Notebook pages

Here are my latest finds and news from fashion, style, film, design and beautiful living.

Magazine covers and September issues, we’ve already covered this. So what have I purchased after all? Harper’s Bazaar UK, W magazine, Vanity Fair and Vogue UK. It’s my favourite fashion season and I wanted to buy a Vogue edition, but because I haven’t found either Vogue Italia or Vogue Paris yet, my first choices, I decided for the British one. I didn’t buy the American Vogue because of the cover. Yes, the cover can so simply ruin a magazine for me.

Although I am not crazy about any of the covers, I am quite happy with my purchases. It’s the Style Issue of Vanity Fair and that’s what we find tucked in its pages: from the 25 most fashionable films, the all-time icons of style and the portraits by illustrator David Downtown of five outstandingly chic ladies, members of the International Best List’s Hall of Fame, to two titans of style, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani, among many other fashion (Hedi Slimane, Stella McCartney, Mathew Williamson, John Fairchild, the Fanfair section that I love) and non-fashion articles. I highly recommend it.

It’s the first time I buy W magazine and although (despite editor in chief Stefano Tonchi’s advocacy for the fantastical stories with superheroes, anime figures and mythological creatures envisioned by the photographers and stylists in this issue) I am not enthusiastic about the futuristic photo shoots inspired by blockbuster movies and television series, I however like the large format, airy layout, the magazine’s take on fashion and other subjects.

Harper’s Bazaar is one of my favourite magazines and this edition doesn’t disappoint either, the highlights being the one-on-one talk between Tippi Hedren and Sienna Miller (who plays Tippi in a BBC drama), the articles on the high priestess of fashion, Diana Vreeland (Lisa Immordino Vreeland describes her journey behind the making of the film The Eye Has To Travel), and the man of the moment, Joseph Altuzarra, and the Talking Points – the cultural pages. I wasn’t impressed by any of the editorials in any of the magazines, but there are quite a few good ad campaigns this season that compensate for the visual impact.

• NYFW: in love with this Oscar de la Renta gown
• A lovely chat: five minutes with Iman
• If you have 10 minutes, you should read this on Alber Elbaz: you will discover a wise, humble, down to earth man, a ‘rare bird’ in the fashion world
• Venice Film Festival: remember the film I was telling you about I was most interested in? The Master brought Paul Thomas Anderson the Silver Lion for Best Director and to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor.
• A couple of weeks ago I finally went to see Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love: Penélope Cruz simply steals the show
• Sarah Klassen has recently launched a lovely e-boutique for children, Leuie, an exclusive selection of items for the home and everyday living
• Great interior design tips from a talented designer, Michelle Niday

photos: by me

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