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Former British Vogue Editor Beatrix Miller Remembered By the Fashion World (1923 – 2014)

UK Vogue January 1980, via tFS forums

UK Vogue January 1980, via tFS forums

There are only a few stellar individuals to which the fashion world will truly be indebted and Beatrix Miller is certainly one of those people.

Passing away on Friday at the age of 90, Beatrix has left behind a legacy that not only included her own success as editor of British Vogue from 1964 to 1986, but that of countless editors, photographers and writers whose careers she launched during her time at the helm of Britain’s most influential fashion publication.

A very private, yet open-minded individual, it was under Bea (as her very close friends referred to her) that some of those most memorable cover images and shoots were commissioned featuring everyone from Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall to Sophia Loren and fresh faced Marie Helvin, shot by newcomers like David Bailey.

She was a staunch perfectionist and it was not uncommon for her to scrap an entire shoot over an imperfection, but she also relished talent and change taking the magazine through some of the most exciting changes from the Sixties to Eighties.

Tributes have flooded into Vogue.com today by those who had the privilege of working with her.

Grace Coddington, who left modelling to work for Miller, remembers her interview for the job: “She seemed far more interested in what I was reading than in what I was wearing,” recalled Coddington, “I could sense myself being mentally marked down as a dimwit. Nevertheless, by the end of the meal I was recruited.”

David Bailey, who was notorious for falling outs with the establishment recalled how "she was a breath of fresh air as an editor, all the editors before her were ladies who wore white gloves." He continues, "She was the first British Vogue editor with any gumption. She hired art directors who weren't yes men, who had an opinion. She was the reason that I came back to Vogue."

Similarly, Vogue's fashion director Lucinda Chambers remembered that "under her leadership, fashion editors such as Grace Coddington, Liz Tilberis and Anna Harvey flourished, as did photographers such as Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier, to name but a few. I started as her secretary. Miss Miller encouraged me to follow a dream. She used to say to me, 'You have lots of furniture in your head darling, now you have to organise it.' She gave me a shoot to do when I was just a lowly — and very bad — assistant, and told me I could do it with whoever I wanted to. So it was that I found myself on a plane to New York to work with Patrick Demarchelier. Incredible."

The fashion world has a lot of thank her for and will remember her for her unfailing dedication and lasting influence.

View a retrospective of Beatrix Miller's work for British Vogue in the tFS forums.

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A Beautiful Doutzen Kroes Covers Vogue Turkey’s March Issue (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Turkey released its March cover this afternoon via Twitter. The cover features Doutzen Kroes, photographed by Turkish photographer Cuneyt Akeroglu and wearing a dress from Lanvin.

IMAGE CREDIT: TWITTER.COM/VOGUETURKIYE

IMAGE CREDIT: TWITTER.COM/VOGUETURKIYE

The forum has given the cover rave reviews with Nymphaea being the first to comment posting, "Nice legs, very Grecian. Always lovely to see her on a cover."

"Wow I love it. She looks stunning!" agreed littlekiki

Miss Dalloway also loved the cover and wrote, "How beautiful! I am always for a full body on the cover, and they really made it work," she explained.

Thus far, Vogue Turkey's take on Doutzen has proved popular (I, too, think the cover is very beautiful and effortless). Check out the thread and have your say, here.

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That Was Fast! Anna Dello Russo Has Already Been Photographed in Jeremy Scott’s ‘Fast Fashion’ Moschino Collection

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

The day after Jeremy Scott's debut Moschino collection appeared at Milan Fashion Week, a ten-item capsule range from the line dropped at the British boutique, Browns, and was also made available online at Moschino.com. The swift runway-to-retail turnaround makes sense for a collection titled ‘Fast Fashion: Next Day After The Runway,’ which takes its aesthetic cues from McDonald's iconography.

A Moschino 'golden arches' backpack has already sold out online, but you can still purchase the other items — among them, a matching 'Over 20 Billion Served' jersey t-shirt dress ($350), small leather clutch ($865) and an iPhone 5 case that resembles a container of small fries ($85). Naturally, Anna Dello Russo has already been photographed wearing this ensemble, by street style photographer Tommy Ton for Style.com. Her Instagram regram of the occasion is embedded below: 

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Rose Byrne Joins the Front Row at Milan Fashion Week

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Australian actress and full-time stylish person Rose Byrne traveled to Milan last week to attend the Max Mara show and meet the Maramotti family.

Byrne has recently been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award, which recognizes “outstanding acting achievement and embodiment of style and grace.” Women in Film is a non-profit that works toward gender equality on screen and behind the camera.

At the show, Rose looked her usual blithely chic self in wide-legged white trousers, a black Max Mara blazer, and a liquid gold singlet loosely tucked in. Accessories she kept minimal, choosing only a small gold plate necklace, a gold ring and an equally well-trousered friend.

However, our favorite part of the whole look has to be her new bob cut. At the Michael Kors show in New York she looked pretty with bouncy curls and blonde highlights, but we much prefer this sleeker, chicer style on her. Well played, Rose. 

She will be honored at the 2014 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 11 in LA. 

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Marion Cotillard Is Interview’s March Cover Star (Forum Buzz)

Marion Cotillard covers the March 2014 issue of American publication, Interview. The actress who was photographed by Craig McDean wears a dress from Raf Simons' latest collection for French fashion house, Christian Dior.

IMAGE CREDIT : NYDAILYNEWS.COM

IMAGE CREDIT : NYDAILYNEWS.COM

Interview is one of those publications which rarely gets it wrong, although Kite commented, "Its a very autumnal/wintery cover and editorial. especially when they have 'Spring Fashion Issue' on the cover."

"I wish they could have done something more original. Im kind of bored of [these] heavy editorials and truthfully I like Marion in something simpler and cleaner," wrote jmrmatinho

GivenchyHomme wasn't impressed with the choice of outfit, "They just had to put her in that awful Dior dress. It's just as ugly up close as it is in full," he explained.

Nymphaea admired the fact Cotillard was covering Interview, "She looks as gorgeous as always, nothing more nothing less."

"She looks sooo chic, as always, I love it," commented Bertrando3

What's your view on the cover? Check out the thread, here.

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  2. London Fashion Week Fall 2014 Hits and Misses (Forum Buzz) — The final verdict on London's Fall 2014 shows. (Psst… don't miss the first Hits and Misses installment from Milan.)
     
  3. Does Ethical Fashion Belong on the Runway? —YES. And unethical fashion does not…
     
  4. Model Scorecard: The Top 15 Catwalkers of New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 (Forum Buzz) — Congrats to all NYFW's standout catwalkers!
     
  5. The Tim Gunn Seal of Approval: Four Celebrities with Flawless Style — "The most surprising thing to me when it comes to celebrities and fashion is how many of them get it wrong!"
     
  6. Flashback: A Platnium Blonde Kate Moss Covers Vogue Paris February 2001 — Throwback Thursday done right. 
     
  7. Exclusive: Three Fashion Illustrators Interpret New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 — An antidote to our overly Instagrammed world. 
     
  8. Beauty Breakdown: An Expert’s Take on 10 of the Most Memorable Fashion Week Hair Looks — Gina Guercia, Oscar Blandi’s brand ambassador and director of product development, weighs in on how to get the look from some of the hottest Fashion Week runways.
     
  9. Beauty Report: Lashes and Liner at Gucci Fall 2014 — Find out how to get Gucci's stunning doll eyes look at home. 
     
  10. #ModelStalking: Cara Strikes Gisele’s Pose and Double the Double Trouble — What Really Happens Backstage at #LFW — A model's eye view of fashion week. 

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