Oh Vogue, you are so very good with the fashions, but the politics? Not so much. The high fashion mag’s latest gaffe is a poorly-timed profile of Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad, which ran in the mag’s March 2011 issue. It used to be searchable on Vogue’s website, but it’s since been taken off the site. Why, you might ask? Well, Asma’s husband, Bashar al-Assad, is responsible for a vicious crackdown on his own citizens that began last year — right around when the profile on Asma was published — and has resulted in more than 9,000 Syrians have died. And according to reports, Asma is far from innocent. She’s been characterized as a “Marie Antoinette” of the regime, shopping for jewelry and clothing online while the violent uprising occurred.
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Our love of Michael Fassbender is well-documented but even we were surprised to see that he’s such a damn good editorial model. The Irish actor boasts a feature in the May issue of Vogue, starring alongside serious supermodel Natalia Vodianova in a series of stunningly gorgeous Jazz Age-inspired photographs shot by the legendary Craig McDean, and take my word for it: Fass is a natural, evoking a striking utilitarian sensibility while also giving a nod to the nouvelle vague. I’m never all that impressed by screen stars modeling with high-fashion faces, but these photos are beyond — check them out after the jump. [Vogue] Keep reading »
April is Earth Month, so naturally it’s the perfect opportunity for the fashion world (and, it goes without saying, the world over) to stand up and do what they can to take action. The latest venture into green comes from the CFDA and Vogue with Clean by Design, a new partnership with National Resources Defense Counsel. The council hosted a luncheon yesterday to announce the initiative, the premise of which could seem a bit strange — how does fashion directly impact the environment? Keep reading »
Fellow Franco-fashion-philes, rejoice: the days of throwing down a 10-spot for a gloriously glossy, sumptuously Gallic Vogue Paris and reveling in the sad irony of only being able to enjoy the pictures are over. I can’t say that there’s been many details out regarding the news since the announcement on Friday, but it did come straight from the mouths (keyboards, rather) of the Vogue.fr staff via the mag’s Twitter account. Clearly they’re aware of the magnitude of the situation, considering this is the statement they released:
France gave the US the Statue of Liberty, now we are taking Vogue.fr to the wider world… get ready for #VogueParisinEnglish
As an ugly American who doesn’t speak French very well, but is what you might call (tongue firmly in cheek, natch) fluent in taking long drags off of cigarettes in holders (cancer-meets-class!) while listening to Serge Gainsbourg, donning high heels and greasy hair and, yes, skimming an ancient issue of Vogue Paris, I couldn’t be more excitée. Merci, Emmanuelle! [NY Mag]
New mom Charlize Theron gets glam on her first British Vogue cover, on stands April 9. In the May 2012 issue, the 36-year-old “Snow White and the Huntsman” star opens up about her “incredible” son Jackson and the joys of motherhood. ”Jackson is incredible, the greatest gift. He is the coolest kid ever,” she gushes. Read more…
Franca Sozzani excels at many things. She is the long-standing editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and, in 1994, she was even made the editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in its entirety. She is acknowledged as a contemporary and collaborator to, among others, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi, unarguably the most influential fashion photographers of the past two decades. She is credited as the driving force, alongside Meisel, behind the groundbreaking “supermodel” movement in the ’90s. Last year, she launched Vogue Curvy, a branch of the magazine’s Italian edition geared towards plus-sized women. Sozzani has accomplished a great variety of things, but despite her apparent devotion to targeting her publication towards a medley of body shapes and sizes, she herself champions thinness. It’s a true study in contradiction: she encourages others to appropriate acceptance of all body types, but at the bottom line, the girls that land the coveted cover of her magazine — not to mention Sozzani herself — are built like greyhounds.
Which brings me to my point: Vogue Italia has a history, more so than any other Vogue publication, of promoting the emaciated look, so why, in the name of all that is good and holy (which is nothing, these days), did Franca Sozzani, notorious for her use of strikingly thin models, give a speech about anorexia, obesity, and body image at Harvard?
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