The stars are shining bright tonight.
Life can prove eternally interesting and problematic at times when you unwittingly have a resting bitch face (RBF), aka Bitchy Resting Face (BRF). I’m talking about a puckered-up, cats-bum facial expression you regularly adopt when relaxed, which is often misinterpreted as rage, contempt and sadness.
Think Hollywood RBF-aficionados such as actors Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Jeremy Renner; singer Avril Lavigne and rapper Kanye West; fashion designer Victoria Beckham and arguably the most famous one of all, US editrix Anna Wintour of Vogue, second only to the original RBF: her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Of course, for these A-list celebrities (and fashion/British royalty), it must get a tad wearing having paparazzi follow you around 24/7, but their famed surly facial expressions as a consequence of resting bitch face syndrome are a true joy to behold.
Sadly, in real life you can’t make like fashion icon Anna Wintour and scowl your way through the day without offending someone. I should know – I too have a serious resting bitch face myself, which has landed me in a lot of hot water over the years.
At 41, I’ve gotten much better at adopting a poker face, but it’s taken many years and patience to perfect. My involuntary RBF has offended everyone from high school teachers through to newsroom bosses over the years – there have been some seriously awkward moments when I’ve had to explain myself.
And what can you really say? “Sorry, my face just does this on its own?” Or what about: “I was just born this way – sorry.” Once, I felt compelled to explain away my RBF to a close work colleague, a fellow journo I’m still friends with to this day, by saying: “Look, when I concentrate, I look really cranky, sorry in advance.”
You see, unfortunately I frown a lot when I’m working – it’s just what I do, I can’t help it. It doesn’t mean I’m remotely unhappy, sad, angry or being judgmental. Hell, maybe I should get a face full of Botox so no one can ever accuse me of having any facial expression!
And so I really relate to and empathise with Twilight actor Kristen Stewart’s RBF trauma in particular, which always seems to get her into trouble. I mean, why should she have to smile all the time – wouldn’t that look even weirder?!
Recently, when asked about her RBF, she told ELLE UK: “The whole smiling thing is weird because I actually smile a lot. I literally want to be like: ‘Dude, you would think I was cool if you got to know me’.” I’m feeling you, K-Stew.
What do you think? Do you have a RBF?
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Get fired at least once, make quick decisions and get up early are some of the wise words from Vogue editorial director Anna Wintour in a new book titled Winners And How They Succeed by Alistair Campbell.
The uber-successful editor has become renowned worldwide with her trademark bob, dark sunglasses and commanding nature.
Her role was parodied by Meryl Streep in the film, The Devil Wears Prada, yet Wintour states that she is never that hard on her staff because “perfection doesn’t exist”.
Despite being one of the most famous women in fashion and publishing, Wintour says that her most surprising trick is pretending to be sure of herself, even if she isn’t.
“It makes it clearer for everyone else. Most people prevaricate. I decide fast.”
Wintour also admits in the book that she cannot shoot an editorial, write a story or make a dress but her strength lies in being organised and a good delegator.
“People work better when they have responsibility,” she says.
If you’re a fashion-fiend like us here at SheSaid, then you know the excitement of watching a tell-all documentary about your favourite designer.
Not only are they an insight into the not-so-glamourous world of international fashion, but they’re also really humorous and informative to watch. Below are just a few films which you need to keep on high rotation.
The September Issue, 2009
Probably the only behind-the-scenes documentary about the elusive editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, this film is one of the best introductions into the fashion world. Although it’s aim was to focus on Wintour, her right-hand woman and stylist Grace Coddington stole the show with her epic one-liners and blasé attitude towards the cameras.
Bill Cunningham New York, 2010
As one of the main attractions of the New York Times, photographer Bill Cunningham has been shooting the streets for decades. His obsessive nature and keen eye for fashion has created some of the most iconic street-style looks the world has ever seen.
The film also touches upon his private life, and the struggles of the older generation of creatives which are fighting to keep Carnegie Hall alive.
Mademoiselle C, 2013
This documentary chronicles the life of former Vogue Paris editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld and her journey on creating a new and innovative platform as a stylist and creative director. Featuring designers such as Donatella Versace, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Giorgio Armani (just to name a few), it’s Roitfeld’s charm and close family bonds which makes this film a pleasure to watch.
Valentino: The Last Emperor, 2008
Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, The Last Emperor follows one of Italy’s most famous men, Valentino Garavani and how he came to create the house of Valentino. But don’t think that this film is just about clothes and accessories, another main theme is the close relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti and how this has influenced his life – both creatively and on a personal basis.
Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind – Tom Ford, 2011
OWN commissioned one of the first fashion documentaries with the one and only, Tom Ford. As a creative director for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent for most of his lifetime, Ford takes us through the journey of creating his first unisex fragrance, and later, womenswear label. Incredibly inspiring for budding fashion designers and stylists who cannot resist the charm of Tom Ford.
The Secret World of Haute Couture, 2007
One of the only films to explore the exclusive world of haute couture and it’s outrageous clientele, this film will keep you glued from the start. Some items take years to perfect, which makes the unknown world of haute couture different from the mass-produced pret-a-porter collections which are easily available.
Images via BBC, Diego Guevara, Tumblr, The Cia, Zeitgeist Films, Amazon
The Met Ball, an event not to be missed by anyone who is anyone in fashion will be held this Monday the 5th of May. Attendees will be more sophisticated than ever, strictly dressed in the theme ‘White Tie and Decorations’ in honour of British designer Charles James. Guests will look like royalty to climb the 72 steps in heavy couture to impress the queen of fashion herself Anna Wintour. Expect to see vintage, vintage and more vintage.
The red carpet will be filled with ball gowns, gloves, satin and a whole lot of diamonds, get ready to be jealous ladies! We’re talking high society, designers like Oscar de la renta, Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Valentino.
I bet you’re wondering what eye candy to look out for too…don’t worry you won’t be disappointed. The men will look like the Prince of your dreams, with top hats, white waistcoats, gloves, cuff links, bow ties, and tail coats.
Who will be there?
Unfortunately beloved Gwenyth Paltrow declined her invitation this year, not really unexpected when she spoke out about how unimpressed she was with 2013’s event.
But not to worry…
Bradley Cooper will be along side Sarah Jessica Parker as cochair’s.
The Met Ball just wouldn’t be the same without SJP, she is the one to look out for on the red carpet. Each year we see her embracing each theme to the maximum, lets not forget that punk rockin gold and black headpiece.
Just to keep things interesting, Kanye West will also be attending and you never know what will happen when he graces these events with his presence. There’s no doubt Kim Kardashian will be right beside West, but let’s hope she makes a come back from last year’s get up. The skin-tight, busily printed dress caused her to be compared to a blimp and sofa.
Then there is the most anticipated attendee…First Lady Michelle Obama. Who, the morning of the gala is to cut the ribbon to the Anna Wintour Costume Center, previously the Costume Institute.
It seems the 2014 Met Ball will be an eventful night, make sure you check back in with SheSaid next week for the recap!
Who will dress to impress?
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By Amy Miller