Watch Lady Gaga behind the scenes in her cover shoot for Vogue.
Watch Lady Gaga behind the scenes in her cover shoot for Vogue.
Ah, the September issue. Tuesday, WWD let slip the news that Vogue’s most important issue of the year’s cover would be graced by Lady Gaga. For magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and W this issue is The Grand Poohbah, The Leader of the Pack, The Colossus of Clout. The leading magazine typically runs anywhere from 350 to 800 pages, holding only a mere 25% of actual content. This is an advertiser’s crowded playground, inevitably weighing in as the magazine’s heaviest issue of the year, both literally and monetarily.
There’s really no true fashion lover out there who would complain about even more volume to their ‘readings.’ But it does rouse the question: why September? A month that conjures up images of golden, falling leaves and schoolbooks. Our first clue comes from a habit most of us took on at an early age…back to school shopping. Even if you aren’t enrolled and well on your way in the working world, this feeling of starting fresh for fall is pretty innate. So, there’s our first theory.
Digging deeper, on this autumnal retail memory lane, what are you buying? As the temperature is dropping, we feel the need to layer up. Woolen coats, beautiful scarves, soft gloves, cuddly sweaters, warm boots…all pieces of the season, donning price tags that swell along with the garment density. This is great for designers. While summer dresses are playful and fun, the heavier the ticket item the better. And since people are willing to shell out more cash, this is the precise time to start pushing it as big as you can get it.
Really, the September issue is a brilliant business move for tons of people involved. Any business, from fashion to beauty to automobiles can benefit from The September Issue frenzy. The timing is spot on, what with people’s wardrobes shifting and the impending holiday purchases…releasing an extra ad in the fall fashion Bible is just what you do to boost that revenue. Like a gateway to the new year, “September is the January of fashion.” Well said, Candy Pratts Price, well said.
Watch the photo montage below to see the last twelve years of Vogue’s own September issues:
This June, from cover to cover, every issue of Vogue is expressing the fashion mag’s dedication to The Health Initiative, a movement that aims to encourage a healthier approach to body image in the fashion industry.
The 19 Editors-in-Chief of Vogue magazines worldwide have committed every issue starting this month to the initiative via a pact they signed as the first step to promoting health over society’s twisted idea of beauty.
According to a Vogue Paris online, the key points and goals of the editors are as follows:
* Work with healthy models over the age of 16
* Ask agents not to knowingly send in underage girls for castings
* Help to structure mentoring programs between more mature models and younger girls who are starting out in the industry
* Encourage healthy working conditions including providing healthy food and respecting models’ privacy
* Encourage designers to reconsider small sample sizes that condone the use of extremely thin models
* The Vogue magazine editors commit to being ambassadors for healthy body image
As the fashion industry continues to take blame for the world’s misconceptions on beauty and for using models who are extremely thin or too young, Vogue editors are determined to put a stop to the finger-pointing and actually do something about the issues.
Click through the June covers below. What do you think about Vogue’s ambitious endeavor? Our two cents – at this point, things have gone so far in the wrong direction, one small nudge in the right direction is a start. Especially if it is Vogue that takes the first step.
Here’s to hoping the initiative becomes the norm.
Last night marked one of the swankiest events in NYC – the 2012 Met Gala. This year The Met’s Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition featured Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Hosted by Vogue, it is considered one of the world’s most fashionable events, sometimes referred to as the Oscars of the East Coast.
InsiderStyle’s picks for best dressed:
After resigning from her role as editor-in-chief of French Vogue in January 2011, Carine Roitfeld was back in the job market; but how much farther up can one climb the fashion ladder when it is Vogue being left behind? Not far. Unless… she starts her own magazine.
Voila! So it was decided and recently confirmed; Roitfeld’s new magazine will make its first appearance this September. The name of the magazine is yet to be announced but we do know it will be a bi-annual publication versus monthly and it is being described as a book with an emphasis on “fashion with a lot of freedom.”
Roitfeld is in New York to work on the magazine which will be published by The Visionaire Group (TVG). New York? Yes, TVG headquarters are stateside and we couldn’t be happier. Welcome to NYC Ms. Roitfeld!
If six months is too long of a wait for Roitfeld’s new magazine, her recently released book may be able to fill the void. Get your hands on Irreverent and experience a visual timeline of Roitfeld’s career in the fashion industry.
Walking away with an astonishing total of six music awards, Adele was among the most celebrated individuals at this year’s Grammy Awards Show. Equally victorious in her stroll down the red carpet, she successfully captured the essence of old Hollywood glamour donning a black, custom-made, sequined Armani gown.
The singer wore the stunning dress proudly, displaying to the world her new slimmer look. Even her manicure was spectacular, with the underside of her nails painted red to match the signature red soles of the sparkling silver Christian Louboutins she wore.
The occasion was nothing less than a truly triumphant night as the audience and viewers recognized and celebrated an artist’s raw talent and courageous recovery (prior to the event the singer underwent surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal cord).
And now, as if Adele’s passionate and sultry voice couldn’t possibly be more praised, Vogue Magazine enlists the inspirational songstress as their newest fashion icon.
Already out on shelves, Adele graces the coveted cover of the Vogue March Edition. The once shy and timid British beauty who has captured hearts and taken the entire music scene by storm is quite the fashion icon. Her individual style: the classic glamour of old Hollywood Noir.
This year, just in time for Fashion Week, RTW takes on a new meaning–Runway to Win. Fashion and politics rally together in support of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and Anna Wintour is holding the reigns making this is a
runway show you can’t miss.
According to WWD, Vogue has enlisted 22 designers who will design items such as branded tees and bags to benefit the Obama Victory Fund. Items are expected to go on sale Thursday. The list of designers includes Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Rachel Roy and others.
Ambitiously called Runway to Win, the effort is a follow-up to the 2008 presidential campaign called Runway to Change. Anna Wintour, a dedicated supporter of President Obama, will host the Runway to Win fundraising event in February; just in time for Fashion Week.
Controversy is inevitable of course as designers may not want to alienate their non-Democratic customers; however, what’s fashion without a touch of controversy?
For details and updates sign up here: Runway to Win