Dressing Michelle: Major Designers Wait for First Lady's Call
Oscar de la Renta:'Whites-Only' Designers Reap What They 'Sew' w/Mrs. O? (POLL)
"American fashion right now is struggling," says Oscar de la Renta. "I think I understand what [Obama and her advisers] are doing, but I don't think that is the right message at this particular point....I don't object to the fact that Mrs. Obama is wearing J. Crew to whatever because the diversity of America is what makes this country great. But there are a lot of great designers out there. I think it's wrong to go in one direction only."
He also took a jab at the outfit the first lady wore to meet Queen Elizabeth: "'You don't...go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater.'"
"I hope and believe that this is just a moment," says Karan. "And I hope to be able to dress her, and not only dress her but address her, sit down -- I'm interested in her totality as a woman."
"I love seeing young designers and their vision and how they grow and all of that," she says. "On the other hand, of course, I wish she would consider some of us, because I think we also have contributions to make."
The coolest thing about being African-American and bilingual Italian is that when you go to a model casting in Milan and are pointed to the sign that reads “no ragazze di colore” (no colored girls), you can: a) understand it; and b) get sent right back to thhttp://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/4/
4/716393/-Whites-Only-Designers-Reap- What-They-Sew-w-Mrs.-O-(POLL)e casting as a Brazilian and instructed by your agent not to speak English to anyone.
Today, in an article titled “Dressing Michelle: Major Designers Wait for First Lady’s Call,” Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) posted the outrage of American designers like Oscar de la Renta, who stated, “I don’t object to the fact that Mrs. Obama is wearing J. Crew to whatever because the diversity of America is what makes this country great. But there are a lot of great designers out there. I think it’s wrong to go in one direction only.”
Um. EXACTLY. So where is that sentiment decade after decade as U.S. designers send all-white models down their runways? I don’t know whether to shake with laughter or with disbelief!In Feb 2009, New York’s Fashion Week featured 116 labels and 3,697 runway spots. 668 of those spots - 18% - went to models of color. Not 668 models, mind you, because three of the top ethnic girls took up half of those spots with repeat appearances). That’s right, 18% women of color - ANY COLOR - on the runways and 82% white models. In New York City. So the real question should be “Donna, Ralph and Calvin, where in the world are your ethnic models?” And the answer is…
Calvin Klein: showed 1 look with an ethnic model out of 35 he sent down his runway.
Donna Karan: showed 3 looks with ethnic models out of 45 she sent down her runway.
Ralph Lauren: Nearly 50% of his looks were worn by Black, Latina and Asian models. That explains why WWD’s Photoshopped look of Mrs. Obama wearing a Feb 2009 U.S. runway design was from Ralph Lauren’s show - where they could actually find someone with brown arms and legs. (As for the above quote from Oscar de la Renta, comme d’habitude, his runway diversity was nearly 50%).
Understand that Feb 2009 marks a 50% increase over the year before, due to the concerted efforts of model-turned-agent Bethanne Hardison and designer Dianne von Furstenberg to diversify U.S. runways. As stunning examples, in 2008, Donna Karan cast 1 ethnic model out of 23, Calvin Klein cast 1 out of 21, and Jill Stuart had NONE (Paris’s entire 2008 Fashion Week - 40 designers - also had NONE - but they’re not demanding that the President’s wife wear their clothes). Two years earlier in 2007, 1/3 of the U.S. runways (101 shows) had no models of color whatsoever. We know that because WWD reported it…so how can they now champion the cause of the same designers to be represented by our African-American First Lady?Click for list of American designers that didnot use One POC model this 2009 season
Polifact, a project of the St. Petersberg Times has up the Obameter, which is tracking 489 of his promises, to see if he keeps them.
PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.Click through to see the graphic
So far on the kept side
No. 13: Require taxpayers to report more detail on capital gains taxesAgain, click through for the full details. Wee!!! I LOVE being able to see my government at work!!1
No. 125: Direct military leaders to end war in Iraq
No. 240: Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials
No. 241: Require new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.
No. 427: Ban lobbyist gifts to executive employees
They have also got their Truth-o-meter up and running!
I’m an American. And yes, I’m proud of the fact that Americans in aggregate have just conspicuously demonstrated that Bush was not our ideal leader. That we don’t want more of the same. That how we look and behave not only at home but in the world matters to us. And . . . that America can produce a chap like Obama. Can you imagine him as . . . British prime minister? And okay, he’s officially African-American‡‡‡ but he still looks like a white guy with a tan to me.§
And while I’m now perfectly willing to go with our first heavily tanned half-Caucasian president, I would still like to live to see our first woman president. She could be Hindu or first-generation from Japanese parents perhaps.
Exactly what, exactly, would she consider an African-American? On the other hand, I don't think I want to know.
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Hours after taking office on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases.
Military judges were expected to rule on the request on Wednesday at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an official involved in the trials said.
The request would halt proceedings in 21 pending cases, including the death penalty case against five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 hijacked plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Prosecutors said in their written request that the halt was "in the interests of justice."
Obama has pledged to shut down the Guantanamo prison camp that was widely seen as a stain on the United States' human rights record and a symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge under the administration of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.MORE
WOOT!!!! Do I need to make this another tag?
Obama halts all regulations pending review
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them.
The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by new White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. The notice of the action was contained in the first press release sent out by Obama's White House, and it came from deputy press secretary Bill Burton.
A bit of transparency
I'm going to be totally geeky and point to a really understated but telling change in how the government operates, as an example of how different things could be after 20 January 2009.
The way search engines operate, they go into your website directories and index information in advance, so they know what to provide when people type in queries. If you don't want the information on your website indexed, you use a robots.txt file to tell the search engine not to index your stuff. (Like the way I have robots blocked on my LJ so it isn't indexed.)
The Bush Administration had a robots.txt file that was 2400 lines long, and it forbade search engines from making it easy for people to find information on the Whitehouse website relating to such things as earmarks, 9/11, or the Office of Management and Budget.
The new Obama Administration robots.txt file is two lines long, and allows everything to be indexed.MORE
Oath of Office Barack Obama
Rev. Lowery Benediction (sorry but I won't stain my page with Warren)
Inaugural Poem recited by Elizabeth Alexander (I HAte the way she read this, I think I would like it better if I actually read it to myself. she reads it to stiffly and precisely for my taste)
Obama coming up looking serene
biden and his blue tie
crowd getting hyped up, shouts of obama
dear GOD its a HUGE crowd!
The President elect and various dignitaries
i swear people went a-searching for inspirational music, on the news stations , everywhere!!!!
cheers for the Pres elect, and the saluting of teh guards on either side!!!!!!1
cries of "obama!" from the crowd.
(Let me not be sarcastic, let me not be saracastic...America's peaceful transition omg!)
fucker bigot pharisee Warren prays. he'd better stay on religious themes, the fucker. do SHUT UP about dr. king, you are not fit. we are americans, justice and freedom for all except for gays, of course. asshole. treating fellow human being with respect (as long as you are not gay)
oh fuck give me bishop gene's speech anyday
what a hat aretha franklin! let freedom ring!
oath of office to biden adminstered by john paul stevens
it is done! GOODBYE Cheney!
musical yo yo ma, gabrila montero, anthony mcgill, itzack perlman
piece composed by john williams "air and simple gifts"
people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with
their leader, and to assume among the powers of the earth, a new and
more desirable Head of State, to which the Laws of Nature and of
Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind
requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the
national colours...I'm a sucker from ceremonial traditions
Thanks heavens i stayed home to watch this on tv, comfort and able to see everything.
Bush the elder and his wife Barbara. Nice purple in his case violet, scarves.
Jimmy Carter and his wife Roslyn
Pres. Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary. She won't be sworn in cause some idiot senator doesn't like her, but oh well. Beautiful royal blue coat she's got on there! Bill looks tired...
They are meeting and talking to Bush Elder and his wife. (Fox news is doing its best to convince its viewers that peaceful transitions of power and former leaders talking to each other happen only in America. Cause The Caribbean, Western Europe, some parts of Eastern, some parts of Asia don't count. I am ignoring them.)
Fmr Presidents being seated to fanfare...