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Anna Wintour Talks Her First “Vogue” Cover In Honor Of The Magazine’s Anniversary

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“[Israeli model] Michaela [Bercu] was wearing an haute couture Christian Lacroix jacket with a beaded cross … and stonewashed Guess jeans. The jacket was actually part of a suit, but the skirt didn’t fit Michaela; she had been on vacation back home in Israel and had gained a little weight. Not that that mattered. In fact, it only served to reinforce the idea to take couture’s haughty grandeur and playfully throw it headlong into real life and see what happened … Afterwards, in the way that these things can happen, people applied all sorts of interpretations: It was about mixing high and low, Michaela was pregnant, it was a religious statement. But none of these things was true. I had just looked at that picture and sensed the winds of change. And you can’t ask for more from a cover image than that.”

Anna Wintour took to Vogue‘s Internet presence on the eve of the magazine’s 120th anniversary to reminisce on her beginnings as editor, and also to divulge a little secret. Her first cover, November 1988, beckoned a new frontier: it broke the canon of past versions (a model wearing jeans on the cover of the most grandiose magazine was a novel concept!) and reinforced that Wintour wasn’t one to hesitate in revolutionizing the standard formula. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by Anna’s positive attitude toward wreaking havoc in the halls of couture and embracing a model that didn’t fit in a sample size (well, at that very moment, for what it’s worth). Israeli food is delicious. [Vogue]

In Honor Of Madonna’s Birthday: A Voguing Bar Mitzvah Boy

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First things first, Happy 54th Birthday, Madonna! And now, onto Shaun Sperling and his Bar Mitzvah voguing. WERK! He was the belle of his ball back in 1992. That button down. Those moves. I need to know where Shaun is now so we can be best friends. While Shaun was becoming a man in suburbs of Chicago, I was becoming a woman in Phoenix, Arizona. Maybe Shaun would be impressed to know that I hired hip hop street dancers as the main attraction at my Bat Mitzvah. Or that I sang “That’s What Friends Are For” with my mom’s manicurist as a “gift” to all my guests. Yes I did. I need to find the video. [Gawker]

Lady Gaga Was Totally Channeling RuPaul On The Cover Of “Vogue”

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Lady Gaga tweeted about the inspiration behind her Vogue cover. “Who else sees me channeling RuPaul on the COVER of VOGUE. If only I was as fierce as you bitch. I did try to come for you with that weave,” she said. I get it. I mean, haven’t we all had a RuPaul channeling moment? Sometimes when I’m walking down the street in high wedges, I imagine I’m Ru strutting it up on the catwalk. Of course, some genius on Tumblr made this. WERK! [WOW]

Style Retrospective: The Fashion Bravery Of Anna Piaggi

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The fashion legend has died at age 81. Read More »

Muse and Vogue editor Anna Piaggi passed away earlier this week at 81, a style innovator and rebel to the last. Piaggi’s wild style put her in the ranks with other non-traditional fashion icons, like Zandra Rhoades, Isabella Blow and Anna Dello Russo. Her aesthetic was rooted in exaggerated forms and extensive layering, paired with her signature accessory — the top hat.

In 2006, Piaggi’s genius was recognized with an exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and she counted Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood among her close friends.

Above, we’ve selected several of our favorite, most outrageous Piaggi looks.

In Case You Were Wondering, I Still Hate Lady Gaga

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I couldn’t feasibly be any less interested in Lady Gaga‘s Vogue cover. Frankly, I’m shocked that Anna Wintour would even go for it, considering that Gaga is so appallingly uninteresting at this point to everybody except her harem of zealots. I would rather see literally anybody, even Lea Michele, on the September issue. Okay, so maybe not Lea Michele, but why not throw Yo-Landi Vi$$er up there if you’re trying to get weird while remaining reasonably attractive and blonde? Have you never heard music before, that you think Lady Gaga is the poster child for, like, counter-culture and originality? Come at me, little monsters. I get that the message she tries to spread is “love and acceptance,” and hear me out: I am not opposed to love and acceptance, but I am strongly, fundamentally opposed to try-hards. Also, people who refer to themselves in the third person. Hate.

You know what would be really different for Vogue? Putting an actual model on the cover or, you know, a woman who can make herself compelling without wearing 10 Halloween costumes put together while declaring herself “a walking piece of art.” Yes, I resent the hell out of Lady Gaga. Whatever. [NY Mag.com]

Anna Piaggi, Italian Fashion Editor And Style Innovator, Dies At 81

Today is a sad day in fashion as we mourn the loss of Anna Piaggi, 81, the celebrated Italian fashion journalist and glamorously eccentric sartorial icon best recognized for her visionary double-page spreads of image and text in Vogue Italia. Piaggi emerged on the style scene in the 1960s as editor of Ariadne, Italy’s inaugural women’s magazine, and went on to work with a number of high-profile publications, including a position as contributing editor at the Italian incarnation of Vogue. Keep reading »

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