Does Fashion Rock?

Well, if it isn’t really and truly a change of seasons – it simply can’t be ignored any longer. Fall fashion magazines have started clogging the mailbox; the poor postal carriers must be simply smothered under the weight of them all!

Before anything else, The Princess has a pout. It’s about this, the annual Fashion Rocks supplement accompanying many of your Conde Nast September magazines, like Vogue, Lucky, Wired, and many more.

Well, actually, now it’s two things we’re feeling a bit peevish about because we discovered the second problem while looking for the page number to point out the first problem, which is an *enormous* typo. And we would tell you what page said typo is on, except there are no page numbers in the magazine. No page numbers. Not in the Table of Contents. Not on the pages. None. Nary a number. So now we are up to three irritants and trending down if we were to be asked. We apologize for being disturbed by the lack of page numbers, it really is just too linear of us, isn’t it? (Don’t even think about answering that one.)

So now we’re back to the 2nd issue which was originally the first (and only) one: the typo. Lacking a page number, we can only say that it is in the first paragraph of the first story of the first person they profile, who also happens to be the superstar on the cover of the publication, Justin Timberlake. Could we not have gotten this much correct? (The sentence in the story reads “I don’t how it works…” when TP thinks it is meant to read “I don’t know how it works…”)

We now get to the third problem, which is fairly simple: the Fashion Rocks website says “Stay Tuned.” It is essentially inactive other than cycling through a lot of previous photos of earlier concerts. This is a huge event with a concert at Radio City Music Hall with performances confirmed from the following: Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Duffy, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Lil Wayne, Chris Cornell, OneRepublic, Pussycat Dolls, Solange Knowles and Timbaland, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name but a few.

It is the Fifth Annual concert, but the first time with all the hoopla of three network news anchors formally announcing plans for it back in July. Now, there is an AOL site that has loads of pictures and information, should that pique your interest. The Princess merely thought a website for a fundraiser of this magnitude would be a bit more well, active or something, wouldn’t it? If you would like your social secretary to pencil this in, the concert is on CBS on Tuesday, September 9th. (It is actually taped on the 5th.) Proceeds from this year’s concert will benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

Now that TP has that little tirade episode behind her, let’s talk fashion magazines, shall we? All is not hunky-dory for at least for more than a few of them when it comes to the all-important September Fashion issues. For openers, Vogue’s September issue with Keira Knightley on its cover is down by about 50 advertising pages from last year, a rather stunning development.

Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan and W are among those magazines losing traction on the advertising side of the business. On the other hand, it turns out that Elle actually boosted its advertising $$$ by a good percentage; it features Jessica Simpson on the cover.

What’s Elle doing the others aren’t? TP thinks it may have something to do with the cover girl selections. Last month’s cover showcased Mariah Carey, before that Mary-Kate Olsen, and the month prior to that it was singing star Rihanna.

Unless we’re misreading things, they seem to be trending toward a *much* younger demo. Vanity Fair and their slight shrinkage? Well, we don’t know about everyone else, but here at the Prepatorium, the increasingly strident attacks on so many different things and people have become tiresome. Perhaps we’re poor citizens, but we’re just tired of all the yelling.

One way publishers try to goose sales a little can be with different covers, like the two Bazaar used for their September blowout, both with Tyra Banks.

We received the blue issue in our mailbox. Some designers actually spent more on magazine advertising this year than they did last year. One of those doing so is Oscar de la Renta, one of TP’s favorites. Below we show two looks from his 2009 Bridal line.

That provides the perfect opportunity to showcase what has to be one of the most scenic locales for a fundraiser TP has ever seen. Ever. Seen.

We’re talking about Oscar de la Renta’s 8th Annual benefit for the League to Save Lake Tahoe. One arrives by boat for the party, in what appears to be a classic Chris Craft or perhaps a Century. Regardless of make, it is TDF. Totally. (TP was used to the family Century, but realizes the majority were Chris Craft.)

Is there a better locale for a fashion show that you have attended? If so you simply must tell us about it so we can share that info with the rest of the class.

We leave with something from a line TP currently doesn’t have in her walk-in, and it will probably stay that way, but we definitely applaud any new designers willing to take on the fashionistas with something new. So, how about this for the ultimate in ‘lighting things up”?

‘Rhyme and Reason” is a design firm using light as a material to enliven white knitwear and “…create transformative fashion.” Besides, one can alway multi-purpose their clothing in ways previously unexplored.

“When not being worn, the pieces double in function as lamps, avoiding the fate of hanging neglected in a closet.”

As always, our thanks to Luxuo.com for their eye.

And then there’s Miss Little Bow Prep, oh she of the chic taste and fast fingers, typing up a storm of preppy goodness and culturally broadening blogdom. MLBP has been exceptionally generous in bestowing upon us a Diamond Award…whoo-hoo! The rules of the Award state that one must acknowledge on their blog they are a recipient of it and then tag seven others with the Award and link to their blogs. So here we go:

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12 responses to “Does Fashion Rock?

  1. Thank you for the award & the lovely comment! I hugely enjoy your writing here at the Prepatorium as well.

    On a separate note, if Jessica Simpson is indeed the answer to flagging magazine sales, that might give “TDF” a different meaning entirely.

  2. TAG

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Your blog is fabulous and always so informative. I love stopping by.

    As for Elle… my office is actually next to their model casting room. It’s torture and a surefire way for me to make myself feel badly about my cookie addiction.

  3. Belle

    Such wonderful observations of the various magazines. I was very disappointed with the Fall Fashion insert, too!

  4. Oh my! I have so many comments! First of all: thank you for the award! It brightened my morning! Second of all, couldn’t agree more about the Fashion Rocks supplement, it is TOTALLY LAME this year! Thirdly, I subscribe to so many magazines, I have DEF noticed the decline in advertisers. Looks like tough times are hitting everyone. Lastly, I love ELLE, but you are completely right, lately the cover girls have been very “pop culture” and not as “fashion” as I would like. It’s still a good mag though, filled with wonderful articles on a broad range of topics! Thanks again for the award!

    xoxo,
    Muffy

  5. TCP

    I wonder what, exactly, one must do to get invited to Mr. de la Renta’s next event…that one looks like it was absolutely sensational!!

  6. that picture of Oscar’s boat for the fundraiser is to die for! Thanks for the info on Fall fashion and September magazines. The typo is hilarious!

  7. I’m SO flattered (blushing). Thank you for the award! 🙂 You are definitely one of my favorite reads and you definitely deserve the award. So informative, so fun!
    BTW-the photo of the boat is gorgeous! I love those old wood boats, Classic!

  8. I love the wedding dress on the right.

    That sea and view (“see”) is fantabulous!

  9. I am just torn….hmmm, what do I love most? The fashion show pic, the wedding dress pic, or the lamp/dress? I simply can’t decide.

  10. I immediately tore off that Justin cover and put it on my wall! I was so annoyed with the lack of page numbers. I actually had to go page by page to hunt down the JT article 😉

  11. Thank you for passing on the award! I am flattered!

  12. That is a stunning location for a show – and the boat, wow!

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