Archive: August 2010

Corinne Day Obituary

Legendary melancholic fashion photographer, Corrine Day, passed away on Friday August 27th after an on-going battle with brain cancer.

Raised in Ickenham, west London by her grandmother, Day had a turbulent childhood. She had claimed that her mother ran a brothel – which was, probably, half-way to explaining her attitude towards sex and her annoyance at the sexualisation of fashion – while her tearaway father was emotionally distant.

After leaving school without many qualifications, Day’s first job was as a courier where, during one flight, a photographer told her she should be a model. Taking his advice, despite being only 5ft 6in and considered too short for the catwalk, Day appeared in adverts in the US and Australia, and catalogues in Japan. There she met her lifetime partner Mark Szaszy, who taught her how to use his camera. Eventually they settled in Milan, where Day began photographing other struggling young models.

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Cosmopolitan UK launches student magazine

Cosmopolitan is launching an ad-funded spin-off of the magazine dedicated to students.

Cosmo on Campus will target 18 to 21 year olds across 65 universities in the UK, which include London Met, Leeds, Leeds Met, Manchester and Edinburgh and will be distributed by hand on campus.

The free 56-page magazine will launch in October with a print run of 250,000. NatMag is aiming to make the brand extension quarterly in 2011. Cosmo on Campus will include sections such as Confessions, Man Manual and High Street Hit List.

A microsite will launch within the Cosmopolitan website with additional features including offers, competitions and community links. The brand extension will also exist on Cosmopolitan’s Facebook page and through its Twitter Feed.

Louise Court, editor of Cosmopolitan, said: “We wanted to produce a free tailored version of Cosmopolitan that talks directly to the student population and gives them all the honest and intimate advice they can get from the monthly magazine, but tailored specifically to their lifestyle as an introduction to the paid-for glossy.”

Grace Coddington to release autobiography

Grace Coddington, creative director of American Vogue and surprise star of last year’s documentary The September Issue, has announced she is writing her autobiography.

The Welsh born stylist, who began her fashion career as a model in the 60s, has enlisted former Men’s Vogue editor in chief Jay Fielden to help write her memoirs. The pair have previously collaborated for Coddington’s 2002 coffee-table book, “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue

In an interview with WWD she said: “We’re just starting, and I think it’s going to be a really fun project. I’m hoping it’s going to be very rich in fashion history. It’s more than just about me.”

The pair plan to shop the finished proposal to publishers this autumn. So far, no release date has been announced.

Blow By Blow

Detmar Blow, husband of the late Isabelle Blow, has written a memoir based on the life of his amazing wife.

Documenting the various tragedies of her life, starting with the death of her two-year-old brother who died whilst in her care, Isabella Blow’s life was one of extremes of tragedy and inspiration. She fostered talent whilst nurturing desperate personal unhappiness.

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A working model is a model, remove the plus size tag

This week Chanel unveiled their newest campaign, for the reopening of the brands SoHo store, which featured (Lagerfeld’s obsession) Baptiste Giabiconi and plus-size phenomenon Crystal Renn.

While the Daily Mail unnecessarily griped at the fact the photograph only showed Renn’s face – in the same week Liz Jones decided women with big boobs were sluts – the campaign was generally reported as a change in attitude towards plus size models. If Karl Lagerfeld, who has notoriously outspoken views on larger women, can use and photograph a plus size model for Chanel then there’s no reason why other designer’s can’t do the same.
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My girl crush

I know that this is ancient now but, still.

Lily Cole easily slips into the role of a screen siren for work found in May’s Elle France. Inspired by by the iconic film noir era, photographer Kayt Jones captures the lovely redhead in Aime le Cinema, where Lily dons a wardrobe of all Dior styled by Christopher Niquet.

Productively moaning at moaners: Bored of vanity

Liz Jones was obviously having a self-involved day when she decided the best forum for her latest rant was in national newspaper Daily Mail.

