What does it take to make it in Manhattan? Cynthia Scott will do almost anything for a chance to work in New York City’s fashion industry, even if that means becoming the live-in maid to three spoiled roommates just to make ends meet. While struggling to make an impression on Fashion Avenue and scrubbing her way to the stiletto-clad lifestyle she desires, Cynthia catches the eye of handsome Evan Hewitt II, prompting roommate rivalry, hilarious high jinks and a happily ever after that can only be the work of a very chic fairy godmother.
Not everyone loved Bojack Horseman the first time around. There’s quite a lot to digest in this cartoon about the shenanigans of a washed-up celebrity horse running around a tinsel town, trying to make a comeback. The offbeat humour didn’t get a universal thumbs-up, and some critics felt that the whole thing amounted to a bit less than the sum of its parts.
The problem with this is that critics came at the show from totally the wrong angle. As a throwaway cartoon comedy Bojack Horseman is hard to place, but as a slow-building drama about the hypocrisy and absurdity at the heart of Hollywood – with a surprisingly complex protagonist played by Will Arnett – it’s a fascinating and original piece of work. It’s more Six Feet Under than Family Guy, and now that series two is out, it’s time for a reassessment.
Bojack Horseman is surreal and dark, but surrealism and darkness aren’t necessarily what separate drama from comedy. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for example, goes to a lot of dark and weird places, but it’s unarguably a comedy series. So what’s different about Bojack Horseman? First of all, there’s no reset button at the end of each episode. The story threads run through entire seasons, with the characters and their relationships gaining momentum with each episode. If one of the characters gets their feelings hurt in one episode, they’ll internalise that wound and it will be manifested and felt in future encounters.
One example that comes to mind from season one is Bojack’s relationship with his friend Todd (played by Aaron Paul). They have an unhealthy, co-dependent relationship, and their unwillingness to deal with this causes problems that twist and darken across the whole season.
This long-form character development is also in place in the new season. Bojack is taken by surprise when he meets Wanda ( Lisa Kudrow), an owl that has recently woken up from a 30-year coma. But the episode is not just a 25min rollercoaster of high-jinks that leaves Bojack with exactly the same set of problems and character traits he had at the beginning. Bojack initially welcomes how Wanda sees him as a person rather than as a celebrity, but the freedom this gives him also comes with new responsibilities. By the end of the episode, Bojack – with the help of some constructive feedback – has learnt he needs to adapt to his new relationship if he wants it to work. This gives a new and acutely present layer to his character in the episodes that follow.
What makes this different from a comedy series such as Friends, in which the characters have relationships that change and grow over a course of seasons, is the substance of the interactions. Bojack and the people/animals that surround him all have quite serious addictions and locked-in, existential pain. The long-form character development is in no way a schmaltzy, laugh-a-minute, feel-good journey; it’s a close-to-the-bone exploration of some profound psychological grit. In Bojack’s universe, actions have consequences that don’t get wiped away at the end of the episode. The characters have to deal with these, and as a result it’s quite a gruelling show to watch.
Another reason that Bojack Horseman should be considered a drama rather than a serial comedy is that for all the sass and surrealist gags, there is zero flippancy around the dramatic arcs. Series one saw Bojack confront a painful relationship with an old friend. The way these scenes were portrayed looked and felt completely serious, and while other series may have thrown the audience a bit of comedic rope to ease the bleakness, Bojack didn’t. That’s not to say that the show isn’t hilarious – it is – but the jokes hit you in a different way to the constant stream of gags you get in your average adult American cartoon.
Series two dives straight in with serious moments. The opening episode is littered with noirish encounters between Bojack and his mother – some flashbacks and then a present day phone call. Bojack’s mother moves seamlessly from one unthinkably poisonous sentiment to the next, tearing down any hope Bojack has of feeling at ease with the universe. There may be the odd absurdist comic line, but the overwhelming tone of the scene is one of unrelenting cruelty and sadness.
