Alexander Vreeland, grandson of the late Vogue editor in chief Diana Vreeland, has published a compilation of her memos from her tenure at the magazine.
“My grandmother was somebody who inspired a lot of creative people to do their best work," Alexander Vreeland, grandson of the late Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, tells The Daily Beast.
Now, he has compiled more than 300 pages of memos written by Vreeland during her tenure at Vogue from 1963 to 1971 -- which will be published in a new book, Memos: The Vogue Years, out this week. From industry colleagues to friends -- including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Halston Frowick -- Vreeland's memos are personal and to the point; her way of sending direction, advice, and admiration pre-text message and e-mail. Vreeland's memos were all dictated, Alexander says. "When you read them, you hear her voice. It’s a different language than when one writes." And it's true: the written words resonante with feeling. From writing to Cristóbal Balenciaga when his namesake fashion house closed in 1968 to congratulating SI Newhouse when he took over as Vogue’s publisher, to constantly demanding more freckles, more pearls, and more color in her pages -- it's easy to imagine the sincerity, direction, and at times, humor, that came from Vreeland's mouth.
In a new book, 'Humans of New York,' photographer Brandon Stanton curates his vibrant portraits of New Yorkers on the city’s streets. He talks to Allison McNearney.
In 2008, Brandon Stanton lost his job as a bond trader in Chicago. Instead of rushing to find a new trading position, he did what most of us wish we could do: he grabbed his camera. Deciding to take a sabbatical and indulge what was previously just a hobby, Stanton began to travel around the country to take portraits of residents of the major U.S. cities. After photographing over 600 people on the streets of New York, Stanton realized he was on to something—and decided to focus full-time on telling the story of the people who live in the most populated city in America.
In the three years since he launched Humans of New York, a photography-turned-storytelling blog, Stanton’s work has achieved notable momentum. Now, it boasts one and a half million Facebook followers and a corporate scandal to boot (Stanton launched a campaign against DKNY for using his photos in a window display without his permission earlier this year). He has touched a chord with both New Yorkers and outsiders interested in catching a glimpse of the vibrant individuals who make up the city streets.
Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will be the head of retail and online stores at Apple—and the company’s only female executive. Isabel Wilkinson on the smart blonde heading to Silicon Valley.
It’s not every day that Apple hires someone within the fashion industry—or a woman.
Angela Ahrendts. (Camera Press/Redux)
and Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry goes on display in San Francisco.
Eric Wilson Named InStyle's Fashion News Director: Eric Wilson, who has served as a fashion reporter for The New York Times for the past seven years, will become the fashion news director at InStyle Magazine, a newly created position. Wilson's new position at InStyle is much different than his current Times role: he will be responsible for "writing, editing and 'creating multimedia content,' as well as "overseeing designer and industry features in print and online." Wilson told WWD he wants to create "a voice for the news coverage of InStyle" and wants to continue to find ways to explain why fashion is important to readers. “When I talked to [InStyle editor-in-chief Ariel Foxman] about this, what he had in mind for the position and what I had in mind for my career were the same.” Wilson will begin his new role on November 18. [WWD]
Christopher Bailey Replaces Angela Ahrendts as Burberry CEO: Angela Ahrendts, the current CEO of Burberry, will leave the British fashiotn brand to join Apple as its new SVP for retail and online stores. Burberry's current chief creative executive, Christopher Bailey, will fill her spot as CEO. As Apple expands its stores, it hopes to utilize Ahrendts's luxury retail experience to boost sales. "I am profoundly moved and humbled to be asked to take on the CEO role at this company that means so much to me," Bailey said. "I also feel privileged to be keeping my role as chief creative officer, as I believe that creativity and innovation have been at the heart of our success in the last 10 years and will be even more so in the decade ahead." [Vogue UK]
One company has filled a void for gun-toting females: style-conscious concealed carry handbags. Erin Cunningham talks to its founder.
The gun debate reached a fever-pitch last year following the horrific shootings in Aurora, Newtown, and most recently, at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Even some gun enthusiasts are starting to question the government’s regulations on security checks and black market sales.
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Prince Harry's girlfriend is the opposite of Kate in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some Dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.
The easiest way to understand Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry’s epically-named girlfriend who is currently in the hot seat to be his bride, is to think of her as the anti-Kate.
Where Kate is mild-mannered and middle-class, Cressy, 24, is a wild, blue-blooded aristocrat with bohemian heritage. Her mother, noted Sixties beauty Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon, has been married no less than four times and posed topless covered in engine oil for a gentleman’s magazine, back when posing topless covered in engine oil was still considered rather daring.
and Met Gala tickets soar to $25,000.