Jones tenderly handled the subject of childhood anorexia, respected varying female shapes and did nothing to promote the notion that fashion is only for the thin…I am, of course, being sarcastic. It seems that every time fashion takes a step forward, there’s a moaning female journalist dragging the industry back two steps.

Get over it. Designers like catwalk models to be thin – and of a certain height – because they’re supposed to be identical walking clothes hangers, not “personalities”. This doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to be, or is expected to be, size zero.

Writing about larger-breasted women, Jones announces, “I look at those who expose their sweaty cleavages and think, hmm, how slutty, I bet they use them to get ahead at work.” Maybe, Jones, these women have better things to think about then their boobs and get promoted at work because they are – shock, horror – genuinely intelligent. I’m also thinking that perhaps this is how Jones used her larger breasts before she got a reduction, it would certainly explain how she became editor of Marie Claire –which, by the way, she was reportedly sacked from because she referred to a model as “a bag of bones”. Although that’s probably untrue, it works nicely for my rant. Image-obsessed this woman is.

Jones’ irresponsible bashing of larger-breasted women continues as she says, “I comfort myself with the knowledge these big-busted broads will never look good in Prada or Jil Sander or Helmut Lang.” I hate to break this to you so bluntly, Jones, but women with breasts and, indeed, larger women can be stylish too; Gabi Gregg, author of the Young, Fat and Fabulous blog, obviously thinks so. As do all of these women. It’s, admittedly, a slow process but there is a growing acceptance of larger sizes (proof, proof, proof) but then shite like this get’s published and some people feel insecure all over again.

So, in response to your article, I don’t care. I don’t care if you have scars on your nipples, I don’t care if flat chests are in, I don’t care if Pamela Anderson has had a popularity resurgence and people now want to look like this. Stop bitching and obsessing about your fucking breasts and actually write something half-intelligent.

As a side note: Jones article wavered over her blatant psychological problems, claiming her anorexia was because she “wanted to be thin, like Janice Dickinson on the cover of Vogue.” While this may have been what later drove her anorexia she stated, “I wanted boys not to notice me”; suggesting one of the real causes of her anorexia was her unwillingness to grow-up and her fear of entering adulthood. If you do have anorexia please seek help or, and this has to be motivation enough, you’ll end up like this whiney journalist who once said, “It makes no sense, but I’d rather be thin than happy or healthy.”

Selfridges to no longer stock Dolce and Gabbana after “giant fall out”

London department store Selfridges is to end selling Dolce & Gabbana product after allegedly having a “giant falling out” with the luxury brand over a proposed change to the lines’ in-store positions.  From spring 2011, Selfridges will not offer Dolce and Gabbana or the D&G line.

Sources are unclear whether Dolce & Gabbana had dropped Selfridges or vice versa. Neither party would disclose details of the alleged disagreement but it was Selfridges who released the statement.

Selfridges – which was recently named by retailers as the world’s best department store -said it had wanted to refresh its brand mix and found itself “unable” to continue offering the lines. “We constantly seek to improve the diversity and presentation of our brand portfolio and address the demands of our ever-evolving fashion and accessories departments,” the retail chain said in a statement.

“To this end we have found that we are unable to accommodate Dolce & Gabbana and D&G in our mix going forward.”

Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan headquarters is closed until next week and no one from its UK office was able to comment.

Madonna faces lawsuit over Material Girl

Madonna is facing a lawsuit over her new Material Girl collection sold exclusively through Macy’s

Executives at clothing manufacturer LA Triumph, Inc (I couldn’t find their website…) claim in a lawsuit that the company has been trading under the Material Girl banner since 1997, and insist Madonna’s range causes “deception” and “confusion in the marketplace”, according to papers obtained by TMZ.com.

LA Triumph bosses have asked a judge to ban Madonna from any further use of the trademark as well as demanding they receive all profits the line has garnered so far, reports the site.

Yeh, good luck with that. Obviously the name of Madonna’s youth-targeted label is inspired by her 1985 hit, “Material Girl”, outdating LA Triumph, Inc by twelve years. You can’t deny, it’s a nice bit of easy publicity for them though.