Vogue Nippon, March 2011

The cover featuring Izabel Goulart in Dolce & Gabbana, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
A feature on Angelina Jolie, with a photo shot by Mario Testino
Interesting eye makeup from Look Out!, a fashion editorial styled by Aurora Sansone
A feature on Tom Ford
The Return of Splendor, styled by George Cortina
Coordinating Lesson with looks from Marc Jacobs, YSL, and TopShop
From Fred and Ginger, styled by George Cortina and shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
From The Look Says It All, styled by Anna Dello Russo
World Traveller, a feature on vacation spots
The supplement, Nippon Vogue Color Bag and Shoes Dictionary

The March 2011 issue of Vogue Nippon was boring compared to its other issues. Perhaps it was the lack of interesting pictures, which is what I look at when I read foreign editions of magazines because of the language barrier. I did, however, like the cover because of the use of animal prints, even on the title!
The issue is titled Catch The Look and it featured looks by fashion personalities like Alexa Chung, Anna Dello Russo, Taylor Momsen, Vivienne Westwood, and Carine Roitfeld; and the makeup of Faye Dunaway, a young Jodie Foster, Grace Coddington, Jerry Hall, and Jane Fonda. 
There were several features that I wanted to read, such as the ones for Angelina Jolie, Tom Ford, and Tommy Hilfiger. But because it was in Japanese, I had no way of understanding it. In fact, the December 2010-January 2011 issue of French Vogue did an extensive feature on Tom Ford and I couldn’t read it either, doubling my frustration.
The editorials were good, but I noticed the decimated number of pictures. Some editorials only had four shots. But they made up for it by being dramatic, especially Fred and Ginger, The Look Says It All, The Return of Splendor, and the eye makeup of Look Out!

The issue also featured top vacation spots which ignited my wanderlust. They featured wonderful places like Greece, Morocco, Maldives, and Shanghai, the last of which I’ll be visiting in May. I’m looking forward to buying cultural items like Mao memorabilia and of course, stacks of Vogue China.
The issue came with a supplement, a dictionary of bags and shoes arranged by color. The dictionary is a wonderful guide, and I had fun sifting through the items. Arranging it by color was a brilliant idea and I think every stylist/style-conscious person should own a copy.

Vogue Nippon, January 2011

The cover featuring Gisele Bündchen in Gucci

The supermodels of the 90s: Naomi, Claudia, Christy, Linda, Cindy, and Kate

The supermodels of the 2000s: Gisele, Karolina, Natalia, Gemma, Lara, Lily, Freja, and Karlie

From The Elements of Wonder, a jewelry editorial. The pieces are superimposed on photos!

Choose Your Icon, Anna Dello Russo cites Carine Roitfeld (a good choice)

What Makes an Icon?

Kate Is Vogue! Kate’s Vogue covers from French, Espana, Russia, Nippon, US, and Australia

A beautiful beauty editorial featuring Dior nail polish

Mina Kawai (a doll, literally), the beauty editor in Balenciaga

Always Playing The Star, styled by George Cortina

Another shot from Always Playing The Star

Anna Dello Russo

I finally got around to blogging about the January 2011 issue of Vogue Nippon. I’ve had it since November and I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite parts but life happened so I forgot about it. The issue is about icons and everything about it. I think it’s appropriate that they chose Gisele to be on the cover, who personifies the fashion industry. Not everyone is its abject slave but even the most unfashionable person knows who Gisele is.

The content focuses on icons, both past and present, which makes the issue cohesive as compared to other issues of Vogue Nippon. There are articles on what makes an icon, which I’m dying to read; the fashion icons of the past two decades; the icons of fashion insiders (no one chose Anna Wintour and Mitsuko Watanabe, the chief editor chose Rei Kawakubo); international icons from the US, Italy, and France; and how to dress like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Faye Dunaway.

