YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsVanity


April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If you were scrambling to get your application in to meet today's deadline to get what amounts to an online vanity plate to replace ".com" in your business' Web address, you can relax a little. A system glitch has granted you an extension.  Today, 839 participants were to have their applications in to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, but ICANN discovered a technical issue with its top-level domain application system, or TAS. "ICANN is taking the most conservative approach possible to protect all applicants and allow adequate time to resolve the issue.
March 3, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
While the location of Graydon Carter's famous Vanity Fair Oscar party changed Sunday for the first time in five years, the abundance of A-list celebrities attending the bash did not. Winners from nearly every category, including Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o and Alfonso Cuarón could be found in high spirits, most clutching tightly onto their Oscars. The exclusive party, in past years held at the Sunset Tower, moved to a parking lot on the south side of West Hollywood's Sunset Plaza, the main tent offering sweeping views of the city from one side and a wall lined with portraits of past Oscar winners on another side.
August 14, 2009 | David Colker
Think of it as the digital camera for the lonely. Samsung unveiled a camera Thursday with a view screen on the front as well as on the back. And why would people want this DualView camera, as Samsung calls it? To take pictures of themselves. "The growing popularity of social networking sites has given rise to the self-portrait," Samsung said in its news release, "with many consumers turning their digital cameras on themselves." Many who have used social networking or dating sites can relate to holding a camera at arm's length in front of themselves while snapping a picture.
March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Vanity Fair, in conjunction with Chrysler, saluted writer/director David O. Russell and the cast of his film “American Hustle” on Thursday at Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood. The event was part of the magazine's Campaign Hollywood, a weeklong celebration leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards.  The crowd: Up for 10 Academy Awards, “American Hustle” was well-represented by actors Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, Paul Herman and Elisabeth Rohm, writer Eric Warren Singer and producers Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle.
March 24, 2010 | By ANN POWERS, Pop Music Critic
Hubris. Whoever remains to sing and, eventually, go on the summer tour after Wednesday's elimination round on "American Idol" should spend some time pondering that very old but suddenly relevant term. Though this season's remaining bunch is hardly overconfident, the ridiculous song choices and emotionally tone-deaf performances Tuesday night showed a lack of self-awareness that translated into fatal overreaching. In the ancient world, hubris was the sin a blindly arrogant hero might commit before the gods -- dragging around the corpse of somebody he'd vanquished, for example, or desecrating a temple out of sheer carelessness.
November 27, 2009 | By Steve Salerno
Killing time in a mall recently, I wandered into an upscale jewelry store. My gaze quickly settled on a pretty sterling silver pendant, which I thought might make a nice gift for my granddaughter's birthday. Because it bore no apparent price tag, I had to violate J.P. Morgan's famous maxim and ask. Old J.P. was right: I couldn't afford it. Not at $1,195. Later that day, I was in a Wal-Mart, and out of curiosity I stopped by its jewelry counter. I saw another sterling silver pendant, which, to my untrained eye, was remarkably similar to the first one, and every bit as pretty.
September 8, 1991
Re "The Americans Are Coming" by Alex Beam (Aug. 11): Whatever the merits of this book, the competence of your reviewer, Michael Lewis, is questionable. He writes that Americans have this "national vanity" that fosters the "naive suspicion" that any foreigner would rather be one of them. Gee, how did we ever come by a crazy notion like that? Well, how about the recent census that documents 86 foreign languages spoken in Southern California alone? Or maybe that we are so overwhelmed with illegal immigration that it has been suggested that we use our National Guard to help protect the integrity of our borders?
March 25, 1995
Thank you for bringing attention to what many of my peers consider an unscrupulous attempt to perpetuate the sexist image of women in Hollywood--and in our society at large ("A Tribute or Demeaning Reflection?," Calendar, March 16). Being a writer, the first page I turned to in the "Hollywood" issue of Vanity Fair was the screenwriters' portrait. Imagine my dismay at seeing not one female face in the crowd. Vanity Fair rep Elise O'Shaughnessy explains that five female writers were invited but couldn't make it. Five women--versus more than 18 men. Gee, that's fair.
November 26, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The hottest Oscar after-party in town is back -- only smaller. Vanity Fair says its annual Academy Awards party is returning for next year's Oscar night on Feb. 22. The magazine's 2008 bash was canceled in support of the Hollywood writers strike. The A-list soiree will take place at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower Hotel instead of its traditional home, the now-closed Mortons restaurant. -- ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 12, 1994 | BILL BOYARSKY
Tuesday's election showed that the vanity candidate has become as much a part of our political life as television commercials and campaign contributions. By vanity candidate, I mean someone who, after earning a lot of money, decides that his or her mastery of American capitalism is a qualification for high public office. So, as political unknowns, they sink a pile of their wealth into getting known, the first step in winning office.
