2 Fug 2 Furious


As I waited for this picture to download, I thought, “Wow, Eva Mendes hasn’t been in a movie in AGES. I wonder what she’s up to. A girl’s career can not run on dating Ryan Gosling alone.” So I looked on IMDb, and she’s in the new HBO movie from Larry David, also starring My Boyfriend Jon Hamm, so I guess she’s doing okay for herself:

EVEN IF SHE CAN’T DRESS HERSELF. I kid you not,  there is FOR SURE a scene in the Judith Krantz masterwork Scruples wherein our heroine Billie Winthrop Ikehorn Orsini puts on this very jumpsuit — presumably before running down to her store to give someone hell. Sexy, sexy hell. And while that is, in a sense, a compliment — I sincerely love that book — while Billie WIO remains awesome, her outfits are perhaps best left in the 80s.

(Parenthetically, I will not rest until all of you have read Scruples and, in fact, at least 2/3rs of the Krantz oeuvre. She published Scruples, her first novel, when she was 50 YEARS OLD, after working in magazines for years, and all of her heroines have extremely interesting, well-drawn jobs. It’s nice to read a trashy book where the heroine has all kinds of romantical problems but also has a fascinating and compelling career.  I am both devastated that the Natalie Portman-produced pilot of Scruples never got picked up, but also perhaps relieved that I don’t have to see Chad Michael Murray RUIN the character of Spider Elliot every week. I’m so torn. I long to see that pilot, as I fear it must have been completely hilari-bad. ANYWAY. I also highly recommend Krantz’s autobiography. It is called — wait for it — Sex and Shopping. And it’s dishy. Thus concludes this meeting of the GFY Parenthetical Trashy Book Club. We don’t like your outfit, Eva, but we appreciate the excuse for the digression.)

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  1. Jen
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    She’s also in The Place Beyond the Pines (with Ryan Gosling) – I think they actually started getting cozy during filming…?

  2. erin
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    I worship at the House of Krantz, and am in fact re-reading Princess Daisy for probably the 50th time.

  3. tangocharlie
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    Spring Collection is the book that introduced me to Judith Kranz (at the age of 15), and holy cats, it’s so filthy and delightful! There’s a trashy photographer, a girl with an eating disorder, and an accidental lesbian encounter (in France!). I need to read more of her works.

  4. Art Eclectic
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    You know, really this outfit needs a FUR TURBAN and a badass attitude to work.

    • Helen
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      That would make it so fetch! What a great idea.

      I do really love the boots, completely unironically. To the point that I’m not sure if I want to wear them or eat them.

  5. Lucille Austero
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    Don’t forego your rest on my account, Jessica. I have read every one of La Krantz’s novels at least once. Scruples is still my favourite. I’ve been lucky enough to give birth two times -bear with me, it’s not a digression – and BOTH TIMES a Judith Krantz novel was released in paperback a couple of weeks before my due date. I might have wished for drugs for the end game, but I sailed through the early and middle stages of labour, turning pages compulsively through the contractions.

  6. McLisa
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    She must have a thing for old clothes. I saw her at Starbucks in one of those flowery baby-doll dresses straight out of Brenda Walsh’s closet. Awful.

  7. Lucasta
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    Scruples is the best. THE BEST. Also, I really really thought this was Cindy Crawford on first glance.

  8. Amanda
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    Billie Winthrop Ikehorn Orsini ELLIOT. She marries Spider on the second book (there are three. Yes, I love Ms Krantz and her trashy, trashy novels)

    • Jessica
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      Yes, I know. But if this outfit is out of Scruples, she hasn’t married him yet!

  9. annabelle
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    She is one who constantly rests on her “but I’m so beautiful” laurels.
    Just because she has great hair and a sex bomb boyfriend doesn’t mean she can go traipsing around in any old thing.

    • Helen
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      Honestly, if I looked like Mendes…

      No, no, you’re right, I still wouldn’t wear this jumpsuit.

  10. Tiffany
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    The print doesn’t bother me, but the fit is so unflattering!

  11. Erin
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    Judith Krantz is straight up what made me devour trash when I was in my teens. I haven’ t read scruples in 20 years, but this post made me want to go back and read it! I remember being shocked — SHOCKED!–by the content. I think my first Krantz was “Till we meet again”–ooh, trashy! I am dying to re-read them all now as an adult…I wonder what I would think of them?!?

    Anyway, this outfit is tragic…there’s really nothing left to say here.

    • qwertygirl
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      I know, right? I think Princess Daisy was my first, but now I am CHOMPING AT THE BIT to reread her stuff. PD, Scruples, I’ll Take Manhattan…the funny thing is, there’s a scene or a snip from each book that has stayed with me through my life. I think from PD it was her shading the hero for wearing boots with more than one color leather when he wasn’t a Master of the Hunt, in Scruples it was her “punishing” herself for ordering mayo on her sandwich, and in I’ll Take Manhattan, it was the heroine launching Buttons & Bows magazine and putting together a mock of it from clips from other magazines. OMG IS THE LIBRARY STILL OPEN!?!?

  12. amys
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    I think Eva may be borrowing from Kim K’s closet while Kim is gestating The Future.

  13. Aria
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    This is awful. She needs Gosling to help her shop.

    I, too, love Krantz and Scruples in particular. Also read Scruples 2. And recently re-read Princess Daisy. I also sorted dreaded/sorta highly anticipated the reboot. I am now going to have to dig out the rest of the Krantz collection and re-read.

