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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 »

These Half-Drag Portraits Will Make You Reconsider Everything You Know About Beauty

If you find T Magazine‘s Model-Morphosis as utterly transfixing as I do, then prepare to be stunned: photographer Leland Bobbé’s incredible new portraits will blow your mind. The ongoing series depicts men who masquerade as women as one dichotomous (and, it must be said, beautiful) persona — half masculine, half feminine, neither male nor female. Says the artist, “My intention is to capture both the male and the alter-ego female side of these subjects in one image … These are composed in camera and are not two separate images joined together.” The result is a powerful and welcome addition to the conversation of gender and a segue into Nietzche’s overman, “the man that goes beyond, who is beyond.” I’ll drink to that! Click through to check out the full series. Fair warning: there are many. [Refinery29 via Vogue Italia]

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The Numbers Are In: Who Holds The Highest Rank For The September Issue?

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The September issue is a huge deal for fashion publications, so much so that an eponymous documentary chronicled its creation at Vogue headquarters. The total count of advertisement pages is indicative of the success of each title in the past year, and foretells what may come in the next. We’ve yet to even enter August and the numbers are already out: naturally, the upcoming Gaga-covered edition of Vogue comes out on top with a total of 658 ad pages, which marks both a 13 percent increase from last year and the magazine’s heftiest issue since 2008. At 400 ad pages, Elle will make publishing history with the highest total page count ever to be released by Hearst. The comparatively smaller Condé Nast-owned Allure clocks in with 131 ad pages, which makes it, as with Vogue, the largest issue since 2008. Keep reading »

Marion Cotillard Manages To Score Three Magazine Covers For August

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If you’ve doubted Marion Cotillard’s star power at any point in the past few years since she starred as Édith Piaf in 2007′s breathtaking “La vie en rose,” now would be the time to reconsider. Not only has the pretty Parisian appeared in several films since then, but she’s directly atop the radar at this very moment with her role as Miranda Tate in the highly-anticipated “The Dark Night Rises,” out July 20. In light of her current (and, it should be said, totally deserved — she is a truly brilliant actress) Hollywood ubiquity, Marion scored not one, not two, but three magazine covers this August: Vogue, Vogue Paris, and Marie Claire UK will broadcast the Oscar winner’s beauty — and, with the curious exception of Vogue Paris, her equally recognizable beauty mark — on newsstands next month. Keep reading »

Calling All Aspiring Fashionistas: Get Thyselves To Condé Nast College, Stat

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Every girl with aspirations of high fashion and even higher heels has their sights set on Condé Nast, and why shouldn’t they? It’s the stuff of “The Devil Wears Prada” dreams, a promised land where Wintour rules as supreme overlord and the streets are paved with, well, pavé. In light of the complaints filed by former interns who speak of slave labor and the long-running rumors that the job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (on the contrary, it will make you crack), it’s getting harder and harder to secure a seat on Vogue‘s Byline Express. The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design may sound like a fever dream I had when I was 16, but come January, such a school will be brick-and-mortar reality in central London. It vows to “establish itself as an important starting point for those who want to be tomorrow’s stars of the fashion industry,” which sounds pretty ambitious to me. Keep reading »

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