Kate Moss and Johnny Depp Reunite for a Music Video: Former lovers Kate Moss and Johnny Depp will reunite for their first time in fifteen years to star in Paul McCartney’s new music video. The two have not been spotted together since their four-year relationship ended in 1998—in Moss’s words, “a nightmare.” Though the video will include a full cast of celebrities including Gary Barlow and Meryl Streep, a source close to the production team said, "the big talking point was Kate and Johnny." [Marie Claire UK].
Mario Testino Receives Honorary OBE from the Queen: Hail Mario! The famed fashion photographer Mario Testino has been awarded an honorary OBE from the Queen of England. The 58-year-old Peruvian-born photographer has photographed many members of the royal family, including the late Diana, Princess of Wales just months before her death in 1997, and, most recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their official engagement photos. Testino is a regular contributor to the American, British and Paris editions of Vogue, and recently published a photography anthology of British model Kate Moss. [Vogue UK]
and Christian Louboutin launches new range of "skin color" heels.
LMVH Denies Nicolas Ghesquière Rumors: After the rumor-mill was abuzz Thursday with claims that Nicolas Ghesquière had been chosen as the new Creative Director at Louis Vuitton, LVMH’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, “No decision is done. We have to, after the show, think and decide. But no decision will be made immediately.” Ghesquière is on the short list of talent to succeed Marc Jacobs, who served as Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director for 16 years. [WWD]
Michael Kors Collaborates With Gwyneth Paltrow: With a Stella McCartney collaboration already in the works, Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop has now added another major fashion player to the lifestyle brand. Paltrow will be teaming up with fashion designer Michael Kors to create a special Christmas line. Inspiration for the collaboration comes from the actress’s favorite pieces from Michael Kors's collections, as well as her own personal wardrobe. "Michael's clothes are gorgeous, staple American classics that never go out of style," Paltrow said. "I thought it would be wonderful to reinvent some of my favorite vintage Michael Kors looks that I have kept for years, that I wear over and over." [Vogue UK]
Line Magazine features behind-the-scenes photographs of Moss, Amber Valletta, and Bridget Hall on set with Herb Ritts in the mid-1990s.
Herb Ritts made a name for himself in the 1980s and 1990s, photographing some of the world's biggest celebrities and supermodels -- among them Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, and Julia Roberts. In 1994, Ritts shot an editorial for Vogue featuring Amber Valletta, Bridget Hall, and a young Kate Moss. This month, Line Magazine has published behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot for the first time.
Francesca Tolot, longtime make-up artist and current Beauty Director for Line discovered the behind-the-scenes photos she took from the set of Ritts's legendary 1994 Vogue shoot entitled "Sheer and Shine." Among the images (presented in Line's "Story of the Month") are topless photos of a young Moss, the models playfully rolling in the sand, and shots of Ritts in his element.
and Net-a-Porter could be for sale again.
Marilyn Monroe's Plastic Surgery Records to be Auctioned Off: Next month, a set of six X-rays and a series of doctor’s notes that show the late Marilyn Monroe underwent the knife will be auctioned off by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The items, which have been provided to the auction house by Southern California plastic surgeon Norman Leaf, are expected to earn between $15,000 and $30,000. "They had put a chin implant in and it was made of carved bovine cartilage," Leaf told Reuters regarding Monroe's cosmetic surgery in 1950. "They didn't have silicone chin implants in those days." The x-rays and medical information initially belonged to plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin, who began working with Leaf in 1975. "Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery. It was always speculation - did she or didn't she?" Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, told the NY Daily News. "They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn't want to believe." [Reuters]
Cara Delevingne May Star in Amanda Knox Film: Her acting career just keeps on booming! The Mirror reports that Cara Delevingne has been cast in the upcoming film, The Face of an Angel, about Amanda Knox. Although Delevingne won't be playing Knox, it is reported that she will have a major role in the movie. “Getting Cara is a real coup for the film but is also brilliant for her career," a source tells the Mirror. "It proves she’s an in-demand actress and will help to boost her career Stateside." [Mirror]
Sean O'Pry made only $1.5 million in 2013, according to Forbes.
On Tuesday, Forbes.com released its list of the World's Top Earning Male Models of 2013 -- and, surprise suprise, they make a whole lot less than their female counterparts.
The top earner is Sean O'Pry, who earned an estimated $1.5 million in 2013, while Gisele Bündchen cashed in at a whopping $42 million.
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
The Daily Beast goes backstage at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, seeing how models like Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge get ready for the runway.