Notebook Pages

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

Saskia de Brauw by Steven Meisel (Vogue Italia March 2014) 
The only edition of Vogue I buy monthly is Vogue Italia. It’s the only fashion magazine to my liking (that’s over the top just in the right limits) that still understands the meaning of being creative and that pushes boundaries. I absolutely love the March cover, featuring Saskia de Brauw and photographed by Steven Meisel. Wild is exactly how I would describe it. The cover story has stirred up some controversy, raising criticism of racism, but I really don’t think that is the case. Franca Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of the Italian Vogue, has, after all, always supported diversity in the fashion industry, published the Black Issue (being the first time a Vogue edition filled every page with black models, drawing attention to the lack of black models in the industry), and has mentored aspiring fashion designers in Africa. I think we’ve become too quick to label things and take sides, and to question something only because it’s different or unusual.

Another reason for choosing this subject for today was that I wanted to bring up the Vogue US April cover. And just for the record, I would always take a controversial cover over a tasteless, boring, mass-appealing, sell-out one. I think that everyone who is into fashion – and I mean really into fashion, because there are still too many who haven’t passed the cliché of seeing only aesthetics, trends and clothes in fashion – will agree that a fashion magazine shouldn’t just succumb to featuring what’s culturally popular (is our decaying, celebrity-obsessed, self-absorbed, trivial society really something we should relate to and promote by all means just because it’s the reality?), but instead try to shape up the culture. Or am I wrong? I’d like to think I’m not. And by that, I’m not trying to make the fashion industry more socially responsible than it should be, but I’m just saying … considering the power it has.

• The new film recommendation this week: The Grand Budapest Hotel. A delirious farse crafted in the original and inimitable style of Wes Anderson. A funny, witty, colourful, superbly detailed universe, with decors that seem depicted from an illustration book, a Ralph Fiennes who’s note-perfect and a great cast altogether.
• Director Jalil Lespert talks about the costumes in his film, Yves Saint Laurent.
• Giorgio Armani renews his bond with the cinema by launching the Films of City Frames project, involving students from six prestigious international film schools.
• Paris vs New York style in the opinion of Paris-born, New York-established fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra.
• This item is very similar to what I’m obsessively looking for. I would also like these handmade bracelets, made of 100% reclaimed wood.
• If you have the chance, don’t miss the David Bailey Stardust exhibition in London, at the National Portrait Gallery, until June 1st.
• A new idea for the black and white corner in our home.

photo: Steven Meisel | Saskia de Brauw styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé

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