Showing posts with label American Vogue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Vogue. Show all posts

Friday, March 5, 2010

The News

Shiloh Pitt-Jolie landed herself several front covers recently after stepping out with a new haircut. Last year we wrote about how Brad and Angie’s daughter managed to escape the “What’s the little fella’s name?” comments that dogged us as tomboyish toddlers due to her lovely hair, but it seems we spoke too soon as her new do has attracted lots of negative press. American mag Life & Style ran with the headline “Why is Angelina turning Shiloh into a boy?” and proceeded to get insights from experts like celebrity stylist Gili Rashal-Niv and Glenn Stanton, director of Family Formation Studies at the conservative organization Focus on the Family. The thing is I know exactly how Shiloh must be feeling. I had a haircut almost identical to Shiloh’s when I was 5 – the only difference was that my hair was curly! – and it wasn’t the reaction from my peers that I dreaded but the comments from mean adults. “What have you done to your hair?” my first class teacher asked and I actually wanted to die. Poor Shiloh is dealing with this on a global scale so I think we should all just back off and remember that a bad boyish haircut is a rite of passage for all the best girls. I mean, who’d want to be one of those creepy, prissy, long-haired girls whose idea of a good time is playing with My Little Ponies? Yeah, Suri, we’re looking at you.

In other news, American Vogue has gone mean. Yeah OK we know they’re always mean – see the scenes where they discuss Sienna Miller’s fillings in The September Issue – but generally in interviews they have tended to stay on the nice side, with Sally Singer extolling the virtues of Michelle Williams or whoever is on that month’s cover. But for the last two months Jonathan Van Meter has been given the task of interviewing the cover girls and he’s been really insulting. OK so everybody knows that February’s Jessica Biel’s career isn’t stellar but did he need to say this?

The conversation quickly settles on her vexed post-TV career, which goes like this: ill-conceived remake of famous horror film; tragic Bret Easton Ellis adaptation; even more tragic Kim Basinger vehicle; meaningless third installment of franchise; terrible movie; terrible movie…

He doesn’t stop at belittling her career and actually brings up Rihanna, who Biel’s boyfriend Justin Timberlake is rumoured to have an affair with. That’s just rude, Van Meter. I mean I like a good honest interview as much as the next person but it feels a bit like Biel is being picked on because she doesn’t have the clout or power that some of the bigger stars possess.

To add insult to injury, the accompanying shoot featured some truly horrible pictures of Biel, especially the one where she looks like she’s just stepped out of a 70s catalogue.

And then this month, Van Meter starts on Tina Fey. It’s less a traditional interview, more of a little collection of facts about Fey under unflattering titles like 'Hand-Me Downs' and 'Revenge of the Nerd'.

A typical paragraph reads: On Monday morning I was at the gym bright and early—the only person there. Until Tina Fey walked in. All traces of the previous evening's glamour were gone. In fact, the person before me looked nothing like the person who'd been on TV. She could have been any harried working mother who had dragged herself to the gym in rumpled workout clothes, clutching a cup of coffee as if her life depended on it.

Van Meter seriously needs to take some tips from Christa D’Souza whose interviews for British Vogue are always honest but never bullying. LE

Friday, May 22, 2009

Chelsea Hotel #3

One of The Portmanteau's very first posts featured 5 women whose lives we coveted, including US Vogue staffer, Sally Singer. We were, and still are, envious of Singer because she manages to retain a bohemian style whilst working at the über-glossy American Vogue. And because she lives at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. And because her husband, writer Joseph O'Neill, is very handsome and talented.

This week, The Selby photographed Singer in her apartment at the Chelsea Hotel. The results - colourful, modern and slightly messy shots - have made me more eager to walk a day in Singer's Tabitha Simmons shoes than ever.

Images from The Selby

Friday, January 30, 2009

Love Me Do

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and our shops are soon going to be full of nauseatingly pink balloons and cards. I claim to not really care about Valentine’s Day but always act like a spoilt brat unless I receive a bouquet of flowers at the very least (carnations bought in Tesco do not count). It probably stems from the fact that I didn’t receive a Valentine’s card until I was 20. Other girls in my primary school spent the 14th counting their messages of adoration, whilst I comforted myself with the fact that I lived on a road that had very few boys and therefore the lack of male interest was not entirely my fault. If I had more access to boys, I reasoned, I would surely receive more cards. I still act a little competitive on the day, comparing my boyfriend’s gestures to the romantic gifts delivered to my colleagues.

Le Love - a blog that collates images of beautiful couples from online and print media - is destined to make anybody who’s feeling insecure about the lack of romance in their life feel about 10 times worse. If you’re single, you imagine that your life would look like that if only you could get somebody to go out with you. If you’re part of a couple, you know that your photos could never look that hot. Whenever the boyfriend and I are pictured, he’s squinting and I look mildly angry. It’s still a guilty pleasure though – perusing images of Irish stylist Celestine Cooney and her handsome beau, as featured on The Selby, or gazing at the adorably colourful Agyness and Albert shoot from February’s US Vogue.

