Pros of the
Golden Diamond Jubilee? Really cool special editions like these stamps celebrating the past 60 years of great British fashion.
Aldridge’s subjects for The New Yorker include Louboutin shoes, Zaha Hadid, and 3-D movies—and, this week, Jean Paul Gaultier, for Susan Orlean’s profile. A selection of Aldridge’s work for Vogue Italia will be on view at Casa Tua during Art Basel Miami Beach in early December.
Two years ago I pestered a New York newsstand daily, waiting for the all-black issue of Vogue Italia. Last summer the only emotion I could muster upon the announcement of Vogue Black, the magazine’s website devoted to black beauty, style, celebrities, etc. was a hearty sigh and headache inducing eye roll.
As a fashion enthusiast (another love/hate relationship to be discussed at another time) I appreciate this attempt at diversity, however this “separate, but equal” approach is disheartening. I would love to see a wide representation of beauty spanning different races, ethnicities, ages, and shapes, and preferably without any bell or whistles. I don’t want diversity relegated to yearly “Great at any age/shape” issue. Just there all the time, not treated like some trend or artifact (an old woooden ship I believe is the Ron Burgandy definintion). Don’t hype it, pimp it, or treat it like a novelty. Make like Nike and just do it.
But I must confess the content on Vogue Black is amazing. I love it. Advice on makeup for dark skin? WHAT! They’ve highlighted so many amazing women, introduced me to great ideas, art, blogs, books, everything. What I don’t understand is why these topics aren’t covered in the main Vogue pages.