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20 posts tagged "Vanity Fair"

The Courtin-Clarins Clan Holds Court on Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

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No one is asking who they are anymore. The tall, blonde French beauties, the Courtin-Clarins sisters—Claire and Virginie, frequently seen in Vuitton, and their cousins, Jenna and Prisca—who were spotted perched front-row during the Fall 2011 shows in New York and Paris, have a new seat of honor: on Vanity Fair‘s International Best-Dressed List, released today. (They’re in the “siblings” category alongside the Delevingne sisters, Cara, Chloe, and Poppy.) Other new additions to this year’s list: Michelle and Barack Obama (who have appeared separately before but are named together for the first time as a Best-Dressed Couple); Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Shala Monroque; Justin Timberlake; and “Fashion Original” Janelle Monáe. The full list is here.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Kasia For Miu Miu, Bieber For VF, Burton Won’t “Wipe The Slate Clean,” And More…

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The Spring campaigns are coming fast and furious now, from Valentino to Marc Jacobs to, now, Miu Miu. One of our personal runway faves, Kasia Struss, stars in the Mert & Marcus-lensed ads. [Women]

“The adorable, inescapable face of 2011,” according to Vanity Fair? The glossy’s latest cover boy: Justin Bieber. [Vanity Fair]

Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton sits down with Vogue U.K. to discuss injecting more of herself into the McQueen label. “I’m not going to wipe the slate clean. That would be wiping me away,” she tells the magazine. “There will always be those McQueen elements, but at the same time, you can never stay still and you have to stay true to yourself. That’s what Lee drummed in to me: you have to be able to stand behind your work.” [Vogue U.K.]

And in Miami, hip-hop star Nicki Minaj reportedly celebrated a little too hard on New Year’s Eve—she split her leather dress. The show must go on, though, and it didn’t stop her from performing—she just summoned her stylist to the stage to do a little mid-song suturing while she sang. [Page Six]

Photo: Women Management

Who Makes Us Run For Cover?

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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

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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

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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 www.vanityfair.com.

Photo: Francis Specker / CBS / Landov