its Selleria line; and Valentino is
referencing its couture dressmaking details, such as rope bands
and bow accents, on bands and bezels.
DAY PLAYERS
The name of Alwand Vahans new line, Vahan Must- Have
Collection, couldnt spell it out more clearly for his high-profile
clients (Hillary Rodham Clinton , Bette Midler). With quarter-
size diamond pendants and stackable bracelets, the pieces are
easy to wear yet still make a bold statement.
White gold brooch with white diamonds,
Paraiba tourmalines, sapphires, and
tanzanite, GILAN JEWELRY HOUSE, price
upon request, at Gilan Boutique, NYC
GOING NATIVE
For her new LowLuv costume
jewelry line, Erin Wasson has
looked to Mexican totems,
Native American glyphs,
and walkabouts through the
Southwestern desert. The
silver-plated cuffs, chunky
knuckle rings, and pendant
necklaces are all under $250
and echo the model/designers
own skater-hippie vibe.
LOTUS POSITION
De Beers is going back to
nature with the launch of its
Enchanted Lotus collection.
The blossoming flower, also
the ancient Chinese symbol
of purity, adorns delicate
bands, bracelets, and hoop
earrings. And what could
be a better medium for such
a delicate virtue than white
gold and diamonds?
MYSTERIOUS
WAYS
All great jewelry has
a story behind it.
Whether one prefers
a drama or a romance
is up to you
Wasson
modeling
her LowLuv
jewelry

MINING FOR GOLD
Former fashion trend
consultant Mo Clancy collects
midcentury jewelry from the
modernist and brutalist art
movements. Her vintage finds,
including these De Passille-
Sylvestre enamel pendants
from the 1970s, are now
available at Barneys New York.
PHOENIX RISING
Legend has it that thousands
of years ago, an immortal
firebird flew over Istanbul
and accidentally dropped
his riches, including a golden
cage containing fabulous
diamonds. Since the eighteenth
century, sultans have worn
elaborate aigrette feathers in
their turbans as a symbol of
wealth and powera sort of
gotcha to other cocks. Now
its your turn: Istanbul-based
Gilan is debuting the Phoenix
collection, a line of sapphire
and stone plumages that
have all the exotic mystery of
faraway places in time.
Gold and sterling silver pendant necklaces with diamonds, VAHAN JEWELRY, $3,900$4,600,
call 800-365-6101
Hand-enameled gold-plated pendant
necklaces, circa 1970, DE PASSILLE-
SYLVESTRE, $490 each, visit
nomadeexquis.com
White gold and diamond hoop
earrings, DE BEERS, $3,200, at De Beers
stores nationwide
From left: Stainless steel watch with alligator band, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, $1,350,
call 212-759-3822. Watch with leather band, FENDI, $2,395 for watch, $125 for watchband,
at Fendi, NYC. Rose-gold-plated watch with diamond trim, VALENTINO, $3,900, visit
valentinotimeless.com
Silver-plated cuff, LOWLUV BY ERIN WASSON,
$70, available in January at Opening
Ceremony, NYC
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GOLD COAST After 20 years behind
the scenes at Tiffany Co. and
David Yurman, jewelry designer
Ward Kelvin has launched his first
solo collection. Influenced by his
love of home decor and 30s-style
Hollywood Regency, this green
tourmaline cocktail ring in a
bamboo setting raises the bar high.
wardkelvin.com
I N S I D E DESIGNERS, SHOPS, HOT SPOTS, AND MOREEDITED BY ANNE SLOWEY
SHOOT IT Leicas going on safari with
its latest olive green D-Lux 4 digital
camera. Good luck hunting one
down: Last years all-white version
sold out in a flash. leica-camera.com
GUERRILLA TACTICS Brits are rejoicing
over the recent store reopening of
Japanese streetwear line A Bathing
Ape. As if East Enders need another
excuse to wear hooded varsity
jackets and printed fanny packs.
us.bape.com
For more fashion news, go to elle.com/fashionnews
PINEAPPLE EXPRESS Stella McCartney is
going the distance with her sporty line
for Adidas. This spring, the London
designer is introducing triathlon and
cycling wear featuring girly details:
Theres a zip tee with ruched sleeves
and a swimsuit with a sheer, deep V
in front . Wed run a mile just for this
pineapple tank. adidas.com
WOWZA Louis Vuittons new jewelry
designer Lorenz B umer is pulling
out all the stops. His first
LAme du Voyage necklace contains
yellow, white, and red gold; fancy
yellow and white diamonds;
blue, pink, yellow, orange, and
padparadscha sapphires; tsavorites ;
mandarin garnets; and fire opals.
louisvuitton.com
NAME CHECK The cashmeres out of
the bag. For the past few years,
Andrea Kargs Allude line has quietly
hung alongside Dries van Noten and
Marni in the U.S.s most exclusive
boutiques. But with the German
designers first runway show in NYC
for spring and a baby line on the way,
were sure thats about to change.
allude-cashmere.com
HIGH-DEFINITION Automotive brand
Smart has collaborated with tech
company Visionaire on an electronic
calendar that will feature images by
365 artists. (Get it? One per day.)
Look for Hussein Chalayan and
Richard Serra on a tiny screen near
you. visionaireworld.com
GET REAL Ever wonder what a favorite
celebrity shot would look like from
another angle? In The Contact Sheet
(Ammo Books), photographers from
Martin Parr (a shot from Spain, above)
to William Claxton show us original,
unedited prints from some of their
most famous works. amazon.com
BACK TO THE FUTURE Jeweler Alexis
Bittar has teamed up with Michael
Kors on a second exclusive collection
for spring. Inspired by Woody Allens
1973 sci-fi film Sleeper, Bittar
created futuristic limited-edition
pieces like this Lucite gum-ball
necklace. michaelkors.com
BOY/GIRL Androgyny may be a fashion
buzzword right now, but Korean
cult label Kai- Aakmann has taken
the trend a step further, with a
unisex collection of loose tunics and
parachute parkas. kai-aakmann.com
COCKTAIL CONVERSATION First,
conceptual artist John Baldessari
got a solo show at Londons Tate
Modern (check it out before January
10). Now, NYC curator Sharon
Coplan Hurowitz has written John
Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonn
of Prints and Multiples, 19712007
(Hudson Hills Press) about the Cali
painter. amazon.com
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Ancient Greece.
Gymnastics. The Olympic
ideal. These were the visions
that sprang to mind when
Marco de Vincenzo set out to
construct his spring
collection. That, and
neoprene. For his second
season, the 31 -year-old
Sicilian, who headed to Rome
the week after he graduated
high school to attend the
European Institute of Design,
focused on traditional
European sportswear (fitted
tankdresses, pencil skirts,
cardigans) tricked out with
techy fabrics in rich mustards
and oranges. Im fascinated
by the purity of shapes, says
de Vincenzo, who was Fendis
head accessories designer (he
still consults for the company)
before launching his own line
in fall 2009. What makes his
refreshingly sleek and unfussy
pieces so unmistakable are the
futuristic details. A striped
knee-length dress, for one, is
actually bands of neoprene on
stretch tulle. I wanted to
transform classical fluid
draping into an optical
Find out why Europes getting cozy
with Mirco Giovanninis magnetic knits
WHO: Mirco Giovannini,
knitwear designer
HOME BASE: Rome
WHAT TO BUY: Superfine silk
weekend dresses and
cashmere cover-ups
WHERE TO BUY: Ferri, in Rome; En
Avance, in Miami
PRICE POINT: Approximately $300
for dresses; $200 for T-shirts
and cardigans
INSPIRATION: Talitha Getty in
the 1960s. There was such
a charm to her bohemian
womanliness, coupled with the
spirit of a rock queen.
PHILOSOPHY: To bring technical
details typically reserved for
tailoring, such as a hand-
knit micropliss that gives
a tridimensional effect to
knitwear. Antique looms
effect, he says of a a graphic
mini (far left). Togas of the
ancient Greeks were the
inspirational jumping-off
point for de Vincenzo. From
there, it was a short mental
hop to the Olympics, evident
in cropped track jackets and
cotton jersey drawstring
pants. Creation means
freedom, he says, referring to
both his meandering thought
process and his double life as a
handbag designer. (He credits
Fendi, where he has worked
for 10 years, with developing
his interest in experimental
fabrics and traditional craft.)
As an aside, de Vincenzo adds
that he collected holy images
as a boy. I liked to copy
angels robes, he says. And so
goes fashion mythologyor
maybe its fashion religion.
Whitney Vargas
provide an early-nineteenth-
century jacquard stitch,
which gives comfort without
relinquishing elegance.
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: The
combination of classic and
modern architecture at the
Punta della Dogana art
museum in Venice
BONA FIDES: Design consultant for
Versace, La Perla, and Jean
Paul Gaultier before launching
his own collection last fall.
COLOR SCHEME: Coral, Capri
yellow, peacock green, white,
and black
CLIENTELE: Yachting
richies lunching on the
Mediterranean.W.V.
to see all of de vincenzos
spring runway looks, visit
elle.com/newdesigners.
to see more of giovanninis
spring collection, visit
elle.com/newdesigners.
A Fendi design alum jumps on the
fast track with a second collection,
inspired by the Olympics
De Vincenzo and
looks from his ancient
Greeceinspired
spring collection,
available at
marcodevincenzo.com
Artist Orly Genger and jewelry
designer Jaclyn Mayer first
crossed paths in the New York
gallery scene in 2004Mayer
worked where Genger was
showcasing her huge hand-
knotted industrial rope
sculptures. Several years later,
while Genger was preparing for
an opening, she remembered
Mayerwho had since left to
start her own jewelry lineand
approached her to make
something special for the event.
Mayer readily agreed. I always
thought her materials could
translate well into what I did,
she says . The museum requested
several of the vibrant rope
necklaces for its gift shop, and
a company was born. Less than
a year later, the two were asked
by minimalist master , designer
Victoria Bartlett, to collaborate
for her spring 2010 VPL
collection. Bartletts inspiration
was anatomy, and she saw our
pieces as being very organic,
Mayer says of the brightly
colored oversize necklaces. All
are what Mayer calls wearable
artstatement pieces that add
texture and dimension to any
silhouette. Bartlett paired the
gargantuan knots and rolled
rope with elegantly simple jersey
leggings, tanks, and sheaths.
Highlights include a harness
and a breastplate reminiscent
of a coiled snake. Wed love to
do pieces that cover the whole
body, Mayer says. Someday.
ERIN BOYLE
KNOTS LANDING
Genger and
Mayer sitting
on one of
Gengers
sculptures
Utility rope
breastplate and
a look from the
VPL spring 2010
collection
Giovannini and looks from his spring
collection, inspired by Talitha Getty
in the 1960s
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T
he strong woman that has
dominated the runway the
past few seasons was swept
aside in a flurry of tulle, rib-
bon, and bows at the spring
2010 runway shows in New
York, London, Milan, and
Paris. It appears designers
are abandoning a woman
whose fortitude matches
her survival instincts in favor of something
more flou and flirtatious. Their reasons may
have to do with cutting budgetsshort,
transparent chiffon dresses cost less than
their longer, more structured counterparts.
But while women will always want to look
sexy and beautiful, that doesnt mean they
want to appear as if they couldnt run the
world if asked.
Thats not to say there isnt any sass in this
seasons boudoir babes. John Galliano took
the 40s Hollywood siren approach
to his state of dishabille by channel-
ing Lauren Bacall in her Humphrey
Bogart days, when all a femme fatale
had to do to get a man was purse
her lips and exhale. Peter Coppings
first collection for Nina Ricci was
a delightful exercise in lingerie dressing
with layered ruffles and lace. Opting for
faux innocence, Chanel had one of its best
shows to date, complete with models tromp-
ing among haystacks in Karl Lagerfelds
barnyard wearing eighteenth-century poof-
shouldered jackets and short pannier skirts,
flower-colored crochet suits, and lace-
covered burlap or beribboned dresses. At
the show, Lily Allens surprise performance
of Not Fair was proof positive that Lager-
feld knows the younger generation prefers
to take its frills with more than just a soup-
on of irony. Girls dont want to just look
WILD THINGS
From flirty dresses and utilitarian separates to 60s
trompe loeil and futuristic motocross, the spring/
summer 2010 shows offered looks that were
smart, playful, and chic. By Anne Slowey
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Marc Jacobs
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Chanel
Alexander
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Calvin Klein
Prada
Gucci
Yves Saint
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pretty; they sometimes want to pair a
smart-alecky loud mouth with their inter-
locking Cs.
Oh, the days of just yearning to be a
supermodel, mere designer, or lowly
slogging-it reporter. Now you have to be a
superstar before launching a career in
fashion. The lines between pop culture
industries have blurred so much that its
no longer enough to have just one career
by the time youre 25. You need to have
three: singer, actor, and, now, clothing
designer. What next, brain trust physicists
and astronauts? Peripatetic early starters
like Justin Timberlake, Allen (who, in
addition to modeling for Chanel, launched
clothing and jewelry lines), and the Olsen
twins (the Row is a favorite of fashion edi-
tors everywhere, by the way) know that
their style (stylist-manufactured or not) is
a beacon for their millions of fans, but
theyre doing more than trying to fill their
already bulging bank accounts, I think.
There is a sincere desire to take a populist
approach by sharing ones ideas of whats
cool to wear, and if you make some extra
moola on the side, all the better.
But celebrity designing disastrously
careened into a 42-model pileup on the
runway at Ungaro, where actress Lind-
say Lohan was appointed artistic adviser .
The show itself looked more like a
rehearsal for a finale of leg-kickers at a
porn convention than a runway show for
a storied atelier. Heart-shaped pasties
bobbed on bare breasts (and, oddly, fore-
heads) under shirred-jersey, crotch-
grazing dresses and skirts, and oversize
boyfriend jackets replete with heart-
shaped cutouts and fringe, now and
againat times paired with leggings
(Lohans signature), of course.
Not all designers expressed ideas that
had more to do with staying in bed until
dark, or at least being on all fours, than
working in the real world. Stella McCart-
ney and Proenza Schoulers Jack McCol-
Lingerie
Florals
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Gareth Pugh
Chanel
Dries Van Noten
Nina Ricci
Christian Dior
Celine
Marc Jacobs
Jason Wu
Dolce Gabbana
Marni
Alberta Ferretti
Missoni
Givenchy
Balenciaga
Bottega
Veneta
Alexander
Wang
Preen
Oscar de
la Renta
Gianfranco
Ferr
Lily Allen
at Chanel
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lough and Lazaro Hernandez showed
clothes that make perfect sense for the
multifaceted lives most women live.
McCartneys grown-up daywear of full-
leg linen pants, loose jackets, and lace hal-
ters looked fresh and reasonably sexy.
Proenza Schouler headlined the other big
idea of the seasonsportswear-influenced,
utilitarian basicswhich everyone from
Bottega Veneta and Chlo to Phoebe
Philo in her new collection at Celine fea-
tured. And the crisp proportions and
smart separates had most editors and
retailers swooning in their seats. With its
flashes of neon coloring and scuba-suit
references, McCollough and Hernandezs
iteration of the theme was decidedly more
street-inspired than the restbut surpris-
ingly still elegant, for all the acid colors of
their baby-doll dresses and body-hugging
sheaths . Proenza Schouler also continues
to give the bigger brands a run for their
money by offering some of the most excit-
ing mash-up shoes and bags of the season.
The abundance of oversize florals and
multicolored tribal prints that flounced
down the runways are probably the easiest
purchases anyone can make this season to
punch up her wardrobe with color and
energy. Both established and young de-
signers tried their hands at putting soph-
istication and sheen on clothes inspired by
the garden, as well as by the Asian and Af-
rican continents . Frida Giannini sent out
ikat-printed shifts alongside her bondage-
wrapped bombshells, while Dries Van
Noten elevated his menswear basics into
the romantic realm by mixing sari-fabric
shirts and skirts with trains with impres-
sionistic floral prints worthy of an exuber-
ant Gauguin. Ohne Titel worked with
color-block patchwork on its body-
conscious silhouettes, an idea that also
found expression at Narciso Rodriguez
and Balenciaga.
Pierre Hardys must-have boots for
Nicolas Ghesqui res tribal, urban, and
motocross dresses looked like layers of
Sporty
Tribal
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Ralph Lauren
Yves Saint
Laurent
Chlo
Chanel
Ohne Titel
Fendi
Christopher
Kane
Alexander
Wang
Celine
Givenchy
Thakoon
Gucci
Narciso
Rodriguez
Balenciaga
Versace
Louis Vuitton
Prada
Diane
von
Furstenberg
Zac
Posen
Bottega
Veneta
Marc by
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Jacobs
Rodarte
Prada
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coiled Masai necklaces. Ghesqui re cast
aside last falls bourgeoise belle and
returned to his more street-chic impulses,
which was a relief after weeks of watching
shows where designers wrapped models
in enough soft layers to resemble mum-
mified virgins. His futuristic, aggressive
women left one with hope that not every-
thing for spring will celebrate mindless
repose. Alber Elbaz stuck with his winning
formula of draped silk and embellished
eveningwear, while Alexander McQueen
streamed his show live online, presenting
metamorphic reptilian prints and aquatic
fairy-tale fantasies. Meanwhile, Marc
Jacobs sent his models at Louis Vuitton out
looking like theyd just returned from tak-
ing psychedelics at a survival camp run by
Rei Kawakubo. Madcap reverie, indeed.
Riccardo Tiscis hard work finally paid
off at Givenchy. After seasons of strug-
gling to bring his dark romantic impulses
to a modern wearable silhouette, his
graphic striped jackets, henna-tattooed
prints, and Grecian evening dresses em-
body a knowing intelligence about women
who want to look moody and sharp. For
the girls who want to look party-perfect
but with a more playful outlook, Miuccia
Prada and Donatella Versace played with
trompe loeil and postcard motifs, in
bright-colored materials that shone like
clear plastic and shantung silks .
The trick to pulling off a season of such
giddy festivity is to add bravado and edge
with chunky clogs and platforms or color-
ful mixed-media bagsenticing speci-
mens of which all were on view. Vests,
roll-hemmed shorts, and wide-leg pants
round out the basics for those of us who
are still budget-conscious.
Despite all the fluff, theres a lot of smart
fashion for spring. Not everyone will get
the subtle differences. Girls will want to
have fun this season, but the best and
brightest will know that the era of literal
simplicity and safe, ladylike, Im shop-
ping for a rich husband dressing is over.
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PARTYALL
THE TIME
1. Somerset House, London Fashion
Weeks stunning new headquarters.
2. Backstage at the Burberry show.
3. Bryan Ferry performing at the
Topshop after-party. 4. Mulberrys
bash at Claridges ballroom
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THE EMPIRE
STRIKES BACK
As London Fashion Week celebrates a quarter
century, the kingdom proves its appetite for
fun knows no limits. By Alexa Brazilian
London fashion has always
been the colorful, irreverent
underdog of the big fourrisk-
ier than New York, more play-
ful than Milan, and a lot less
polished than Paris. This sea-
son, the city thats home to both
punks and princesses, the
Queens hatmakers and East
End guerrillas, shone extra
bright. Celebrating its twenty-
fifth year , London Fashion
Week excelled in two oh-so-
British specialties: wild acces-
sories and smashing parties.
Leading the charge was
showman Giles Deacon, who
channeled his love of cartoons,
animals, and computer games
into a new jewelry line. We
picked elements that embody
past collections, Deacon says ,
and did it in an attainable,
affordable way. Starting at
$200, the collection riffs on
the designers beloved charac-
ters and themes, including
ruby-and-sapphire rings called
Eek, Deacons imagined
name for Mickey Mouses
cousin, the big-eared persona
he created for his fall 09
runway show. Theres also
a black-and-white freshwater-
pearl bracelet with a jeweled
spider in the center based on
Deacons tarantula print from
spring and a rough-cut semi-
precious-stone She Saurus
necklace. (Its a play on this
seasons puffy metallic tricer-
atops handbag, itself an hom-
age to the song Go Go Ninja
Dinosaur by Four Tet with
Princess Watermelon . We sug-
gest downloading both the bau-
bles and the music ASAP.)
Kicking off the week, the
British Fashion Council orga-
nized a show cleverly titled
Headonism, supporting five
budding chapeau designers
including J. Smith Esquire,
Noel Stewart, and Little
Shilpaall selected by iconic
milliner Stephen Jones. More
party trimmings popped up at
Richard Nicoll, where models
donned earrings, pins, and
necklaces that looked like Pur-
ple Heart medals swimming in
Plexiglas. And if youd wear
Nicolls regalia to cocktails in
Belgravia, then Louise Grays
necklaces stuffed with pink
garbage bags and pricked with
old pins should be worn to a
dive bar in East London. I
took quite literal things, like
graffiti and fabrics, that I feel are
a reflection of East London
streets, Gray says. Its all very
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NEW DESIGNER
ALERT!
1. Shoe designer Charlotte Dellal of
Charlotte Olympia adds glamour girl
clothes to the mix. 2. Roland Mouret and
Jonathan Saunders alum Julian J.
Smith made a stunning debut this season.
3. Ben Grimes and Lily Parkers new
line LP.BG looks better than ever. 4. Twin
sisters Daniela and Annette Felder
perfect the biker jacket and mini for spring.
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Jordan
Askill for
Meadham
Kirchhoff
Louise
Gray
Louise
Goldin
Dominic
Jones
Stephen
Jones
Headonism
show
Erickson
Beamon
for Richard
Nicoll
David
David

colorful and raw.
You might see 24-year-old
club kid and jewelry designer
Dominic Jones unisex gold
rings and necklaces at that same
pub. His macabre claw rings
and thorn-prickled necklaces
look perfectly tough on his
muse, model, and business part-
ner Alice Dellal, the Brit poster
girl for all things punk. Leaning
more toward the colorful than
the dark side, designer David
Saunders of David David trans-
lates his knack for graphic prints
to mod accessories, with 60s
frame bags made from pale
green, blue, and pink strips of
translucent Lucite.
Cerebral, sexy, and some-
times cheeky footwear collabo-
rations came down the runway
in droves. Nina Simones Wild
Is the Wind played at Mead-
ham Kirchhoffs poetic grunge
show, the perfect tune to ac-
company the design duos pat-
ent leather oxfords, enhanced
by jeweler Jordan Askills pastel
painted-metal birds, which flew
on the shoes heels in flocks.
Knitwear wunderkind Louise
Goldin took a slightly harder
approach to her totally vamp
shoe collaboration with Top-
shop, dotting the spines of killer
heels with sharp Swarovski-
crystallized pyramid studs. Lu-
ella Bartley said she listened to
lots of New Order and Joy Divi-
sion when designing her retro
collection of Jessica Rabbit-
meets-Sunday-best clothes.
Her pointed pumps with fishnet
details and pansy flourishes had


the same conservative yet
come-hither spirit harnessed by
her collaborator English cob-
bler Michael Lewis. The de-
signer herself marched a pair
down the stairs of the St. Mar-
tins Lane Hotel outpost of Bun-
galow 8 for her hopping
after-party that night.
Londons soirees closed out
the week with a bigger-than-
usual (and thats big) bang. Sir
Philip Green held court over the
entire five-story club connected
to the famed Ivy Restaurant for
a dinner and party for Topshop,
where a closing performance by
Bryan Ferry got celebrity guests
like Vivienne Westwood and
Kate Moss up and dancing like
mad. The next evening, Mul-
berry held its customary throw-
down at the Claridges ballroom.
The carnival-themed bash fea-
tured carousel horses to pose
with, as well as artists tattooing
the brands signature tree (re-
movable, thank God) on any
body part you chose. The last
night, Burberry showed its
spring collection for the first
time ever on English soil.
Straight after the show, front-
rowers like Gwyneth Paltrow,
Liv Tyler, and Victoria Beck-
ham raced to the fete at the
companys eco-friendly head-
quarters in Chelsea. There, rev-
elers were greeted by guest DJs
Agyness Deyn and Alexa
Chung, a surprise performance
by Brit boy band the Kooks,
and mini Yorkshire pudding
canaps. It doesnt get more
jolly good than that!
Michael
Lewis for
Luella
Bartley














































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I N S I D E KNOCKOUT DRESSES, TOUCHDOWN JACKETS, SPORTY BOOTS, AND MORE
Edited by
Joann Pailey
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WINTER
GAMES
Jump into the New Year with the New York spring
collections winningest sports-infused fashion. From
Ralph Laurens track jackets for the 2010 Olympics
in Vancouver to Alexander Wangs varsity-inspired
sweatshirts, this season its about going all-American.
Viscose-blend and cotton bomber jacket,
ALEXANDER WANG, $1,200, at Barneys
New York. Lightweight nylon jacket,
RALPH LAUREN OLYMPICS, $295, at
select Ralph Lauren stores nationwide
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ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH
Silk dress, KOVA
T, $372, visit
bleuclothing.com
Rayon-blend knotted bandage
dress, HERV LGER BY MAX
AZRIA, $3,500, at Herv
Lger stores nationwide
Cotton jersey and faille
tankdress with tie-skirt,
PROENZA SCHOULER,
$1,445, visit lagarconne.com
Cropped nylon Windbreaker,
LACOSTE, price upon request,
call 800-4-LACOSTE
Jute bucket bag,
PHILOSOPHY
DI ALBERTA
FERRETTI,
$485, at
Alberta Ferretti
Boutique, L.A.
Enameled star earrings, DEAN
HARRIS FOR DEREK LAM,
price upon request, to special
order, at Derek Lam, NYC
PVC sneaker, SEE
BY CHLO, $210, at
Terrene in Aria Resort
Casino, Las Vegas
Bolt-detail rope necklace,
HOPE MARIAN BY LIZZIE
FORTUNATO JEWELS, $38,
visit urbanoutfitters.com
FULL-COURT PRESS
THREE-POINTERS BALLER GOWNS
Cotton mesh skirt,
KAIN, $136, visit
shopbop.com
Embellished-wool
tropical tuxedo cloth
jacket, CHRIS BENZ,
$1,215, to special order,
at Saks Fifth Avenue
Sequin-embroidered scalloped
skirt, MARC JACOBS, $3,400,
at Marc Jacobs, NYC
Perforated leather skirt,
TORY BURCH, $595, visit
toryburch.com
Silk crepe de chine skirt,
WHITLEY KROS, $194,
visit whitleykros.com
Cotton mesh cropped
tank top, KAIN, $110,
visit shopbop.com
Canvas tote bag, ANYA
HINDMARCH, $120, at
Anya Hindmarch, L.A.
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E L L E 54 w w w . e l l e . c o m
SPORTSWEAR
GLOBE-TROTTER
Whether youre working it in referee
stripes or a silk warm-up jacket,
expect nothing but net in these
basketball-inspired looks
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PROENZA SCHOULER
Printed chiffon
dress, DIANE VON
FURSTENBERG,
$398, at Diane von
Furstenberg, NYC
Printed nylon-
blend dress,
BCBGMAXAZRIA, $340,
at BCBGMaxAzria
stores nationwide
Acrylic-blend jacket,
MARC BY MARC JACOBS,
$478, at Marc by Marc
Jacobs stores nationwide
Viscose-blend
shorts, ROCK
REPUBLIC, $148, visit
rockandrepublic.com
Cotton shorts, GREY ANTICS
BY GREY ANT, $78, at
BuyDefinition, Austin
Leather shorts, TORY
BURCH, $375, visit
toryburch.com
Embroidered satin twill clutch,
OSCAR DE LA RENTA, $790,
visit oscardelarenta.com
Bangles, DIANE VON
FURSTENBERG, $40
each, call 646-486-4800
Sunglasses, PROENZA
SCHOULER, $295 each, at
Opening Ceremony, NYC
Horn resin necklace,
TORY BURCH, $295,
visit toryburch.com
Embellished cashmere
silk cardigan, OSCAR
DE LA RENTA, $1,150,
at Oscar de la Renta
Boutique nationwide
Lightweight faille
pants, PROENZA
SCHOULER, $1,170, at
Neiman Marcus, L.A.
Leather-trim and mesh
sandal, BOUTIQUE 9,
$130, call 800-999-1877
Stainless steel watch
with gel strap,
TECHNOMARINE, $395,
visit tourneau.com
TUBULAR TOUCHES
APRS-SURF BODY GLOVES
Crepe dress, THAKOON,
$1,480, at Bergdorf
Goodman, NYC
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I N S I D E VAMPIRE WEEKEND DOESNT SUCK, BIG LOVE SECRETS REVEALED, ELIZABETH GILBERTS LATEST, AND MORE

Opening like a surprise Christmas present on December 25 and
starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams, Guy
Ritchies dark, dazzling Sherlock Holmes is grungy, raffish, and
action packed, a renovation of the franchise that lucky Holmes fans
didnt know we were waiting for. The late-Victorian invention of Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle, fictions most brilliant and neurotic detective
turns 123 this year, but he may well live forever, condescending to
his sidekick Watson, shooting cocaine , playing soulful threnodies
on his violin, and using the smallest of details to solve the greatest
of crimes. The Internet Movie Database lists 135 films and televi-
directly based on sion series
the novels and stories that
Doyle began with A Study in
Scarlet in 1887. But Ritchie
isnt relying on the cozy or fa-
miliar to lure an audience.
