Protein shakes. I never have time to eat because shows are every hour, on the hour. I'm usually in a cab heading to somewhere. I have all-day shows that go from first thing in the morning to way late at night. But I don't know, for some reason, protein shakes really get me through it.
I'm a fan of just about all of the Style.com writers but Meenal Mistry has always been one that I've held a particular affection for. This week the former assistant to Joe Zee has been announced as the new fashion director of The Wall Journal's Off Duty section.
Mistry's replaces Alexa Brazillian who is moving to a new role as the weekend paper's editor-at-large and is relocating to London. Before the big appointment, Mistry had been freelancing for the publication as their acting fashion features director.
Her strong fashion grounding makes her the perfect choice for the role. Anyone familiar with her path will know that she landed the position as the assistant accessories editor at Harper's Bazaar straight after graduating from the University of Michigan and has since srved as the fashion director at W and fashion news editor at WWD, along with her Style.com role.
The whole debate about celebrities covering magazines is an issue that doesn't seem to go away and Kim Kardashian is the prime example of just how far that trend has gone. Lynn Hirschberg hit the nail on the head when she wrote in W magazine that, 'Kim Kardashian can't sing, act, or dance, but she's found the role of a lifetime in the fine art of playing herself.' Based on recent events, it seems like that's one role that the fashion industry are no longer interested in.
As you'll remember, much was said about the reality star's absence from the Met Gala this month, with reports alleging that Anna Wintour did not want her there. Joe Zee also spoke out recently explaining that the most profitable Kardashian could not be considered as potential Elle cover star simply because that 'role of a lifetime' is not enough to bag her the big spot.' Is the fashion industry finally rejecting the overzealous interest in celebrity, or at least reality stars, that has dominated over the last few years? Well, at least that's what it seems.
'What's shocking to me is how important the red carpet is. At one point I thought it was ruining [fashion] but I don't think that anymore. I don't think any celebrity can take away from fashion,' André Leon Talley said this week. 'Not even Kim Kardashian could take away from fashion...Though, of course, Kim Kardashian didn't come to the Metropolitan Met Ball but [her boyfriend] Kanye West did.' While I'm not anti-Kardashian, there is a lot of truth in what he says. The rise in the celebrity-for-celebrities sake culture has been perpetuated by magazines who have been more than happy to put them on their covers and by designers who are increasingly clamouring to get them on the front rows at their shows, TV crews in tow.
'So would you ever dress Kim Kardashian?' Robin Givhan asked Ralph Rucci. 'No, I think that's bastardizing yourself [as a designer].'
Anyone that followed my live tweets during the Met Gala will know that I was slightly relieved not to see Kim Kardashian turn up with Kanye West. I like 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' as much as the next person but her endless search for a photo-op doesn't sit well with me. It looks like Anna Wintour feels the same way because reports emerged yesterday alleging that the Vogue editor deliberately didn't invite her.
'Anna hates Kim,' a source told RadarOnline.com. 'Why would she be invited to the event? It is all of the biggest stars in the world and Kim doesn't fit that bill at all.' The source added: 'The Met Gala is $25,000 a ticket but Kim can't even buy her way in [because] Anna Wintour does not want her there...Kim and her camp will deny that she wasn't invited by saying that she had business in L.A. [but] she would have done anything to be there with all the A-listers.'
Wintour isn't the only editor not particularly charmed by Kim. When asked about the reality star hasn't covered US ELLE, Joe Zee made it clear that there hasn't been a reason too. 'I just wish she would do something, but she's not doing anything,' he said. 'If she actually did something, we would thnk about Kim for the cover. It's not about, so much, a reality star.'
Yesterday Diane von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb held an event in New York to announce the nominees for this year's CFDA awards. The nominees were not a surprise. The usual names like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row was in the mix alongside Jack McCollough and Lazaro Henandez for Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Rachel Roy and Alexander Wang.
Last year's fashion icon award went to Lady Gaga leading many to question how they will be able to top that. Even Kolb tweeted: 'How do you top @ladygaga from last yr? We will!' This time the award will go to Johnny Depp, the first male to ever receive the award but while I've always been a fan of his, I'm not convinced that he can top Gaga.
Over the past year Kim Kardashian has managed to bag big fashion magazine covers for the likes of W and Glamour but Elle aren't as taken by the reality star. Although she's appeared in the magazine, Joe Zee made it clear that she hasn't landed at cover for a reason:
"We put Lauren Conrad on the cover of our anniversary issue and she did very well. Listen, Kim [Kardashian] is a big cover star out there and if Kim had something going on in her life right now — Kim's very quiet — I just wish that she would do something, but she's not doing anything. If she actually did something, we would actually think about Kim for the cover. It's about new. It's not about, so much, a reality star. The idea is, are they newsworthy? Is it someone our readers want to read about?"
Yesterday night saw Calvin Klein help ELLE celebrate their 18th annual ELLE Women in Hollwood Tribute and all eyes were on Elizabeth Olsen, as the young actress picked up the Calvin Klein Collection Emerging Star Spotlight Award for her upcoming role in 'Martha Mrcy May Marlene.
I've been critical of Olsen's fashion's choices in the past but wearing Calvin Klein Collection, naturally, she really impressed me at the event and the look was definitely the best outfit we've seen from her so far making her future red carpet appearances look promising. But she wasn't the only person wearing the brand as ELLE's Joe Zee and Robbie Myers were both wardrobed by the brand as well as celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto.
The event was also celebrated in the magazine too as the November issue feature eight different subscribers covers all featuring a selection of this year's honorees.
We couldn't get enough of Joe Zee 'The City' and even more so on his new TV show 'All on the Line'. If you enjoyed Zee's role supporting young designers to take their businesses to the next level, we come baring good news. The hour-long show has been picked up for another season which is set to air in November.
Recent reports alleged that Vogue editor André Leon Talley was following suit in the reality show stakes as a team of cameras were following him at his recent appearance at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Despite the rumours, via email Talley emphatically denied the reports explaining that "there is no truth to this rumor about a reality television pilot."