Public, A Dress

Brian Moylan · 03/09/10 07:55PM

[Michelle Obama ambled down her block to the Smithsonian today to donate her inaugural gown by Jason Wu to the museum's collection where it will not be upstaged by Aretha Franklin's hat. Image via Getty

The 12 Best Unscripted TV Moments of 2009

Mike Byhoff · 12/29/09 12:34PM

2009 had its fair share of things that didn't go exactly according to plan. F-bombs, dry-humping, real humping, and lots of unforeseen stupidity. Here are the 12 best things that weren't supposed to happen on TV, but luckily, they did.

We Crown Aretha Franklin the Queen of Headwear 2009

Whitney Jefferson · 12/02/09 09:47PM

She started the year with the now infamous giant ribboned hat and finished it off by performing "Joy to the World" in a giant fur headwrap. What could she bring to the world in 2010?

The Celebrity Auction of the Century

cityfile · 05/20/09 07:57AM

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights is holding a celebrity auction to raise money for the non-profit organization. And they've lined up an impressive collection of items. Any interest in paying a visit to the set of Larry King's show in LA? Not only will you get a chance to make small talk with the 114-year-old host, he'll also take off his suspenders, sign them, and let you take them home with you. Act fast, though. The bidding is up to $1,500. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, perhaps you'd like to "enjoy" (their words, not ours) a 20-minute phone chat with Suze Orman? Do note, though, that you'll need to bid a minimum of $1,000.

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 03/25/09 06:30AM

Sarah Jessica Parker is turning 44 today. Gloria Steinem turns 75. Elton John is 62. Daniel Boulud is turning 54. Socialite Arden Wohl turns 26. Matthew Barney is 42. Eileen Ford is 87. Aretha Franklin turns 67. Marcia Cross is 47. Today Show film critic Gene Shalit is turning 77. Katharine McPhee is 25. Race car driver Danica Patrick turns 27. The rapper Juvenile is turning 34. And actress Lark Voorhies, best known as Lisa Turtle on Saved by the Bell, is turning 35.

Rachel Is Renewed, Fashion Week Moves to LA

cityfile · 03/13/09 04:48PM

• A camera crew followed Rachel Zoe around during Paris Fashion Week, which means the second season of her Bravo reality show is headed your way. [FWD]
• Dov Charney's cash-strapped American Apparel is selling 18 percent of the company to a private equity firm to pay down some of its debt. [BN]
• The hat Aretha Franklin wore to the inauguration in January? More than 5,000 orders have been placed since then. At $179 a pop, no less. [NYT]
• Video of Karl Lagerfeld at Paris Fashion Week. [NYM]
• What's Sofia Coppola up to these days? She's directing perfume ads for Dior, that's what. [NYT/The Moment]
Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone are on their way to Brazil for a little post-fashion season R&R, in case you're interested. [FWD]
• LA Fashion Week begins tonight! [Racked, Stylefile]

Angelina's Dress, Marc's Party, Aretha's Hat

cityfile · 01/30/09 04:56PM

• The Max Azria dress that Angelina Jolie wore to the SAG Awards? She wore it backwards. [NYM]
Marc Jacobs is slashing the guest list for his Feb. 16th show. [WWD]
• Target has a temporary McQueen shop planned for next month. [Racked]
• The backstory on why Fabien Baron was pushed out at Interview. [WWD]
• Jane Mayle's store isn't closing; it will be around through April. [Pipeline]
• Two brands doing well despite the recession: H&M and Mango. [WWD]
• Aretha Franklin's inauguration hat is Smithsonian-bound. [SW]

The Big Winners: Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo

cityfile · 01/20/09 06:23PM

• Two people very happy this evening: Jason Wu, who designed Michelle Obama's one-shoulder white chiffon gown; and Isabel Toledo, of course, who was responsible for the lemongrass-yellow coat and matching dress that Michelle wore to the inauguration. [NYT, AP, WWD]
• As for Malia and Sasha's outfits—and Michelle's olive gloves—don't go searching for them at J. Crew just yet. The pieces won't be available to the general public until fall. [Reuters]
• Trousergate, fashion's latest catfight: Giorgio Armani has accused Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of copying his quited trousers; bitchy comments on both sides have followed. [Guardian]
• A first look at Alexander McQueen's new line for Target. [Nylon]
• News flash: There aren't that many blacks on the catwalks these days. [NYT]
• Profits are up at Burberry, but the company is still cutting staff. [WSJ]
• Aretha Franklin's inaugural hat can be yours for $179. [WWD]

Marriage Trouble for J.Lo, Piven Flees New York

cityfile · 12/18/08 07:13AM

• Is Jennifer Lopez getting ready to say goodbye to Marc Anthony? She neglected to wear her wedding ring to a premiere last week, which obviously means her marriage is now "at a breaking point." [Us, The Sun]
• Jeremy Piven is heading home. Just two months after arriving on Broadway (and after showing up late to performances and skipping matinees), he says he now plans to return to LA because he's suffering from some sort of "mysterious mercury ailment." [NYP]
• Good news for anyone going to the inauguration: Alec Baldwin says he plans to stay home and watch it on TV. [MSNBC]

Angelina's Breastfeeding Pics, Christie's Denied Motion

cityfile · 10/10/08 05:55AM

♦ Angelina Jolie can be seen breastfeeding on the cover of the upcoming issue of W. Brad Pitt is the one who took the pics. He's also the one who convinced Angie to have kids of her own, she says. [NYDN, People]
♦ A judge denied Christie Brinkley's request for a temporary restraining order that would bar Peter Cook for seeing their kids this weekend. He did rule that Cook cannot "expose" them to his 20/20 interview. [People]
♦ Sarah Palin is set to appear on SNL on October 25th. [Cindy Adams]


cityfile · 08/21/08 10:46AM

Michelle Williams going on a coffee run in Brooklyn with her mom Carla and daughter Matilda ... Aretha Franklin waving to fans on her way out of a Midtown hotel ... ... Katie Holmes and Suri going to a paint-your-own-pottery shop on the Upper East Side ... America Ferrera getting out of a limo on the set of Ugly Betty ... Brandon Davis standing on the sidewalk and talking on his cell .... Taylor Hicks signing autographs outside his Broadway show ... Gisele Bundchen heading into Spa Belles ... and the cast of The Real World: Brooklyn on St. Mark's Place.

The Celebrity Foreclosure Epidemic

cityfile · 06/09/08 09:10AM

The news concerning the New York real estate market isn't terribly upbeat—the Times reported over the weekend that resale prices at certain chic New York City developments (like 40 Bond and the Time Warner Center) are dipping—but the situation seems to be a whole lot worse if you're a celeb who reached your prime a decade or two ago. The celebrity foreclosure club now includes Jose Canseco, Michael Jackson, Latrell Sprewell, Ed McMahon, Aretha Franklin, Don Johnson, and Evander Holyfield. Celebreality to the rescue! [Luxist]