Well, she finally broke down. Hello Kitty did Playboy in celebration of the glossy’s 40th anniversary. The collaboration is available at Colette, and if you wanted to get us something, the mug would be a-ok. (Good morning!)
Pat Cleveland! Tom Ford! André Leon Talley! Conrad Bromfield’s muscles! It’s all in the March issue of Numéro, thanks to Mr. Talley pulling Tom Ford et al in for a rather exposed shoot. Into it.
It’s been a year since 17-year-old country singer Courtney Stodden married 51-year-old Lost actor Doug Hutchison in the creepiest May-December romance since the last really creepy May-December showbiz romance. So how’d the happy couple celebrate 365 days of wedded bliss (it should be noted that their marraige has now lasted five times longer than Kim Kardashian’s did)?
By having Courtney act like a drugged-up cat and prance around for two-and-a-half minutes for a Hello Kitty parody, apparently. Observe:
Over the next few weeks you’ll find yourself eating and lounging a whole lot more than you’re used to. Whether it’s hanging with family or just having a few days off to yourself, this is that one time of year when you need to stop yourself from being OCD about everything and just chill. Finish that book that you’ve been putting off for months. Let your mom make you those amazing banana pancakes from your childhood—and eat every bite. Listen to your dad explain in detail the latest addition to his classic model car collection (brace yourself). Turn off your phone and play boardgames with your cousins. Complete a crossword puzzle (this is actually very therapeutic). And while you’re enjoying all this R&R, you might as well dress the part—without sacrificing your vow to never, under any circumstances, wear a velour tracksuit.
There are people who say pop culture is turning the world to shit; then there’s pop culture that actually is turning the world to shit. Read no further than the words “Führer Chic.” Via Trend de la Crème comes a rather (okay, intensely) revolting fashion trend floating around the other side of the world. Apparently, Hitler-wannabes aren’t just roaming the streets, but are finding new, terrible ways to put on display that ubiquitous symbol of hate, the swastika. Rocky and (his mom!) Louise Mazzilli, the infamous design duo behind the brand Voyage — based out of London — caused a loud uproar with their 2006 collection dedicated to all things Nazi; frighteningly enough, a cult of fashion followers has emerged since then. They’ve been spotted wearing “chic” Nazi-inspired uniforms and gas masks; even the ever fashion-forward Harajuku girls have been spotted in tutu-and-Hitler-mustache ensembles.
Totally righteous indignation: have they lost their minds? In a stark juxtaposition, maybe they left them in this Hello Kitty maternity ward, where they must have been born. On the other end of the spectrum, settled in Taiwan, there’s a hospital consisting of 30 beds for newborns, and enough nurses decked out in pink Hello Kitty get-ups to form their own militia. Per the Reuters report (via Babble), the hospital’s director “wish[es] that everyone who comes here … can get medical care while seeing these kitties and bring a smile to their faces, helping forget about discomfort and recover faster.” We here at BlackBook wish those babies good luck, and godspeed. If the first thing I saw after emerging from a birth canal — already a traumatic experience — was Hello Kitty, creepily smiling down at me, I’m sure I’d be damaged, too.
● Wondering why Victoria Beckham’s dresses look so much like Roland Mouret’s work? Because he “mentored” her, setting her up with his pattern cutter and fabric sources. [British Vogue] ● Autograph Magazine (yes, there’s a magazine dedicated to autographs) has released their annual list of best and worst celebrity autographers. The best, Jay Leno! The worst, John C. Reilly! [Autograph Magazine] ● Jerry Hall is rumored to be the new face of Chanel for their upcoming handbag campaign. The campaign will be modeled after Colette’s novel Cheri. [WWD]
● In Taiwan, Hello Kitty has sponsored a maternity ward. The reason? They believe the cartoon cat will “ease the stress of childbirth.” [Yahoo] ● See what the wonders of Photoshop did for Jessica Alba in those new Campari ads. [SkinnyVCurvy]