It's OK for intellectual feminists to like fashion

Blog title from Hadley Freeman's book The Meaning of Sunglasses : "Prada styles itself as the label it's OK for intellectual feminists to like".

The author is a bilingual fashion editor, writer and translator with a serious blog, cinema and magazine habit.

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  • "Toffs and toughs", 1937
  • "Nun Head" Pop Magazine, Fall Winter 2008; Photographer. Missy Rayder
  • Gossip Girl Season 1
  • St Trinian’s, 2007; Costume design Rebecca Hale and Penny Rose
  • One of the four original St Trinian’s movies, 1950s
  • Never Let me Go, 2010; Costume design Rachael Fleming and Steven Noble
  • Cracks, 2009; Costume design Alison Byrne
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007; Costume design Jany Temime
  • Tulalip Indian School, circa 1912
  • Claudine à l’Ecole, 1937
  • Vogue Italia, August 1997; Photographer: Ellen von Unwerth
  • "La Mauvaise Education" Numéro, June/July 2010; Photographer: Greg Kadal, Model: Miranda Kerr Source: Sassi Sam
  • Vogue Korea
  • "Stile Collegiale" Vogue Italia, 1990s; Photographer: Josh Van Gelder, Model: Vanessa McCulloch Source: Vogue UK
  • Mila Kunis Glamour UK, September 2011
  • Jean-Charles de Castelbajac show, 2008
  • "Like a Rolling Stone" Vogue China, July 2010; Photographer: Max Vudukul, Model: Georgia May Jagger Source: Fashion gone Rogue
  • Vogue, 1950s
  • And the song which began this theme: Fontenay-aux-Rose, Maxime Le Forestier

Posted at 12:00am and tagged with: Classy film, editorial, which, gossip girl, Vogue,.

She’s hot, well-dressed and, the secret she never told until The Town, she can act. So why did Blake Lively’s Vogue and Esquire covers tank at the newsagents?

Lively is best known for her role as Serena van der Woodsen, a blonde with more boobs than brain, in Gossip Girl, a TV series with an 18-34 fan base. According to Vogue's own media kit, the median age of their readership is 35.8; the median household income $68 659, significantly above the US median HHI.

I haven’t been able to find any stat to back this up, but I doubt the Vogue reader likes being force-fed a 23-year-old who had, until The Town, little acting credibility. True, she can wear clothes, but does she have enough to tell to justify two covers, and features, in a year? Lively turns readers away without drawing new ones in.

Not all the time though. Her Allure cover was the magazine best-selling issue. But then 56.8% of Allure readers are between 18-34.

Posted at 8:47pm and tagged with: Vogue, gossip girl,.