One of my fabulous fashion friends forwarded me an article
from the New York Times Style section entitled "Campaign
Chic: Not Too Cool, Never Ever Hot." The author, Guy Trebay
argues that while style is definitely important on the campaign
trail, it doesn't help a candidate's image to be too fashionable.
Basically, candidates should look good without looking like they're
trying too hard.
Back in February, fashion designer Donatella Versace told German
weekly Die Zeit that New York Senator Hilary Clinton should
wear more skirts. "She should treat femininity as an
opportunity and not try to emulate masculinity in politics,"
the uber-tan, muppet-like designer said. Um, didn't Donatella
makeover Chelsea Clinton once? That friendship didn't last too
However, Trebay makes the argument that, "The old Hillary
Rodham Clinton has been replaced by a candidate who would never
be caught dead in one of Nancy Pelosi's flaming 'Dynasty' suits,
clothes that send up power woman flares." Why anybody would
use the word "flaming" to describe anything about Pelosi
is beyond comprehension, but whatev.
I don't agree with most of Pelosi's politics, but I always admire
her ability to turn it out with fabulous Armani suits, perfectly
coiffed hair, and the Botoxed power face no matter the occasion.
The same can be said of her nephew, Mayor Gavin Newsom. Neither
one of them is that effective, so maybe they should spend less
time on their hair and more time on the issues?
I'm as shallow and image-obsessed as the next twenty something
nightmare, but I'd trade all of Newsom's designer duds for a mayor
who shows up to his job, doesn't run away from the press, and
is honest with the constituents.
Despite all my ranting and raving, if there are any candidates
out there who need a wardrobe stylist, y'all know where to find
Concerts at the Cadillac
On Friday afternoon, Luke Thomas, Julian Davis and I attended
a piano concert at the Cadillac Hotel at 380 Eddy Street (at Leavenworth).
It's the first installment of a weekly
series entitled "Concerts at the Cadillac." Every
Friday at noon, the Cadillac will host a piano concert showcasing
The marvelous, newly restored 1884 Steinway Concert Grand Piano
was generously donated by Lee Walkup. Lee's sister, Patricia
Walkup, was an activist who volunteered at the Cadillac Hotel.
Here are some YouTube clips of Beyond Chron's Paul Hogarth playing
Clair de lune (Debussy), and our very own Luke improvising for
a bit after the concert. Luke will be performing on August 17th
(though he denies it).
Video by Joe Eskenazi
Video by Joe Eskenazi
Paul Hogarth, Man for All Seasons: lawyer, writer, advocate, and
Hogarth got some page-turning help.
The artist is all smiles after his performance.
Beyond Chron's Randy Shaw asked, "Are you taking requests?"
Owner of the Cadillac and Father of the Tenderloin, Leroy Looper,
with son Malik.
CrackBerry pretends to have musical talent.
CrackBerry Blind Item
Who is rumored to be shopping around a tell-all
book with lurid tales of an elected's illicit affair?