Vogue is considered the world's most influential fashion magazine, but what role does this publication play during this time of upheaval? When "recessionista" has replaced "fashionista" as the model to emulate, how can fashion magazines, designers and retailers stay relevant?
Vogue's Sally Singer explains how her industry is adapting to the still-unknown trends of a new era.
Katrina Heron was Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine from 1998 to 2001. Previously, she was a senior editor at The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines and an editor and writer at The New York Times. She is also co-author of Safe: The Race To Protect Ourselves In A Newly Dangerous World, which explored the uses and misuses of new technologies.
In addition, Katrina Heron is a director of the Chez Panisse Foundation, working with founder Alice Waters to create food education for children and support sustainable agriculture.
Sally Singer is the fashion news and features director of Vogue.
Vogue's fashion news and features director Sally Singer discusses the similarities and differences between Vogue's editor in chief Anna Wintour, and Meryl Streep's character Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada.
"Almost everything about it isn't true," she says of the office drama portrayed in the film.
Vogue's fashion news and features director Sally Singer elaborates on why Michelle Obama is a practical style inspiration. Though the First Lady has taken heat for her apparel choices, Singer considers her a new kind of fashion icon.
Any mode of dressing or adornment that is popular during a particular time or in a particular place (i.e., the current style). It can change from one period to the next, from generation to generation. It serves as a reflection of social and economic status, a function that explains the popularity of many styles throughout costume history; in the West, courts have been a major source of fashion. In the 19th and 20th centuries, fashion increasingly became an profitable, international industry as a result of the rise of world-renowned fashion houses and fashion magazines. See alsodress.
The problem with the imagery of clothes as you see it as some kind of cheap fabric, sewn together that is going to be inexpensive. Why are clothes deem inferior to other products that you invest in? Could you possibly change cars every four years or move or buy a new house at your disposal? Morally, a blouse that costs $450.00 is wrong but your view is blinded only by money. How much time do you think a designer puts into making it? How much the fabric costs? Who makes it? If you can actually start to ask yourself a life cycle of the blouse, maybe you will see why it costs $450.00. And no one is asking you to buy every single piece by a designer. It's about just saving something special.
After hearing this discussion it is very obvious that the clothing of the first lady is of great significance. Personally, I am glad that her dress represents her charisma and presonality which exudes an extreme level of confidence. Michelle Obama is a rare find as is her husband and so if she continues to wear clothes that flatter and project a lovely image of her that of course feeds into what we precieve her as, so let it be. Clothes will always represent our personality but never do I believe they define the character of a person. Fashion is what you make it and how you wear it.
Fashion can be an imposition on people because the average person can't afford what they really want to express their personal style. I would love to express my style through Christian Audigier and Veronique Branquinho but I find it really hard, not only financially but morally to buy a blouse for $450. Maybe if she sold her clothing for half that, she wouldn't be next in line for filing bankruptcy...