Big boobs aren’t a fashion trend, Vogue.
Let your phone cover do the talking.
Am I wrong in sensing just a hint of double standards here?
Get fired at least once, make quick decisions and get up early are some of the wise words from Vogue editorial director Anna Wintour in a new book titled Winners And How They Succeed by Alistair Campbell.
The uber-successful editor has become renowned worldwide with her trademark bob, dark sunglasses and commanding nature.
Her role was parodied by Meryl Streep in the film, The Devil Wears Prada, yet Wintour states that she is never that hard on her staff because “perfection doesn’t exist”.
Despite being one of the most famous women in fashion and publishing, Wintour says that her most surprising trick is pretending to be sure of herself, even if she isn’t.
“It makes it clearer for everyone else. Most people prevaricate. I decide fast.”
Wintour also admits in the book that she cannot shoot an editorial, write a story or make a dress but her strength lies in being organised and a good delegator.
“People work better when they have responsibility,” she says.
If you’re a fashion-fiend like us here at SheSaid, then you know the excitement of watching a tell-all documentary about your favourite designer.
Not only are they an insight into the not-so-glamourous world of international fashion, but they’re also really humorous and informative to watch. Below are just a few films which you need to keep on high rotation.
The September Issue, 2009
Probably the only behind-the-scenes documentary about the elusive editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, this film is one of the best introductions into the fashion world. Although it’s aim was to focus on Wintour, her right-hand woman and stylist Grace Coddington stole the show with her epic one-liners and blasé attitude towards the cameras.
Bill Cunningham New York, 2010
As one of the main attractions of the New York Times, photographer Bill Cunningham has been shooting the streets for decades. His obsessive nature and keen eye for fashion has created some of the most iconic street-style looks the world has ever seen.
The film also touches upon his private life, and the struggles of the older generation of creatives which are fighting to keep Carnegie Hall alive.
Mademoiselle C, 2013
This documentary chronicles the life of former Vogue Paris editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld and her journey on creating a new and innovative platform as a stylist and creative director. Featuring designers such as Donatella Versace, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Giorgio Armani (just to name a few), it’s Roitfeld’s charm and close family bonds which makes this film a pleasure to watch.
Valentino: The Last Emperor, 2008
Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, The Last Emperor follows one of Italy’s most famous men, Valentino Garavani and how he came to create the house of Valentino. But don’t think that this film is just about clothes and accessories, another main theme is the close relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti and how this has influenced his life – both creatively and on a personal basis.
Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind – Tom Ford, 2011
OWN commissioned one of the first fashion documentaries with the one and only, Tom Ford. As a creative director for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent for most of his lifetime, Ford takes us through the journey of creating his first unisex fragrance, and later, womenswear label. Incredibly inspiring for budding fashion designers and stylists who cannot resist the charm of Tom Ford.
The Secret World of Haute Couture, 2007
One of the only films to explore the exclusive world of haute couture and it’s outrageous clientele, this film will keep you glued from the start. Some items take years to perfect, which makes the unknown world of haute couture different from the mass-produced pret-a-porter collections which are easily available.
Images via BBC, Diego Guevara, Tumblr, The Cia, Zeitgeist Films, Amazon
Thanks to Instagram, we commoners can now peer into the lives of the fashion elite and discover that, in between yachting in the Mediterranean, they’re just like us. To think we might never have known that celebs also drive-thru McDonald’s and enjoy lazy nights in bed with Game of Thrones.
Unsurprisingly, some of today’s best Instagrammers belong in the fashion world. Supermodels – those who were made to be photographed – can now photograph themselves from their own homes. Designers can showcase their wares, fashion bloggers are placed on a level playing field with stylists and magazine editors, and street-style photographers have the perfect medium to instantly share their art. If you’re looking for someone new to follow, choose from SHESAID’s insta-faves of the fashion industry.
Prabal Gurung – @prabalgurung
This Nepal-born young designer has a life as colorful as his amazing clothing.
