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Tarsem

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Tarsem & Jennifer Lopez

I believe it’s difficult to be a Gemini man who expresses himself through fashion in a typically Gemini fashion.  The styles that epitomize a Gemini woman can be rather conspicuous on a man.  For instance, when people ask me to name a male icon of Gemini style, I usually refer to Prince or Boy George.  I understand why most men wouldn’t be eager to embrace a similar signature style.  The word “trendsetter” is sometimes synonymous with “dresses-like-a-homosexual” in our society.

So when I discover that someone like Tarsem is a Gemini, I’m not surprised.  Almost twenty years ago, the music video director set trends in the medium that changed the way the world looked at music videos.  Anyone who was around at the time can’t deny the cultural significance of R.E.M.’sLosing My Religion” or En Vogue’sHold On.”

This is the sign of the trendsetter.  Some Geminis can keep it up for years and years, while others find that success can be as capricious as their own personalities.  Today’s birthday boy does have a film in production that is rumored to be a potential blockbuster.  Two decades ago this Gemini changed the way we looked at video.  Will Tarsem be able to do it again?  Only time will tell.

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May 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

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Stacy London

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Stacy London

I adore today’s birthday girl, Stacy London.  Watching her shopping on “What Not to Wear” reveals just what a textbook Gemini she can be.  I don’t know a lot of forty-something individuals working in fashion who aren’t jaded by the business.  Stacy, on the other hand, is still a kid in a candy store every time she begins to sort through the racks.  It’s refreshing to see someone who can be catty on cue, yet still shows genuine delight to be included in the business of fashion.

Gemini is the sign of eternal naiveté.  I wouldn’t call Stacy naive, but I wouldn’t define her as a cynic, either.  I don’t associate cynicism with youth, and I don’t associate Stacy with cynicism.  While she might crack a joke about a problematic outfit, she always offers a solution.  When you work in something as frivolous as fashion I suppose that it can be become easy to be dismissive rather than constructive.  Remaining fresh in this business is hard work, and it’s naive to believe otherwise.

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May 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

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Patti Labelle

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Patti Labelle

In my book, “Cosmically Chic,” I urge Gemini women to embrace short hair, simply because of the styling options a good, short haircut can afford an individual.  Today’s birthday girl, Patti Labelle, has been a shining example of Gemini qualities since the day she released her breakout hit, “Lady Marmalade,” with Labelle in the 70s.

While not all of Patti’s hairstyles have been short, I suppose the actual hair on her head has been kept short to allow her to take advantage of all the wigs and hair extensions that she’s donned over the years.  I can’t think of another celebrity who has consistently wowed me with her devotion to change over such a long period of time.  She’s an icon of Gemini style.

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May 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

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Jewel

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Jewel

Geminis crave change.  Their mercurial nature often has them running in several directions at once because they bored doing just one thing.  This is the sign of easy distraction.

Today’s birthday girl, Jewel, seems to exhibit typically Gemini qualities as far as her career is concerned.  She’s made a few genre records (with varying success) jumping from musical style to style just to try her hand at different things.  I wonder if she’d be a little more successful if she adopted a more-mercurial sense of style.

I often call Geminis “the big kids of the zodiac.”  But there’s something quite refreshing about having a teenager’s wide-eyed approach to fashion.  When you first discover what fashion can offer you, it seems as if the world is your oyster.  Jewel, on the other hand, has sort of clammed-up.  Her personal style hasn’t run the gamut like her musical career has, and it bores me in a way that her music doesn’t.  I adore her as an artist because she’s mercurial, even when she’s creating music I don’t listen to.  As a fashionista, however, she sort of lets me down.

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May 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

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Don’t look up . . .

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Jupiter

Tomorrow marks the first of three exact oppositions between Jupiter and Saturn that will occur between now and March 2011.  Since this cycle of events only occurs once every twenty years, I’d like to discuss it in the context of fashion astrology.

The last time one of these opposition cycles pulled fashion in two directions was around 1990 — a particularly heterogeneous time in fashion.  80s-style excess was reaching a fever pitch.  The street styles of hip hop, post-punk and grunge were making inroads into high fashion, fueling the “antifashion” movement.  While the 90s may be remembered for minimalism, the early 90s were anything but minimal.  It was a cacaphonous, discordant era.

Likewise, 1970 was also a mess.  I like to use the 1969 film “Sweet Charity” as a shining example of how fashion was all over the map as the 70s began.  Contrast the high-octane glitz of the “dance hall hostesses” with double-knit daywear, the ultra-mod club kids and the antifashion styles of the hippies in the film, and the film stands up as an archive to one of fashion’s most-diverse eras.

With this Jupiter/Saturn opposition, we’re back to this sort of uncertain time in fashion.  While some critics are lauding Phoebe Philo’s minimal turn at Celine, others (like me) are praising Anna Sui for making maximalism cool.  In the meantime, we’re taking fashion cues from Lady Gaga the cast of “Sex and the City 2” — women who are renowned for acting (and dressing) like drag queens.

Take it from me: We haven’t seen the end of this aspect’s influence.  Fashion is going to get more fragmented before it begins to consolidate again.  We’re looking at one side of spectrum, and it’s a rainbow-colored mess.  Enjoy it while lasts.

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May 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

Naomi Campbell

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Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell represents the sign of Gemini like almost no other celebrity born under this sign does.  Today’s birthday girl is the epitome of duality.

I’ve heard the good and bad traits of Gemini described as two sides of the same coin, but I don’t believe that description is apt.  You can only see one side of a coin at a time.  With a Gemini individual, both sides are always staring you in the face.  And while they’re staring at you, it’s difficult to tell which is which.  There’s very little distinction between the good and the bad.

As far as her sense of style is concerned, Campbell makes a perfect muse for designers because she has that eternally youthful quality that fashion is always trying to capture (or recapture).  Fashion is driven by a mercurial spirit that’s always on the move but never too far away.  Naomi Campbell has been a part of the collective consciousness for more than two decades now.  Not only does she look as gorgeous as she did the day she started modeling, but she also doesn’t look like she’s going away very soon.

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May 22, 2010 at 8:49 am

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The Notorious B.I.G.

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The Notorious B.I.G.

The day got away from me yesterday, so I didn’t get around to posting about yesterday’s birthday boy, the Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie was a Gemini.  In my book, I claim that the spirit of fashion itself represents Gemini ideals.  Fashion is fickle, fleeting and it has the attention span of a teenager with attention deficit disorder.  Most men don’t care enough about fashion to embrace it in all it’s juvenile glory, and I suppose that Biggie felt the same way.  He wasn’t known as a fashion icon.

If he was alive today, however, I believe he would have “found himself.”  I often refer to Geminis as the “big kids of the zodiac.”  With Gemini men, they start to accept that quirk in their personality in mid-life.  There comes a time in their lives when they stop caring about what other people think of them and they start living according to a set of ideals that they’ve possessed all along.  It’s not exactly a mid-life crisis as much as it’s a return to the essence of their being.

Like every other rap magnate, Biggie would probably be doing a little of everything if he was still alive today — including dressing in a style that would define him.

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May 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

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