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How Anna Dello Russo made and lasted it

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I’ve got endless adoration for Anna Dello Russo, The Editor At Large (isn’t that a fabulous term?) and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan. Anna Dello Russo’s genius lies not just in her infamous sense of aesthetic but in her longevity.

After spending an idyllic childhood in the Southern Italian City of Bari, young Anna went to (where else?) Milan, where she studied Design at the Elite Domus Academy and set herself apart as a distinct hybrid of creative and intellectual gifts.

Not content with studying only one subject, Anna returned to Bari and enrolled in a Masters program, eventually earning an M.A. in Italian Literature and Art History and sealed her fate of becoming a dazzling conversationalist.

There’s a wry old Hollywood saying that I’ve found pretty damn accurate.

The 3 Rules Of Making It

1. Have Talent

2. Know the right people

3. Be fun to be with.

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Anna had those rules down pat. She used them to rule Condé Nast Italia for 18 years with an impeccably manicured fist, first as fashion editor of Vogue Italia and as editor of L’Uomo Vogue. Today I’m totally channeling Anna Dello Russo (Italy’s answer to Anna Wintour) and keeping my focus as sharp as my wits. 

Anna’s move from Italian Vogue to Japanese Vogue was a bold and somewhat controversial choice. ‘Editor at Large’ is a position that can be interpreted one of two ways. 

The 2 Unspoken But Widely Accepted Definitions Of Editor At Large 

1. Famous and respected tastemaker who can’t be bothered with the nitty-gritty of running a magazine, instead focusing on being photographed looking fabulous, dolling out memorable quotes to fawning reporters, and enjoying the glam life.

2. Politely put to pasture. 

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I think it’s obvious which kind of Editor At Large Anna Dello Russo has turned out to be. When Anna made the move to Japanese Vogue, she used the freedom and lack of obligation that comes with being an Editor At Large to stealthily and stylishly infiltrate the buzzing Wasp next that is online media.

If Anna Wintour is the icon you want to worship from a distance, Anna Dello Russo is the legend you want as a mentor and cocktail hour companion. Anna Wintour can keep her gravitas; Anna Dello Russo has got charisma. Which she used to charm the pants off new media’s haute high priests, becoming a favorite subject of the street style photography megastars such as The Sartorialist and Jak & Jil. Anna used her strengths to straddle two very difficult and very different fashion stratospheres: New Media & Print Empire.

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The 3 Rules Of Making And Lasting It

1. Catch & Keep The Spotlight 

Anna Dello Russo is notorious for cutting edge to the point of crazy outfits. Lady Gaga is basically a tacky Anna Dello Russo impersonator sans Anna’s taste and sense of humor. 

2. Never Offend The People Who Pay You

Conde Nast MADE Anna Dello Russo, and Anna Dello Russo has never strayed. If you find a good boss who supports, respects, and pays you right, show loyalty and watch the world open up for both of you. 

3. Use Change To Your Advantage

Play up your strengths!

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Anna Dello Russo has been in the game for a long, long time. So long that I will not say out of politeness. Yet she still manages to be the coolest fashion chick in any town.

How?

By building upon the strengths she’d been developing for years. Instead of ignoring, then clumsily copying, the Street Style Epidemic, Anna recognized its potential. Everyone whose anyone had been gossiping about Anna’s ensembles for as long as she could remember, and she played into their fascination by dressing to shock and awe. Why not let the world have a look?

 

Rave On For Spring 2015

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via Refinery29

We knew something was up with major blogger Bryan Boy attended Alexander Wang’s ultra hyped Spring 2015 show in EDM inspired attire: a neon-printed tee, stacked kandi bracelets, and a teddy bear pacifier.

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But that was just the start of this rollicking rave party! Cool kid label MBMJ sent out a collection inspired by ‘80’s ravers, with models strutting to flashing club lights and classic house tracks.

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via MTV

Jeremy Scott teamed up with Miley Cyrus to create an over-the top spectacle, replete with mixed media decor and artwork made up of what might be found on the floor of any Skrillex show.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 via Marc By Marc Jacobs

 

The Cyrus-designed accessories that Jeremy Scott’s models walked in were strikingly similar to ‘Kandi’, the colorful beaded bracelets that ravers trade with each other at shows as a gesture of friendship.

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Sophie Webster Spring 2015, Photo: Imaxtree #rave #trend

So leave your minimalism in Summer and go forth, go neon, and go hard!

 

The 10 Coolest Quotes Of Christian Dior

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J’adore Dior!

