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Thursday, June 29, 2006

The "Devil Wears Prada" opens in NYC this weekend, so it's time for the local fashion pros to prove once again to AW that they are indeed her loyal and devout the movie review in the Conde Nast - friendly NYT Style section and weep (or laugh, or puke or whatever)

The news here is that someone from Elle is actually quoted...why is the respected NYT always paying attention solely to Vogue - about 98% of the time, with the rest of its attention going to Bazaar (when there is a negative story about its editrix) while pretending Elle doesn't exist?
Well, perhaps globalized high fashion journalism shows the way for the rest of the freedom-loving media - Hearst doesn't complain much, so why should others care? Bazaar people are the classic wannabe losers - if Vogue stopped publishing one day, they wouldn't have a reason to exist any more...when AW used the top names from the "hip in NYC" model charts, H Bazaar contractors used every new entrant into the hippy roster, 50 or more places below the voguey choices, to show that they were "fresher"...of course, selecting mods of a different aesthetic was probably too much to ask of them...

For those who think AW's look is original - she actually copies Mary Quant in every way, inc the hairstyle...a pic of Mary with her partner, in front of their second fashion store in London, back in 1961 - does the store logo (Bazaar) look familiar?

Elle is a different story - when the US edition of Elle launched in NYC in the late 80s, the effect on the US women's mag business was profound - Bazaar was mortally wounded and has never recovered, while Vogue competed so poorly that a new editrix had to be brought in to save the mag - A Wintour. This traumatic experience, similar to the effect that the launch of Maxim had on traditional US men's mags like GQ, is still being felt and the voguey crowd would rather not discuss Elle at all. Not to mention that Elle is all about the global sensual boho woman, a direct assault to the dry WASPy princess image that Vogue and Bazaar sell. I read somewhere that Cindy Crawford was the first woman with brown hair/eyes to ever appear on the cover of a US fashion publication back in the 80s - and I believe it.


At 6/30/2006 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

janice dickinson did vogue covers and she predates cindy

At 7/14/2006 1:00 PM, Blogger iluvgia said...

It isn't true at all that Cindy was the first. Janice was never on the cover of American Vogue, though. To my knowledge the first brown eyed fair complexioned woman was Wilhelmina back in the early 60s. Others include Ali McGraw, Sophia Loren, Cher, Beverly Johnson and Gia.


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