It’s hard for a hardened fashionite to admit love to a single publication, being that there are sooo many options, and no mere mortal has the time, or the bank account, to purchase and privy all the amazing editorials produced each month in lesser known titles like Acne Paper or Purple Mag, which is why it’s refreshing for me to be able to admit that Harper’s is my hands down, favorite big box, kind of the equivalent of Walmart to Dazed & Confused‘s mom & pop, fashion glossy.
Regardless of whether your political education ends at Michelle Obama‘s wardrobe or you actually know the names and faces of those in our Presidential Cabinet, we at FashionIndie would still like to wish you a Happy President’s Day! After brushing up on our Poly-Sci 101, we realized America has been through a lot. Our political opinion? We would be much better suited under a fashion regime, led by the stern Anna Wintour, kept in line by the venerable Diane von Furstenberg, under fiscal guidance by LVMH president Bernard Arnault etc etc… check out our fashionable cabinet after the jump.
Harper’s Bazaar has had some serious work done and she is looking good. Glenda Bailey is determined that nobody put her baby in the corner and has revealed a new look for the magazine beginning with the March issue. Harper’s is now one inch larger with thicker paper, new typograhy and features — and who better to launch the makeover than Bailey’s favorite cover girl, Gwyneth Paltrow? Photographed by Terry Richardson, the striking subscriber cover features Gwyneth with her face obscured by her flowing golden locks while giving body and leg for days in a revealing dress by relatively unknown designer Anthony Vaccarello.
Some gals got it and some gals would sell their first born just to get it — that “je ne sais quoi”, that “It” factor that makes men want them, women want to be them, and magazine editors want to put them on their covers. But even with that hard-to-categorize quality, the magic can fall short. Some gals can sell a magazine and some gals should stick to their day jobs, starring in movies, recording dance-pop hits and whoring their lives out on basic cable. Assembled here are the biggest winners and losers of the Great Magazine Cover War of 2011.
“Glenda Bailey‘s not going to go to Richmond, VA, fashion week.” This quote from CFDA CEO Steven Kolb basically sums up the fashion industry’s attitude when it comes to fashion weeks outside of the big four: New York, London, Paris and Milan. Fashion is elitist, with the haves being vastly outweighed by the have-nots. A small cadre of editors, designers, photographers, stylists and — most importantly — businessmen control this billion dollar industry, but the cracks are beginning to appear in the facade. Milan’s breaking rank and challenging the fashion week calendar and in response Condé Nast has vowed that no Vogue editors will be in attendance should Milan continue its catwalk of impertinence. China is outspending both America and Europe in the luxury sector and many brands are opening stores in the Far East to meet this ever-expanding market. Then there are the some 100 other fashion weeks around the world, showcasing local young, up-and-coming and often, rather talented designers who, while not garnering the attention of Harper’s Bazaar‘s esteemed editrix in chief, are contributing to their own cities’ and countries’ burgeoning fashion industries.
Harper’s Bazaar is perhaps the most editorially-interesting fashion mag in the U.S. and that is thanks in large part to editor-in-chief, Glenda Bailey. Now Bailey has gone through her past decade at the helm to release the coffee table book, Harper’s Bazaar Greatest Hits.
In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Roberto Cavalli’s amazing career, this gorgeous retrospective includes photos of supermodels then and now, personal photos, images from past advertising campaigns, and notes from Cavalli’s friends and celebrity clients.
Harper’s Bazaar appreciates the beauty and grace present in women of all ages and knows amazing style is timeless. Last night, the fabulous publication hosted an event with Estée Lauder spokesmodel Elizabeth Hurley and Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey to toast the finalists and name the grand prize winner of their second “Fabulous at Every Age” contest. Lookbooks and FashionIndie editor-in-chief Samantha Lim and I ventured up to the event at the Hearst Tower to see all of these fantastic women in person.
One of the biggest trends of the season is the return of the wide leg pant and the floor sweeping dress. Beautiful for silhouettes, terrible for petites. We sought out the advice of Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey for tips on how short girls can master the long look. She even tells us a bit about her shoe preference of the moment. Get her expert advice here…
New Yorkers have their own way of braving what seems to be this never-ending Snowpocalypse that’s holding our fair city hostage. Harper’s Bazaar Editrix-in-Chief Glenda Bailey has a “beautiful and practical” Burberry coat. Isabel and Ruben Toledo trump her for practicality, however; they’ll be wrapping their shoes in plastic bags.
Harper’s Bazaar’s Personal Style Competition is looking for one fabulously stylish winner, who will receive a trip to New York City, a photo shoot to be published in a future issue of Harper’s Bazaar and a $10,000 shopping spree provided by Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers of American and international designers.
“At Harper’s Bazaar, we believe that fashion should be fun and above all, reflect a woman’s individuality and point of view,” said editor in chief Glenda Bailey. “We celebrate women who make great style a way of life.”
Readers are invited to nominate themselves or other women with outstanding personal style by completing the online entry form at www.harpersbazaar.com/personalstylecontest. Entries must include one close-up color photo of the face and three color full-body photos, each taken within the previous two years, as well as a testimonial of 50 words or less describing why the person being entered has brilliant personal style and deserves to win. Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2010. One female, 21 years or older, will be chosen as the winner of the Harper’s Bazaar Personal Style Competition.