3 posts tagged "T magazine"
Yesterday evening, 92nd Street Y hosted the latest installment of its ongoing Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis series. This time around, British journalist and International Herald Tribune fashion editor Suzy Menkes was in the hot seat, and the tone of her and Mallis’ conversation was appropriately outspoken. “Most designers can’t sleep after she sees their shows,” said Mallis. “She dares to say what she really feels and that is very rare.” Menkes more than illustrated this “rare” quality while opening up about her criticism of the Met’s Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition (“It didn’t have enough of the sense of anger and freedom and drama that was punk”), her early fashion memories (“I made my own fashion newspaper at age 5—my mom still has it—with a page devoted to this glamorous person: me”), and her misadventures (sneaking into one of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloé shows by pretending to be a cleaner with a mop).
Offering a detailed reflection on Menkes’ forty-some-year career, the Q&A took the audience through the highs and lows of the journalist’s life and work. It even touched upon Menkes’ personal tragedies, like the death of her husband (“My life is divided into before David and after David”). “I didn’t set out to be a pioneer [for female journalists],” explained Menkes. “I didn’t feel ambitious. I just wanted to have kids and a family, and I had my work, and I didn’t want to give it up.”
The conversation also examined some of Menkes’ more controversial stories and opinions. Of her much-buzzed-about T magazine article, “The Circus of Fashion,” she offered, “[The reaction] was surprising, because I’m so not condemning of blogging or any kind of social media.” Her feelings on John Galliano, who, it was announced today, will not be teaching a master class at Parsons, were discussed, too. “I would never say that I love Hitler, in any shape or form, ever,” she said. “But that is not to say that someone with such brilliant talent shouldn’t be given a second chance.”
In which we track the way that certain fashion news stories are recycled around the Web.
Today’s secondhand news actually began back in November, when Kate Lanphear left her post as the style director of Elle. Since then, rumors have spun about Lanphear applying for a job at The Wall Street Journal, then potentially heading to a start-up magazine called Editorialist (we’re still not 100 percent clear on what that is—all that exists is a dormant Web site). Early on, Fashionista (who deserves props for breaking Lanphear’s Elle departure) suggested that Lanphear might head to T Magazine based on a lighthearted shrimp-related tweet and Instagram that the magazine’s new editor in chief, Deborah Needleman, posted in September:
— deborah needleman (@debbieneedles) September 17, 2012
Then, this morning, freelance journalist Jim Shi tweeted the news that Kate Lanphear was joining the T team:
Kate Lanphear has joined T: The New York Times Style Magazine as style director. She’ll be at the upcoming women’s shows with Team T.
— Jim Shi (@jimshi809) January 7, 2013
Providing quasi-confirmation, the news was instantly re-tweeted by T Magazine and then, because Twitter is seemingly the new press release, reported by Refinery29:
Kate Lanphear’s got a new job: r29.co/ZgXO3V
— refinery29 (@Refinery29) January 7, 2013
Not to be outdone, Fashionista and The Cut jumped on the bandwagon shortly thereafter:
Former Elle style director Kate Lanphear has just bagged herself a brand new gig! Find out where: bit.ly/RCeDYf
— Fashionista.com (@Fashionista_com) January 7, 2013
— The Cut (@TheCut) January 7, 2013
So who’s the winner of today’s secondhand news sweepstakes? Is it Fashionista for predicting the move way back in November? Or Jim Shi for successfully spreading his Twitter handle across the Internet? Actually, the winner is Kate Lanphear. A representative for The New York Times just confirmed via e-mail (not Twitter) that Lanphear is indeed heading to T as style director. Needleman has made several new hires (for instance, she brought Joe McKenna on as fashion director at large) since taking over for Sally Singer in September.
ADR Rocks Out To “Jingle Bells,” Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Engaged, Lady Gaga’s Stuck On You, And More…
Christmas is officially over, but Anna Dello Russo has created a gift that keeps on giving. ADR dressed up in a custom Fausto Puglisi dress, sparkly Giuseppe Zanotti heels, and a giant wig and danced around to a version of “Jingle Bells.” Catch the whole thing on video now. [Styleite]
Model Chrissy Teigen and her boyfriend John Legend got engaged over the holidays. Now the big question: What designer dress will she wear for the big occasion? Stay tuned. [Huff Po]
Style.com picked out some its favorite moments 0f 2011 in street-style and runway fashion, beauty, and parties. T has now come out with its list of the year’s best art, dance, music, and film. See who and what made the cut. [T]
Lady Gaga gave her Little Monsters an early present this year, debuting her unreleased song “Stuck On Fuckin’ You” via Twitter on Christmas Eve. According to Gaga, she “wrote it in Minnesota after the Monster Ball on the tour bus” and “recorded it in one shot.” [@ladygaga]