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James Franco explains why he chooses so many gay roles- via Huffington Post.

Baby Boomer discusses why he would like to be a Millenial when he retires- via New York Times

5 steps to turn jealousy into positivity- via XoJane.

Dress for the part you want in life and eventually you’ll get it – via Elite Daily.

You’re Jewish? But you’re so pretty! and other things you should never say to a Jewish girl – via Cosmopolitan.

Are you dating a Thursday guy?- via Elle.

The only situation where crocs are acceptable, on Boo!! – via Fashionista.

 

 

Emerson College Fulbright Students Discuss Freedom of Press in their Home Countries.

Yesterday, The Emerson College Journalism Department hosted a conference in order to inform its Journalism students about international freedom of press. The guest speakers where four Fulbright graduate students from countries such as: Indonesia, Russia and Ukraine. They discussed how in their countries freedom of press is a very symbolic thing, since most big news networks are privately owned. These are owned mostly by people who are directly associated with the government, and the news they receive are tailored to benefit the interests of the aforementioned owners.

This is especially problematic in Indonesia, where there are strong censorship laws and the media is largely utilized for government propaganda. The Indonesian student who was speaking at the conference said that journalists are scared to defy news censorship since in Indonesia there is a long history of violence against Journalists and they don’t have an organization to go to, since the local press council is run by the government so it’s hard to escape the authoritarian regime.

Regarding freedom of press in Russia, Olga and Yuliya the two Russian students who spoke at the conference explained that there is a huge paradox in Russian journalism. The reason why the journalistic situation is so complex in this country is because it is too big and centered around the capital. Although everyone knows what is happening in Moscow, people in the capital and the rest of the world aren’t aware of the rest of Russian news. Even thought there are over 330 television channels in the country, most Russians only have access to the 17 government sponsored ones. These are owned by oil tycoons and the Russian elite and whatever is broadcast in these channels is dictated by what the owners of the channels want to show on them.

By international standards, both Russia and Ukraine have partial freedom of press. However Ukrainian student Vitalii Moros says that in his country freedom of press is progressively getting worse, since most media outlets are owned by the country’s elite who utilize the news to protect their personal interests. Since in Ukraine the elite is linked to the government, this makes most tv channels pro government and utilized for propaganda as well. This conference taught us that America is the leader in freedom of press, but as Moros said: “America’s version of censorship is called ratings.”

Punk Forever!

The next Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute theme has been set for next May, and it chronicles and celebrates a fashion movement that was so huge, so revolutionary, and so significant, that Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton said it “broke all the rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after [it].”

That movement is punk, and the Met’s exhibit, “Punk: Chaos to Couture” will detail the dual-city origins of punk (the musical movements that started in downtown New York and the political/social movement in London), the early designers that dressed the movement (Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren), and the eventual appropriation by high fashion (starting with Zandra Rhodes).

Says Bolton, “Punk has had one of the biggest influences on fashion over the past 30 years, and sometimes people wear punk without even realizing it.” Its legacy? High-low mixing, DIY, deconstruction, purposeful dishevelment — basically all the stuff that makes fashion accessible and fun. (WWD)

The September Wars

September is a very significant month for the fashion industry. It is a month where designers launch their collections for the new season and display them in the multiple fashion weeks that are held in in the big fashion capitals of the world. However September also represents a month when magazines launch their reviews of these shows and their forecasts for the upcoming year’s trend. It is no coincidence that this is every publications thickest issue and also the issue with the most expensive ad space. Most reputable fashion publications compete to outsell the other, and their tactic is very simple: the magazine with the best cover has the best odds of winning this game. Lets see who will be covering the September Issue of your favourite fashion glossy this year.

Glamour: Victoria Beckham.

Elle: Katy Perry

W: Penelope Cruz

Vanity Fair: Jessica Chastain

Vogue: Lady Gaga

Cosmopolitan: Lucy Hale

Harper’s Bazaar: Gwen Stefani

Marie Claire: Miley Cyrus

In Style: Jennifer Lopez.

Let the September wars begin!

Wearing nice clothes makes you feel better about yourself

Proof Positive: What You Wear DOES Affect How You Think

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As people who wear many hats (literally), we know that we feel differently when we’re wearing a beautiful outfit, and when we just climb into what’s the most comfortable…and now, we have proof. Scientists part ofThe Journal of Experimental Cognition have been researching the effect that clothing has on the way we think and act, a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition”…and here’s the magical part: You have to be wearingthe clothes for it to take effect. According to the New York Times, if you wear someone else’s white coat and believe it came from a doctor, your ability to pay attention dramatically increases, but nothing happens if you think it came from a painter. “You have to wear the coat, see it on your body and feel it on your skin for it to influence your psychological processes,” Dr. Galinsky said, before he went on to explain how dressing like a pimp on Halloween made him feel more self-assured. We’ll pass on the feather boa and walking stick, thanks — but we’ll go ahead and get those Carven heels now, thank you very much! (NYT)

Newsflash

Since I was gone for the most part of May, lets have a little recap about what happened last month.

– Fashion Icon Anna Dello Russo will be designing for HM

-Vogue finally decides to bend its arm and creates a policy, or more like a ban on models that are below their ideal weight (in other words anorexic looking models). Lets see how much they actually stick to their policy.

– Chanel picked a new cover girl. But guess what? Its a boy!

-The Met Ball took place on May 10th in order to inaugurate the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition: Schiaparelli vs. Prada: Impossible Conversations . However I can’t decide what was more worthy of attention, the exhibition itself or the delicious outfits the guest celebrities wore to the event. Here are a few of my top picks.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

 Camilla Belle

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Thank you Lana Del Rey, for always representing us pale girls so beautifully.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Golden girl Jessica Alba.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Personal Fashion Muse: SJP in Valentino.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Amy Adams.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Anja Rubik… I guess hipbones are the new cleavage.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Queen of the sideboob: Gwyneth Paltrow (damn that was hard to spell)

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Karlie Kloss in and with Jason Wu.

Images retrieved from: Fashionista, Refinery29, Vogue UK and The Huffington Post.