Confirmed! Aliona Doletskaya Leaves Russian Vogue

It was first rumored that Aliona Doletskaya was leaving Russian Vogue when Love magazine tweeted, “Aliona to leave Russian Vogue. Good luck Aliona for the future, we love you xx.”

Now, the president of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, has confirmed Doletskaya’s resignation. He says, “Some time ago, Aliona Doletskaya told me that she would like to leave the Vogue Russia editor-in-chief’s post, which she has occupied for almost 13 years, and start a new life, probably to write a book or try her hand in a new field,” said Newhouse. “As Russia—as well as the rest of the world—was still going through economically hard times, I asked Aliona to wait for a better time to do this. Now, it’s obvious that we are coming out of the crisis, thus I don’t want to interfere with Aliona’s plans anymore. I accept her decision to leave the magazine with great sorrow… In the near future we will announce the name of the next editor-in-chief of Vogue Russia.”

Rumors of resignation are not a new thing for Aliona. A few years ago Aliona Doletskaya was rumored to take Anna Wintour’s position at US Vogue.

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CFDA/Vogue Announce Fashion Fund Nominees

The Fashion Fund is an award that is given out to an up-and-coming designer by CFDA and Vogue. The winner receives $200,000 and mentoring in how to better their label. (There will be two runners-up as well, who will receive $50,000 and mentoring.)

This year the nominees are…

Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra
Eddie Borgo
Christian Cota
Robert Geller
Prabal Gurung
Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow of Loden Dager
Moss Lipow
Pamela Love of Pamela Love Jewelry
Gregory Parkinson
Billy Reid

Past winners have included Alexander Wang, Sophie Theallet, and Proenza Schouler.

Re: Vogue US vs. Vogue Paris

In my previous post, Vogue US vs. Vogue Paris, I mentioned that the Vogue Paris was strongly fashion focused while the US version was smothered in Hollywood celebrities.

One point was brought to my attention by a dedicated reader.

  • She said, “It might seem like the Paris issue has less celebrities in it because you are not familiar with Parisian film and you might not know the French actors.”

That is a valid point and I completely agree. I know absolutely nothing about the Parisian culture and film industry, so everything might seem different. But I have to argue that the Paris Vogue did not have name advertising. As I said before, it is weird to see no celebrity names on the cover of Paris Vogue. On the issue my dad bought me, “not even Kate Moss’s [name was on the] month’s issue! [And she was featured on the cover.] On each of my American Vogues, at least three celebrity names were dropped.

The Current Issue of W

I also found a little blurb about W‘s new cover and the new direction Stefano Tonchi, the editor in-chief, is taking the magazine. “When he was hired in March, Tonchi said he wanted to make the magazine more accessible, “probably … more of a general-interest style magazine, and less of a fashion-obsessed publication.” This cover — with clothes being anything but the focus — suggests that’s what Tonchi’s doing.”

This made me so incredibly sad when I read this because I love W and I feel like this is happening to a lot of fashion publications. Because the magazines only target a select group of fashionistas, editors in-chief are forced to commercialize their publications to get them to sell better. Soon, “fashion” magazines will evolve into “general-interest” publications and blogs will be the only real sources of fashion news.

Vogue US vs. Vogue Paris

Recently, my dad returned home from his trip to France with a copy of the June/July issue of Vogue Paris. I was so excited to read it and ripped the plastic cover off. I opened it up, flipping vigorously through, searching for the Kate Moss spread. (Kate Moss is by far my favorite model. A lot of people think she is overrated, but I think she is brilliant!) Upon finding it, I realized I couldn’t read the article. Why? Because it was all in French and obviously my extensive knowledge of Spanish didn’t help in the least bit. I could pick out words here and there, but they were words like “cocktail” and “couture.” Discouraged, I gave up and hunted my mom down, who speaks French fluently. I made her sit with me for an hour and read me the articles instead.

June/July 2010 Issue of Vogue Paris (Kate Moss)

Paging through the magazine itself, I realized how shocking different Vogue Paris and the American version are. And to be frankly honest, I liked the Paris version much better. I am not saying that Anna Wintour, the Editor in Chief of Vogue US, does not do proper job or lacks creativity. Instead, I find the Paris Vogue much more refreshing. Continue reading