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And the Award Goes to…

First and foremost, I would like to thank one of my fellow bloggers, http://deadstylish.wordpress.com/, for passing on the “Stylish Blogger Award” to me!  Her blog truly lovely, everyone should really check it out, now.

The rules of this award entail that I state five things about myself and then pass it on to the next bloggers.  So, here we go.

1.  I think I have a semi-obsessive personality.  I find that I say that I “love” and have a million “favorite” things all too often.  But, I think that when I find something that I like, I just need to share it with everyone.  Besides, there are some truly amazing things in this world, maybe I am just good at finding the best of them.

2.  Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo, and Phillip Lim are gods in my mind.  They should be placed upon Mount Olympus where they will sip nectar and eat ambrosia, and send down their gorgeous clothes to us mere mortals.  If I could only wear their designs for the rest of my life (and all my lives after that) I wouldm’t be happier.

3.  I love walking.  When you take the subway or a taxi you miss everything.  I am currently wearing a vintage Oscar de la Renta shirt that I found for $20 at a vintage store in Nolita which I never would have walked into had I not decided to walk the three miles home one day after interning.  Now I try to walk home as much as possible.  And because of this I have discovered countless stores, restaurants, and secret parks that I might never have seen.

4. Though it might be taboo in the fashion industry, I love food.  I have recently discovered pumpkin, and in my fridge is pumpkin ice cream, cream cheese, and butter.  And the other day I made pumpkin muffins.  Chelsea Market is one of my favorite places in NYC, as is Whole Foods and Eataly.  Shake Shack makes the best ice cream, Amy’s Bread wins with their almond brioche, and Pies and Thighs has amazing biscuits, fried chicken, and of course, pie.

5. I am a complete anglo- and franco-phile.  I still have dreams about Paris, and I went there over four years ago.  The countryside towns like Sarlat are just calling me back, asking me to stroll down their cobblestone streets once again.  As of now I am set up to study abroad in London next fall.  I have already started planning where to eat and shop.  How to run into Kate Moss, or Daphne Guinness (when she isn’t living in NYC).

So that is me in five questions.  Now it is your turn.

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Book Club

I am a huge fan of those wildly expensive fashion coffee table books.  For Christmas last year I received In Vogue which I had been longing after for months.  It is basically a biography of the fashion bible complete with stunning images, models galore, and one of the most interesting history lessons I have ever received.

A few weeks ago I found Extreme Beauty in Vogue at Anthropologie massively on sale for about $8 with tax.  I was so excited that I pulled it out on the subway ride back to my apartment and promptly finished the whole thing.  The photographs in this book, especially Irving Penn’s were some of the most visually interesting, thought provoking, and beautiful I have ever seen.  Penn was a true genius of the art world and his work in Vogue I believe truly elevated the magazine to what it has become today.

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Bon Anniversaire French Vogue!

Happy 90th birthday to French Vogue!  Though they are younger than American Vogue, the French version is by no means the little sister.  With its lack of inhibition and wild editorials, French Vogue is more like the rebellious younger sister interested in sex (drugs) and rock and roll.  Here are some of my favorite images of the legendary magazine over the years.

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The Many Faces of Vogue

Since we are nearing the end of September, I have decided that a recap of the Vogue covers from both the American version and the international versions was in order and completely necessary.  The faces gracing these magazines are picked because they will both set the tone for the Fall season and because they will entice people to want to buy the magazine.  Remember, it is the face on the cover that usually sells the magazine.

America

Australia

Germany

Italy

Korea

Mexico

Paris

Portugal

Russia

Spain

Turkey

United Kingdom

Personally, I am loving all of the models on the covers.  Only two of them featured actresses, Halle Berry on American Vogue and Marion Cotillard on French Vogue.  All of the other international covers had models front and center, from Karlie Kloss to Coco Rocha, Freja Beha Erichsen, Kate Moss, and Miranda Kerr (twice!).

