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For some reason, people are getting all worked up over President Obama wearing flip-flops while on vacation in Hawaii. Come on people. What else is he going to wear? Crocs? [Racked]
Toyota is being sued by seven insurance companies to recover damages they paid to people involved in accidents caused by “sudden uncontrolled acceleration.” [Consumerist]
Fashion designer Vera Wang is now blogging! For her first post, the designer wrote about the late great Jackie O and the importance of having a personal uniform. Maybe for her next post she can talk about appropriate leisure footwear for sitting presidents? [Vera Unveiled]
Is Dear Leader turning into Colonel Sanders? A chain of North Korean restaurants opens an outpost in Dubai. [Gawker]
Meet our new boyfriend: Taiwanese model Godfrey Gao has the distinction of being the first Asian male model to appear in ads for Louis Vuitton. [Racked]
Philippine politician Reynaldo Dagsa took this picture of his family on New Year’s Day. Also in the photo? His murderer. [Washington Post]
T.V. Carpio is replacing Natalie Mendoza in Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark. Mendoza dropped out of the troubled (cursed?) production last week after getting a concussion. Who knew musical theater was so dangerous? [Vulture]
The Daily Beast asked a panel of MacArthur Fellows (recipients of “genius grants” from the MacArthur Foundation) to compile a list of its smartest people of 2010. Included on the list are: Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen, educator Michelle Rhee, Microsoft Kinect inventor Kudo Tsunoda, and Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. [The Daily Beast]
Amazian alert! First Lady Michelle Obama has a new Chief of Staff, and it’s Chicagoan Tina Tchen. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Happy Birthday Hayao! Legendary artist, director, and animator Hayao Miyazaki turns 70 years old today. [Wikipedia]
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Can I call you Alex? I feel like I can, since you’re Chinese-American and I am, too, and we have the same last name, which means we’re practically related. First things first–congratulasians on winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award! You rule! Your clothes–a clever mix of grunge street urchin and 80′s lady—are the bomb! Anna Wintour has found room in her icy, unsmiling, chinchilla-clad heart to love you! In other words, you have arrived.
And now that you’ve arrived, you really don’t need advice from anyone, except your CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund mentor who comes with the prize. But allow me to make one small, albeit bold, suggestion–as bold as those raggedy denim cut-offs you designed for fall and had the balls to charge $285.00 for when they look like that item of clothing one feels is too trashed to even donate to the homeless–please start saying our last name right. “Waaaang” is waaaaack. “Wong” is right. There is, I’m afraid, no middle ground. Think of this as your Demi Moore moment. Remember back in the late 80′s, circa Ghost, when Demi Moore went from being known as “Dem-ee” to “Duh-mee,” seemingly overnight? Of course you don’t, because you were just a wee lad back then. But, look. It happened. And everyone got with the program. And instead of people being, like, WTF is up with that, they threw money at this born-again creature “Duh-mee” and she became the highest-paid female movie star in the land (until she did The Scarlet Letter, Striptease, and G.I. Jane in that order and all but killed her career, but that’s another story).
You’ve made it, sweetie. Which means that people have to start saying your name right. You could even pull a Prince and start going by a symbol, and people would have to respect that (please don’t). And you don’t want to mistaken for, like, Vera Waaaang’s relasian, do you? She’s so yesterday’s news. And you, my friend, are the future.
love you Wang time,
Two Wangs made headlines yesterday in New York Citay.
Yankee pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was named official spokesperson for the 2009 World Games, which will be held in Wang’s native Taiwan. MLB.com reports that the World Games will feature sports left out of the Olympics, like sumo wrestling and tug-of-war.
Wait, what? Tug-of-war? That’s a sport now? Really? You’re positive?
The other Wang, who can’t say her last name right and is pictured left looking like the Grim Reaper at last night’s Costume Institute gala, is ironically embroiled in a legal name-battle with the company Vera, a manufacturer of scarves and linens which at one time was synonymous with Wasp-chic. Page Six reported:
VERA Wang is about to launch a fashion line to be called Simply Vera – and the company founded by the other Vera, famous for the silk scarves Marilyn Monroe once wore, isn’t happy.
The rep [for the original Vera] said Wang had even gone as far as using her high-powered, stockbroker hubby as an attack dog. “Her husband, Arthur Becker, called our company and said, ‘I have $5 billion with Kohl’s behind me, and we’re going to take on any opposition. I’m putting The Vera Company on notice,” the rep said.
sugardaddy husband and his billions do your legal dirty work for you? I’m appalled, I’m outraged…alright, I’m jealous.
April 2, 2007 — “PEOPLE always say I’m an empire. Ralph Lauren is an empire. Chanel. Armani. Not me!” – Vera Wang to Elle.Com