And you will two after reading these fabulous insights from the big bad Grandfather of bold & ultra feminine silhouettes. Dior’s first Collection, Correlle, translates into “Circle of Flower Petals”; which is exactly what Dior’s delicious gowns resembled. Ladies went wild for Dior’s stunning designs, which made the wearer resemble a breathing bloom and went down in history as the ‘New Look’.

Hilariously, the notoriously understated Coco Chanel was so horrified by Dior’s elaborate and admittedly constraining creations that she came out of retirement just to him down. A dreamy and delightful man who died young, and quite suddenly, Christian Dior often waxed poetic about life’s little pleasures, joy, and beauty.

Here are Christian Dior’s 10 best quotes.

1. Christian Dior On Perfume

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2. Christian Dior on Secrets

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3. Christian Dior On Dreams

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4. Christian Dior On Elegance

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5. Christian Dior On What Will Prevail

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6. Christian Dior On Fundamentals

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7. Christian Dior On Color

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8. Christian Dior On The Divine

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9. Christian Dior On Understanding

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Triple Tip Thursday

Fresh from NYFW Spring 2015: Colored Leather, Cinched Belts, and Dreamy Dip Dye!

1. Colored Leather

When black is too basic.

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Last week’s NYFW was revelatory in many ways. As a card carrying leather lover, I was delighted to see so many ensembles of my favorite material in every shade imaginable. In particular, Proenza Schouler’s bright to the point of borderline neon leather pieces made my heart skip a beat. A fabulously flexible material, leather can be constructed into clothes for any occasion or environment.

 

I’ll never surrender or stop loving a classic black leather jacket- it’s called a classic for a reason- but if you want to really blow the world away, go bold and get noticed in colorful leather!

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Just make sure to keep the rest of your ensemble neutral- runway models might be able to pull off head to toe fire engine red leather, but normal people might end up looking like lost costume party guests. 

2. Skinny Belt

Cinch everything.

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The one accessory you must acquire (although I hope you acquire more than one) for Fall/Winter 2014 is an elegant belt. Last week’s shows were dominated by looks cinched neatly at the waist, even though what lay beneath the belt varied wildly from show to show.

If there’s one thing all designers can agree on, it’s that belts are back and borderline mandatory. The belt to have is a leather waist-whittling piece, with a twist. Cinching, the new trend about to go blockbuster, demands a belt that’s anything but matchy matchy.

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For a street style friendly look, choose a belt that doesn’t match OR violently mismatch, but simply strikes and onlooker as slightly out of place. Like you just tossed it on as an afterthought before making your way out into the world, effortlessly stylish. If they only knew!

Put a glamorous twist on the skinny belt trend by adding jewel details.

 

3. Dip Dye

Luxurious boho chic is all about the color blend.

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Indie brands like Tia Cibani and Costello Tagliapietra plucked my heart and, ultimately, purse strings with softly dip dyed garments that strike me as the height of eco friendly chic.

Even the gas guzzling carnivores among us must acknowledge the subtle, let haunting beauty of luxurious fabrics dipped in heady hues and blended together in that oh so recognize dip dye manner.

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Don’t worry, I’m not advocating you to break out your bored college shirt creations! Tia Cibani mixed natural with structured elements by applying the dip dye to crisp, tailored pieces such as vests and shifts. The contrast between edge and blend is absolutely divine!

Weekly Pull: Amazing Autumn

1. Modern Monarch

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Clover Canyon pants, $300; AS by DF top, $148; Jared Jamin Necklace, Price Upon Request

Sidewalks might as well be runways now a days. The heat wave is set to break this weekend, and with it roll in Fall’s wonderfully mild embrace. Prints are major and pants are a must, so strike a post and strut down Santa Monica in this sumptuous Clover Canyon piece. The dark yet rich colors of one of Clover Canyon’s mod-Scottish patterns for F/W are precisely on trend with the Season’s major hues. We paired the pants with an ASbyDF tank that’s on trend in not one, but two ways: zipper details and halter neckline. Dark and light weave together wonderfully, and a glamorous Jared Jamin necklace adds the finishing touch on an ensemble fit for LA’s modern monarch. 

2. Elegant Edge

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Clover Canyon Top, $260, & Skirt, $240. 

NYFW may be over, but in LA, the parties are just getting good. No one commands attention like a gorgeous girl in a sophisticated and sleek set. Matching tops and bottoms littered the runways during last weeks shows, so we’re loving the contrast between this bold Clover Canyon print and prim cut of ultra light and incredibly flattering dream fabric neoprene. 

3. Pajama Party Posh

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Lauren Stucky top, $273; Clover Canyon pants, $300. 