Eva Chen, Lucky – @EvaChen212
The editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine is a prolific snapper and fun-haver, often with her cohort of celeb pals.
Cara Delevingne – @caradelevingne
Cara recently appeared on the cover of the Vogue’s September Issue as one of the “Instagirls”. She is known to both friends and fans for her outrageous Instagram life.
Vogue Brazil – @voguebrasil
The world seems brighter in the south.
Miroslava Duma, Buro247 – @miraduma
It may be a stretch to call Mira a blogger, but the former editor off Harper’s Bazaar Russia founded Eastern Europe’s coolest fashion website, Buro 247.
Because, of course.
Chloe Grace Moretz – @chloegmoretz
This superstar found her fashion-footing early in life (she’s only 17 years old). Her daily agenda is filled with magazine shoots, A-list events and looking adorable.
Yvan Rodic – @facehunter
Perhaps you only knew him as Face Hunter, but this Swiss street style snapper has travelled the world photographing the the most fashionable souls. Check out his latest from Burning Man.
Feature image via thefashionlish.com
Claire Danes looks fierce on the cover of the August issue of US Vogue magazine. Celebrity hair expert Oribe Canales shares how he created Claire’s sexy hairstyle for the Homeland-inspired photo shoot – we think it’s the perfect medium hairstyle.
“It’s clean, easy, all-American hair with a bit of sex appeal,” Oribe explained “It’s very Claire Danes.”
“Mist Oribe Hair Care’s Thick Dry Finishing Spray onto wet hair and then blow-dry it with a round brush,” Oribe explained.
“[Then] set the hair using Velcro rollers. Once removed, use a brush to break up the curl.”
Oribe says you can achieve Claire’s volumised effect at the ends of her hair by using a spray to give texture and a heated tong for definition.
“To create a subtle lift, spritz Dry Texturising Spray at the roots. For more movement, simply use a large-barrel iron to give a bit of bend to your strands and finish by spraying Soft Dry Conditioner throughout,” he added. “This keeps the volume and texture, but adds a softness and youngness to her locks.”
What do you think of Claire Danes’ Vogue cover hair?
Kidman the style icon
We always thought it but now we know it?s true!! Nicole Kidman has been declared an icon of elegance and style by the world’s leading fashion photographers. The Australian Oscar winner will be given centre stage in a 20-page fashion spread featuring the world’s best known photographers in the coming issue of Vogue.
Vogue, one of the world?s leading fashion magazines has compared Kidman with Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts, but declared Kidman the hands down winner! According to the fashion police at Vogue Kidman has mastered dressing with authority and grandeur. In the most important issue of the year (according to those in the know), the September issue will be chockers with snaps of Ms Kidman described by the influential mag as “an icon of glamour and a certain fabulous appropriateness”.
Some the world?s leading photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn will shoot ?our Nic? in the 20 page fashion spread in everything from Versace party frocks to sexy Agent Provocateur lingerie. According to fashion guru Tom Ford of Gucci, Kidman can?t put a Manolo Blahnik wrong! “She never makes a fashion faux pas. She’s developed a character for the red carpet, a public persona that is very groomed, very sleek, very controlled, very smooth, very much the star, very gracious, very elegant, very thoroughbred.” A lot of verys from the king of style himself!
Mirror Mirror on the wall – who is the coolest of them all?
Kylie has it and so does the David Beckham and his posh wife Victoria but who else makes the cool school according to a list compiled by the Brand Council of the UK? Sexy Soccer sensation David Beckham has been voted this years coolest celebrity with ex-boy band funkster Justin Timberlake taking out second. Followed then by the coolest chicks of them all, Victoria Beckham who came in at third place and Aussie songbird Kylie Minogue took out fourth place. At the other end of the age scale, even the Queen and Sean Connery apparently also possess it. According to the Brand Council, cool is not something you can manufacture, while they do state that there is no strict definition, being cool has something to do with being innovative, irreverent and confident enough to do your own thing. How cool are they?