October 2009 Archives




Talk about star power.  According to just-released White House visitors logs, Obama met with several celebs at the White House during the first six months of his presidency.  Here's a list of some of the celebs who dropped in on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave:

Jay Z (Shawn Carter)

George Clooney

Hill Harper

Brad Pitt (William Pitt)

Denzel Washington

Serena Williams

and, of course, Miss Oprah Winfrey


See for yourself over here.

Oh, and by the way, we should note that Obama is the first president to release visitors logs.



First Lady Michelle Obama is the epitome of holiday sparkle on the cover of Glamour's Women of the Year issue (December issue, on stands November 10th).

Mrs. Obama is pictured wearing a sleeveless, Santa red cocktail dress and a chunky, beaded necklace decorated with two large bows.  Of course, we had to know what stylist and/or designer is responsible for Mrs. Obama's fab look.  Glamour filled us in: "She styled herself and wore her own clothes!" 

Mrs. Obama appears on Glamour's cover, because the magazine is honoring her for her commitment to mentoring young women.  Mentoring is very important to the First Lady, as she told Katie Couric, Glamour's new monthly columnist: 

"I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world."

On a fun note, the First Lady also showed that she has the chops to be a dating mentor. (Move over, Millionaire Matchmaker! )  Mrs. O's advice on men?  Don't fall for dreamy eyes and a pretty smile, 'cuz cute ain't all that:  

"Cute's good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, Who are you as a person? Don't look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul...When you're dating a man, you should always feel good...You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."

For more, read excerpts of Mrs. Obama's interview over here and then get thee to a magazine stand to pick up Glamour on November 10th.

Calling fashionistas everywhere!  The fashion industry needs you.

Proposed New York City legislation threatens to shut down NYC's garment district, the birthplace and incubator of many American fashion designers. 

According to rally organizers, New York City has failed to enforce zoning laws in the garment district and now wants to lift them completely.  As a result, garment center factories are losing their leases and illegally being forced out by their landlords.  Young American designers and design students depend on these factories for their small production needs.  New design talent working with very limited budgets will have a very difficult time starting and growing fashion businesses if they cannot produce their designs in small quanties. And without new talent, the fashion industry will shrink considerably and offer fewer innovative design ideas. 

How does this affect you?  If the fashion industry shuts down, you'll have to walk around looking like a Cosmo don't.  So fight for your right to look hot.

Fashion insiders are fighting like hell to save their industry and craft.  Designer Nanette Lepore and the president of her company, Robert Savage, authored a New York Times op-ed  supporting the garment district.  Ms. Lepore and her colleagues also came to Capitol Hill recently to educate politicos about the matter and ask for help. 

So here are the deets on the rally (word for word from an email sent to us by organizers):


Mayoral Candidate Comptroller Thompson, and Simon
Collins, Dean of Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design to

WHO: Fashion Organizations and Garment Center Resources
WHAT: A Rally to Save NYC's Garment District
WHEN: Wednesday, October 21st @ 12:00 PM
WHERE: In front of The Button & Needle Statue (39th & 7th Ave.)
Most of you know about the changes that have already undermined and now
threaten the very existence of the Garment District.  Now, before the upcoming
Mayoral election, it's time for us to take action!
Negotiations are underway to obliterate the existing zoning laws that protect
your factories, offices, and shops in the garment center.  It is imperative
that we urge Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider his plans for this neighborhood.
If we fail to organize and visibly show the city -- and the world -- our
support for New York City's Garment District, we will lose the skilled labor
workers and supply shops we currently have at our fingertips, and the future
of the fashion industry in New York City will be forever altered.

The current list of possible speakers includes: Stan Herman, former President
CFDA; Nanette Lepore; Yeohlee Teng; Steve Kolb, Executive Director CFDA; Bruce
Raynor, President Workers United; and Edgar Romney, Workers United.  Political
outreach includes: President Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, Mayor Bloomberg,
Borough President Stringer, Senator Gillibrand, Senator Schumer, Congressman
Nadler, and Congresswoman Maloney.

Here's what the fashion industry asking you to do:
* Please attend the rally.

* Please spread the word to your workers, colleagues, clients and anyone
concerned with the future of New York¹s fashion industry.

* If you are interested in passing out flyers or getting involved, email them
at: info@savethegarmentcenter.com

That's all.



Gaga for gay rights


Lady Gaga performed John Lennon's Imagine at the Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner on Saturday.  (Well, kind of.  She changed a lot of the words to promote gay rights.)

Prior to performing, Gaga made a short speech in support of gay rights.

Note her John Lennon-ish shades.




Last week, we promised you a dose of Polichicks every Tuesday and Thursday.  And then we did not publish on either Tuesday or Thursday.

We got several letters from readers asking, "Hey, what happened to Polichicks?!"

C'mon, ladies! Have we taught you nothing?

This is Washington. Nobody keeps promises here!

Keep up.

On that note, here's today's Polichicks:

* When Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize,  it was a "hells yeah" moment for some, and a "WTF?" one for others. [The Washington Times]

* Washington was the best place ever to scope gay boyfriends this weekend!  Tens of thousands of gay men, lesbians and supporters marched to show President Obama and Congress that they are so over state-by-state victories.  They want national gay rights.  Activists chanted catchy slogans such as "President Obama: Let mama marry mama!" and straight supporters carried "I'm not queer but I'm here!" signs.  Hmm, probably some good songwriters in that bunch. [The Washington Post]

* The U.S. still has no way to track foreign visitors chilling in the U.S. on expired visas.  40% if the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. entered the country on legal visas and then overstayed.  U.S. officials are seriously tripping about this now, because it poses a security risk. For example, Hosan Maher Husein Smadi, a Jourdanian just kicking it in the U.S. on an expired tourist visa, allegedly plotted to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.   [The New York Times

* This is so cool.  Wish we could do the same. [The New York Times

Have a great week!




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