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Anna Wintour News Roundup: Vogue’s EIC is Boss of All Things at Condé Nast, Lunch Buddy to Selena Gomez

Image: Alberto Reyes/WENN.com

Image: Alberto Reyes/WENN.com

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article by media critic David Carr which snippily challenges the notion that Anna Wintour's success at Vogue will help boost faltering Condé Nast publications, now that she's been appointed the media company's artistic director. Carr makes the case that Wintour's influence at Conde is unprecedented: Although a couple executives have held similar roles, none simultaneously directed their own publication. 

Wintour's most famous move since taking her new position at the top of the Conde food chain was replacing former Lucky editor, Brandon Holley, with former Teen Vogue beauty director Eva Chen. Chen was a popular hire among bloggers and other youngish, Internet-savvy fashion folk, but Carr casts her as Wintour's puppet: 

Since Ms. Wintour has become de facto editor of Lucky, the magazine has become Vogue-ified. Women not shaped like supermodels, once a staple of Lucky’s pages, are now banished. The cover of the October issue, shot by the Vogue stalwart Patrick Demarchelier, features Eva Mendes, a remarkable-looking person who has very little in common with the girl next door.

​Carr goes on to detail Wintour's involvement with Glamour (which is down 28% in newsstand sales) and Condé Nast Traveler, where she oversaw recent masthead changes, documenting the Vogue editor's growing command over the entire Condé Nast empire.

"Five high-ranking newsroom employees told me that the new order is both not up for discussion — no one at the company wants to risk offending Ms. Wintour — and all anyone is talking about," he writes. 

[On a related note, both Condé Nast Traveler and Bon Appétit (also a Condé publication) announced today (via trade outlets WWD and AdvertisingAge, respectively), that they were each taking their editorial in a new, sexy direction.]

Anyway, there was supposed to be a point to all this and here it is: 

Wintour met with Selena Gomez for lunch this weekend in Milan and now many outlets are speculating that the pop star is being considered for a Vogue cover. Of course, anything's possible. But considering the full range of Wintour's responsibilities at Condé Nast, it seems equally likely that a photo of Gomez will soon appear underneath the Lucky logo. 

Or, as Carr put it in the concluding sentence of his piece on Wintour's growing sphere of influence: "When you have a bejeweled hammer that has worked very well for 25 years, everything around you looks like a nail."

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Hayden Christensen x RW&Co. Capsule Collection

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Let’s face it, Hayden Christensen could model pie on his face and I’d willingly sidle up to ask him a) how much it cost, b) what flavour it came in and c) if I could sample it then and there. He’s an absolute dish and a Canadian to boot, which wholly makes sense as to why he’s collaborating on a capsule collection for RW&Co.

Under the label Hayden Christensen for RW&Co., the 20-piece collection of stylish, modern menswear for Holiday 2013 is the first design collaboration for Canadian fashion brand RW&Co.

"Growing up in Canada, my siblings and I always loved shopping at RW&Co., where we knew we could find on-trend, quality clothes to suit our personal styles," says Christensen, who was born in Vancouver and grew up on a farm outside of Toronto. "I'm excited to partner with a brand I feel such an authentic connection to and one that shares my detail-oriented design sensibility. I'm looking forward to wearing my designs."

Inspired by time spent at his farm in Ontario during the holiday season, the collection includes Canadian winter-appropriate coats, jackets, shirts, pants, knitwear and accessories… what Christensen considers to be ideal pieces to build the essential man's wardrobe. RW&Co. claims Hayden Christensen fans will recognize the actor's signature modern, relaxed style, while their usual customers can expect the attention to detail, fashion, quality and comfort for which the brand is known.

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But with many celebrity collaborations, the question inevitably arises as to how much say they had in the designs? Did they personally hand draw every key piece or was it simply a yes and no game of approving nods? In this case it appears Christensen personally approved each piece for fit, comfort and fashionability. With this there are some slick touches to be had, like a shirt with moldable wire collar and cuffs, suspenders added to a dress pant, a camouflage-lined jacket, a reversible graphic print sweatshirt, as well as elbow patches and contrasting lapel details.

Overall, it’s smart and very wearable, especially for the man you’re trying to mould into your very own Jedi knight. Prices range from $69 for shirts to $249 for coats and, just in time for the holidays, the collection will be available as of November 7 in RW&CO. stores across Canada as well as online at rw-co.com.

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Gabby Westbrook-Patrick Scores Elle Australia’s Debut Issue Cover (Forum Buzz)

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The competitive would of print mags leaves no room for platitudes about not judging things by their covers. And in Australian newsagents, despite the apparent demise of print globally, the section reserved for fashion glossies is especially crowded. In recent months, we’ve heralded the arrival of Miss Vogue Australia as well as the local version of Elle.

