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Road NYT Op-Ed: A compromise on same-sex marriage? "It would work like this: Congress would bestow the status of federal civil unions on same-sex marriages and civil unions granted at the state level, thereby conferring upon them most or all of the federal benefits and rights of marriage. But there would be a condition: Washington would recognize only those unions licensed in states with robust religious-conscience exceptions, which provide that religious organizations need not recognize same-sex unions against their will. The federal government would also enact religious-conscience protections of its own. All of these changes would be enacted in the same bill." Pam: Flawed...

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Road James Franco wins Independent Spirit Award for Milk.

Road Jaguars: First Mexico, now Arizona...

Road Who wore a White Knot last night at the Oscars?

Road Yves Saint Laurent art auction expected to bring in $250 million: "A large portion of the proceeds is to go to a foundation to support AIDS research." His longtime partner Pierre Berge talked about the collection last December: "I’m very happy to have made with Yves one of the greatest collections of the century. In a few years, I will be very pleased to see at an exhibition the label ‘Provenance Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.’ In time people will tell one another, ‘You really should know about these two guys, who lived in the 20th century in Paris.’ I don’t believe in God. I only believe in human beings, in memory. That’s all. The memory will persist."

Road Norwegian iTunes leaks Kelly Clarkson album to the internet one month early.

Leonardo Road Possible self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in southern Italy: "The damaged oil-on-panel portrait was discovered by Nicola Barbatelli, a medieval historian, while he was researching the archive and picture collection of an aristocratic family at Acerenza (population 3,000), an ancient village perched on a rock above the river Bradano near Potenza in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. The family has asked to remain anonymous."

Road Michael Jackson planning "biggest comeback in history": "In one of the most lucrative music deals ever, the cash-strapped singer is reportedly on the verge of securing £1.5million-a-night to perform. Sources close to the negotiations have dismissed rumours of recent ill health and say a deal is weeks from being announced. The residency at the 20,000-seat arena will eclipse the longest run of 21 shows at the arena by U.S. singer Prince in 2007. Jackson is said to favour London over a U.S. venue because he still enjoys huge popularity across Europe."

Road Dallas Voice interviews U.S. Congressman Jared Polis.

Road Madonna pulls a Benjamin Buttons before heading to the Vanity Fair party.

Road Medical examiner details injuries of Ryan Keith Skipper, says slain man tried to fight back: "Deep cuts and slashes covered his back, neck and shoulders. He also had small bruises on the back of his head from falling or from someone hitting him, Volnikh said. It was the cut to the throat that killed the 5-foot, 10-inch man, Volnikh testified. The cut was 3.5 inches deep. A blade tore through his skin, tissue, muscles and, more fatally, an artery. Skipper quickly bled to death."

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Road Arkansas Presbyterians approve gay ordination: "Arkansas Presbyterians voted overwhelmingly Saturday for a constitutional amendment to allow noncelibate homosexuals to serve as deacons, elders and ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The lopsided 116-64 vote surprised leaders of the Presbytery of Arkansas, a collection of nearly 100 congregations spread across central and northern Arkansas.  'It tells me that there’s no predicting the Holy Spirit,' said Interim General Presbyter Sallie Watson, shortly after the vote. The presbytery, which has roughly 15,300 members, had narrowly rejected a similar proposal in 2001."

Road France not ready for a gay president.

UK Big Brother Star Stuart Launches YSL Guyliner


Stuart Pilkington, an actor from the UK's Big Brother reality show, is apparently the spokesmodel for Yves Saint Laurent's new men's eyeliner and demonstrated it shirtless at a recent launch while his fans waited to pounce in the background.

Make Her Up reports: "Touche Eclat For Men is unfragranced and will 'encourage men to use cosmetics as a skin enhancer, rather than to create a full make-up look', the company claims. David Walker-Smith, director of beauty at Selfridges, which will sell the product for $45 a pop, said: 'Men have gone from stealing beauty products from their wives and girlfriends to stocking up on their own. They no longer consider them to decrease their male bravado.'"