Given his intellectual ar-
rogance and ascetic attitude
toward the opposite sex,
Sherlock Holmes sounds
like the ultimate geek-boy
fantasy. He is, but women
eat him up as well. Two of his
modern-day fans have gone
so far as to write successful detective series involving Holmes but
with a feminist twist. In Laurie R. Kings novels, Holmes is lured
out of retirement by a clever young woman named Mary Russell;
they solve mysteries together, and, naturally, she marries him.
The other series, by Carole Nelson Douglas, features the Ameri-
can Irene Adler, originally an adventuress in Doyles fiction and
the only woman who made Holmes pulse race bywhat else?
outwitting him. Douglas makes her something of a diva, a bril-
liant detective in her own right who teams up with Holmes from
time to time but only to catch criminals. Ritchie, who knows a
thing or two about divas, makes Adler an important player in the
movie, and a sexy one, too. As portrayed by McAdams, shes
brainy, but also a minx, flashing a choice bit of nudity at Holmes
just to make him crazy and, later on, giving him a four-star kiss
before she slips away.
Adler isnt Holmes true adversary here. That honor goes to
Lord Blackwood, an aristocratic satanist played to snarling per-
fection by Mark Strong, who has a gift for upscale villains (check
out his brutal baronet in The Young Victoria). Loosely based on the
occultist Aleister Crowley, the murderous Blackwood pulls off a
neat trick, rising from his own grave to terrify Parliament into let-
ting him take over the world . His claim to having a hotline to the
devil may sound like a cheesy plot point, but one of the movies
pleasures is the sophisticated way it both tweaks and reflects the
late Victorian era, a time of galloping scientific and technological
advances that triggered an anxious craze for all things supernatu-
ral. Conan Doyle himself believed in fairies a folly that would
have sent his detective up the wall. Ritchies film offers all the
thrills of an old-fashioned yarn, yet the battle that rages so rip-
snortingly between Holmes and Blackwood mirrors the funda-
mental conflictscience versus supernaturalism, rationalism
versus religionof a world convulsing into something new.
Dispensing with the sanitizing niceties of earlier portrayals,
Ritchie makes that world real by dirtying things up, including his
hero. But then, hes never been a Masterpiece Theatre kind of guy. A
dozen years ago, he arrived full-blown on the film scene with the
cheeky, cockney gangster comedy Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking
Barrels, quickly upping the ante with the surreally ingenious
WATCHING THE
DETECTIVES
Guy Ritchie reinvents the fastidious Sherlock Holmes as a Byronic bohemian in
a thrilling crime caper thats worthy of the classic. Karen Durbin reviews
Elementary, my
dear: Law and
Downey
Strong and
Downey
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Snatch. But then his talent
seemed to flatline through the
egregious Swept Away and the
wincingly arty Revolver. The
2008 RocknRolla was a return
to form, but because it was
another gangster film, it posed
an unhappy question: Can
he do anything else? Sherlock
Holmes supplies the answer,
and its definitive.
The movie opens with an
ominous, nighttime close-up of
soot-darkened cobblestones,
which gives way to the title, ma-
terializing as a tabloid headline
in huge block letters so black
and sticky-looking, your fingers
feel the ink. As for Downeys
Holmes, hes a grubby, charis-
matic marvel, a late-nineteeth-
century bohemian vibrating
with nervous energy and done
up in Byronic disarray. His
neuroses ride shotgun with his
explosive, fast-talking intelli-
gence; he doesnt play the vio-
lin, he plucks it like a ukelele;
and he stimulates himself not
with cocaine but bouts of bare-
knuckle fighting in the rough-
est parts of town. If Jude Laws
Watson pales beside this flam-
boyance, at least hes Holmes
friend and equal, and Ritchie
even throws in a gambling
habit . But the real star of Sher-
lock Holmes is Ritchies greatest
achievement: His powerful
evocation of late-nineteenth-
century London. Theres noth-
ing genteel about it. Much
more than a backdrop, this is
the real imperial city, majes-
tic and filthy, fiercely, even
cruelly, alive. One of its best
and best-usedelements is a
great suspension bridge , half
built and clawing the sky. Its
a perfect image of the brute
force and grand ambition of
the industrial revolution, a
moment in history that gave
birth to our own.
TRUST US
HIGH KICKS
Master of the film musical Rob
Marshall works his Chicago magic
on the Broadway hit Nine, giving
the story real emotional urgency.
He gets great help from Daniel
Day-Lewis, superb as the Fellini-
esque film director who first makes
women stars and then makes
them miserable. And what women!
Pen lope Cruz, Judi Dench, Marion
Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, and Kate
Hudson are spectacular.
WHAT TO
SEE NOW
Barely out of her teens, the queen
who gave us a single adjective
for strict, stuffy, and sex-averse
survived an assassination attempt
and a conniving mother. Graced by
a touchingly determined Emily Blunt
as The Young Victoria and Rupert
Friend as her adored Prince Albert,
this is a beautifully told love story,
full of humor, intelligence, and skin-
crawling palace intrigue.K.D.
Its hard to say whos got more nerve, the acclaimed English di-
rector Andrea Arnold or the then- 17-year-old nonactor she cast as
the explosive naf at the center of her new movie, Fish Tank. Katie
Jarvis was discovered in 2008 having a screaming match with her
boyfriend at a train station in southeast England. Arnold immedi-
ately saw in her the volatility required for Fish Tanks 15-year-old
Mia, who has been expelled from school and lives in a state of war
with her sexy, resentful young mother. I just try to find someone
who feels authentic and right for what Ive written, says Arnold,
unfazed by her stars lack of experience. I do believe some people
can naturally act and dont know it. Indeed, Jarvis, who now has
an agent, is mesmerizing in the role, never more than in her scenes
with her mothers sweetly seductive new boyfriend (rising star
Michael Fassbender).
So far, Arnolds films have revolved around women living in
vast public housing projects much like the one she grew up in. She
doesnt make grim kitchen-sink dramas, but something much more
intimate, exciting, and unpredictable. In her suspenseful first fea-
ture, Red Road (2006), a security guard finds herself having mind-
blowing sex with a man she tracked down to punish for destroying
her family; and in Fish Tank, a character youve come to love will-
fully terrorizes a child. Even in your shock, you dont judge these
people, because Arnold has brought you too close to them for that.
Before honing her filmmaking skills on three dramatic shorts ,
Arnold worked as a television actress and occasional writer. She
was 43 when her third short, Wasp, won an Oscar in 2005 , the first
in a stream of awards that now includes a BAFTA (Britains Oscar )
and the prestigious Cannes Jury Prize for both of her features. Ive
written since I was a kid, Arnold says. But when I saw that I could
use my writing to make my own work, it was like a bolt, that realiza-
tion. It felt so strong.K.D.
WOMEN ON
THE VERGE
In Andrea Arnolds movies, the
female protagonists put you off,
but pull you in, too
Clockwise from left:
Director Arnold; Fish
Tanks Jarvis and
Fassbender; Kierston
Wareing; Jarvis
Its Complicated is Nancy Meyers
(Somethings Gotta Give) best
romantic comedy yet, with a
buoyant Meryl Streep as a divorce
courted by her ex (an endearingly
bearlike Alec Baldwin) and her
architect (a lovelorn Steve Martin).
Future son-in-law John Krasinskis
crack comic timing is reason enough
to buy a ticket, but so is the Streep-
Martin marijuana scene. Toke up and
die laughing.
Law, Downey,
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BEST MUSIC
Any daughter of Serge Gainsbourg
and Jane Birkin would have
impeccable style, but Charlotte
Gainsbourg has also managed to
become a singer with impeccable
taste. Produced and mostly written
by Beck, IRM is a record thats
confectionary but compelling, with
her girlishness and ennui (mais
oui!) wrapped in 60s-inflected
kaleidoscopic pop.
OH MY GOD
Patty Griffins new record,
Downtown Church, is an album
of gospel classics and originals
that access her bluesy, earthy side.
She presides over these
songs with the authority of a lady
preacher who can deliver the
lines, You wont tell me where
youve been/ Youve got whiskey
rolling down your chin with a wink
and a smile.
FISHING IN THE DARK
THEYLL ALL
BE TALKING
ABOUTVAMPIRE
WEEKEND
Eels Mark Oliver Everett is an L.A.-
stranded Leonard Cohen in a flannel
shirt and an Old Testament beard.
His latest record, End Times, is a
quiet stunner; even when he sings
about the deep, dark holes people
sink into, his rough and yearning
voice, combined with the swirling,
hushed music-box arrangements,
turns these songs into comforting
companions.CARLENE BAUER
When Vampire Weekends
enormously successful self-titled
debut album dropped in early
2008, it established the quartet
of preppy Columbia University
grads as an indie band like
no othertheir deft embrace
of the rhythms of reggaeton
and African pop yielded some
seriously hypnotic pop rock.
Indeed, they blazed such a
unique path that writing their
follow-up, Contra, proved a bit
challenging. We didnt want
to repeat ourselves, but we still
wanted to sound like Vampire
Weekend, says drummer
Christopher Tomson, so we
made a conscious effort to
expand our sound as well as our
range of emotions. Mission
accomplished: Contras
influences run the gamut from
ska to Bollywood to Brazilian
baile, while staying true to the
sanguine, summery vibe that
made Vampire Weekends
first effort so addictive it was
heard everywhere from bars to
drugstores. And, as ever, singer
Ezra Koenigs lyrics require
both a dictionary and a globe
to decipher: In the nostalgia-
drenched Horchata, for
example, he rhymes the
titular rice-based Mexican
beverage with balaclava and
Aranciata. Meanwhile, the
boys are already bracing for the
backlash that sophomore efforts
from wildly successful breakout
bands tend to catch: There will
probably be an equal amount of
people who dont like it as those
who do, Tomson says. We
cant worry about that.
APRIL LONG
TRUST US
LOVEFEST
Cant wait for the return of HBOs high-
minded, religious soap Big Love? Cocreator
Will Scheffer coughs up some details
Big Love, HBOs dramatic series about a polygamous family
secretly living, thriving, and multiplying in a Utah suburb, returns
on January 10 for its fourth season. ELLE spoke to cocreator Will
Scheffer about the shows exploration of feminism, Oscar winner
Sissy Spaceks guest role, and why the Hendricksons wont be
around forever.Candice Rainey
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR BILLS WIVES, BARB, NICKI, AND MARGENE ? The wives are fi-
nally beginning to question their subjugation to a man, to a reli-
gion, to a family. Theyre really being challenged by patriarchal
values. And this season, Bills making a choice to bring the family
more into the public spotlight byI dont think this is going to be a
secret, but Bill is considering running for public office this year.
ITLL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW YOU PULL THAT OFF. Well I think we do, and
therere a lot of minefields with that, of course .
LAST SEASON THERE WAS AN OUTCRY FROM THE MORMON CHURCH OVER THE SHOW DEPICTING
BARB, WHO WAS IN DANGER OF LOSING HER MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH, GOING THROUGH AN
ENDOWMENT CEREMONY, WHICH IS A SACRED RITUAL THAT NON-MORMONS ARE NOT ALLOWED
TO SEE. WHAT WAS THE REACTION TO IT AFTER IT AIRED? The endowment ceremony
was a dramatization of Barb having to give up the things that she
held most dear, which was her relationship with the Mormon
Church, being held in the bosom of that church, a church that she
deeply loved. Our decision to go into the endowment ceremony
was to show that it was a ceremony of utmost beauty and sacred-
ness and of utmost importance to that character, and we were very
clear that we werent glibly showing it. The Mormon Church got
really upset about it, and the membership was being whipped up.
And then when the show aired, it all went away. Almost overnight.
IS IT TRUE THAT SISSY SPACEK IS JOINING THE CAST? Absolutely. Shes playing a
Washington lobbyist. Shes coming into the life of the family as a
self-realized woman without a husband and with a very powerful
career. Shes someone that I think Barb, especially, is looking at
and seeing her own choices reflected in the choices of this woman.
IN THE SEASON 3 FINALE, ROMAN GRANT, THE PROPHET OF THE JUNIPER CREEK COMPOUND,
WAS MURDERED. IS HE REALLY DEAD? Yeah, he is absolutely dead. But even as
a dead person, his influence is felt .
YOU AND YOUR PARTNER, MARK V. OLSEN, HAVE BEEN WRITING THIS FOR FOUR SEASONS NOW.
HOW LONG WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT CONTINUE? I think were in the HBO
mold, which has traditionally been a six-season show. [Pause]
Mark just came in and was like, Dont forget that Six Feet Under
was only five seasons!
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For women, the question of
happiness is often an all too
leading one, it would seem
Ariel Gore is a smart, skeptical
feminist who constructs the
argument of Bluebird: Women and
the New Psychology of Happiness
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux) from an
eclectic jumble of sources. In the
books first section, she quotes from
the DSM-IV, Simone de Beauvoir, old
marriage manuals and medical texts
on hysteria, and her own sexist
grandparents to show that weve got
a lot of conditioning to overturn
before we can even distinguish what
really makes us happy from simply
pleasing others. A look at American
can-doismfrom the founders
pursuit of happiness to Dale
Carnegie to The Secretoffers
evidence that no one gets bullied
into fake cheerfulness more than
American women. Gore also reviews
recent happiness studiesalmost all
written by menand finds women,
especially mothers, largely ignored.
Gore is better at blasting obstacles
than at describing happinessa goal
accomplished here primarily via
quotes from happiness journals
Gore asked 100 women to write,
along with musings such as When
was the last time you felt inspired?
and Whats your fondest memory?
In her final, prescriptive section,
Gore contends that the opposite of
happiness is anxiety and that the
best weapons against fear are
mindfulness, friendship, love,
stimulating work, and service to
others. Sounds reasonable. Then she
issues a ringing call for freedom
from abuse and [a] sense of
security and resistance and self-
determination. Sigh. Its not that I
dont agree. We need our autonomy,
our safety, and our feistiness in this
mans-mans world. But my happiest
moments are peaceful. When I put
down Gores
manifesto, I knew
better what I was up
against, but I was
still longing for a
joyful vision.
VIRGINIA VITZTHUM
HAPPY NOW,
HONEY?
Gore
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1. TRACY CHEVALIER
REMARKABLE CREATURES
(DUTTON)
Our readers almost unanimously
favored the latest historical romp by
Chevalier (Girl With a Pearl Earring),
based on the real-life fossil-finding
exploits in Victorian England of poor
and uneducated Mary Anning and
Elizabeth Philpot, an upper- middle-
class spinster who befriended her.
Every month, 15 ELLE readers
vote for their favorite book among
three new releases we love
2. MELANIE BENJAMIN ALICE I
HAVE BEEN (DELACORTE PRESS)
Almost every readers second
choice was this debut reimagining
the tumultuous, eventful, and
ultimately tragic adult afterlife of
Alice Liddell, Lewis Carrolls little-
girl muse for Alice in Wonderland.
But some readers, almost inevitably,
found the man-girl relationship at its
heart to be icky and creepy.
3. SHEILA KOHLER BECOMING
JANE EYRE (PENGUIN BOOKS)
Bringing up the rear this month was
an accomplished and nuanced
novelization of the all too grim and
abbreviated provincial lives of the
brilliant Bront sisters of literary
immortalityCharlotte, Emily, and
Annewith their addiction-addled
brother and destitute father. No
country manors and foxhunting here.
Adam Hasletts Union Atlantic (Nan A. Talese/
Doubleday) is an intensely atmospheric, psyche-
delically tinged debut novel that casts an alter-
nately pleasurable and punishing aura, within
which an odd mlange of Boston-area bankers,
teachers, students, addicts, warriors, and a pair of
messianic dogs enact their inevitable destinies.
The social, cultural, personal, and profes sional
pornographies that Haslett exploresincluding
war, greed, illicit relations, sexism, and suicide
are laid out with a forensic formality through
which startling passages of lyric precision and
picturesqueness frequently emerge.
In one chilling snapshot of Doug Fanning,
the wily, sadistic banker and ex-soldier at the
center of the story, Haslett writes, Thats what he
was for [them]: an attractive weapon. Doug
worked best with the men who understood
implicitly the balance of excitement, ignorance
and reward he offered.
Pitted against Doug, who builds a casino of a
house while expanding his strategic role in a
massive invest ment fraud at Union Atlantic bank,
is his elderly high-Anglican neighbor, Charlotte
Graves, an ex-teacher on whose ancestral land
Dougs near-empty pile scoffingly sits. Among
the developments that adroitly up the narrative
stakes: Charlottes brother, Henry, heads the
New York Federal Reserve; her naive young
student Nate has a mad crush on Doug; and her
two rescue dogsa mastiff and a Doberman
talk to her in preacher/activist (think Cotton
Mather and Malcolm X) end-of-days locutions.
The novel, which follows the authors widely
praised best-selling story collection, You Are Not a
Stranger Here, gradually builds into a darkly
complex and viscerally disturbing turn-of-the-
twenty-first-century morality tale about the indi-
vidual and communal costs of Americas
checkered history of financial malfeasance,
racism, youth worship, the built-in brutality of
warfare, and the slim chances, if
any, that such a culture offers for
redress or redemption.
Union Atlantic is a bleak, brazen
beauty of a book.Lisa Shea
SINS OF THE SONS
An ambitious novel summons many of the darker animal spirits of the
present era and sets them on a collision course with a stubborn past
Haslett
As he rounded the exit
for South Station,
Doug could see the
eastern face of the
Union Atlantic tower
shimmering in the
morning sun. It was
framed in crisp white
lines, its glass much
brighter than the dark
reflective obelisk of the
John Hancock.
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daughter who saw through
the cruel joke and left forever
BOOM TIMES MAGNIFICENT MISADVENTURES
National Book Awardwinning
writer Robert Stone (Dog Soldiers)
provides proof positive in his
long-awaited story collection Fun
With Problems (Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt) that this master of the
hearts dark matterboozy one-
night stands, sobering moments of
grace, volcanic silences, shouted
regretsremains in diabolically
good form.
FINDING A LITTLE FAITH
36 Arguments for the Existence
of God (Pantheon), by MacArthur
fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
(Betraying Spinoza), is a high-
energy caper set in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, in which religion,
relativism, passion, and primitivism
meet in the brainy collisions and
collusions of a best-selling scholar,
ex-lovers, rabbis, cosmologists, and
one tiny math prodigy.L.S.
THIS MONTHS QUICK PICKS
TRUST US
Elena Gorokhovas memoir, A
Mountain of Crumbs (Simon
Schuster), vividly, devastatingly
conveys what it was like growing up in
the shabby disillusion of the Brezhnev-
era Soviet Unionand also swooningly
indulges the nostalgia for place and
landscape thats seemingly steeped
into every Russian soul.
Hardheaded Elena is very
consciously a stepdaughter of the
Russian Revolution, the fairly late-life
child of an upwardly mobile doctor-
mother and her third husband, a sweet
dad but a Communist Party hack with a
dubious past . I wish my mother had
come from Leningrad, from the world
of Pushkin and the tsars, she opens
the book. But she didnt. She came
fromwhere chickens lived in the
kitchen and a pig squatted under the
stairs. She came from where they lick
plates. But they do have a broken-
down little dacha outside of Leningrad,
described here in loving and lovely,
almost hallucinatory language . And
while she is thoroughly disenchanted
with the Soviet mythos by the end of
middle school , Elena toes the line and
gets herself a good education, ending
up as an instructor of Russian for
foreign students at Leningrad
University . There she almost
immediately snags a Texan just as her
mother snagged a couple of soldier-
husbands practically off the operating
table in World War II who agrees to
marry her and sweep her off to a new
life in America.
While the successful denouement is
narrated with triumphal enthusiasm,
the best parts of the book are those
that afford us a sure-handed and
remarkably vibrant portrait of
stultified pre-Gorbachev daily life, and
those that channel the pathos of saying
goodbye to all that: I look at Mamas
crumpled face and catch her gaze,
open, like a fresh wound, Gorokhova
writes of her airport
farewell . Not to
worry: It all worked
out in the end and led
to this marvelous
reminiscence.
BEN DICKINSON
OUTLIVING
AN EMPIRE
Gorokhova
As she did unforgettably in her best-selling
2007 novel, Away, Amy Bloom has death dancing
at the margins, then suddenly spinning center
stage in her new story collection, Where the God of
Love Hangs Out (Random House). Blooms richly
drawn characters here are a motley crew: a once
bitterly cruel husband and father startling his
daughter by settling into humble decency in his
widowed dotage; a lanky lothario smashing a
juicy peach into his pudgy little brothers face to
coach him on the art of cunnilingus; and a lonely
social worker writing long letters about doomed
polar expeditions to one of her former clients, to
name a few.
In each storyand particularly in the two
separate quartets of tales in the book, subtitled
William and Clare and Lionel and Julia, about
two very different love affairs moving through and
beyond sexual ecstasywhat satisfies most are the
authors gifts for compression. We apprehend
precisely the changes people have gone through
over time and how, inev itably, parts of life that are
hard and soft, sharp and sweet spring into stark
relief when mortal ity looms. Lionel, who stormed
his stepmother Julias bed, ravishing her with a
19-year-olds drunken fury after his fathers wake
in the story Sleepwalking, catches sight of her
naked again in Night Vision, when, drunk on a
trip back home after many years away, he falls on
broken glass, and Julia leaps out of bed to his aid.
She knelt down, pushing back my hair to get a
better look at me. Her breasts swung down, half in,
half out of the hallways dusty light, Lionel recalls.
I could see her, both more and less clearly than I
would have liked. And in that both more and
less moment, when something is yearned for yet
also faded, and fading still further
beyond reach, Bloom bravely
exposes the double-edged nature
of sex and romantic love, her two
great subjects.Louisa Kamps
THE LONGING AND
THE SHORT OF IT
Amy Blooms new stories are heartbreaking marvels of concision
Bloom
In The Ticking Is the Bomb (Norton),
poet and memoirist Nick Flynn,
author of the cult favorite Another
Bullshit Night in Suck City, marries
the tragedies he survived in
childhood with being an expectant
father, gorgeously focusing these
themes within the larger lens of
the uses of terror and torture, and
notions of freedom and justice in
post9/11 America.
And Clare did know
something about drinking.
Sometime after she and
William had decidedthat
their affair was a terrible
thing, that their love for their
spouses was much greater
than their love for each other
and that the William and
Clare thing was nothing more
than some odd summer
lightningClare found herself
having three glasses of wine
every night.
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I have a fantasyspurred by the fact that
the United States has one of the worlds
highest divorce rates that every person in
this country, before he or she weds, would
take a class in marriage and pass with at
least a B+ (an A if youre under 25, since
your odds of splitting up are much higher).
The text? Elizabeth (Eat, Pray, Love)
Gilberts lively and info-packed new book,
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with
Marriage (Viking).
In the class, as in the book, youd learn
that before 1975, a married woman in
Connecticut wasnt legally permitted to
open a checking account without written
permission from her husband, and that not
until 1984 did the state of New York over-
turn the vividly descriptive marital rape exemption law. Gilbert notices that whenever a
conservative culture of arranged marriage is replaced by an expressive culture of people
choosing their own partners based on love, divorce ratesimmediately begin to sky rocket.
As she eloquently concludes, love-based unions make for strangely fragile tethers.
Gilbert intersperses such findings with witty asides (psychologists call [infatuation]
narcissistic love. I call it my twenties ); fun literary and philosophical quotes (Goethe:
When two people are really happy about one another, one can generally assume they are
mistaken ) ; and anec dotes from her own latest journey to the altar, which began when a
Homeland Security officer told her that in order to get her Brazilian-born boyfriendyes,
the one from Eat, Pray, Loveinto the country, she would have to marry him. Having
endured a hideous divorce and resolved never to wed again, Gilbert decided to explore
every aspect of matrimonyhistory, psychology, cultural implicationsin an attempt to
make peace with the institution before trying it afresh.
Early on, Committed tends toward an Eat, Pray, Loveish, lit-lite feelLiz as charming-if-
vaguely-ditzy globe-trotterbut that fades as Gilbert passes, with hard thought and some
lovely writing (her mother sewed winter coats for her children from the leftover material of
her hearts more quiet desires), into such questions as, What am I to conclude when my
grandmother says that the happiest decision of her life was giving up everything for her
husband and children but then saysthat she doesnt want me making the same choice?
By the time she describes how her own mother relinquished a deeply satisfying career
(running a Planned Parenthood office, ironically enough) after her daughters got chicken
pox and Dad wouldnt help out (she could either have a family or she could have a calling,
but she couldnt figure how to do both without support and encouragement from her
husband), were lamenting, with Gilbert, the stark conflicts faced by virtually every ambi-
tious working woman: for one, how to take care of business and maintain a sense of self
while also doing the myriad tasks required of mothers and wives.
In the end, Committedjust like my fantasy course!is, among
other things, an attempt to help readers not make the mistake
Gilbert did: namely, marrying too young and too unenlightened.
Theres this expression in Brazil: If youre smart, you learn from
your mistakes, but if youre a genius, you learn from other peoples
mistakes, she tells me on the phone, adding that if women would
consider the prospect of marriage for half as long as they do the
color of their bridesmaids dresses, it would be a great improve-
ment. Marriage is not a game for the young, she says. Theres a
huge amount of sacrifice and compromise involved. If I could say
four words to anyone under 25 whos considering getting married,
theyd be: Wake up, slow down. Cathi Hanauer
BACK IN THE RING
Four years after Eat, Pray, Love, her blockbuster memoir of divorce
and self-renewal, Elizabeth Gilbert writes about why she wed again
and talks to ELLE of second chances and second-guesses
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ABOUT A MAN
Hugh Grant, the charming, boyish king of romantic comedy, has evolved into a
darker, sexier, and far more interesting human being. By Holly Millea
H
ugh Grant is in a damp
mood that has nothing to
do with the rain outside and
everything to do with the
time of day. Im horrible
in the mornings, he says,
by way of warning. Im
grumpy. My mother had a
theory about Englishmen:
They are permanently all
two gin and tonics under par. They need
two gin and tonics to become human. Ive
got a nasty feeling thats absolutely true. But
I have two and then I have to have twelve.
This morning, I dont have a hangover for the
first time in maybe a year. Still, grumpy.
In the warmth of Balthazar R estaurant
in Manhattans SoHo neighborhood, Grant
sheds his corduroy jacket and argyle sweater,
revealing a sky blue button-down shirt. Fif-
teen years ago, when I interviewed him for
Four Weddings and a Funeral, he was definitely
an afternoon person; by the time I inter-
viewed him again, for Bridget Joness Diary,
he was absolutely an evening person. Nine
years later, hes not a morning person. The
unbridled charm, it seems, is under a self-
imposed restraining order: I only wheel it
out on special occasions now. Nearly 50,
hes still boyishly handsome, though the
dark wavy hair is shorter and filled with gray.
It suits his more reflective nature.
Hes a much better-looking version of
Philip Larkin, says Marc Lawrence, the
writer/director of three Grant films, includ-
ing this months Have You Heard About the
Morgans? Grant possesses the English poets
dark wit and then some. When Hughs
curmudgeonly, hes funny-curmudgeonly;
very much the Dorothy Parker, If you dont
have anything nice to say, come sit next to
me school of human interaction. Lawrence
laughs. One of the first times that Hugh met
my wife, he turned to her: So, married sex,
how does that work? You just have sex with
the same person again and again?
Hughs sense of humor ranges between
blisteringand I mean blisteringand hilar-
iously infantile, recalls Bridget Jones director
Sharon Maguire. Which made him fun and
unpredictable to direct. I do remember one
or two tantrums, or tantys as he called them.
But he would laugh at his own tantrummy
exclamations. At the same time, she adds,
I never felt Hugh was entirely comfortable
in an actors skin. Acting for him wasnt a re-
ligion. I dont even think he thinks of it as a
proper job. But that doesnt mean he doesnt
want to be perfect at it.
All of which add to his anxiety. Sarah
Jessica Parkerwho plays the Mrs. in The
Morgans, about a divorcing couple who see a
murder and enter the witness protection pro-
gramcan relate. We both worry that were
bad all the time, she says. And about things
that havent happened yet! Before he even
begins, hell give you an itemized list of how
hes going to fail you: Im not funny, Im no
good But I dont know that Hugh doesnt
enjoy acting as much as he says he doesnt.
He enjoys beating himself up.
There were a few years when Grant
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stepped offscreen due to what he calls a
bad case of the yips. Its a golf term, he
explains. This happens in golf when you
freeze up or jerk on an easy shot and miss it
entirely. I would be in the middle of a scene
and get the yips. But Im over that now. I saw
a shrink. Now Im shrinktastic! Did you see
that? First smile of the day.
ELLE: Thirteen years ago, you costarred with
Sarah Jessica in Extreme Measures.