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Corinne Day

This past week the celebrated fashion photographer Corinne Day passed away after a long battle with a brain tumor.  Day was most notable for her work with Kate Moss, the photos of which made Ms. Moss the super model she is today.

Corinne Day’s photographs are beyond gorgeous, the black and white scenes they portray are the epitome of carefree.  The best pictures of Kate Moss were all taken by Day, no photographer could capture the waif beauty better.

The fashion world has definitely lost one of it’s best.

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Kate’s Back

I have a thing with the background picture of my computer. It has to work well with my white mac, be fashionable (a given), and be slightly quirky/cute.  For the past six months it has been Lily Cole with an umbrella, which covered all the bases and lasted quite a while.

But yesterday, I decided to change it for no reason at all.  I felt maybe slightly creepy having a 16 year old doe eyed red head staring at me day and night, so I changed it.

Kate Moss now resides on my desktop wearing only a tutu and an anchor tattoo.

She looks absolutely beautiful, not overly waifish or  high, for that matter.

To me, this picture is why Kate Moss is Queen Model.

Kate Moss, Vogue UK Cover Picture Dec. 2008

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My New Goal in Life

When I was in Middle School I remember countless assignments where I had to express what my goals in life were.  I always found these tedious, because I knew what the teacher was expecting: a family, a nice job, a great house, etc.  And while I did want these things I didn’t really think of them as goals, more as obligations of a sort.

So I would write that I wanted to win an Oscar or meet Karl Lagerfeld, have couture gowns and a penthouse apartment on 5th Ave. rather than a ranch style in the suburbs.

Over the years, of course my goals have changed, evolved, and grown and I have now found a new goal to add to my lengthy list.  To be given the Fashion Icon Award by the CFDA (Council of the Fashion Designers of America).  This year it was given to Iman, a well deserving model, entrepreneur and soon to be television host.  In the past years the winners were Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman and C.Z Guest.  The award is not given out every year, so it is special when it is handed out.  And how I would love to be on the receiving end of that.

It is given to women who appreciate fashion and have relationships with designers.  They aren’t frightened of it, rather they embrace it whole heartedly and show off their style to the world.

Iman

Kate Moss

Sarah Jessica Parker

Nicole Kidman

C.Z. Guest

And then hopefully, me.

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Meet the Models

I am part of that small portion of the population that prefers models on the cover of magazines but recently that has been a growing trend, especially with the ever fabulous British Vogue.  Over the past few years they have featured models on the covers of about half of their magazines.  And personally I find this is the best way to go.  They have a presence on the covers (it is part of their job description) and they entice people to flip through the magazine.

I once heard a quote that has stuck with me.  It was, “Celebrities sell the magazine but models sell the clothes.”  At the time I heard this I agreed wholeheartedly, but now I think that models might be able to sell the magazines on their own.  Remember, there was a time when it was only models on the cover, Ms. Anna Wintour changed that.  Grace Coddington is on my side of the debate.  She once said, “There are no models on covers anymore.  They’re all actors because they’re what sells.” She goes on to say, “An actor often dictates what you’re going to get.  I find that annoying.  And I’m incredibly shy, so they scare the pants off me.  But I feel perfectly comfortable with the models.  They’re like my kids.”

I am intrigued by models, there is something about them that is so fascinating, and I think that people are starting to realize this once again.  After the age of the Super Models in the 80’s and 90’s there was a bit of a lull in the public’s attraction to models but I think that has definitely changed once again.

Below are some of the covers of British Vogue from 2009-2010 which featured models on the covers.

Canadian Model, Daria Werbowy

Russian Model, Sasha Pivovarova

British Model, Georgia Jagger

British Model, Kate Moss who has graced the cover numerous times

British Model, Lily Donaldson

Russian Model, Natalia Vodianova who has also been on the cover many times

Dutch Model, Lara Stone

Any thoughts about the celebrity vs. model controversy?

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