Suzy Menkes, OBE will receive the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) Special Recognition Award this year, for her 25-year-long career at the International HeraldâTribune.
Menkes has been style editor for the newspaper, now rebranded as the International New York Times, since 1988, and is hugely respected by her peers and the fashion industry.
British-born, she is a graduate of Cambridge University, where she read English literature. Menkes was the university newspaper’s first female editor. Her official biography notes that she previously worked for The Times, the London Evening Standard, and The Independent.
As style editor, Menkes resides in Paris and holds the Legion d’Honneur in France. She has authored a number of books on fashion and the Royal Family.
In the BFC’s release, the industry praised Menkes, who tends to have a warm relationship with the industry, known for her fairness and journalistic integrity. Stephen Jones, OBE, whom Lucire publisher Jack Yan interviewed in issue 31, said, ‘Suzy is fashion. Suzy is the bench mark by which all others are judged. Few come close in authority, experience, judgement and hairdo.’
Chris Moore of Catwalking.com noted, ‘To say Suzy Menkes is to say fashion. It’s an honour to have worked for her to 25 years.’
Sarah Mower, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and a contributing editor to Vogue, said, ‘Suzy is the fastest mover in the westâor east. I have only ever beaten her to the race backstage about three times in 15 years. The brain under that front-roll is a phenomenon. I’m in awe of the agenda-setting pieces she pens between Milan and Paris which both interrogate fashion’s motives and put it in its rightful cultural and economic place. Besides that, she’s the greatest defender of journalistic integrity, the greatest inspiration and the naughtiest wit I know.’
Simone Rocha said, ‘It is an honour to be reviewed by Suzy, her words are always astute and sincere. She has a true understanding of the beauty of fashion and her words make you believe in it.’
Susannah Frankel, fashion director at Grazia stated, ‘There are so many people reviewing fashion today but Suzy is still the person who, for me, best brings the clothes themselves to life. She is, of course, also brilliant at putting fashion into a broader cultural context but, if I miss a show, and read her commentary it’s almost as if I can see the collection in front of me. She makes that seem easy but it’s anything but. Add to that the fact that she is as sharp as a knife, as generous towards and interested in newcomers as she the big guns âŠ Suzy is an incredible journalist and an incredible woman.’
The British Fashion Awards, hosted by the BFC, takes place on December 2 at the London Coliseum. Nominees this year include Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, Raf Simons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Cara Delevingne. Tickets are available through www.britishfashionawards.com/tickets.
Above As shown on Facebook yesterday, a banner ad campaign has launched promoting the print and tablet editions of Lucire, even though issue 31 has been published for some weeks.
If you havenât checked it out already, you should do so: Lucire issue 31 is out. Since the print editions are collectible, limited editions, they donât really dateâwe still keep going back to earlier ones at the office as referencesâand have in-depth insights into the fashion world. Intelligently written, with an independent voice, and put together by a small global team, Lucire continues to pioneer as we hit the mid-2010s. That’s why you can also order it as a tablet edition. The latest issue features Summer Rayne Oakes on making an impact in the modelling world; a review of autumnâwinter looks by Tiffany Fernando, with visuals by Doug Rimington; an interview with Stephen Jones, OBE, one of the great names in millinery, by Jack Yan; Elina Lukasâs Copenhagen Fashion Week diary; Elyse Glickmanâs interview with Daisy Fuentes; and David Machowskiâs exploration of maple syruping in New England. Thereâs plenty more, including shoots by Angelika Buettner, Dorit Thies, Brett Stanley and Doug Rimington, including two styled by Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng.
The URL is now much easier to remember: lucire.com/print. You can order it for tablets or as a very exclusive print edition through this link, or at the link at the top of the page if you’re surfing on our full web edition.
Also easy to remember is our video player, regularly updated with entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle news and tips. You can find that at lucire.tv: weâre finally putting that URL to the use we envisaged for it.
As we begin December, Lucire is getting our bases covered. Please let us know via Facebook or our feedback form if you have any thoughts or story ideas. Itâs the tip of the iceberg, as we have plenty more to announce in the New Year.
The Swedish tabloid press has tracked down HRH Princess Madeleine and her new husband, Chris O’Neill, who are honeymooning after a grand Royal Wedding in Stockholm on Saturday.
The Royal Court, wishing to guard the newlyweds’ privacy, had remained silent on their travel plans, but Expressen has published photos taken via a long lens of the couple in the Seychelles.
They are at a private villa which retails for Kr 50,000 per night, says the newspaper. It is also reported that Mr O’Neill kept the destination a secret from his wife, and it was initially known only to him, the King and Queen, and a few select friends.
The venue had been chosen before by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and David and Victoria Beckham.
Today, the Princess’s official Facebook page requested privacy after expressing disappointment that photographs had been published.
Writing from her perspective, the message read, ‘We continue to thank everyone for their loving warmth and well wishes regarding our marriage. Sadly, the Swedish tabloid press have taken it upon themselves to destroy our privacy and place private photographs of us in their publications today. The one thing we wish is that, if only for these few days, our privacy can now be respected.’ The photograph above of the couple was published on the page, while supporters continued to wish them well.
Wordpress has summarized the year of this news section, and told us something we know already: that our story on Marine Lorphelin being crowned Miss France 2013 was the biggest of the year. This also correlates with our Facebook fan page numbers.