Other comedy series have poignant moments, but these are undercut by a joke, and you’re brought back to the comedy. Bojack Horseman, on the other hand, has these frequent dark and dramatic moments but there’s no comedic resolution; all you’re left with is the hurt the characters are suffering. The effect is unlike anything else, and it invokes a very strange feeling. The Bojack Horseman universe is so bizarre that you keep expecting it to be a comedy, but it rebels against its own set-up and becomes deeply moving.
You can take Bojack Horseman on any terms you want, but you might feel like you’re missing something if you view it as a straight-up comedy. It may look like a frivolous animation about candyfloss-coloured animals, but with all the complex characterisation and serious treatment of its darker elements, Bojack Horseman is anything but cartoonish.
Are you a woman with size 12-15 feet? Do you find shopping for shoes an uncomfortable experience due to the lack of sizes to accommodate your large feet? Well luckily for you, shoes in your size do exist.
Various Instagram boutiques and brick and mortar stores cater to big and tall women who need custom shoes that fit your budget and discriminating style.
‘Finding affordable, trendy styles is a huge struggle for women who wear extended sizes,’ Ashlie Davis, founder and creator of Smash Shoes, told The Huffington Post.
She added: ‘Sure, if a woman wears a size 12 she can find any shoe that fits, but will that shoe make her outfit stand out? Will that shoe help restore her confidence in her sense of style? Our mission is to be a reliable shoe line that offers young, vibrant and contemporary styles for women wearing extended sizes.’
The Huffington Post has compiled a list of stores to make your shoe shopping a lot easier.
Torrid (Up to size 13)
Long Tall Sally x Barefoot Tess (Up to size 15 )
FullBeauty (Up to size 14)
Smash Shoes (From size 10 to 13)
Isy B. Shoes (Up to size 16)
Most businesses are aware of the danger posed by malicious network intruders and other internal and external security threats. Unfortunately, in many cases the actions they have taken to secure people, information and infrastructure from outside attacks are inefficient or incomplete. Responding to security threats and incidents requires a competent mixture of risk management, security policies and procedures, security auditing, incident response, legal and law enforcement issues, and privacy.
Critical Incident Management presents an expert overview of the elements that organizations need to address in order to prepare for and respond to network and information security violations. Written in a concise, practical style that emphasizes key points, this guide focuses on the establishment of policies and actions that prevent the loss of critical information or damage to infrastructure.
CTOs, CFOs, Chief Legal Officers, and senior IT managers can rely on this book to develop plans that thwart critical security incidents. And if such incidents do occur, these executives will have a reference to help put the people and procedures in place to contain the damage and get back to business.
This year we’ve revamped our blogger program and partnered with WWD to create the WWD Social House in order to demonstrate the evolution of influence to attendees, brands, and retailers.
Aside from engaging panel discussions and trend highlights, you can learn about the shifting definition of influence from the fastest rising stars on Vine, YouTube, Instagram, as well as the leading costume designers of the top shows on TV, Hulu, and Netflix. Below we’ve highlighted the people you must follow for August 2014.
1. LISA DENGLER | JUST ANOTHER ME
A recent Bachelors of Architecture graduate, now pursuing her dreams in New York, 23-year-old Lisa Dengler is now a full-time traveller, part-time photographer, stylist, designer, and model, and runs a personal style and fashion inspiration blog. Extremely passionate about anything fashion or design-related, Lisa created an interactive fashion magazine for the iPad called Just Another Fashion Magazine. Lisa loves blogging, working, meeting new people, and chocolate.
2. STEPHANIE & MELISSA VALENZUELA | THE FASHION CITIZEN
Melissa and Stephanie are twin ‘frugal fashionistas’ who reside in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. Through their YouTube channel, The Fashion Citizen, they share their sense of style with viewers. By mixing thrifted, vintage, and fast-fashion pieces, they emphasize that you don’t need to break the bank to create your own personal style.
3. JENNY BERNHEIM | MARGO AND ME
What goes better than Givenchy sandals paired with a vintage Chanel purse? Well, in Jenny’s case, it’s an affinity for fashion design accessorized with years of fashion styling experience. The fashion blogger is an energizer bunny dressed in Proenza. Jenny is a fashion PR specialist turned blogger, stylist, and designer.
