Elle December 2010


Magazine Covers
Model: Jessica Alba
Photographer: Carter Smith
Publication: Elle December 2010

Joe Zee goes bold with the styling of the Elle December 2010 cover by dressing Jessica Alba in resort pieces. Pulling from Dior(jacket and denim shorts), Bulgari(saphire necklace), Miu Miu(leather belt), and Tony Duquette(cabochon bracelet) for the non subscriber’s cover, he runs the risk of being labeled as anachronistic by the masses. For the subscriber’s cover he runs the same risk by dressing Alba in Miu Miu(satin top) and Sequin(glass pearl stretch bracelets). While I’m almost positive that the cover was an attempt to find the right month to show Resort collections on magazine covers, during the seasons they are intended to be worn, if the people over at The Fashion Spot are any indication, this isn’t the month.

If it would have been me, to be honest I would save resort for a November or even October cover. If not, and I had to shoot it in December, I would try to make it a multi cover issue, having the Resort cover sent to more tropical locales, or other places that I believe the cover would suit. I definitely respect Elle for the effort though.

Highlights

  • Read the Editor’s Letter last. Didn’t realize that this was the accessories issue. After I understood that, other things began to make since.
  • Joe Zee’s Sign Language article was interesting. He teamed up with astrologer Susan Miller to give us our fashion astrology and I loved mined because… well it said
  • Ruled by Mercury, Gemini-considered the smart and versatile planet-has a fashion editor’s eye

    Susan Miller
  • Alexa Brazilian wrote a superb article about her trial run of Navy, Jil Sander‘s new diffusion line. Entitled, A Simple Plan, the article says only good things about the collection and has even me interested. Oh and Jil Sander as in the brand headed by Raf Simons, not Jil Sander as in the woman in partnership with Uniqlo.
  • Kind of perturbed by the trend reports which seemed to me to include pieces from Resort, Fall/Winter, and Spring/Summer collections. That was a tad odd to me.
  • The Fashion News clip with the designers Logan Neitzel and Marcia Patmos were also perturbing. I liked their aesthetics, although very different, but I couldn’t help thinking “cashmere, wool, and leather for spring/summer?” Maybe I’m the weird one.

Fashion’s Next
Model wearing David Yoo at Fashion’s Next

Back during fashion week at the last moment I managed to find out about Elle‘s Fashion’s Next. I immediately wrote it off as Elle‘s version of CFDA/Vogue Venture Fund, but caught the livestream no less. It’s not the same though as CFDA competitors seem alot more skilled and experienced while Fashion’s Next are mere students and still mainly see fashion as an art form. My judgements are quick and sometimes harsh so I was surprised when I found myself liking a few of the designers. As the show came to a close some of my favorites included David Yoo, Caroline Hust, Jessica Castellano and Christina Yi. It’s funny because it seems that Elle, Maybelline, and Kate Spade agreed with me as my top three favorites all won prizes. Hopefully we’ll hear more from them, expecially David, but until then… I’ll keep up with the likes of Loden Dager.
Editorial

So editorially, Elle has never, in my opinion been the strongest magazine I subscribe to, but they do give me nice editorials. I’ve always felt that the magazine is great when it comes to accessories and it just so happens that my favorite editorial, Power Play, features them. Shot by Horst Diekgerdes, Lakshmi Menon thrills me in pieces from teh likes of Cartier, Balmain, David Webb, Givenchy, Chopard, and David Yurman. Brian Molloy layers these pieces over simplistic tops and creates a sultry editorial that happens to be what I believe is the best out of the bunch.

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