December 8, 1999 |
An IQ of 37-24-36: Everyone is horrified by the news that 50% of L.A.'s public school students are flunking their classes. For one thing, if the trend continues, it could severely limit the pool of future game-show contestants. It could also lead to an epidemic of misspelled and ungrammatical graffiti, which would be extremely annoying, unlike regular graffiti, which is art.
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January 16, 1996 |
Charmaine Bade, a 15-year-old sophomore at Granada Hills High School, spent the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday hanging out with the Miyazaki sisters. That would be Marissa, 15, and Annie, 13. They didn't go to the mall. They went to their neighborhood Target. They were on a mission, though not exactly a mission from God. They, and about 500 other people like them, had come to see Claudia. Why? "Just because she's a famous person," Charmaine said.
October 22, 1993 |
Joan Lunden let German super model Claudia Schiffer promote her 1994 cheesecake calendar on "Good Morning America" for several minutes this week. Then the whip-cracking journalist went for the throat. What about romance, Claudia? Is it David Copperfield? Or Prince Albert of Monaco? "I haff no boyfriends," Schiffer answered sulkily. Unless, of course, you count the 250,000 fans who'd like to be her boyfriend but, faced with reality, settle for a shrink-wrapped facsimile. For $14.
March 11, 1994 |
Like model Ines de la Fressange before her, Claudia Schiffer has fallen out of favor with designer Karl Lagerfeld. It seems la Schiffer had the gall to appear in a Fanta soft drink ad. This, Lagerfeld told W magazine, was "stooping too low." Immediately after the designer's shows Monday in Paris, Schiffer disappeared without so much as a congratulations, according to Reuters. (De la Fressange's crime? The former Chanel model posed for a bust of Marianne, France's national symbol.
April 2, 1993 |
The last guilty mouthful of Dove chocolate is just a silky memory. So are the picture-perfect hairdos on the stars we watched with such loving attention Monday night. Ah, the Academy Awards. What could be sweeter than criticizing every last flaw on the most beautiful women in the world with one's dearest friends? "Somebody ought to tell Miranda Richardson and Andie McDowell where to get a girdle," muttered a friend who harbors a quaint, if flagging, belief in flat stomachs.
March 9, 1995 |
Seated with the precision of a military exercise, the audience at Jil Sander's show was scrutinizing itself for clues as to the current pecking order. Since we recognized only a few, including Azzedine Alaia, we passed the time scrutinizing clothing instead. Not surprisingly, the people who have exhorted their readers/viewers/customers/whatever to Think Pink for spring, aren't. In fact, spotting a bit of color in this crowd is like finding Waldo.