4. PATRICK JANELLE | A GUY NAMED PATRICK
Recently nominated as CFDA’s Instagrammer of the Year, Patrick Janelle is a Colorado-native but dedicated New Yorker. Janelle made his way to Manhattan by way of Florida, California, and Germany. He earned his stripes in graphic design freelancing with clients in a range of industries including automotive, entertainment, and tech. On his free time, you can find Patrick riding his bicycle across the city or enjoying his daily cortado at a neighborhood coffee shop.
5. RACHEL NGUYEN | THAT’S CHIC
Raised in Irvine, CA, 23-year-old Rachel Nguyen, who now lives in Los Angeles, started her fashion blog in 2007 in the hopes of one day becoming a magazine editor. After landing a gig designing menswear at Paige Denim, and being let go 8 months later, Ngyuen was #funemployed for the first time since sophomore year of high school. Nevertheless, Ngyuen finally had the opportunity to focus on blogging and tackling her personal ventures.
6. MAI NGUYEN | MAI SASSY GIRL
Known as Tokyo’s #1 party girl recently turned mommy, Mai was named one of the most influential fashion interactive bloggers by Vogue Japan in 2011. In 2013, Mai moved back to LA after living in Tokyo for 10 years, and changed her blog from ‘Just Another Typical Night in Tokyo’ to ‘Just Another Typical Day in #motherhood.’ While staying globally connected to the fashion industry, she focuses on lifestyle discoveries and mini-style fashion as worn by her daughter #babyzooey.
7. STEPHANIE LIU | HONEY & SILK
Stephanie Liu is a woman of two cities. She’s a fashion blogger by night and entrepreneur by day, as well as a budding vegan and a dress addict. She created Honey & Silk as a place for sharing and discovering her identity and how the evolution of her style can be perfectly summed into words that describe her way of life.
8. WENDY BENDONI | FASHION AS IDENTITY
Professor Wendy Bendoni is the Chair of the AACSB-accredited Fashion Marketing program in the School of Business at Woodbury University. She has been an international trend forecaster for over 20 years. She’s developed over 280 trend/consumer reports for clients including Nordstrom, JCPenney, OP, BCBG, Levis, C&A, Target, Honda, Stila Cosmetics, Victoria Secrets and Guess. Her credentials as fashion and lifestyle forecaster requires assisting retailers and manufacturers on developing design concepts and consumer behavior insight. In 1998, she also founded the Los Angeles division of WGSN and ran it for over 8 years.
9. MANDI LINE | PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
Mandi Line is one of today’s most influential and sought after costume designers with a wide variety of credits in features and TV shows to commercials and music videos. Her work on the top rated ABC TV show PRETTY LITTLE LIARS for the past 3 seasons has made her a force in fashion with today’s millennial generation. Line is currently working currently working on SHAMELESS and recently completed the first season of MTV’s teen hit FAKING IT.
10. Dan Lawson | THE GOOD WIFE
Primetime Emmy® nominated Daniel Lawson is the Costume Designer on CBS’s THE GOOD WIFE starring Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski. Lawson is also known for his television work on HBO’s BORED TO DEATH with Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis, NBC’s LIPSTICK JUNGLE with Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, and Lindsay Price and NBC’s KINGS with Ian McShane, Susanna Thompson, and Chris Eagan.
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11. JILL OHANNESON | REVENGE
Jill Ohanneson is currently the Costume Designer on ABC’s breakout hit REVENGE (now in its 4th season). Jill’s feature credits include PREMONITION with Sandra Bullock, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS featuring Josh Hartnett, and INSTINCT with Anthony Hopkins. Her television credits include the last 3 seasons of SIX FEET UNDER for which she was nominated for an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Costumes for a Series’ (2003, 2005) and won a CDG Award for ‘Outstanding Costumes in a Contemporary Series’ (2006). She also was the costume designer for the pilot and first episode of FIREFLY and the first seasons of DEXTER, LIE TO ME, SWINGTOWN, and THE EVENT.
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