Friday, March 05, 2010

Is Alexandra Shulman no longer in Vogue at the Daily Mail?

The Prada-wearing Newcastle conwoman who posed as "Vogue editor" or "editor of Vogue" - agency copy needs only a bit of reshaping - gets wide media coverage today. But nowhere does it say which Vogue editor Emma Charlton pretended to be when she fraudulently booked a top British hotel for an £80,000 shindig.

Since it must be assumed the Press Association report failed to specify, the Daily Mail alone has opted for American Vogue, if only as an excuse to put up a pic of its editor Anna Wintour for a sexed up The Devil Wears Prada reference. Commonsense dictates that Charlton would have posed as the British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman - who is not half as chic as Wintour and has not been depicted in a movie or played by Meryl Streep: she is known to be distressingly normal and pacific in her responses to daily life. Her affable and chirpy boss Nicholas Coleridge can't abide divas. Say "Prada" and you don't automatically think of Shulman. She's not thin, either. Her chipmunky chops are positively squeezable with only the rumour of a hammock-style second chin.

Once upon a time Shulman was a fashion columnist on the Mail until she was dropped in March of last year due to "budget cuts". Her gig was passed to the professional loony Liz Jones who once edited British Marie Claire. All papers are cutting back but I remain unconvinced that money lay at the root of this cut. What could be better than a Vogue editor writing about fashion? Does someone at the Mail think that Alexandra falls slightly below the soign√©e standards of her US counterpart? The question's not rhetorical.

7 comments:

Ron Broxted said...

Didn't La Shulman get the job initially because of her Daddy?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Alexandra's greatest strength as an editor is that she's almost a normal human being.

Madame Arcati said...

The name will have helped, destiny's child is well branded these days, but she's plainly talented and has maintained a modest northwards circulation for the 43 or so years she's been editor. For a Vogue editor she appears disturbingly sane - and at least had held other respectable and successful editorships before the ascension. Unlike Wintour, daughter of Charles.

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Anonymous said...

Madame is correct. The Mail regards Alex as "blowzy". Their loss. Nor does she conform to the the Mail's idea of a haughty bitch editor - there's simply no glamour in being civilised.

Granny's said...

I didn't realise Alexandra was that ancient? 43 years at the helm of British Vogue? You wouldn't notice her in the front row. Dig up Diana Vreeland I say.

veritas said...

Perhaps it was Australian Vogue-largely unread and renowned for paying their photographers a pittance. She looks like an Aussie backpacker.