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18 posts tagged "Vanity Fair"

Who Makes Us Run For Cover?


The latest data from the publishing industry’s Audit Bureau of Circulations is out, WWD reports, and with it some tantalizing news about who really sent magazines flying off the newsstand in 2010 (and who didn’t). Despite some caveats (reporting doesn’t go through every 2010 issue for Condé Nast or Hearst magazines), the runaway winner was Lady Gaga, who graced the best-selling issue of Rolling Stone, the second-best-selling issue of Vanity Fair, and the third-best-selling issue of Elle during the reported period. Joining her in the cover girl pantheon are Rihanna (newsstand magic for GQ and Seventeen) and, believe it or not, Lauren Conrad, who appeared on Glamour‘s September issue, its best-selling of the year through November. Curiously not mentioned is Kim Kardashian, whose nude-and-body-painted cover of W‘s November art issue caused quite a stir. Glamour, at least, is betting on her: The reality starlet appears, in Tom Ford pajamas and a La Perla bra, on the monthly’s new February 2011 issue (left).

Photo: Courtesy of Glamour

The West Coast Warhol, Revealed


A picture may be worth a thousand words—but with a photographer as beloved as the late Herb Ritts, perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone added a written account, too. Now Charles Churchward, who first met Ritts during his tenure as Vanity Fair‘s executive design director, has stepped up to the plate with Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour, a richly illustrated biography. “We were seated next to each other at a dinner during the Milan collections back in 1980, and we just started talking,” Churchward said at the book’s L.A. release party. “A few years later, we began doing photo shoots together, and later we became neighbors when we both took second homes in Santa Fe.”

Churchward was surrounded by Ritts’ iconic images of Alek Wek, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington Burns (in Versace in 1990, above) and Richard Gere (who penned the book’s foreword), all of which will stay on view at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in L.A. through December 4. “Readers want to know about the person behind the camera for great photographs,” Churchward explained. “A lot of the images illustrate stories from the 100 people I interviewed to make this biography. He was always shooting his friends and subjects for himself, so there’s a rich archive. He was a West Coast Warhol for documenting the times.”

Photo: © Herb Ritts Foundation / Courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, L.A.

VF Anoints Carey, Carla, Gaga, And More


The issue itself—the much-blogged, Lady Gaga-covered September Vanity Fair—doesn’t hit stands until Thursday, but royal watchers, social chroniclers, and the legions of Little Monsters can get the answers they’ve waited for today: VF‘s International Best-Dressed List is now online.

Conclusions? It’s a good time to be in politics. Michelle Obama made the women’s list, as did SamCam (a.k.a. Samantha Cameron, wife of Britain’s new prime minister, David Cameron), and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Carey Mulligan and Diane Kruger made their first appearances on the women’s list as well. On the Originals list, Lady Gaga makes her debut, joining Helena Bonham Carter, John Galliano, and the Duchess of Alba, among others. On the men’s side, Waris Ahluwahlia shares space with Javier Bardem, Alec Baldwin (on the list after a 21-year hiatus), and André Balazs, to name a few. And the fashion industry is repped by Tory Burch, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, Alice + Oliva’s Stacey Bendet, Alber Elbaz, and Glamour‘s Cindi Leive.

The complete list—including couples, sibling pairs, and the hall of fame—is now up at

Photo: Francis Specker / CBS / Landov

Established & Sons: Vanity Fair‘s New And Next


As much as we love lists, we also love predictions. Yesterday, Vanity Fair gave us both, releasing its annual New Establishment ranking along with an appendage of on-the-verge comers, the Next Establishment. Along with power elite in finance and technology, etc, there’s a sizeable fashion industry factor. On the first are obvious choices like Bernard Arnault (#10) and nemesis François-Henri Pinault (#20), while Ralph Lauren sits between them at a very respectable #13. Having had very good years are J. Crew’s Mickey Drexler, moving up from last year’s #52 spot to #37; Marc Jacobs, who rose from #78 to #54; Diego Della Valle, up from #76 to #50; and John Galliano, strutting from #83 to #56. While Miuccia Prada dropped from #30 to #44, she’s still Mrs. Prada. And fresh off a runway triumph, Alber Elbaz makes his first entry at #73.

As for who might be joining the Lanvin designer at the adults’ table for 2010, there’s Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier—both lauded for being forward-thinking caretakers of iconic brands. There’s the face that launched a thousand (well, million) ballet flats, Tory Burch, and red-carpet rulers Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. However, the selection of younger Americans is somewhat curious. You could probably guess Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Alexander Wang, but it’s surprising that Zac Posen and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg beat out seemingly recession-proof king of contemporary Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler, the very first of New York’s younger set to win the CFDA’s Designer of the Year award. Also missing are MObama go-tos like Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul. Another surprise is MTV host and ubiquitous girl-about-town Alexa Chung. Though going from “who?” to Who’s Who in the course of less than a year is no mean feat.

Photos: Bedder/Getty Images, Ray Tamarra/Getty Images, Marcio Madeira, Greg Kessler

The Last Emperor Director Matt Tyrnauer Talks Pugs, Love, And Valentino


“I’m calling it the greatest pug movie of all time,” jokes Matt Tyrnauer of his documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor (click above for a clip), which covers two crucial years in the lives of Valentino Garavani and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti. By now most of the fashion fluent have seen the comical canine clip that’s made its rounds on the Web over the past year, but in fact, the film, which premieres today at Film Forum, goes beyond the surface of Val’s over-the-top glamour. Evolving from a feature that Tyrnauer, a Vanity Fair special correspondent, wrote for the magazine in 2004, Valentino is a warts-and-all portrait that digs deep into one of the industry’s greatest partnerships—at times to the subjects’ discomfort. “Valentino’s press is miles wide but only very shallow in depth,” explains Tyrnauer. “He had never talked about his relationship with Giancarlo Giammetti in great depth and he had never given a kind of insiderly look at how he did it. And this is someone that started with nothing and built a global fashion empire.”
Shooting from 2005 to 2007, Tyrnauer captured the glory of Valentino’s 45th anniversary, the bittersweetness of his decision to retire, and the end of the alta moda era with the sale of VFG to private equity firm Permira. But in the end it’s the duo’s unique relationship that takes center stage. “It’s an amazing, dynamic, and sometimes hysterically funny partnership,” Tyrnauer observes. “They’re a great double act.” Here, Tyrnauer talks to about the details behind documenting la dolce vita.

Being wired for sound for two years seems like a nightmare for people who are accustomed to supreme comforts. Did Valentino and his team know what they were in for?
I don’t think anyone really had a full picture of what it would be like to be pursued by the camera, and, even more annoyingly, sometimes microphones for two years. So there are lots of tense moments, which I put in the movie, because that’s who [Valentino] is. He’s someone who lives in a kind of bubble world of unbelievable luxury; everything is taken care of for him, and mostly by Giancarlo Giammetti, who is this incredibly loyal friend and protector, and at one time, a partner in the romantic sense for half a century.

Your Vanity Fair feature started to get into that. Was it true that no one had talked about their sexuality in print before your story?
I think in print it had never been talked about. Actually, I’m sure of it. It’s just a different era we’re talking about here. The fifties, when Valentino started, and the sixties were a very different time, and Italy is a very different country. It’s 99 percent Catholic and the relationship was not talked about openly. My Vanity Fair story was the first time they both spoke about being boyfriends. Continue Reading “The Last Emperor Director Matt Tyrnauer Talks Pugs, Love, And Valentino” »