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Sally Singer on the Relevance of Vogue

singerhs.jpgFBNY’s Diane Clehane interviewed Vogue‘s Sally Singer for a ‘So What Do You Do?’ feature currently running on mediabistro.com’s homepage. In it Singer responds to Cathy Horyn‘s NYT recent piece bemoaning the lack of relevance at Vogue:

I was in India when Cathy’s piece came out, so I didn’t read it at the time; I can’t comment directly on what she said, but I obviously disagree wholly with that. When I started at American Vogue, Style.com hadn’t even started. There’s now far more information in the world about fashion. You couldn’t know the name of the 14-year-old Eastern bloc model the day after she appeared in the Prada show, unless you were at the show. When I was at New York and you had to shoot a look from Ann Demeulemeester, you had to go to the showroom, put the pieces together, and Polaroid them. There wasn’t even a look book, let alone a Web site to show you how it was worn. It’s changed completely. Anyone who is interested in clothes right now knows the clothes almost as soon as I do. That changes the way you report on clothes and changes the way you show clothes. It makes what we do more relevant than ever, because you actually need someone to edit it down for you. You need people now not to tell you what was at Prada, but to tell you why it was at Prada and how you’re going to wear it. American Vogue is very good at explaining to American women — and by extension, women around the world who want to dress like American women — why they should wear what they wear, and how they should wear it.

You can read the whole interview — as well as, find out what it’s like to have Anna Wintour as a boss — here.

Liz Smith Lunches With FishbowlNY!

lizsmith-205x260.jpgWell, sort of, anyway (we can dream!). In this week’s New York profile of the gossip doyenne Liz Smith is lunching at (where else) Michael’s with magazine scribe Jonathan Van Meter when she spots our very own Diane Clehane:

Smith points out a woman sitting at the bar right now who in about an hour will post a blog about who was at Michael’s today, just as she does every week. For Smith, reporting on lunch at Michael’s in her column would be pointless. But the old broad still has clout, especially with this crowd. “My column has become more historical, more philosophical,” she says. “I feel like I am a recording angel.” People like Barry Diller, Les Moonves, and even Smith herself are starting to think about their legacies. “The thing about people who last long enough to make a real impact, like I have,” she says, “is that you finally have to learn to live with the image you’ve created. It’s your legend. You don’t have to agree with everything said about you, but you can’t really quarrel with the cumulative thing.”

Diane Clehane on VF.com: The Chinese Adoption Effect

cuar01_adoption0808.jpgChina may just be a backdrop (and a ratings cash cow) for NBC, but you will no doubt be completely unsurprised to learn that there is a huge multi-faceted country behind the quick eye-pleasing blurbs that fill up airtime between Phelps events. With that in mind we point you to our own Diane Clehane who is sharing, in a Vanity Fair web exclusive, her own very personal, very moving (seriously, you should read, and NBC should take note) story about her and her husband’s experience adopting their daughter Madeline from China three years ago. In the piece she also talks — as well as, solicits advice from other parents like Sherrie Westin and Susan Zirinsky who’ve been through similar experiences — about how she is beginning to explain Madeline’s history to her. And for those of you to whom the drawing looks familiar it was fashioned by none other than Tim Bower, he of VF‘s McCain satire fame. Here’s a peek:

Madeline became our daughter in a conference room at the Gloria Plaza Hotel in Nanchang on the night of November 10, 2005. I’ll never forget those anxious last minutes spent waiting in our hotel room for the all-important call. Our lost luggage had been retrieved moments before we were summoned downstairs. I had been frantic because we’d been instructed to wear “nice clothes” for the appointment with the orphanage officials when we’d get our child. All we had were our soaking wet jeans we’d put on at six a.m. that morning when we’d left Beijing in the pouring rain.

