2017年3月25日 星期六

As pleased as Punch, fashionista, totem pole, freshman comedy

A Moroccan-born fashionista finds herself in a situation of Paris or Perish (Paris a tout prix) in actress-turned-filmmaker Reem Kherici’s endearing freshman comedy. 



Overheard
The devil still wears Prada, but she might have to start making late-night Starbucks trips herself. Vogue magazine, whose editor in chief, Anna Wintour, inspired the film "The Devil Wears Prada," this week reminded interns to go home at 5 p.m. sharp, say people familiar with the matter. Interns also won't be allowed to complete certain menial tasks, like carrying apparel between fashion houses and photo shoots.

Why let aspiring fashionistas off easy? Wednesday, a former intern of Harper's Bazaar filed suit against the magazine for allegedly violating labor laws. The gripe: She worked full time for the benefit of the magazine. Certain federal laws stipulate that unpaid interns should have an educational experience rather than simply provide free labor.

Many fashion magazines have hordes of unpaid interns, sometimes working extended hours. With so many youngsters keen to get a start in fashion, demand far outweighs supply. But with the spotlight on alleged labor-law violations, life at the bottom of the totem pole could get a bit easier.



As pleased as Punch

Meaning
Very pleased.
Origin
As pleased as punch'As pleased as Punch' derives from the Mr. Punch puppet character. Punch's name itself derives from Polichinello (spelled various ways, including Punchinello), a puppet used in the 16th century Italian Commedia dell'arte.
Punch and Judy shows, the popular summer-time entertainments on British beaches, have been somewhat in decline from the latter half of the 20th century onward, due to them being seen as politically incorrect. That's hardly surprising as the main character Punch is a wife-beating serial killer.
In performance, the grotesque Punch character is depicted as self-satisfied and delighted with his evil deeds and squawking "That's the way to do it!" whenever he dispatches another victim. Nevertheless, there is still what might be called a folk affection for the old rogue in the UK and it would be a shame to see the tradition fade away completely.
The show had an Italian origin and has been much changed over the years. It began in Britain at the time of the restoration of the monarchy in the 17th century. Samuel Pepys' Diary has an entry from 1666 that shows this early origin and also the popularity of the show even then:
"I with my wife... by coach to Moorefields, and there saw ‘Polichinello’, which pleases me mightily."
The phrase 'as pleased as Punch' appears fairly late in the story. The earliest known record is from William Gifford's satires The Baviad, and Maeviad, 1797:
Oh! how my fingers itch to pull thy nose! As pleased as Punch, I'd hold it in my gripe.
'As pleased as Punch' is now the most common form of the expression. When the term was coined it was just as usual to say 'as proud as Punch'. Charles Dickens, for example used the two terms interchangeably in his novels. For example:
David Copperfield, 1850: I am as proud as Punch to think that I once had the honor of being connected with your family.
Hard Times, 1854: When Sissy got into the school here..her father was as pleased as Punch.
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fashionista

ˌfaʃəˈniːstə/
noun
informal
  1. 1.
    a designer of haute couture.
  2. 2.
    a devoted follower of fashion.


The Fashionistas is a 2002 pornographic film made by Evil Angel Productions. Shot on 35 mm film, it was a high-budget porn film, and is over four and a half hours long. The film stars Belladonna, a pornographic actress, as a fashion designer named Jesse.[1]
There is also a theatrical dance show based on the film called The Fashionistas Live Show, which won the 'AVN Special Achievement Award' in 2006.[2]