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Hamish Bowles is European Editor at Large for Vogue. Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2001 exhibition “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years,” he has written for such publications as The New York Times and edited the book Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People. He lives in New York and London.
Alexandra Kotur is Style Director at Vogue, where she often works on portrait sittings with Jonathan Becker and Annie Leibovitz. She is the author of Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon. She lives in New York.
A harsh review perhaps. Individual short essays on the usual suspects Babe Paley, CZ Guest, Jackie O, the swans... aren't we tired of reading the same thing over and over again? And yes, the black and white ball is in it. If this book is supposed to cover the last 4 decades, couldn't Kotur find more weddings other than the Plum Sykes, Lauren Davis, Dita/Manson and Eliza Reed weddings? Either that or do these represent the most Vogue of the weddings? Putting Gisele and Tom Brady at the latest MET Gala for the cover; is this the best of the Vogue world for the cover? The editor (or perhaps editors - I suspect one totally old-world retro unable to let go of that world of endless fittings and the other totally celebrity-driven with no cultural references before 1999) has nothing to say about the specialness of Vogue or why these choices represent the Vogue world and has no originality. I'm rarely driven to write a review but the entire book is just a unstylish grouping of lazy and predictable choices when one expects so much more from Vogue.
Vogue's big photo books --- and The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Place serves up 300 gorgeous pictures --- are ruthlessly edited experiences. They buy the glamor myth, and they chart it over time. Their aim is manicured, buffed, air-brushed beauty, life the way it oughta be.
Old people? Never happened. Which makes it disconcerting to see photos of people you know --- or knew, because many have gone on to that place where Vogue can't be delivered --- in the full blush of youth.
Truman Capote's "swans", beautiful people in the Hamptons, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall in Mustique, Valentino's country house, palaces, gardens --- almost every photograph and most excerpts from the profiles that accompanied them have the same effect. That is, they make you want to be rich. And thin. And young.
And that's the way it goes for 400 oversized pages. Vogue is the InStyle of the upper order; it's one big wet kiss to the people it photographs. Which isn't to say it's unappealing --- it's nice to get all your jealousy from one thick source.
I do note one factual error. The editors claim that, in 1990, "Georgina Howell found Carolyne Roehm exemplifying the spirit of the Working Rich." Yes, she did. But she wasn't the first. I recall a New York Magazine cover story about Roehm called "The Working Rich: The Real Slaves of New York," published in January 1986. The author, I believe, was Jesse Kornbluth.
Each of the last two years as the holiday season approaches, Vogue has published a compilation of the very best of its past editorial pages. Last year's book, "Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People", was very reminiscent of the book by a very similar name done forty years ago which has become a classic; the earlier volume goes for $200 or more. The current book is produced in the same very high quality, 400-page large-scale format, but this time with more emphasis on the people part of the equation -- personal profiles, the best parties, most interesting weddings and finest editorial features -- going back as much as fifty years.
The most interesting portion of Vogue each month has often been a few editorial sections toward the end of each magazine, perhaps focusing on the lifestyle of a particularly tasteful individual, an attractive new political figure or someone in the entertainment world who might actually be interesting. Many of the best of these editorial features -- often featuring great fashion -- are now gathered in one large volume and are illustrated the most talented photographers of our time: Horst, Avedon, Penn, etc.
We start by visiting Babe Paley, then attend Truman Capote's famous black-and-white ball as written up by Gloria Steinem. We see the '60s Newport wedding of Peter Beard and Minnie Cushing, two of the most beautiful people of our era; visit gardens from Normandy to the Hamptons and drop in on Mick Jagger in Mustique and Valentino's country house. We particularly welcome a chance to view the art collection of Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren, starting with six, count 'em, six, full size Francis Bacons, and to see the homes of Paloma Picasso over the years.Read more ›
I own a few hard copy Vogue books, I was expecting this books images to be based around events and opening parties. It is a beautiful, if it is a first time Vogue coffee table book its a wonderful page turner.
I live vicariously however unrealistically through Vogue and appreciate the good taste and lovely photos so this book is perfect for me. The world of beauty will never become stale in my mind. I would have to disagree that putting Tom Brady and Gisele Bunchen on the cover is a mistake - what better way to epitomizse the combination of the athletic world with the world of fashion? They have indeed become intertwined as has the world of fashion and the world of entertainment. A lovely book to keep ~
"The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places" by Hamish Bowles takes an "insider" approach with discussing the worlds of fashion, entertainment, and those born into high society. A diverse range of celebrities are featured in this book. The following are some of the well-known names that feature in this tome: Nicole Kidman pages 28-29 and pages 216-221 Michelle Obama (with one picture of President Obama) on pages 90-95 Scarlett Johanson pages 180-181 Jennifer Lopez pages 186-187 Gwyneth Paltrow pages 196-199 Charlize Theron pages 200-203 Angelina Jolie pages 224-227 Iman (world famous supermodel, businesswoman, and wife of David Bowie) pages 316-321 Cher pages 328-331 Beyonce pages 336-337 Naomi Campbell pages 340-347 and page 7 Cindy Crawford pages 368-371 There are many more celebrities and high society women featured in this book. The details on the origins of the wedding cake (page 130) and pictures from Truman Capote's Ball (pages 136-145) interested me. "The World In Vogue: People, Parties, Places" by Hamish Bowles is great for anyone who enjoys feature books on celebrities and/or heiresses that live a life of fame and opulence.