A Potential Icon

December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

My favourite of Rihanna's incursions into the editorial world, photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Lori Goldstein for the February 2010 issue of W.

Since Rihanna bleached her hair and got that spiky cut as a part of her new look for the Rated R album, I started to notice a great unexplored fashion potential to the singer. With the right grooming and support, she could become a contemporary counterpart for Grace Jones’ daring, edgy looks in the 80s.

The industry seemed to notice that, too. She turned into a regular in major magazines, tapping the pages of W, Vogue Italia and Interview, attended to Chanel, Givenchy and Jean-Paul Gaultier shows, to name a few, is scoring several best-dressed lists (Anna Dello Russo’s included) and now there are galloping rumours that she’s about to launch her own clothing line scouted by Topshop.

But in order to become iconic, one has to bear a strong, recognizable approach – and I think her blonde period was an auspicious opportunity for such accomplishment. Even if she managed some nice outfits with her current ginger hair, her previous look was a more promising canvas to push the boundaries of fashion.

Au Revoir, Carine

December 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Iris Strubegger shot by Mert & Marcus in one of the last Vogue Paris issues under Carine's tenure

First of all, I must say I’m shocked. Since McQueen’s death, no other fashion news has shaken me so violently. Just like it was impossible to conceive his eponymous brand without the designer’s genius, it has become unthinkable to dissociate Carine and Vogue Paris through these ten years Madame Roitfeld has set the rules for the most cutting-edge fashion magazine of present days.

She has dared to do what many has refused to, stepped into unexplored and feared spaces. She has fought PETA and the anti-smoking crowd. In short, she has been the enfant terrible of the editorial industry. And how many people in fashion you can still call enfants terribles?

All we can do now is pray to God that it will be worth it. That whoever’s taking Carine’s throne (Emmanuelle Alt and Aliona Doletskaya are predictably the rumoured names) will be able keep Vogue Paris’s relevance. And that whatever the project she’s setting up (heading to W would be just too delicious to be true), it will grant us some super-glossy, indecently sensual and politically incorrect imagery. Otherwise, the task will be left for a very few fellas.

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