“It’s very casual with the whole family and a few friends like Jason Wu, BJ Blum, and the gallery owner John McWinnie. Typically we sit down post swim, so the dress code is bathing suits under a light summer dress like Tracy Feith or Philip Lim. We decorate the table with a mix of roses, hydrangeas, and irises picked from the garden. The table is dressed with a large hand-embroidered tablecloth inherited from my grandmother, a mix of white French linen napkins, and vintage plates found at a local antiques fair. We pull up a wood bench with big cushions to squeeze in more people and protect ourselves from the sun with large parasols and straw hats from Anne Moore. The meal is a colorful, flavorful mix from local farms and purveyors such as Round Swamp Farm for delicious salads and homemade raspberry pie, Lucy’s Whey for cheese, Iacono farm for organic, free-range chicken, and pick-yourself strawberries from the farm down the road.” —Olivia Chantecaille to Vogue on her “casual” holiday weekend lunch. We’re sticking to burgers and dogs on the grill, thank you very much.A guest commenter on the site noted that “[the quote] is the most pretentious quote I have read in a while. Vogue is doing a great job of rendering itself irrelevant.” Here here! This is sadly true. Each issue I receive causes my heart to sink further with each month. There is no inspiration in the pages of the ostentatious magazine for honest fashion lovers. How is it possible for one to be inspired by complete runway looks thrown on a different model against a white (or black or gray) background?
Oh, and I forgot to mention JUMPING MODELS! HOORAY!
And don’t get me started on their covers. Cameron Diaz was on the June 09 cover; Sienna Miller is the current cover girl.
Cameron Diaz doesn’t upset me as much as Sienna Miller. (Diaz is supposedly a huge sci-fi nerd.) What has Sienna done recently? Oh…I forgot. She’s in the new G.I. Joe movie. Enough said.
As everyone who loves fashion moans, what happened to models on the covers of magazines? For example, Sasha Pivovarova on Vogue Italia and Daria Werbowy on British Vogue, respectively:
Every country besides the United States has models on their magazines. Why is that? Because we have Hollywood, and Hollywood sells. But, celebrities aren’t always exactly relevant to the fashion sphere. I would assume the majority of celebrities knew next to nothing about fashion before they became famous, so why would any person who enjoys fashion want to see a celebrity on the cover?
If I stop thinking of Vogue as a fashion magazine and more of a high-society-life than style magazine, I could easily overlook Vogue and not be bothered by it. But with editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s power and influence over designers, I would like to think that she would (and should) realize how dull her magazine has become and then proceed to fix it.