I adore Vanity Fair and have subscribed to it for several years, so I was saddened yesterday to hear about the death of Dominick Dunne. He was a fixture at Vanity Fair, and inevitably gave a certain insider’s perspective to the lifestyles–and especially the tragedies–of the rich and famous. He was always a great read. I recommend checking out Graydon Carter’s tribute–it’s an eloquent snapshot of a fascinating life.
I’d also recommend something a bit lighter from the current issue: Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Diary” as “told to” Craig Brown. Brown perfectly captures the spirit of and skewers Gwyneth’s self-centred, unrealistically perfect online newsletter GOOP , which suggests ways to “nourish the inner aspect” (Full disclosure: I am a subscriber). Can you identify which is the real Gwyneth and which is the VF version?
“One of my dearest friends in the world is an Italian gentleman by the name of Giancarlo Giametti. He is the longtime friend and partner of fashion legend Valentino Garavani, another dear friend. Giancarlo lives in incredible style – I’ve never seen the likes of it. GG, as he is affectionately known, has an amazingly talented chef who makes rustic Italian food to die for.” – Gwyneth
“Do you sometimes get the feeling you just have too much going on?
“At one end of the room the kids are crying out for you to teach them how to make that truly great detox teriyaki salad with miso-nettle dressing. At the other end of the room there’s a new movie script sent to you by the cuddly and awesome director Sam Mendes. And then the phone rings and it’s your supercool friend Madonna Ciccone begging you to step into that favorite old cut-price Balenciaga knee-length dress with your buckle belt and outrageous tartan boots and come with her to the opening of this great new restaurant up on East 54th Street.
“Meanwhile, you are desperately trying to get your butt in great shape while nourishing your inner aspect by learning how to fold napkins in a way that will make them more ecologically sustainable.” – Gwyneth