It has been eight years since we lost Alexander McQueen, but with the release of the documentary McQueen this month putting him back in the spotlight, fellow Celt, friend and colleague Godfrey Deeny remembers the man, his extraordinary talents and his contribution to fashion in ‘Alexander the great’.
As Deeny points out, in the age of Instagram influencers who post live feeds from shows, it’s hard to appreciate how much influence McQueen wielded at the time, and just how coveted tickets were to see his artistry first – and first-hand.
The lines at his shows resembled queues for rock concerts, although street-style photographers weren’t yet on hand to capture the perfectly dressed attendees. The scene often descended into an uncontrollable crush, with those in the crowd brought to tears if they failed to get in.
So, as we celebrate Alexander McQueen in a social media-dominated world, which he might not have imagined but would undoubtedly have adapted to, we also highlight one of its greats, Kylie Jenner.
Captured in beautiful images by regular contributor Jackie Nickerson and styled by Christine Centenera, here is Kylie as you haven’t seen her, triumphant in Alexander Wang’s collection (which was somewhat of a comeback from a dear friend of hers) on our cover, and in conversation with her sister Kendall in the accompanying feature story. She is a successful businesswoman who has turned the beauty world on its head, and a perfect candidate for this season’s new power dressing.
Ushered in by a third wave of feminism (see Alice Cavanagh’s story ‘Power dressing’), the prevailing mood on the runways was an unapologetic nod to Time’s Up and a battle cry for donning armour in a brave new world. That manifested in a proliferation of protective materials being used in everything from PVC boots to gloves, and huge parkas to combat unpredictable weather. Elsewhere on the runways, designers grappled with the concept of luxury. What is being challenged is not the concept of exclusivity, craftsmanship or quality, but the right to play taste-maker (as Alice Birrell writes in ‘Burning down the house’).
While you ponder these sometimes complex ideas (including the rise of avatar influencers – see our story ‘Reality bytes’), take time out with this issue to celebrate our wonderful Australian talent, too. We highlight the best young designers in our Vogue Viewpoint pages, and you can’t go past the hysterical Celeste Barber (Tom Ford’s latest social media muse), who Vogue was entertained by while getting a mani – what else?
September isn’t just a big month in terms of our bumper spring issue, though, with this year’s huge Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out (VAEFNO) returning to Melbourne on Friday, August 31 and to Sydney on Thursday, September 6. Here’s a rundown of the event …
Join the Vogue team, your favourite Australian designers, celebrities and special guest performer Starley for the official kick-off at midday in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne and Pitt Street Mall in Sydney. Then after the launch moment, keep your eyes on the Vogue stage for live music, celebrity Q&As and beauty how-tos.
American Express will be giving shoppers a great excuse to spend on the night, offering card members $20 back when they spend $50 on their American Express cards, up to three times on the night at participating retailers; while the American Express luxe lounge pop-up allows card members to recharge, relax and refresh with bespoke Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin and delicious treats. Plus, spend more than $250 on your American Express card and be eligible to spin-to-win on Vogue’s wheel of prizes. Even if you’re not an American Express card member, you still get to try the free soft-serve ice-cream the company is giving away all day and night.
David Jones will bring shoppers a night of style and entertainment with fashion shows, pop-up bars, styling, guest DJs, exclusive fashion offers, complimentary beauty treatments and much more. The ‘man cave’, a space for all male attendees, will also be back on the night.
For the first time, VAEFNO will be launching the Vogue Beauty Hub, showcasing the best of beauty from brands including Carolina Herrera Fragrance, Estée Lauder and Olay. Visit for treatments and advice and to meet some of the brands’ friends and ambassadors. For your chance to get up close and personal with Australia’s most popular beauty influencers, stop by the MAXCONNECTORS Talent Lab Live in Sydney to meet your favourite YouTuber or beauty Instagrammer and grab a photo with the hottest social squad in the digital beauty world.
To celebrate the start of the spring racing season, Vogue Australia is inviting shoppers to visit the Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin Bar and runway to savour a new Gordon’s Pink & Soda while taking in the best Vogue spring racing fashion and beauty trends showcased on a live pink runway.
Bassike has once again collaborated with the Vogue team on the design of the official 2018 Vogue T-shirt. The covetable VAEFNO T-shirt ($100) will be available in two colours at select Bassike and David Jones stores and online from www.davidjones.com.au. New Era Caps has also released limited- edition Vogue caps, which can be bought ( and personalised) from its pop-up and from David Jones, while Stylerunner will have limited-edition Vogue bike shorts up for grabs from its hub on the night.
Don’t miss your chance for additional prizes and special offers via the fabulous Vogue vending machines in the city. And finally, my thanks to the support of the City of Melbourne and City of Sydney, both of which have made our special annual event possible.
For event updates and information, go to FNO.vogue.com.au and follow @vogueaustralia.
Kylie Jenner in ‘ Life of Ky’, from page 208.