February 4, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
The saga between behemoths Gwyneth Paltrow and Vanity Fair seems to have come to an anticlimactic close. Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter addressed long-running rumors that the magazine would blast the Oscar-winning actress -- an article he said some expected to be an "epic takedown" of sorts -- in his Editor's Letter for VF's 20th Hollywood issue. The highly praised cover features an Annie Liebowitz portrait of a diverse array of actors , including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Idris Elba, George Clooney and an extended pullout that features Michael B. Jordan, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomie Harris,  Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie and Lea Seydoux.
October 2, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jay Z: Rapper, music mogul, businessman and family man. The Grammy-winning musician opened up about wife Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy in the November issue of Vanity Fair. The magazine threw back to the 2001 issue in which he and his wife both landed the cover, and Hova revealed that's when they "were just beginning to try to date each other. " "Well, you know, you've got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine," he told the mag's Lisa Robinson, who wondered if he would have been as successful with Bey had he been a ga s station attendant.
September 3, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kate Upton has been named model of the year and will pick up her pretty prize Wednesday at the 10th annual Style Awards that kick off New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion week. Reality-star-turned-fashion designer Nicole Richie will host the event, which also honors designer Zac Posen, celeb stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, and New York Giants wide receiver (also turned designer) Victor Cruz. The awards will air on CNN on Sept. 14, according to Glamour. Upton, the curvaceous, self-promoting honoree, got her start in Florida at age 12, but really catalyzed her career by landing the highly coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover spot (twice)
July 10, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Vanity Fair magazine has earned a reputation for serving up juicy Hollywood scandals, colorful celebrity profiles and tasty slices of popular culture. Now, it will delve into a new form of storytelling: original video. Vanity Fair has launched a digital video channel that initially will feature four original series, some inspired by popular features in the magazine and others offered in the same spirit and tone of the publication. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments "It's such an iconic and influential brand in the entertainment world, it touches upon politics and mysteries and culture," said Dawn Ostroff, president of Conde Nast Entertainment.
June 17, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
John Galliano's redemption media tour is upon us. Last week, he appeared on "Charlie Rose," and his full interview with Vanity Fair contributing editor Ingrid Sischy is now online at The British fashion designer was caught  on video in a Paris bar in 2010 making anti-Semitic remarks that prompted his ouster from the storied French fashion house of  Christian Dior  and from his own label in 2011. In the Vanity Fair interview, Galliano speaks about his difficult childhood.
June 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Pippa Middleton is putting her name to paper: The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge is now a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The royal's younger sibling, sister-in-law to Britain's Prince William, will pen a series of columns for the magazine, including her personal guide for Wimbledon watchers this summer. "I first went to Wimbledon when I was eight years old and already a very keen tennis player," the 29-year-old writes in the magazine's July 2013 issue, her first dispatch as a contributing editor.
July 30, 2005
I read "Beauty and the Bleach" (July 26) with a chuckle. My girlfriends and I are all in our "of a certain age" years. Many of us are of Asian descent, and we are all worried about our skin. The article made gratuitous mentions of colonialism and prejudice. That's a lot of hooey. There's nothing controversial about it. The article didn't address the single most important reason we want to "whiten" our skin: aging. We want to look younger. It's about vanity. We want our faces to be smooth and blemish-free as a baby's bottom.
September 7, 2003
The Special Fall Fashion Issue ("That L.A. Look," Aug. 17) was stylish! The models, ads and layouts were "uptown" and reminded me of the pizazz and sauciness of Vanity Fair. Congratulations! Continue the elegant, intriguing "look." Ray Considine Pasadena I can't say I much care what the "L.A. look" is or might be, but thank you for providing the answer: ugly clothes for skinny people. Alexander Hicks Sylmar
June 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In the last month, Google has been handing out the first editions of its much-anticipated Glass wearable computer devices to a select group chosen to try it out. One of them was avid bicyclist and science-fiction writer Margo Rowder, who was invited to pick up the high-tech eyewear at a Google office in Los Angeles. All those selected to buy the glasses must pick them up at a Google office and go through a Google initiation-like process. Rowder allowed me to tag along and experience the whole process with her. She applied to receive an invitation to the Google Glass Explorer program in February, telling Google she was interested in using the device to help her get around Los Angeles on her bike.
May 26, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Kjerstin Gruys is a UCLA doctoral student in sociology with a keen, feminist's interest in body image. Her dissertation will plumb the relationship between appearance and inequalities in the workplace. Acutely aware of how our permeating obsession with beauty and thinness instills insecurity in young women, she nevertheless embraces her girly side. Gruys loves clothes, makeup and shopping. But in 2011, six months before her wedding at a Woodside, Calif., winery, Gruys, now 30, did the unthinkable.
Los Angeles Times Articles