Don’t we all wish we could roll out of bed in our pajamas? Well you can but you have to do it the right way. These silky, menswear-inspired pants are just tight enough to hug your assets and just loose enough to wear on a flight to Tokyo. The stand out striped pattern gives you the freedom to pair these pants with just about any cut and fabric!  We chose our favorite velvet tank top by Lauren Stucky because no other fabric reminds us more of Fall than luxurious and oh-so-feminine velvet. 

Fall 2014 Trend Guide

It seems like this season, we are celebrating and at this party, the hors d’oeuvres include color, comfort and music.

Fall 2014 Trend Guide

1. Get Cozy in Color

Fur, baby, fur! In a world where leather isn’t so frowned upon, we need to move on past the whole fur is mean thing. As Karl Lagerfeld says, “stressing over fur as a topic of issue is just childish.” I almost think fur is a requirement for fall, I think the leaves change colors when they sense the cozy plush being pulled from winter closets (or in Carrie Bradshaw’s case- the oven) everywhere. Fur doesn’t have to be so classic- it could be modern and fun and colorful.

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2. Vibrating Edges

Two colors “vibrate” because they are opposite hues on the color wheel.  Both colors are equal in value, equal in intensity, but opposite in hue. This combination will result in this badass, ironically edgy. 

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3. Let’s Knit Together

Knit took over everything this season. Fall 2014 will forever be known as the season of knit. I mean, why not? There’s a certain sense of beauty and seemingly unattainable elegance when knit is styled perfectly. Whether it’s a daringly form-fitting dress from Lanvin to an androgynous head to toe knit ensemble from Haider Ackerman or something simple but pristine like a nice, whimsical sweater from Nina Ricci.

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4. Let our Ensemble Dance

Fashion takes over Electronic Dance Music. Or is it that EDM takes over fashion? Fashion and music have always been BFF’s. I mean have you heard of Lady Gaga and Kanye? But this season, it doesn’t seem like music is wearing fashion, it is that fashion is wearing music.

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Fashion is a celebration, so celebrate. 

4 Steps To Luminous Complexion Perfection

 I love the look of luminous skin in the summer.

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Your complexion doesn’t have to be perfect since the warm California sun is a flattering filter enough, but when the moon grows bright and the lights of the city begin to shine, nothing is more beautiful than luminous skin.  

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Mind you,I said luminous, not shiny. The line between the two isn’t as fine as you’d think. The trick to achieving luminosity is having radiance everywhere on your face except for your T-zone-  your forehead and your nose. Though we aim for the effortless, “this is my skin” look, it does take a few steps. 

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Here’s 4 step cheat sheet for that California chic glow that makes everyone look like the human equivalent of a nightingale!

 

Step 1: Moisturize

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After cleansing (preferably with cleanser and water—not wipes!)  make sure to prep the skin with a luscious application of a moisturizer. For those with normal to dry skin opt for a cream *1. For those with oily or combination skin, go with a hydrating gel*2.

1. Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer – luxury in a bottle. Features Alpha Lipoic Acid, which is supposed to be the world’s strongest antioxidant. You will also love the natural rose scent it has.s1159771-main-hero-300

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – absorbs to the skin beautifully without feeling like the product is on the surface. Hydrating but not uber-moisturizing- and yes, there is a difference.

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Step 2: Primer

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This often overlooked step could be the nudge that takes you from a housewife to a Real Housewife. A primer, well, primes the skin for foundation and the rest of the face color. Depending on which one you use, a primer could color correct any redness or jaundice (*3), fill in any noticeable pores (*4), or simply just smooth the surface out and mattify (*5)—all while keeping your makeup on longer.

                *3. Smashbox Color Correcting Primers – so much variety! Whether is a dark spot correcting one, an oil free one, a hydrating one or a green one that corrects redness!

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                *4. Benefit Porefessional – Does exactly what it states. Best in the market for softening (partly filling in) the look of pores..

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Step 3: Foundation

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For a summer night out, I love the look of a radiant skin—matte, over-powdered skin, to me, looks corpse-like. Glow, people, glow! This makeup look is the perfectly suited to those with dry skin (*6-7), but those with oily skin could still benefit! (*8-9)

                *6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Light – Medium Coverage) – best for dry to normal skin types.

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                *7. MAC Face and Body Foundation (Light, Buildable Coverage) – Water based, best for dry to normal skin types.