The cover of the first was a resounding triumph – only the most dedicated pessimist could find anything to dislike about the holy Spring/Summer trinity of pretty pink flowers, a beaming Elle Fanning and that Givenchy bambi sweater. But Elle Australia’s Gabbby Westbrook-Patrick cover has people a little more divided.

Firstly, Gabby still flies relatively under the radar. Two forum commenters mistook her for Tahnee Atkinson, who’s known mainly known for defeating Cassi Van Den Dungen on Australia’s Next Top Model four years ago. Cicciolina was "expecting someone who was more recognisable," adding that it looks more like an image from a shoot inside rather than for the cover.

There’s also a lot going on clothes-wise for an October issue shot on sand dunes. Forum member Greenway calls the accessories "overpowering." YoninahAliza adds, "I could do without the scarf, it’s making me feel disgustingly hot just looking at it with that desert background." Other commenters dig the retro 90s vibe but were expecting more from a debut issue cover.

Elle’s choice of cover star is unexpected, but it makes sense the more you think about it. Spring 2014 has definitely been Gabby Westbrook-Patrick’s season, with the 17-year-old cropping up on the runways of Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and being booked as an exclusive for Versace. The ‘New Modern Australian’ theme would seem a bit incongruous if it printed next to a household name like Miranda Kerr or Elle Macpherson. 

Do you think Elle Australia’s cover is eye-catching enough for a debut issue?

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PPQ Collaborates with Eshvi Jewellery at London Fashion Week

A ticket to PPQ’s London Fashion Week show is one of the most covetable around, and that’s proven by the army of celebs who eagerly want to sit in its front row.

The label is known for quirky aesthetics and signature printed patterns, and this season they opted for full on glamour with breathtaking gowns in an array of eye popping colours including vibrant yellow and orange for Spring 2014. Prints were mostly bold and often tropical on separates with the addition of printed scarves tied around the middle of outfits to create somewhat of a colour clashing effect. We were also treated to the inclusion of a few staple polka dotted numbers and classic LBDs.

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If you've taken a look through images of the show, no doubt the dazzling choice of jewellery has also caught your eye, which included amazing jewel-encrusted rose gold cuffs, stunning chandelier earrings and thick chain chokers.

 

Eshvi Jewellery from PPQ show

The runway jewellery was created by new designer label Eshvi in collaboration with PPQ and was debuted on the runway during London Fashion Week. Eshvi is a London-based jewellery brand that creates statement pieces via attention to intricate design detail and the choice of vibrant colours, which of course, fits in perfectly with PPQ’s style.

You can find out more about their jewellery designs on Eshvi’s website.

Images: Imaxx Tree, Eshvi

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Sneak Peek Preview: Liu Wen Wears Chanel Couture on the Cover of Vogue Thailand

Image: Vogue Thailand

Image: Vogue Thailand

This morning we opened our inboxes to a note from the lovely people at Vogue Thailand, who wanted to pass along a preview scan of their October Couture Special Issue cover, which features top model Liu Wen styled in a piece from Chanel's Fall 2013 Haute Couture collection. Hello, cheekbones! What a pleasant way to ease into the work week.

The cover was photographed by Marcin Tyszka, styled by Ekaterina Mukhina and art directed by the glossy's editor-in-chief, Kullawit Laosuksri. The shoot took place in Paris during the couture shows in July. 

Vogue Thailand debuted in Feburary earlier this year, making this the publication's ninth issue. Previous cover stars have included Karlie Kloss, Carolyn Murphy and Si Tanwiboon

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The Fashion Spot’s 10 Best Articles of the Week

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  1. London Fashion Week Street Style Spring 2014: Individuality Reigns Supreme - Indulge your concrete catwalk cravings. (Want something more refined? Try some fashion editor street style.)

  2. Best of Beauty: London Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Pretty ladies had pretty things done to them, nothing wrong with that.

  3. Can’t Stop Thinking About…LFW Spring 2014 Edition - Ten things we can't get out of our minds.

  4. Front Row Fabulousness at London Fashion Week Spring 2014 - How the famous do fashion week. 

  5. Motivational Must-Haves: 50 Fitness Experts Share Their Favorites - Yes, fifty fitness experts try to motivate us to work out. 

  6. Top 10 Bags: New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 - And accessories and shoes. Feast your eyeballs. 

  7. 50 of the Silliest and Sweetest Shots from Backstage at London Fashion Week - In case your eyeballs get hungry for something sweet. 

  8. Model Scorecard: The Top 15 Catwalkers of New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 (Forum Buzz) - See who dominated the runways. (Lovingly, with a silk scarf.)

  9. London Fashion Week Spring 2014 Hits & Misses: Part 1 (Forum Buzz) - Some hilarity for you. (& don't miss Part 2!) 

  10. 21 Questions with… Comedic Legend Joan Rivers - Speaking of hilarity, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to click through. 

     

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