It also put France as one of the top countries accessing Lucire during December, though the United States remains number-one for our entire website. New Zealand, the UK and Australia were consistently in the top five each month.
Last year, we did some quick arithmetic on the interest in Miss France versus its rival pageant, Miss Prestige National. In 2010, the ratio of readers for our Miss France story versus our Miss Nationale one was 2Â·7: that means, of Lucire readers, nearly three times as many were interested in Miss France than Miss Nationale. Last year, the ratio rose to 8Â·6. This year, however, the ratio is at 35Â·6 for Miss France versus Miss Prestige Nationalânot great news for GeneviĂšve de Fontenay and her committee, though if their online viewing numbers are healthy, then their sponsors will continue backing them.
Our second most-read article was on We’ll Take Manhattan, and the interest in Bailey and Jean Shrimpton because of the BBC TV movie starring Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard earlier this year.
The passing of Whitney Houston netted a lot of interest globally, and our article on celebrities paying tribute to her came in at number three.
Interestingly, our Miss France 2012 article came in the top 10, as did a story on the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a dress by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead in May. A 2011 story on Keira Knightley modelling for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle also showed up in our top 10, making Knightley our most searched-for celebrity this year. Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin appear after our top 10, in 13th place.
The formula remains similar, with pageants, celebrity and royalty gaining the most public interest. As noted on our Tumblr, a number of countries were absent from our readership this year. This includes numerous African states such as South Sudan, Liberia and Lesotho, where fashion is hardly a priority with daily struggles, and Turkmenistan, where the state still has a say on what is and what is not permitted. One reader pointed out that in our map, Kosovo was also missing from our reader countries.
As to our latest articles, pop to the main part of the site, where our Paris editor Lola Saab has her spring 2013 must-haves from New York.
It was uncharacteristically quiet in the news pages in Lucire on Monday, for a very good reason: the release of issue 29 in print and PDF.
The latest issue features Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V, Ted) on the cover, photographed by Courtney Dailey, styled by Lei Phillips, with make-up by Jamie Dorman and hair by Shaina Schow. And if you’re following us on Twitter, you will have seen the buzz this cover decision has generated, with Vandervoort herself telling her fans about it.
Other stories in this issue include Sarah MacKenzie’s examination on the power of WAGs (everyone from Irina Shayk to Cheryl Cole) in the fashion world, Jack Yan’s report on the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art’s 2012 show, the history of perfumes as GeneviĂšve Hole visits the International Fragrance Museum in Grasseâplus the most exclusive, trendy scents on offer. David Machowski travels Route 66, Tiffany Fernando looks at the springâsummer 2013 trends, and Sopheak Seng interviews the ladies from Surface Too Deep. Plus there are outstanding shoots from John Sayer-White, Amanda Bruns, Dirk Bader, Dorit Thies, Louise Hatton, and TJ Manou. You can have a look at the full table of contents, as well as some preview spreads, here.
The print edition is available now on demand from Vertia, which you can order via our site here. Scopalto has also put the PDF on sale, via its website. Our Ipad and Android apps will be out later this week via Magzterâwe’re waiting for Apple to approve the Ipad one as a routine matter. Watch this space, or join up to our Facebook page to find out when it’s ready.
Anna Piaggi, the famed Italian fashion writer and editor, has passed away, aged 81.
Piaggi had written for Vogue Italia and created the Italian magazine Vanity, with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld and Manolo Blahnik among her many fans.
Piaggi was born in Milano in 1931 and initially worked as an au pair, so she could learn new languages and travel. She met her husband, the photographer Alfa Castaldi, to whom she remained married till his death in 1995. Her first contact in publishing was at Mondadori, where she began working as a translator. She turned to fashion journalism in the 1960s, and later became fashion editor of Arianna, which saw her travel regularly to London, meeting David Bailey and Vern Lambert.
She began writing for Vogue in 1970, and subsequently worked on Vanity Fair, Panorama, and L’Espresso. Lagerfeld, whom she and Castaldi met around this time, was so inspired by her that he made over 250 sketches of her in her days in Paris in the 1970s, publishing them in Lagerfeld’s Sketchbook: Karl Lagerfeldâs Illustrated Fashion Journal of Anna Piaggi.
Piaggi was an avid collector of fashion, especially the more flamboyant designs, later exhibited in 2006 by the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition, called Fashion-ology, was named after a term that Piaggi herself coined, its meaning approximating that of the Zeitgeist but specifically dealing with fashion. She adopted a cheerful stance toward fashion, able to detect its drama as well as its humour, making her particularly sought-after as a muse by many fashionistas, including milliner Stephen Jones. Piaggi popularized vintage fashion when it was hardly talked about among fashion circles. Her ‘D. P. Doppie Pagine di Anna Piaggi’âthe double-pages in Vogue Italia with words, images and ideasâwere famed collages that documented her fashion-ology that were irreverent and intellectual at the same time. The layouts were by Luca Stoppini, and showed Piaggi’s own enjoyment of typographic design alongside her love of fashion.
Piaggi published her first book, Fashion Algebra, in 1998, a collection of her DPs, collages and spreads in Vogue Italia. In her lifetime, Piaggi produced over 7,000 editorial pages, according to one source.
She passed away at her home in Milano.