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Friday March 25, 2011 5:57 pm

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.

Thursday March 24, 2011 11:09 am

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.

Wednesday March 23, 2011 1:13 pm

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.

Wednesday March 23, 2011 9:57 am

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.

Tuesday March 22, 2011 10:59 am

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.

Monday March 21, 2011 10:21 am

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.

Monday March 21, 2011 8:59 am

When saddled with the responsibility of making conversation with strangers, weather is a much abused topic. It touches everyone on the planet and even those off it — astronauts in near earth orbit can only land, weather permitting. However, just because everyone experiences weather does not make the topic any less banal, in fact quite the opposite is true. Nevertheless fashion is after all a seasonal industry and with today’s vernal equinox upon us like a wet paper bag I cannot help but talk about, forgive me, the weather.

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