My favorite time of the year has come. It’s not even september and most of all the september issues are already out and available for sale. I can’t wait to be a millionaire and go out and buy ALL OF THEM -someday (one can dream you know?). So here’s the selection of what I’ve found until now. Let me know if you have any images available so we can add them to the list. Enjoy!
It’s Saturday night and I’m hanging out by myself reading and listening to music, something I haven’t done in a really long while. I used to do this a lot before I graduated from high school, which I completely enjoyed, and somehow I forgot how relaxing it felt. Not that this matters for what this post is going to be about.
This week I received as a little gift, the November issue of British Vogue, and truth be told, the articles are so interesting, the magazine is beautifully formatted and the website is not the best one. Surprise? Absolutely! If it’s part of the Vogue or Condé Nast‘ family, you’re only expecting the best, isn’t that right?
Well, as I mentioned like a thousand times before on the previous posts, I’m currently working as part of the Vogue Mexico’s online team, and I’ve had the chance to observe and learn how to build a beautiful, clean and successful website by writing different types of notes, uploading galleries and taking care of almost every single detail that involves designing and keeping up with the main web page and the competition.
This is why it surprises me so much, that Vogue.co.uk is kind of not messy, but not good-looking compared to AmericanVogue.com, or to Vogue.mx. The browsing is not easy, and I know they’re the first ones to upload the latest news about fashion, but the format or something is not quite right. It’s not comfortable to navigate through their website. Besides, they don’t upload the main stories of the magazines’ issues, which takes a couple of points off, comparing them to the main and strongest competition.
Now, coming back to the November issue (I can rarely stay talking about only one subject, sorry)… From the many articles that were published in the printed magazine, there was one that caught my eye, and I kept like thinking about it, because I didn’t have a clue about the subject of this article that I’m going to talk about. It is about the fact that now, or recently, high-fashion/luxury brands RECYCLE. The weird thing is that until this month, for what I know, there are no big publications about this subject.
The brand they’re focusing on? Hermès. The recycling project? They make toys with the scraps and pieces that are no longer useful for the production of the fashion items. And they’re not any type of toys. Professional craftsmen and artisans produce them, at the point were it became an associated label/brand to la maison.
The project/brand is called Petit H, and the whole project was born from the fact that one of the family members, a sixth-generation heiress of the brand, Pascale Mussard, grew up by taking home the pieces that were no longer useful for her to play and construct things. The idea developed throughout the years until it became Petit H. The workshops take almost every single scrap to transform them into leather lionesses; crocodile frame mirrors, and wood, leather and silk yachts.
Because they’re part of the Hermès family you can’t expect them to be cheap or even affordable. But, if you have money and kids, this is definitely the way to go. The products are absolutely beautiful, and the designs reflect a sort of creativity and artistic explosion.
P.S. If you live in the US, UK, Mexico or anywhere else where they sell the British Vogue, go buy it. The articles are entertaining, funny and again, it’s a great way to spend your time, or take a little break from the daily routine.
With the latest technology, we’re now able to read books on different formats and devices including iPads, nooks (they’re out of circulation), kindles, and everywhere else as long as they’re on a pdf or digital format. But, there’s something about the hardcover and paperback books’ charm of collecting them and many other things that eventually end up creating an infinite list of why to buy a book.
That charm is so unique, that at least, I see myself lately buying more books and magazines than clothes and jewelry. I never thought that was going to happen, but I guess working at one of the biggest publishers and editorials around the world, definitely changes your mind.
This new change, makes you want to buy books not only on a daily basis, but every time a book review comes out you’re already ‘googling’ when, where and how you can get it. The last book I bought, is about the memoirs of a person who I truly admire, Grace Coddington.
Grace: A Memoir, written by Grace Coddington, makes you open your eyes to a new perspective of how she’s practically the engine of Vogue USA’s heart. Miss Coddington is still working at the age of 72, and after you read this wonderful biography, you’ll see that the life she has lived, is absolutely unreal and full of exciting, hard and wonderful moments. It is like sitting down with all of the Vogue USA and UK‘s socialité. You get to meet a lot of amazing characters, and know the charm of working in such a prestigious place.
The book has the charm that the old ones had. Hardcover, and the pages are just beautiful. It is not only a book to read, but a photographic book, documenting Miss Coddington‘s life and her memories in charming little sketches.
As always, I took notes throughout the whole entire book, and I’ll list them here for making this post a little bit more fun. Here they go. Enjoy!
1. Grace Coddington was born on April 20th of 1941 under the name of Pamela Rosaling Grace Coddington.
2. Her first official job was waitressing at the Stockpot of Basil St at Knightsbridge, London. This is where the photographer Norman Parkinson discovered and encouraged her to become a fashion model.
3. Soon after, Miss Coddington signed up as a model at the Cherry Marshall‘s model agency, which later took her to meet, personally, Miss Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Models.
4. There was a time where Miss Coddington had kind of two jobs at the same time. One as a fashion model, and the other as the junior editor at Vogue UK. Miss Coddington worked at the british magazine for 19 years before she moved to Vogue USA.
5. Because of her amazing and professional work at the fashion industry, she has been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, and the British Fashion Award in 2009.
Since almost three decades ago, when Anna Wintour initially took the lead of editor-in-chief of British Vogue before heading to American Vogue, the main idea of the cover image changed from lead model to lead Hollywood star. Different faces went through the different monthly issues, taking the risk that the audience will react negatively or unexpectedly, but British Vogue clearly had no fear on bidding strongly this July on one of the most recognized Hollywood faces, Helena Bonham-Carter.
If you ever saw Big Fish, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Alice in Wonderland, the King’s Speech or Sweeney Todd, you’ll be more than surprised to know that the face on this July’s cover is Helena Bonham-Carter. Her chameleon style is just astonishing and her course through Hollywood has been more than memorable not only because her roles have been incredibly different one from the other, but also because most of her main roles have been casted by her current husband, Tim Burton.
A sneak peek of the main story can be found on the British Vogue’s official website, with a couple of additional pictures complementing the whole spread of this July’s issue. Helena wears a Ralph Lauren dress and an Agent Provocateur corset. Photos were taken and edited by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.