You are looking at a photo of a man in a coffee shop. He is wearing a straw hat, frayed around the edges. His hair is white underneath, and long. His hand is grasping a coffee cup, but he is not looking at it. He is looking at someone out of frame, making a gesture with his free hand: fingers extended, palm pointed slightly diagonal and down. The universal sign for “This is the important part.” In mid-gesture, he is animated. He does not seem to know he is being photographed.
This is how Denis Piel might have posed the scene of himself being interviewed about his latest book, Moments. The photographer with the flair for the cinematic is set to release a coffee table collection later this month with Rizzoli. Moments is a series of images, mainly of models and actresses, that Mr. Piel shot on the set of various advertising and editorial campaigns during his tenure in the ’80s as of one the magazine world’s Big Names.
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Sally Singer, the editor of T, the Times style magazine, is to depart the magazine and the company by the end of the week, reports WWD, which has a memo from the paper’s editor Jill Abramson. “Arthur Sulzberger Jr. just stunned the city,” this paper wrote when Ms. Singer was hired in 2010 from Vogue; she’d been Read More
September’s 916-page Vogue induced in us a medical crisis (two crises, if you count the hernia we sustained while carrying it from the mailbox). After reading contributor Lynn Yaeger’s piece on her prosopagnosia, commonly known as face blindness, we began to fret that we, too, were afflicted. Ms. Yaeger admits that she didn’t even recognize Read More
For fashion editors, all roads lead to September: this month’s rag mags, engorged with advertisements, represent the triumph of the hypercapitalist ethos, the huge and the loud.
The highly-anticipated Great Gatsby re-boot (or whatever!) was to be released this Christmas, but it’s avoiding the Anna Karenina/Django Unchained/Hobbit pile-up with a move to next summer. Totally speculating here: this throws the editorial calendars of several top magazines into chaos. Herewith, our deeply un-educated guesses on the stories and cover lines editors are stuck with:
Lady Gaga has announced the title of her new album, due out next year: ARTPOP. (Yes, the caps are meant to be left on–and she’s already tattooed the phrase on her body.) After a period of relative career difficulties–a onetime Grammy and Video Music Awards favorite has been starving for critical and chart attention Read More
With former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s new fashion magazine set to launch from an office in the Standard Hotel this September, Conde Nast executives are circling the wagons, according to Page Six.
International chief Jonathan Newhouse’s office reportedly got in touch with photographers like Mario Testino, Craig McDean and David Sims “with Read More
Following in the footsteps of recent September cover stars Kate Moss, Halle Berry, and Charlize Theron, pop singer Lady Gaga has reportedly shot the September 2012 Vogue cover. Lady Gaga was previously featured on the magazine in March 2011 (that cover is at left); perhaps, in addition to promoting her new fragrance, she’s Read More
LEAVE ANNA ALONE!
Today Condé Nast International CEO Jonathan Newhouse announced that Vogue will license a Ukranian edition through a partnership with local media company UMH Group. It is expected to launch in the next 12 months.
“The Ukraine is ready for Vogue,” Mr. Newhouse said in a statement. “Kiev is booming, and there is a strong market demand Read More
Today must have been an interesting day for Vogue editor Anna Wintour: She’s come under fire not just in the pages of the New York Post, but on Fox News as well. And what did Ms. Wintour do to so enrage such esteemed gatekeepers of the integrity of Western Civilization?