Yesterday InStyle hosted their 11th annual summer soiree party at The London Hotel in West Hollywood. All of the usual faces were there, like Ashley Tisdale who arrived wearing ERIN by Erin Fetherston and Twilight's Nikki Reed. Those two didn't deliver the best outfits from the night but that aside, the looks were really good.
Khloe Kardashian looked incredible and svete in a black leather dress and simple Christian Louboutin pumps and so did Christa B. Allen wearing Giorgio Armani. My favorite look, though, came from Jaimie King who looked so feminine in tht red one-shouldered dress from the pre-fall Marchesa collection.
I was probably one of the few people that wasn't particularly taken by British InStyle's August cover with Kim Kardashian but their latest September cover is something I can jump on board with. Daisy Lowe is the cover star of choice for the magazine's all-important issue and like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for ELLE UK, Lowe ticks two bosses. She's as known for being a celebrity as she is for her modelling so will no doubt prove a hit on newsstands.
Her body image takes a prominent role in the cover interview with Lowe saying, 'While I appreciate how thin some of the models are – when it’s healthy – and think, ‘Yeah, you’re gorgeous and the clothes hang off you amazingly’, I like to stay strong about how I’m built.' In some respect, I'm sure comments like this are helpful, especially for her young fans but on the hand, the emphasis on her body image is starting get a bit predictable. Yes, she has a beautiful body but is there nothing else to talk to her about? It goes back to the point I made recently about magazine's failing to steer away from the typical topics of boyfriends and body image with their cover stars not matter how interesting and dynamic these women are.
To some extent the constant emphasis on labelling her body as 'different' only illustrates how far we have to go before the representation of a healthy body image is considered the norm.
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.
Rachel Roy and Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have partnered up with US InStyle as columnists in the past and now Tory Burch is following suit. Today WWD confirmed that the designer's first monthly advice column appears in the magazine's June issue, which is set to hit newsstands next week.
Like her predecessors, Burch will take over the 'Ask a Designer' section answering three style questions from readers, one of which was from a 35 year-old mother of looking for a timeless bag. At present the magazine has not confirmed how long her column will run from but what a spokesperson did confirm is that she will also contribute to their Pinterest page.
I see my face and my body changing, and they’re all changes I’m OK with. Part of me understands I may not be in front of the camera forever, and maybe not just because of age, but because of me. I wouldn’t have started my own production company if I didn’t feel that way.
She’s kind of the girl who I design for. She’s young, beautiful, and she makes smart choices about films ...The only hard part was me wondering ‘Is she really going to wear it?'" When she did, it made me look like a really, really cool uncle to my 5-year-old niece!
Last year was a hard one for magazines. Ad sales got a real hit, circulation numbers continued to dwindle and the industry continued to be affected by the precarious state of the global economy. At the start of the new year editors were hoping that 2012 would bring good news and based on the figures of the latest March issues, it has.
Most magazines have experienced an increase in ad-pages and Vogue continue to lead the pack. The magazine's March issue had 442 ad pages which is up by 16 pages on the same issue last year. InStyle is up 39 pages and 13 percent from last year while Elle received one of the lowest increases compared to the rest with only a 2 percent rise. “We’re up, we’re pleased, but it’s never good enough for me,” Kevin O’Malley, publisher at the magazine, told WWD. “The key drivers are luxury and prestige. As I’m looking deeper into this year, I see growth in American fashion and more on the European side. And I see growth in automotive — Buick, Infiniti and Acura.”
Michelle Williams and Jessica Szohr turned up to the InStyle Golden Globes event in completely different outfits. Williams was perfection in this white Versace dress with satin ivory open toe heels; while Szohr followed her bohemian instinct with these wide leg trousers and relaxed feminine sheer button down.
Jessica Alba went down a less conventional route this week to attend InStyle's Golden Globe Awards Event. The leather dress by Valentino was a lot darker and edgy compared to what we've seen Alba sport in the past. Despite it being something that we wouldn't have imagined her in, the combination works.
Magazines have really suffered this year. Fact. Today WWD confirmed what we all expected - sales for all the major titles were low with Vogue and Allure being the only exceptions.
As always, it's all about the covers. Vogue have Lady Gaga to thank for the magazine selling a whopping 100,000 more copies than the same issue in the previous year as well as Rihanna for her successful April cover. As we previously reported, Kim Kardashian's August cover served Glamour very well too despite their overall sales drop. Adweek put Vogue's success this year down to Anna Wintour's increasing visibility and the fact that consumers are spending money on luxury items again is definitely helping.