Roman Fountain Of Trevi Gets $3.5 Million Facelift From Fendi

fountain-trevi-rome.ni924bea48c2e5212733e9bf6d24d2ebd7_1Italian luxury fashion brand Fendi will toss way more than 3 coins at The Trevi Fountain when it underwrites a much-need $3.5million restoration of the baroque masterpiece.

The restoration of the fountain, completed in 1762, is due to take 20 months. Rome’s fountains “are there to glorify water, which is the most important thing in life,” Fendi’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld told a press conference.

The Trevi Fountain is the backdrop for one of the sexiest scenes in cinema from

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Federico Fellini’s 1960 Masterpiece, ‘La Dolce Vita’, starring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni.

The Fountain was last restored in 1989. Last summer parts of the stonework from the fountain’s façade started to crumble after being affected by winter weather.

Dolce And Gabbana’s Scheme For Paying Back Taxes: D & G Baby Perfume, $45

15BabiesNow the tax-challenged Italian duo is hoping to make liras off the butts of pampered babes with a $45 luxury scent marketed for infants. It’s an offensive and image-instagram-stefano-1cynical idea and an anti-intuitive one, as who could possibly think splashing designer (or any) perfume on the sensitive skin of a baby makes sense?  Please, fellas. Maybe design a leopard-pattern diaper bag lined in fuschia, instead.

­Via RT:

“How can babies smell even sweeter than they already do?” According to the Dolce & Gabbana-produced magazine Swide, the “familiar smell associated with babies that melts our hearts will only be accentuated” by the new fragrance.

It is due to contain the scent of citrus, melon and honey, and won’t contain alcohol to irritate a babies’ skin.

However, some parents say they still “can’t imagine any mother doing that to a child”, concerned overm198502970002 the use of chemicals absorbed into the babies skin, prompting allergies.

The perfume will be unisex, “to cuddle and pamper every little boy and girl.” It’s expected to go on sale later this year, priced at about $45 for a 50ml bottle.dolce27f-1-web“–Via RT

All-American Hair: Before The Age of Artifce And Karl Lagerfeld Doesn’t Like Michelle Obama’s Bangs

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The Gibson Girls

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Louise Brooks, The Flapper “Bob”

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Veronica Lake

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In the new Vanity Fair , “the ponytailed designer revealed, “I don’t understand the change of hair . . . Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It’s not good.” He also noted that Mrs. Obama now resembles “une speakerine de LCI,” or an anchor on the French news network LCI. Although Lagerfeld has made unpopular statements about beloved pop-culture figures in the past, the Michelle Obama–bang harangue is especially surprising considering that the designer has identified himself as “a big fan of Mrs. Obama” in the past. Particularly, he specified, a fan of her face. “I think, [it] is magical,” he told Metro World News last February. “[Barack Obama] would not be there without her.” Remarkably, the statement was not the first time Lagerfeld had marveled at the First Lady’s visage. In 2011, he told USA Today, “I like her face, the cleverness of her face. Her face is stronger than the clothes.”–Vanity Fair

Before the Barbie-doll , big-haired, “don’t try this look without extensions and a weave”  Beyonce look took over, there were classic looks that still look pretty in our pumped up world of plumped lips and fake boobs. Here, a look back at a century of American beauties and iconic hair styles from The Gibson Girls to the ultimately tragic blonde bombshells Farrah and Veronica Lake.

Preservationists Vs. Mayor Mike’s Towering Ambition: 33 Midtown East Buildings Added to Landmark Wish List

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“Historic Districts Council has further refined the list to 33 buildings worthy of New York City Individual Landmark designation, and has prepared official Requests for Evaluation to be submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for each of these 33 buildings.

The buildings represent the area’s rich range of architecture: remaining 19th and early 20th century buildings that recall the residential, pre-Grand Central days of the area, hotels and office buildings that rose around Grand Central soon after its completion in 1913, and post-World War II modernist office buildings that helped solidify the district’s status as one of the world’s premier business addresses. “Together they tell the story of a transformative period in New York City history,” according to Françoise Bollack, a New York City architect and President of the Historic Districts Council.

