Tag Archives: Vogue

Excellency Hall of Fame: The Films of Guy Bourdin (1/10)

Dayle Haydon and Sayuko filmed by Guy Bourdin on a Vogue shooting in 1974 in Normandy, France. Video footage edited by Adam Mufti. Music by Olivier Alary. Project commisionned by Showstudio.

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A Man of Excellence: Ewan McGregor, for Vogue, in Christian Dior

Presenting His Excellency Ewan McGregor, dressed in Christian Dior, as photographed by Peter Lindbergh, for the July 2010 issue of American Vogue.

An Excellent Man: Ewan McGregor, dressed in Christian Dior for Vogue. Image via Peter Lindbergh for Vogue via Twitpic.

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Conversations On A Banquette: Faye Toogood

Faye Toogood is a designer based in London. After graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Fine Art and the History of Art, she was snapped up at the tender age of twenty-two by the renowned founding editor of The World of Interiors magazine, Min Hogg. Working her way up from Stylist to Decoration Editor, Faye developed the quirky, offbeat and thoroughly English style that has since become her trademark. After eight years at the magazine, she left to set up her own Studio. Tucked away in a Georgian townhouse, opposite a river in North London the Studio is now the place where she and her small team base themselves. Formerly a regular contributor to Wallpaper*, Vogue, GQ Style, The Telegraph and Elle Decoration magazines, she is now currently working on interior projects and developing her own range of furniture.” Well, The EP was certainly intrigued by that description of Faye Toogood when we came across it while scrolling through her blog. Always ones to delve it bit deeper into the lives and work of those we find incredibly Outstanding and irresistibly Excellent, we decided to ask Ms. Toogood to allow us a personal peek inside her wondrous world of interiors. Let’s have a look…  To read the full interview, please click HERE. (Downloadable PDF)

Another Excellent conversation on a banquette. This time with the Outstanding London-based designer Faye Toogood. Image via Christopher Simon Sykes for Tatler magazine via Studio Toogood.

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Milan Report: The Excellence of Power and the Futile Protests Against It

Presenting two Excellent People, gathered outside of the Gucci runway show presentation in Milan on Saturday, February 27, 2010, wearing wigs and sunglasses, a la Anna Wintour, and t-shirts reading “I will only stay 3 days,” in protest to the forced shortening of the Milan show calendar (100 shows and presentations squeezed into 4 days) in order to accommodate the busy Vogue editor’s hectic schedule due to her attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood on March 7, 2010, after a quick dash to Paris for the Fall/Winter collections on view there from March 2 through 10.

Excellent look-a-likes: Silent protesters, dressed as Vogue editor Anna Wintour, outside the Gucci runway show presentation in Milan, Saturday, February 27, 2010. Image via Jessica Michault via Tweetphoto.

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Remembering Her Excellency Polly Allen MellEn, fashion icon for more than 60 years, former editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and creative director of Allure magazine from 1991 to 1999, currently retired, to an Outstandingly Excellent home in Connecticut (view slideshow by top photographer Eric Boman at Vogue.com), however, still consulting and offering expert advice on various Excellently fashionable projects, à distance. Recently profiled as a “Big Legend” by Bart Boehlert in the December 2009 issue Bergdorf Goodman magazine.

Excellency Hall of Fame: The Outstanding Polly Mellon as recently featued in Bergdorf Goodman magazine. Interview by Bart Boehlert. Image via bartboehlertwriter.blogspot.com/ via Bergdorf Goodman magazine.

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Applauding the Excellent PR surrounding the Fall/Winter 2010 collection of Hakaan, 37-year-old, formerly obscure, now world famous, Istanbul and London-based designer, awarded First Prize at the Young Fashion Designers Contest organized by the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Associations while still at university, recently discovered by Mert Alas, one half of top photo duo Matt & Marcus. Presented on Friday, February 19, 2010, Day 1 of London Fashion Week, the show was styled by Edward Enninful of American Vogue, with looks worn by supermodels Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova, Natasha Poly, Rose Cordero, and Anje Rubik, and attended by Kate Moss and Carine Roiffeld of Vogue Paris, who flew direct from New York Fashion Week just for the occasion, which featured, according the Elle UK, “bottom-skimming wool bandage dresses, ostrich-feathered skirts and lots of ways with leather; from ribbed trousers to slashed coats, all in a limited palette of white, black and camel.” Says Rifat Ozbek, legendary Turkish designer, who witnessed (and was instantly impressed by) that winning student show of Hakaan (last name Yildirim) : “A new star is born.” Full collection slideshow at ELLEUK.com.