The staff of Vogue Nippon seems to have an unwavering loyalty to Kate Moss because she seems to be featured in every issue. This issue isn’t spared and there is an entire layout dedicated to her Vogue covers. I’m not going to lie, I love Kate so I enjoyed the special, which included her looks from the past 20 years and famous photos shot by the best photographers like Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Terry Richardson, and Mario Sorrenti (who shot Gisele for the cover).

I was disappointed with the editorials, mainly because Anna Dello Russo didn’t style anything, but I’m starting to like George Cortina, who styled Always Playing the Star. The contrast between the luxurious (and somewhat tacky) clothes had a nice contrast with the run-down background. Some of the other shots involved Edita Vikeviciute standing in what looked like a maintenance area, in rubble, and walking along the shore amidst people and boats and sand. There is of course that wonderful shot where she stands with the elderly women, who look so real as compared to Edita.

The issue came with an Emilio Pucci mirror, which I broke when I was on my way home from Cubao X last Saturday. Sigh.

Hong Kong Elle, February 2011

The cover featuring the lovely Chinese model Shu Pei Qin

There are 40 editions of Elle! Vogue only has 18. And look, PAL and Cebu Pacific are in the issue!

The editor-in-chief is a man!

Anne Hathaway looking so fine in Stella McCartney

The Fresh Spring

The Girl Who Steals the Show

Fruit Loops

Recipes with hearts on the food!

A supplement that includes the runway collections for S/S 2011. I have an issue of Mode et Mode from Japan featuring the same stuff

The Little Prince shirt from Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and glitter shoes from Miu Miu!

An interesting layout from Elle Collections

My mom went to Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year and she got me a copy of Hong Kong Elle‘s February 2011 issue. Unlike Vogue Nippon, this edition features local models, which I appreciated. After seeing so many Brazilian and Eastern European models, it’s a breath of fresh air to see Asians walking down runways and appearing in fashion editorials. My only issue with the magazine is the overload on beauty advertisements. Majority of their ads are beauty products and it made it look like our edition of Cosmopolitan. No wonder we have good skin, we are bombarded with anti-ageing products every two pages of fashion magazines.
The editorials were good. Besides the fact that they used homegrown models, they featured a white background, which made the pages look clean and edgy. They balanced it with an editorial on fruit (adorable!) using a foreign model but the production team was Asian.
The supplement was thorough – it featured runway looks as well as the best shows, front row attendees, models to watch out for, and the curtain calls of designers. I also loved how the looks were presented in different and unconventional ways but I was a bit bothered how they tagged Rachel Bilson as Leighton Meester and how they misspelled Chloe over and over again.

STATUS, December-January 2011

The cover featuring La Chapelle’s portrait The Beatification: I’ll never let you part for you’re always in my heart
An ad for Mental featuring Pepe Smith in an interesting-looking straitjacket

Wooden sunglasses from Shwood, which I could use for my trip to Boracay this summer

A wonderful layout featiring khaki. I used khaki for an entire week when I saw this
My obsession du jour: leopard prints!

Some of La Chapelle’s works in his feature

I finally got around to blogging about the December-January 2011 issue of STATUS magazine. I quickly bought a copy after I found out my favorite photographer, David LaChapelle will be featured inside. I was disappointed because I expected a lot more from the writeup and the photos they’ll use. The photos they used paled in comparison to some of his best shots.
Here are some of my favorites:

Vogue Nippon, November 2010

The cover featuring Lily Donaldson in Miu Miu

Alessandra Ambrosio for an Anna Dello Russo-styled shoot

A map of Harajuku


Mischief Painter’s Portrait

The Midnight Tribe, styled by Yuki Matsuyama

After months of gathering dust on my shelf, I finally got around to reading Vogue Nippon’s November 2010 issue (I have issues up to March 2011). I was a bit disappointed because they mostly use Western models and stylists but you can still feel the Japanese vibe throughout the pages. They have a habit of mixing photos with art which I found adorable. I especially loved the editorial Anna Dello Russo styled, the one for children, and the one that featured shoes (I love looking at women’s shoes).