Friday, February 12, 2010

long live McQueen

Hello Friends,
I wanted to put up a quick post before I leave for New York tomorrow. Thank you all for the emails, comments, and tweets about places I need to check out. I seriously have enough must-see places to last me ten visits and I so, so appreciate it! I have also received a lot of questions regarding great NYC spots, so I'll be sure to put up a detailed post about my favourite places upon my return.
Also, I'm testing out a new header made for me by my lovely reader Kaitlin. What do you guys think? Thanks Kaitlin!

Also, I was recently given the opportunity to interview R.J Cutler, the director of The September Issue, along with a few other bloggers to promote the dvd's release on Feb 23. The September Issue was one of my favourite films this year. This movie is a delight to anyone who loves fashion - getting an inside look into the mysterious Vogue was like a dream come true. While many of the other bloggers were asking hard hitting, intelligent questions, as a style blogger, what I wanted to know was:
Did spending so much time among some of the leading authorities in the fashion world have any influence over your personal style?*laughs*. Well, my girlfriend likes to tease me that when I go to the John Varvatos shop they treat me like the little prince now. I did spend a lot of time there in the year that we were making the movie. These days when I walk in it’s like old home week. You know, I don’t think you can possibly spend a year seeing the world through the eyes of Anna Wintour, and Grace Coddington, and Sally Singer, and Hamish Bowles, and Andre Leon Talley and Tonne Goodman and all the other awesome folks at Vogue and not have your sense of what fashion is changed in some way and enriched in many ways. Again, just using some examples from my previous work, my perspective of politics and the business of politics and campaigning… my perspective on being a young person in America at the turn of the century, my perspective on fashion… This is part of why I do what I do. You get to parachute down into the middle of these extraordinary worlds, and as I say, see the world through the eyes of these amazing people. And part of the thrill of it is that your world view, your perspective of what they do, is changed, because you’re seeing it from inside out. So yeah, I learned a lot about the industry. But I leave it to others to comment on the growth or decline of my personal style.But I will say, one of the things that I did become acutely aware of, and it’s no surprise to everybody on this phone, that there’s a tendency to dismiss fashion and the fashion industry as vain, excessive, indulgent, expensive beyond reason, all of those things. And to an extent, it is all of those things, but it is all of those things at the same exact moment that it is many other very important things. It’s a global industry that impacts so many other industries, whether that be advertising, or retail, or shipping, or publishing. It’s a place where great artists have practiced their art, great craftsmen have practiced their crafts, for centuries. It’s a reflection of culture, and it has been a reflection that you can look at any moment in history, the clothes being worn in a society and learn so much about that time in history and about those people. It’s so many things, that to dismiss it as the first group of things I said, without understanding and embracing that it’s the second group of things I said at the same time… it turns out to be an uneducated perspective. It’s so fascinating. And of course, characters are larger than life, and it’s such a public industry, and it can be a bitchy world and all those things, but you can’t, having spent the year that I spent, you can’t dismiss the second half of those things, you can’t help but appreciate the historical significance, and then the current, immediate significance of this industry. That was my big takeaway from having spent this time at Vogue.
Thank you R.J. for the opportunity and for giving such fabulous answers to those of use who can't hear enough about the inner workings of Vogue.

And finally, to one of the greatest artists to ever have practiced his art...

Rest in peace Lee McQueen. You were my, and the fashion world's, favourite designer. Gone too soon, you will be sadly missed.

74 comments:

  1. Great post! and so cool that you got to speak with R.J Cutler. Fun question!

    Have fun in NYC! Love your t-shirt and the first shot is great! I love the proportion in this look.


    xx

    ♥ McQueen

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  2. I'm so sad he died. :( He was an amazing designer.

    I love your outfit. The pants are amazing.

    Great interview question.

    And have fun on your trip in NYC.

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  3. i have such enormous respect for grace coddington after seeing the september issue... you can almost see the creative clockworks ticking in her mind... and feel for her when anna doesn't!

    ps. love these slouchy pieces on you!

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  4. Love this post, that is so fantastic that you were able to interview RJ!

    I've also made a page for you on wikifashion, there's more info on my blog. We've made some cute little badges for everyone to use as well :)

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  5. loving the jacket to death and those pants!

    beautiful stuff! and its so sad what happened to Lee McQueen =(

    helen x

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  6. looove the pants and the whole outfit look awsome
    im really sad about lee mac queen

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  7. Really love this outfit!
    RIP Lee McQueen=(

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  8. I really cannot wait for you NYC post! Have loads of fun and shop like crazy :)

    Great outfit! the shoes look great with the outfit and really walk-able (more than could be said for most of mine, so i never wear them...)