HUGH GRANT: We didnt really bond then in
the way that we did on this film. I find her
very clever, funny, eccentric, not actressy,
charming.
ELLE: She once told me that it was between
her and Andie MacDowell for the role in
Four Weddings and a Funeral.
HG: I wasnt part of the casting process, so I
dont know. It would have been fascinating.
ELLE: Lets run through some of your
costars. Three adjectives, please. Andie?
HG: Southern belle. Charming. Gorgeous.
Emma Thompson: Clever, funny, mad as a
chair. Rene Zellweger: Delightful. Also far
from sane. Very good kisser. Sandra Bull-
ock: A genius. A German. Too many dogs.
Julianne Moore: Brilliant actress. Loathes
me. Rachel Weisz: Clever. Beautiful.
Despises me. Drew Barrymore: Made her
cry. Stunning film-star face. Hates me.
ELLE: Youve worked with great directors.
What were some of their acting tips?
HG: Richard Curtis told me, Be funnier.
Ken Russell said, Forget how it fucking
feels, do it how I fucking showed you, you
c-nt. Ang Lee, when he was still struggling
with English, said, Do it like bad actor.
My response was, I think you already
have that one, love.
ELLE: You also worked with Roman Polan-
ski, on Bitter Moon. What are your thoughts
on his situation?
HG: Minefield. Next question.
ELLE: People in Hollywood seem to be sup-
porting him. Do you like L.A.?
HG: I like it on those rare occasions when
Ive had a very successful film and every-
ones licking my ass. I like that.
ELLE: Have you been writing your novel?
HG: Yes. Its a very black comedy. All of it
takes place in the trunk of a car, in the pres-
ent tense. Theres a little bit of a flashback.
My last girlfriend finally got me to do it.
Id been planning it for 20 years. And she
finally made me. I sat down and started writ-
ing without revision. I said, Ill just see what
happens. And kept writing for two days,
looked back at it, and thought, This is fasci-
natingly bad. But I went on and on and on
and in the endI really like it now.
ELLE: You should marry the girl who made
you do it.
HG: Well, I agree; in many ways thats true.
Yes, yes, yes.
ELLE: You could have had four weddings
yourself by now.
HG: I suppose in effect I have. I certainly
dont rule it out. But I think marriage is only
necessary if youve got children. Its quite
nice for them.
ELLE: What about children?
HG: I think most of them happen slightly by
accident or by people being cornered, and
thats fine. If you sit down with your ratio-
nal brain and think of good reasons to have
them and good reasons not to, it would be a
very close thing. Im quite jealous of my Scot-
tish relations, in whose culture everyone, in
a Jane Austen kind of way, got married very
young, when youre too young to be cynical
or jaded, and just started having children.
ELLE: What are the traits of a Scotsman?
HG: The angry Scot is a clich not without
some foundation. Thats the Lowland Scot
Im a Highlander. Were particularly lovely
and charming.
ELLE: The last time we met, you told me that
caffeine and cheese and sex sent you into
rages. Hows that going?
HG: Champagne wed have to put on the list
of rage-fuelers as well. I get very belligerent
on champagne. Does that happen to you?
ELLE: Yes, even the bubbles piss me off. Lets
order a glass. Whats the hardest thing about
approaching 50 ?
HG: I feel fat coming upon me fast. I have
to work very hard at that. I quite like Pilates
now. I have a Pilates girl in every city.
ELLE: If you could win a gold medal in any
Olympic sport, which one would it be?
HG: I dont care much for the Olympics.
Sweaty drug addicts.
ELLE: I know youve taken up golf.
HG: The first day I played was the day Prin-
cess Diana died.
ELLE: Where were you when you heard?
HG: I was on the loo. It was two in the morn-
ing and Elizabeth [Hurley] was shouting it
from the other room.
ELLE: If you got a life do-over, would you do
something else ?
HG: Yes, just about anything else. Thats not
a lie. [Pauses] Im quite proud of some of the
films Ive done, but less for the acting than
for the fact that theyre unpretentious and
entertaining. Im proud of having made un-
pretentious choices.
ELLE: Tell me, is it true that you bought an
Andy Warhol painting of Elizabeth Taylor
for $4 million in 2002 and sold it in 2007 for
$23 million?
HG: Those numbers are not quite correct.
It all began with drink. Id been having a
drunken dinner with my father the night
before, and I said, We ought to go see
Jamie . You know, the Concordes amaz-
ing. And he said, I hear it is. So I bought
him a Concorde ticket, and we went to-
gether to visit my brother. And he was very
irritated on the Concorde because hes
very proud of his way of doing things and
the bargains hes found in life. So there we
are, halfway across the Atlantic, and hes
saying, Well, its all very nice, but frankly
I prefer Air Kuwait, which is his way of
getting to New York.
We went and had lunch at the Carn-
egie Deli, drank a lot of beer. And I was
thinking about some stuff in the Sothe-
bys auction and I saw this Warhol, so I
drunkenly rang up the girl who helped me
with art, and I said, Youre going to bid
for that. And to my horror, she did, and
even worse, got it. I slightly regret selling
it now, even though it made me rich. My
contemporary art collection began with
just needing to put things on the wall. I
was looking around my Victorian house
thinking, What would be the coolest is
contemporary art it will make me look
young and interesting. Im more than 80
percent skeptical of the whole thing. Hav-
ing said that, stuff I own, I have come to
love now.
ELLE: Which painting do you most love ?
HG: Theres an Ed Ruscha wolf that I love
very mucha howling wolf.
ELLE: Should I read anything into that?
HG: You doubtless will.
Rene Zellweger: Delightful.
Far from sane. Very good
kisser. Sandra Bullock: A
genius. A German. Too many
dogs. Julianne Moore: Brilliant
actress. Loathes me.
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Makeovers are so 2009. This year, we challenge youand our-
selvesto make better. Since studies show that it takes 21 days to
establish or stop a habit, the following pages (and our new ELLE
Make Better DVD Collection) are packed with three-week over-
hauls that are (mostly) surprisingly easy to adopt. Whether its
time to renovate your hairstyle, shake up your makeup, reboot
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a sumptuous, farmhouse-nouveau res-
taurant in Bordeaux, France. The per-
son to your left is having carpaccio; to
your right, creamy gazpacho. At the
next table, a sizzling platter of steak
frites has just arrived. Fromage lurks
somewhere in the backgroundyou
can smell it. And fate has placed the
bread basket right in front of you. Its
full of rolls that lookwarm. Yeasty. Possibly
olive-flecked? But as your hand darts for one,
the woman next to you reaches out, slaps
your hand, and barks, No! Your roll rolls
away. Just trying to help, she whispers, eye-
ing your bared fangs. Here, have a grape.
At Chteau Smith Haut Lafitte, a grape is
never just a grape. This 600-year-old vine-
yard happens to be the birthplace (and main
supplier) of the grape-based skin-care line
Caudalie; it also provides a romantic back-
drop for the brands original vinotherapy
spa, where that humble fruit has achieved
near-religious significance. At this temple to
the vine, pilgrims are scrubbed with crushed
cabernet seeds, marinated in wine-barrel-
style hot tubs, and rubbed down with warm
handfuls of the burstingly ripe fruit itself, all
while ogling arty photos of unblemished
nude bodies adorned with and caressed
byyou guessed itgrapes.
Actually eating grapes? Well, for most of
the guests swanning around
this place in their white spa
robes, thats a mere afterthought.
But I had just arrived in France after a series
of back-to-back deadlines, with a serious
Hint of Lime Tostitos habit and a vaguely
couch-shaped posterior. I was not merely jet-
lagged; I was life-laggedand wanting noth-
ing more than to drop my bags (literal and
metaphorical) and eat some grapes.
Grape cures are a long-standing tradition
in this part of the world. In the late 20s and
30s, French aristos repented for their sins at
uvariums, or grape resorts, in Moissac, a
town about an hour and a half away from
Smith Haut Lafitte. Picture wealthy women
in the fields, plucking their dew-dampened
feast straight from the vines. The idea was to
lose weight, of course, but all-grape repasts
were also said to boost health and improve
the complexion; women swore by the anti-
aging benefits of a few months (months!) of
eating only grapes. As with any diet, some
zealots went even further: Johanna Brandt, a
South African spy during the Boer War who
later turned to naturopathy, became the pa-
tron saint of grape dieters in the 1920s, when
she claimed the cure had eradicated her
stomach cancer.
I came here not because of Brandtwho,
frankly, put the nut in Grape Nutsbut be-
cause of ELLEs annual 21-day Make Better
blitz. I desperately needed to be made better.
And Mathilde Thomas, the slim, remark-
ably unstressed-looking mother of three who
co-owns Caudelie, thought that a grape cure
might be just the thing. I do it once a year,
except when Im pregnant, Thomas says.
My skin gets clearer, but its really about
feeling good, being energized. According
to Thomas, a brief grape cleanse (anything
over three days, and youll start to hate me)
would brighten my skin, ease insomnia,
straighten out digestion, relieve fatigue and
stress, and get me on track for the rest of my
21 daysand, hopefully, longer. It would
also help remove unnecessary kilos, but
she was clear: The weight loss would be
merely collateral and short-lived.
It bears pointing out that there is scant
scientific evidence to support an all-grape
detox. Grapes themselves, though, are a
different story. Its been over a decade since
the French Paradoxresearch shows that
Gauls, despite their fatty foie gras, have an
unusually low rate of cardiovascular dis-
easepiqued sciences curiosity about the
benefits of red wine and, by extension, the
grapes that produce it. In 1993 , Joseph Ver-
cauteren , PhD, a research scientist who
specializes in polyphenols, pointed out that
the heaps of grape seeds and stems tossed
out by Smith Haut Lafitte could be even
more valuable than the chateaus renowned
GRAPE NUT
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phenols are multipurpose anti-agers. When
consumed, they strengthen blood vessels to
help lower blood pressure; hence, perhaps,
the Paradox. Vercauteren now Caudalies
senior scientistmaintains that, when
applied to skin, they are 10,000 times more
effective at neutralizing wrinkle-carving free
radicals than vitamin E.
Today, though, the biggest news in grapes
is resveratrol, a polyphenol thats being
hailed by some expertsand dismissed by
othersas a potential miracle drug that
may, among other things, protect against
cancer and diabetes, lower bad cholesterol,
diminish blood clots, and forestall Alzheim-
ers . Skin-care brands such as Est e Lauder
and, of course, Caudalie (which patented its
own form of resveratrol back in 1999) have
already put it to work to combat aging.
Can a grape diet deliver all those bene-
fits? Not exactly. It takes enormous quanti-
ties of grapes to yield even the tiniest
amounts of polyphenols or resveratrol
(though pharmaceutical companies are test-
ing resveratrol pills as we speak). No, the
grape cure is supposed to work because of
the fruits basic nutritional value: The little
balls of potassium, vitamin C , and other
trace minerals are hydrating and sugary
enough to keep you going.
Though choosing to deny oneself all foods
except one is, admittedly, a rarefied, eccen-
tric, and, depending who you ask, downright
ridiculous thing to do, there are certain prag-
matic advantages to a grape detox diet. Yes, I
chose to begin my grape cleanse at a five-star
French resort (and I highly recommend this
approach), but you dont have to. Grape diets
also dont require weeks of planning, com-
plex rituals, or crazy supplements. And, un-
like the Master Cleanse (in my opinion, pure
evil) and elite juice diets (which can be costly
and arent widely available), grapes require
chewing and can therefore be categorized as
actual food. Quite a bit of food, in fact:
Thomas recommends six to eight pounds
per dayenough to fill a handheld grocery
basket, which is, trust me, more grapes than
one should ever wish (or be able) to con-
sume in a single day.
As for my own grape cure, well, the first
time was not a charm. I survived day ones
dinner roll incident. But on day two, I flew
home: A couple hours into the flight, my to-
go stash of grapes was long gone and I was
hungry. Grapes, shmapes. I pushed the
flight attendant call button. May I have a
dinner roll, please?
Back in New York, my colleagues were
deep into their 21-day self-renovations, and
I was right back where Id started. I resolved
to try again, but with a bit more objectivity:
Howand how muchcould a grape fast
really help me? And, to me, a more impor-
tant question: If a detox is short-lived, could
it really alter my habitsi.e., if I even man-
aged to get cured, was there any hope of
me staying that way?
I enlisted the help of nutritionist Charles
Passler (as a fashion industry favorite, hes
no stranger to fad diets). Unfortunately,
Passler said my grape diet wasnt a true
detox, let alone a cure. We settled on the
term monodiet, which I prefer to pronounce
with a French accent: moh-noh-dee-ette. It was
out of whack, he said; eating just one type of
foodno matter which type it is doesnt
provide a necessary range of nutrients or
regulate blood sugar.
But even so, Passler wasnt 100 percent
opposed to the idea. Though his clients
detox on veggie binges supplemented with
(not inexpensive) protein shakes, he says
taking a break from normal eating pat-
ternseven via a brief monodiet franais
can be worthwhile. It can help you step
back, evaluate what you eat, and, mentally
and emotionally, why you eat it, he says. It
helps reset your relationship with food.
At that point, I was more concerned about
my relationship with grapes. Thomas ad-
vised me to eat them slowly and cautiously,
one small bunch at a time, with defined
meals every two or three hours. But I
quickly found that the only way to keep from
crashing was to pop them all day long, con-
stantly: grapes on the subway, grapes in taxis,
grapes in meetings, grapes at the movies . I
did not discriminate; I ate all colors and sizes,
drinking only water and herbal tea. And,
miraculously, I stuck with it. Sure, my mind
occasionally flatlined. Once, when asked
how it was going, I heard myself respond: I
feel grape! But boy, I did feel empowered.
After three days, I weaned myself back onto
a slightly more varied diet via two days of
fruits and vegetables (per Thomas.) Back in
Passlers office, I leapt onto the scale. I feel
skinny, I crowed. Quick, weigh me!
I thought it wasnt about the weight, he
said. Not about the weight? Please. Of course
it was about the weight. Well, reader, the
weight had not budged. Id lost a measly
pound and a half. An amount so insignifi-
cant, it was barely worth analyzing. Still,
Passler hooked me up with electrodes to a
body composition gadget , which uses tiny
electric pulses to measure percentages of fat,
muscle, and water. He found that Id shed a
little water weight and a small amount of
muscle, andget thishad, while eating
absolutely zero fat for five days, gained
almost a pound of fat. Id begun to go cata-
bolic, Passler explained. Perceiving starva-
tion, my body may have started to break
down muscle instead of fat.
I left his office feeling duped. I was cata-
bolic and nearly catatonic. Gradually,
though, my fog of bitterness began to clear.
Fact is, even if the scale didnt agree, I did feel
better: lighter, less bloated, not as lethargic. I
felt as if Id done something very good for my-
self. Wasnt that what Thomas promised in
the first place? And, liberated from my grape
shackles, I could tell that a not-so-small men-
tal shift had occurred over those five days.
With relatively little struggle, I was following
eating guidelines that normally felt draconi-
an. I avoided white flour, sugar, soda, and
processed food; I even implemented Passlers
recommended Zone-esque meal balance,
with 50 percent vegetables, 25 percent pro-
tein, and 25 percent complex carbs.
When the twenty-first day rolled around,
I remained only a pound and a half under
my starting weight. This time, though, the
1.5 had shifted to a healthyif still mea-
slyweight loss. Id recovered the lost mus-
cle, dropped a bit more water weight, and
shed a sliver of fat. The main benefit is psy-
chological, Bullock , Passler says. Would
you be eating this well if you hadnt started
with a cleanse? It got you over the hump.
And I havent had a grape since.
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DAY 1
I begin with a classic
updo, gathering up
all my hair and then
twisting it into a
ballerina bun (sported
by many an off-duty
model). My hair isnt
quite long enough to
make a big knot, and I
end up with more of a
nubbin. Nonetheless,
it feels refined yet
casual: the perfect
day-to-night do.
TIME: 4 minutes*
TOOLS: Frdric Fekkai
Sheer Hold hairspray ,
elastic band, bobby pins
DAY 2
I keep my second
look as simple as
the first (I have to
ease into this thing!)
and try a Whitney
Portlike middle
part with twisted and
pinned front sections.
The look is very
functionalmy hair is
down, but my forever-
growing-out fringe
is out of my face. A
compulsive hair-
toucher, now I have
nothing to do with my
hands while talking
except gesture wildly. I
make fists instead.
TIME: 2 minutes
TOOLS: Bobby pins
DAY 7
I whip out the hot
rollers again to create
a 40s-inspired wave.
I roll the front section
back (it only takes
four rollers to cover
the rest of my hair),
and when I pull out
the roller, my bangs
form a perfect ringlet.
All I have to do is pin
it. My hair was made
for this era!
TIME: 20 minutes
TOOLS: Revlon Ionic
Hairsetter, Frdric
Fekkai Sheer Hold
hairspray , bobby pins
DAY 9
Designers such as
Karl Lagerfeld and
Diane von Furstenberg
welcomed crimped
hair back to the
runway. Why shouldnt
I revisit the style I aced
as a kid? Sadly, I think
I look more like Tarzan
after too much jungle
juice; over drinks,
my friend asks if Ive
been licking electrical
sockets again.
TIME: 20 minutes
TOOLS: Hot Tools Helix
Crimper Kit, Redken
Spray Starch
DAY 6
Inspired by a red-carpet
photo of my celebrity
pretend best friend,
Drew Barrymore, I
ask stylist Pasquale
Ferrante to craft a
hippie-chic, braided
updo. I would wear
my hair like this every
day if I couldits soft,
sophisticated, and even
a strong wind couldnt
shake it out of place.
Its my new go-to for
special events.
TIME: 30 minutes
TOOLS: Pasquale
Ferrante at Ion
Studio, NYC
Boring hair be gone! To get out of her blow-dry-
and-go routine rut, Maura Lynch tries a 21-day
style intervention
DAY 4
Yesterdays curls
still intact, I rough
them up with a
little dry shampoo
and pin them into a
disheveled French
twist. Topped off with
a headband, the effect
is fetchingly Grecian. I
plan a toga party.
TIME: 5 minutes
TOOLS: Teeny House
Bunny Priscilla
Headband, Klorane Dry
Shampoo, bobby pins
DAY 3
To impersonate
primping princess
Blair Waldorf, I set
my hair in hot rollers
before placing the
headband/crown. I
may have pulled this
off too wellIm pretty
sure I hear some prep-
school girls gossiping
about me on the
subway. Wannabes.
TIME: 20 minutes
TOOLS: Revlon Ionic
Hairsetter, Goody
headband, Tigi
Catwalk Your Highness
hairspray
DAY 8
Tempted to rock the
celeb-beloved bob, I
create a surprisingly
simple faux version
no scissors required.
I pull my hair back
into a low ponytail
and pin it under.
My friend calls it
librarian-meets-
suffragette. I wont
be marching anytime
soon, thoughthe
bobby pins dont feel
secure, and I could
be revealed as a
crop -imposter at any
moment!
TIME: 10 minutes
TOOLS: Elastic band,
bobby pins
DAY 5
I continue my
headband fixation
with this punk take on
a 30s turban: Who
needs mace when
you have an adorable
hair accessory that
doubles as a weapon?
This plan backfires
when I inadvertently
injure myself (just
a scratch) while
removing the artillery.
TIME: 4 minutes
TOOLS: Jennifer
Behr Spiked Turban
Headwrap, elastic band
DAY 10
Crimping , I realize,
works much better
with a little discipline.
Pulled back into a
geometric updo,
it even garners a
compliment from a
complete stranger
(a stylish Brit girl),
the true test of an
experimental style.
TIME: 4 minutes
TOOLS: Bobby pins,
Tigi Catwalk Your
Highness hairspray
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The superlong side-
braid at Alexander
Wangs spring show is
an office sensation: I
unabashedly turn to
extensions again. On
me, the look is less
downtown, more out of
townas in, on a farm.
TIME: 20 minutes
TOOLS: Ted Gibson
Clip-in Extensions,
Sachajuan Ocean Mist ,
elastic band
DAY 16
Now that Ive
accumulated a
mountain of bobby
pins (yoo-hoo,
MacGyver) , I lay down
a full set on one side
of my head (another
recurring runway look).
I think Im picking up
cell phone signals.
TIME: 3 minutes
TOOLS: Goody Colour-
Collection bobby pins
DAY 11
I rarely feel
sophisticated,
but these Lauren
Bacalllike waves
change that fast. After
setting my hair in
rollers, I brush out the
curls and apply styling
cream for extra silky
strands, then pin one
side back. Its simple
to create yet feels
siren-chic.
TIME: 25 minutes
TOOLS: Revlon Ionic
Hairsetter, Philip B.
Crme of the Crop
Lite, bobby pins
DAY 12
Hairstylist Julien
dYs somehow made
dime-store-comb
headbands look luxe
at YSLs spring show,
so I try to do the
same, fitting six of the
gold, silver, and black
bands on my head
(dYs used 1015). It
looks exquisite, but
now I see why models
make the big bucks:
Within five minutes,
I succumb to cranial
discomfort. Get these
things off my head!
TIME: 15 minutes
TOOLS: Scnci Stretch
Combs, bobby pins
DAY 13
Nothing makes me
feel more badass than
a good old-fashioned,
Elvis-worthy
pompadour. After
teasing and spraying
the front section of
my hair, I pin it back
and shellac it with
even more hairspray,
then secure the back
section into a tight
twist. Tonight, we
rumble.
TIME: 10 minutes
TOOLS: Tigi Catwalk
Your Highness
hairspray , Rickys
comb, bobby pins
DAY 14
Ive never had sexy,
Rapunzel-length
hair, so I seize this
opportunity to live the
lush-locked life and try
out extensions. I cant
help but be reminded,
though, of DJ Kools
90s dance anthem
Let Me Clear My
Throat, in which he
asks the ladies in the
house to make some
noise if they have
real fingernails and
real hair. For the first
time, Id be the girl on
the floor not making a
peep! Eh. Who cares?
This hair is fabulous!
TIME: 15 minutes
TOOLS: Ted Gibson Clip-
in Extensions
DAY 19
I stole this idea from
an employee at NYC
beauty emporium
Rickys, who told me the
secret to her awesome
faux-hawk was
actually a long, hidden
banana clip. I tease out
yesterdays curls and
brush up the sides of
my hair before snapping
it into the clip. A few
bobby pins keep my wild
hairs in place, resulting
in a girl-meets-punk
style ready-made for
Rihanna. And me.
TIME: 15 minutes
TOOLS: Scnci Banana
Clip, Tigi Catwalk Your
Highness hairspray,
bobby pins
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DAY 17
This extremely large
headwrap (from DVFs
resort runway) would
be perfect for a hipster
Kentucky Derby. In lieu
of this, I wear it to a
party at a Manhattan
sports bar, where
my friend informs
me that I look like a
puppy wrapped up in
a bow. Grrr. I think its
Desperately Seeking
Susansuperb.
TIME: 2 minutes
TOOLS: Diane von
Furstenberg printed
headbow
DAY 21
Its a bit belated, but I
finally taste teenage
rebellion. In my final
lookpink, purple,
and blue streaksIm
staying out way past
curfew tonight.
TIME: 25 minutes
TOOLS: Manic Panic and
Stargazer color gels
DAY 20
Terrifying. My fake
hair and my real hair
are at war with each
other.
TIME: 1 minute
TOOLS: Ken Paves
Hairdo Clip-in Bangs
DAY 18
VERDICT: Stylist Paul
Labrecque helps me
channel material girls
Marilyn and Madonna
with full, controlled
ringlets. I love the
bounce, but now I look
exactly like my moms
drivers license photo
circa 1987.
TIME: 30 minutes
TOOLS: Paul Labrecque,
NYC
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THE TRANSFORMER
DAY 1
My daily objective:
a basic, fresh face.
My makeup bag may
be filled with colorful
shadows and liners,
but Im usually too
scared to try them. I
stick with what I know
works.
TIME: 4 minutes
TOOLS: Chanel Pro
Lumi re foundation,
Benefit Dallas bronzer,
Smashbox h ighlighter
in Prism, CoverGirl
LashBlast mascara
DAY 2
Going for sun-
kissed beach babe,
I enthusiastically
sweep bronzer all
over my foundation
and swipe on soft pink
lipstick. But under
the fluorescent office
lights, the result is
more Magda from
Theres Something
About Mary.
TIME: 6 minutes
TOOLS: Tarte bronzer
in Hotel Heiress,
Smashbox lipstick
in Pout
DAY 8
Still on my smoky-eye
high, I decide to take
things up a notch with
eye shadow appliqus
in a purple and pink
leopard print. Theyre
shockingly easy to
useno makeup skills
required. Friends were
fascinated by (if not
exactly envious of) my
artistic statement.
TIME: 5 minutes
TOOLS: Hard Candy Eye
Tattoo in Animal, Nars
lipstick in Schiap
DAY 10
Determined to get
neon right, I minimize:
bright orange lipstick
with little color
elsewhere. The result
still earns double
takes, but Im feeling
much less awkward
than yesterday.
TIME: 5 minutes
TOOLS: Make Up
For Ever lipstick in
Fluorescent Orange
DAY 11
Bold brows were all
over the runways.
Sadly, my attempt is
frighteningI hardly
recognize myself. The
brow pencil is too dark,
overwhelming my face.
Next time, Ill balance it
with a stronger lip.
TIME: 5 minutes
TOOLS: M.A.C eyebrow
pencil in Stud
Even beauty editors can get intimidated by push-
the-envelope runway makeup. Armed with
inspiration, Janna Johnson trades in her go-to
neutrals for 21 days in living color
DAY 4
Our love affair with
vampires seems to
be feeding the black
lipstick trend. To my
surprise, the shade
goes over well at the
office, but then, it is
hard to look scary
Goth wearing J.Crew.
TIME: 5 minutes
TOOLS: Chanel Rouge
Allure lipstick in Maniac
DAY 3
Theres a fine line
when it comes to blue
makeupcross it and
youll find yourself
in 1985. Make it now
by lining eyes with
blue topped with a
shimmery blue shadow.
Be careful not to
powder the entire lid. I
love the result: trendy
yet understated.
TIME: 10 minutes
TOOLS: Make Up
For Ever eyeliner
in Turquoise 7L,
Stila eye shadow
in Mystic
DAY 7
Today is the Day of
Reckoning. Being able
to execute a smoky
eye generally defines
you as being good at
doing makeup. I use
navy shadow to switch
up the basic date-night
look, smudging it on
my lid and under the
lower lash line. I must
say, Im pretty proud. A
finishing touch of dark
red gloss and I almost
mistake myself for
Megan Fox.
TIME: 15 minutes
TOOLS: Nars Duo
Eyeshadow in Brumes,
Dolce Gabbana lip
gloss in Magic
DAY 5
Inspired by the trs
chic gold eyes at
Chanels fall show ,
I apply, from lid to
brow bone, a cream
shadow that contains
real 24-karat-gold
leaf for the most
authentic Midas touch.
TIME: 10 minutes
TOOLS: Belmacz Blitz
Gold Leaf eye shadow
DAY 9
I wanted the amazing
two-toned eyes and
glossy neon lips at
Derek Lams spring
show, but my DIY
version looks like I got
lost en route to Comic
Con. Purple, orange,
and pink proved
way too colorful;
next time, Ill stick
to just one shade.
TIME: 12 minutes
TOOLS: Make Up For
Ever Powder Blush
in Tangerine and
Lavender, Kat Von D
lipstick in Backstage
Bambi
DAY 6
I enlist M.A.C Senior
Artist Chantel Millers
help to master
Contouring 101. She
instructs me to apply
a light beige blush by
swirling in a circular
motion right below my
cheekbone, moving
back toward my
ears. Voilexpertly
chiseled Angelina
Jolie cheekbones.
TIME: 15 minutes
TOOLS: Chantel Miller
at M.A.C, M.A.C Pro
powder blush in Strada
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Ive always had trouble
with red lipstick. I love
how classic it is but
find it screams Look
at me! which makes
me uncomfortable. I
turn to the resident
red-lip expert, ELLE
editor April Long
(she wears it daily),
who suggests I try it
around my apartment
to get used to it. Easy
enough! After a few
hours, I run errands
and completely forget
its on. Consider
me a convert.
TIME: 3 minutes
TOOLS: Shiseido lipstick
in Valentine
DAY 17
Superrosy cheeks
always look adorable
and doll-like on models.
My version, however,
looks like Ive been
sitting in a hot subway
car for too long. To
DIY, concentrate on
just the apples; less is
definitely more.
TIME: 6 minutes
TOOLS: Nars blush in
Desire
DAY 19
I loved the metallic
eye; why not try a
metallic lip? I start
with a nude lipstick,
then dab supermetallic
bronzy gold eye
shadow over it, using
my finger. The powder
sticks to my lips and
creates an amazing
metallic finish Ive
never been able to
achieve with just a
lipstick.
