August 29, 2005

Sept launch: VOGUE China and Men's VOGUE

Ugh, I have to wake up at 7:30am from now on to do work experience again. Too early. Ugh.

Anyways, it seems like Anna Wintour and her fellow Conde Nast management team's plans for the expansion of Vogue is FINALLY happening. September this year is not only important because of the ever-so-thick Sept Fall fashion magazine issues, but also significant because of the very first issue of Vogue China and Men's VOGUE.

Fifty years from now, this will be seen as the iconic ever first cover of Vogue China. I was SO excited when I first realised Gemma Ward was going to be on this iconic cover. She really stands out here because she's the only Westerner. And the other Chinese models... some look great and others not too much. I esp love the first model on the left. Apparently one of these models is Miss China 2003 and another is a Shanghainese supermodel. All the models sport the Prada black headband look -people, take note!
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On the right is Vogue China's editor-in-chief, Angelica Cheung at the Vogue China bash hosted by British Vogue's editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman a few weeks ago. Can't really say I like Cheung's dress much. Doesn't her bob remind you a bit of US Vogue's Anna Wintour's bob? What a coincedence!

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While flicking through the latest issue of US Vogue, I saw this ad. Hmm, I must say, while I would much prefer a model on the cover, I suppose they really need a celebrity to pull the readers in, especially in a country where Vogue is seen as a female thing. And I suppose George Clooney is not too bad of a pick within the celebrity circle, but I really don't like this don't-I-look-cool-and-manly-look. I really can't comment much since I don't notice men's fashion much anyways, but I really hope it's a success because most of the guys I know dress terribly. So if you're a guy, remember to buy your Men's Vogue on Sept 6th!

32 Comments:

Anonymous Miss P said...

Is this THE Vogue for which they changed the cover at the last minute, switching from I-cheat-on-my-wife Jude Law to I-am-Mr-Right Clooney ?

8/29/2005 9:09 AM  
Blogger Marla Bean said...

I would much rather see George Clooney. Jude Law, like LV bags, are overdone. After the 9 zillion movies he's been in, and now the tabloid plastering - give me George any day!

8/30/2005 6:47 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

I didn't realise Jude Law was so unpopular. I always thought he was good-looking! But he just doesn't have much of a career. He and Sienna are just sort of there, like as celebs but not much work out there.

8/30/2005 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Miss P said...

I happened to run into him last year (Jude Law) and to tell the truth at that time, I had spotted the guy who was with him (assistant? friend ?) but it took me ten seconds and a good friend to realize it was Jude Law and he was not THAT awesome... (at least, his assistant was much cuter)

8/30/2005 9:47 AM  
Blogger X*tina said...

I still think Clooney's hot, and what is he, like, 50? Idk, but he was a good cover choice. And Gemma Ward looks great on that cover..

8/31/2005 10:47 PM  
Blogger Oscar's said...

I some times come on to this website to browse through the women fashions scene, when I take a break from looking at menswear for which I am studying. I am a man and a subscriber to (British, women’s) vogue (shock horror) and I will most likely be a subscriber to men’s vogue. I heard about the ‘Clooney’ business from a friend recently, and am a little surprised, and a little shocked to think George Clooney as the starting face of men’s vogue. I think George Clooney (however much I agree a good looking chap) is not what I and other men have in mind at the forefront of men’s fashion. Indeed a high classed (at acting) and well known celebrity also taking the men’s fashion scene down a less appealing road which doesn’t at the moment have the clout and attention it truly deserves. Like a contributor said on the website this is a colossal and momentous time for men’s fashion as men’s vogue has been launched, but most important is how far men’s fashion has come in the past few decades to deserve its own high version of vogue.
Now recognised as a different scene we should have a cover that the male readers for which it was designed for will be happy to see, not another tanned American film star who appeals to female audience (if you want eye candy by a gossip magazine) and more importantly a man who is recognised for having good fashion sense, much as is hard to say as he is very similar to George Clooney, bradd pitt is a well recognised fashion icon Johnny Depp even P. Diddy because of his own label. And to give answer to you bewilderness of jude law, and why him with such a bad acting career, he is thin and as we say here in Britain ‘spangley’, with a cheeky face not very intimidating, oh yeh’ and a fashion icon.
Sorry to go, on often wanted to leave a message got a bit carried away.
Yours truly,

9/03/2005 4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I happen to stumble onto your blog. I am Chinese, and let me just say, all of the chinese models, except the one on the far left, would not even be considered slightly cute in China.
Why did they put them here? Beats me.... Vogue won't do so well in sales if they keep on using these models...

9/06/2005 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, i got here via the new york times article on your blog.

You stated you hated the way your friends (male) dress, so do you have a site a male could go to work on his style?

9/09/2005 5:29 AM  
Blogger sleevehead said...

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9/09/2005 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, George Clooney is 44 years old. And when you get that old, each year matters.

Second, I think the black headband thing is kind of dumb. One would have been enough. But all the models are beautiful -- in my opinion.

I recently read Asians like "cute" more than they like "beautiful." Thus, many Asian women affect high voices and teenage style. Maybe the magazine is going for the Western market rather than the Eastern?

Brian

9/09/2005 8:16 AM  
Blogger Are You the New Avante Garde? said...

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9/09/2005 9:41 AM  
Anonymous charmuackz said...

OMGosh i absolutely adore gemma ward.. love her babydoll look! 'nyways when my friend told me Gemma was studying in the same year as her cousin i almost died. i'd go to school just to gawk at Gemma! :P 'course she doesnt go to school now, flyin all over the world.....

9/09/2005 10:47 PM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

To a lot of Asians, you're pretty if you're cute, ie. pale skin, big eyes, skinny, sweet smile......

9/10/2005 10:43 PM  
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10/05/2005 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Emerson Barthelemy said...

I am looking forward to your posts.

11/27/2005 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chinese pretty has two categories.
One is classic, glamorous and simply gorgeous. These are sophisticated looking, very mature, yet not too sweet looks.
The other is cute. A lot of people are cute in China. But that only equates a childish look, not as respected as the first look.
And as to the models used on the cover, a lot of models aren't exactly pretty, but they have an edgy look that make them stand out. But I am some what disappointed by the cover. Hopefully, it will get better.

1/30/2006 4:12 AM  
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11/25/2006 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a UK version of Men's Vogue also being launched in September?

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