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Create your own Vogue editor

In Fashion on February 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm


Emmanuel Alt via belles and rebelles
A topic that just randomly popped into my head. I’d call her, The Fashion Muncher. She’d walk around chewing the samples in the cupboards, annoying the rest of the staff as they’d have to explain to PRs that the “the dog at them.” Not to mention the mounting expense bills the publishers would have to pay. But she was created to fill the voids of the rest of the Vogue Editors. She’d be the ultimate creation. We may as well considering that everyone’s a critic.

The opinionated Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani seems to always be throwing about her woes regarding the people in fashion media. Then there’s the uproar over Carine Roitfeld’s recent departure. But, the issue isn’t over her, per say, but her successor Emmanuel Alt, fashion direct cum Editor of the fearless French Vogue. And let’s not forget how in “fear” we are over American Vogue‘s Anna Wintour after watching The Devil Wears Prada. The only one who seems to get a bit of piece is the intelligent, trust worthy Alexandra Shulman. But I suppose I’m based having been at the British Vogue quarters once upon a time. And I read of the audacity of some article calling this edition the bland one of the bunch. As if.

Anna Dello Russo, fashion director of Vogue Nippon seems to have been the only one willing to submit to the people by becoming something of a caricature. Planning her outfits and life for the impending collections months in advance. But while she has a fairytale affair with fashion, the other ladies have an extremely strenuous job – running a fashion magazine.

I once had a small stint as a runner of a low-brow publication. And by GOD, that was something I would never do – I mean never – again. The directions you’re being pulled. The question of integrity. Your direction versus that of the financial backers. It’s no wonder that I happily stepped down after the first issue.

I hold strong admiration for the Vogue Editors. Fact is, if we could Create our own Vogue Editor, she’d have absolutely ZERO personality producing a jumble of mess for a fashion publication lacking any sense, or direction.

I don’t expect to see anything ground-breaking from any of the editions this coming year, to be honest. And I say that regardless of changes. But I trust in the decisions of these editors, I always have, and that’s why I collect the magazines in the first place.

Crystal Renn: The fat issue

In Fashion on February 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm


Crystal Renn in French Vogue via Uplift Magazine

The thing about opportunity, is that, in order to get to where you want to be, you have to be hungry. When Renn started, she tried to fit a mold to get “it”. It didn’t work. So, after some intervention and introspection, she realized that the key to success – the prosperous kind, stems from being yourself.


image via judgment of Paris

And that’s when everyone, in need of the next big trend, decided to capitalize on this stunning woman who was above (and beyond) convention. Fair enough.

Upon “being herself,” the fashion world coveted.


Crystal Renn in French Vogue via pics and models

And though she’s met some genuine people along the way, let’s be honest, everyone from Carine Roitfeld of French Vogue to Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel used her as their muse. She was a fashion darling, and to deny that she was a “plus-size” model in the world where the standard is a size 2, at most, would defeat the purpose.

So now, there’s an uproar because Renn has lost weight – albeit the healthy way – but she’s not the juicy image the world has lauded. It’s a frustrating situation, I’m sure.

I will say, as for blaming the media for “pinning the plus-size” label on her head, well, it doesn’t matter. She wanted to be a supermodel, and once again, she saw an opportunity to fill a void. Don’t be ashamed of it, it is what it is. You got what you wanted, Crystal. It’s okay.The only one you’re accountable for, and to, is you. But remember the importance of sewing what you reap.

Shout out to Ford Models for providing the video.

One-to-watch: Hakaan

In designer, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, In the Know on January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

“I feel more experienced and knowledgeable than the new generation.”


Little is known about Turkish-born, London-based fashion designer Hakaan Yildirim. I’d came upon him while reading an issue of i-d, i believe i still have the issue. in true i-d style, the raw, gritty layout was hypersexual, and absolutely captivating. I learned that his runway show was filled with top models including Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone and Mariacarla Boscono. And Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell sat front and centre with Anna Wintour. Hakaan, was, and still is, the hot designer of the moment.

His debut collection (according to international fashion capital) won him the French-financed Andam Prize valued at $270,000, and judged by French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld, Andam director Nathalie Dufour, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz, Jefferson Hack of Dazed & Confused, Virginie Mouzat, critic of Le Figaro, Delphine Arnault of LVMH, Valerie Hermann of the Gucci Group and Pierre Berge, former partner of Yves Saint Laurent – isn’t that a mouthful!

This is, by far, quite a development from his 2009 collection:


the things you can do with money, it’s true. That and of course, an immense amount of passion and talent.

Hakaan has gotten better with time. His Spring/Summer 2011 collection was draped and construction with the finest silks. With accolades on the rise, he’s becoming a strong force to be reckoned with.

If I could only own a piece of Hakaan’s lusturous dresses. Ah, but that is part of what dreams may come.

But if you can, please indulge, a dress like this goes a long way.

One to Watch: Chau Har Lee

In art, Collection, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Heels, London, One to Watch, Shoes on December 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

“I aim to create pieces that have strength and beauty, based around a concept which can be about a number of things – the body, the materials or a particular theme.”

– Chau Har Lee to Dazed Digital

I like clothes more than shoes. But when I come across footwear that’s fantastically spellbinding, I’m quick to want.

When it comes to what you wear, there shouldn’t be any borders; clothes, shoes or otherwise. Screw the conservative society! Many of the greatest fashion innovators – with the exception of US Vogue’s Anna Wintour, and Vogue Paris‘s Carine Roitfeld – made their mark in the world by being themselves, no matter how idiosyncratic it seemed. And that’s where London-based cobbler Chau Har Lee fits into my life.

Chau Har Lee is a 29-year-old shoe designer who obtained her long-winded education at UK’s most prestigious: Cordwainer College (London College of Fashion), Royal College of Art and Camberwell College of Art. She’s the recipient of multiple awards including the 2009 Manolo Blahnik prize and International Talent Support competition, she’s been featured in fashion magazines such as British Vogue, Nylon and i-D, and she’s worked with fashion powerhouses Burberry and Nicole Farhi early in her career. A fan for pushing the “shoe envelope,” Ms. Har used  materials such as stainless steel, walnut wood, acrylic and leather to create architectural shoes you could envision completing Maison Martin Margiela’s runway collection.

There’s no word as to when we’ll be able to get our hands on a pair, but she says she’s currently working on her 2010 collection in her East London studio.