Pope Liberace II is my Pimp : Garage presents Vestimentality



Last night I went to a panel discussion about Garage magazine’s Vestimentality project at Somerset House. American writer and cultural critic, Cintra Wilson, was commissioned to write tongue-in-cheek – who am I kidding, downright rude! – manifestos for brands such as Versace, Givenchy and Tom Ford. These slogans were then worked into a final collection of garments by knitwear duo Leutton Postle.


Kate Moss and Lea T embrace the latest Love cover

My love affair with Love covers continues with the latest edition of the magazine, which sees transsexual model Lea T. and a masculine-styled Kate Moss lock lips for the androgyny issue, bluntly titled, “This is hardcore”.

Editor Katie Grand told the Telegraph how she met Riccardo Tisci’s muse, Lea T., remembering, “I was by the pool at the Copacabana Palace Hotel when I saw her. At first I didn’t notice her gender; just that she was wearing Givenchy couture and looked amazing!”

Lea, born Leandro Cerezo, the son of Brazilian football player Toninho Cerezo, was discovered by Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. She went on to star in his campaigns, pose for French Vogue and the cover of Italian Vanity Fair. I wrote an in-depth article about her: here

The striking image for Love, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, will no doubt see issues flying off the shelves. Unfortunately, this will probably be over-shadowed by the simultaneous Justin Bieber cover, as Beliebers or Bieberites (or whatever the hell the kids are calling themselves these days) scramble over themselves to own anything and everything with his face on it.

Renowned for releasing multiple covers per issue, it appears that Justin Bieber’s feminine looks have landed him the tounge-in-cheek cover shot.  Although it hasn’t been released how the Bieber/Love connection was made, I wonder if the singer was informed that his cover would in fact be for the androgyny issue. I hope the answer is yes, and that the performer, who has even inspired a website, ‘Lesbians who look like Justin Bieber‘, where readers can send in pictures of female lookalikes, was fair game.

The latest issue of bi-annual Love magazine goes on sale on February 7th.

Emmanuelle Alt is French Vogue editor

After the surprise departure of Carine Roitfeld last month, it has been announced today that Emmanuelle Alt has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of French Vogue. Alt takes the position after a decade at Condé Nast’s Paris operation, where she is credited with styling some of the magazine’s most memorable spreads.

Alt began her career in 1990 at Elle, becoming fashion director aged 20 – which is my age and impossibly depressing – before undertaking the same role at Mixte. The 43-year-old fashion journalist joined French Vogue in late 2000, months before Roitfeld, after being recruited by Condé Nast International’s chairman, Jonathan Newhouse.

“Vogue Paris is performing strongly and I wish to entrust the editor-in-chief position to someone who will ensure a certain continuity, while bringing a new energy and dimension,” Xavier Romatet, president of Condé Nast France, said. “Emmanuelle has all the professional and personal qualities required to maintain Vogue Paris as a world reference among fashion magazines. Vogue Paris will remain the most important fashion, beauty and cultural magazine, working with the world’s greatest photographers and stylists, who Emmanuelle knows perfectly. I totally trust her to manage this prestigious brand and develop it in all its dimensions, including digital.”

Alt said, “It’s a great honour for me, but also a great pleasure to get to the head of Vogue Paris that I know very well. I will try to develop the incredible potential of Vogue Paris while working with very talented teams.”

Emmanuelle will work in close collaboration with Olivier Lalanne, deputy editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, whose field of responsibility is widened. Lalanne will also oversee the editorial direction of the magazine Vogue Hommes International.

Carine Roitfeld Resigns from French Vogue

After 10 years as editor of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld, who was tipped to take over from Anna Wintour at US Vogue, has announced today that she has resigned.

She will leave the magazine at the end of January to pursue “personal projects”.

Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast International, told the press: “It is impossible to overstate Carine’s powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation, advertising and editorial success. Vogue Paris has established itself as one of the most iconic magazines in the world, with huge influence in the field of fashion and photography.”

“Carine herself has become widely known as a beacon of style, fulfilling the role with charm and graciousness. She has become a giant in her profession,” Newhouse continued to say. “Carine will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved.”

Roitfeld’s replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.

*Updated article coming soon*

Essentials 100% ‘real’ women issue for October

Taken from The Guardian, by Carrie Dunn

“It felt like the right time to do it, and right for us, really,” says Jules Barton-Breck, editor of Essentials. The October issue of her magazine, already on sale, is claimed to be a UK first – a glossy that’s entirely model- and celebrity-free.

Despite the fanfare, rejecting models and celebrities in favour of “realness” is nothing new. Dove launched its Campaign For Real Beauty in 2004, using “real” women in its ads, and tying them in to a global awareness-raising project of promoting female body-acceptance. Debenhams now bans airbrushing in its swimwear ad campaigns, claiming the aim is “to help customers make the most of their beauty without bombarding them with unattainable body images”.


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.”

Love for Love

For the fourth issue of Love magazine two covers a day are being released throughout this week on, to reveal eight collectable covers. The highly anticipated issue will be on newsstands August 23, with the bonus treat of an iPad app available simultaneously to download for free.

Released so far: Alessandra Ambrosio (The Angel), Rosie Huntington Whiteley (The Siren), Gisele Bundchen (The Bombshell), Lauren Hutton (The Heroin), Agyness Deyn (The Rebel), Barbie aka Ms Perfect (who looks suspiciously like Gemma Ward: The Mannequin) and Kelly Brook (The Sweetheart), which was just released as I was writing this.

Images shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Cosmopolitan unveils 3D lenticular special edition cover

The UK edition of Cosmopolitan magazine has launched a special collectors’ edition of its September 2010 issue, featuring a 3D cover in conjunction with Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light.

With a print run of 50,000, television presenter Cat Deeley, the face of the hair brand, appears on the cover, which when tilted by the reader shows her “swishing” her hair from side to side, mirroring Pantene’s “Make a Swisssh” campaign.

The campaign is also supported within the magazine via a three-page Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light promotion and a Confidence Confessions feature from Cat Deeley. Also appearing online at, visitors will be redirected to Pantene’s Here they can upload their own best-captured “hair swish” to enter a monthly prize draw.

Justine Southall, publishing director at Cosmopolitan, said: “Cosmopolitan is focused on long-term innovation. As such, we’re always looking for fun and creative ways to engage our readers and work with clients. Our lenticular cover has enabled us to do this perfectly by bringing Pantene’s campaign to life and providing real standout on the newsstand.”

Consumer events will also be launching at Boots stores around the UK in September. The campaign activity will culminate with presence at the Clothes Show in Birmingham in December. The special edition issue is available exclusively in Tesco stores nationwide.

Italian Vogue’s BP inspired photoshoot controversy

The Vogue brand is renowned for its controversial editorials – well, apart from our own rather bland UK Vogue, come on Alexandra Shulman, pull your socks up – this month Italian Vogue have caused outrage from the US after their BP inspired photoshoot, “Water and Oil”.

The massive twenty-four page spread in the September issue features model Kristen McMenamy wearing soaked, black feather outfits, writhing on a tar-slicked beach spitting up oil. The images are taken by equally controversial, famed photographer Steven Meisel –who shoots the Prada campaigns and shot the images for Madonna’s 1992 book “Sex”.