TIME: 8 minutes
TOOLS: Dior eye
shadow in Gold Touch,
Givenchy lipstick in
Only Beige
DAY 12
I try another runway
trend, two-toned
lips, seen at Emanuel
Ungaro . A coworker
immediately asks,
Wow, have you lost
your mind? Worse
than suffering insults
is having to constantly
remind myself not to
rub my lips together to
maintain the integrity
of my handiwork. File
under Only try this at
home.
TIME: 10 minutes
TOOLS: M.A.C lipstick
in Girl About Town on
top, Unicorn lipstick in
Airborne on lower
DAY 21
For my last look,
I combine two of
my past favorites:
blue-lined eyes and
red lips. No longer
a blank canvas,
and unintentionally
patriotic, I find myself
comfortable outside
of my comfort zone.
Success!
TIME: 8 minutes
TOOLS: Clinique eyeliner
in Blue-Grey, Giorgio
Armani lipstick in 400
DAY 20
After watching
Memoirs of a Geisha,
I try to mimic the
traditional partial red
lip. My intern takes
one look at me and
exclaims, You look
like a nutcracker!
Im going to assume
she means the dainty
ballerinas, not the
snapping soldier.
TIME: 6 minutes
TOOLS: Guerlain lipstick
in Gala 21
DAY 15
The models at 3.1 Phillip
Lims fall 09 show
rocked bold lower
lashes, and since Im
feeling confident, I wing
it. The application is
actually easier since
there is less of an urge
to blink than when
applying to upper lids,
but the lashes dont fit
quite as well, causing
friends to ask if Im
crying. I was hoping for a
more Twiggy-mod effect.
Adding false lashes on
top may do the trick.
TIME: 25 minutes
TOOLS: Shu Uemura
false lashes
DAY 18
Inspired by Chanels
downtown-chic
spring 2009 couture
show , I line my eyes
with white liner
topped with shimmery
white shadow. Im
worried the effect
will be more pink
eye than fairy dust,
but the result is soft
and brightening and
even stops a friend
midsentence. I really
like how that looks,
she says.
TIME: 10 minutes
TOOLS: Urban Decay
eyeliner in Yeyo, Dior
shadow in Crystal White
DAY 13
I opt for a 180 from
yesterday, and,
although tempted to
reach for my go-to
pink gloss, I instead
pick a subtle mauve
matte lipstick. It
feels unexpectedly
sophisticated.
TIME: 3 minutes
TOOLS: Yves Saint
Laurent lipstick
in Natural Pink
DAY 14
Trying to keep up
with Kim Kardashian,
I follow Millers
contouring tips, this
time adding false
lashes. To get them
right, rest your elbow
on your bathroom
counter to steady
your hand, and keep
your eyes open while
attaching them to
the lash line. The
difference is amazing.
Im officially hooked.
TIME: 18 minutes
TOOLS: Laura Mercier
false eyelashes
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our hair and skin soft and young. As I re-
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bun secured with a Bic pen at her crown,
my mind flashes to the glut of high-tech lo-
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says, The makeup of botanical matter is
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very hard to mimic. Take, for example, spi-
rulina: It contains vitamins, sugar, iron, so-
dium, copper, calcium, phosphorus,
magnesium, and oxygen. You cant create
that same structure in a labthere are too
many things going on.
Its little surprise that many of the plants
that are proving to be most potent are those
with long histories of traditional use. For
example, science is validating what women
such as Sila and her fellow Pacific Islanders
already know: Coconut oils unrivaled
moisturizing effect on hair is due to its
unique molecular structure, which enables
it to penetrate breaks and help prevent pro-
tein and water loss within each shaft, while
the abundant medium-chain triglycerides
it contains serve as a replacement for lipids
lost to aging and dehydration in the skins
barrier. Says Vermn M. Verallo-Rowell,
MD, author of Rx: Coconuts! (The Perfect
Health Nut), Coconuts are rich in growth
factors, including kinetina plant hor-
mone that promotes cell division and that
has been shown to slow age-related changes
in human skin cells in vitro and in vivo.
Additionally, the antibacterial monolau-
rins in coconut oil outperform isopropyl
alcohol as an antiseptic, making it a sooth-
ing acne-fighter and nondrying natural
alternative to Purell.
With the help of twenty-first-century
science, we continue to discover new active
components within natural ingredients
that have been known for centuries, says
Warren Wallo, associate director of scien-
tific affairs for Johnson Johnson Con-
sumer and publisher of extensive clinical
trials for Aveeno. The Greeks and Ro-
mans knew that adding oats to bathwater
would soften skin, but now we know why:
Oats contain cleansing plant compounds
called saponins, calming beta-glucans,
proteins that bind to the skin to form a pro-
tective barrier, and anti-inflammatory av-
enanthramides. With this knowledge, we
can formulate the ingredients so that they
can deliver their benefits in the most effica-
cious way.
The commonly touted (some might even
say garden-variety) active naturals are chiefly
those with the greatest amount of indepen-
dent research backing them up. Green tea,
now headlining everything from lip balm
to shampoo, is thought to be a veritable
time-reversing dynamo thanks to com-
pounds called epicatechins, which studies
have shown to neutralize free radicals
before they can damage cells and to deprive
tumors of the nutrients needed for growth.
Certain mushrooms have
long been known for their
skin-calming qualities but
are increasingly sprouting
up in targeted anti-aging
products. Organi cally grown
varieties such as chaga, rei-
shi, and maitake have been
shown to boost immune
function in cells, while the
latter is said to increase cel-
lular repair activity in the
skin. Licorice extract, which contains anti-
inflammatory pigment inhibitor glabridin,
is a key component in a host of gentle skin-
brighteners, while soy, the star ingredient
in Aveenos Positively Radiant range, con-
tains proteins that prevent the develop-
ment of sun spots as well as compounds
that bolster hyaluronic acid and collagen.
As these ingredients gain more currency,
the net is being cast ever wider in the search
for the next powerhouse plant. At this very
moment, there are scores of ethnobotanists
picking their way through the flora of far-
flung jungles, gathering information on
traditional uses of little-known vines, test-
ing tree bark and flower stems, while lab-
bound phytochemists are
poring over medical journals,
looking for idea-sparking stud-
ies. Declercq was inspired to investigate
mimosa tenuiflorawhich ultimately be-
came the star ingredient in Origins new
Starting Over Age-erasing Moisturizer
with Mimosa after reading that the Red
Cross had endorsed the use of mimosa
bark extract to speed the recovery of
burns, wounds, and infections following a
major earthquake in Mexico in 1985. I
thought, Clearly this has a repair capacity,
Declercq remembers. And what we found
in our lab is that it is a very potent stimula-
tor of collagen synthesis. It acts very quickly,
with long-lasting clinical benefits. Simi-
larly, when a colleague told her that Rus-
sian soldiers and astronauts enhanced their
stamina and energy with a tea made from
rhodiola, a yellow-flowered plant that
grows high in the remote mountains of Si-
beria, she decided to test it to see if it had
similarly invigorating effects on skin cells.
We discovered that rhodiolas phytonutri-
ents help skin rebound from stresses such
as fatigue and UV exposure by restoring
firmness and elasticity, says Declercq,
whose team put the active to work in Youth-
topia SPF 15 Skin Firming Foundation with
Rhodiola . We can often find a parallel be-
tween the properties that a plant has when
POWER PLANTS
Plants are natures
chemists. Theyre
the ultimate
multitaskers.
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Sea Cleanser and Masque contains
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Community Trade coconut oil from
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she says.
Clarins, which currently uses more than
200 plant extracts in its products, subsi-
dizes a living museum of biodiversity in
Saint -Ay, France, called the Herboretum,
where skin-soothing cornflower, protect-
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and cleansing soapwort flourish in a gar-
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Theres also a Spell Square, which harbors
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I set out to find someone superiorsomeone
with a headset or a walkie-talkie, preferably
male. They cant do this to me, I thought to
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It was only the second day of filming
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my best interest to let my high-maintenance
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each of Casting and of Productionwhether
Id be able to exercise during the shoot,
scheduled to last more than four weeks. Both
informed me , in writing, that it wouldnt be a
problem. But on day one, not only had gym
access fallen through, but it was also too
late to rent machines for the cast apartment,
and, because cameras had to be on us at all
times, running outside couldnt be accom-
modated. And now, apparently, no stairwell
climbing, either. Later that night, I slipped
away from the common room where the
other 10 contestants were snacking and so-
cializing and locked myself
in the upstairs bathroom. There,
for the next few hours, I sat on the
floor having an emotional breakdown as
quietly (so as not to rouse cameraman atten-
tion) as I could manage.
At 5'7" and 127 pounds, I neither look nor
am, according to my doctor, physically un-
healthy. For the past 11 of my 29 years, how-
ever, maintaining my weight through a
meticulous, real-time tabulation of calories
consumed and burned has been my modus
operandi . Eating and exercising are, for me,
a single, fused activity; there is never one
without the other, and more specifically,
never an adjustment to one without an equal
and opposite readjustment to the other. Just
as it did in high school and college, where I
was a disciplined rower, my social schedule
revolves around my daily exercise, which is
always at night, always just before bed. If a
7:30 P.M. dinner is pushed back to 9, I find a
reason to cancel. If I cant, I hit the gym as
soon as my food is digested, sometimes as
late as four in the morning.
Until Stylista, I hadnt gone two consecu-
tive days without rigorous exercise since I
joined the swim team in the sixth grade.
I worked out regardless of illness, injury,
heartbreak, vacation, or work deadlines .
Exercise might not have always been
convenient, but it had never been unavail-
ableuntil now. Compounding the
problem was that before filming began, I
had just come off 18 straight months of
training for four back-to-back marathons.
I could be addicted, literally. Tufts Uni-
versitys Robin Kanarek, PhD, lead author
of a study published last August in Behav-
ioral Neuroscience, found that intense exer-
cise triggers the release of neurotransmitters
in the same way many addictive drugs do,
resulting in a similar, albeit natural, chemi-
cal high.
On the floor in that rented, reality-show
bathroom, crying, convinced that after only
24 days without exercise, I could already feel
my muscles atrophyingeven contemplat-
ing quitting the showI realized for the first
time that my relationship with exercise
wasnt just disciplinedit was destructive.
To get through the month, I dealt with the sit-
uation the only way I knew how: decreased
calories. There was concern on-set over my
noticeable weight loss, but I told everyone it
was temporary, and once I could run again,
Id trade my one-per-day Clif Bar cut into
thirds for more substantial meals.
After the show, back at home in DC,
where image isnt at the forefront, most of the
people in my life, even those who loved me
and whose lives had been inconvenienced
for years by my behaviors, told me I was fine.
I know 10 people right now who do what
LOSING MY RELIGION
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you do and they dont eat gummi bears, a
friend once said to me, half joking. You ex-
ercise a lot, another said; half of America
should be so lucky as to come down with
that disorder. Rationalizing that my expe-
rience on Stylista wasnt real life but life in a
vacuum, one in which I would never find
myself again , I threw myself into an even
more regimented routine. I feared what not
exercising would do to my body, but more
than that, I didnt want to find out what a
larger body would do to peoples perception
of me. I know overweight women are judged,
because I do it every single day. So do many
of my friends. So does the media. Some-
times I fight it, but there is something deep
inside me that has always associated an im-
perfect figure with weakness.
It was only a few months ago, well after
Id moved to New York and begun my ten-
ure as a junior editor at ELLE (my prize for
winning Stylista) that something changed.
One day, in preparation for another article, I
happened across a 2008 study by research-
ers at the renowned Wickenburg, Arizona,
eating disorder treatment facility Remuda
Ranch that reported that women 40 and
over were one of their fastest growing pa-
tient groups. Reading that, knowing my
thirtieth birthday was only months away,
and having recently become an aunt to my
brothers daughter, I realized I neither want-
ed nor could afford to continue being stuck
in the college-girl eating disorder rut. I need-
ed to grow up.
This isnt the first time Ive taken a healthy
behavior to an unhealthy extreme. Between
sixth and twelfth grade, I struggled with the
kind of perfectionism most parents, in jest,
pray their child develops: At a very young
age, I got it in my head that I wanted to be
just like Brooke Shields. I didnt covet her
movie career, her beautyno, I wanted to
be the girl who went to Princeton. By high
school, my focus had graduated to obses-
sion: I calculated to the tenth of a percentage
my grade in every class every single day,
cried to the point of hyperventilation if Id
misjudged how Id done on an assignment,
and ultimately, after Id lost my perfect GPA,
came very close on two occasions to com-
mitting suicide.
Juliet Zuercher, RD, a former eating
disorder specialist at Remuda Ranch , who
is now in private practice in Phoenix,
Arizona, wasnt surprised to hear about my
past. People who develop a compulsive
exercise disorder often exhibit compulsions
in other parts of their lives , she said. Plus,
you picked two very similar things [in]
grades and exerciseboth elicit praise
more than concern.
Since the issues I had with grade perfec-
tionism worked out over timea neat way of
saying that, through a divine college admis-
sions intervention, I did not attend Princeton
but rather Brown, a school whose curricu-
lum was created with a study to learn, not to
get the grade intention wouldnt my is-
sues with exercise resolve in a similar fash-
ion? Absolutely not, Zuercher said . Right
now, youre enslaved by a compulsion to ex-
ercise. You cant lead a normal life, its affect-
ing every relationship
you have, and from
what youve told me,
it brought you pretty
close to ruining the
opportunity that got
you the job you have
today.
Ashley Borden, an
L.A.-based trainer,
author (2008s Your
Perfect Fit), and a
former anorexic, bu-
limic , and exercise
addict, agrees that
to move strictly for calorie burning as op-
posed to exercising for health and enjoy-
ment is a problem. Okay, fine, in theory
that may be true, but what is the alternative?
I now work in a city where it seems the aver-
age woman is two thirds the size of her Mid-
western counterpart and in an industry
that, according to the Academy for Eating
Disorders, hasnt met the Center for Dis-
ease Controls standard for underweight,
even for its youngest models. You need
therapy 100 percent, Zuercher told me.
But you also need to decide what you value
most in life. Is it your physical appearance?
Is it peace of mind? Is it being comfortable
enough with yourself to order whatever you
want off the menu and not punish yourself
afterward? From her tone of voice, I knew
she didnt think there was one right answer,
but in reality, since Id called her looking for
help, really, there was.
Therapy, in the couch tell-all sense, was
too muchat least right away. In my family,
we talk, but we do first and foremost. I set in-
cremental goals, even whipping up an Excel
spreadsheet to document my progress (set-
ting the treadmill to clock distance, not calo-
ries, for example), hoping small successes,
over time, would translate into a Thanksgiv-
ing holiday without twice-a-day trips to the
gym. One step, still the most difficult to
abide, was to stop looking at nutrition labels
and calorie-counting websites. Granted, I
already knew the calories in a serving of,
well, anything, but the practice of success-
fully not doing something Id done a dozen
times a day for a decade was liberating. Even
empowering, as I discovered when I spent
an entire weekend with my niece, never
oncenot even when we sat down to eat
North Carolina barbe-
cuestopping to consider the
consequence of the hush puppies
we shared. The second step was eliminating
my daily food journal. Since I was no longer
that lightweight rower on whose willpower
seven other athletes relied, it didnt make
sense for me to continue a practice most
often used with individuals trying to lose
weight, who psychologically require seeing
on paper how much and exactly where their
diet needs improvement. Given how long Id
nurtured these two habits, I was surprised at
how relatively easily I was able to give them
up. Though I may slip and look at a label
now and then, I can honestly say I dont
judgethe food or those who choose to eat
itwith the same superiority I once did.
And the food journal? Havent written an
entry since last June, and its been enor-
mously freeing. But my obsessive compul-
sion about exercise has always been the
bigger demon.
Zuercher and Borden tell me I need to
adopt a similar attitude toward exercise. No
more marathons (theyre the perfect cover
for exercise addicts, Borden says), no more
late nights at the gym, no more feeding
into this overachieving, hyperdisciplined
persona Ive imposed on myself since
before I understood the consequences of
that kind of self-control. Zuercher says I have
two choices: I can either accept my bodys
natural weight set point, or I can continue
fighting every night in the gym to maintain
the one Im currently at. There is no in be-
tween, not with the way my mind is wired.
If, after treatment, my body settles at 135 or
140 or some other number Im not used to, I
have to be willing, she tells me, to accept it. I
hear these words, and I look down at my legs
and arms, I look out my office door and see a
steady stream of fashions finestand thin-
nest. In that moment, which lasted long
enough for Zuercher to ask if I was still on
the line, I knew she was right. And I also
knew my answer to her questionabout
what I value most in lifewas the right one.
But just barely.
There is something
deep inside me that
has always associated
an imperfect figure
with weakness.
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1-866-YAZ-PILL
There are other reasons women use YAZ
in addition to birth control. What are yours?
YAZ goes beyond birth control. Of course its 99% effective at preventing pregnancy
when taken as directed. And, like other Pills, it can also give you shorter,
lighter periods, reduce cramps, and regulate your cycle.
But, if you choose the Pill for birth control, YAZ is the only Pill proven to also
treat the emotional and physical symptoms of PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric
Disorder). Symptoms of PMDD can be severe enough to interfere with your life.
YAZ is not approved to treat PMS, a less serious cluster of symptoms occurring
before menstruation. Symptoms of PMDD may include:
Irritability Headaches
Anger Bloating
Feeling anxious Muscle aches
Fatigue Change in appetite
Markedly depressed moods
If you or your healthcare provider believe you have PMS, you should only take
YAZ to prevent pregnancy and not for the treatment of PMS.
Prescription YAZ is also proven to help treat moderate acne if you are at least 14
years old, started having menstrual periods, and want to use the Pill for birth
control.
Important Safety Information about YAZ:
Who should not take YAZ? YAZ contains drsp, a different kind of hormone that
for some may increase potassium too much. Therefore, you should not take YAZ
if you have kidney, liver, or adrenal disease because this could cause serious
heart and health problems. Tell your doctor if you are on daily long-term treatment
for a chronic condition such as cardiovascular disease or chronic inflammatory
disease. Women who take certain drugs (see opposite page) should have their
potassium levels checked in the rst month of taking YAZ.
What are the risks involved with taking any oral contraceptive (OC)? OCs can be
associated with an increased risk of several serious cardiovascular side effects,
including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Women, especially those 35 and
over, are strongly advised not to smoke because it increases these risks. Some
women should not use the Pill, including women who have blood clots, certain
cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, as well as those who are or may be
pregnant. OCs do not protect against HIV infection or other STDs.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the
FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. See important patient
information on reverse side.
Ask your healthcare provider about YAZwhatever your reasons.
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BRIEF SUMMARY PATIENT PACKAGE INSERT
YAZ
(drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets
containing the following:
24 light pink active tab-
lets
4 white inert tablets
This product (like all oral contraceptives) is intended to prevent pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and
other sexually transmitted diseases.
YAZis different fromother birthcontrol pills becauseit contains theprogestindrospirenone. Drospirenonemay increasepotassium.
Therefore, you should not take YAZ if you have kidney, liver or adrenal disease because this could cause serious heart and
health problems. Other drugs may also increase potassium. If you are currently on daily, long-term treatment for a chronic
condition with any of the medications below, you should consult your healthcare provider about whether YAZ is right for you,
and during the first month that you take YAZ, you should have a blood test to check your potassium level.
NSAIDs (ibuprofen [Motrin, Advil], naprosyn [Aleve and others] when taken long-term and daily for treatment of arthritis or
other problems)
Potassium-sparing diuretics (spironolactone and others)
Potassium supplementation
ACE inhibitors (Capoten, Vasotec, Zestril and others)
Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists (Cozaar, Diovan, Avapro and others)
Heparin
Aldosterone antagonists
YAZ is an oral contraceptive, also known as a birth control pill or the Pill. Oral contraceptives are taken to prevent pregnancy, and,
when taken correctly without missing any pills, have a failure rate of approximately 1% per year (1 pregnancy per 100 women per
year of use). The typical failure rate in pill users is approximately 5%per year (5 pregnancies per 100 women per year of use) when
women who miss pills are included. Forgetting to take pills considerably increases the chances of pregnancy.
YAZ may also be taken to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) if you choose to use the Pill for birth control. Unless you
have already decided to use the Pill for birth control, you should not start YAZ to treat your PMDD because there are other medical
therapies for PMDD that do not have the same risks as the Pill. PMDD is a mood disorder related to the menstrual cycle. PMDD
significantly interferes with work or school, or with usual social activities and relationships with others. Symptoms include markedly
depressed mood, anxiety or tension, mood swings, and persistent anger or irritability. Other features include decreased interest in
usual activities, difficulty concentrating, lack of energy, change in appetite or sleep, and feeling out of control. Physical symptoms
associated with PMDDmay include breast tenderness, headache, joint and muscle pain, bloating and weight gain. These symptoms
occur regularly before menstruation starts and go away within a fewdays following the start of the period. Diagnosis of PMDDshould
be made by healthcare providers.
You should only use YAZ for treatment of PMDD if you:
Have already decided to use oral contraceptives for birth control, and
Have been diagnosed with PMDD by your healthcare provider.
YAZ has not been shown to be effective for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a less serious cluster of symptoms
occurring before menstruation. If you or your healthcare provider believes you have PMS, you should only take YAZ if you want
to prevent pregnancy; and not for the treatment of PMS.
YAZ may also be taken to treat moderate acne in women who are able to and wish to use the Pill for birth control.
Any woman who needs contraception (birth control) and chooses to use an oral contraceptive should understand the benefits and
risks of using the Pill. This leaflet will give you much of the information you will need to help you decide if you should use the Pill for
contraception and will also help you determine if you are at risk of developing any of the serious side effects of the Pill. It will tell you
how to use the Pill properly so that it will be as effective as possible. However, this leaflet is not a replacement for a careful discussion
between you and your healthcare professional. You should discuss the information provided in this leaflet with himor her, both when
you first start taking the Pill and during your revisits. You should also follow your healthcare professional's advice with regard to
regular check-up while you are on the Pill.
For the majority of women, oral contraceptives can be taken safely. But there are some women who are at high risk of developing
certain serious diseases that can be life-threatening or may cause temporary or permanent disability or death. The risks associated
with taking oral contraceptives increase significantly if you:
smoke
have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or are obese
have or have had clotting disorders, heart attack, stroke, angina pectoris (severe chest pains), cancer of the breast or sex
organs, jaundice, or malignant or benign liver tumors.
You should not take the Pill if you suspect you are pregnant or have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Although cardiovascular disease risks may be increased with oral contraceptive use after age 40 in healthy, non-smoking women (even
with the newer low-dose formulations), there are also greater potential health risks associated with pregnancy in older women.
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels fromoral contraceptiveuse.
This risk increases with age and with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and is quite marked in women over
35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should not smoke.
Most side effects of the Pill are not serious. The most common such effects are nausea, vomiting, bleeding between menstrual
periods, weight gain, breast tenderness, and difficulty wearing contact lenses. These side effects, especially nausea and vomiting may
subside within the first three months of use.
The serious side effects of the Pill occur very infrequently, especially if you are in good health and are young. However, you should
knowthat the following medical conditions have been associated with or made worse by the Pill:
1. Blood clots in the legs (thrombophlebitis), lungs (pulmonary embolism), blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain (stroke),
blockage of blood vessels in the heart (heart attack and angina pectoris) or other organs of the body. As mentioned above, smoking
increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes and subsequent serious medical consequences. Women with migraine headaches also
may be at increased risk of stroke when taking the Pill.
2. Liver tumors, which may rupture and cause severe bleeding. A possible but not definite association has been found with the Pill
and liver cancer. However, liver cancers are extremely rare. The chance of developing liver cancer fromusing the Pill is thus even rarer.
3. High blood pressure, although blood pressure usually returns to normal when the Pill is stopped.
4. Cancer of the breast. Various studies give conflicting reports on the relationship between breast cancer and oral contraceptive use.
Oral contraceptive use may slightly increase your chance of having breast cancer diagnosed, particularly after using hormonal
contraceptives at a younger age. After you stop using hormonal contraceptives, the chances of getting breast cancer begin to
go back down. You should have regular breast examinations by a healthcare provider and examine your own breasts monthly. Tell your
healthcare provider if you have a family history of breast cancer or if you have had breast nodules or an abnormal mammogram.
Women who currently have or have had breast cancer should not use oral contraceptives because breast cancer is a hormone-
sensitive tumor.
Some studies have found an increase in the incidence of cancer or precancerous lesions of the cervix in women who use the Pill.
However, this finding may be related to factors other than the use of the Pill.
The symptoms associated with these serious side effects are discussed in the detailed leaflet given to you with your supply of pills.
Notify your doctor or healthcare provider if you notice any unusual physical disturbances while taking the Pill. In addition, drugs such
as rifampin, as well as some anticonvulsants, some antibiotics and some herbal products such as St. Johns Wort, may decrease oral
contraceptive effectiveness.
Taking the Pill may provide some important non-contraceptive benefits. These include less painful menstruation, less menstrual
blood loss and anemia, fewer pelvic infections, and fewer cancers of the ovary and the lining of the uterus.
Be sure to discuss any medical condition you may have with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will take a medical
and family history before prescribing oral contraceptives and will examine you. The physical examination may be delayed to another
time if you request it and the healthcare provider believes that it is appropriate to postpone it. You should be reexamined at least once
a year while taking oral contraceptives. The detailed patient information booklet gives you further information which you should read
and discuss with your healthcare provider.
This product (like all oral contraceptives) is intended to prevent pregnancy. Oral contraceptives do not protect against HIV
infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B,
and syphilis.
INSTRUCTIONS TO PATIENTS
HOWTO TAKE THE PILL
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
BEFORE YOU START TAKING YOUR PILLS:
1. BE SURE TO READ THESE DIRECTIONS:
Before you start taking your pills.
Anytime you are not sure what to do.
2. THE RIGHT WAY TO TAKE THE PILL IS TO TAKE ONE PILL EVERY DAY AT THE SAME TIME. YAZ CAN BE TAKEN WITHOUT
REGARD TO MEALS.
If you miss pills you could get pregnant. This includes starting the pack late. The more pills you miss, the more likely you are to
get pregnant. See WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS PILLS below.
3. MANYWOMENHAVESPOTTINGORLIGHTBLEEDING, ORMAYFEELSICKTOTHEIRSTOMACHDURINGTHEFIRST 1-3PACKS
OF PILLS.
If you do have spotting or light bleeding or feel sick to your stomach, do not stop taking the Pill. The problem will usually go
away. If it does not go away, check with your healthcare provider.
4. MISSING PILLS CAN ALSO CAUSE SPOTTING OR LIGHT BLEEDING, even when you make up these missed pills.
On the days you take two pills, to make up for missed pills, you could also feel a little sick to your stomach.
5. IF YOU HAVE VOMITING (within 3 to 4 hours after you take your pill), you should follow the instructions for WHAT TO DO IF
YOU MISS PILLS. IF YOU HAVE DIARRHEA, or IF YOU TAKE CERTAIN MEDICINES, including some antibiotics and some
herbal products such as St. Johns Wort, your pills may not work as well.
Use a back-up method (such as condoms or spermicides) until you check with your healthcare provider.
6. IF YOUHAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERINGTOTAKE THE PILL, talk to your healthcare provider about howto make pill-taking easier
or about using another method of birth control.
7. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE INFORMATION IN THIS LEAFLET, call your healthcare provider.
BEFORE YOU START TAKING YOUR PILLS
1. DECIDE WHAT TIME OF DAY YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR PILL.
It is important to take YAZ at about the same time every day. YAZ can be taken without regard to meals.
2. LOOK AT YOUR PILL PACK: IT HAS 28 PILLS:
The YAZ-pill pack has 24 light pink "active" pills (with hormones) to be taken for 24 days, followed by 4 white reminder pills
(without hormones) to be taken for four days.
3. ALSO FIND:
1) Where on the pack to start taking pills,
2) In what order to take the pills (followthe arrows)
3) The week numbers as shown in the diagrambelow
4. BE SURE YOU HAVE READY AT ALL TIMES:
ANOTHER KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL (such as condoms or spermicides) to use as a back-up in case you miss pills.
AN EXTRA, FULL PILL PACK.
WHEN TO START THE FIRST PACK OF PILLS
You have a choice for which day to start taking your first pack of pills. Decide with your healthcare provider which is the best day for
you. Pick a time of day which will be easy to remember.
DAY 1 START:
1. Take the first light pink "active" pill of the first pack during the first 24 hours of your period.
2. You will not need to use a back-up method of birth control, since you are starting the Pill at the beginning of your period.
SUNDAY START:
1. Take the first light pink "active" pill of the first pack on the Sunday after your period starts, even if you are still bleeding. If your
period begins on Sunday, start the pack that same day.
2. Use another method of birth control (such as condoms or spermicides) as a back-up method if you have sex anytime fromthe
Sunday you start your first pack until the next Sunday (7 days).
WHEN YOU SWITCH FROM A DIFFERENT BIRTH CONTROL PILL
When switching fromanother birth control pill, YAZ should be started on the same day that a newpack of the previous birth control
pills would have been started.
