The fashion blog, fashionindie.com, alerted me to the fact that the April issue of US Vogue has a shoot with a gorgeously pregnant Gisele Bundchen as well as a shot of her with the new arrival Benjami Rein. Aren’t these the most beautiful photos – by Patrick Demarchelier?
(And how’s that unbelievably flat, post-baby, tummy? It has to be photoshop!)
A book extracting all the marrow from the wacky, escapist world of Vogue and presenting it in one unrelenting tome seems perfect for a credit crunch Christmas – no?
After all if we cannot live the fashion dream let us page through its glossy pages. That is the editorial thesis behind The World in Vogue – see the Daily Beast slide show for a vicarious smattering, like this orphaned baby elephant draped in Louis Vuitton being fed by Keira Knightley and photographed by Arthur Elgort – all in a Vogue days work.
Alexandra Shulman Vogue UK’s most marvelous editor recently took on the fashion industry by placing the “thin” blame on the designers and suggesting that the ever more miniscule sample sizes being supplied for shoots are leading to ever more miniscule models. Now she has taken on the subject of working motherhood. Not scared of controversy this lass. She asks why any boss would hire a woman? Heavy stuff for any girl with a biological clock ticking over with a hefty dose of societal guilt to be the perfect mother, whilst juggling the desire to maintain her career.
A small graphic homage to Miu Miu Spring 2010 from Sea of Shoes, a Dallas girl with a weakness for a good shoe. She is one of the new crop of celebrity fashion bloggers – so much so that Vogue is sending her to the Crillon Ball in Paris this month in Chanel Haute Couture. Quite the coming out ball for this 17 year old lass.
Fashion’s Night Out is a great global campaign to put some frisson back into the fashion economy. I have to say with complete modesty and unabashed excitement that I will be in New York for it -( you can gag later)
Staying opposite Bryant Park for the joys of New York Fashion Week and the thrilling second edition of ARISE Promise of Africa Collective. This year David Tlale is doing the honors for South Africa. I am so excited I could weep … so expect a flurry of updates dear frocksters .
According to the Wall Street Journal’s fashion blog Si Newhouse, the owner of the publishing empire Conde Naste, has issued an outraged rebuttal to yesterday’s Vogue editrix rumor mongering. The thaw is not happening and he is not ditching Anna Wintour for Carine Roitfeld.
“This is the silliest rumour I ever heard – There is no truth to it.”
The First Post argues that ” It is thought likely that Wintour, 59, who has been Queen Bee at US Vogue for 20 years, would have made Newhouse issue the denial. And while 55-year-old Roitfeld, who has been running French Vogue since 2001, is certainly good at her job, media commentators believe there are compelling reasons for keeping Wintour in situ.
Said one magazine insider: “To be fair to Anna Wintour, it would be madness to get rid of her in a time of recession. Carine may be cutting edge, but she is not a businesswoman in the way that Anna is.”
So there you have it.
Just for fun – here is Barbara Walters interviewing Anna Wintour – she’s just a big softy really ….
See the original rumour mill here
Wow now this is big news if it is in fact true Gawker has reported that imminent thawing is afoot. The Nuclear Wintour may be on her way out – Si Newhouse may have flown to Paris to offer the top Vogue job to Carine thereby deposing Wintour and putting an end to her oligarchy and hopefully dark glassed in the front row.
I thought this Gawker article makes for fascinating reading – its an anaylisis of what an Obama presidency will mean for the fashionable industries.
Here is their sniping on the Fashion industry…
” Fashionista types are so in the tank. The promise of Obama even lured Anna Wintour out of her Batcave to vote! So where does the huge industry trade group the American Apparel and Footwear Association stand on the issues? Well, they’re against anything that makes unions stronger, obviously. Not good. They’re very upset about China’s domination of the textile manufacturing sector. Obama will presumably push China on some issues, but he’s far from a protectionist. And they don’t want to have to compete with Federal Prisoners for government contracts. When Obama frees the oppressed, that won’t be a problem. Huzzah! ”
The big red arrow points to the infamous Wintour bob and sunglass routine – it works in a voting queue almost as well as the front row. What they have not considered are the positive spinoffs in terms of replicating Michelle Obama’s first lady dress sense.
Everywhere I look, Vogue, Elle, and The Times I find snippets about Colin Firth’s eco venture. With his Italian wife Livia he has opened a shop in London called Eco – an “ecological destination store”, offering artisan-made, ethical, Fairtrade and eco goods, and the services of environmental experts to help homeowners make their spaces more energy efficient.
Here’s a little article if you want more – I just want to know where I can get a wooden computer? I think they are bloody gorgeous – Livia has one and she also has Mr Darcy – I am feeling the jealous….