Posts Tagged ‘Vanity Fair’

IMG_20200120_161145543Conde Nast: The Man and His Empire by biographer and historian Susan Ronald, covers Nast’s glamorous life and successful career as an American publishing giant.

There is much to cover and Ronald moves quickly over Nast’s early life from his birth in 1873 to his marriage to his initial interest in magazines. Once he enters into publishing she slows down and settles in on how Nast started with Collier’s magazine, moved on to Ladies Home Journal Patterns and eventually Vogue magazine.

Publishing Vogue and Vanity Fair are most of the story but we also read details about Nast’s famous “cafe society” parties and his grand apartment at 1040 Park Avenue in Manhattan. There are intriguing tales about fashionable characters such as Vogue fashion editor Carmel Snow, photographer Cecil Beaton, and writer Dorothy Parker.

The financial crash in 1929 hit Nast hard and he nearly lost his empire. We learn how over several years Nast fought to keep his business going by calling in favors. WWII was not an easy time either as French Vogue had to shut down and British Vogue (based in London) struggled to publish facing paper shortages and The Blitz.

But Nast and his empire did survive these challenges and that makes for great reading. Thoroughly researched with help from surviving letters and company documents, Conde Nast: The Man and His Empire is an excellent read for fashion and publishing industry history.


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20150601__AP-US-Bruce-Jenner-Call-Me-Cai~p1_300Back in the day he was a good looking guy. Today she’s got the bucks to be a good looking woman. This week former Bruce Jenner hit the cover of Vanity Fair as Caitlyn Jenner and now WWD is reporting that there are rumblings in the fashion and cosmetic industries about signing Caitlyn up for some smart marketing. MAC is among the most likely, given their history of edgy campaigns. Apparently, they have already approached her but nothing is set yet. A company spokesman said: MAC is a brand that embraces all ages, all races and all sexes and is a longstanding supporter of the LGBT community. We are inspired by Caitlyn Jenner and her personal journey and we admire her courage and beauty. 

For the VF photo shoot, Caitlyn sported DKNY and Zac Posen. Annie Leibovitz was the photographer.

Celebrity and hype, money and glamour – key factors in fashion. But that aside, I tip my hat to Caitlyn and I look forward to watching her develop her sense of style.

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