The interview got off to the kind of start one might expect—but somehow still be surprised by—from Courtney Love: She told Eric Wilson to wait in the 6th floor Mercer Hotel room she's lived in for much of the last year, only to appear later ... naked. She put on a dress (completely transparent), asked Wilson to help her squeeze into her heels, pulled on underwear she said cost $4,000 ... and left. But Courtney Love, human train wreck, is working hard to mend her long-damaged reputation, writes Wilson, using fashion as a vehicle. And, nude start aside, she's been looking "remarkably well put together" lately.
She has launched whatcourtneyworetoday.com, a site that shows "endless, flattering pictures" of the rocker, surrounded herself with fashion designers,and become a regular at fashion shows. During their five-hour interview, she came across as funny, smart, and incredibly knowledgeable about the fashion industry—even if it began with her calling Russell Simmons demanding an apology for remarks he made about her ... after she posted nude photos of herself online. In "unusually coherent" texts, she apologized to Wilson for "living right up to my worst reputation," blaming Zoloft and a cocktail for the naked hotel scene. Her parting words: “I trust you understand that our hearts can take us all to dark and ill timed places. Warmly, Courtney. xx.” Click here to read the New York Times piece in its entirety.