Does the fashion industry still need Vogue in the age of social media?

Bloggers are eroding the power of the glossy monthly style bible For a new boss to dismiss the old guard who were the legacy of their predecessor and bring in new faces is not unusual. Indeed, when Alexandra Shulman vacated the editors chair at British Vogue, having occupied it for a quarter of the magazines 100-year history, it was wholly expected that her replacement, Edward Enninful, would bring in a team to put his own stamp on the industry glossy. Last week Emily Sheffield, Shulmans deputy and predicted by many as a shoo-in for her job, handed out invites to her leaving party, while Enninful who officially takes the helm on 1 August announced film-maker Steve McQueen and long-time friend Naomi Campbell as contributing editors. Kate Moss, already a contributing editor and regular cover girl, will continue working for the title. That his shake-up would cause ripples beyond Londons Vogue […] Read more »

The salt-and-pepper pound: where are all the fiftysomething models?

From 73-year-old Lauren Hutton for Calvin Klein to 88-year-old Daphne Selfe, older models are finally getting work with major fashion brands. But the absence of middle-aged models to bridge the gap makes it feel like just another fad When I first started blogging as Thats Not My Age nine years ago, I was always banging on about the lack of older models, my Grey-dar permanently on high alert. But whereas in the past, the older model was restricted to a healthcare or life insurance gig (cue woman strolling jauntily down the beach in a lilac waterfall cardigan and stretch chinos), now nearly every week theres another gorgeous silver-haired model in an advertisement for a fashion brand. While this age-appreciation is fantastic it is wonderful to see women such as Daphne Selfe, 88, Maye Musk, 69, and Lauren Hutton, 73, looking vivacious and stunning, I still cant help wondering: where have […] Read more »

Goodbye, geek glasses: why aviators are this seasons biggest eyewear trend

Thick frames are out, and the classic pilots specs designed for aviation and then sold as sporting equipment are back, thanks to the vogue for the 70s look Music to your ears, or rather for your eyes: geek glasses the thick, dark acetate frames associated with Le Corbusier, SpongeBob SquarePants and last decades much-maligned hipster stereotype are on the wane. So claims the New York Times, anyway. It says that aviator-shaped glasses thin, steel or titanium frames, based on the shape worn by pilots during the second world war are this seasons frame of choice. If this seems unlikely, then keep looking. Luxottica, the Italian company with the monopoly on eyewear (Chanel, Persol and Ray-Ban frames are all sold through them) has noticed the same thing: Wired frames, and aviators in particular, have become more popular lately. So popular, in fact, that Ray-Ban relaunched its aviator opticals this year. Vision […] Read more »