Alexandra Shulman, who has been the Editor of British Vogue for the past 20 years, has just written her first ever book called Can We Still Be Friends? As she’s the Editor of such a pivotal fashion magazine, that means she’s also got lots of very fashionable friends in high places, many of whom turned up to support her at the book’s launch this week. The event took place at Sotheby’s and guests included photographer Mario Testino, Arcadia boss Philip Green, Samantha Cameron, Sophie Dahl, and top London designers such as Christopher Bailey, Roland Mouret, Bella Freud, and Erdem. Below, Sophie Dahl played it smart casual in three quarter denim jeans, a nautical tee, and a navy blazer, whilst Bella Freud opted for a smarter nipped-in-waist, high neck, white dress, and she even painted her toe nails to match!
So, What's the Book About?
If being the editor of such a big magazine is not enough work in itself, Alexandra even had to sacrifice her spare time to write her book, which meant early mornings, evenings, and weekends. The lady must never stop working! The book follows the lives of three friends who all have different goals as to what they want to achieve out of life. There’s Kendra, journalist Salome, and Annie who is married with a baby, and as you've probably already guessed, the book explores how they can remain friends, despite taking three very different journeys in life. A story that will surely resonate with all of us, me included. Fear not, the book also features many stories about the 80s fashion scene, which includes how pretentious Joseph stores actually used to be.
Joseph’s First Ever Catwalk Show
It's funny that the book should feature the label Joseph, as this week it has been excitingly announced that they plan to showcase their next collection in the form of a catwalk show whereas previously they have only ever exhibited in the form of presentations. The brand which was originally founded in the 80s is currently run by Louise, who was previously a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. So, already another reason to be super excited about September's upcoming shows.