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Vogue's Sally Singer Shows Off Apartment, Discourages "Yo-Yo Dieting"

>> During New York Fashion Week in February, Vogue's fashion news and features director Sally Singer allowed Atlantic Monthly editor Benjamin Schwarz to follow her around for a piece in the magazine's June 2009 issue.  And more recently, she consented to being photographed in her eclectic Chelsea Hotel apartment by photographer Todd Selby.  Between the two features, a nice look at the inner workings of Sally Singer, who thinks that women should "buy less, but buy better .
Vogue's Sally Singer Shows Off Apartment, Discourages "Yo-Yo Dieting"

>> During New York Fashion Week in February, Vogue's fashion news and features director Sally Singer allowed Atlantic Monthly editor Benjamin Schwarz to follow her around for a piece in the magazine's June 2009 issue.  And more recently, she consented to being photographed in her eclectic Chelsea Hotel apartment by photographer Todd Selby.  Between the two features, a nice look at the inner workings of Sally Singer, who thinks that women should "buy less, but buy better . . . the world does not need more things.”

In fact, she only bought one dress this season, at Barneys — a cocktail dress by Isabel Toledo, who "make[s] a garment that lasts" — and says that her idea of a stylish woman is one who “wears great things from five years ago, 10 years ago.”  She discourages trend-driven, recreational shopping — “yo-yo dieting of clothes buying”; Speaking at a “Conscientious Consumption” panel, Singer told the audience the current economy made her "quite optimistic, " because it has made women think, “My God — why did I need all this stuff?”

And she hopes that consumers become more conscientious: “Things that are very expensive can be very expensive for just the right reasons — because they were made beautifully by someone who really gave a lot of care to the design and by people who were fairly paid along the way to execute something that was rather difficult. Those prices that often seem high are fair prices.”

In fact, she admires Michella Obama's approach, because the First Lady doesn't favor the biggest or trendiest names, and doesn't chose pieces tied to a “look” or a “moment.” She hopes that women see Obama chose to wear designers like Isabel Toledo, whose clothes are expensive because they're well-made and she pays her cutters and sewers well, "and they’re inspired to do the same.”

Below, Singer in her apartment.

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Si Newhouse, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld Dismiss Vogue Replacement Rumors; Another Name Floated Around

>> After all the rumors on Gawker today that Anna Wintour was going to be replaced as editor-in-chief of Vogue by Carine Roitfeld starting in January 2009, Si Newhouse decided to put the talk to rest.  After receiving a copy of the original Gawker item via fax in Europe, he denied through a spokeswoman that anything was amuck: "It’s the silliest rumor I ever heard.

>> After all the rumors on Gawker today that Anna Wintour was going to be replaced as editor-in-chief of Vogue by Carine Roitfeld starting in January 2009, Si Newhouse decided to put the talk to rest.  After receiving a copy of the original Gawker item via fax in Europe, he denied through a spokeswoman that anything was amuck: "It’s the silliest rumor I ever heard. There is no truth to it."

When asked about the possibility of her mother Carine replacing Anna a couple of weeks ago, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld also dismissed the possibility: "I don’t know how that rumor started.  She loves Paris too much — she’d never leave."

The general consensus seems to be that Carine wouldn't be a good fit for Vogue — unless there were some massive changes in the prioritities of ad sales, circulation size, and creative appearance made — but as for Anna being on the outs?  Who knows . . . what executive would do anything but deny a rumor before he's ready for it to be outed?

UPDATE: Over at Fashion Week Daily, they've heard another editor's name floated around as Anna's possible replacement — British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, who as the clues indicate, trains the incoming Vogue editors and is "not too tall, not too short, 'deplores plastic surgery' and is sporting a fresh new fringe."  My best guess for promoting someone within Vogue would have to ride with Sally Singer.
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ACE Awards Go Green for Stella McCartney

>> At last night's annual Accessories Council ACE Awards, Nicholas Ghesquiere may have been awarded Designer of the Year, Sally Singer the Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism, and Tamara Mellon's Jimmy Choo the Brand of the Year, but Stella McCartney was awarded the most special treatment.
ACE Awards Go Green for Stella McCartney

>> At last night's annual Accessories Council ACE Awards, Nicholas Ghesquiere may have been awarded Designer of the Year, Sally Singer the Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism, and Tamara Mellon's Jimmy Choo the Brand of the Year, but Stella McCartney was awarded the most special treatment.

The designer, who was flanked by Helena Christensen, Coco Rocha, and Dean Koons and anointed with a new award, Green Designer of the Year, had her table completely set with salads while everyone else had "a decadent lobster plate."  And out of respect for her vegan views, even her award — a Judith Leiber miaundiere — was made green, with a black hemp lining in leather's stead and no stainless steel plating.  Such attention to detail kept Stella in a high mood — she joked as she accepted her award, "Little did I know that my award would be second to last and I would need to use the ladies' room after putting on my unitard outfit. But that's life!"
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