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In Vogue: what’s the difference between a ‘real woman’ and a ‘non-real woman’?

I’ve been reading a lot about how fashion has to represent “real women.” But what does this mean and who are these “real women”? Caroline, by email Excellent question, Caroline! I’ve been thinking about this a lot, especially since the publication of the latest issue of Vogue, which proudly proclaims itself to be a “model-free zone”, in which clothes are photographed – as editor Alexandra …

'No one in fashion really cares about a diverse world' – R J Hernández

When An Innocent Fashion was published in the summer Vanity Fair breathlessly called it The Devil Wears Prada for millennials. Like Lauren Weisberger, 26-year-old author R J Hernández interned at Vogue and had seemingly written a tell-all about his experiences. “A lot of the book was inspired by my time working at Vogue and then afterwards at Elle and W magazine. I took my experiences …

British Vogue's 'real people' issue is a one-off, but it reflects a shift | Morwenna Ferrier

In one sense, the new issue of British Vogue is on the money. A whole issue with no actual models. In 2016. And after Alexandra Shulman previously said no one wants to see real people on the front of her magazine. Non-models are increasing on the catwalk to the point that they have a name – nodels – and they are becoming the norm. Eckhaus …

Work those claws, ladies!​ ​The real reason Vogue declared war on fashion bloggers

I hear a war has broken out between Vogue journalists and bloggers. What’s going on? Steven, by email Indeed, Steven, indeed: we are witnessing a disaster of biblical proportions. What do I mean by “biblical”? I mean Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boilings! Forty years of darkness! The dead rising from …

Fashion’s old guard are right to fear the blogger | David Mitchell

Live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s what Vogue.com’s senior editors should be thinking at the moment. Ruefully, if they can do that without exacerbating wrinkles. Last week they were simply going about their business disparaging and belittling people – just a normal day at the office for those who professionally sit in judgment on what others are wearing – when they got …

Show’s over for veteran fashion elite as style insurgents seize front row

This was meant to be Vogue’s year. The British version of the magazine turned 100, resulting in, among other celebratory goings-on, an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Vogue 100: A Century of Style, telling the story of one of the world’s most influential magazines. But a turn of events, and the social media reaction, threw a stiletto at the brand’s well-manicured public appearance and …

The Guardian view of Vogue v the bloggers: business is winning | Editorial

There is a picture on Instagram that perfectly captures the current row about who decides what is fashion. The dispute is between Vogue magazine, fashion’s ultimate arbiter for the last 100 years, and the fashion bloggers regarded by their millions of social media followers as the real deal. The picture, posted by the blogger Caroline Vreeland, was taken during Milan’s fashion week. It shows the …

New BBC2 Vogue documentary is absolutely fabulous

What do the women at Vogue wear? That’s all anyone really wants to know – or, at least, that’s why you’ll be watching, hawk-eyed, throughout a new BBC series about the magazine, Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue. It’s been shot by seasoned director Richard Macer, who observes the magazine’s daily life over nine months with a keen eye and a dry sense of humour, hence …

Cara Delevingne, tracksuits and ‘shawling’: how the September issues weigh up

Vogue On the cover: Cara Delevingne, who has featured on three out of the past four British Vogue September issues. Cara is “shawling” – wearing off-the-shoulder – a Balenciaga anorak (£1,615). Weight: 1.22kg Your autumn-winter look: Tweed meets velvet meets military. Think “Victoriana space princess who’s a little into S&M”. Bear in mind that “heavy officer coats styled over silky negligees, gold lamé dresses and …