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Peter Thomas' Paralyzing Makeup?; The New 'V Man' is Kind of A Loser; Mario Lopez Snubbed by 2(x)ist; Ralph Lauren to Show in Paris; Croatia Invented the Neck Tie--Who Knew?

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We all might as well admit that we like to dab a little powder on our faces now and then to cover up unsightly blemishes, dark circles and (gasp!) wrinkles, and now, to better combat the latter, Peter Thomas has announced the launch of a new anti-wrinkle powder in his popular Un-Wrinkle range. Using a synthetic ingredient called SYN-AKE, the pressed power contains ingredients that act as muscle relaxers who's results are "similar to the paralyzing effects of snake venom." If it's going to stop those crow's feet, then bite me baby. [BellaSugar]

Petey, the winner of V Magazine's latest modeling competition, may have already dropped his last name in a move of pretentious self-promotion, but it's not hard to see through those chiseled abs and glass-cutting cheekbones to the aw-shucks-boy-from-Tennessee inside. Hedi Slimane may have shot him for the mag, proving yet again that everything he touches turns to fashion gold, but Petey admits not only that Jim Carrey is his biggest hero, but also that he aspired to be on the cover of WWE magazine. Our advice: shut up and just look pretty, k? Thanks. [The Cut]

It's an all out stage war, bitches! First, we heard that Mario Lopez was feeling a little inadequate when his cast mate from A Chorus Line, Nick Adams, showed up with better biceps, requesting that Adams wear a long sleeved shirt so as not to upstage Lopez, and now eye-candy underwear company 2(x)ist is cashing in on the controversy by featuring Adams in their latest ad campaign instead of their original choice (you guessed it), Lopez. We say put the both in the ad campaign and let the battle of the bulge continue. [NYP]

First John Varvatos goes to Milan with his collection, and now Ralph Lauren is set to take his Purple and Black label to Paris at the end of this month. We get it--our dollar is weak, our President sucks, and everyone is getting fatter by the minute, but, please! Spare us our fashion dignity! [Haute Concept]

Let's play word association. Is say "Croatia" and what do you think of? Right--sexy beaches and land mines. OK, it turns out the country is famous for something else too: the birth of the neck tie! Croata, one of the countries premiere tie boutiques, is issuing a limited-edition series of designs called the "Croata 4" to hopefully get the world thinking about something other than dismembered (albeit tan) bodies when it comes to their home country. [Material Interest]


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