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Crowning Glory

It took me close to an hour today to find a new background for the desktop of my MacBook.  It is a huge life decision, I spend so much of my time on the computer, staring at the image in between writing blog posts, doing homework and catching up on Mad Men.

I prefer horizontal images, so magazine editorials usually work the best, but occasionally I will fall in love with a portrait style image and I have to tile it, so it isn’t awkwardly stretched.  I settled for this image of Lily Cole (I often rotate between her and Kate Moss):

I love this picture of her from Vogue UK, but I wasn’t convinced it made the best background so after a few hours I switched it to another image of her, also in a crown (this time from Vogue Nippon).

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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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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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Au Revoir, Monsieur Gaultier!

Jean Paul Gaultier, also known as the “enfant terrible de la mode” and the creator of Madonna’s infamous cone bra, stepped down as head designer of Hermès a few days ago.

Jean Paul Gaultier

I was pretty upset when I found out about this.  While JPG isn’t my favorite designer, I do love him and the work he did for Hermès. It was a fabulous mix of his eccentricity and French classiness.  He was able to rein in his wildness and create amazing collections one after another.  I actually prefer his Hermès collections to his own namesake brands (yes, and the line he did for Target).

The last collection he will show for the brand is the Spring/Summer 2011, which will be shown in Paris in October.  I’m sure this will be a much coveted ticket, and of course, an amazing show.

The new designer who will be taking the helm of the 173 year old brand is Christian Lemaire.  He is currently the creative director of Lacoste and previously worked for Christian Lacroix before starting his own brand, and then moving on to Lacoste.

After reading up on Lemaire, I think that he might make an excellent replacement for Gaultier, who had been the head designer for six years.  Lemaire worked at Christian Lacroix, so he has the creativeness and couture aspect down, but he also spent nine years at Lacoste, so he will appeal to the preppy, classic side of Hermès as well.

I am excited to see his first show, which will be Fall Winter 2011/12, I hope he can live up to both the Hermès name and the crown passed down by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Below are some of the wonderful looks Gaultier created for Hermès over the years.

Lily Cole opening for Fall 2010

Coco Rocha for Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Spring 2010

Spring 2009

Spring 2008

Spring 2007

Fall 2010

Fall 2008

Fall 2006

Fall 2004

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Long Live the Queen

I am surprised I have not written about her sooner.  She is, after all, the reason I am so addicted, in love, obsessed, etc. with fashion.  She is quoted as saying, “I like masculine things…for their simplicity and functionality…  I do think I counteract the masculine thing with my red hair.  It’s the best accessory I could ever have.”  Any fashion maven or aspiring magazine editor would know who sports the aforementioned red hair:  it is famous the world over and easily recognizable as the counterpart to Ms. Anna Wintour’s severe bob.

While you should know who she is by now, I will continue for those fashion virgins.  Wintour herself proclaims this woman is “the world’s most magical fashion editor.”  Yet, she is also the nicest woman in fashion, which is quite a feat in itself.  Even more, she is my inspiration, my idol of sorts– she is the first person I have ever really looked up to as a model of success.  I read Vogue religiously, like an addict, entranced with her spreads, never really knowing who was the ringmaster behind the creativity at Vogue, until now.  The hair, and the quote as well, belong to the person who is the reason I am obsessed with fashion.

Her name: Grace Coddington.  Her occupation: Creative Director of American Vogue.

Grace Coddington

During her many years at British Vogue, Coddington fine tuned her editorial skills and developed her own personal style for photo shoots.  She prefers to turn the potentially harsh and stagnant spreads into stories or narratives, making them livelier and above all else, “tongue-in-cheek.”  This makes the editorials much more accessible to her readers because they can relate to the stories and the characters she creates.  Coddington loves morphing childhood fairytales and famous works of art into pages of a magazine.

While at American Vogue for the past 15 years she has created masterpieces in her exuberant fashion stories.  Coddington’s personal favorite is the famous 2003 Alice in Wonderland photo shoot with Natalia Vodianova as Alice and Annie Leibovitz behind the lens.  The nearly 20 page spread also included designers such as Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, and John Galliano as characters from the Lewis Carroll classic.  Vodianova wore a blue dress (or ensemble) from each of the designers she was photographed with, tying in fashion, fantasy, and the classic story of Alice.  More recently, for the December 2009 issue of Vogue, Coddington styled an elaborate Hansel and Gretel themed shoot, inspired by the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production, with model, Lily Cole and her costar in the upcoming movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Andrew Garfield.  As the witch, Coddington originally wanted British singer Susan Boyles to play the part but Wintour vetoed it opting instead for the extremely high profile Lady Gaga, who infamously arrived completely naked to the photo shoot except for her white rubber rain coat.

Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour

She is also the star of The September Issue (directed by R.J. Cutler) my [The] Godfather or Scarface if you will.  I even went so far as to stand in a very very long line at Barnes and Noble for her to sign my copy of the extraordinary DVD, which I have now viewed about five times since it premiered in theaters last fall.

Cutler’s film brought both Grace Coddington’s genius and her hair to the masses.  It was an inside look into the making of the September issue of the magazine, which is always the largest and most extravagant (and of course expensive).  Shown in theaters across the globe, the movie introduced people to Vogue, Prada, and Coddington and Wintour’s epic standoffs.

And her brilliance has been awarded repeatedly, most notably with the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Lifetime Achievement award.  Less notably, but more amusing, was when the British television show (and my favorite TV show) Absolutely Fabulous, the character Patsy says her idol Ms. Coddington is, “Fash. Ed. Supreme” meaning Fashion Editor Supreme.

Coddington when she was a model

Coddington knows that the clothes are aspirational for most women, yes, she knows we can’t all afford a $500 t-shirt or a $10,000 scarf.  The photo shoots and the way she styles clothes are made to inspire us to look our best and be creative when it comes to what we choose to wear.  But money is everything these days.  On the tips of everyone’s tongues and in the print of the newspapers at everyone’s the fingertips.  She is able to style clothes into wearable outfits, ensembles that can actually be worn to work or to Central Park, and maybe if you’re lucky to the famous MET Costume Gala hosted by Ms. Wintour this upcoming year.

Coddington has created a new way to view fashion.  One that is more inviting and engaging.  Long are the days where only the wealthy could wear designer clothes and look fashionable.  Coddington has brought style and creativity to the masses, showing us it is okay to experiment with clothing and above all, to believe in yourself.  Not only did she make it as a model, and as a design director, and as a brilliant creative director, and as a fashion editor, but she has also been an inspiration for me.  After her car accident in which her eyelid had to be surgically reconstructed, and her modeling took a back seat, she watched her world fall apart, but she also saw that it could be built back up again, so she persevered.  Dressing in black nearly everyday, very little makeup, and hair as wild and crazy as ever, Coddington lives vicariously through the pages of Vogue and through her magical, whimsical photo shoots, and I hope, through me.

Vodianova as Alice with Lagerfeld

Vodianova with Viktor and Rolf as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb

Vodianova with Tom Ford

Hansel and Gretel photo shoot with Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Lily Cole

1920's inspired shoot with Coco Rocha

Couture shoot from "The September Issue" with Raquel Zimmermann

Coco Rocha in a Superhero photo shoot

Same Superhero shoot dress by Jean Paul Gaultier

A more editorial shot with model Sasha Pivrova in a dress by Alexander McQueen

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