It's fashion week so you know what that means. Editorial musical chairs is officially in full force and at the moment, the biggest editorial changes are coming from US Cosmpolitan.
After Joanna Coles was announced as the magazine's new creative director, she made no secret of the fact that she plans to give the title a shake-up and naturally, that's extended beyond the titles content to the masthead too. According to Page Six, Coles has hired Marie Claire executive editor Joyce Chang and entertainment editor Dana Stern to join her at Cosmo, with both editors set to start in their roles on Oct 1.
Editors take their staff with them with moving to a new title isn't anything new. Sally Singer did just that when she moved from Vogue to T magazine and Stefano Pilati did too when he left T for W. What will be interesting to see is how these new hires impact the magazine's content because if we're all honest, a shake-up is definitely in order.
Joanna Coles departure from Marie Claire to Cosmopolitan came as a surprise. Coming from a fashion background it instantly became interesting to find out what Coles would do at Cosmo, what with it's focus on sex, and well, more sex. And by the sounds of it, she wants to give the title the shake-up that we've long been waiting for.
'I have some ideas for partnerships and leveraging some of the brand and expanding various bits of it. Opening it up more editorially,' she told WWD. In other words expect to see more fashion content and less 'how to please your man in bed' stories. Talking to the title she explained that she wants to change the way the magazine covers fashion week and make sure that it has a strong 'front representation at New York Fashion Week.'
If you though that announcement was quick, well, you're right. Only a few hours after confirming that Joanna Coles was leaving her editor-in-chief position at Marie Claire for Cosmopolitan, the magazine has already named her replacement.
Anne Fulenwider, who previously worked under Coles as the executive editor of the magazine, will take over the reigns. Fulenwider, who is leaving her editor's position at Brides to join the magazine, is said to be 'thrilled' about the move. 'I have such a strong attachment to the brand and what it delivers to the savvy, stylish women who read it,' she said in a statement. 'I look forward to contributing to its continued success on every front - from print to digital to television.'
Miley Cyrus has undergone quite the style transformation over the past year. Gone are the tweenie, cliche rock 'n' roll styling and instead, her look has matured and really come into her own style wise and this photo is a case in point.
Yesterday she posted this photo on Twitter of her rocking a new shaved 'do and it works. Her recent September cover of US Marie Claire was without doubt he best cover shoot to date, but it's a shame she didn't use it to unveil her new look. After revealing the photo she tweeted: 'Never felt more me in my whole life,' and this is the real her, I'm excited to see more.
Nina Garcia is fairly plush at the moment. The Marie Claire editor recently signed on as JCPenney's style voice, is a judge on Project Runway and sits on the advisory board on Moda Operandi. It comes as no surprise, then, that she seems to have lost touch with the spending power of the average American.
This is the bag that you can spend a few weeks’ salary on and not feel guilty. It is going to last you a lifetime. http://modaoperandi.com/heritage-auctions-special-collections/2012/accessories-708/items/
The link takes you Moda Operandi's Hermes birkin auction, which featured ags ranging from $14,500 to $74,500 so what part of the average person's salary could afford those whopping prices is a head sratcher. Her role with the online retailer naturally involves promoting their activity but expecting people to be earning between $4,884 and $24,833 a week just doesn't make sense and her Twitter followers didn't think so either. One tweeted ''@ninagarcia you might want to double check your math on this one.' The moral from this story? Maybe a Twitter blast on expensive luxury pieces isn't the way to go.
It's officially that time of year again. The September issues are just around the corner and the first few are already out. As always, Vogue Australia have released their first and stars Bella Heathcote and Numero Tokyo's CandiceSwanepoel cover has also hit the net. While both magazines have opted for models, their covers are by no means representative of what you can expect from other titles. All of the rest have gone for celebrities and while that does bug me, the fact that Kim Kardashian doesn't appear on any is a bonus.
As we all know, Lady Gaga has been shot by Met & Marcus for American Vogue, as she continues to drum up attention around her debut fragrance. Glamour have confirmed that they've booked Victoria Beckham to cover theirs and I'm excited. Beckham's covers have been really strong lately and she just might be what the magazine needs after those disappointing covers with Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried. InStyle has opted for Jennifer Lopez, Marie Claire have gone for Miley Cyrus, W for Penelope Cruz, Interview for Emma Stone and V for Nicole Kidman.
Vanity Fair's decision to book Jessica Chastain makes sense. The actress looks incredible in statement designer pieces and does old school Hollywood glamour like nobody else. Also good is the news that GwenStefani will cover US Harper's Bazaar. Anyone that's followed the magazine since their revamp earlier on this year will know that their covers have been bang on, and their main fashion stories even stronger so I'm sure that's going to be a good'un.
I ended up scrapbooking with Karl [Lagerfeld]! We were discussing Art Deco painters, and suddenly he started ripping things out of books in his library and sticking things together with Pritt Stick glue.
As celebrity covers go, Eva Mendes is a pretty good subject. Her covers are always good and her latest one for Marie Claire UK's July issue isn't an exception. On the cover she sports one of those embellished Dolce & Gabanna body suits that have been doing the rounds this season.
In the cover story, Mendes' boyfriend Ryan Gosling naturally pops up and so does body image. 'It doesn't matter what you have of what you look like. It's something everyone has to work at. I realize I have contributed to a certain happy, healthy, empowered image, but that's not all of me,' she said. 'I feel it's important to let women know that I have similar struggles. What I tell girls is what they don't like about themselves now, they will probably end up loving as an adult, because that's what happened to me.'
The only issue with the cover is that it's a reprint. While reprinting makes sense for the smaller editions of the big titles, it seems strange that such a big version of the title couldn't create an original cover.
After Cheryl Cole bagged her role as a judge on the British X Factor she was everywhere. Just like with stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga, it got to saturation point. Every magazine cover seemed to have the Geordie star on it and when she wasn't in the magazines, her love life was spread across the front pages of the newspapers.
Over the last year, though, she's gone under the radar working away on her Stylist Pick shoe collection and it's been a smart move. As the old saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder and it's true. I was genuinely interested in seeing her cover spread in this month's Marie Claire when images of the cover hit the net yesterday. In the magazine she talks about her battle with her weight and sports several pairs of shoes from her new collection.
2012 has started off well in the cover stakes and the latest comes from Leighton Meester who is the star of Marie Claire's April issue. The cover works but I can't help but feeling like we've seen Meester look like this before.
Compared to her on screen character in Gossip Girl, her magazine shoots tend to be predictable and classic but in the wrong way and the same was true for her full feature here. The accompanying editorial, while pretty, isn't memorable and makes the young actress look much older than she is.