Fashion Advice from Joaquin Phoenix: Reptiles are a Fashion Don’t

Phoenix circa 2005: Photo by Tony Shek

Actor Joaquin Phoenix, better known for  his bizarre appearance on Letterman and  busting out rap rhymes with hobo hair and hipster shades, emotionally looks into the camera in the latest Peta promotional video and proclaims:

“Did you know that mother snakes keep their eggs warm by wrapping their bodies around them and then shivering to generate heat?”

Although he has since cleaned up his look–and his act, initially,  I could not take Phoenix seriously. My head overflowed with images of grizzly bear bearded Phoenix wavin’ his hands in the air like he just don’t care until the camera pans off of luxury snakeskin shoes and handbags and onto the twitching, severed head of a snake.

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Polishing off Your Winter Wardrobe with Chanel

January 19, 2010

As some of you may have seen, the Chanel Spring 2010 Paris runway show was part hoedown, with splash of Marie Antoinette, and a touch Parisian prostitute with the painted-on pearl garter belts. Head designer and Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, transformed the Grand Palais into a barnyard bonanza. The childlike models emerged from a barn (yes, a barn, adorned with the iconic Chanel double C’s,) complete with healthily rosy cheeks, wind-swept up-do’s, basket-woven handbags, apron-like skirts, clunky wooden clogs, a performance from Brit pop star and current Chanel muse, Lily Allen, countryside plaids and of course, tweeds, as well as a romping threesome in the hay.

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