Rihanna makes history on ‘British Vogue’ cover

Rihanna just broke a 102-year-old record.

According to HuffPost, the singer-beauty modul-philanthropist is gracing the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, and in doing so, is becoming the first black woman in the publication’s entire 102-year history to occupy the spot.

Styled by the glossy’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and photographed by fashion photographer Nick Knight, HuffPost says Rihanna took her place on British Vogue‘s cover wearing a “a pink tulle Prada dress and neon-orange gloves from her Savage x Fenty collection,” while also wearing only makeup products from her Fenty Beauty brand.

With the 400-page September issue the barometer of the upcoming season’s impending fashion trends, HuffPost says Rihanna’s cover is hinting at what may be a major trend: pencil-thin eyebrows, which she shows off on her cover photo.

Enninful explained the decision to place Rihanna on the magazine’s cover as one he always saw coming.

“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” he said. “A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her.”

Amen to that.

 

Chambers unloads on fashion industry

For 36 years, Lucinda Chambers worked for British Vogue, serving last as the publication’s fashion director. But after stepping down from the position in May, Fashionista reports that Chambers has a lot to say about her time at Vogue — and the way in which she left the glossy.

In a new interview with VestojFashionista says Chambers detailed her Vogue exit as not a conscious choice, but instead a decision made for her by the magazine’s new editor-in chief, Edward Enninful, who decided to fire her after taking the reigns.

“It took them three minutes to do it,” she said. “No one knew, except the man who did it — the new editor.”

But that’s not all Chambers divulged. According to Fashionista, the ex-fashion director revealed that working in fashion isn’t all beauty, glitz and glamour. In fact, it’s much more of a business that’s trying to sell the public a particular way of being, thinking and looking. Speaking on fashion magazines as a whole, Fashionista reports that Chambers thinks they have stopped being “useful or empowering.”

“Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden, for not having the right kind of dinner party, setting the table in the right kind of way or meeting the right kind of people,” she said.

Going on to detail even more of the fashion industry’s behind-the-scenes dealings, Fashionista says Chambers admitted to succumbing to the pressures of the industry, even dressing a cover model in Michael Kors top simple because the designer was a major advertiser with the magazine.

Tired of the “smoke and mirrors” of the fashion industry, Fashionista said Chambers had this to say on the industry overall: “Fashion can chew you up and spit you out.”

Everything that glitters is not gold, it seems. To read more about her interview, click here.

‘Real women’ star in British Vogue

The pages of Vogue are usually filled with high-fashion looks and industry it-girls, but British Vogue is about to depart from standard operations in order to feature some fresh faces.

According to Newsweekthe November issue of the glossy will feature “real women,” the edition will “explores topics including what ‘real’ beauty is, and how successful women work a wardrobe.”

Hitting newstands on Oct. 6, Newsweek says the concept for the magazine was partially inspired by Britain’s new prime minister — Theresa May — who has been known to don a pair of leopard pumps on occasion.

“Editor Alexandra Shulman said she commissioned the project because she felt strongly that professional women, or women in positions of authority or power, should be able to indulge their interest in fashion,” reports Newsweek. “Using British Prime Minister Theresa May as an example, Shulman said women should not be afraid of using fashion to stand out.”

Shulman told BBC that she hopes May’s example will inspire other women to not be afraid of receiving attention for their fashion.

“Now we have a prime minister who clearly enjoys thinking about how she dresses — and is not afraid to wear jazzy shoes, bright colours and clothes that draw attention rather than deflect it — there really is no excuse,” she said, according to Newsweek.

While models will still be featured in the advertisements, Newsweek says the magazine, dubbed the “Real Issue,” will also place professionals front and center, including women like architectural historian Shumi Bose and charity director Brita Fernandez Schmidt.

Although Shulman told BBC it was difficult to attain sample-size clothing for her non-models, Newsweek said it made her reconsider fashion for the “regular woman.”

“The combination of a newspaper commentariat — which is always keen to leap critically on a woman in the public eye who dresses even the slightest bit adventurously — alongside a professional culture that still encourages a conventional conformity, makes it hard for some women to dress the way they would really like to.”