Fashion Week: Oscar Posse Holds Breath On Red Carpet Fate

Academy Awards show producer Gil Cates has done such a good job of keeping his plans for an ‘alternate’ broadcast should the writer’s strike remain unresolved come February 24, that even Academy insiders who would ordinarily be gearing up for the big night by now are still in the dark. Tom Julian, who oversees fashion commentary on Oscar.com says he’s received no word on what to do with the usually all-encompassing fashion coverage that typically kicks into high gear come Fashion Week, should there be no red carpet runway:

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Fashion Week: Editors, Stylists in Frock Shock Over KO’ed Vanity Fair Fete

What’s an A-list actress to do if she’s found the designer dress of her dreams for Vanity Fair’s Oscar party now that the legendary bash has been cancelled? And what about the editors who rely on those indelible images from Morton’s that seem to live on for eternity? Those were questions that were making the rounds at Fashion Week when news broke that Graydon Carter had cancelled the party of the year due to the as-yet unresolved writer’s strike.

“I feel their pain,” said InStyle’s Charla Lawhon whose own Golden Globes shindig had to be cancelled last month. “We went through the same thing. There is so much that goes into these things that the decision has to be made early enough to avoid having to go to far down the road at considerable expense.”

Allure’s Linda Wells said the fallout goes further than a bunch of stars all dressed up with nowhere to go…

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Fashion Week: Celebs to Press @ Michael Kors: Look But Don’t Talk to me!

With the surprising dearth of A-listers at Fashion Week (Does Sophia Bush ever stay home?), those of us who brave crowds at the tents to ask celebs burning questions like: ‘Besides your Blackberry what do you never leave home without?’ the Michael Kors show promised to yield plenty of chatty items that populate the pages of People and Us ‘Weekly. IGM’s Fern Mallis said there’d be no less than 15 marquee names (“Raquel Welsh is backstage”)in the front row. Jackpot!

When Angie Harmon had been nice enough to stop and chat about the Writer’s Strike on her way into the tents, things looked promising. We took a lap around the front row spying cards that boasted names such as Natasha Richardson and Sigourney Weaver. A few seats down, there were plenty of blanks (with the exception of a sole seat tagged Chris Ivery‘ — clever, since he’s the hubby of Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo and the seat next to him was empty. However…

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Fashion Week: Angie Harmon to WGA: “Let’s Get This Thing Worked Out!”

Glamazon actress Angie Harmon has been passing time this week at the tents doing a Fashion Week diary for InStyle (slated for the April issue) and sitting in the front row of shows like that of pal Michael Kors. But truth be told, she really wants to go back to work. The former Law & Order star whose new ABC show Women’s Murder Club has been stalled with the WGA strike, says it’s time to get serious. “This is really get bad,” the statuesque star told us Wednesday. “It’s really gone on long enough. I’m tired of this. There, I said it, let’s get this thing worked out.”

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Fashion Week: Overheard at The Tents

What else is there to do but listen in on the chattering classes while enduring the endless wait for shows. A sampling of what we heard today:

“Some cop stopped me and wanted to look in my bag and I told him, ‘My God, don’t you know it’s Fashion Week?’ He was like, ‘Okay, go ahead.’ I mean, Jesus!”

“Is that The Sex and The City girl? No, it’s Shakira. Oh, wait a minute, it’s just Rachel Zoe.”

“Do you think Hillary will show?”

“Just get me into the Gucci party! That’s your job! I didn’t hire you because you graduated cum laude for nothing.”

Diane Clehane

Fashion Week: ‘Lunch’ at The Tents

Fashion Week has many of the stylish regulars who break bread (or at least nibble on their salads) on Wednesdays at Michael’s taking a pass today. At the tents ourselves, we found out what top media fashion plates are dishing up instead…

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Fashion Week: Mercedes Promo Gives Style Set the Benz

Fashion folk who’ve grown used to scoring serious swag at the tents during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week have been known to turn their noses up at some of the freebies on offer (we noticed there weren’t many takers for T3 haircare products being thrust at the crowd leaving Monday’s Carolina Herrera show). Forget about cookies (though those DHL biscotti are tasty) and all the newspapers you can carry — how about a new car?

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