Gwyneth Leaving the Silver Screen? Also, Why Andy Spade Is Thrift Store Shopping

Hello-Hello, happy middle of the week.

Today we have a mish-mash of little stories, beginning with word that über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow is apparently looking at leaving the silver screen. (Gasp!)

Via GOOP Pinterest

Via GOOP Pinterest

The news come via an Us Weekly report.

Gwyneth Paltrow is giving up showbiz for, well, business. A source says that after the 33 Dias actress wraps her next few films, she will focus on growing her lifestyle website, Goop, and the fitness company she co-owns with trainer Tracy Anderson.

In fact, the headline to the story claims Ms. Paltrow wants “an empire like Jessica Simpson.”  If so, she has laid the groundwork well. Her online presence continues to grow: the GOOP lifestyle website and newsletter she founded has a strong Facebook following, Ms. Paltrow’s Twitter followers number 1.4 million+, there are multiple other GOOP/Paltrow social media accounts and apps. Below, items from the Veronica Beard/GOOP collaboration.

Veronica Beard at GOOP

Veronica Beard at GOOP

I doubt Ms. Paltrow would give up acting entirely, foreverandever, so to speak. One thought that occurred to me this morning after reading more on the continued Macy’s vs. JC Penney lawsuit (those pesky Martha Stewart products!):  Macy’s should hire Ms. Paltrow to fill the Martha Stewart role, it would be perfect.

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Also today, an interesting take on monograms. J. Crew asked menswear expert and GQ editor Glenn O’Brien to write a piece on monograms.
J. Crew

J. Crew

WITH MORE THAN SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE on the planet, you have to make an effort to be somebody or else you’ll fail on Facebook, get dropped on Twitter. Your name may be forgotten, your number lost. The solution to identity in an age of teeming masses is setting yourself apart stylistically.

Consider the venerable monogram—it’s a traditional nicety that has long been a mark of personal style.

Below, some of Mr. O’Brien’s handkerchiefs.
J. Crew Blog

J. Crew Blog

One point Mr. O’Brien made with which I disagree:
We live in a landscape that is covered with corporate logos. If individuals are going to compete today, we need logos too.
Non, non, non.  Je ne suis pas d’accord. For openers, we do not need to compete. Furthermore, why would we want to?  There is a fascinating element of Mr. O’Brien’s piece:

Why limit monograms to your initials? My friend Andy Spade wears shirts monogrammed EDW. He bought them in a thrift shop and liked the randomness. And think of Elvis Presley, who had TCB (“Taking Care of Business”) monogrammed on everything. Three letters can spell out your interests and attitudes: FYI, TKO, BYO, ETC, IPO?

From the post.
J. Crew Blog

J. Crew Blog

Who knew?
You can read the entire piece here. If interested in looking at what Crew offers, you can find the men’s offerings here and women’s here. (No, I am not being compensated by J. Crew, nor have I suddenly fallen in love with all they offer, it’s just happenstance we have two posts so close together referencing the company’s wares.)
With that we say G’bye until next time, may all of your monograms be in the proper order!

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5 Responses to Gwyneth Leaving the Silver Screen? Also, Why Andy Spade Is Thrift Store Shopping

  1. Not surprised about Gwynnie. As you say, she’s been laying the groundwork for such a move for years. It interests me in that, she is so fiercely private and protective of her marriage, children, and family life that she seeks to make a profit from a lifestyle image. That’s not meant as a criticism. Just an interesting observation about something that seems counterintuitive to me.

    On the point you make about disagreeing with O’Brien, I have to say, this is something that has troubled me over the past couple of years (troubled being a relative term). I feel like it’s become common practice among certain circles to follow the “If it isn’t moving, monogram it!” practice. Everything seems to be splashed with larger-than-life, over-the-top monograms. Don’t get me wrong; I love me a good monogrammed linen or engraved signet ring or embroidered cuff. But the rise in putting your initials on everything seems to be in keeping with the rise of things like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, blogs…things that are, at their core, all about ME. His description of monograms as a corporate logo is a turn-off to me as well, but I think he makes an accurate description about the current state of monogramming.

    Great post! Lots of interesting things to think about :)

    Xx,
    Sarah

  2. I love the monogram idea… not with your name but kinda with your “motto”… what a cool idea and in so many ways even MORE personal… as it is not only your name but everything that you are about…

  3. Amy

    Sad to see Gwyneth leaving but she’s so brilliant, I’m sure she’ll do very well.

    I kinda love the random monograms. I agree with you though, we do NOT need to compete with the corporate world!

  4. Big fan of monograms but I am not sure I agree with how some feel its necessary to mono everything that isnt’ stapled down! To me,it takes away that “special quality” out of such a time honored tradition.
    Gwyneth seems to have been fading out of the Hollywood scene for a few years now so I guess i am not surprised and kind of feel like she was one foot out the door. Not a huge fan of Goop and the clothes above absolutely do not have me wanting more…but I am sure she will get a talented team behind her and much success to her.I do respect her as an actress, mother and wife, I think shes stayed “above the fray” and managed to stay out of all the horrid gossip pages, that in itself deserves an Oscar:)

  5. I like the idea of using a motto instead of your name for a monogram.

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