Holy moly Hermione! “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson looks more glamorous than ever on the cover of the July issue of Vogue. I am loving her glossy wine-colored lips, sleek hair, and dramatic brows. [Vogue's Tumblr] Keep reading »
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“When they changed from the supermodel to the skinny girl, I remember Eva Herzigova was not working, and Cindy Crawford, all these girls they were working less and less. And I remember at an Hermès show a few seasons ago, they put on the runway with these young teenager girls Naomi [Campbell] and Stephanie Seymour, and they look almost big if you compare them [with the other models]. But they were looking so beautiful because they look like women. We are used to seeing teenagers — 14, 15, 17, 18 years old — they are not able to use their bodies and their bodies are still not shaped. I don’t know why it became a prototype of a beauty, like Twiggy in the sixties or Veruschka. But you realize the women with the bodies are much more interesting than teenagers.”
“A lot of people try to diminish anyone who’s pretty by saying, ‘Oh, they’re probably stupid.’ Which is terribly unfair; when someone’s ugly, you don’t say, ‘Oh, they’re probably clever.’ But I always wondered to myself whether those dismissive things are invented by men or invented by women. I think a lot of the time it’s invented by men who are threatened by very good-looking, very successful, intelligent women. They don’t know how to compete with them, so they just say, ‘Oh, it’s because they’re pretty or they slept with the boss.’”
— Plum Sykes, a Vogue writer/author of Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée/former model for Alexander McQueen, on the “either/or” assumption in our society that a woman has to be pretty or intelligent. Sykes knows a thing or two about being pretty and intelligent: her new book, Oxford Girl, is an autobiography about (duh) her first year at Oxford. [NYMag] Keep reading »
There are feminists in Hollywood after all: the Tumblr blog WellsBones unearthed a letter Vogue published written by a 17-year-old Zooey Deschanel, long before she was famous. Without context, I don’t know what Zooey wrote to Vogue in response to. But to be honest, the question she posed to Vogue — “Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an ‘ideal’ when you, as a popular women’s magazine, have the opportunity to expand it?” — could apply to any issue of Vogue, really. Zooey tweeted her delight at the letter being dug up: “wrote this letter to vogue when I was 17 & someone found it! proud of my feminist teen self.” Zooey Deschanel: twee princess and angry teenaged letter writer? It’s too good to be true.
British artist Inge Jacobsen creates cross-stitched covers of Vogue with painstaking detail. Says Jacobsen, “With the over saturation of images, my practice seeks to intervene in this overwhelming consumption from the mass produced and alter it to create something unique. By using intricate and, at times, painstaking technique such as embroidery, I am disrupting the easy consumption of these images.” And turning the fashion world on its head. [Mounts] Keep reading »
“At Vogue we’re going to have certain issues devoted to green. We’ve asked certain designers to make green clothes. I don’t think everyone should be wearing hip sacks and burlap blouses. There’s still room for luxury … You have to wake up and be conscious of everything, the way you dispose of things. I do make trips to the Dumpster. And I am proud of that because it’s far from my house. But I make a special effort to go to the Dumpster and put the cardboard with the cardboard, and plastic with the plastics.”