The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Yes, she’s topless and has nipple piercings.

So I’ve jumped on the hype train that Vogue started months ago on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie adaptation, it’s second version if the Swedish version is counted.

You all know the never-ending cycle of Hollywood newbie turned into polished, fabulously styled, and daringly coiffed star, plucked from virtual obscurity. Of course, the reason for this is usually the movie that said starlet is starring in.

This time said starlet is actress Rooney Mara.

I won’t write about where she came from or who she is because honestly, I could care less. All I know is that she’s an amazing actress (hey, try rocking no eyebrows and a hideous haircut while riding a motorcycle) and she has the bone structure of an European refugee model. And you can Google all that shit yourselves.

She plays Lisbeth Salander, the strange gothic investigator bad-ass made infamous the world over in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it’s following second and third installments.

Can you imagine this…

Rooney Mara in 2010

…turned into this VOGUE bad-ass.

Mara in American Vogue November 2011 issue

Honestly, when the Vogue images came out a few months ago they went right over my head. I was like I don’t know who this is but she looks good in photos. Cut to December and I’m reading the famous The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo  book by Stieg Larsson. And it’s a Trilogy!

I vaguely remember seeing the movie trailer for the Swedish version of the book in 2010 but quickly forgot about it because it seemed a little too dark and cerebral for my tastes.

Then the visually stunning, fractured and fast-paced trailer of David Fincher’s version of it came out…

I think the trailer’s brilliant in not showing enough of the movie that audiences recognize the storyline but not showing too much. The perfect trailer.

This motivated me to read the book faster because I stopped for a while due to boredom and wishing it got to the good parts already. Watch out though, the good parts come at you with the speed of car crash. Quick and unexpected.

Anyway, my new obsession with Rooney Mara started with the dress from Givenchy’s Haute Couture collection for Fall 2011.

She wore this to the premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in London on December 12, 2011.

I think she wears it well. Givenchy Haute Couture can totally take over the wrong girl. It’s high fashion but it gives her a little sex appeal. And her PR people are geniuses because it’s a world away from her character in the movie.

And I love that she picked Givenchy to wear to the most bad-ass movie to come out in a long time.

Just to remind you guys…

Apparently, she got real piercings like her eyebrow and nipples but the tattoos were just too much of a commitment. Boo! I commend her for the nipple bar-bells though:)

Rooney Mara in W Magazine February 2011

This is my latest obsession with a female bad-ass in a movie. I’m practically creaming for the whole Trilogy to unfold in the next few years. Hopefully, TONS AND TONS of people go see this film so that they make the sequel for The Girl Who Played with Fire.

I’m watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Friday. I CAN’T WAIT!

Movie Review coming soon:)


Le Photo #4

Anne Hathaway in Interview Magazine September 2011 issue

Shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

I just saw the picture and just stared. It’s so romantic. The styling, the treatment, and everything about it is just amazing.Whoever convinced her to do this shoot should be congratulated. I watched ‘One Day’ and this gives me another reason to love her. Can’t wait to see her in the new Batman movie.

There’s also an interview with Chelsea Handler. Read it here and see all the other photos in the series.

Jules Hamilton by Chiun-Kai Shih

A Single Man

Photo Credit: OHLALA Mag

Shot by Chiun-Kai Shih for Client Magazine

Model: Jules Hamilton

Anything related to Tom Ford is done tastefully with a little sex mixed in. I love anything Tom Ford and the movie ‘A Single Man’ was great too. This editorial captures what the movie is all about, a lonely man trapped in his chic ultra-shine minimal surroundings aching to be released.

Whatever that means. I just think it’s a pretty editorial. I love that over-the-shoulder profile shot.


There’s been so much controversy with Tom Ford’s Vogue Paris Christmas Issue, more specifically the editorial aptly named “Cadeaux” featuring little girls dressed up in grown-up couture and jewels. Thoughts of pedophilia and JonBenét Ramsey come to mind. I don’t deny it’s a little creepy but it’s nothing new.

I think it’s a little funny actually. You only see evil if you’re thinking evil. I’ve seen editorials in American issues of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar featuring little children dressed up as their adult counterparts before. And why all the hype so much later? The magazine’s been out for MONTHS. I suspect some demented and very religious group of people, I dare to say they may even mostly be Americans, are trying to start SHIT up. UGH.

Now enough of all that negativity, let’s appreciate how artfully done the editorial is. No expense was spared. I bet those custom size dresses are worth thousands. It’s  a fantasy, playing dress up, very innocent. That’s all it is. Gawd, when I was a little boy, I dreamed of being these little girls. So jealous.

Some even speculated that all this controversy was part of the reason Carine Roitfeld left her position of ten years as Editor-in-Chief of the famous magazine. She said she was always more of a stylist than a magazine editor and wanted to pursue other things. I really hope that wasn’t the case. I know people have to be held accountable for their actions but this didn’t hurt anyone except some idiot’s delicate sensibilities.

Le Photo #3

Gwen Stefani for V Magazine Issue #52, March 2008

Shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

V Magazine always has shocking and bold covers but this is one of it’s best, I think. And I love love love Gwen Stefani. Can’t wait for No Doubt’s new album to come out.

Photo Credit: POPBYTES

Le Photo #1

This photo will be part of my new series of random photos that I’ll post here only cuz I like them, they’re too huge for tumblr, and I need to purge them from my psyche.

I’ve had this photo stuck in my mind of Claire Danes ever since I bought the BlackBook mag that had this photo in it. And I could only dream of ever finding jeans like these. The curse of being a size 40 US in jeans.

The styling is amazing.

Publication: BlackBook magazine, September 2009 Fashion issue

Photographer: Sante D’Orazio

Fashion Editor/Stylist: Elizabeth Sulzer

Hair by: Peter Butler for Redken.

Makeup by: Matin, Neutrogena Cosmetics Science Expert.

Men and Fur

I love fur and this editorial is just beyond. I can only dream of ever touching all that fur. I can just see myself cuddled up at home on the couch with a lush fur coat and a comfy pair of sweats. Among other things 😉

‘Fur Men’ Editorial

Publication: Vogue Hommes International, Spring/Summer 2008 issue

Photographer: Mario Testino

Fashion Editor/Stylist: Carine Roitfeld

Photo Source: Homotography