French Vogue is using its September issue to debut a new look with a cleaner, airier design, a new font, some renamed sections within the magazine, and new features that include a fashion opinion column written and illustrated by blogger Garance Doré. It seems that Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt is finally making the move to more effectively put her stamp on the magazine and put forth the more defined point of view that some Fashion Spot forums members have been missing. The theme of the September issue itself is the color black, as showcased by models Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, and Lara Stone, each wearing the same Dolce & Gabbana dress on three separate covers.
Even with a new point of view, Vogue Paris continues to be polarizing. YoninahAliza appreciated the new approach. “I absolutely love the concept of having the models each wear the same dress but pose differently,” she posted. “It's a fresh take on a magazine issue that has more then one cover to choose from. Personally, I find Kate's cover the most interesting, but at least they all look rather decent. I'm curious to see what else Alt and co have changed for the ‘new look.’”
SugarMe didn’t think the new approach felt all that new. She wrote, “I was expecting a very punchy cover with the three ladies together, but I felt like a deflated balloon when I saw the actual covers…I am incredibly annoyed by the covers for the same reason I was annoyed by the recent Karlie Kloss/Joan Smalls W covers. It feels a bit pointless to use models only to make them look like carbon copies of one another. I think it would benefit them more to differentiate between these current and upcoming supermodels. Same hair, same makeup, same background, even the same dress? Seeing them all lined up together exacerbates how boring it all ends up looking.”
Jmrmartinho staunchly defended the magazine’s new direction. “I can't believe people hate this,” he commented. “It’s like they just hate it because it's cool to hate Alt’s work. This is fantastic, I love how simple and timeless these covers are. They chose three models to showcase the same dress and to show different ways of Parisian chic… Alt’s work for Vogue Paris is not what it used to be. She’s becoming more comfortable and producing better and better, issue after issue.”
Having only seen the cover, it’s a bit too early to say whether the redesign is a success, welcome as it may be. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued and didn’t want to see more. Overused as these models may be, I still love seeing them, and am curious to see how Vogue Paris pays tribute to the go-to, always fashionable color black.
Want to know what it looked like behind the scenes shooting Lady Gaga's September Vogue cover? Either use your imagination or click through, I don't care. [Fashionologie]
How terrible is it to break makeup rules? Just as terrible as breaking all other kinds of rules. [BellaSugar]
Unretouched Victoria's Secret photos of Doutzen Kroes popped up on The Fashion Spot forums, proving that a) DK is truly incredible-looking b) the world has a Photoshop problem. [TFS]
Alexa Chung's Maje Fall campaign is heavy on Alexa Chung and kitschy birdcages, low on clear visuals of the actual clothing. [StyleBakeryTeen]
The seasons are going to be changing and obviously you're super-stressed trying to figure out what you're going to wear when the leaves turn reddish and the breeze breezes in. Don't hyperventilate! Here's a now-and-later style guide. [FabSugar]
R-Patz will maybe forgive K-Stew for that thing that she did. [INeedMyFix]
Ryan Lochte refuses to urinate outside of the pool. [HaveUHeard]
Sofia Vergara covers Allure's September issue, looks expectedly bombshell-y. [DailyStab]
It seems that the whole of Britain has been infected with some kind of Olympic patriotic pride, with even supermodel Naomi Campbell getting into the team spirit. The usually frosty fashion icon revealed that she was so proud of Team GB’s success so far that she wanted to throw a charity event in their honor, and that’s exactly what she did. So, last night in conjunction with her own charity Fashion Relief, she hosted a fundraising dinner. Since no Naomi party is complete without a bevy of celebrity faces, her guest list included Sarah Burton, Vivienne Westwood, Georgia Jagger, and Kate Moss. Obviously, our invite is still in the post.
Celebrity Footwear Auction
Naomi Campbell isn't the only celebrity in a charitable mood of late, as an array of other A-Listers, including Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, and Sienna Miller are all donating a pair of their favourite shoes to be auctioned off in aid of the Small Steps charity, which supports children who work on landfill sites. Last year’s auction exceeded expectations, and this year’s is set to do exactly the same. It’ll take place on October 11 at Jalouse in London, so, bookmark that date now! Check out their website smallstepsproject.org to see exactly who’s donating what.
I want to say that Diana Vreeland is a legendary fashion editor, but since that descriptor is so over-used for far lesser figures, I'll just tell you that Vreeland was at the true center of the industry for over three decades in the mid-20th century. First a columnist-turned-editor for Harper's Bazaar, she joined Vogue in 1962 and served as editor-in-chief of the fashion bible from 1963 to 1971. She discovered Lauren Bacall and Edie Sedgewick, styled Jackie Kennedy, was the first editor to photograph Mick Jagger, and so on. Vreeland had a major hand in creating the pop culture of the Sixties, and her influence is still felt even beyond fashion, in the image-based world of global entertainment.
Now the subject of a new documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, directed by her granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, those of us that are too young to remember her (Vreeland passed away in 1989) can commune with her spirit when the film hits theaters next month, on September 21.
The trailer's available below, and I got goosebumps on my goosebumps just from watching it.
Image and video courtesy of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
Creating covers using reprints from editorials in other magazines is certainly common and definitely not unheard of, but for its September issue, Elle Germany did something that strikes us as a bit odd. Not only did they use an old image, the old image they used is part of a Tiffany & Company ad campaign for Fall 2008(!) photographed by Michael Thompson and featuring Sasha Pivavorova.
Though the image is cropped well and makes for a pretty enough cover, the choice to use an ad from four years ago on the cover of a September issue just feels weird. Is this issue sponsored by Tiffany & Co or something?
“Magazines can use ad campaigns for covers?!” asked an incredulous Gabriel29.
Bertrando3 posted, “Such a shame! A 2008 ad for a 2012 cover = I know the world is in a big economic crisis but come on!”
Elsaskywalker noted that German Elle made “nice use of the original picture,” and while that’s true, there’s just something that doesn’t feel right about this. It's one thing for a magazine to feature certain brands and items in the styling on their covers and it's another thing for them to carry over a complete ad campaign image. Did they think no one would notice?
Kristen Stewart is reportedly "too ashamed to show her face in public," so she's dropping out of the movie Cali and refusing to attend the On the Road premieres. I don't know if you've heard, but I'm a K-Stew eggspert, so I get, better than anyone, where she's coming from: sometimes, when you cheat on your boyfriend with the gross director of your latest film project and then release a public statement admitting to the infidelity and proclaiming your undying love for the cuckold, and the Internet caves in from all the nosy outsiders speculating about the future of your relationship, you just have to take a step back and get a little "me time." It happens to the best of us, except like, on Facebook and practically no one cares. (Just kidding: you have to be really new to the Internet or young if you're still broadcasting your fallings in-and-out of love via your Facebook relationship status.)