I feel very grateful that, at the time I started having sex with men, I didn't even have a bikini wax and men were lovely. Now I just think: how terrifying to be a 20-year-old and feel that you've got to be perfect and hairless and immaculate and that it's really awful. I would never have got undressed.
It's official: As expected, Emmanuelle Alt will replace Carine Roitfeld as the new editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. The news was released yesterday at a press conference by Condé Nast France president Xavier Romate.
"Vogue Paris is doing very well, and I wanted to entrust the editorship to someone who can provide continuity while bringing new life," he explained. "I give [Alt] full confidence to lead and embody this demanding and prestigious brand and let it live in all its dimensions, including digitally." Roitfeld hasn't gone just yet. According to sources she's still in the office working on the final touches of the March issues before Alt takes the helm of the magazine and gets her name at the top of the masthead in the April issue.
As if we were not in love with Vogue Japan's fashion director Anna Dello Russo enough, in this video with Fashion TV she explained that she deliberately wears designer looks exactly as they appear on the runway. “It is already stylized. It is perfect. It’s a dream,” she said.
The last few years has seen a dramatic interest in both her life and style, alongside other street style blogger favourites like Kate Lanphear and Emmanuelle Alt. Only last week we reported that that a fashion website has produced a series of 10 t-shirts sporting ADR wearing her top 10 looks, reafirming her powerhouse status.
I've flown in all the way from the Middle East to cover this and you're leaving me outside. What's the point inviting press to a party and then leaving them out here? This is ridiculous. What do you expect me to write about? This is such a waste of a flight.
An angry editor said last night outside a big LFW party
Lisa Armstrong at The Times seems to think so. Is it a coincidence that plenty of Carine Roitfeld's fashion favourites (the shag coat, skinny pencil skirts, menswear-inspired jackets, and big, sharp shoulders) showed up on the fall runways? Maybe not. From the designers Roitfeld supported (Balmain's Christophe Decarnin, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci) showing off her angular style to Burberry Prorsum taking on the big coats, maybe we're finally seeing a season all about the French Vogue editor.
Does Roitfeld see how she can sway style? "Designers have told me that their collections are so me,” she said, “but I don’t always recognise it because if you ask me what my style is, I’m really not that sure...It wasn’t until I started to work for Gucci in the nineties that it started to become clear to me. And that’s because Tom Ford was pushing me to do the dark eye make-up, to wear high heels and to keep things very simple and lean.”
She's an amazing model. She knows clothes. She has tons of energy. She would add things to the shoot that I would never have thought of. She thinks from a point of view of an editor and of a photographer, not just that of a model.
New POP editorDasha Zhukova has been quiet recently considering she has the re-launch of the magazine soon. Many are speculating that the the usually press-loving editor has been hiding away at the moment because she's expecting a child with billionaire boyfriend Roman Abramovich.
Sources close to the couple have been quick to squash rumours saying that Zhukova's stomach is 'as flat as a board'.
Former POP magazine editor and current LOVE mag editor Katie Grand has reason to celebrate: She's engaged to her leading-man musician. We have details about her ring and hen party, plus more about nuptials for Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone. Did we mention that the mega-designer is set to get hitched this month?
Only a few of today's fashion designers have a near-universal following. Lagerfeld. Jacobs. Prada. In an industry known for dispassionately blowing off the masses in the constant search for "new" and "next", it takes both talent and personal star quality to make it for more than a few years.
Since 2001, when she took over Chloe from Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo has had every fashion editor worth her car service hypnotised. Now, ladies and gents, the Barack Obama of fashion has come off a three-and-a-half-year hiatus with her debut collection for Celine.
Or so says the rumour mill. US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour allegedly is eyeing a spot in the Obama administration, potentially as an ambassador to Britain. Wintour's contract is coming up for negotiation, and a source tells Page Six: "She's a smart woman and is looking to forge the next phase in her career."
However, a rep for the editor denies, denies, denies. "Not true," the spokesperson says. "Anna is looking forward to a very busy fall here at Vogue."