WHAT TO DO DURING THE MONTH
1. TAKE ONE PILL AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY UNTIL THE PACK IS EMPTY
Do not skip pills even if you are spotting or bleeding between monthly periods or feel sick to your stomach (nausea).
Do not skip pills even if you do not have sex very often.
2. WHEN YOU FINISH A PACK OF PILLS:
Start the next pack on the day after your last white "reminder" pill. Do not wait any days between packs.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS PILLS
If you MISS 1 light pink "active" pill in Week 1 of your pack:
1. Take it as soon as you remember. Take the next pill at your regular time. This means you may take two pills in one day.
2. You do not need to use a back-up birth control method if you have sex.
If you MISS 2 light pink "active" pills in a rowin WEEK 1 or WEEK 2 of your pack:
1. Take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day.
2. Then take one pill a day until you finish the pack.
3. You COULD BECOME PREGNANT if you have sex in the 7 days after you restart your pills. You MUST use another birth control
method (such as condoms or spermicides) as a back-up for those 7 days.
If you MISS 2 light pink "active" pills in a rowin WEEK 3 or Week 4 of your pack:
1. If you are a Day 1 Starter:
THROW OUT the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack that same day.
If you are a Sunday Starter:
Keep taking one pill every day until Sunday. On Sunday, THROWOUT the rest of the pack and start a newpack of pills that same day.
2. You COULD BECOME PREGNANT if you have sex in the 7 days after you restart your pills. You MUST use another birth control
method (such as condoms or spermicides) as a back-up for those 7 days.
3. You may not have your period this month but this is expected. However, if you miss your period two months in a row, call your
healthcare provider because you might be pregnant.
If you MISS 3 OR MORE light pink "active" pills in a rowduring ANY Week:
1. If you are a Day 1 Starter:
THROW OUT the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack that same day.
If you are a Sunday Starter:
Keep taking 1 pill every day until Sunday. On Sunday, THROWOUT the rest of the pack and start a newpack of pills that same day.
2. You COULD BECOME PREGNANT if you have sex in the 7 days after you restart pills. You MUST use another birth control
method (such as condoms or spermicides) as a back-up for those 7 days.
3. You may not have your period this month but this is expected. However, if you miss your period two months in a row, call your
healthcare provider because you might be pregnant.
If you MISS ANY of the 4 white "reminder" pills in Week 4:
THROWAWAY the pills you missed.
Keep taking one pill each day until the pack is empty.
You do not need a back-up method of birth control.
FINALLY, IF YOU ARE STILL NOT SURE WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE PILLS YOU HAVE MISSED:
Use a BACK-UP METHOD (such as condoms or spermicides) anytime you have sex.
KEEP TAKING ONE ACTIVE LIGHT PINK PILL EACH DAY until you can contact your healthcare provider.
For additional information see "Detailed Patient Labeling"
2007, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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With high-shine lips,
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THE DISTRACTION
DIET 1
Our writer discovered that all of her time-saving devices
were sucking up all of hertime. So she detoxed and saw
her creativityand outputrise.
BY LOUISA KAMPS
As a writer with grand creative dreams, I want wild sparks to fly
in my head when seemingly incongruous ideas collide. Trouble is,
I get to my desk in the morningcluttered with clippings, receipts,
yesterdays coffee cupand partly to avoid this less than stirring
manifestation of mental chaos, I check e-mail. A typical mornings
haul includes a batch of work-related updates; a breathless advert
hawking Lil Wayne ringtones; a note from my mom, bless her, fea-
turing 10 points of family news; plus a smattering of those pesky
Facebook alerts heralding new messages in my account. So I tog-
gle my browser over to say, Hey, what up? back at my buds.
After trolling a few news sitesand, okay, Remodelista.com to
gape at gorgeous homesI square my shoulders to tell myself that
its absoposilutely time to buckle down to work . But feeling drifty
Have love and work ever been so
fraught with complication? Some
of our best and brightest writers
explore, in their signature ways,
how to keep your head on straight,
be a good spouse, and clean out
the clutter of modern life. It starts
withyou!
JUST HIT
REFRESH
and enervated from pinballing around so many far-flung thoughts
(MomLil Wayne?), I struggle for purchase. And, before I know it,
my fingers reflexively make the keystrokes to check e-mail again,
restarting the whole head-spinning cycle. I
cant tell you how many times this happens
throughout the dayfive, 10, 20?
A growing body of research shows its no
surprise that so-called knowledge workers like
me have come to feel like digital rats scurrying
nowhere fast. The bells and whistles intended
to increase efficiency often have a countervail-
ing effect because we simply cannot focus on
two demanding tasks simultaneously . People
cant parallel process, says Gloria Mark, PhD,
a psychologist who studies human interactions with computers at
UC Irvine. You can do things in two different modalitiesread a
book with music in the backgroundbut you cant have two tasks in
the foreground and do well.
Juggling too much can be deadly: Texting while driving driv-
ing while intexticatedincreases a drivers crash risk by a hair-
raising 23 percent. But even the costs of multitasking, a frank
misnomer, while deskbound are alarming. Microsoft conducted a
study of its own employees last year and found that, after being dis-
tracted, it took them more than 15 minutes to return to the task at
hand. Mark observes that office workers typically spend only 11
minutes on any one job before being interrupted, and, whats more,
that the interruptions are self-initiated nearly half of the time. Putting
it all together, the tech-research firm Basex estimates that interfer-
ences waste 28 percent of the average information workers day.
Gulp. So how do I get on a serious distraction diet? Im not talking
shack-in-the-mountains abstinence. Rather, I need some solid ad-
vice on how to get more done in fewer hours than I currently spend
staring at the blue screen.
In his cheekily titled anti-self-help-industry book out this month, 59
Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Knopf), psychologist Richard
Wiseman explains the research behind each of the tips in these pages.
THINK ABOUT DOING, NOT ACHIEVING
If you visualize yourself taking the practical steps needed to
reach your goals, youre far more likely to succeed than if you
simply fantasize about your dreams becoming a reality. One
especially effective technique involves adopting a third-person
perspective: Those who visualize themselves as others see them are
about 20 percent more successful than those who adopt a first-
person point of view.
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No. 2
A toxic job is like a bad boyfriend, says MSNBC
Coanchor Mika Brzezinski: You need to nd the strength
to say enoughs enough. Her new book shows that she
knows what shes talking about. BY CANDICE RAINEY
When MIKA BRZEZINSKI calls for
our interview at 5 P.M., shes squeezing
in her five-mile daily run after having
risen at 3:30 A.M. to cohost MSNBCs
Morning Joe and WABC radios The Joe
Scarborough Show. Im watching the
leaves come down, she says, hardly
panting. Its gorgeous! Ironically, were
talking about her new book, All Things
at Once, a memoir with advice for
career moms about the pitfalls of manic
multitasking. Honestly, Im scared to
death, she admits. Because everyone
who I gave galleys to, the first thing
they say is, Wow. Thats honest. Im like,
Is that good or bad?
Brzezinski, whose formidable father,
Zbigniew, was Jimmy Carters national
security adviser, has two daughters with
husband James Hoffer, a correspondent
at WABC TV in New York City. She has
written with admirable candor in hopes
of offering readers more than the
average book aimed at working moms
with familiesground arguably already
overtilledand her blunt account of
being axed from CBS, in particular,
seems to capture the prevailing mood
of the culture. In 2006, after shed
spent five years there on CBS Evening
News Weekend Edition , CBS Sunday
Morning, and 60 Minutes, Dan Rathers
career-ending debacle over President
Bushs Air National Guard record
sent the place into a tailspin. New
management came in, and Brzezinski
was soon fired.
Brzezinski, who was a dark-horse
candidate for the anchor chair Katie
Couric won, thinks she knows why
she was let go: I heard there was
another high-level executive who just
didnt think I was all that attractive,
she writes. When asked what he was
looking for in his next nightly news
anchor, the suit said, Its like porn. Ill
know it when I see it. I read that and
thought, Hmm . Isnt it nice, to have
your work likenedto hard-core porn?
At 40, after an unsuccessful stint
as a stay-at-home mom ([I]t wasnt
me. I tried), Brzezinski went on a slew
of legendarily bad job interviews and
ended up doing freelance news cut-ins
on MSNBCa giant step backward for
her. She tried not to read about her fall
from grace on online news sites: She
must be so desperate. Poor t hing,
Brzezinski mimics. Did she have
plastic surgery while she was gone?
When former Republican
congressman Joe Scarborough was up
for Don Imus morning slot (in the wake
of Imus whacked comments about
the Rutgers womens basketball team),
Scarborough bumped into Brzezinski in
the hallway at MSNBCs Secaucus, New
Jersey, studios and asked her if shed
consider cohosting his audition. The
two effortlessly clicked on the air.
I had to find my place on that
show, says Brzezinski, who got a lot
of good press for Morning Joe in 2007
when she spontaneously apologized to
viewers for leading with Paris Hiltons
release from jail at the top of the
newsand then defiantly ripped up
the script when producers pushed her
to read it again. I went into NBC at a
very tenuous time. The show was just
starting, and I said, I appreciate what
youre giving me, but I want to be on
this show. And if you dont put me on
this show permanently, youre going
to be a bad boyfriend. And do you
know what a bad boyfriend is? And I
remember the then vice president of
NBC looking at me like, What are you
talking about, crazy lady? And I was
like, A bad boyfriend is someone you
give everything to, plus everything
else. You are just doing it all for him,
expecting something in return. And
it never happens, because you give,
give, give, but you dont demand to
get married, because you dont value
what it is that you bring to the table.
And I value what I bring to the table,
and I expect you to marry me, or this
relationships over. Needless to say,
reader, they married her.
With the nations unemployment
rate approaching 10 percent, whats
Brzezinskis advice for making a
midcareer comeback? I guess Id say,
dont plan it, she says. If you believe
in yourself, in who you are and who
youre meant to be, it will find you.
CANT KEEP
A GOOD WOMAN
DOWN
Efficiency expert David Allen, whose 2001 book Getting Things
Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity has sold more than a million
copies and made him a legend among frenzied workers , has devel-
oped a program to systematize work flow .
First up, he tells me when I call, is to orga-
nize your office so as to radiate efficiency
(see tips at Davidco.com). Easy enough: I
spend an afternoon filing the receipts, clip-
pings, and kids drawings cluttering my
work space. But when I fret to Allen about
my dull-headedness and slavishness to
e-mail, he chuckles and assures me Im
not a lone stranger. The crazy-busy
numbness I describe fells plenty of high-
powered executives, he says, calling it a
Puritan-ethic response to the feeling of
Im not sure what Im doing, what I should
be doing, so let me look like Im working
hard so I can get off my own back.
One of Allens central theories is that the things we dont
address in a timely waydisorganized files, unfocused long-
range projectsdrain our energy when we try (mostly unsuccess-
fully) to suppress thoughts about them. To reduce drag on the
system, Allen recommends a mind sweep: writing down every
thought bobbing in the back of your brain, however half-baked,
about everything you want to accomplish on
various time linestoday, next week, before
the end of the year. Once future goals have
been captured, he suggests creating task-
segregated lists, such as calls to make and
topics to research. Another negative loop
to close are e-mails or voice mails that can be
dealt with in two minutes or less, because
any item that takes less than two minutes to handle would take
longer to store or track.
One item that came up in my sweep was that for weeks Ive
been putting off answering a publicists e-mail asking if Id write
about one of his clientsmy failure to reply is gnawing at me. My
STAYING FOCUSED
1. LITERALLY PUT THE TIME DOWN, PAUL
SILVERMAN SAYS WHEN I ASK IF ITS OKAY TO JUST
KEEP A ROUGH IDEA IN MY MIND OF WHAT I WANT
TO ACCOMPLISH ON A WORKDAY. PEOPLE ONLY PUT
DOWN MEETINGS AND CONFERENCE CALLS ON THEIR
CALENDARS. BUT 80 PERCENT OF YOUR STUFF IS
WORK-WORK. WHENS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN?
2. CHECK E-MAIL ONLY TWO TO FOUR TIMES
THROUGHOUT THE DAYAND, YES, RECORD PRECISE
TIMES WHEN (AND ONLY WHEN) THIS WILL HAPPEN.
3. BLOCK IN A BIT OF WIGGLE ROOM. WHEN
CREATING AN HOUR-BY-HOUR SCHEDULE , ALWAYS
GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK YOULL
NEED, SILVERMAN SAYS. IF THINGS GO WELL,
YOU CAN FIND WAYS TO USE THE EXTRA TIME. THE
INVERSE, THOUGH, IS JUST TOO STRESSFUL.
(conti nued on page 172)
hunch is that the story wont fly for timing reasons, but somehow I
cant just write back explaining this. Allen gets excited at my pre-
dicament: Is there anything else you need to research or do
before you send that e-mail? Well, I could e-mail my editor to
confirm my suspicion about the timing. Gotcha! Allen exclaims.
I bet the reason youve been avoiding it was that you didnt fully
understand what the next step wasyou needed more data. So
what do you need to do now? Write the editor, I say sheepishly.
KATE VOEGELE,
POP SINGER
I always take the bottom bunk
on the tour bus.
I never use the sheets they give
us on the tour bus. I bring
my own.
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No.
IF YOU LOVE HIM,
FIX HIM UP 3
New research and thinking puncture the old axiom that
the only person you can change is yourself.
BY RACHAEL COMBE
One of the most oft-repeated bits of relationship advice is that
you shouldnt try to change your partner. Marriage is not a reform
school, Ann Landers famously scolded a change-minded wife in
one of her columns, reflecting the folk wisdomand general opin-
ion among couples therapiststhat trying to make over your part-
ner is not only a fruitless pastime (hell only quit smoking or lose
weight when he is ready, were told), but one that marks you as a
nag. As Jesus put it: Judge not lest ye be judgedto be controlling
and codependent.
This advice is, of course, as ubiquitous as it is ignored. And lately
a slew of thinkersfrom economists to scientists and change sem-
inar leaders (more on that later)are advancing a new theory
about why we cant stop picking at our partners: because it works.
People who need people are the luckiest people because they
have someone to tell them to go to the gym, or that they dont need
another margarita, and, another thing, that their tendency to pout
is not charming. Relationships are reform school, and thank good-
ness, because without them, a lot of us would do nothing but eat
Devil Dogs, masturbate, and watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta
until our fat rolls fused to our couch cushions.
In their book Connected, about how social networks shape our
minds and bodies, Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, and James
H. Fowler, PhD, note what a boon marriage is to peoples health
most dramatically to men, who on average live seven years longer
if theyre hitched (women live two years longer). Married men
abandon what have been called stupid bachelor tricks, they
write. They get rid of the motorcycle in the garage, stop using
illegal drugs, eat regular meals, get a job, come home at a reason-
able hour. This process of social control, with wives modifying
their husbands health behaviors, appears to be crucial to how
mens health improves with marriage. The effect seems to be
somewhat mitigated by the strength of
ones marriagepeople in unhappy mar-
riages had more accelerated declines in
health. Why? Probably because if your
spouse doesnt love you, he or she is more
likely to say, Eh, Id try to get her to stop
snorting coke but The Real Housewives of
Atlanta marathon is coming on. To love
someone is to harangue them.
Salvador Minuchin, MD , the 88 -year-
old granddaddy of family therapy, recently
said that, in fact, he never expects people
to change themselves. In a struggle with
yourself, somebody has to lose, and that
will be you, he told Psychotherapy Net-
worker. So when I work with a couple, I
usually start out by saying to a wife, Okay,
so how do you want to change him? And often the wife will say,
I cannot change him. I need to change myself. And then I will
say, You cannot change yourself, but you can change him.
So whats the best way to get your partner in line? In How to
Change Someone You Love, author Brad Lamm, a self-described in-
terventionist and change seminar leader, suggests staged inter-
ventions: You gather the appropriate people, depending on the
problem at hand (if your spouse is an end-stage alcoholic, the group
might include everyone from his mother to his boss; if you just
think he needs to lose 10 pounds, it could be simply you and him),
and then tell the person how much you love him, why youre con-
cerned, and outline a thoughtful plan for change.
Lamm says that the vast majority of people agree to their loved
ones plan and actually make the requested change. A 2008 study
found that alcoholics were more likely to be sober a year later if
theyd been forced into treatment by the courts or through an inter-
vention; people who checked themselves in for treatment of their
own volition were the least successful. Thinking it through, it makes
sense: If a group of my favorite people came to me and told me they
loved me and had gone through the trouble of coming up with a so-
lution to a huge problem I had, I would be deeply moved, relieved,
and, probably, agree to whatever they suggested. It comes back to
love, Lamm says when I call him. Love is the best motivator in
our lives. The greatest stories of all time are about love: They touch
us, they move us; theres nothing else like that. Ooh, I just got goose
bumps talking about love!
If youre not the lovey-dovey goose-bumpy typeor if you
prefer a more passive-aggressive routeeconomist Richard H.
Thaler and legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein document myriad ways
you can subtly sway peoples choices in their book, Nudge. Humans
turn out to be massive conformists who will do whatever the gal
next to them is doing. Telling someone that most people are better
at something than they are can make them get their act together.
For example, if you said, I just read a survey reporting that nine
out of 10 men actually do put the toilet seat down, your husband
RACHEL MADDOW,
POLITICAL TALK SHOW
HOST
I never sleep enough [the night]
before a big professional gig.
My girlfriend says it makes me
sharper. I dont know if thats
true, but I know I dont have a
choice about it!
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WRITE ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP
Partners who spend a few moments each week committing their deepest
thoughts and feelings about their relationship to paper boost the chances
that theyll stick together by more than 20 percent. Such expressive
writing results in partners using more positive language when they
speak to each other, leading to a healthier and happier relationship .
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would be more likely to start putting the toilet seat down himself.
Conformity is that strong (so be careful how you use this power
the original conformity researcher, Solomon Asch , hypothesized
that it was this bit of human nature that influenced nice, normal
Germans to become Nazis).
In fact, if you want your spouse to be more like you, all you really
have to do is just hang out being you. Studies have found that 72 per-
cent of marriages exhibit homogamymonogamous couples end
up being a lot alike in religious, political, financial, and cultural
views. Conventional wisdom has it that if two people live together
for a long time, they start to look like each other, Thaler and Sun-
stein write , which turns out to be true. In fact, couples who end up
looking alike also tend to be happier. For the curious: They grow to
look alike partly because of nutritionshared diets and eating hab-
itsbut much of the effect is simple imitation of facial expressions.
So, if you love your partner, change him, and let him change
you. Resistance is futile, and youll be happier anyway.
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BETSEY JOHNSON,
FASHION DESIGNER
I never dwell on being down. I
have a self-imposed erase-the-bad-
stuff lobotomy.
No. 4
Our frazzled yet fearless reporter applies the lessons of a
new book on superstress and wonders, Who has the
time to be calm? BY ANDREW GOLDMAN
DESTRESS
YOURSELF
Even if I wasnt exactly born to stress, I
was certainly bred for it. My family stressed
together as naturally as the von Trapps
harmonized on Edelweiss. On weekend
drives, Mom would often needle Dad
about something stupid hed done, so with
jaw clenched, veins apulse, hed step on the
gas of the old red Volvo, and the engine
would whine as the car picked up speed
and my mother goaded him, What are
you going to do? Kill us all? Fine, then! Just
kill us all! At which point hed push the pedal to the floor while my
sisters and I groped the backseat leather banquette for seat belts.
This was the Goldman familys master class on stress. Its still
very much a part of me. I am technically stressing as I type the
word stressing, knowing that this story is already two days late and
certainly too lousy for publication. But by now, I dont even both-
er paying attention to all manner of feeling nervous as it relates to
my job. Were I logging onto Orbitz to rent a car to drive off a cliff
so that I could weasel out of writing this storythat Id consider a
sign of stress. But this generalized edgy discomfort because I have
too much shit to accomplish in too little time? Its just what
work feels like.
Though I might not actually define what Im feeling as stress, this
sensation of okayness may in itself indicate that Im suffering from
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tasked with cutting fat from the budget, so she photocopies and
distributes my crappiest stories to honchos, hoping theyll
downsize me. At 5 A.M., Henry wakes up crying, pajamas and
crib meticulously poop-caked. Who do you think you are?
Suzanne Somers? wife Robin inquires as I wolf down fish
oil, magnesium, B
12
, plus six more tablets, which will increase to
15 by Day
Four ($180 blown at the Vitamin Shoppe!). Breakfast
shake with blueberries, yogurt, and wheat germ pretty
delicious, especially if you value chewiness in drinks . I
stick to only two cups of morning coffee, and green or
herbal tea post-lunch, curb my three-can-a-day Diet
Coke habit, but cant seem to keep track of number of
glasses of water, supposed to add up to at least eight by
days end. Copy and tape affirmations on bathroom
mirror (Endless good comes to me in an effortless
way) and do 20 minutes of free-form journaling, which
ends up being not a meditation on clouds or birds, but
obsessive thoughts about the person ducking my interview re-
quests for another story. Crap! Already 4 P.M. and logged only 659
of todays assigned 6,500 daily steps, so blow off long-planned
drink date with an old friend. Have to get in 20-minute daily
exercisea neighborhood jogbut with clothing changes
and shower it actually takes closer to 45 minutes. Speed-walk
to grocery store to boost footstep count, shop for ingredients
for Dr.
Lees Asian Noodle Dinner Salad, but after
overcooking first batch of Asian noodles to
mush, serve them at 8:30, rather than 7
P.M.,
stress-free cutoff time recommended by Dr.
Lee. Noodle recipe surprisingly tasty; in
hale twice her recommended serving. Slurp
a couple glasses of antioxidant-rich, cardio-
friendly red wine; scarf some dark chocolate almonds, which Dr.
Lee would probably okay as mood enhancers. Healthy baked
pear a big hit with Robin . Even bigger hit is candlelight bath with
drops of vetiver oil to encourage presleep relaxation.
Missions accomplished unrelated to The SuperStress Solution: flu
shot for the family, two work-related e-mails sent. SuperStress Solution
assignments incomplete at days end for lack of time: journaling
addressing three essential questions like, What stressed me
today?
Average Stress Level : Way higher than it should be.
Day Two: Detoxifying Mind, Body, and Spiritand Surroundings
Diet day. Morning shakes okay, and lunchfrozen squash nuked
with water and a bouillon cube palatable, though cant imagine
the desolation Id feel eating it for seven days straight, per Dr. Lees
instructions. Venture deep into Chinatown to purchase exotic in-
gredients for Dr. Lees grandfathers recipe, a supposedly miracu-
lous restorative chicken soup, a cup of which Dr. Lee encourages
me to enjoy along with my dinner of brown rice, black beans, and
steamed chard, a meal I could imagine being the vegan option on
death row . Crap! Left the house without pedometer. At New York
supermarket, only employee who speaks English manages to find
both cellophane packages of dried astragalus and codonopsis root,
but nobody in the place has even heard of dioscorea root (and this
store has everything , including a whole steam table devoted to
roast chicken feet). Back home, try to do mandated still points ex-
ercise as I imagine the sound of the ocean in Tulum, Mexico, but
mind keeps returning to how nasty soup simmering on the stove is
going to taste. Luckily, heavy physical activity beyond 7,000 daily
steps discouraged during detox diet , but still only manage to clock
about 1,600, plus the 2,000 or so on my Chinatown trip. Dinner is
dismalRobin eats leftover Asian noodles and wont even
which with floating roots brings to mind the scene in
something that sounds far worse than boring old stress. This, ac-
cording to Roberta Lee, MD, is SuperStress, a state she has both
defined and offered a cure for in a new volume, The SuperStress Solu-
tion. Lee is a disciple of Andrew Weil, MD, a guru of integrative
medicine, which recognizes the importance of Western medicine
while still emphasizing the efficacy of holistic remedies: the impor-
tance of healthy diet, exercise, and well-being-produc-
ing activities like meditation.
Lees book defines superstress as a number of smaller
stressorswork deadlines, noise pollution, and, in my
case, a year-old baby and a brand-new mortgage taken
out just before the dawning realization that the econo-
my no longer values the occupation Ive chosen. All of
this morphs into one big state called superstress, the ef-
fects of which, she posits, are similar to those of post-
traumatic stress disorder . Who knew that getting stuck
in traffic next to a Hyundai blaring Ashlee Simpsons
L.O.V.E. allows one to feel approximately what John McCain
did after spending five and a half years in
the Hanoi Hilton.
The first of Lees three overarching
beliefs of the superstressed is that they
believe that theyre not stressed. I suppose
Id fit into that category. Of course, so
would the Dalai Lama and Matthew
McConaughey. But the fifth question on
Lees first diagnostic questionnaire, How
often do you find yourself actively feuding
with someone? got me thinking about
how last Sunday morning, I was standing
in my kitchen shouting Fuck you! over
and over into the phone to one of my oldest
friends because of a misunderstanding
over the pork bun appetizer Id ordered the
night before. Yes, Dr. Lee, homicidal rage
related to pork buns might in fact indicate
Im superstressed. So I will do the Four-Week SuperStress Solution
Program, but sadly, I will not be able to follow your recommenda-
tion to embrace kaizen, the Japanese concept of making changes in
small increments. My editor has allotted me only four days to
cleanse myself . To give the program a fair trial, I will not attempt to
compress a weeks worth of destressing into one day. Rather, I will
devote myself to doing a typical day of destressing activities from
each of the four weeks. Here are the results.
Day One: Building Calm Into Your Life
Good stressful start! Last night had nightmare starring ELLEs
managing editor, my old buddy Sara Culley, who in dream is
TELL POTENTIAL LIARS TO PUT IT IN AN
E-MAIL The most reliable cues to lying are in the words people
use , with liars tending to lack details, use more ums and ahs, and
avoid self- references (me, mine, I). In addition, people are about
20 percent less likely to lie in an e-mail than in a telephone call,
because their words are on record and so are more likely to come
back and haunt them.
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I am always on time. I grew up
learning that early is on time,
and on time is late.
I never eat meat. Its a personal
preference that has really served
me well.
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geist where the dead Indians burble up into the swimming pool.
The taste? Compromised and feeble as my liver and kidneys may
remain, I resolve to never, ever again cook with goji
berries. Emboldened by results of last nights bath, I im
provise and sprinkle dried lavender flowers in tonights.
Messy and unpleasant, Robin reports, toweling off. I
enjoy squishing them in my fingers for a couple minutes
but soon am obsessing about how Im to clean them up.
Dont want to face this and Henrys poop art at 6 A.M., so
try to corral buds into drain. They prefer to stick to my
body. In candlelight I look like Im covered with flies.
Stomach grumbling, I do my best to pick out remaining
lavender embedded in chest hair. Missions accom
plished unrelated to SuperStress Solution: not
one
damned thing.
Incomplete SuperStress Solution daily assignments: failed to drink
eight glasses of water, do half of my journaling, take recommended
number of steps, or transformsleeping space into an arena of
Zenlike serenity.
Average Stress Level: higher than yesterday. Strangely, hun-
gers not relaxing to me.
Day Three: Restoring and Rebuilding
Find myself accomplishing household jobs
Ive put off for some timebuying a ther-
mometer to adjust the temperature of our new
oven, since it just loves burning cookies , and
getting on the phone to order a replacement
wheel for the dishwasher rack, the lost one now probably rolling
around in some sector of Henrys small intestine. Seems that these
little chores serve as great techniques to procrastinate doing all the
destressing I dont want to do today, journaling chief among them. I
do choke down supplements, tape a new affirmation (I can man-
age my time) onto bathroom mirror, and eat from Dr. Lees diet,
but not much else. I opt out of the Nourishing Your Body and Soul
activity, which is to prepare a very special meal for just myself, set
out flowers and best china, turn on relaxing music, and take a whole
hour eating this dinner in hopes that I will be able to renew rela-
tionship with self. Unless I want to also renew relationship with the
living room and sleep on cold couch, Robin will be included in the
meal of lentils and salmon.
Missions accomplished unrelated to SuperStress Solution: apart
from oven and dishwasher fixing, attended a screening for work,
sent out 10 e-mails, checked in with an editor about a story.
Uncom
pleted SuperStress Solution daily assignments: Where
to begin? Nearly 4,000 steps shy of 7,500-step goal;
skipped 20-minute workout; failed to answer journaling
question, What is cluttering my life? or fill out the Transitions
and Goals template diagram, let alone actually try to fix
anything in my life that seems out of control. Nor did I attempt
to classify every action I performed today in categories like
essential, essential but can be delegated, or not essential but
done because of fear of disapproval or a sense of obligation.
Though certainly journaling would have fallen into that last
category if Id bothered to do it.
Average Stress Level: low, out of a sense of resignation about my
inability to be a competent stress fighter. Feeling like a big fat fail-
ure. (Fat because I had to test recalibrated oven by baking peanut
butter cookies, loaded with sugar, which Dr. Lee labels a worthless
bad mood food.)