Wonder if they're bringing this to the states. Maybe Pete Wentz would push it, although he's probably coming out with a line of his own.

Or perhaps Mario Lopez, who was reportedly the talk of a recent EA Sports event for the mounds of pancake and mascara he was wearing.

Anyway, if you'd like a look at Stuart sans the guyliner, check out the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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road.jpg Fashion world remembers Yves Saint Laurent. Simon Doonan, of Barneys New York: “I have a permanent shrine to Yves in my house: a pair of couture croc thigh boots. His highwayman looks, his Cossacks, his lesbian tuxedos, his sexy safaris, his djellabas, his Spanish cigarette girls, his tartan flings. There is no end to his influence and fabulousness.”

Fashion Legend Yves Saint Laurent Dies in Paris


Fashion legend and brilliant master of couture Yves Saint Laurent died at his apartment in Paris on Sunday at the age of 71. Some excerpts from the NYT obit:

Berge* "Mr. Saint Laurent achieved instant fame in 1958 at the age of 21 when he showed his Trapeze collection, his first for Christian Dior following the master’s death. But unlike many overnight sensations, Mr. Saint Laurent managed to remain at the top of his profession as fashion changed from an emphasis on formal, custom-made haute couture to casual sportswear."

* "In September 1961, Mr. Saint Laurent announced plans to open his own haute couture house in partnership with his lover, Pierre Bergé (pictured, right, at the announcement of YSL's retirement). Mr. Bergé remained his lifelong business partner and was responsible for the company’s financial success, although they split up as a couple in the early 1980s."

* "Among his greatest successes were his Mondrian collection in 1965, based on the Dutch artist’s gridlike paintings, and the “rich peasant” collection of 1976, which stirred so much interest that the Paris show was restaged in New York for his American admirers."

Mondrian_2* "By 1983, when he was 47, his work was recognized by fashion scholars as so fundamentally important to women’s dress that a retrospective of his designs was held at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first time the museum had honored a living designer. Diana Vreeland, the legendary magazine editor and the doyenne of the Costume Institute, who masterminded the exhibition, called him “a living genius” and 'the Pied Piper of fashion.'"

* "'Every man needs aesthetic phantoms in order to exist,' Mr. Saint Laurent said at the announcement of his retirement. 'I have known fear and the terrors of solitude. I have known those fair-weather friends we call tranquilizers and drugs. I have known the prison of depression and the confinement of hospital. But one day, I was able to come through all of that, dazzled yet sober.'"

Saint Laurent's cause of death was reportedly a brain tumor. In recent years he had been hospitalized and in 2006 had a public collapse on a Paris street following one of the show's of the fashion house that bore his name.

Fashion Designer Yves Saint Laurent Hospitalized

Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent has been admitted to the American Hospital in Paris, WWD reports:

Saint_laurent"Pierre Bergé, the legendary couturier's partner, said Saint Laurent was 'not doing well' and that he was beset with respiratory trouble. Saint Laurent also is having difficulty walking. Bergé, visibly emotional as he left the Quincy restaurant here after dinner Wednesday with close friends, including Betty Catroux, said doctors had yet to diagnose Saint Laurent's current health woes. Saint Laurent, who has long suffered from neuroses and often acute depression, retired from fashion in 2002 and has since led a somewhat secluded life. Poor health has limited his mobility and physical activities, including his ability to sketch."

He is expected to be released in the coming days. If you'll remember, the designer suffered a similar scare last October, collapsing after a Paris show of the label that bears his name.

Designer Yves Saint Laurent Collapses on Paris Street


Hours after his label's Thursday night runway show in Paris, Yves Saint Laurent collapsed on the street. He was quickly rushed to the hospital by medics.

A spokesman for the designer said that he has checked out of the hospital, and is home recuperating.

Yves Saint Laurent came out publicly to the daily French newspaper Le Figaro in 1991, although he met Pierre Bergé, the man who would become his partner and fund the opening of his couture house, in the mid-50's.


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