  14. MaryAnne
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    I have read everything Krantz wrote dozens of times … if I had to pick a favorite, I’d probably say “I’ll Take Manhattan” but not by much of a margin.

    And yes, they are delightfully trashy, but IMO are much higher quality and have better/deeper characterization than most “trash” (I’m looking at you Jackie Collins). Plus they have solid historical content – I swear I learned more about women in aviation in WWII from “Til We Meet Again” than I did from any history teacher!

  15. Pouncer
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    Natalie Portman produced a pilot of Scruples?!?!?!

    Natalie Portman?

    I could see La Lopez, or Joan Collins.

    • Helen
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      Say what you will about the Krantz oeuvre, it does feature strong women. And Portman never met a strong woman she didn’t like.

      I’m just sorry it didn’t get picked up.

      • JillC
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        After checking IMDB and reviewing the rest of the cast list, ME TOO. Lindsay Wagner as Narrator! Shades of 1980! Not so sure about Claire Forlani as BWIO, though.

        • Helen
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          Yeah, I don’t know if Forlani would’ve worked, but it’d be nice to have had the chance to find out. Oh well!

  16. Wade
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    Ms Mendes has an amazing, albeit short, role in the incredible “Holy Motors”.

  17. lesliev
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    I LOVED Judith Krantz and now I MUST go read everything again. I think I might have missed some. The horror!

  18. Sally
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    Can we please make the GFY Parenthetical Trashy Book Club a regular thing? Because I really really really want to be a member.

    I remember reading my first Krantz (up until then I had put her into a “schlock” category but I was at my mother’s, I got sick, it was there) and I kept thinking ‘holy crap, this is good writing!’ and not in the suckered-in-I-am- totally-manipulating- you kind of way (Dan Brown).

    Wait, what? We’re supposed to be talking about Eva? She looks stumpy. And shapeless. Eva should not look stumpy and shapeless.

  19. Aimly
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    Ok, you people are killing me! You are trying to force me to read Judith-freakin-Krantz?!? You don’t seem to understand, I’m an admitted literary snob but somehow you all are making me rethink my No-Krantz-Stance(TM). What is the world coming to? I must hold out, as much as I love you all, I don’t think I can do it. (Unless I get a big pair of sunglasses to hide my face. But when I hand over my library card, they will know who I am! Argh)

    • Jessica
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      Dude, Krantz is good. Life is too short not to read the occasional trashy book. Any librarian worth her sauce knows that.

      • Aimly
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        I just have to let you know how ridiculously tickled I am that you responded to my post. So in that spirit, I will check out Scruples. But if it sucks, be prepared for a serious rant! And if it’s good, I guess I’ll sneak in a tiny mea culpa.

  20. Vandalfan
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    I’m more intrigued by the half of a beautiful black and white plaid overcoat next to her. For her, I want to avert my eyes.

  21. jenny
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    O M G, this outfit. I truly think I have never seen a bigger waste of a good blowout, or more unflattering treatment of the waist, hips, thighs area.

  22. sarah
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    THIS FILLS ME WITH SO MUCH JOY!!
    I LOVE Judith Krantz!! I have read (and own) all of her books – including her memoirs. AND I LOVE ME A SEQUINED CAFTAN. (This I inherited from my grandmother… actually, I may have inherited my first few Krantz novels from said grandmother, too… And a few turbans.)

  23. Terre Bowden
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    you took me back…WAY back. high school, 11th grade maybe? no, more like 9th. LOVED LOVED LOVED Scruples. it was an education. i KNEW they were keeping the good stuff from me! good god, i was just thinking of her thing of hand washing her undies every night, even when she was obscenely wealthy. oh! and princess daisy: “which one of you bitches is my mother?” isn’t that the line? i need a dash of trash!

    • Lucasta
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      “Which one of you bitches is my mother” is from Shirley Conran’s LACE, and it is ALSO a classic, CLASSIC piece of trashy literature.

  24. LT1
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    I’ve never read any of the books but I lived for all those TV movies and might be why I still have an incredible weakness for Hallmark movies.

  25. Gigi
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    We should start a Krantz fan club! I read Scruples years ago and have devoured it, and the rest of the Krantz oeuvre, over and over again, just because they’re so much fun, and the main characters are independent and smart. I still think Buttons and Bows is the best idea for a magazine ever.

  26. Allison
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    That would be Wilhemina Honeywell Winthrop Ikehorn Orsini Elliot, and I remembered that without having read Krantz since middle school.

  27. Lilja
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    If it was just a blouse it would be pretty… but the fact that it’s a pantsuit is just too much… the cut is not flattering… it makes her legs looks like an obese lady that’s had 15 children… Eva, you are so much hotter than this

  28. Waltraud
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    Je suis un morphine beau printemps! Je suis une belle anthracite! ! Mourir entouré de beaux bitumineux bitumineux Waltraud http://paskasipurol.overblog.com/

  29. Kate
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    I worked on that pilot! I will tell you anything you want to know. The clothes were amazing, even on the extras. Do you like tangerine pantsuits? Because I do.

  30. Linda
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    I was totally admiring her blow out, and wishing next week comes quick so I can have my next keratin treatment, and then I scrolled down and saw the outfit.

    I feel like the teenage daughter in Poltergeist – “WHAT’S HAPPENING??!!?!?!?!?”

    WTF??! Is she going to a costume party as Kim Kardashian? No that can’t be it, she’s not wearing four inch platform heels.