    RIP Lee McQueen :(

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  9. Great outfit, great post. Long live McQueen! :)

    http://lifeinleather.blogspot.com/

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  10. I love your outfit.
    Its a true loss his death.
    Camilla

    RAINBOWPAVINGSTONES.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  11. i love these kinds of outfits, yeah you look awesome :)
    and have fun in new york!

    Jasmin

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  12. I'm so sad for McQueen's death.

    By the way, I love your outfit...well done!

    www.abitoffashion.com

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  13. You look gorgeous and the new header is really really really good!
    Hope you have a lot of fun in NYC ! Make it unforgetable!
    LOTS OF LOVE
    KAT

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  14. Very nice pants. I really loved McQueen... hi was very talented. I loved his shoes. they were very unusual.

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  15. I love the pants, and love your banner.

    Carmen.xx.

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  16. I love the grunge look on you! Great pants!


    RIP McQueen

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  17. The new header is great, it's a lovely picture of you. Have fun in NY!

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  18. Alexander McQueen's death was shocking. It's so sad :(

    Anyway, I love your outfit and your new header! :)

    http://studdedbliss.blogspot.com

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  19. Love this look and really love the pictures in front of the tags

    xx
    FashionCloud

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  20. Interesting interview.

    Your outfit is great. Damn the harem pant though. Just frustrated that I can't pull them off, maybe I have to try harder. They look fabulous on you.

    ShopTOLive.ca

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  21. I love the new header-- it's a keeper, for sure. I also like the hooded thing you're wearing in the last photo-- what is that, a pashmina? Part of the jacket? It's edgy, I like.

    Lucky you to interview RJ Cutler! I still haven't seen The September Issue, but this whetted my appetite even more. :)

    ~Robyn
    Chi-Chi 

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  22. i love your blog, but i dont think the header is especially good. You have so many glamorous pictures that are much more beautiful. i dont think the picture signalizes what your blog i sabout clearly enough. I would change the font too, its kinda dull. But thats my opinion so:( nice outfit btw

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  23. have a great time in NYC !
    i seriously want to go there !
    cant wait for the photos of the things you'll wear over there as well .

    you look chic all the time.

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  24. ooo i forgot.. my suggestion for the header : I think it'll better if the width is wider.. and the text can be read more easily.. the brown blends too much with the black .

    hope this helps :D

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  25. fantastic outfit... and I love the Willa header !!

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  26. Love your outfit.
    Love your new header.
    Loved the question, it was gret!
    Love McQueen.

    RIP

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  27. I love your new header. Have fun in new york. <3

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  28. I'm so said about McQueens death. horrible I still can't believe it.
    wow the interview is awesome his answer is so interesting! Thx for sharing!
    your look is great. these pants suits you so good. I should buy some as well ;)

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  29. Long live McQueen indeed! Great outfit - hope you have an absolutely amazing time in New York, I am incredibly jealous!

    x

    http://sparklesmiledance.blogspot.com

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  30. u look so chic! love it :)

    RIP mcqueen

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  31. such a cute blog! def following now...

    the sept issue was sooo good.

    xx

    bijousstyle.blogspot.com

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  32. I'm looking forward to you NY post, I'm going in March, and cannot wait!

    Thank you for this blog. I don't know if you are thanked often enough for what you do. You taught me that just because I'm a student, it doesn't mean that I have to wear sweats every day. It sounds trivial to some people, but clothes/fashion give us this instant empowerment... and you share yours with the world.
    Have a great trip to NYC, bring back lots of inspiration!
    xo, thanks.

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  33. love the outfit, you're gorgeous, have a fabulous time in nyc, and yes, long live mcqueen!

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  34. love your pics...
    its such a big lost...RIP MQ:(
    have fun in NY

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  35. i really like your new header!!
    your outfit is gorgeous

    RIP mcqueen

    xoxo cla

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  36. loooooove the baggy pants!!
    looks so good on you!
    xx helen

    www.fashionised.blogspot.com

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  37. Great Blog!" Your pictures are fantastic!

    www.overdivity-fashion.blogspot.com

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  38. ah liz, have fun in new york and send some of that spirit my way!
    I wish I could go but I have to be reasonable for once and stay where work wants me to.
    you look amazing as ever, I guess we are ring sisters, I never leave the house without my hands all metal and turquoise!

    about mcqueen: I can't find words, it's just a shock.

