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she put the violin down and focused on other positive things


Marie Claire

Page Count: 324 Pages Cover Subject: Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Bottega Veneta (8) Cover Article: She started by initially stewing in her soup over a gossip item on Page Six of The New York Post. So after getting that out of the way, she put the violin down and focused on other positive things like her family and her soon-to-be released movie, I Don't Know How She Does It. She has her priorities straight: Mother and Wife first and everything else after. It was an informative interview and now I can't wait to see the movie. (8) Front of Book: Marie Claire generally followed the other mags by showing much of the same trends: Polka Dots, Lace, Animal skins (Python anyone?), Blush, Tribal, black and sexy, Emerald City (bottle green Gucci snakeskin shoes, $1,100 and Celine handbag, $1,800), color (red, purple, color is really strong this season). Just so you know coats are really a big deal for fall. They come in parkas (that Joseph Altuzarra coat again), fur, mink and fox chubbies, anoraks, toggle, and trench coats in a mixture of tactile fabrics. Marie Claire is equally as strong in their beauty and accessories coverage. A girl on a budget could learn an awful lot from their beauty and accessories editors in this and every

issue. There's a gold rush in the making and it starts with Micheal Kors' Gold Eau de Parfum ($75) and covers Shisedo's Shimmering Cream in Techno Gold ($26) and Calgon's Ageless Bath Luminous Bath Pearls ($5). You are duly warned. On a more serious note, there's a sobering story of woman in Bangladesh who shares her husband with her mother. It's a tradition that comes with complications for all concerned. Jane Haag's horrifying story of living in fear of a violent stalker will chill the very essence of your soul. (9)

Back of Book: The back of book opened with an homage to Anglomania and the photo layout (starring Yasmina Muratovich, styled by Nina Garcia and shot by Txema Yeste) was slightly off kilter and I am guessing that that was on purpose. (7) Frankie Says Relax and I did. It was wonderful seeing Frankie Raydar again and she just went beyond in her layout photographed by David Roemer. There is something to be said after all for experience. (9) In Fluff Piece (shot again by Txema Yeste) was outstanding on several levels. One, the makeup - cat eyes and a strong cheek- was the most fashion-forward of all the layouts I have seen so far. The model, Wang Xaio, knew how to work with the camera, creating pages that virtually came alive. The fur jacket from Balmain and the red fur cape from Ann Demeulemeester was easily my favorite pieces from the shoot. (9) Objects of Desire was yet another strong portfolio. Black has never looked so sexy and menacing at the sametime. (8) The rest was icing on the cake. All the images were sourced from and the individual magazines' own press kits.

Fashion Maniac issue 2  

Grading the Fashion magazines