Ever since Sally Singer turned on her heel and
was pushed out due to lousy ad sales walked out of the T Magazine offices in August, everyone's been all like, "Is Deborah Needleman going to take her place?" The former EIC of the now-defunct but much beloved interiors publication, Domino, Needleman has spent the past two years editing The Wall Street Journal's style publication, WSJ, which has seen "mad ad growth" as the kids don't say, under her leadership, and it seemed like The New York Times so, so badly wanted her to pick up the pieces at T. Just a week ago, WWD reported that The Times had offered the T Magazine job to Needleman twice, and she'd turned them down both times.
I guess the third time really is the charm, because today's WWD reports that all of T Magazine's nagging paid off, and Needleman's jumping from WSJ's ship to T's immediately.
Speculation about what was in Needleman's Times offer is really … you know, speculation-y. The entire universe is just like, a giant Deborah Needleman love fest. Everywhere I go, people are all, "I love Deborah Needleman." "Oh, I LOVE Deborah Needleman." "You know who I love? Deborah Needleman." So much love in the world!
And so, considering all this love and also considering what a battle it was for The Times to hire her, her T Magazine package likely included something she couldn't refuse. Some possibilities:
A fountain of youth.
A genie in a bottle.
A philosopher's stone.
A goblet of fire.
The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
No GIFs, ever.
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There are lots of advantages to owning real estate, I'm guessing, but socialite Daphne Guinness could likely tell you all about the drawbacks. After buying her $15 million Fifth Avenue apartment in 2008, she proceeded to flood her downstairs neighbors three times with an overflowing bathtub, resulting in a legal battle which has lasted two years.
Even though Guinness offered to pay for damages, her neighbors Karim and Tina Samii did not take the floods in stride. They dropped a $1 million lawsuit, charging her with "emotional distress" and even attempting to legally bar her from bathing, ever again. If you're the kind of person that looks up to Daphne for her weird/amazing sense of style and high society antics, you'll likely admire her even more, now that you know she's so bad/good at taking baths, someone tried to make it illegal for her to soak in a tub.
This lawsuit business has been going on since 2010. In two years you can take a lot of awkward elevator rides and it must have been pretty unbearable, because the Irish-dry-stout heiress tried to sell her apartment earlier this year — at an over $1 million loss. (She quietly delisted four months ago and futher details haven't been made available.) The suit was finally settled, and fairly, it seems. Guinness won't have to pay $1 million dollars for causing a filthy rich couple "emotional distress" on account of some bathroom flooding, and she will also not be legally barred from bathing — although she will have to pay damages. The exact sum will be established at a later hearing.
So the moral of the story is: owning real estate is a serious headache. Sometimes it's lawsuits and tense encounters in the lobby and people trying to make it illegal for you to take a bath. I find the rental life far more satisfying: the tub's way too creepy for baths to ever be an appealing possibility (no spillage issues), the only time I hear from my neighbor is when I hear him having sex through the walls (that kind of closeness "breeds compassion," in the words of Lady Gaga), and I don't even have a lobby. Or an elevator. Downgrade, ladies and gentlemen. Simplify your lives.
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Being neither Brazilian nor Peruvian, Lara Stone may seem like an odd choice for the cover of a Peruvian-themed issue of Brazilian Vogue, but if you’re like me, upon seeing the Mario Testino-photographed cover you’ll think, “So what? Lara looks good, the cover works, who cares?”
Gossiping thought “a different model would have worked better” but most forum members see it my way.
Justaguy posted, “Love this cover! Simple shot of Lara who's styled beautifully and I like the multicolored masthead. Fits perfectly with the Peruvian theme.”
“A cover like this is hard to pull off, but they managed to make it look interesting, and fun,” Miss Dalloway complimented.
MulletProof wrote, “Not feeling the ironed hair but other than that, I'm always up for Peruvian inspiration, and Lara's face is all kinds of amazing there.”
So, are we all crazy or is Lara actually pulling off this Peruvian look?
Image: Vogue Brazil
When you pull a cast of models like Hilary Rhoda, Caroline Trentini, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Sung Hee, Daphne Groeneveld, and Candice Swanepoel, you’ve already got the makings of a great ad campaign; add Steven Meisel and Miu Miu’s Resort 2013 collection and you’ve got something awesome. The bright eyeshadow the models are sporting may be a bit intense, but somehow it works on everyone in this varied group of women. Forum members are just as enamored with the campaign as I am.
“Can someone just pinch me right now?” asked GERGIN. “I think I’m dreaming…”
MyNameIs posted, “Wow, this is pretty great. Nice looking images. The cast is a wet dream and I say this as someone who's not particularly a stan for any of those individual models.”
“Caroline Trentini?!” xPedro expressed the surprise felt by several other forum members as well. “I think she never even walked for Prada or Miu Miu! Anyway, I love love love this,” he added.
I love love love this too. Obviously.
Images: fashioncopious.typepad.com and wilheminamodels.typepad.com
L’Officiel has come out with an Italian version, and for the first issue, the magazine took an unconventional route and tapped fashion illustrator David Downton to create the cover image. Forum members immediately recognized the illustration as a bit of an homage to the December 1991 Steven Meisel-photographed Vogue Italia cover featuring model Shana Zadrick in a dress by Gianni Versace.
“That's a bold move to put an illustration on your debut,” mikel commented. “It looks a lot like an old Vogue Italia cover by Meisel.”
“It does, and it is, love it,” Miss Dalloway agreed. “Downton is so talented.”
Iluvjeisa posted, “I think it's inspired and an original, fearless take…not to mention that the illustration captures the best things about the vintage Shana Vogue Italia cover (the pose) and does not contain the vulgar aspects (cleavage, necklace)…promising!”
In addition to the unconventional cover, the issue features model Bianca Balti in the editorial Queen of Cats photographed by Marco Falcetta, and an article on actress Ariane Labed with accompanying images of her in a Dior ensemble.
When a magazine brands its first issue with a fashion illustration, it gets a lot harder to predict what they’ll come out with next. Whether you like this cover or not, it’s tough not to be curious about what the follow up will be.
Images: L’Official Italia and vivaversace.tumblr.com
Martine Rose is a London born fashion designer who is most well known for her edgy men's streetwear and signature shirts, which are defined by their intelligent cuts and colours. Now, luckily for us gals, she’s just launched her first ever womenswear range exclusively at ASOS, and we know that you’ll agree with us in saying that it’s long overdue!
Who is she?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rose, she’s a London-based designer who originally started her fashion career by designing T-shirts with a friend under the LMNOP label, but later decided to test the water solo. Her solo menswear label went on to receive unimaginable levels of success, which has also seen her collaborating with the likes of CAT and Timberland, which has paved the way for her exclusive womenswear collection at ASOS.
What’s the collection like?
Her debut ASOS collection features trendy sportswear pieces which are splashed with on-trend 90s graphic prints. If the sound of resurrecting 90s graphics does actually scare you and brings back fashion flashbacks from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, rest assured that the collection has more of a cool East London vibe than anything else. In other words, her trendy sports separates are totally wearable. To help you get a feel for the rest of the collection, it’s made up of Lycra jersey and bodycon fits.
Price points for the collection begin at around £18 for a graphic print baseball cap, and go up to a heftier £180 for a printed bomber jacket.
Check out the collection for yourself at ASOS.