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                *8. Nars Sheer Glow – (Medium Coverage) – Best for Normal to Oily Skin

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                *9. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation (Full coverage) – All skin types

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Step 4: Tinted Moisturizers, BB’s and CC’s

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Though foundations are a staple- there is no better time to bring out Tinted Moisturizers, BB and CC Creams than summer. Tinted moisturizers are exactly what they sound like: Moisturizers with tint or pigments. BB stands for Beauty Balm, which incorporate skincare benefits to tinted moisturizers. CC stands for Color Correction, meaning that CC creams typically are BB creams focused on preventing and correcting dark spots and age spots. TM’s (*), BB’s (*) and CC’s (*) all can be worn without a moisturizer underneath!

                *10. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – provides more coverage than most other tinted moisturizers in the market and is beautifully blendable.

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                *11. Bobbi Brown Tinted Balm – This beautiful balm (luxuriously oil-based, not to be associated with Beauty Balms) is perfect for those with very dry skin. Provides the most beautiful sheen on the face. If you have oily or combo skin, try and avoid!

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                *12. Urban Decay Naked BB Cream – Undetectable on the skin, your skin just looks simply better- this is due to the Optical Blur than it features! 2256112

NYC Fashion Week 2014: A Packing Guide

To Pack or Not to Pack…

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Most packing advice articles would probably advise you to pack light, this one advises you to pack as much as you can. Other ones would advise you to pack neutrals, this one reminds you not to forget your statement pieces. Others would advise to bring comfortable walking shoes, this one would laugh.

Why?

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Fashion Week. Specifically New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and during this World Fair-esque gathering of the most fashionable people in the planet, you must dress for the occasion.

The uniform?

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Don’t look uniform to the people around you. In this week celebrating the best American designers, the objective is to stand out.

Aside from the essentials, the most important part of packing for Fashion Week is loud, unique pieces you can wear to shows. We’ve created a list of a few items you should consider packing an extra suitcase (or four) for. 

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1. Lucite

There is something super sexy about Lucite. Yes, it’s modern and sometimes reads childish but there’s a certain sense of maturity when it’s done right.

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Though not technically Lucite, there’s something so daringly brave about a Lucite-like, see through purse- like a badass vulnerability.

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It’s clear that Lucite is a fashion week must-have. (Pun Intended) I mean, check out these lace and lucite nails!

 

2. Leather

“With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”  – Federico Lorca

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Leather “baddens” everything up. It doesn’t have to be a jacket or shoes- you could go with a skirt or even a jumpsuit.image1xl

 

3. Fur and Shearing

“In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.”   -Karl Lagerfeld

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Nothing says “I don’t care about Delta’s luggage policy, I would hire a Sherpa if need be it” than packing a luxurious fur coat for Fashion Week.

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4. Statement Bags

Sure they may need extra time to pack since you have to wrap them nicely for protection, and maybe even in a box to keep them from flattening, but who doesn’t love a statement bag?

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It is key that your bag doesn’t clash. Bringing statement pieces does not mean mindlessly throwing them on. I mean, it is still Fashion Week. Ask yourself, “what would Anna think?”

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5. Statement Sunnies

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“With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.”                                                         -Jack Nicholson

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Personally, I think you should save sunnies for when you are outside. Unless you’re Anna Wintour, you’re a little tacky wearing them while watching a show, I mean do you really wanna compromise the beauty of the colors Diane Von Furstenberg is presenting you with?

X Stylehaüs Supra Society X

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Calling all shoe lovers! We’re drooling over these fresh and fabulous Fall Supras.

Our latest street-style inspired selection of stylehaus footwear includes fierce leather fringe, glam grunge (glunge) glitter high tops, gorgeous gold filigree.

Here’s the latest in stylehaus x supra and stylist created inspiration images to set your imagination aflame!

1. Side Zip Gold Kick Back Kicks

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2. Fierce Leather Fringe Frenzy 

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3. Glunge Girl 101

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Joan Rivers Forever: Our 10 Favorite Quotes From A Fashion Legend

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Joan Rivers has been a part of our lives in many ways. For some, she was simply a crude comedian. For others, like me, Joan Rivers was a fiercely outspoken and often outstandingly accurate fashion guru.

We recently had the opportunity to meet Joan Rivers and were honored to pay tribute to the woman, legend, and pioneer.

Here are 10 of my favorite quotes from the legend herself. 

1.  Joan Rivers On STDs & Stylej5

2. Joan Rivers On Cleaning

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3.  Joan Rivers On Advice

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4. Joan Rivers On The Seriousness Of Fashion

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5. Joan Rivers On Forever

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6. Joan Rivers On The Joke Of The Century

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7. Joan Rivers On Saying What You Think

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8. Joan Rivers On Memories

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9. Joan Rivers On Calming Down

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10. Joan Rivers On Getting Better

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She will be greatly missed.