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Joseph Lally and The Avatar Of Artifice.

You're in the eye of the public and the public is looking back at you as if you are a mirror, blank and infinite.You're in the eye of the public and the public is looking back at you as if you are a mirror, blank and infinite.

Beauty is artifice, if the beauty you're talking about is cosmetic. Natural's not in it, much as it pretends to be. The post-digital usually veils this, with great sleight of hand, in the best beauty campaigns and the most seductive editorials, touting the power of the product to transform and transcend. Do we believe this anymore ? I think we do. No matter how far you take it, no matter how Brechtian your post-production gets as an image-maker, we will always want to believe that not only is the image real, but that it is also possible. That is the art of artifice, which is what 21st century fashion has become.

New York vécu and Tokyo's Future Market

Kiko Mizrahu , who beyond being big in Japan, is a cultural phenomena with massive global possibilities.Kiko Mizrahu , who beyond being big in Japan, is a cultural phenomena with massive global possibilities.

By the time we surfaced out of the tunnel and eased into New York City itself, it was 3:30am. Despite ten thousand returns, the first sight of all those vertical towers jutting overhead, so high they seemed to converge, still made for a sharp intake of breath. Having grown up in a restless family, that was always in motion, New York City was the one place in which I had been most grounded, or to use a phrase I just found in a critique of A la Recherche du temps perdu ; "vegetated".

It's been almost three decades of living within New York City's scale and sprawl, drive and energy. More than any where else, it was what had shaped me. I was back for meetings and not much else, not in this my dedicated state of rootlessness, but this morning, this return had a strange tincture. Was it nostalgia?

Vanessa Moody as #everything

The momentum of this girl's career jump is simply rapid-fire.The momentum of this girl's career jump is simply rapid-fire.

Of all the new girls that spewed out of the frenzy of the Fall shows, it's Women's Vanessa Moody that stands as the #everything of the current model moment. From the benediction of the opening slots and exclusives at Alexander Wang and Balenciaga, Moody proved the political power of that Wang camp as a crucial model making machine.

THE STANDALONE: LARA STONE

Lara Stone by Steven Klein for W magazine.Lara Stone by Steven Klein for W magazine.

That near impossible club to enter, called latter day #supermodeldom...Lara Stone got in.

The Beauty Index: Kiko

Otsukare sam team! Via @joe_tokyodandyOtsukare sam team! Via @joe_tokyodandy

ISSA ASCENDING

Issa opening Anna Sui FW 14. Get into the hand gesture #innateelegance #oldschoolperfectionIssa opening Anna Sui FW14. Get into the hand gesture #innateelegance #oldschoolperfection

In the vernacular of the streets today

La Gazelle!

The line on Saint International's Tami is...everything.The line on Saint International's Tami is...everything.

Her birth name is Shaekagale Shanicece Williams,

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