One of the (relatively) new kids on the block, Alexander Wang. Wang, who won the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund award last year, put out his first full collection of women’s wear in 2007 and has been roaring through the fashion scene since. His line so far? These are clothes for the tough girl. Wang himself has been quoted as saying that he designs for the “model, off-duty.” Okay, I have to admit that strikes me as a bit much — it reminds me of some of the things I like least about high-end fashion — but it’s hard to argue with the clothes themselves. They are hot — or alternatively cool, depending on which piece you pick.
Archive for September, 2009
I just had to share: my Dell replacement computer crashed twice today — while I was filling out a customer service satisfaction survey for them. Does it get any better than that?
I can but laugh. By all means, share your latest poetic moment!
Origins is at it again … Find out how to get a complete starter kit – for FREE – after the jump!
Look, I’ll say it: fashion and entertainment has long been in need of a Lady Gaga character.
Anyone who lives in New York or follows the national press on public health issues is probably aware that Mayor Bloomberg has been pushing a nutritional agenda whose primary method of implementation is to force New Yorkers to eat better whether they like it or not. Recent measures have included banning the use of trans fats in restaurants and requiring chains to prominently post calorie counts for all of their foods. His latest hobby horse has been pushing restaurants and manufacturers to reduce sodium levels in their foods. Well, the New York Times today ran an article discussing Mayor Bloomberg’s own eating habits, which apparently include copiously salting pizza. I can’t quite decide if this is hypocrisy, or if it just means that Bloomberg’s sense that New Yorkers needs the food police to watch them is based in his own need to have the food police watch him.
Having spent nearly two months watching design shows and saying increasingly rude things about the owners’ color choices (apparently I’m picky), I am delighted to say that I am fully technified again at long last. Granted, this computer does not have Microsoft Office installed on it (who needs a word processor, after all?), and I don’t yet have access to the information on my old hard drive, but after two months I’m plenty grateful just to be able to read the Times online.
This seems like the time when I should stop to meditate on what I got out of my time away. I’m afraid given that I spent all that time in New Jersey and not at a yoga retreat in the Bahamas, what you’re going to get ain’t deep, but here are my thoughts.
Tentative good news on the computer front, I’m happy to say. Dell has supposedly shipped a refurbished replacement system that will supposedly arrive tomorrow and will supposedly be functional. They will supposedly also be shipping the disc for Microsoft Office separately, so someday I will again be able to word process on a keyboard larger than three square inches.
Lest I disappoint, however, my interactions with Dell have gotten no less ridiculous since my last post. Now that there’s some reasonable prospect of my getting some kind of functional system back prior to retirement, the total confusion at Dell customer service has passed beyond frustrating to fascinating. Despite the fact that I wrote a letter to Dell’s president for consumer products and the customer service folks are clearly taking me seriously, they cannot get their s*** together to save their lives. It is like watching the fall of the Roman Empire. I really think this is how it happened. One side of the empire doesn’t know what the other side is doing, communication lines fall, a few key shipments are lost, and the next thing you know, the barbarians are sweeping down from the north waving bankruptcy papers.
I’m now dealing only with the escalation department. That’s nice, since they speak better English and seem to have slightly more ability to take actual action than the regular customer service people. Even they, however, cannot get themselves straight. I have been receiving multiple daily phone calls from different people, who, as always, have conflicting stories to tell me every time they call. Your computer will ship Friday! Your computer will ship tomorrow! You will be able to access your old hard drive! You will not be able to access your old hard drive! How do they not know when they call that someone in their department called ten minutes earlier with a different story? Being as they are a computer company, surely they have a computer system recording this stuff. (The opinion of a friend of the family at IBM? Dell’s lost my system and doesn’t want to admit it. Did I mention I’m glad I didn’t send my hard drive?)
The latest? A replacement system will be shipped to me. And Escalation Guy #1 will have my old system shipped back to me SO THAT I CAN SHIP IT BACK TO DELL. Seriously? Dear God, people, what kind of ship are you running? I have to admit that despite earlier posts I had been sort of hoping Dell would wow me (with say, a new system) in such a way that I could go back to being a Dell customer in good conscience. But this? This is the path to bankruptcy, folks. Don’t count on buying a new Dell and being able to rely on your warranty, because if they keep running things like this, they won’t be around long enough to back it up for you.
If you’ve ever been both enthralled and repelled by something (like Lifetime movies), this blog is for you. It manages to be horrifying (someone conceptualized these shots?! And someone else PAID for them?!!), awesome (in a train wreck way) and completely funny.
Check out Awesomely Bady Engagement Photos, and thank your lucky stars that you haven’t drunk enough of the bridal Kool Aid to think these are a good idea.
Let’s hear it for fall! The weather has definitively turned, and the fall fashion offerings are reaching dangerous levels of irresistibility. I mentioned a few months ago the arrival of grey and purple everywhere you looked. The stores are still bursting with grey and plum, with the result that I am feeling the burning desire to buy grey and … burnt orange. What can I say? I have a little perverse streak. Thankfully, J. Crew is encouraging me to get my fix with a slew of jackets in warm coppers and sweaters and tops in peachier hues.
Amazingly enough, all this time on enforced hiatus from online shopping has actually let me give some thought to updating my wardrobe for fall. Not that I don’t usually make some updates, but the process usually resembles a blackbird piling up shiny objects rather than the organized approach of a methodical mind. So, here are the basic items I’m looking to buy this season. read more »