The Neverending Game of Gucci Musical Chairs

If the dual firings of Mr. di Marco and Ms. Giannini came as a surprise, that was nothing compared with the reaction to the person whom Kering, Gucci’s parent company, soon chose to install in Ms. Giannini’s place: Alessandro Michele.

Within hours of the news of Ms. Giannini’s firing, names surfaced in the news media about who would fill her post, suddenly the most coveted job in fashion. Would it be Riccardo Tisci, the star designer who took a drifting French label, Givenchy, and transformed it into the must-have uniform for rock stars and celebrities? Or the rising American designer Joseph Altuzarra? Or maybe Hedi Slimane, who had recently [...]


Excerpts From the February 2015 Vogue, Presented Without Commentary

Condé Nast's arrival downtown is, I am sure, going to precipitate more changes to the neighborhood, creating one of those moments when you feel the center of gravity shift. It will be fascinating to see how the landscape is transformed (I hope one result will be an outpost of Starbucks a little closer to the office!).

Fast-forward several decades, and I delightedly accepted an invitation to Villa Zinnia, house of the late Prince Rupert Lowenstein, a great friend of my parents', grand seigneur, and former manager of the Rolling Stones.

Of course, the place does feel wildly exclusive too. The grand (and sometimes questionable) taste of some of the [...]


Controversial Opinions Post

I have this *~*controversial*~* opinion—you probably already know what it is since I will absolutely never shut up about it—that the best fashion writing almost never comes from fashion writers, and only very rarely from traditional mainstream fashion publications. The fashion writing I'm interested in happens, I guess, on the margins of other topics: class, gender, race, labor, wealth, politics, film. That's where writers often let down their "no clothes are dumb gross why would I write about clothes" guards and share something personal, or meaningful, or even just some unusual or unexpected opinion.

This means that finding the best fashion writing often feels like a pretty fun [...]


"Pre-Fall Is Happening. Did You Notice?"

No. You didn't. I mean, I don't know, maybe you did, maybe you are like me circa 2011: consumed by slideshows, desperately seeking images of the most recent runway shows, but in my experience a few years of actually working in fashion will wrench that impulse right out of you.

Vanessa Friedman writes that most consumers "could be forgiven for failing to notice" pre-fall had even started, a sentiment I generously agree with, but that maybe it's not for the reasons we would hope (sanity, common decency). She explains:

Well, though some over-worked fashion people (mea culpa) saw this as a potentially positive sign that, perhaps, [...]


When I read about the woman who knit a scarf using gummy candy, I immediately took off my own non-edible scarf, threw it in the trash, lit the trash can on fire, and flushed the ashes down the toilet.


The Hottest Fashion Looks for 2015

1. Ghost of a Victorian governess who demands that you solve the mystery of her murder.


All The Golden Globe Dresses, Ranked

1. Oh this one is so nice.


Defy a Dress Code, Challenge the Patriarchy

Joan could not have chosen a more dramatic moment to defy a dress code. Costume historians identify the high Middle Ages as the arrival of fashion in western Europe. Cotton from Egypt; silks from the Ottoman Empire; improved dyes and dyeing techniques; complex patterns and new fabrics, like brocade and velvet, made possible by Chinese innovations in weaving: crusaders went east bearing murder and returned home with the ingredients for haute couture. And the increased social mobility that accompanied the aristocracy’s loss of power strengthened the yet ruling nobility’s resolve to assign and maintain standards of dress that identified a peasant as a peasant, no matter how much money [...]


The Scientific Reasons Behind Fashion Don'ts

Don't wear white after Labor Day. White appears in stark contrast to fall foliage, making the wearer a prime target for bear attacks.


Excerpts From the January 2015 Vogue, Presented Without Commentary

I lost it all last year on the 5:2 diet, a British system that really works, as long as you stick to fasting two days a week.

Féministe Mais Féminine read a banner at the faux woman-power protest that Karl Lagerfeld staged at Chanel. The day's marching orders? Long, often double-breasted suit jackets and matching wide trousers that signal a real-world reboot of the business suit. Who better to wear this power-dressing proposition than the Brazilian beauty known for her swagger and strength?

[Sienna] Miller is known for speaking her mind, but stays away from social media—a loss for the Internet.