Images from Le Love

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One shop we're not so fond of.....

The Mirror is today reporting that Sienna Miller was “airbrushed to within an inch of her life” for American Vogue’s September ‘07 cover according to the documentary, The September Issue. Like, duh. Sienna’s camp has sensibly responded to the furore, stating that Sienna is always airbrushed for magazine covers. Anybody who has ever stepped inside a newsagent will know that it is not only Sienna who has undergone some photoshopping for American Vogue. Kate Moss was barely recognisable when she graced the cover of the Age issue last August, her skin a creepy orange colour and her eyes devoid of any kind of life. I fully understand magazines retouching pictures to remove the odd spot or obliterate some downy fluff but when the subjects cease to look like themselves, you have to wonder if photoshopping has gone too far. The King of the retouching tool is Pascal Dangin - in one issue of US Vogue (March 2008) alone he doctored 107 ads and 36 editorial images along with rendering Drew Barrymore virtually unrecognizable on the cover. Magazines are quick to defend the practice, claiming that people don’t expect reality when they buy a fashion magazine. Alexandra Shulman has been quoted as saying “We are not in the business of portraying reality all the time and people buy magazines like Vogue in order to look at a kind of perfection.”

Fair enough, but the thing is I don’t find thinned noses, sharpened jaw lines and strangely elongated legs perfect. The most beautiful portraits of Kate Moss or Sienna Miller are not those in which they look the least real. The photos of Sienna and Savannah Miller in August 2007's British Vogue didn’t prompt feelings of envy at their perfection or a desire to rush out and buy the Twenty8Twelve clothes they were modelling, but rather a bewildered curiosity at how the retouching team thought that anybody would believe that those were actually Savannah’s thighs. The delicate and natural portraits by Corinne Day - a photographer famed for her raw style - were merely diluted by the overuse of photoshop.

Kate on the cover of American Vogue

Savannah Miller in British Vogue

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Boy, it's cold...

Sitting in my drafty kitchen, I cling to the radiator, layer on cardigan after cardigan and peruse online look books for Spring/Summer 09. I need to distract myself from the fact that the circulation in my extremities has ceased and my hands have turned a strange shade of palest yellow. The polaroids and videos on the Boy by Band of Outsiders website are doing a very good job of diverting my attention from the frosty conditions and transport me to a place where one can go bare-legged without worrying about hypothermia. Last season Michelle Williams was Boy’s model and for S/S 09 Kirsten Dunst is doing the honours. The clothes are beautiful – perfectly insouciant and effortlessly cool. I want them all. I know that the khaki trousers would look terrible on me but they look so good on Raquel Zimmerman in January’s US Vogue that I want a pair anyway. Most of all though I want one of those stretchy, stripey pencil skirts. There are no stockists in Ireland and Boy doesn’t come cheap but next time I’m in London I’m going to have to swing by Dover Street Market to check out the line in person. Visit Boy by Band of Outsiders for lots of lovely pictures and a full list of stockists worldwide.

Images From Boy

US Vogue January 09

Monday, November 17, 2008

2008 Magazine Covers

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced their favourite US magazine covers back in October. New York (magazine) was the big winner, scooping the top award - Cover of the Year 2008 - and the fashion cover award. The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and GQ were all featured too. Click here for the full list of winners and finalists. We have been obsessed with mags since the days when we were forced to pool our pocket money in order to afford American Vogue and have our own list of favourite 2008 covers.

First up is Audrey Marnay on the cover of Lula. We love Lula and are eternally grateful to Leith Clark and the gang for letting us into their dream world twice a year. This season they gave us a choice of covers – we could opt for eighteen-year old Ali Michael or French super, Audrey Marnay. Both covers had a harder edge than previous Lula offerings but we had to plump for Audrey in the end. The red hair, strong eye make-up and haunted expression combined to make her the most interesting cover girl of 2008.

Fantastic Man is the ultimate antidote to the lad’s mag. One for well-dressed men or indeed anybody who cares about beautiful pictures and people, such as previous cover boys, Stefano Pilato, Tom Ford and The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman. Our favourite though was photographer, Vinoodh Matadin. The black and white portrait is simple and classic – just like the magazine itself – and the typography and layout are supremely elegant. FHM it is not.

The autumn issue of POP tapped into my love for hot nuns and put Agyness Deyn, Jourdan Dunn, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Amber Valletta and Oluchi Onweagba on 6 different covers styled by Miuccia Prada and shot by Sebastian Faena. It’s hard to pick my favourite but I think I have to go for Agy. I rarely find her sexy but the Prada lace jumpsuit and red lipstick make her the hottest nun in the convent.

There has to be a booby prize and there could only be one winner this year - Keira Knightley on September’s American Vogue. The outfit (although Balenciaga) is incredibly ugly and terribly confusing - it looks like a velvet dress...tucked into a belt...tucked into another belt...all over a denim skirt? Don’t get me started on that fluffy hair and what’s with all the bling? The only explanation is that Anna Wintour is getting revenge for Knightley’s low-selling June 2007 issue.