London's latest Turkish delight: Models backstage at the Fall/Winter 2010 collection shown by Istanbul-based designer Hakann during London Fashion Week. Image by Anna Bauer for LFW's The Daily.

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Anticipating Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, by His Excellency Derek Blasberg, St. Louis, Missouri-born, Manhattan-based, bon vivant, Senior Fashion News and Special Projects Editor at V and VMAN Magazines, contributing editor to style.com, and to international editions of Vogue; also a writer for such Excellent publications as Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, and the London Sunday Times, Product description: “If you’ve ever wondered how to climb the social ladder with grace, how to feel confident in every situation, or even how to make a lasting impression (but not the kind that lands you on the latest “Worst Dressed List”)—Derek Blasberg is here, with quotes and secrets from all the socialites so girls everywhere can learn how to have class  This hilarious handbook will provide everything you need to know about fashion, socializing, dating, and etiquette. With tons of practical tips and tools for learning to flaunt what you’ve got, dozens of specific how-tos, common no-nos, and huge blunders that even smart girls make, this tongue-in-cheek book will train you to be a lady, and not a tramp!” Available for pre-order at Amazon.

Excellent tips: Writer Derek Blasberg's soon-to-be published "Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady." Image via Amazon.

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Saluting and admiring All the Good Stuff Always Happens in the Ladies Room, the Excellently no-holds-barred, humorous and self-effacing Huffington Post account of 45-year-old legendary 1980’s Czech-Swedish supermodel Paulina Porizkova, longtime wife of rocker Ric Ocasek, about her, at moments, less than delightful evening at a recent amfAR gala held in New York during Fashion Week, and her treatment during run ins with such A-list Excellent People as Chloë Sevigny (“I told Chloë Sevigny I loved her in ‘Big Love,’ to which she responded with a “Thank you,” and clearly pronounced my full name–I think it was a compliment.”), John Kerry‘s daughter Alexandra Kerry, (she “was a bit standoff-ish, or at least to me. I complimented her on her dress and she just nodded. Ouch. I guess she found me of no significance. But she also appeared to be texting while the rest of us conversed. I felt like telling her I voted for her father, as though she owed me one.”), and Anna Wintour (“The real fun, though, was in the ladies’ room. I walked in and almost straight into Anna Wintour. “Hi, Anna,” I said brightly to Anna’s mirror reflection. Her large eyes in her large head flickered. And with the slightest nod, one that may have been a twitch, she left me standing at the sinks. I admit I felt a bit more than slighted, I was after all, on quite a few covers of her magazine, and the glance she gave me is one I’d give to an expired carton of milk. I am aware my expiration date (as a model) is long past, but a slight acknowledgment that I wasn’t the bathroom attendant would have been nice.”). And Excellent.

The height of fashion: Her Excellency Paulina Porizkova-Ocasek on cover of the, pre Anna Wintour-edited, September 1986 issue of Vogue magazine.

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Sizing up His Flamboyant Legendary Excellency Andre Leon Talley, Vogue editor-at-large, seated in the front row, with fur comforter, at the Fall/Winter 2010 Diane von Furstenberg show.

Supersize me: His Excellency Andre Leon Talley at the Fall/Winter 2010 Diane von Furstenberg show. Image via StellaMagazine via Twitpic.

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Presenting an image from Olivier Theyskens, The Other Side of the Picture, the new “special edition” book about the extraordinary career of the Outstandingly talented, Belgian-born, former artistic director of the troubled French fashion house Nina Ricci, with Excellent photographs by Julien Claessens and text by Sally Singer, director of fashion news and features at Vogue, published by the occasionally Excellent Editions Assouline. Price: $120. Available via Assouline.com.

An Excellent Image by Julien Claessens from the book Olivier Theyskens, The Other Side of the Picture, published by Assouline.

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