American Vogue’s Sally Singer Will Show You the Light
I could no longer remember what it was I was looking for earlier but boy am I glad to have come across this video of the super inspirational Sally Singer speaking at the Commonwealth Club last year. I’ve just spent a FULL hour watching it and I think you should, too. Do it now! I won’t take no, or excuses, for an answer.
OK, fine, I chuckled every time she made these cheeky innuendos against Cathy Horyn/the New York Times but those aside, she reinforced my personal beliefs about the big, powerful machine that’s called American Vogue. Sally, is in my opinion, the most insightful woman in the magazine. She breaks it down and explains everything, 360 degrees, in a way that you and I and millions out there can understand.
Anyway, I better go grab dinner now cause I’m starving and I don’t want to spoil by reiterating what she said but let me share you my favourite part:
“Fashion is about, fashion and personal style is not about excluding people, it’s about taking people who feel like they’re on the downside (sic) and giving them tools by which they can project another self…. freedom or just the ability to change.
You look at Marc Jacobs, you look at Alber Elbaz, you look at the top people working in the business… these are not people who grew up comfortable in themselves. These people who realized early on that if they dressed a certain way, they could project another image to the world. An image that might be true to them… it allowed them a fabulosity that the world was denying them. If you look great your whole life, wear whatever. Who cares, you know? Fashion is about allowing you to be someone that you think you can create.
It’s so many more tools. I never understood why people find it to be such an imposition in their lives. It should be a pleasurable thing to do.”
Watch and tell me what you think.
As far as I’m concerned, before y’all go accusing me (like what my friend Mauricio told me) of being brainwashed and slowly turning into a Vogue drone (which is not true; nice try Mau Mau but I’m no Plum Sykes or LSD), let me just say that I’ve seen the light. Everything is just making much more sense these days.
PS. Just wondering… if American women do not want to be dressed head to toe as she said, then why does American Vogue often style their shoots/editorials with the similar, if not the same, look that’s shown on the runway?