To mark the end of Milan Fashion Week, and with a brief reprieve before Paris Fashion Week begins, four high-up editors and critics at Vogue reflected upon the collections, and what they all meant. The clothes? They loved. The street style mongers and fashion bloggers? Not so much!
Anna Wintour, Virginia Smith, Sally Singer and Grace Coddington attend the Rag & Bone Women's fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Skylight Studios at Moynihan Station on February 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Katy Perry, shot by Alexi Lubomirski for the subscriber cover of the new Harper's Bazaar, looks gorgeous, if a bit crusty-lipped. She also looks a lot like Jean Patchett on the iconic Erwin Blumenfeld Vogue cover from January, 1950. [JustJared]
Detmar Blow and Tom Sykes are trading jibes with Lauren Goldstein Crowe over their dueling Isabella Blow biographies, both of which hit U.S. bookstore stores this week. Everyone is sniping at everyone over the email, sometimes in ALLCAPS!!!
Madonna thought the legendary photographer was angry at her, maybe "because I'm still nice to Herb Ritts??" She was making A League Of Their Own at the time, and wrote about how much she hated actresses — particularly Geena Davis:
"A reliable source" tells UnBeige that "Nike is cooking up a major collaboration" with Alexander Wang. [@Unbeige]
Courtney Love hired Michael Mouris to create a short animated video about her life. Karl Lagerfeld comes to her and tells her she is "drowning in the kook," like a Teutonic fairy godmother of style. It is awesome. [WWD]
Orlando Bloom and Charlize Theron are the new faces of Uniqlo. Bloom is practically as adept in front of the camera as his wife, while Theron drives an old Citroen and looks attractively wistful in her video. [Nicola Formichetti]
Paper editor Kim Hastreiter and incoming T editor Sally Singer dance around a key question in this long, fairly insightful conversation: Is it really possible to be a smart person and like fashion?
"Sources" are saying that Kimora Lee Simmons didn't leave Baby Phat, the fashion line she founded — she was fired. Allegedly, she was kicked out for being too spendthrift. For example: "It costs thousands of dollars to airbrush her."
Monica Bellucci, who gave birth just six weeks ago, Domenico Dolce, and Stefano Gabbana shot a La Dolce Vita-themed Martini Gold ad together in Rome. Stefano tweeted the whole thing. [Daily Mail, WWD]
Megan Fox may have been replaced by an underwear model in the next Transformers movie, but she plays one pretty well in this latest campaign for Armani Exchange. Trading places is all the rage for fall. [Fox]
Drew Barrymore would like to apologize to Gucci for wearing that dress to the 2006 Golden Globes. "I felt so bad. I was like, 'I'm so sorry, Gucci. I have tarnished your name.'" [ContactMusic]
"In 1978 in Nairobi, I got this bag," said New Yorker writer Judith Thurman. "I got it because it was Annie Hall's bag." What is it about the title character of Woody Allen's romantic comedy classic that continues to captivate?
If you've opened a women's magazine recently, then you probably know what's in this season. "Investment" fashion!
A good thing: addressing healthy weight in the Fashion world. A seriously mixed message: doing it in Vogue.
Behind its Photoshop-of-Horrors cover, this month's Vogue is packed with the type of supposedly socially responsible content that's been its wont lately. But as regular Vogue readers already know, everything — including social responsibility — is easier when you're rich.
It's back to the future indeterminate past this season at Vogue. The page-count is vintage 1991, the styling is vintage 40s, but the direct inspiration for most of the fashion spreads is...somewhat more recent. Let's trace the anxiety of influence!
There is something almost touchingly prelapsarian about The September Issue, R. J. Cutler's documentary about the making of the biggest ever issue of American Vogue.
The recession is shaking the fashion industry's foundations. Last fall's 85% discounts begat this spring's layoffs. Magazines have folded, labels have shuttered, and consumer spending continues to fall. Anna Wintour thinks this could be solved with a spot of price-fixing.