Additional Buildings of Concern: The original survey HDC conducts resulted in a list of 78 buildings, from that list it was refined down to 46, and then again to the final 33. Although they did not make the final list there are still 13 building that HDC deserves recognition as being under threat from the proposed zoning.”–Historic Districts Council

Gomer Pyle’s Impossible Dream: Jim Nabors Marries Partner Of 34 Years

Yes, Gomer Pyle got married at 82.  And yes, he can sing. Celebrating Jim Nabors’ love story and same sex marriage, no  longer an impossible dream:

The Associated Press HONOLULU — “The actor best known for playing the TV character Gomer Pyle in the 1960s has married his male partner of 38 years.

Hawaii News Now (http://bit.ly/14tFM3U) reports Jim Nabors and his partner, Stan Cadwallader, traveled from their Honolulu home to Seattle to be married Jan. 15.

Gay marriage became legal in Washington state last month.

The 82-year-old Nabors says you’ve got to solidify something when you’ve been together as long as they have.

They couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter. Cadwallader is 64.

Nabors says he’s been open about his homosexuality to co-workers and friends but never acknowledged it to the media before.

Nabors played Gomer Pyle in “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” television shows ”

How The 1% Eat: Petrossian Powdered Caviar And Caviarcream

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Put this on your spice rack: dried caviar buttons packaged in their own mill by logoPetrossian, the people who first brought caviar to Paris in 1920 after the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Petrossian Restaurant, New York

At $88 for 30 grams, powdered caviar (Fleur De Caviar), ain’t cheap, but it’s still less expensive than the real thing and has a longer shelf life. Fresh-grind it over  the usual caviar partners for  a briney, pricey punch of flavor with eggs, pasta, potatoes, scallops, etc.

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Petrossian Cafe and Boutique, New York

For those in the under $50 gift club, there is also  Petrossian’s Caviarcream. At $42, it’s a small but impressive hostess gift or a guilty pleasure for yourself. The billionaire brunch bunch like it on omelettes, blini or brioche. 25% caviar, 2 oz. Both, exclusively at Petrossian.

http://www.petrossian.com/

Mary Lincoln’s Jason Wu: Elizabeth Keckley And ‘Where Was Ebay When Mrs. Lincoln Needed Dough?’

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Mary Lincoln photographed by James Brady in a Elizabeth Keckley Gown

She shopped220px-Elizabeth_Keckly_UNCmarylincolntadlincolnwillielincoln marytodd6 and shopped and hid as much of  her over-spending  as she could from Abe. After his death, creditors who had been reluctant to dun the president’s wife, now wanted to be paid. Traveling with her dressmaker and b.f.f.,Elizabeth Keckley,  a former slave and later society modiste to real life Civil War Housewives Mrs. A. Lincoln, Mrs. Jefferson Davis and Mrs. U. S. Grant, Lincoln  secretly visited New York hoping to  discretely resell her stuff. The press found out and “the old clothes incident” became yet another embarassment for Mrs. Lincoln:

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Mary’s sister: “Her chief enjoyment consists in purchasing and storing.”
Source: PBS.org, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided“The horrors of the Civil War, domestic bereavement, and the fact that she was not accepted socially in Washington, then largely a city of Southerners, made Mrs. Lincoln’s White House years unhappy. She vented her frustrations in an orgy of spending — buying handsome clothes and beautiful accessories for herself and elegant furnishings for the White House.”
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Abe Lincoln on learning of Mary’s over spending while redecorating the White House: “It never can have my approval … It would stink in the nostrils of the American people to have it said that the President of the United States had approved a bill overrunning an appropriation of $20,000 for flub-dubs for this damned old house when the soldiers cannot have blankets … The house was furnished well enough, better than any one we ever lived in … Well, I suppose Mrs. Lincoln must bear the blame, let her bear it, I swear I won’t!”
Source: PBS.org, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided

After Willy’s death, Mary retreated more into herself showing signs of instability and imbalance. Along with believing that Willy and Eddy visited her at night, Mary went on irrational shopping sprees.

“Mary continued to try to find comfort in possessions. She bought new dresses, hats … it was said that in three months, she purchased 300 pairs of gloves. Many of her purchases were never even unpacked.”
Source: PBS.org, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided”

With all due respect to Daniel Day Lewis, Louis C. K. will always be ‘Lincoln’ to me and I will use any cheap excuse to post video of L.C.K. in top hat and Lincoln suit on SNL: