GFY Giveaway: TALES FROM THE BACK ROW by Amy Odell




THE PRIZE: We are delighted to have one signed copy of Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry for you! Per Amazon:

Funny and fearless, Tales from the Back Row is a keenly observed collection of personal essays about what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry.

In Tales from the Back Row, editor Amy Odell takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers.

But first, she has to push her way through the crowds outside, where we see the lengths people go to be noticed by the lurking paparazzi, and weave her way through the packed venue, from the very back row to the front. And as Amy climbs the ladder (with tips about how you can, too), she introduces an industry powered by larger-than-life characters: she meets the intimidating Anna Wintour and the surprisingly gracious Rachel Zoe, not to mention the hilarious Chelsea Handler, and more.

As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang’s ripped tights and Marchesa’s Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility—reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included. For Amy is the first to admit that as much as she is embarrassed by the thrill she gets when she receives an invitation to an exclusive after-party, she can’t help but RSVP “yes.”

The book comes out Monday, but we read an advanced copy — we blurbed it, in fact! Full disclosure — and I fully believe you AT LEAST need to read the bit where Amy interviews for a gig with Anna Wintour. I would have peed myself. (Which actually would also be good book material, so at least there’s that.)

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winners at random. But to keep it fun, and speaking of Anna, please comment and tell us the most terrifying boss you’ve ever had.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is for US residents only. (Prizing provided by the author. Thank you!)


Recent Fugs: Alison Brie

You cannot fault this woman’s lipstick (and hair, and general head) game. As you’ll notice in this slideshow, it is so on-point it could pirouette across the Lincoln Center stage.

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But she’s wasting it on all that uninspired pizza. Cut off the overhang, make it a tank dress, and we can talk. Otherwise, it just looks like when you try to sop up the grease in the pepperoni with your napkin, and it turns totally clear.

She had bad luck with a non-sheer outfit, as well, unfortunately:

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Well Played, Alice Eve


Yesterday, she’d raided Fraulein Maria’s closet. Today, she’s attacked Renee Zellweger’s wardrobe from Down With Love:

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Major upgrade. (No offense to Mrs Von Trapp. Although she has a very dashing husband, so I think she’ll be okay.)

[Photo: Getty]


Fug or Fab: Kirsten Dunst in Louis Vuitton

First of all, I am DELIGHTED that Kirsten Dunst is back. (She’s in the new season of Fargo, for one thing.) Super delighted. Beyond delighted. I actually clapped with glee at the thought of her return. And then, looking at this photo, I had a idea:

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She looks –I think — totally cute in this . Do I wonder how she hasn’t melted into the floor in a leather skirt? Yes. This outfit feels VERY Fall/Winter, while we are still stuck at the height of Summer/Hellfire. But (to my mind; feel free to disagree as always) I think it’s at least an appealing Fall/Winter, and for all we know, she’s in the middle of some magical spell involving dressing for the weather you wish you had, which shall bring forth cooler temperatures, in which case CARRY ON.

But second — and more importantly — I just decided that she and Amy Poehler could AND SHOULD play sisters in something. Immediately.

[Photo: Getty]


Fugs and Fabs: Various Recent Tennis Events

The US Open is on the horizon — Heather and I had a long conversation last night (post-wine) about how we’re VERY NERVOUS FOR SERENA — and ergo, New York is aflush with tennis fever: Tommy Hilfger launched his new campaign with Rafa by having a faux tennis match in Bryant Park (this is VERY TOMMY; last Fashion Week, he turned the Park Avenue Armory into a football field [honestly, it was AWESOME]), and Nike finagled a variety of stars to come play tennis in the street, surely as a promotional event for the Open. Let’s eyeball everyone. Bonus shirtlessness and cute tennis outfits abound.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Well Played, Elisabeth Moss in Andrew Gn


One of my sisters genuinely did own those pumps in the ’80s, I’m sure of it.

elisabeth moss

But I guess Elisabeth has been wearing ’60s fashions for long enough that she unconsciously might be averaging that out with the current decade and landing in Shoes I Kept Trying To Borrow And Fit Into By Shoving Kleenex In The Toes. They do at least tie into her outfit, which is cute enough in a Saucy Schoolmarm way, and the red hair is fun. There is consideration and intent behind this, basically, which I appreciate, even though my eye admittedly keeps going to the lonely sports bag behind her that just wants someone to take it home and cherish its quarry. Or as Tim Gunn might say, “Use the Random Sidewalk Athletic Freebies Thoughtfully.”

What was I saying? Oh, right: the outfit. It’s cute on her. And we’re headed into the VMAs this weekend, which are going to be a cauldron of crack. So I accept these basics warmly.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]