Day Four: Nurturing Community and the Spirit
Sick of failing to reach Dr. Lees footstep goals, I resolve to see how
long it will take to walk 8,000 steps, her recommended number
today. Leave apartment in Brooklyn, 9:36 A.M., at a good clip, and
reach goal 78 minutes later, after a glorious walk that takes me over
the Brooklyn Bridge, up through the Financial District, and into
SoHo, landing me exactly in front of trendy Mexican
restaurant La Esquina on Kenmare Street, a place I
never would have dreamed of walking to from home,
and a 3.62-mile trek. Its a significant walk in a single day
for me, let alone someone who follows Dr. Lees tips to
try to pace while making calls and to always walk to the
farthest bathroom in the office. (And at least once a day,
who doesnt want to create some distance?) Grab a pot of
mums from a florist and walk the additional 4,632 steps
to Robins office at Park Avenue
and 29th, in spirit of this weeks
nurturing goals. Crap! Shes out
at a meeting when I arrive. Typical. Head
home (via subway), and rather than teach-
ing my friends kirtan kriya meditation or
tempting neighborhood dads to beat me
with pipes by following Dr. Lees recom-
mendation to play hopscotch with the
neighbors daughter, I take her sugges-
tion to hang out with my kid. So I play his
belly like bongos, and make his polar bear
attack him with nips and kisses until Hen-
rys snorting with laughter.
Work accomplished unrelated to Super-
Stress Solution: none, but really, whos going
to bitch about anything when your job
requires you to spend a warm fall Friday
outside in New York City?
Uncompleted SuperStress Solution daily
assignments: dont drink nearly enough
water, nor do I make an appointment for a
pap smear. No chance to journal or exer
cise. Totally fail to complete the Doing Well by Doing Good special
project, unless I can count the five minutes spent during Day
Twos Chinatown trip helping old Italian ladies figure out
MetroCard machine. Ill just consider myself grandfathered in on
that one.
The SuperStress Solution, it occurs to me, could really only be per-
formed by someone who has gotten superstressed as a result of the
constant bickering among her 100 cats, or some unresolved com-
munication issues with a meth dealerin other words, someone
who doesnt actually have something as time-consuming as a job to
stress him out. Otherwise, whod have the time? For four days,
my
TORY BURCH,
FASHION DESIGNER
My parents always taught me
the best approach was to be direct
and tell the truth, and they were
right. I believe in confronting
problems head-on, coming up
with a solution, and then letting
it go. If you dont deal with
things in a straightforward way,
it will always catch up with you.
I never regret making mistakes.
I see every mistake I have made
as an opportunity to learn
something new.
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This will make them far more agreeable to your requests
because the touch is subconsciously perceived as a sign
of high status. In one dating study, the arm-graze made
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only task was the SuperStress Solution, a workload so onerous that
I began to feel those familiar pangs of chaos and worthlessness that
for years would descend upon me during periods of work stress,
feelings so desperate that they eventually led me to the pill I
still take daily to keep me afloat. I couldnt keep it all straight, the
glasses of water, the fish oil supplements, the constant feeling that
every minute I spent doing my job was depriving my journal of
answers to the question, What is cluttering my life? The feelings
that even
my medication wasnt strong enough to
fully suppress, I realized, were described
perfectly by Dr. Lees second and third
overarching beliefs of the superstressed:
(2) They believe that they dont have
enough time for everything they need to
get done. (3) They believe there is no way
out of the time-crunch bind. That is, they
have no hope.
For a second opinion, I call my lifelong
overachiever friend Jamie, who, before re-
cently joining the nonprofit sector, had the
most stressful job I can think of. Jamie, 37,
was an analyst at a midsize hedge fund for
nine years, and for five of them, she was a
partner responsible for managing $400
million of other peoples money. Most
years, she pulled down a seven-figure in
come. But the lucre came with a price: Jamie would regularly suffer
nightmares, such as the one in which the CEO of a corpor-
ation shed invested in would get arrested, decimating the
company stock. Romance? Feh. I didnt have the energy or in
terest to engage emotionally, she says. Feelings of hap
piness and well-being at work? Please. There were
exceptions, she says, but the vast majority of people
in the industry were miserable.
Jamies own most miserable days began when a stock
on which shed bet heavily began to slide. Every day, shed
skulk into the office, a pit in her stomach, proposing quid
pro quos with God to make the nosedive stop and pray
ing her boss wouldnt again summon her into his office to
shout about how incompetent she was. The slide lasted four
months and dragged the fund down by $30 million: superstress
perhaps even megafuckingstressdefined. How, I wonder,
would she have reacted if Id told her that relief would come if she
just started preparing her own food, meditating daily, journaling?
During that time, I had so much pressure on me that the last thing
I would have wanted was more things to add to my to-do list, she
says. All I wanted to do when I wasnt at work was to veg out in front
of American Idol.
In the period between leaving her job and finding her current
full-time volunteer gig, she found that merely removing all those job
pressures didnt wholly rid her life of stress. The unstructured
time was making me a little crazy, she says,
and in fact, it might have been a good idea to fill
it up with such things as Dr. Lees suggested
yoga, or taking a tumble with your pets.
This method would be better for people who
dont have enough to do, Jamie replies. When
you have that luxury of time, thats when your
brain can start going where you dont want it
to.
Everything Dr. Lee wants for me, I want too. I want a life devoid
of superstress, a diet like that of one of those ropy 110-year-old
Mediterranean villagers, meditation while the breeze blows my
Yanni-like mane. But its all just going to have to wait until stress
removal starts paying well enou h t d H t ll
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The latest brain science suggests that the ancient
wisdom is literally true: Honing your higher mental
faculties can actually change your brain and help you
tame your moods. BY JOSEPH HOOPER
YOU ARE WHAT
YOU THINK
DEVELOP THE GRATITUDE ATTITUDE
Listing three things that youre grateful for or three events that have
gone well over the past week can significantly increase your level
of happiness for about a month, make you more optimistic, and
improve your physical health.
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DARA TORRES,
OLYMPIC SWIMMER
I always take Fitness Nutrition
Amino Acids, which help build
and repair muscle tissue so
that my body can recover from
workouts more quickly and
efficiently.
I never drink alcohol.
Only a self-admitted odd bodkin like Daniel J. Siegel could come
up with a book like Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transfor-
mation (Bantam), a syn thesis of mainstream psychology, Buddhist-
influenced meditation training, and cutting-edge neurobio logy.
Siegel, 52, a psychiatry professor at UCLA with a private psycho-
therapy practice in West L.A., is the rare shrinkmaybe the only
shrinkwho will ask patients to make a fist to model their brains so
he can point and describe whats going on in there. Siegel has been
tracing brain-behavior connections for his entire career, and early
on he came up with the concept of mindsightour ability to check
in with our own sense of self, which ultimately enables us to con-
nect with others. Five years ago, he discovered research showing
that meditation can thicken the prefrontal cortex, the area of the
brain that largely regulates our moods, responses, and sense of
well-being. Eureka! Now Siegel had proof that we can di-
rect the development of our own brains, and a nifty
tool follow-the-breath meditationto improve our
mindsight. The idea for his new book was born: By regu-
larly focusing on our inner lives, be it through medita-
tion or just by calmly taking stock of our experiences,
both good and bad, we can direct our brains to develop
in healthy ways. And by sharpening our mindsight, we
can see past everyday dissatisfactions as well as the
more profound emotional problems, such as clinical de-
pression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, that bring
patients to Siegels office every day. We asked Siegel to explore his
theories with us and got a crash course in what he calls brain
brushing in the bargain.
ELLE: One of your messages is that if we can see how our brains
make us who we are, whatever the neurochemistry of it, we may
not need a scrip every time we feel our life is falling apart.
DS: I believe medications can be helpfulhowever, we can now
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BETWEEN YOU,
ME, AND GOD 6
I was having tea with one of my smartest friends when she asked me if I had
arrived at an answer. Did I believe in God? I knew this friend was an atheist. She
had been dubious about my search from the beginning. Why, she wanted to
know, would you take on such a thing? I mean, is this something youve thought
a lot about? Youre not a religious scholar.
Theres nothing trickier than trying to talk about personal belief. Add on top of
that trying to talk about personal belief with a very smart atheist. But I had some
things to say. And wasnt that the whole point, really? To opt back in? To formif
not an opiniona set of feelings and instincts by which to live?
I would say yes. I took a leap. I believe in God more than I did a couple of
years ago. But not the God of my childhood. Not a
God who keeps score and decides whether or not to
inscribe meor anybody elsein the book of life.
So what exactly do you believe, then? She
sipped her tea and waited for a better answer.
I wanted to tell her that exactly and believe dont
belong in the same sentence.
I believe that there is something connecting
us, I said. Something that was here before we got
here and will still be here after were gone. Ive
begun to believe that all of our consciousnesses are
bound up in that great consciousness.
I looked at my friend for any sign of ridicule, but
saw none. She was nodding.
An animating presence, she said.
That was as good a word as any: presence . As in
the opposite of absence. By training my thoughts
and daily actions in the direction of an open-minded
inquiry, what had emerged was a powerful sense of
presence. It couldnt be touched, or apprehended,
but nonetheless, when I released the hold of my mind and all its swirling stories,
this was what I felt. Somethingrather than nothing. While sitting in meditation
or practicing yoga, the paradox was increasingly clear to me: Emptiness led to
fullness, nonthought to great understanding.
Where does Judaism fit into all this? she asked.
It doesnt fit in, I answered. It just is. Im Jewish. My husband Michaels
Jewish. My son Jacobs Jewish. I thought of Sylvia Boorsteins elegant phrase:
complicated with it. We were complicated by our history, by the religion of our
ancestors. There was beauty and wisdom and even solace in that. I no longer felt
that I had to embrace it allnor did I feel that I had to run away. I could take the bits
and pieces that made sense to me, and incorporate them into the larger patch-
work of our lives. I reached into my handbag for the well-worn black notebook I
carried with me everywhere, writing in it only passages I had come across that
had great meaning to me. This is the way Ive come to think of it, I said, turning
the pages. The wisdom of a Catholic monk: Herefrom Thomas Merton. Your
brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of you and, by myself, cannot even
imagine how to go about knowing you. If I imagine you, I am mistaken. If I under-
stand you, I am deluded. If I am conscious and certain I know you, I am crazy. The
darkness is enough.
From Devotion: A Memoir (Harper) 2010, by Dani Shapiro
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I always call my mom on
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I never take crap from ELLE
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empower people to know that the way they focus their attention can
change the firing of, and ultimately the structure of, their brains.
ELLE: Why is it important to develop mindsight?
DS: Our hot buttons can get pressed by other people or by condi-
tions such as being hungry and sleepy, and then our prefrontal
cortex can be temporarily disabled. Things go kind of haywire.
You flip out, and areas in the brain beneath the prefrontal cortex
have a field day. Survival reflexes like fight-or-flight kick in, and
you do things to peopleyour friends, your kidsthat youd never
do other wise. For any of us, it helps to know why we lost our minds.
ELLE: You write that mindsight isnt the same as mindfulness.
DS: Mindsight is the ability to monitor the minds internal flow, but
its also the capacity to modify it toward an integrated state. It looks
at relationships and brain mechanisms. It embraces mindfulness
but takes it to a different realm.
ELLE: You say that when were depressed, were running on low
mental energy and processing the same information over and over
again. When we feel overwhelmed by thoughts or emotions, its too
much energy and informationchaos. The job of the integrated
personwhose right and left brain hemispheres are in sync, whose
higher-order brain centers arent being overpowered by the lower,
instinctual onesis to find the happy middle ground.
DS: Yes, emotional rigidity and chaos are on opposite ends of the
spectrum, and theyre both examples of impaired integration .
Once you can monitor your internal world, you can move the flow
of energy and information toward an integrated state.
ELLE: Give us the short course on making our mindsight 20/20.
DS: Note the times in your life when you feel really stuck or over-
whelmed with a flood of thoughts or emotions or memories. See if
you can tell when theres rigidity or chaosthats the starting point.
Then there are things we can do every day, what I call brushing
the brain, just like we brush our teeth. Do a basic breath-aware-
ness exercise for two or three minutes. Then review what your five
senses are telling you: What am I seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling,
feeling on my skin? Then invite the sixth sense in: What is your
body telling you, your heart, your intestines, your muscles? And
then the seventh sense, mental activities: What thoughts, memo-
ries, feelings do you have right now? What intentions do you have
for the day? And finally, the eighth sense: How do I feel connected
to others or to the world at large? This is a way to keep the brain
clear of all the muck that gets stuck there.
To everything, there is a seasonand one of those things is
coming to terms with that very factand asking what or
who is behind the mystery of it all. BY DANI SHAPIRO
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The old carrot-and-stick approach is over. Now its
about a desire to be better, to be good, to be happier in
your work and your life. What motivates you?
BY CARLENE BAUER
No.
THE ONE-MONTH
HOME MAKEOVER 8
Want to upgrade your pad into an aesthetically sound
sanctuary (but cant wait years to do it)? Follow these
simple ideas and youll hardly recognize the place.
BY MIRANDA PURVES
In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead), Daniel
Pink upends the notion that the best way to get people to do their work is to
reward them with money, status, or shiny objects. Through interviews with
innovative moguls and the academics who have gathered data on the subject,
Pink, a contributing editor to Wired, says that what really motivates us are
intangiblesthe big three being autonomy, mastery, and purpose. People,
he says, want and need to be intrinsically (Type I), not externally (Type X),
motivated and do their best work when they are.
Can you be both externally and intrinsically motivated? Daniel Pink: I
think everyone is a mix of both. In some ways, these types are analogous
to introversion and extroversion. Every extroverted person can spend a
minute alone, and every introverted person can have a conversation with
another human being. Its just a matter of which one is the driver and which
one is the passenger.
Do these motivations change with age? Intrinsic motivation is often a
product of experiencemaybe you have a set of experiences that allow it to
surface. I do think that, early in your life, when youre first in the workforce ,
youre willing to sacrifice a little intrinsic motivation to get some external
rewards: credentials, a decent salary, a chance to move up in your job. As
people get older and gain experience, they recognize that theyre happier
doing stuff they like to do, and chasing after external rewards is at some
level hollow.
How do external rewards backfire? Think back to all those groovy Internet
start-ups that were doing great things, animated by an intrinsic sense of
purposeand then they went public. Their employees ended up spending all
their time refreshing their browsers, checking stock prices, and not designing
great software.
What has happened in our economy or culture that would give people the
mental freedom to become more intrinsically motivated? Look at open-
source software. Traditional notions of motivation say this isnt possible,
that no one would ever do high-quality work for free, but here you have
some of the best software in the world being written by people who arent
getting paid. Many of them have jobs working for pay, but those jobs may not
be satisfying, so to get intrinsic satisfaction they end up doing this work for
no money. Its a very modern phenomenon, one thats occurred in the last
10 to 15 years.
But what if you cant design software? What if youre working at a
place like Dunder Mifflin? Even i n The Office, you can see the stirrings of
potential Type I behavior. Dwight Schrute, as
much of a lunatic as he is, is really into being a
good salesperson. Hes someone who is seeking
mastery. Thats why Dwight is top salesman and
mad that Jim got the promotion. The big absence
there is a sense of purpose. Michael Scott wont
infuse people with purpose. Thats where a
good boss comes in: a boss who recognizes that
you can actually find autonomy, mastery, and
purpose in jobs that are fairly routine.
How about if I throw out some names and you
tell me if theyre Type I or Type X. Bill Gates?
If you were hell-bent on becoming wealthy, I
dont think your move would be to drop out
of Harvard.
Hillary Rodham Clinton? You get a sense that she
was a classic Type X rsum-builder. On the other
hand, shes animated by a sense of purpose.
She could be one of those self-actualized Type I
Boomersshe was an 80s corporate lawyer,
and now shes helping bring peace to the world.
Madonna? Almost totally Type I. Heres some-
body whos all about autonomy. She
Successful interiors tend to be the product of Slow Decorating, the con-
stant, pleasant process of bringing together art, furniture, colors, and
fabrics you truly love over time. But when ones home is an out-of-sync-
with-self wreck, fast action is necessary. We turned to the women
behind the reliably tasteful site Remodelista.combelow, from left,
Julie Carlson, Francesca Connolly, Sarah Lonsdale, and Janet Hallto
give us their checklist for a one-month dwelling transformation.
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OF PAINTING AND
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MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Never send nuanced or
personally important messages
via e-mail. Its too cold and
public for anything beyond
purely straightforward
communication.
Start with your entrywayit sets the tone for your living space.
Evaluate your storage needs; if youre short on places to hang coats and
jackets, consider a freestanding coatrack (we love the Tra Coatrack from
Design Within Reach for $250). Add a reflective gleam to a dark entryway
with a mirror, and set the stage with a pendant light; two low-cost options
we like: the wicker Leran pendant from IKEA (about $50) or West Elms
simple clear glass Globe Pendant at $129.
Cover your living room furniture in inexpensive slipcovers sewn
out of painters drop cloths to create a neutral canvas; layer on throws,
vintage fabrics, and pillows. Most hardware or paint stores stock a good
selection; we like Chicago drop cloths and runners: dtep.com.
Create an art wall in an unused hallway or a bathroom. Choose a
theme (maps, black-and-white ink drawings, etc.) and an assortment of
frames from IKEA or from thrift stores. Hang framed works from ceiling
to floor; use light pencil marks to trace out a pleasing layout.
Rearrange your furniture so you have a conversation area in your
living room. If you arent ready to choose your ultimate investment rug,
go with sisal or an inexpensive white wool rug from IKEA .
Invest in black-out blinds for your bedroom. We like roller shades
with continuous loop control. These can be sourced from the Shade Store
or Smith+Noble .
Upgrade your kitchen and bathroom hardware. For sleek nickel
or stainless-steel hardware , you cant go wrong with cabinet and bin
pulls from Japanese company Sugatsune. For a more retro look, we like
cabinet pulls from Rejuvenation in Portland, Oregon . A great low-cost,
modern doorknob is the Schlage Orbit (its a favorite with architects).
For a vintage style, try Olde Good Things and assemble a set of matching
porcelain knobs.
made her way in the fashion she decided. As far as
mastery, see how hard she works to put on a good show.
Shes trying new stuff, and while there have been flops, she
wants to experiment . Shes provoking people into seeing the world
differently. Though that might be overstating it.
Paris Hilton? Totally Type X. Shes self-obsessed, not self-directed. Shes
demonstrated pretty much zero mastery of anything significant. And does
anyoneincluding Paris herselfbelieve her life is animated by some
broader purpose? People who are famous for being famous are a great
example of extrinsic motivation run amok.
For more ideas to instantly revamp your living space, go to elle.com/redecorate
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When Things Go to Hell in the Boudoir,
They Dont Go Well Anyplace Else
Dear E. Jean: Im 31 and have been with my
husband since I was in college. I honestly thought
sex was just a guy getting on top and sticking it in.
So in those 11 years with him, I had a total of five
orgasms. Then we separated, and I dated other
men. They made me feel sexy! And I found out I
loved to experiment.
My husband and I are now back together and
working things out. Hes willing to talk about a lot
of issues, but he shuts down about sex and refuses to
listen or change. For him, making love is vanilla
and all about himhe has his climax, hands me
a vibrator so I can play, and then leaves to watch
TV in the den.
I bought a sexy thong and knee-high boots, and
when I put them on, you know what he told me?
The boots are ugly. So I asked him what he
thought was sexy, and he said, Why do you care
what I think is sexy? God! You need a lot of atten-
tion, and proceeded to lecture me about how needy
I was for the next 20 minutes.
I know he thinks Im hot, because he wants to
have sex all the time; but this is important to me.
Im in the best shape of my life, with the healthiest
sex drive ever, and I am frustrated! Other men are
constantly hitting on me!
Fed Up and Rarin to Go!
Miss Fed, my frapp: Excuse my blunt-
ness, but Im beginning to understand why
you left this dude. Lecture you, indeed! All
husbands and wives spout at one another.
But for a marriage to be entertaining (and
why else would anyone even be married?),
you must stand up for yourself. Next time
he starts a harangue, interrupt him with a
sly smile and say, Youre right, darling! I
am needy. And right now I need for you to
stop ranting, or Ill go put on those ugly
boots. If youre in a feisty mood, add, And
give you a swift kick in your nitpicks.
Whats genuinely amazing is, despite
his orneriness, youre about to enjoy much,
much better sex together. It will take cour-
age on your partI warn you in advance,
this advice is not for chickens. A pile of re-
search (going all the way back to Plato, but
see David Brooks overview in The New
York Times, October 20, 2009) demon-
strates that each of us, every man and
woman, is made up of different selves.
As Walt Whitman said, I contain multi-
tudes. Your husband is a mix of tenden-
cies. He may be narrow-minded in the
bedroom but highly experimental at the
office. He may fib in church and yet always
tell the truth to his poker buddies. What
you must do is change the where/when/
how circumstances of his erotic routine.
When you change the circumstances, he
will change.
Examples: If he boffs you only in the bed-
room, start some lovey-dovey in the kitchen.
If he likes the lights on, blindfold him.
When he makes his first move, you go sit in
the den and hand him the vibrator, and so
on. Since he shuts down and refuses to
listen, whisper to him when hes in your
power, i.e., when hes poking away like
blazes. (Thats not a Facebook reference.)
He may complain that youre breaking
his concentration, but thats the point.
Whisper your list of desires.
If he does not respond, hes a cruel, self-
centered, unsalvageable cad. If he does re-
spond, youre ready for phase two. Because
he wants to have sex all the time, and be-
cause youve schooled him to expect the un-
expected, and because the secret of sexual
ecstasy is creating desire and then drawing
it out beyond all human endurance, agree
with delight when he asks. But just when
Tormented? Driven
witless? Whipsawed
by confusion?
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hes reaching the life-threatening ex-
citement level, tell him, Hold on. First
he must do something you want.
In six months, youll have turned him
into a foreplay junkieor youll have the
undeniable proof hes a worthless, self-
besotted, uptight piece of crap, and the
excellent practice you put in leaving
him before will come in handy when you
leave him againthis time for real.
Fussbook
Dear E. Jean: Am I imagining things, or have
all my friends on Facebook turned into brag-
garts? Their status u pdates about their hot
careers and new apartments are making me want
to throw up!
Really Annoyed
Really, my luv: You should see my idiot
friends. Their updates read like drunk
dials from Glenn Beck interspersed with
battlefield bulletins from Joan of Arc. Half
of them are looking for new jobs (hence the
bragging) and the other halfhell, I dont
even know the other half. But heres how to
feel better: You, I, and Facebook are on
this planet for a very, very short time. And
anyone who wastes even one minute of
time begrudging their friends happiness
has not discovered the value of life.
Auntie Eeees Pit Bull, Fortuna, Wont Shiver
This Winter
Dear E. Jean: I am 25, am just beginning my
exciting adult life, work in a major department
store, and want to start my own business. Im pas-
sionate about my Mr. Smithers T-shirt line. Mr.
Smithers is my two-year-old French bulldog. My
concept is to make comfortable T-shirts like James
Perse, but for dogs. I have the logo ready and a couple
of sample tees, but where do I go from here?
Most dog owners think dog clothes are too cos-
tumey and uncomfortable, so I definitely have a
niche: T-shirts that are plain and fit dogs prop-
erly. Should I go for it? I need at least $3,000 to
start, which will be difficult. But I have a vision!
Its for all dogs to have one T-shirt they love and
feel good in!
Mr. Smithers CEO
Miss CEO, my bulldog: I called the immor-
tal Carol Perkins, founder of Harry Barker
(famous for its eco-friendly products for
dogs and cats), and read her your letter over
the phone.
Carol, a former Victorias Secret model,
started Harry Barker in the most agitating
(some would say impossible) circumstances:
Shed had brain surgery to remove a tumor
and was unemployed . Thirteen years later,
Harry Barker is global, selling to more than
3,000 wholesalers. Heres her advice:
1. You can get started for about $600. Ill itemize
what youll spend. Its nowhere near $3,000.
2. Trademark your logo and name. Before you do
anything, get trademarked at Uspto.gov, or
people will rip you off. Its about $300, but
registering and filing is a breeze.
3. Get a domain and build your website. The
name Mr. Smithers is probably taken, so be
creative. Getting a domain is $10.69 at
Godaddy.com. Building your basic site is
free with Google Sites, Sites.google.com.
4. Make the T-shirts yourself, and give them away
to your fancy friends with dogs. When I was re-
covering from brain surgery and hunkered
down in my kitchen, one of the first dog beds
I made was for a friends pug. I gave it to her
as a present. An editor happened to visit her
apartment, saw the bed, and 10 weeks later I
was in InStyle. Give it away! Word of mouth
can make you a mogul. I made everything
myself that first year. If people ordered 10
dog bathrobes, I personally made 10 dog
bathrobes. Its fun, but not glamorous. Its
called Walk before you run.
5. Cold-call the pet boutiques in your city and ask
for an appointment. I was turned down by
most people I called. But I called them back
every week. I never gave up! For months I
never made one sale. But when I got my foot
in the door at Canine Styles, it put me on the
map. They are still a client after 13 years.
6. Now youre ready to go to the manufacturer.
But never start negotiations with a factory, PR
company, or anyone looking at your designs
until they sign a nondisclosure agreement
and/or an exclusivity agreement . If you dont
get them signed before , then its usually too
late. The manufacturer should supply you
with all your prototype samplesin various
sizes and colors for free. But be prepared to
pay the shipping fees.
7. Be a press whore. Target the popular blog-
gers. Call editors and features writers, and
work your social networks. Good luck!
My dear, compared with Carol Perkins,
Im a flea on the hind-end of a shih tzu, but
permit me to add one idea: Hustle Mr. Smith-
ers into one of those T-shirts, hie yourselves
to the most fashionable dog park, and let the
little cur create the epidemic. Be at the ready
with two or three free shirts to give to the
owners who wag and bark the loudest.
(Theyre show-offs, and their dogs will be
your best advertisements!)
Every Woman Is the Construction Boss
of Her Own Bosom
Dear E. Jean: Ive lost 60 pounds and finally fit
into my lovingly curated wardrobe of vintage suits.
The problem is, with my weight loss, I no longer own
a bra that fits. Ive been measured, fitted, and prod-
ded at every major department store and lingerie
boutique in Chicago. They all come up with the
same size (34F), but Ive been shamed into buying
bras that made me cry after wearing for an hour.
E. Jean, I view you as the last resort. How can I
walk around with one of these torture devices
strapped to my chest? Ive noticed other women
constantly fidgeting, hunching over, etc., with their
own bras, so I know Im not alone. Help!
Dont Want to Sag in Chicago
Chicago, my musk melon: Lets start at the
top. If you have an extra $2,000 and can
afford a trip to Paris, make an appointment
with the Einstein of the Bosom: Poupie
Cadolle the worlds best bespoke bra-
maker (Cadolle.com). Shes the great-
great-granddaughter of Herminie Cadolle,
the genius who reputedly invented the
brassiere (displaying her new invention at
the Great Exhibition of 1889 in Paris).
Here in the States, we have several brilliant
bra consultants. At Victorias Secret, you can
have a specialist measure you on the spot
(theyre opening a new store on Chicagos
Madison Ave.). Or do what I do: I take a decent
$60 bra, cut it up, pull out the underwires, and
resew to my satisfaction (like Audrey Tautou
scissoring her lovers clothes into cardigans and
bow ties in Coco Before Chanel ) . My bras look
comical, but they feel like tiny angels lofting my
turnips on ribbons of honey.
Attention, entrepreneurs! Where are Americas
bespoke bra-istas? Get on it!
To ask a question, write to e.jean@askejean
.com. Or to see more columns, go to ELLE.com/
askejean. Twitter me @askejean. You can
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answers, and exchange genius tips on Advice
Vixens at askejean.com.
Its the Good Girls Who Get Married, the Bad Girls
Who Have Fun
Q: Help! Please! What should I say to people who
ask Why are you single? Its so rude, I can never
think of a response.
A: Shake your head, frown, and say, I loathe . . . giving up all
the fabulous sex.
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ady Gaga is wearing a red dress with a 16-foot-long train.
Her nipples, which would otherwise be visible through
the dresss lace fabric, are X-ed over with black bandage
tape. Her massive halo of white-blond hair is arranged
(with the help of extensions) into an extraordinary ampli-
fication of a 1930s bob.
She is performing on the stage of a gilt-encrusted 1849
former synagogue in Manhattans Lower East Side, the
onetime Jewish immigrant tenement neighborhood. This
evening, its serving as the setting for a private concert on
Gossip Girl . To reestablish her high school status in col-
lege, Blair (Leighton Meester) has managed to nab Gaga
as the performer. A year ago, this might have been an al-
most plausible plotline, since Lady G studied at Tisch School of the
Arts at New York University for a year in 2003. But by the time you
read this, the likelihood of Lady Gaga playing a college mixer,
after her first single, Bad Romance, from last falls The Fame Mon-
ster, became the No. 1 iTunes download in two days, is about as slim
as peace in the Middle East in our time.
Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah / Roma Ro-ma-ma/ Gaga: She mouths the beguil-
ing hook of her latest hit, her head arched to the synagogues ceiling,
painted blue and dotted with clouds. Wan, milky spots of daylight
penetrate high up through yellowed chicken-wire glass windows;
other than that, the cavelike dark is broken only by Gaga, bathed in
that magical, singular aura of the spotlight. As she moves on stage in
her slightly fucked-up, as she describes it, signature stumble dance
among three male backup dancers artfully juggling her train, she
looks like a luminescent, deranged angel trying to dislodge Lucifers
voice calling in her earan angel beneath an artificial blue sky,
very, very far from anything that might be called a state of nature.
A gaggle of lucky extras have been let in to watch her from their
holding pen outside. Oh my God, shes amazing! says one young
man from South Carolina, wearing a fedora.
I love her soooo much! says his female friend, another hopeful
also from the South.
Can you believe shes only 23? he asks.
The second-to-last scenelet of this elaborately choreographed
number requires that Lady Gaga step onto a pedestal, not easy
with a train and megaplatforms. Her dancers pull her long skirt, ro-
tating her on the life-size lazy susan, and it wraps around her feet
until it looks like blood-red seafoam. She strikes a demure pose in-
voking Venus ( Botticellis and photographer David LaChapelles,
she later tells me).
Its an apt reference. Just as the goddess of love arose from the
ocean a fully formed dewy beauty, married off by Jupiter to cheer up
Vulcan, the depressed patron of ironwork and blacksmiths, so has
Lady Gaga, our value-added new pop star, seemed to arrive from
nowhere, not exactly dewy, but, to use one of her favorite words,
shiny, to give a depressed, industrialized globe supercatchy, highly
danceable songs plus a more-than-we-bargained-for arsenal of out-
rageous costumes; fixating, idea-laden videos; claims to perfor-
mance art; and gay rights activism.
fame-nomenon. Her debut Lady Gaga is a phenomenon, a
album, The Fame, came out on Interscope in 2008. The 14 songs
are, with the exception of the ballad Brown Eyes, beat-driven
dance music. Their electroclash, 80s synth influences and loop-
ing drum machines are sounds you were more likely to hear on the
European charts than on the hip-hop- and RB-driven U.S. coun-
terparts. But in Europe, those kinds of songs tend to be one-shot
deals , whereas The Fame follows the 70s album-oriented rock
model: Its a carefully composed whole; each song is its own tight
event. So tight that single after singleJust Dance, Poker Face,
Love Game, and Paparazzi all became international hits,
producing more No. 1 Billboard Pop Songs chart singles than any
other first album in history. And unlike many other young stars,
Gaga is not just a cute singer with nice pipes at the front of a slick,
hyperproduced packaging machine. She writes her own songs,
plays her own keyboard, andthis is harder than it sounds
doesnt lip-synch her live concerts. The Fame has sold nearly 5 mil-
lion copies worldwide; its new rerelease, The Fame Monster, is on
the verge of hitting stores as this article goes to press, and if the
megareception for Bad Romance, one of the CDs eight original
bonus tracks, including the hilarious Telephone, featuring Be-
yonc, about trying to escape cell phone calls, is any indication, its
going to be a monster.
By bringing dance music to the mainstream pop scene, Gaga has
changed the landscape of music on American radio, says media
blogger and happily obsessed Gagalyte Perez Hilton. When she re-
leased Just Dance in April 2008, that kind of music wasnt played on
the radio. Now its everywhere. Hiltons was one of the first media
vehicles to support her, by posting that singles video and later mak-
ing accusations that Christina Aguilera was copying Gaga.
More than that, Hilton continues, She made pop music excit-
ing again, in a way that I, as an intent observer of pop culture,
havent experienced since Madonna. Exciting and dangerous. She
plays by her own rules. What Hilton is referring to are the singers
nonstop feats of theater. Lady Gaga, christened Stefani Joanne An-
gelina Germanotta in 1986 , collaborates with a creative team
called Haus of Gaga, a group of stylists, fashion designers, produc-
ers, and her choreographer, Laurieann Gibson, to remix art, fash-
ion, modern dance, and musical references into her scandalous live
shows and videos.
Some of the highlights include her performance at the 2009
MTV Video Music Awards (she won Best New Artist), for which
she wore a dress that exploded fake blood, and the scenes in her
videos in which she rises from a wheelchair to walk after removing
her leg braces (Paparazzi) and smokes in bed next to a skeleton
(Bad Romance). Not to mention her always outlandish hairdos
extensions woven into a brown elephant atop her head, or a gold
unicorn hornor the sparkler cone bustier in which she ended her
appearance on the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto.
Gaga often plays with gender roles, aping transvestites and toy-
ing with multiple boys , or wears extreme makeup and accessories
(a poodle purse made of fake blond hair ) to undercut the Im hot
message that her very revealing ensembles send. Its this quality of
half showbiz, half art biz that has pushed her impact to the fashion
realm (her Bad Romance video features Alexander McQueen
designs) and the highbrow art world. Miuccia Prada made her dress
for a recent performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in
Los Angeles; conceptual artist Damien Hirst of formaldehyde-
shark fame designed her piano. Its also why she has the literati
debating questions such as: Just how smart is Lady Gaga? Her
music is fun candy, but her message is deeper. Or is it? Does she re-
ally do it all herself? Is she the next Madonna, the next Kylie
Minogue, or the next David Bowie, whom she claims to aspire to
be? Is she really only 23? Is she actually a hermaphrodite?
Clearly, with the whole globe delighting in her music, or at least
scratching their heads and pausing, Lady Gaga has hit the triple-
cherry culture-jam jackpot. But, of course, she didnt spring from
the ocean, fully formed. Shes been working her ass (which, despite
comments from herself and others about curves, is, these days,
anyway, tiny) off for this since she was four years old and learning
piano by ear.
One thing you need to know about Lady Gaga to understand her
is that she grew up in Manhattan. Children brought up on that
skyscraper-barnacled, 1.6 -million-scurrying-people-populated, 13-
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mile-long island are different from you and me. For developing
selves in those man-made steel -and-concrete canyons, a com-
pression happens, of neurosis, of vision, of ambition, of cultural and
carnal knowledge, of fashion information. There is often a concom-
itant value confusion that leads to a premature world-weariness.
(Love? Money? Fame? Art? The right boots? Its all so much closer
to them but just as far as it is for anyone else. Crazy-making.)
Lady Gaga wants to meet me for Sunday breakfast at the West-
side Restaurant on 69 th and Broadway to show me where she grew
up. She lived with her first -generation Italian-American parents,
and then a sister, younger by six years, in an apartment on the
Upper West Side, a few blocks from here. She went to the all-girls
Catholic school Convent of the Sacred Heart. She and her friends,
when they werent studyingthe school is notoriously rigorous
hung out here. Westside Restaurant is a traditional Greek diner
(New York institutions called Greek not because they serve much
Mediterranean food they serve primarily the same classic Amer-
ican food as truck-stop dinersbut because they are owned by
Greek immigrants) . The place is teeming with old ladies, joggers,
and dads with their kids, and they dont take reservations, so I have
to order to keep my table. By the time I see the telltale chauffeured
black Escalade SUV outside, Ive already finished my food.
Sorry, its so impolite, I say to Lady Gaga, who has arrived in
a relatively subdued and entirely of-the-moment outfit: mens vin-
tage YSL overcoat, beneath which is an incredibly good vintage
Thierry Mugler score, an early-90s black peak-shouldered and la-
pelled coatdress, worn with gray suede YSL narrow-wedge-heeled
platforms. Her only outr Gaga-isms are her wolf-spider false eye-
lashes, top and bottom, and perhaps her new puppy, a Shiba Inu,
in a carrying case that must be hurriedly hidden under the table.
She elicits barely a glance from the diners.
Please, Im Italian; Im glad you ate, she replies, then leans
over, scopes my almost-bare plate, and guesses, accurately, Two
poached eggs, hash browns, and whole-wheat toast.
Her early CV includes several waitressing gigs, and her easy
camaraderie with the staff, who recognize her as a regular as well
as a famous face, is not that of a star being faux down-to-earth,
but someone who not all that long ago did her time at restaurant jobs.
I was really good at it. I always got big tips. I always wore heels
to work! she says. I told everybody stories, and for customers
on dates, I kept it romantic. Its kind of like performing.
Lady Gaga has always wanted to be an entertainer. The
environment her Catholic father and Methodist mother created
was, she says, traditional yet psychologically progressive . Her
father is an entrepreneur who now runs a business selling
Wi-Fi to hotels. Her mom also worked, in telecommunications.
They were wealthy enough to afford Sacred Heart ( alums include
Caroline Kennedy and Nicky Hilton) , but by New York stand-
ards, they were comfortable, not rich. Although shes always had
an expressive, free spirit (Im left-handed! she says), she was
a focused student and a self-professed music geek, performing
in school plays and practicing piano for two hours a day, with
much parental encouragement.
At one point in our conversation, I ask if she ever experiences
stress somatically. In a perfect New Yawk accent, she sings,
Psychosomatic symptoms, difficult to endurea lovely rendition
of Ad-elaides Lament from Guys and Dolls as only a twentyso-
mething with a history of Broadway-leading-lady yearning could.
She does, in fact, have bodily reactions. I get all the symptoms of a
pregnant woman, she says, explaining that its as though shes al-
ways about to give birth. I get headaches, I get tired, I get blurred
vision sometimes during a really intense session with the Haus .
It took a while to find this fertile ground, though. She was accept
ed at 17 to the elite Tisch, but dropped out after a year to try to make
it as an artist. Her father helped her with a couple months rent for a
Lower East Side walk-up while she got a job but then made her fend
for herself. She floundered around in musical genres for awhile; she
played in a hard-rock band, and there are YouTube clips of her
doing a Fiona Appleesque girl-and-her-keyboard number at the
local club the Bitter End. Then she started hanging out with artists,
and her persona began to gel. She met producer Rob Fusari (of Des-
tinys Child Bootylicious fame), who gave her her name: she re-
minded him of the Queen song Radio Ga Ga. (The fact that Gaga
saw the potential in this odd moniker, with its dual meanings of
baby talk and adoration, and then actually brought it into a world of
Taylors and Christinas, speaks to her confidence in her own idio-
syncratic vision.) She played with a performance-art DJ named
Lady Starlight and added burlesque elements to her stage show that
included lighting her G-string on fire. At the 2007 Lollapalooza, she
was hired as a side act and played her keyboard in a bikini.
She had a period of what she considers addictive cocaine use, but
she stopped with help from her family. A deal between Gaga and Def
Jam ended after six months, it seems because they didnt understand
each other. Then Vincent Herbert, a producer who has worked with
Stevie Wonder and Destinys Child and whose Streamline label is
distributed through Interscope, saw a video of Gaga performing
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich. He flew her to L.A., and in 24 hours, she
was signed. The Fame was born.
At Interscope, she also wrote material for other artists, including
the Pussycat Dolls, New Kids on the Block, and a song for Britney
Spears that made it onto the European iTunes version of Circus.
When Vincent Herbert walked her into my office, recalls In-
terscope chairman Jimmy Iovine, she still had brown hair. She
played me a couple of songs. Herbert said she wrote them and
played the piano . I said, I know this girl! I mean, I didnt know her,
but I knew Jewish or Italian girls from Manhattan who wrote songs.
Shes like Carole King and Cynthia Weil; shes as much a Brill
Building songwriter as a pop icon. Shes great live, a great singer, a
great songwriter, and a hard worker.
But, as Iovine points out, even with a well-produced, heavily
promoted record, Lady Gaga still had to hustle. Radio stations
didnt want to play Just Dance. The style of the beat wasnt what
they were playing at the time. But she did a lot of tours, club
promotions, we promoted her videos. As soon as New Yorks
influential Z100 played her, it all came together. Hilton describes
how only months before, hed wanted her to play his Fourth of
July party at Priv in Las Vegas, and the club almost refused
because theyd never heard of her .
One of the more fascinating things about Lady Gaga is the way
in which shes determined to mastermind or outwit the media forces
that seem to eat young talent for breakfast and spit them out
after lunch. Calling her album The Fame is a ballsy move, one that
delivered in meta-spades, since what presupposed her fame
accomplished it. A theme she revisits in her videos and songs is herself
as somehow destroyed and resurrected. I feel that if I can show
my demise artistically to the public, I can somehow cure my own
legend. I can show you so youre not looking for it. Im dying for you
on domestic televisionheres what it looks like, so no one has to
wonder. Of course we still will.
A salient memory at Sacred Heart for Lady Gaga was the day she
was told to change her shirt. She and one of her best friends were
wearing an approved white crewneck, but Gagas chest was bigger.
A teacher told her it was inappropriate. Were wearing the same
shirt! she says. I was so angry. Why didnt she get in trouble but I
did? Because I walk around with my shoulders back and head held
high? If I were to slouch, would that be more appropriate?
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dick with her to an early prep session: I
wanted his opinion, as an athlete, if the work-
out was effective, she says. It was impor-
tant to me that he thought it was.
Decker was equally game to don a differ-
ent type of suit than the swimwear variety
shes famous forand scale a Manhattan
skyscraperfor the shoot on these pages.
Photographers usually want me to be a
bombshell, she says, so it was fun to do
something where I could be masculine and
tough, but still sexy. Im all about transfor-
mation. One thing Decker has never
changed, however, is her unusual first
namethough she says shes constantly
being asked for identification to prove its
the real deal. As unglamorous as it is, she
says, laughing, Im actually named after a
horse. I hear that Brooklyn is becoming a
popular name for babies, though, which Id
like to take credit for. But honestly, I think
its down to the Beckhams.April Long
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Goatskin coat with fox
fur and marabou-feather
trim, Valentino, price
upon request, at Valentino
Boutique nationwide.
Studded leather pumps,
Christian Louboutin,
$995. For details, see
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SHES DONE IT
AGAIN
IN THE 90s, BRITNEY SPEARS REDEFINED POP STAR. IN THE 00s,
SHE EXPANDED HER EMPIRE (AND FAMILY). IN THIS DECADE, BRITNEY
STILL OWNS THE CHARTS AND CONTINUES TO CAPTIVATE US
P H O T O G R A P H E D B Y carter smith
S T Y L E D B Y joe zee
A
decade after her titillating debut in pigtails
and a plaid Catholic school skirt, we find our-
selves cheering on Britney Spears once again .
There have been, of course, speed bumps in
recent yearsa divorce, feuds with family, a
very public breakdownbut the past 12
months have witnessed a cautious yet emphatic
comeback. With Circus, her triumphant 2008
album and subsequent world tour, Britney
reasserted herself as a pop music ringleader,
firmly in control of the spectacle. The album is the stars fifth
to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200making her the young-
est woman to accomplish that feat. And the nearly yearlong
tour, with its elaborate $50 million extravaganza featuring
DSquared
2
costumes (nine outfit changes a night, including
Britney as a trapeze artist, a magicians assistant , and, some-
what perplexingly, a policewoman), was among the highest-
grossing concert tours in the United States last year, rivaling
those of U2 and Bruce Springsteen. With another greatest-hits
record freshly arrived (and a new single, 3, which raced up the
Billboard chart), we see flashes of vintage Brit, the one we love
blond , happy, and back on top.
This is no small turnabout. Rare is the artist who can pirou-
ette from teen idolhood to a discerning adult audience; not even
Madonna, Britneys idol, had to do that. But Britney was a teen
pop princess who knew how to build an image (the virginal
temptress) and sell it through videos ( her 1999 breakout
Baby One More Time) that nimbly walked the line between
sweetness and provocation. Now, at 28 , her sound is grittier (as
in the throbby 2008 hit Womanizer) and her lyrics reveal a
confident sexuality. Britney may have sung Im not that inno-
cent on her 2000 single Oops! I Did It Again, but today,
theres no argument, with frank lyrics such as those on 3:
Merrier the more/ Triple fun that way/ Twister on the floor.
The new track represents Spears rekindled partnership with
the reclusive Swedish producer Max Martin (Katy Perrys I
Kissed a Girl; Kelly Clarksons Since U Been Gone), who
wrote Baby One More Time but hadnt worked with the
singer in more than seven years .
Britneys personal life seems calm. Her boys, four-year-old
Sean Preston and three-year-old Jayden James, were seen con-
stantly at their mothers side during tour breaks at Disneyworld
or on a pedicab ride through Central Park. (A YouTube video of
the toddlers bouncing backstage while mom sings her 2003 In
the Zone hit Toxic telescopes their performing chops .) And
theres a new man on the sceneor more accurately, an old
friend: For the past year, Spears has, according to numerous
reports, been quietly seeing her longtime agent, 37-year-old
Jason Trawick, whos credited with helping steer Britney through
her darkest moments. Shotgun rides with Paris Hilton have re-
ceded ; now a big Britney day out might be taking her boys to The
Little Mermaid on Broadway.
Maybe I should be thinking about [career longevity], but
Im not, 18-year-old Britney told ELLE in 2000, the first time
she appeared on the cover. Back then she was still seen as a pure
spitfire from Kentwood, Louisiana, with a famous boyfriend
she nicknamed J . That Britney feels distant, illusory (and J., of
course, moved on to bring Sexy Back). She has lived through a
lot in these past 10 years and acquired some scars. But there is
no doubting her endurance. JASON GAY
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Goatskin coat with fox
fur and marabou-feather
trim, Valentino, price
upon request, at Valentino
Boutique nationwide.
Studded leather pumps,
Christian Louboutin,
$995. For details, see
Shopping Guide.
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On Sean: Childrens
cotton polo shirt, Ralph
Lauren Childrenswear,
$30, at Ralph Lauren
Childrenswear stores
nationwide. For details, see
Shopping Guide.
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On Sean: Polo shirt, Ralph
Lauren Childrenswear,
$30, visit ralphlauren.com.
Linen pants, Bonpoint,
price upon request. Silk
tulle and lace dress, Dolce
Gabbana, $4,995.
Sunglasses, Fendi, $350.
Diamond cross necklace
in sterling silver, Leslie
Greene, $550. For details,
see Shopping Guide.
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Silk faille gown with horsehair detail,
Oscar de la Renta, price upon
request, at Ultimate Bride, Chicago.
Diamond tiara, yellow diamond
ring, both, Chopard, prices upon
request. On Sean and Jayden: Boys
dress shirts, Brooks Brothers, $45
each. Boys tuxedo pants, bow ties,
all, from Baldwin Formals, NYC. For
details, see Shopping Guide.
HAIR BY HARRY JOSH FOR HARRYJOSH.COM;
MAKEUP BY POLLY OSMOND FOR CHRISTIAN
DIOR AT ART DEPARTMENT; MANICURE BY TOM
BACHIK FOR CHANEL AT THEMAGNETAGENCY
.COM; SET DESIGN BY STEVE HALTERMAN
AT STARDUST VISIONS; PRODUCED BY CAT
BURKLEY AT PORTFOLIO ONE; FASHION
ASSISTANT: ANNIE LADINO.
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FUTURE
PERFECT
ALESSANDRO BENETTON TOOK
OVER HIS FATHERS MULTIBILLION-
DOLLAR LEGACY OF COLORFUL
KNITS AND POLITICALLY CONSCIOUS
CONSUMERISM IN 2005. NOW, WITH
GLOBAL MICROCREDIT INITIATIVES AND
A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACTORY, SCHOOL,
AND HOME DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT
TADAO ANDOHERES AN EXCLUSIVE
LOOK INTO THE PRIVATE WORLD OF
BENETTONS VISIONARY LEADER
P H O T O G R A P H E D B Y marco zanta
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T
o outsider eyes, Ponzano, Italy, is a nondescript little
burg about 20 minutes outside of Venice, but snake
your way through its outer byways and youll run
into more important contemporary architecture
than youd ever imagine possible in a town of 12,000
people. What did Greater Ponzano do to deserve
this? It has the good fortune to be the headquarters
of the Benetton family.
Founded by four siblings (Luciano, Giuliana, Gil-
berto, and Carlo) in 1965, Benetton made its name
peddling happy-colored knitwear. Fast fashion is old hat to us now,
but when Benetton did it, it was revolutionary. The company went
on to help set the trendy-preppy dress code of the early 80s and pio-
neer confrontational, socially conscious advertising, some of which
didnt even show the companys products. (Conceiving of a brand as
a worldview rather than a label to be slapped on a T-shirt was
another cultural trend Benetton prefigured.) So while Benettons
clothingattractive, current, European, democratically priced
has never been at the avant-garde of fashion, the aesthetic aura that
surrounds the family and the company certainly has. Those cam-
paigns famed creative director Oliviero Toscani dreamed up in the
80s and 90s? In addition to scenes of engag multicultural bliss
were uncompromising portraits of people with AIDS, a nun and a
priest midsmooch, and inmates on death row. Add to this radical
marketing strategy the companys important buildings designed by
such luminaries as Tadao Ando and Tobia Scarpa; innovative fac-
tories; the ambitious publishing and image-making lab, Fabrica:
and Colors magazine, and Benettons heritage rises far above that
cute rugby shirt that everyone had to have a quarter century ago. In
2005 , the direction of the 2-billion-euro company, which has grown
to include substantial real estate holdings and four sports teams
(volleyball, basketball, rugby , and Formula One), was handed down
from Luciano Benetton to his then-41 -year-old son Alessandro.
And Lucianos progressive outlook is in no danger of fading away.
All-new architectural projects, an African microcredit program,
global design and architecture contests, and a local childrens
school, Ponzano Children, are just a few of the stews recently boil-
ing on the Benetton stove. Ambitious, sure. But why shouldnt rugby
shirts and $200 suits pave the path to utopia?
Its truethese projects are not all directly related to selling
T-shirts, says Alessandro Benetton when I go to Ponzano to poke
around. Yet many of them make good business sense, even if they
have a do-gooder foundation . Take, for example, the microcredit
program Africa Works, started in 2008 with the Senegalese singer
Youssou NDour. Its not that we want to be just charitable, says
Benetton firmly. Africa is a continent thats growing 5 percent a
year. Benetton is already selling therethe company has 6,000
stores in 120 countries, more than a dozen in Africa . If Africans
standard of living rises, they might have enough disposable income
to buy some new sportswear. In fact, one of Benettons strongest ini-
tiatives in the past decade has been its growing retail presence in
emerging markets such as India, Eastern Europe, and Iran. As the
company has grown, the clothes have kept up with the times.
Theyre gently au courant without being trendy, with the same wit
and color sense as ever.
Benetton is also proud of what its doing at home. Theirs was one
of the first factories in rural Italy to have air-conditioning . In 2007,
Benetton opened Ponzano Children, a day care center and pre-
school, in partnership with the local government. The school is set
up for kids ages nine months to six years; half are employees chil-
dren and half are town kids. Housed in a white, skylit cube ringed in
by an ovoid outdoor play space and gardens, the 2.3 -acre compound
was designed by the award-winning architect Alberto Campo
Baeza. In the various play spaces, among the hand-me-down dress-
up clothes (many with Benetton logos) and toys typical of any nurs-
ery school, are modular chairs by Play+. There is a space dedicated
Alessandro Benetton and
Deborah Compagnoni
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from top left: Their bathroom, dining
room, bedroom, and kitchen
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to nothingness. The large common play area is filled with intense-
looking , large-scale photographs of happy children.
As for Alessandro Benetton, who is tall, tanned, soft-spoken,
and almost impossibly good-looking, his home shares the same
utopian spirit as his company. To build his family place, which he
shares with his wife, the Olympic Italian gold-medal skiier Debo-
rah Compagnoni, and their three children (Agnese, 9, Tobias, 7,
and Luce, 3), he hired Tadao Ando, a starchitect known for clean,
almost strict temples to light . (This was Andos second commission
for the family; a third is on the way.) The finished product, called
The Invisible House for the way its set into a depression in the
landscape that hides it from public view, is nearly 11,000 square
feet of concrete rectangles that are as comfortable inside as they are
Spartan on the outside. Benettons taste in furnishings runs toward
high Italian design, but the sunken living room, with enormous
plate glass windows and soft polished powdered marble walls, is a
study in tasteful flopping. Two giant couches and a chic version of a
beanbag dominate the hearth and TV areas. Family photos are on
most surfaces, and the guest room is riddled with Compagnonis
trophies and antique silver cups. There was once an adjoining
room just for shoes; still, Alessandro has more pairs than his wife.
The eldest two children share a bedroom. (The kids were playing
in the garage with a neighbor when I arrived. Tobias had made a
television set out of a cardboard box that he was wearing on his
head.) In the garage gym, there are about 10 Nautilus machines,
but there is no home office. I thought it was a good idea not to bring
work home, Benetton says in a pleasant northern Italian accent.
He tells me he and Compagnoni dont do a lot of socializing. Even
if I werent as well-known a homebody as Benetton, I wouldnt want
to leave the place either.
Ando, who carved his initials into Benettons dining room table
when the house was finally furnished in 2004, also built Fabrica,
which is just a 20-minute drive away. The companys independently
functioning product, design, and communications lab was the
brainchild of Luciano Benetton, who founded it in 1994. It includes
a one-year school of 40 to 50 international students apprenticing in
all manner of packaging and design; a conference facility; a brand-
ing agency (with clients other than Benetton); a film production
hive; and a research library. The student bodymulticultural, in-
termittently pierced, and almost all smokers, as far as I could tell
is straight out of Colors, the quarterly magazine formed in 1991 by
Oliviero Toscani, Tibor Kalman, and Luciano. Still in circulation
today, and still tackling the same issues of identity, conflict, and
creativity around the world, Colors now produces books with the
same wry wit and attention to detail. Probably Fabricas most ac-
claimed nonprinted work includes the dark comedy No Mans Land,
about the war in the Balkans, which won the Best Foreign Lan-
guage Film Oscar in 2002. And Benetton sponsors such competi-
tions as Designing in Teheran , which has just awarded the architects
Grzegorz Witold Woronowicz and Yana Radera commissions to
build retail and office spaces in the Iranian capital. Fabricas build-
ing has the same Ando hallmarks that the Invisible House does:
angular concrete, reflecting pools, clean surfaces, and enormous
amounts of natural light. It is important for a company with a
global vision to create a strong architecture, one with clear con-
cepts and ideals, Ando says. Benetton has never made much of a
secret of its concepts and ideals, and Andos work is a perfect fit.
The look is as elegant as it is earnest. Granted, these buildings bear
a much higher price than a poppy scarf or a pair of attractively cut
$75 pants. But the visions the thing.Alexandra Marshall
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I
ts hard to tell who is the bigger ham when Nadja Swarovski
is on set being photographed with two of her latest darlings,
clothing designer Jason Wu and shoe designer Nicholas
Kirkwood. While Swarovski herself is piling on her pet proj-
ects latest baubles, the two up-and-coming fashion industry
favorites also indulge, cross-dressing in the jewelry they de-
signed for Swarovski Ateliers spring 2010 capsule collec-
tion. I always had glittering intentions, says the 27 -year-old
Wu as he recounts tales of a childhood run amok with a Be-
Dazzler and a studdler . Id BeDazzle my moms clothes
when she was sleeping, and shed wake up and be like, What did
you do?!
Riotous laughter drowns out the booming sound system in the
photography studio, and sparkling jests and pantomime antics
outshine the photographers spotlights as the trio attempt to stand
still long enough to have their picture snapped. Such is the fun
and mayhem at the ELLE shoot where the three meet to celebrate
Swarovskis decade anniversary sponsoring their young design-
ers with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and, next
month , the companys launch of the Swarovski Atelier collection
to Swarovski stores worldwide.
Swarovksi herself is, not unsurprisingly, a favorite of many
young designers in the business todayProenza Schoulers Jack
McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Rodartes Kate and Laura
Mulleavy , and Alexander Wang, to name a few. After all, they
have her to thank for their shot at the big time. What Swarovski
asks in return for funding a runway show or supporting a design-
ers business for a year is the chance to see what a creative young
mind can do with an endless supply of colored crystals. Nadjas
a real person with a passion for the small detail, says the 30 -year-
old Kirkwood. By helping all these young designers, shes really
changed the perception of not only her company and the industry,
but crystals themselves. Theyre not just for evening anymore.
Kirkwood, who launched his shoe collection in 2005 in rebel-
lion against the kitten-heel mules everyone was designing at the
time, won the British Fashion Awards Swarovski Emerging Tal-
ent Award in 2008 and is one of the few Atelier designers to be
so inspired by the work that hes considering launching his own
jewelry collection. His pieces include architectural collars, rings,
and cuffs that remind one of a 20s nightclub. My work is about
mixing the masculine with the feminine, and there is always an
art deco feel to what I do in my shoes; working with jewelry was a
great way to explore that as well.
