Talk about taking one for the team: Last night, the blogger over at Glossed Over live-blogged the new issue of Vogue, which is to say, she attempted to read the magazine's 840-page, $1,183,357 September issue in one sitting, recording her thoughts as she went along. 7 hours, 4 cans of diet soda, 2 power outages and 660 pages later, Ms. Glossed Over turned in for the night, 180 pages short of her goal (we don't blame her) but not without throwing a few barbs at Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Plum Sykes, and some jackass jewelry designer named "SatBir". Here are some of the highlights:
9:13 p.m.: Anna Wintour says that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the designers behind Proenza Schouler, "live a very downtown and bohemian life." So $375 tanks are what pass for "bohemian" in Wintour's world. Yikes.
9:15 p.m.: Tony Blair is on the cover of 'Men's Vogue'. So if you want to appear on a magazine cover, you only have to be young and good-looking if you're a woman! Sure, Blair'€™s got plenty to talk about...but so does, say, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and we don'€™t expect to see her on a fashion mag any time soon. Or ever, really.
9:27 p.m.: Six pages promoting fur! Hope Anna Wintour's prepared to get another cream pie in the face at the Paris shows this fall. The ad calls fur "the natural, responsible choice"—natural, sure, but responsible? How's that? Is the use of fur somehow keeping the tragic overpopulation of minks in check?
12:29 a.m.: Is it completely immature that this made us laugh out loud? From "Sweet Reverie" on page 486: "I dreamed of a pair of gold earrings with hot-pink rubies and yellow sapphires," she [jewelry designer SatBir Kaur Khalsa] says. "I've never woken up in the middle of the night with such passion."
1:01 a.m.: Andre Leon Talley's tribute to Gianfranco Ferre was almost moderate...until this paragraph: I spent many a night with him in Milan, too, previewing his collections—a rare thing because he was not prone to let people into his inner sanctum of design or his private life. We shared risotto meals in the best restaurants, along with his favorite cousin and former public-relations director, Rita Araghi. And it was his generosity that often led to a madcap spree. After his shows, he would allow the supermodels Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista and his favorite editors, including yours truly, to hitch a ride back to Paris on the corporate jet. It was expecting too much that Talley could get through an entire article without a touch of self-aggrandizement, wasn't it? Sheesh. Not even the dead escape!