Why I learn more about fashion on Vice than I do on Vogue

Warning: this article contains humongous amounts of opinionated views. Read with your own pre-established viewpoint to avoid disappointment and constant eye-rolling.

First of all, what is Vice? Vice is a print magazine and website that focuses on the subjects of culture, arts and news. It self-describes its specialisation in “exploring uncomfortable truths and going to places we don’t belong“. Now, what is Vogue? It is a lifestyle magazine that covers beauty, celebrity style and fashion news of course; there is no need for any real introduction here, to be truthful.

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Image courtesy: Vogue.com

Let me make things clear. I do not despise Vogue per se; the writing is usually decent and one can only but admire individuals that are capable of arguing for or against a textured bun for brunch. But where’s the edge? How much interest can you have in Isabel Marant’s favourite Parisian florist? How fascinated can you be by what happens when Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are given a selfie-stick? (Spoiler alert: nothing. Absolutely nothing. I’ve just saved you 2 precious minutes of your life and you can thank me later.)

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Image courtesy: Vice.com

Vice has less fashion-centered articles but when it does cover this specific area, boy does it investigate it brilliantly. My latest favourite article is entitled: “What it’s like to sell drugs at New York Fashion Week“, a Q&A with a modelling agent selling drugs on top of his job.
So whilst Vogue may give you fantastic advice and inspiration, Vice will show you the inside of the beast. Vogue has all of the tips to make you look and feel more glamorous than ever, but Vice will offer a critical stance on the current debates. And isn’t it great to know that the journalist school of immersionism is still alive and well, after all?

Olivia Kutxi

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Fabulous and for Goodwill, What More Do You Want from a Bag?

By Fatmé Fahda – Spring 2015 Lebanese designer Sarah Beydoun founded Sarah’s Bag in 2000. Sarah, among other Lebanese designers who came of age during the country’s seventeen-year civil war and are now rebuilding their country’s cultural life through their work in fashion, design, art and music is what inspired Sarah’s Bag to come to life.

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Image Courtesy of businessoffashion.com – Sarah’s Bag Showroom in Lebanon

During her studies, Sarah worked with a local NGO, House of Hope, which helps rehabilitate former prostitutes and ex-prisoners. Sarah was then moved to combine her work with underprivileged women with her love of fashion. Sarah’s Bag employs over 200 female prisoners and ex-prisoners in Lebanon and trains them as skilled artisans – its aesthetic gets more intricate and stronger with each collection. The women loved the plan, especially the upfront payment they received regardless of whether Beydoun sold the item. But everything sold.

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Image Courtesy of thebrander.com

 “The trick Sarah’s Bag pulled off was evolving from cause to legitimate fashion brand, and that was only ultimately possible by putting the story second and the fashion first.” – Business of Fashion

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Image Courtesy of thebrander.com – Iconic Sarah’s Bag clutch

Sarah’s bag proved that social entrepreneurship can be stylish and women across the Arab world acquired a taste for accessories that are unique, handmade and a celebration of Arab culture. The company’s success has reached Dubai, Kuwait, Amman, Jeddah, Cairo, and Riyadh. Through the long reach of Lebanese Diaspora, every year new points of sale for Sarah’s Bag sprung up in cities such as Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Marrakech.

Image Courtesy of: @Sarahsbag Instagram

Image Courtesy of @SarahsBag Instagram – Amal Clooney

As a brand renowned for its unique structure, every season, Sarah’s Bag seems to outdo itself. The spring designs feature vibrantly colored clutches and leather bags made with exquisite beadwork and woodwork, some of them adorned with tropical birds, fruits, and landscapes.

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Image Courtesy of @SarahsBag Instagram – Spring Summer 2015 Collection

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Image Courtesy of @SarahsBag Instagram – Spring Summer 2015 Collection

Sarah’s Bag is available online at http://shop.sarahsbag.com. Prices range from $15 to $950, though most items are between $100 and $300.

Jeanne Lanvin at Musée Galliera

Lanvin is the oldest French couture house still in full swing in the fashion business. After 125 years since the founder Jeanne Lanvin presented her first collection, today the house is stil one of the most valuable references and Lanvin’s fashion shows are the most awaited during the Paris fashion week. The Creative Director Alber Elbaz is a master, an endless innovator, one of the shining stars in the fashion firmament.

Three weeks ago the Musée Galliera, located in the elegant Avenue Marceau, inaugurated a retrospective dedicated to the enormous heritage of the couture house that Mademoiselle Jeanne started in 1890, at the age of 26, in rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The director of the museum Olivier Saillard and Alber Elbaz – in collaboration with Swarowski – set up an exhibition dedicated to the fascinating figure of the life of Jeanne Lanvin, a muse who really used her savoir-faire in order to establish an enduring fashion house.

Jeanne Lanvin – March 8 // August 23

Mario Testino and his Men

BY: Aissatou Marafa-Abbo; Spring 2014

The mere mention of his name still thrills the fashion world. Vogue to Vanity Fair, Mario Testino dresses and undresses models and celebrities for biggest magazines since the 1980s. Today, the photographer looks back at the men he photographed the last thirty years which is represented in his new book, SIR, one of his greatest work to date.

Whether working with the masterful David Bowie, or with actor Josh Hartnett who plays with the mixture of genres, the legendary photographer, Mario Testino, dissects the evolution of male identity, which can be found throughout the photographed models: sometimes dandy elegant, sometimes hypersexualized. Mario Testino unveils its multiple facets in this book. This prestigious book which is surrounded with a metal box is a limited edition of 1,000 copies, each numbered and signed by Mario Testino himself, before being released in a few weeks in a more public format.

David Bowie, New York, Vogue Magazine, 2002 © Mario Testino

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 Josh Hartnett, New York, Vogue Magazine, 2005 © Mario Testino

Carlos Bokelman, London, Vogue Magazine, 2000 © Mario Testino

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Keith Richards & Mick Jagger, Los Angeles, British Vogue, 2003 © Mario Testino

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Taber Schroeder, Paris, Visionaire Magazine, 1996 © Mario Testino

Street Style Season

There is no doubt that any girl who’s lived in a capital city for more than two months will tell you this one universally acknowledged and approved truth: you need sneakers. I mean, you need them. They have become a wardrobe essential, even to the eyes of the sharpest and best-dressed individuals. Isn’t it evidence enough that Isabelle Marant’s wedge sneakers, combining comfort as well as a concealed heal, were such a sports-luxe sensation? You get the best of both worlds: coziness and an extra inch to your height.

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Image courtesy: plastimezclada.tumblr.com

I saw the trainers trend start in London with busy commuters walking around the city, trying to get from point A to point B as rapidly as possible. Would you wear heals to achieve this goal? Certainly not. Besides, with the simultaneous rise of the health-concerned movement, sneakers have truly become an invaluable item to the 21st century earth-dweller. Street style basics have never been so ubiquitous.

Olivia Kutxi