    <3
    I

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  39. i love the cardi!
    xoxo

    www.damegeekchic.blogspot.com

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  40. Nice cross necklace

    RIP Lee

    -N + K
    www.fanseapants.com

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  41. i really enjoyed these photos. because the outfit is looking so nice. comfy cool and you look great.
    take care
    xx ediot

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  42. You're going to have so much fun in NYC!

    Olive

    www.VisforOlive.blogspot.com

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  43. you are beautiful.
    i love that shawl thing.
    i love you.
    enough said ;) x x x

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  44. i'm so excited for you... you're going to have THE MOST AMAZING TIME!!
    can't wait to see your pictures!

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  45. Hey! I love your pants and your shoes, very cool indeed.
    Awesome interview with RJ Cutler, how did you get it? Was it face to face?
    :)

    Alexander McQueen RIP



    ps. If you have time, check out my new blog: http://ladolcemoda7.blogspot.com/

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  46. love the layered look! You look amazing and have fun in NYC

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  47. gosh. i can't believe mcqueen is gone. he was probably the most original designer. rip mcqueen.
    also your new header is great :D i love it. and the outfit you are wearing is perfect. effortless and chic.

    http://escapetotoyland.blogspot.com/

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  48. u look great! love ur outfit <3 today i spent so much time on searching those shoes u wear.. but i didn't found them.. -.-

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  49. dude, your blog is so amazing! and you're so beautifull!!

    Alexander was so good, in fact, one of the bests...

    xoxo, CAssie

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  50. RIP McQueen =(
    Have fun in NY, Magnolia is a must go!
    Great interview, and love the new header

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  51. love this - especially the harems and gorgeous cross necklace. your style is so similar to mine!
    & I love your header, it's so beautiful. you look amazing!

    LONDON--ROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM

    xx

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  52. great post. Love the new header and perfect to kick off spending some time in NYC - that model always reminds me of NY... to me her look sums up the city in one person. Cannot wait to hear about all the great places you discover in the city.
    It was a very sad day (in fashion) when the news of McQueen broke - much too soon to have him leave this world.
    I adored the September Issue also - so cute to hear him say they treat him like the little prince now!
    Have a fabulous time here in the city!!

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  53. McQueen's death shook this season upside down for all of us. Exciting that you got to interview Cutler!

    Oh, and I wanted to let you & your readers know that you can win a $1000 Bloomingdales shopping spree by entering the Avenue Debut Contest at LVCMAG.COM! Just send in a full-length outfit photo for a chance to win - full details on the site! Thanks and GOOD LUCK LADIES!!!

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  54. I like your shoes + outfit.
    very cool blog.


    huge loss, he will be missed!
    xx


    http://moffel.blogspot.com/

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  55. I've given you an award.

    Greetings.

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  56. You're my favourite blogger. I say that confidently because you come across as genuine, naturally stylish, friendly and confident on your blog. I like that you also take the time to reply/comment on other blogs. As nerdy as this sounds, I get a jump of excitement seeing your updates ^.^

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  57. RIP McQueen
    <3

    xx
    www.comicbookcrush.blogspot.com

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  58. Great post.
    RIP McQueen!
    Hugs,

    http://marchenoir-mode.blogspot.com/

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  59. Missing Alexander! Love your blog and looks! Kisses from http://lustycapuccino.blogspot.com/

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  60. Great blog!
    I just came across it and you've given me alot of ideas for some peices I already own.


    Follow me@
    http://moneyinmycloset.blogspot.com/

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  61. Whatta Dope pics! love this.

    RIP McQueen!

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  62. Your style is so awesome! Love every outfit!
    lovelove

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  63. It's such a shame about McQueen. Truly, truly heartbreaking.

    On a brighter note, I absolutely love your necklace.

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  64. long live McQueen indeed!!

    on a happier note thats awesome that you got to interview him! I also loved that movie!!
    made me love Grace even more.. she's a genius and has a sense of humour for sure ;)

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  65. <3 your outfit! you look stunning!!

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  66. I love this look! You look great! I really like those shoes! Oh, and Mcqueen's death is such a tragedy. Love, Megan

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