With the help of talents like Kirkwood and Wu, who
describes his cascades of jet black and ruby drops as raw and like
those crystal cave thingies you had as a kid turned inside out,
Swarovski has successfully rescued the crystal from the showgirl
costume shop. She launched Atelier in 2007 with designers Chris-
topher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Proenza Schoulers Lazaro Her-
nandez, Hussein Chalayan, Rodarte, Jens Laugesen, and Roksanda
Ilincic in an attempt to pair tradition with whats contemporary
and modern. We live in Heidiland, she says of the village of Wat-
tens, Austria , where the companys headquarters are located and
where she and most of her family also have homes. Its a challenge
to create a new collection every year , and working with these de-
signers allows us to demonstrate the infinite possibilities of indi-
vidual style. Spring 2010s collection for Atelier is rounded out by
crystal-embedded resin pieces by architect Zaha Hadid, who de-
signed chandeliers for the company in 2008 , and brightly colored
geometric and metal cuffs and necklaces by Matthew Williamson,
who took installation artist Jim Lambies work as inspiration.
But perhaps Swarovskis greatest legacy will be how she has
changed the industry in the 10 years that she has lent her fi-
nancial backing and enthusiasm to elevating the crystal into the
ranks of high fashion. For spring, she is also planning to launch
an Oscar s collection, replete with mens jewelry designed by Ste-
phen Webster. Ten years ago, designers wouldnt even speak to
each other, she says of her sponsorship of the CFDA emerging
talent a wards. Look, competition makes the world go round,
and thats great for the consumer, but I think weve all learned
that supporting each other is key to the survival of this industry.
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downturn hasnt burst any of her companys bubbles. At the
end of the day, she says,
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diamonds, and more wom-
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two-piece wool suits, $2,630 each, cotton shirts,
$380 each, all, Dior Homme, at Dior Homme,
Las Vegas. Swarovski wears her own clothes and
accessories. For details, see Shopping Guide.
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She uses her sexuality, she says, as part of her
art and believes other women should not be
like me but be whoever they want to be. My
album covers arent sexual at all, which was an
issue at my record label. I fought for months,
and I cried at meetings. They didnt think the
photos were commercial enough. We cant see
your whole face, we cant see your whole body,
its too dark, its not pretty, she says. But you
know, I can be whoever the fuck I want to be.
Thats what artists do. We choose what you see
and we tell a story. And the last thing a young
woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop
star writhing in the sand, covered in grease,
touching herself.
The cover of The Fame shows her face in
close-up, with a bleached blond bob and black
ski -style sunglasses, but she looks like a beauti-
ful starlet behind them. Her skin is glowing,
and her lips are shiny in nude, Jennifer Lopez
esque lipstick. Its hard to believe that this is
what passes as noncommercial in female self-
representation for record-label executives. But
there it is.
Lets keep in mind that when Saturday Night
Live was given the opportunity to write some-
thing funny for both Gaga and Madonna, two of
the smartest and wittiest popular musicians
around, what they came up with was an unfunny,
demeaning had it not been so stupid, skit in
which they catfight with each other in bustiers.
This is the same media environment that, in all
seriousness, took up the rumor that Lady Gaga
was a hermaphrodite, ostensibly because of
some puffy underwear under a minidress, but
surely because shes someone who uses transves-
tite idioms; speaks about her bisexuality; offered
up her VMA award to the gays; and an-
nounced at the National Equality March in DC
that she wouldnt rest until there was no ho-
mophobia in the music industry. (Well, I do
have a really big donkey dick, she told British
TV host Jonathan Ross in response to a question
about the tabloid speculation, while fellow guest
Hugh Jackman cracked up in the background.
My beautiful vagina is very offended , became
her refreshing stock reply.)
When I ask about her attraction to women
and try to get her to tell me which female per-
formers would be her dream conquests, she says,
Thats difficult for me to answer. It trivializes
being bisexual. Shell only mention her current
nonsexual idol, Yoko Ono, who thrilled Gaga by
sending her an appreciative message after hear-
ing her perform Imagine before the rally.
Whatever claims to alternative sexual lean-
ings Lady Gaga might make (her song So
Happy I Could Die is about masturbating while
thinking about a woman ), her vision for her own
romantic future is pretty straight right now. Shes
currently single and says , Im married to my
dad. A few days before we meet, her father, Joe
Germanotta, had successful heart surgery . Hes
only 52, and his fairly sudden coronary prob-
lems have rocked her to the core. I just wanted
to have him walk me down the aisle and hold my
babies, she told me over the phone from the
hospital the day after his operation.
Have babies? Given away by her father? The
same Lady Gaga who said of a rumor about a
boyfriend getting jealous when she necked with
Swedish boy triplets in a video, Then they
shouldnt be my boyfriend.
Of course, yeah. I mean, not tomorrow! But
in eight to 10 years, I want to have babies for my
Dad to hold, grandkids. And I want to have a
husband who loves and supports me, just the way
anyone else does, she says. Though she adds, I
would never leave my career for a man right now,
and I would never follow a man around. When
Gaga is in town from L.A., where (she oft la-
ments) shes had to relocate for work, she stays at
the family apartment. Perhaps not coincidental
for this self-professed daddys girl, Gagas right-
hand man in the Haus, and her best guy friend,
Matthew Williams, is called Dada.
Lady Gagas father does sound lovingly sup-
portive. But one anecdote seems telling. Gaga
didnt take a shower for days while she and her
mom and sister took turns beside his hospital
bed. In recovery he looked at her and said, Hey,
kid, you know, you got a reputation to uphold.
Why dont you go home, take a shower, brush
your hair, and put some makeup on? I know itll
make you feel better. I wonder if maybe she
wanted permission to be ungroomed while she
processed this tumultuous episode. But she
reads it as a sign of selfless love. I went home
and put some lipstick on, came back. And he
said, There she is, theres my girl.
While undoubtedly shes right, his consis-
tency and her parents strong marriage, about
which she says, Im just mesmerized , is one
great version of love, one that has given her the
discipline and courage to develop the Gaga
event. But its probably also part of her private
struggle, as it always is for daughters brought up
NEW YORK DOLL
(conti nued from page 147)
How can something that now seems so obvious
have been so weirdly obscure?
Donning an Allen-ish thinking cap, I start
writing detailed to-do listscommon sense, per-
haps, but something Ive never done faithfully
and making better use of my e-mail programs
file system: moving messages pertaining to
work-in-progress into separate folders and pitch-
ing many of the rest. Putting on paper exactly
what steps I need to take for each project does
promote peace of mind, I find. And in my eager-
ness to tick items off on my next action lists, my
productivity ramps up.
Still, there are days of backsliding. I go to
research something online, but once out on the
wild Web, lose my wayand vast tundras of
timewandering further away from whatever I
was looking for with each click of the mouse.
Which is why I was glad to consult with Paul Sil-
verman, an executive coach for Fortune 100 com-
panies who teaches from a Zen perspectiveand
still serves as the head monk of a monastery in
Japan where he lived for 13 years. I happened
upon Silverman at a conference at which tech en-
gineers extolled upcoming applicationssuch
as multiple split-screen windowsthat could
help customers review e-mail more quickly and
track appointments while still attending to their
primary work. But these products struck me as
tricked-out multitasking enablers. By contrast,
Silvermans approachschooling people to per-
form tasks with single-minded attention at the
right time, in the right place, with the right
toolsseemed refreshingly simple.
While meditation appears to have a measur-
able positive impact on concentrationresearch-
ers at the University of Wisconsin have found that
seasoned meditators catch more fast-moving sig-
nals in lab experiments than others Silverman
says practicing even a few simple mindfulness
techniques can bring workers in from the virtual
fog. Like Allen, he begins with a file system, but
its more streamlined, with one drawer for front-
burner projects (ideally at closest reach), another
for reference materials that you may need in a
month or so, and a third for finished stuff that has
no predictable retrievability but should be
kept for legal or other reasons.
To help keep yourself on track, Silverman
suggests daily rituals, citing some of those he
performed in the monastery: carefully cleaning
his soup bowl with a cup of water and a pickle
slice (which he ate as the final step of the process)
and rolling up his futon every morning. Later, as
Im putting my files back in their proper drawers
after Ive finished with them, I tell myself Im just
rollin up the futonclearing the decks for what-
ever needs to happen next. Its hard to capture in
words how this effort to operate with greater pur-
pose and precision produces the desired effect,
but it does: I feel more serene and confident.
Still, on my bad days I do wonder if Im at
some level struggling with so-called Internet ad-
diction. Psychologist David Greenfield, who
directs a counseling service for technology ad-
diction in West Hartford, Connecticut, says he
tries to steer clear of labeling people, but he be-
lieves that the kind of compulsive e-mail check-
ing and general surfing around that I do
amounts to at least Internet abuse. His reason-
ing is that its impairing my functioning, maybe
not profoundly, but enough to curtail some of
[my] productivity.
One reason e-mail is so seductiveon top of
forcing us to dissociate from our surroundings so
that we lose track of time is that it stimulates
the brains dopamine-charged reward centers
on a variable-ratio reinforcement schedule,
which is a fancy way of saying you get a reward in
an unpredictable fashion, Greenfield says. Most
of the e-mails flying at us are ho-hum, but every
once in a while we get good onesa type of rein-
forcement that is highly resistant to extinction.
E-mails pull, and the illusion that we have to re-
spond to it immediately, he adds, has only got-
ten stronger with portable and wireless devices.
But having gotten my e-mail-eyeballing down
to three times on workdays and once on the
weekend (scrubbing my inbox clean per Allen
and Silverman really did diminish its lure), I can
report that no tragedy has befallen meno con-
tract retracted, no friendship dissolved. Thats
true despite the fact that Im saving at least an
hour a day that formerly wouldve been frittered
away in webworld, which is powerful incentive
to keep that egg timer ticking when Im online.
And, taking Greenfields advice to substitute an-
other pleasant activity when I get the urge for a
Gmail fix, Im calling friends and playing my fa-
vorite Wilco songs, which I hope will establish
heavier dendritic connections around these new,
reenergizing habits.
I also often think of something Winifred Gal-
lagher, a science writer and breast cancer survi-
vor who wrote a wonderful book called Rapt:
Attention and the Focused Life, told me, with whip-
crack in her voice: Your mental energy and
attention are finite resources. You need to decide
where you want to invest that energy. We have to
take ourselves seriously enough to say, What am
I here for? Whats my point?
The fastest e-mail reader east of the Rockies?
No, thats not who I want to be. Remember those
grand creative dreams I mentioned? Well, theyre
gradually coming back into focus.
THE DISTRACTION DIET
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THE REAL MCCOY
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Page 138: Blazer by Viktor Rolf, to special or-
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ralphlauren.com. Shirt by DSquared
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, to special order, call
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stores nationwide, visit brooksbrothers.com. Oxfords by
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Jacket, vest, pants by Elie Tahari, at Elie Tahari Collection
Boutique nationwide, call 212-334-4441 or visit elietahari
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FASHION SPOTLIGHT
Page 170: Wool suits, cotton shirts by Dior Homme, at
Dior
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or visit diorhomme.com. Kirkwoods own accessories.
CORRECTION
Similar styles of the leather lace-up boot by Miu Miu on page
188 in the November 2009 issue are available at select Miu
Miu Boutique nationwide, call 888-977-1900.
Prices are approximate. ELLE recommends that
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to think for themselves, who still want their
fathers approval and love. Marilyn, Judy, Syl-
via, she calls out in Dance in the Dark.
If there is something a little more predictable
in the objectified woman arena about Lady Gaga
prancing around in sexy costumes than her other
idolsGrace Jones, Bowieher heart is in the
right place. She makes decisions with ethics. She
doesnt wear fur (the polar bear head in her Bad
Romance video is fake). She wants to use her
role as a fashion icon to help underground talent.
Aside from her favorite big designersMc-
Queen, Mugler, YSLshe prefers vintage and
creations by up-and-comers, clothes sewn by
Dada and Londoners Nasir Mazhar and Kiko.
And she is searching for the texture of individu-
ality that was much easier for artists to find even
when Madonna was coming up. These are hard-
er times for newly minted stars. How can they
achieve the fresh joy of Holiday when they are
immediately bound by the producing muscle of
Hard Candy? Gaga tells me shes excited that her
newest songs are bridging the gap between her
performance art and her musical range, and they
are more aurally whacked and layered.
As she speaks earnestly about her faith in her
ability as an artist to be original, always one
step ahead, that slightly pretentious, phoney-
English-accent voice she sometimes uses in pub-
lic drops away. Her red lipstick fades and a
smudge of sooty eye makeup makes its way to the
side of her nose. Her bodyguard, perched on a
stool nearby, comes over and dusts it off. Gaga is
tiny, only 5'3" and probably about 105 pounds.
(My mom calls me little person. ) She doesnt
look at all scary; she looks soft, small, and very
pretty. As she talks, her coatdress keeps coming
open and she clutches it closed in an uncon-
scious, protective gesture. Shes not wearing a
bra, its 10 in the morning, and her obviously real
breasts look not saucy or brazen, but vulnerable.
When I talk with people whove worked with
her, they sound both admiring and protective.
Its great working with someone who makes
you a little better than you usually are; Madonna
has always done that to me, and I have to say,
Gaga has a little of that influence on me, says
the Swede Jonas kerlund, who directed Pa-
parazzi. He describes her, in the last hour of a
grueling two-day shoot, seeing a pile of clipped
celluloid and saying, I want to make an outfit
out of that! Which she and her stylist did.
Part of her Gossip Girl Bad Romance per-
formance involves her climbing up a 10-foot lad-
deragain, remember this is in stilt-like heels
with a Dianas-wedding-gown -length train
singing on top of it, then flinging herself off back-
ward, without looking, into the arms of her
backup dancer. The scene is rivetingso much
more than youd expect to get from a pop stars
television cameo on a small, low-tech stage. Dur-
ing each of her takes, she attacks her moves with
the same energy, and at one point, her feet slip
while shes on the ladder, and it begins to teeter
sharply. Her dancers rush to steady it and her.
You can see at that moment, in the intensity
of their faces, the fantastic planet they inhabit
together. Though she is a diva, shes also a pre-
ternaturally conscientious 23-year-old and a
team player. Shes created a pocket of grandios-
ity, weirdness, fun, thought, and sparks of genu-
ine artistic freedom for a whole group of
collaborators and an ever-growing legion of
fans in an increasingly homogenized cultural
landscape. How can you not want to keep her
ladder upright?
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make them more so. If your
relationship ended, or if youre
single, Jupiters position will be
a blessing for finding
enduring love. Beyond
matters of the heart, Jupiters
presence alone is a sign of a
year of good things to come!
At the solar eclipse on the
15th, youll be encouraged to
enlarge your circle of friends.
Venus and Uranus will be in
friendly angle to the Sun, so
positive social surprises are in
store for you, emanating from
old and new acquaintances. A
full moon on the 30th will
help a months-long project
come to a grand finale,
and Mars close orbit to
that moon will give you all
AQUARIUS
(Jan 20Feb 18)
A rare buildup of planets in
your twelfth house of creativity
and health might require you
to work without distraction on
a project or just inspire you to
hit the gym. After the solar
eclipse on the 15th, finding a
fitness goal would be ideal. On
the 17th, Jupiter, giver of gifts
and luck, will move into Pisces
for the first time since 1998,
and everything youve worked
for in the past monthscareer
and otherwisewill pay off.
Jupiter will also ease those
pesky financial woes. In terms
of love, with feisty Mars now
in your relationship house,
couples may have a slightly
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YOUR YEAR AHEAD:

Now in a very important three-year career cycle led by
Saturn, youll work hard before you see rewards, but what
you earnfinancially or by recognitionwill stay forever.
Shifts at work are set to affect home life as well. A move
or renovation could be in your cards. In love, the eclipses,
including the most recent of December 31st and those due
January 15th, June 26th, and July 11th, will clarify what and
who you need in your life. For couples, decide whether your
union has long-term potential or not. For singlessit tight.
Youll have a superb opportunity for romance come May!
CAPRICORN
(Dec 22Jan 19)
At the solar eclipse on the 15th youll get powerful help
from the planets. Venus, Pluto, Mercury, the Sun, and
a new moon will all be in your sign, pushing you into a
transition period. At the end of last month, you may have
faced a decision about whether to stay and make more
of a relationship or leave. Be satisfied with whatever you
chose. If you are in love, enjoy your closeness. If you
broke up, better things are on the way. If single, Venus in
Capricorn until the 18th will be just what you need to get
noticedand then adored. In your career, Mercury will be
retrograde in Capricorn as the month begins, so spend
the first half working on your blueprints and perfecting
your plans. Press forward after the 18th, when youll
have the power of the eclipse to help you get the results
youre after. Aggressive Mars, now in retrograde, is still
in a strong financial house, so watch your spending and
do your best to save. With the arrival of Jupiter in Pisces
on the 17th, travel to nearby cities will emerge as a major
theme. But have your fun thenthe full moon on the 30th
will bring a major home or family issue to the forefront.
the energy and focus you
need to reach success.
ARIES
(Mar 21Apr 19)
December 31sts lunar eclipse
will still have you fixated on
domestic changes, or, instead,
the health or well-being of a
family member. But before you
have time to fully digest all
that is going on at home, the
solar eclipses on the 15th will
bring positive career news or
opportunities. Mercury will
also turn direct on the 15th,
not only giving you much-
needed will and determination
to forge ahead at work, but
also perfecting your decision-
making. Wait a few days
before giving any final
answers. The month ends
with a full moon in your
house of romance on the
30th. Its the most tender
full moon of the year, and
while single Aries gets the
edge, if youre attached, you
too will feel the sizzle.
TAURUS
(Apr 20May 20)
Youll have quite a bit of
travel to look forward to in
the New Year after December
31sts lunar eclipse and the
solar eclipse in Capricorn on
January 15th. You could be
off overseas or just away on
weekends. This month may
also bring an extra dose of
interaction with your relatives,
and the current eclipses will
require that you remain free
to move quickly to where
youll be neededfor work or
play. On the 17th, Jupiter will
enter your house of friends;
youll make the acquaintance
of many new people, and
your present social group will
also play a much bigger role
in your life. Romance will
be squeezed in a very hectic
month, but, if single, look for
special moments from the 1st
to 18th. For couples, traveling
harder time getting along.
Certainly, youre getting to
know each other better, but
Mars simply wants you to
decide what you need in your
relationship. Single? Venus
in Aquarius after the 18th
will help ease tension and
act like catnip on those you
want to charm. Endure the
fuss, dear Aquarius. Next
month will only get better!
PISCES
(Feb 19Mar 20)
The lunar eclipse on
December 31st brought a love
relationship to fullness, testing
the strength of your bonds.
If solid, Jupiters move into
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could be a wonderful way
to jump-start a relationship
that has become a bit too
predictable. Plan to stay put
at the months end, however,
for the full moon on the 30th
will bring closure to a very
important home-related topic.
GEMINI
(May 21June 21)
You may have seen a source
of income dry up near the
lunar eclipse on December
31st, but youll find a new
path by midmonth, just after
the solar eclipse on the 15th.
A surprise development at
work could bring a lucrative
stream of cash, and Jupiters
move into your house of career
honors and awards on the
17th will help your success.
Youll get all the professional
rewards you worked so hard
to achieve over the past
years. Romantically, youll
feel ultra-attractive and sexy
all month, and youll crave
attention and affection. If
youre single, mingle! But if
youre involved with someone,
you may come off as a bit too
eager. Resist speeding any
relationships forward until
you have time to get to know
each other better. Letting
things simmer and adding a
dash of mystery will be the
best way to keep it vibrant.
CANCER
(June 22July 22)
The lunar eclipse on
December 31st had you
deeply focused on your own
reinvention and perfection.
As you enter January, this will
still be very much on your
mind, but a major solar eclipse
on the 15th and a number of
planets in your seventh house
will all force you to stabilize
your love and family life.
Among these planets will
be Venus, an encouraging
sign that everyone will be
on the same page, ready
to move relationships
forward. Alternatively, your
greatest success may come
through collaborations, and
your timing is perfect. If
youre single, youll attract
substantial, self-made romantic
partners this month, but if
you dont feel an equal voice
in the relationship, this union
isnt built to last. Youre ready
to conclude a major financial
action or agreement at the full
moon on the 30th. Though
Saturn is hard-angled to
Pluto and negotiations will
need compromise, ultimately
Saturn will support your
venture and give it stability.
LEO
(July 23Aug 22)
The solar eclipse on the 15th
could bring news of massive
shifts at the office. Youll have
plenty of projects to consume
you, and, with Saturn in hard
angle to Pluto, there will be
pressure to produce. But with
Venus and Uranus in this
house, youll likely prosper
under these circumstances.
On the 17th, Jupiter will move
into Pisces, filling your house
of acquired money. As tough
as your finances have been,
youll see a joyous turn for
the better. The month will
end with a full moon in Leo
on the 30th, bringing happy
resolve to a close personal
relationship. Venus will be
traveling in your house of
marriage, which includes other
serious promises you make
to others, so youll likely find
your main relationship to be
inspirational and fulfilling. If
you are single, your charms
will be quite obvious, thanks
to the tour of Mars in Leo.
Youll be more adventuresome
and willing to go out to mix
and mingleperfect!
VIRGO
(Aug 23Sept 22)
In January youll want to turn
away from work assignments
to indulge in lifes pleasures.
After December 31sts lunar
eclipse and the solar eclipse on
the 15th, your social life will
become a top priority. Youll
spend more time with your
closest friends, make new ones,
or possibly even find love.
Things will only improve, as
the 15ths eclipse is also highly
amorous. And, with Venus
moving through Capricorn
from the 1st to the 18th, you
truly have an ideal chance for
romance. Also, Venus, the
Sun, a new moon, Pluto, and
Mercury will brilliantly light
your house of happiness and
creativityyou couldnt wish
for a better time to roll up your
sleeves to see what you can
make! But the full moon on the
30th will have you craving rest,
and if youve become resolved
to give up a destructive habit
in this year, its a perfect
time to begin in earnest.
LIBRA
(Sept 23Oct 22)
At the very end of last month,
a lunar eclipse may have
set off some very startling
developments in your career.
Go with the flowchange is
good. Youll almost definitely
see shifts in your professional
status. Your home situation is
also about to make headlines,
thanks to the solar eclipse
on the 15th. At the same
time, gathering planets in
your domestic sector will
help you make almost any
kind of physical update you
want, whether its stylistic,
organizational, or structural.
If your abode isnt undergoing
change, you may be focused
on family members who need
help. But the month wont only
be about considerations of
home and career. There will
be lovely social opportunities
laced throughout, as well.
On the 20th, the Sun will
move into Aquarius, joining
Venus, and any tensions will
begin to drain away, giving
life a new luster. And after
the new moon on the 30th,
friends will begin to call
and possibilities for special
moments of love will pop up.
SCORPIO
(Oct 23Nov 21)
Two eclipsesa lunar already
arrived on December 31st
and a solar eclipse due on the
15thwill bring opportunities
to travel, distantly and close
to home. Eclipses bring
change, so you may also have
an episode this month that
shifts your perspective and
allows you to view a situation
with fresh eyes. In your
career, Mars is now touring
the very top of your chart,
heightening your profile and
assisting your ascent through
the ranks. Youll need a little
patience, however, as Mars is
also retrograde, so sit back and
let former actions take root.
Everything youve done since
mid-October is adding up to
something big, so get ready! In
love, Jupiter, the giver of gifts
and luck, moves into divinely
compatible Pisces and your
romance sector on the 17th
for a years stay. This planet of
good fortune will help you find
and nurture a rich personal
love life, whether with a new
or existing partner. Your cup
will truly runneth over!
SAGITTARIUS
(Nov 22Dec 21)
As you begin January, youll
be thinking about a financial
matter that arose at the end of
last month. Your ebb and flow
of money has been sporadic,
so do your best to control
spending. A new source of
income is likely to show up at
the solar eclipse on the 15th.
But Pluto and Saturn will be
at odds, so be prepared to
work for progress. Sagittarians
have lately been under volatile
home-and-family conditions,
but dont worryJupiter, the
giver of gifts, moves into this
sector on the 17th for a full
year, allowing for substantial
improvements. At the months
end, the full moon on the
30th will send you on the
road, and Venus, in Aquarius
since the 19th, will help make
the experience quite lovely.
Mars in Leo will also send
blessings, suggesting this
will be a very action-packed
journey. These two planets
will also get you in the mood
for love, and youll feel excited
and radiant, ready to meet
new people or simply cherish
the one you already have.
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Matthew Morrison has moves to
make Timberlake blush. He tells
Andrew Goldman about lunch with
Salma Hayek and the dubious sex
appeal of the Snuggie
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atthew Morrison gets
around. So if you spy the
31-year-old former army
brat in the produce aisle,
refrain from ducking
behind the cantaloupes
while you try to remem-
ber if he was that guy
you woke up with the morning after
three-dollar mai tai night a few years
ago. You probably just saw him on
Broadway in South Pacific, Hairspray, or
his Tony-nominated role in The Light in
the Piazza. Maybe you remember him
from your work sabbatical of 2006,
when you got unhealthily devoted to
your ice cream mornings with As the
World Turns. (And unless you were one
of their seven fans, you wont remem-
ber him from his unhappy year in boy
band LMNT, pronounced element
by the initiated, but referred to as la-
ment by Morrison himself.) Likeliest
of all, though, is that you know and
adore Morrison from his role as Will
Schuester, the triple threat of a teacher from
Glee, Foxs genius musical that just might
renew your faith in the power and potential
of hour-long television.
ELLE: So, Matt, youre a musical theater star
whos been interviewed by The Advocate and
much discussed on Manhunt.com, and you
star in Glee, a program thats referred to as
the gayest show on TV. You must feel
particularly proud being the first gay man
to grace this page.
MATTHEW MORRISON: Im not gay.
ELLE: I had indeed read in various places
that youre straight, but in light of the
circumstantial evidence, I wasnt sure.
MM: I grew up singing and dancing, so
people have been calling me gay since fifth
grade. Ive heard everything you could
possibly hear about it. But I do love gay
people, so Im not going to act like I was
insulted or angry about it.
ELLE: But do you ever do anything to
suppress your gayest traits? Like, on a club
dance floor, will you keep a lid on your best
moves in order not to look too much like
Tommy Tune out there?
MM: Oh, yeah. Ill do what I refer to as the
shoulder dance, just, you know, move my
shoulders and do a little head bobbing.
ELLE: What was the first moment you
realized you were a heterosexual being?
MM: I was really sexual from an early age.
My first kiss was actually with two girls at
the same time. One girl would be behind
the bush with me for a minute and the other
girl would be timing us. Then theyd switch.
ELLE: Dirty! Who was your first sexual
obsession from popular culture?
MM: Tiffani-Amber Thiessen from Saved by
the Bell. I loved her.
ELLE: I heard an interview with Screech
recently. He wrote a memoir that said she
was easy. I think he referred to her as
Hollywoods pass- around girl. Who
knows how reliable a source Screech is, but
does hearing this make her more alluring?
MM: No. You actually just killed it for me.
Thank you very much for that.
ELLE: Sorry. Now that youve worked on
quite a bit of film and TV, has anything
particularly embarrassing happened while
in the proximity of a famous actress?
MM: Besides constantly having to wipe the
drool from my mouth? Not really. Last
week, actually, I was in New York doing a
workshop for a new musical with Jessica
Biel, this beautiful Argentinean actor Ma
Maestro, and Salma Hayek. I really like
smart women, and [Hayek] is really
brilliant. We went out to lunch a couple
times. We had great conversations all
week, and she, like, cried when she
had to say goodbye to me. It was a
great romance without having any
real romance.
ELLE: How long before I pick up US
Weekly and read about you two
shacking up?
MM: Oh, come on. Shes married to a
billionaire! And she just had a kid.
ELLE: But her billionaire husband lives
in Europe. Dont you need a man in
every continent?
MM: I dont need a man in every
continent.
ELLE: Is there anything you could find
in a womans apartment that would
convince you that youre not
compatible?
MM: A Snuggie . Have you seen those
things?
ELLE: Im actually wearing one right
now. Imagine you had the ability to see
the number of a womans sexual
partners on her forehead. Whats the
highest number you could see and still
take her seriously?
MM: I want a real classy kind of woman, so
mines going to be low. Four, I think.
ELLE: Four? Im racking my brain to think
of a place where youd even be able to find
adult women with numbers that low.
MM: I guess youd probably go to church.
But I dont go to church.
ELLE: But you were such a player at a young
age. Surely starting with that junior mnage
trois must have led to great sexual
adventures.
MM: I was kind of a kissing bandit, but I
actually held off having sex until I was 20.
ELLE: Waityou didnt go to church, yet
you held out until you were 20?
MM: My dad is a nurse midwife, one of
about only 50 male midwives in the U.S., I
think. So my birds-and-bees talk consisted
of him bringing home books with pictures
of all these sexually transmitted diseases. I
was so scared of sex that I hated the first
few times I had it. I felt awful, like I was
really doing something bad.
ELLE: Man, your dad totally accomplished
what the Catholic Church has been trying
to do for centuries. Maybe they should
consider projecting pictures of genital
warts at CCD.
MM: I dont know if it would work for
everybody, but it sure worked for me.
For our exclusive video with Matthew Morrison, go to elle.com/matthewmorrison
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