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Diane von Furstenberg Revisits Infamous New York Magazine Interview

NewsweekMarch1976FurstenbergIn her new memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be, she writes about it. And in a piece in the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar to go along with a Fashion Icon of the Year award from the magazine presented in November, she talks about it.

Diane von Furstenberg‘s 1973 New York magazine interview with then-husband Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg today would set off a thousand and one Twitter storms. Although Ms. von Furstenberg famously never has any regrets, she admits this one still belongs on the runway of youthful indiscretions:

The story [of Egon and Diane] was a media dream. But like all dreams, not everything was based in reality. In 1973, Diane and Egon gave an interview to New York magazine in which they tried to talk with sophistication about their ‘open’ marriage. Their words read ludicrously – even to her.

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Fishbowl Five + 1 with Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue

Amy-Astley2Amy Astley has the rare distinction of being handpicked by Vogue matriarch Anna Wintour to take the reins of sister pub Teen Vogue. Astley was just 34 when she was given the lofty title of editor-in-chief, and she’s held on to it for the last 11 years, while earning the mag Adweek’s Startup of the Year award, growing circulation to nearly a million right off the bat, and inspiring countless budding fashionistas along the way.

With the newly released edition of The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide To Careers in Fashion, Astley and her team are dispensing their best career advice for newbies hoping to join their glamorous ranks. Here, she shares her top tips with Mediabistro on breaking into the competitive industry.

1. How can a young journalist make a good first impression with an editor?
The thing that resonates the most with me is a good attitude. Every boss is different, but for me if someone is energetic, cheerful, excited to be there — I can forgive a lot of mistakes. That’s not true for every boss. But for me, their attitude is really, really important.

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Retired Fashion Model Recalls Her Glorious Life

PanAmAirwaysLogoThose were the pre-9/11 flying days. Hildegarde Archuleta, an 85-year-old one-time fashion model with a truly resplendent name, is today happily retired in the Palm Springs area. The Southern California native recently spoke with the Desert Sun about her career, which began when she replied to a post-World War II Vogue talent search.

Archuleta went on to cross paths with Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra, Jack Warner and many more. She also recalls in the article the thrilling way her professional life took off:

She became a Vogue model in her mid-20s and that first trip to the Big Apple is a favorite memory. It was her first time flying, and the Pan Am pilot invited her into the cockpit.

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FGI Night of Stars Honors Fashion’s Protagonists, Including Oscar de la Renta

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Last night, a stylish group of entertainment and media personalities gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The Fashion Group International’s 31st Annual Night of Stars event, honoring the creative contributions of about a dozen fashion designers and executives. This year’s theme was “The Protagonists: Those who play the leading roles in their own lives,” which could certainly describe the life of the late Oscar de la Renta. Among the evening’s highlights was a touching tribute to de la Renta by Superstar Award winner Diane von Furstenberg. Upon receiving her award, the designer recalled a tradition she had with her good friend:

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All the News That’s Fit to Preen

ShutterstockKarlLagerfeld2012Here’s one way to beat the print newspaper downturn. Target a very narrow niche in Europe and China, and hire Karl Lagerfeld as your namesake editor-in-chief.

Per a report in Women’s Wear Daily, The Karl Daily is set to roll out in seven European cities where the fashion icon has retail locations, September 20:

A comic strip, street-style photos and a list of hot spots round out the “satirical” broadsheet, which carries four pages of advertising for Lagerfeld brands. Tongue-in-cheek elements include fictional personals and Choupette, the couturier’s pet cat, serving as guest editor and reporter.

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Daily Front Row Hosts 2nd Annual Fashion Media Awards

On Friday night, the Daily Front Row honored the fashion industry with the second annual Fashion Media Awards. The first event to be held in the new Park Hyatt Onyx Room, there was a lively red carpet and cocktail hour, followed by the awards ceremony, which were sweet, but also short, thanks to everyone’s desire in the room to move onto the next NYFW party.

Model Gigi Hadid and Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee hosted the event. Presenters included Claire Danes, Laverne Cox, Kendall Jenner, Andre Leon Talley, among others. W magazine’s Stefano Tonchi took home the award for Fashion Magazine of the Year; Elle’s Kevin O’Malley for Publisher of the Year; Corine Roitfeld of CR Fashion Book and Harper’s Bazaar for Fashion Creative and Vanity Fair‘s Graydon Carter won for Best September Issue.

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Wondering About That Spike Jonze-Jonah Hill Collaboration

It’s that time of year when a lucky group of film journalists including the LA TimesRebecca Keegan jet off to Telluride, Colorado and Toronto, Canada to be wined, dined and awards-season appetized.

OpeningCeremonyNYStoreHere in NYC, in the shadow of TIFF, there will be an event of a different nature but one that involves a couple of very familiar festival marquee names. As first reported by WWD‘s Jessica Iredale, Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill have teamed to produce and write a one-act play for the fall New York Fashion Week presentation of Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2015 line:

Jonze, who has done fashion capsules with Opening Ceremony for his films Where The Wild Things Are and Her, will direct a cast of actors and models in his first project since winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Her earlier this year. The storyline is still being finalized, according to OC co-founder Humberto Leon, who noted the play was Jonze’s idea, as was bringing on Hill, who is known primarily for acting though his writing credits include 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street.

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NYT Fashion Director Vanessa Friedman: ‘I Get a Lot of Feedback’

HaaretzLogoEarly on in Haaretz’s interview article with New York Times fashion director and chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, the former Financial Times reporter pays the readers at her new place of employment a solid compliment:

“The nice thing about the Times is that it has very interactive readers, very engaged readers, and so I get a lot of feedback – definitely more than I did before. It helps me understand who’s reading and their thinking… whether or not we agree with each other.”

Friedman met reporter Sahar Shalev in the lobby of a Tel Aviv hotel. She came to Israel for a visit to the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design and a viewing of fashion design graduates’ final projects.

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New York Loses Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

ShutterstockAdrianaLimaThere was a bit of a New York fashion bombshell dropped this morning across the pond at Victoria’s Secret’s Bond Street store in London. Model Adriana Lima, dressed according to The Cut contributor Hattie Criswell in “exactly what any of us would choose for a breakfast event: a jeweled cut-out dress with generous sideboob,” announced – together with Candice Swanepoel and company CMO Ed Razeck - that the chain’s next annual fashion show will be held at Earls Court in London.

During the press conference, Lima came up with one logical and one not-so-logical celebrity as possible UK first-row guests:

Lima seemed more interested in which Brits would be in the audience for the show. “There are a bunch that we’d like to invite,” she said, giggling. “I’d love to see Elton John because I’m a big fan — I really love him. Hopefully, also — I’d like to invite Prince Harry.”

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On the Sidelines of Fashion Week, Activist Sara Ziff Grateful for Much Needed New Law

At New York Fashion Week, Salon caught up with Sara Ziff, a veteran fashion runway and print model who has for several years been banging the drum about abuses that she says are common within the profession.

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As a testament to her efforts, the February 6-13 edition of the NYC event marked an important milestone in her campaign to rectify some of the wrongs:

“What most people probably don’t realize is that the [common fashion industry] body type is really based on casting girls instead of women. And so there’s a labor dimension to that, that I think people are oblivious to.”

“We championed this bill that we introduced last year, and Governor Cuomo signed into law in October, that basically gives fashion models who are underage teens the same protections as other child performers in New York.”

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