Paging through Vogue China is not unlike walking into an art museum full of strangers speaking an unfamiliar language. You could be in Moscow, Athens, or Cairo for all you care, none of the writing makes any sense either.
There is an unspoken story order to magazines that places beauty before fashion. That’s eyebrow pencils before pencil skirts, just to be clear. Debate the merits of that hierarchy — ’tis better to be an aperitif or the main course — if you like, but I say any monthly worth its bath salts includes both. Vogue China does, but then again what right-thinking Condé Nast volume bearing the five letters V-O-G-U-E doesn’t? Yeah, me neither.
¡El gato fuera de la bolsa! …whether or not that is an idiom with any real currency in México or is just another wooden interweb translation matters for naught and I’ll tell you why.
Luigi Murenu is a virtual byword for excellence. The native Sardinian is of course well known for his hair styling for just about every top magazine, designer, and photographer in fashion today. Murenu’s artistic reach has long since extended from the world of hair to art direction, which is precisely where I would like to pick up today’s story.
Two magazine covers in as many weeks isn’t exactly a bad return for even the most accomplished model. Last Thursday I turned attention to Ford’s Sigrid Agren having featured in the Numéro Tokyo April 2011 cover story by Alex Cayley and tonight it brings me great pleasure to review her Bon Spring / Summer 2011 cover story by David Vasiljevic.
On Monday Tao Okamoto shared her thoughts on the devastation that has befallen Japan since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami of Friday, 11 March. Tao’s words certainly resonated with this page’s readership as well as her fellow model colleagues including Ford’s Alana Zimmer. This Saturday between 11 AM-4:30 PM Alana Zimmer and Britt Maren of Women will host a brunch to benefit the Japan Society‘s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund at the Fat Radish at 17 Orchard Street.
Magazine Mountain wasn’t formed in a day nor did it reach its dizzying heights by me being downloading electronic files to one of those daft tablet-come-latelies. Nay, the summit has climbed higher and higher still by purchasing magazines by the dozen. Not that I require any special inducement to do so, but when the magazine, Marie Claire Italia marzo 2011, features on its cover Ford’s Julia Saner photographed Thierry Le Gouès, I can’t help but snatch it up for the strip mine in reverse that is Magazine Mountain. Italian magazines, however aren’t always what they seem.
When I read the Vogue China March 2011 editorial title, “The Attitude: 70s Once More,” my thoughts immediately flashed with images of Nixon’s visit, the death of Chairman Mao, and the subsequent arrest of the Gang of Four. When I turned to page 226, however it was clear the attitude being reprised was not in fact those 70s. Nevertheless if the “Me Decade” had to be once more revisited, then it let it be done through Ford’s Ming Xi playing Marty McFly to Vogue China’s Delorean.
High above the timberline of Magazine Mountain lie untold mysteries. With the spring thaw comes not only a torrent of fresh water, but also editorials that long ago should have featured on this page were it not for the glacial presence of the F/W 2011 show season. If there is one photographer whom should never be made to wait, then it is Paolo Roversi.
Late Friday scans of these handwritten messages in English and Japanese from Tao Okamoto arrived in my inbox. Tao’s message could not have been any more poignant given the grave misfortune that has befallen her native Japan in the wake of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami of Friday, 11 March. The ongoing problems with the Fukushima nuclear plant have only exacerbated an already precarious situation. At present Tao is considering her next steps in aiding the recovery effort and would like you to do the same as the need for help is very real and urgent.