I think it's safe to say that Vogue aren't the biggest supporters of Ke$ha and Katy Perry's style. The magazine's July issue, which focuses on designers moving back towards womanly clothes, opens with a not-so-subtle dig at the pair:
Hear me roar. Hear me issue stock-purchase orders from the Wall Street trading floor. I am woman; I am not girl. I do not emulate the pop-burlesque fashion stylings of Ke$ha or Katy Perry. I do not aspire to PASSÉ MORNING-AFTER CHIC, with bird’s-nest hair and shredded leather leggings. No. Of Lana Turner and Barbara Stanwyck — and Lena Horne — I sing.
(Have you felt the smooth, snug tug of fine leather gloves being pulled on? Have you considered the REBELLION, the nonconformity, inherent today in a Marnie Eisenhower knit suit? Have you worn a crinoline lately?)
Reader, if you’re older than fourteen, fashion for fall 2010 offers more WEARABLE OPTIONS than it has in eons. Skirts fall below mid-thigh. Designers are giving us dead-cool-but-still-practical STREETWEAR UNIFORMS for work or school. Black-with-black is totally back.
I came to New York originally in 1976, and then I got this part in Annie…I was a little girl, and for some reason they always invited the cast of Annie to Studio 54, so there I was at thirteen and fourteen, and the doorman would usher us in, literally underneath his arms. And it was 1977 in New York City, and you couldn’t be alive and not know the name Halston….There was every reason to say no, and there were very compelling reasons to say yes.
Anna Wintour has taken her campaign for supporting talented young designers to the streets of Paris. Currently in the city for Couture Week, Wintour managed to fit in a 30-minute tete-a-tete with Carine Roitfeld of French Vogue, Hamish Bowles and Christian Estrosi, the French industry minister, to thrash out ideas as to how the capital can offer support to the fashion industry and the young designers trying to enter it.
In a press conference held following the brief meeting, in response to Wintour's suggestions, Mr Estrosi replied: "She's right. Everyone knows the role Anna plays in making New York a great fashion capital. My objective was to benefit from her experience."
Gemma Ward's recent two-year hiatus from the public eye seems to be coming to an end, if not already over. Following the death of her close friend Heath Ledger, Ward took herself out of the limelight to grieve and regroup - and left fashion insiders speculating whether this spelled the end of the 22-year-old's six-year, glittering modelling career. (Ward was discovered at 14 and rose up the modelling ranks at astronomical speeds, which resulted in her being the youngest model, at 16, to star on the cover of US Vogue.)
It seems nothing could be further from the truth, judging by her recent email to The West Australian, in which she clearly states, "I have not 'quit modelling' and my fans back home can expect to see me back at work modelling and acting in the new year." Her mother added to that by saying, "She's 22 years old and has worked incredibly hard...She's been doing some great drama theatre courses and is considering doing a three-year course in Yale which is a great possibility..." It seems that Ward is making up for lost time and proving that, like Lily Cole, some models can have beauty and brains. Jealous? Us? Either way, we're glad to welcome Ms Ward back into the fashion fold.
As we reported this week,is th Victoria Beckham is the cover girl for ELLE's 'Personal Style' October issue, instead of American Vogue as was previously reported. In the interview Victoria talks about everything from her insecurities to her new look.
On being perceived as a cold person: “People think I’m a moody bitch. I do have my insecurities. Maybe that is why I look a little bit serious. The kind of person who’s going to stand on the red carpet and love the attention and have the big grin—I’m just not like that. I want to get in there, do what I’ve got to do, and get home to my kids.”
The past few months have been pretty hard for US Vogue. As previously reported, the ad pages for their September issue have dropped by 36% from last year, with ELLE beating them in pages for the first time.
In light of these problems, recent reports claim that the magazine is quietly revamping. "Think a new circle of models, an influx of fresh, young photographers and a desire for 'unpredictability' in the stories."
The credit crunch hasn't reached Russia if the latest issue of Vogue Russia is anything to go by. Where most magazines are being cautious of price points and even US Vogue is following suit, Vogue Russia appears to be moving the opposite way. The latest cover showcases diamonds after diamonds on model Dree Hemingway.