So yes, first order of business: we’ve got a lot of Rihanna for you this week, and in one instance, she is actually carrying something other than Dior. (Nobody tell Dior’s PR department.) Is there any greater selling point than Rihanna?
Earlier this week, Selena Gomez quietly became the most popular person on Instagram, surpassing even her BFF Taylor Swift. Once the media latched on to this factoid, however, it was much less quiet. In fact, Selena has actually gained an additional 2 million followers since the news broke, leaving her ex, Justin Bieber, lagging almost 10 million followers behind.
Selena Gomez wins our handbag exclusivity contest this week (because it’s always a contest) with a logo’d Louis Vuitton satchel that’s hot off the Paris runway. Selena’s in a weird limbo with Louis Vuitton: she carries the brand’s bags frequently and goes to their shows, but unlike most of LV’s celeb faces, she’s never been in one of the company’s campaigns.
Do celebs intentionally take advantage of bigger holiday shopping crowds to step out and get some shopping done while feeling normal? I’ve never given much thought to this before, but we’ve seen more celeb snapshots from outside Barneys and inside popular LA shopping hot spots like The Grove this month than we have all year.
The powers of the paparazzi are myriad. They have a strange ability to transform a “normal” person into an instant celebrity via their unwanted attention. (It’s happening again this week to the sister of someone you already know and love.) They can always recognize Lady Gaga in all of her various disguises.
The Sundance Film Festival started off as Robert Redford’s Utah-based labor of love, where independent filmmakers could come to share their work and and find support. Now it’s a full-on celebrity carnival, especially for actors and actresses looking for some indie cred and studios hoping that their films will generate some very early Oscar buzz.