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Do you think that female business leaders, politicians or women in any position of power, for that matter, are allowed to be fashionable? To put on make-up? To spend money on expensive clothes? To wear high heels? To color their hair? Or would you have more respect for them if they dressed and looked mousy? Take the constant attacks on fashion-loving Marissa Meyer, Yahoo!’s CEO, who can be seen in a glamorous shoot in Vogue’s September issue, or on Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who admittedly likes to dress in designer clothes. See also the ongoing debate about Michelle Obama’s style. Women can’t really win here: As Anna Holmes writes in an article for Times: “[W]omen who take an active interest in fashion and beauty are to both be commended (personal grooming is indicative of self-respect) and humored (personal grooming is superficial)”.  She goes on to “yearn for a time when female competence in one area is not undermined by enthusiasm for another.” At the end of the day, it’s probably still a question of  the “continuing cultural discomfort with the mere existence of women in powerful positions.” as Amanda Marcotte writes in the article she wrote for I couldn’t agree more. So, what’s your take?

Marissa Mayer in Voguemarissa-mayer-vogue

Wendy Davis, also in VogueWendy-Davis-Vogue

This may be the funniest picture of Anna Wintour ever! And it’s been posted on Vogue’s Instagram page, no less. It’s always a big deal when Anna makes one of her rare appearances on any social media platform, so this photo is a particular delight. It was published with the caption: “Anna Wintour reads #TheSeptemberIssue. Do you? We would love to see it! Show us your #voguestagram.”Anna Wintour

Honestly? Here is the reason that these days, I’m rarely blown away by the American edition of Vogue. Jennifer Lawrence’s pictures are pretty, sure… pretty boring. And it’s the September issue, where the fashion should be breathtaking, gorgeous and out-of-this-world – not lame and dull like in this spread (I mean, in the cover picture you can’t even see what the girl is wearing, for crying out loud). Sure, you could argue that the photographs accompany an article about an actress and that it’s not a fashion spread, but I would say that you’re wrong, since it’s Vogue, not a movie magazine, and readers want to see clothes, no matter what. At least Lawrence looks like herself and isn’t excessively photoshopped, I guess? But is this really now where we’re at? That we’re happy that the person depicted is recognizable? I read somewhere that Anna Wintour should go helm a political magazine or newspaper. And you know what, that wouldn’t be the worst idea. American Vogue is in desperate need of a breath of fresh air.Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 6Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 1Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 2Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 3Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 4Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino for Vogue US September 2013 5
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“The world has become too casual, and people have become lazy. There was a time when people went on the airplane with gloves.” Former fashion editor of Vogue André Leon Talley in Vanity Fair.
I’d like to share a childhood memory with you that nicely illustrates this thought:  I grew up in Brazil and during the holiday season, our family travelled to Switzerland, where my grandparents lived.  I vividly remember how my mother, every single time before we left the house to go to the airport, meticulously put on her makeup and spritzed on some perfume, dressed herself impeccably in some wide legged, light trousers and a silk, yellow or powder pink blouse, slipped her feet into some stylish high-heels and grabbed her beauty case – the only hand baggage beside her Louis Vuitton Noe Drawstring bag she would carry. I remember her long, red nails and her thick, blondish-brown hair cascading down her back.  Yes, these were the days…

The pictures I want to show you today are from different ad campaigns and editorials. Their different takes on masculinity and androgyny really caught my eye. I particularly like the Alexander Wang ad, I find the model’s pose and expression very striking. And I wouldn’t mind owning the outfit in the Calvin Klein ad.

Malgosia Bela for Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Steven KleinAlexander Wang FW 13.14

Daria Werbowy for Vogue Paris August 2013, shot by David SimsVOGUE PARIS AUGUST 2013 - DARIA WERBOWY BY DAVID SIMS_1

Karmen Pedaru for Vogue Paris August 2013, shot by Gilles BensimonKarmen Pedaru by Gilles Bensimon for Vogue Paris August 2013 [Editorial]

Vanessa Axente for Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Mert Alas&Marcus PiggottCalvin Klein-Herbst 2013

Crista Cober for Jalouse Magazine July/August 2013, shot by Frederike Helwig'On The Riviera' Crista Cober by Frederike Helwig for Jalouse Magazine July:August 2013 [Editorial]

Hilary Rhoda for Helmut Lang Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Daniel JacksonHilary Rhoda for Helmut Lang FW 13.14 Campaign by Daniel Jackson

Wanna see something silly? Go to the British Vogue website and type the following sequence with your keyboard arrows keys: up up down down left right left right b a
You’ll see stylish dinosaurs appear on the screen, every time you click the letter ‘a’ following the sequence mentioned above.
Have a nice weekend!vogue-uk-dinosaurs