This week the Fashion Director of British Vogue was sacked. Lucinda Chambers had worked for Vogue for 36 years the much admired stylist gave a very frank interview where she admitted to not having read Vogue for years.
I had this very rant with Julie Piece as we walked into town the other day. Who does Vogue talk to? The clothes are so over the top expensive, the models so tiny and young they are NOT talking to me.
Here are a few things Lucinda had to say………
‘I don’t spend massive amounts of money on clothes,’ Chambers told me, ‘my wardrobe is full of vintage and high street and if I do buy designer things I am very rigorous when investing. I avoid wasting money, it has to be something I love.’ As well as the industry itself, ‘I do think fashion can be, and is at the moment, very fascist. If you have larger breasts or hips, its harder, most sizing is pretty mean these days. It makes you feel small but not in a good way.’
Unceremoniously dumped by Condé Nast after 36 years at Vogue, Chambers spoke out in an interview with the journal Vestoj called ‘Will I get a ticket?’ (now amended after lawyers on behalf of Condé Nast and Edward Enninful contacted the publishers). ‘Fashion shows are all about expectation and anxiety,’ Chambers says. ‘We’re all on display. It’s theatre. I’m fifty-seven and I know that when the shows come around in September I will feel vulnerable. Will I still get a ticket? Where will I sit?’
There are very few fashion magazines that make you feel empowered. Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden, for not having the right kind of dinner party, setting the table in the right kind of way or meeting the right kind of people. Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years. Maybe I was too close to it after working there for so long, but I never felt I led a Vogue-y kind of life. The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive. What magazines want today is the latest, the exclusive. It’s a shame that magazines have lost the authority they once had. They’ve stopped being useful. In fashion we are always trying to make people buy something they don’t need. We don’t need any more bags, shirts or shoes. So we cajole, bully or encourage people into continue buying. I know glossy magazines are meant to be aspirational, but why not be both useful and aspirational? That’s the kind of fashion magazine I’d like to see...ME TOO
The words on this post were mostly taken from the Blog “That’s not my Age” and Vestoj…...
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