Blake Lively is back to showing off her domestic goddess side! Blake shows off her cooking skills in the inaugural episode of Elettra's Goodness, a new Vogue web series starring model Elettra Wiedemann. In the short, Blake whips up a delicious-looking dish involving brie, puff pasty, and several different types of balsamic vinaigrette. She also revealed that she once cooked at New York's famed Per Se restaurant and impressed the chefs there so much that they asked her to stay with them for the entire day. Blake hasn't kept her love of cooking a secret — she often talks about how much she loves to bake and even made a batch of Sprinkles cupcakes to raise money for charity back in 2011. Watch the video to see Blake in action!
Kate Upton got sexy in a swimsuit for the cover of the June issue of Vogue, which is available on newsstands May 21. The go-to cover girl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is making waves in more than just modeling. Along with making her debut on American Vogue, she is taking her talents to the big screen. Kate is currently filming The Other Woman alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in NYC. She's known for her figure, but has also faced criticism for her curvaceous physique. In the magazine, she addresses her critics and also reveals her confidence, opening up about loving her body, growing into her figure in her native Florida, as well as her next career moves. Here is more from Kate Upton in Vogue:
- On criticism over her figure: "It was hard at first. You sit there and you're like 'Is something wrong with me?' The things that they're rejecting are things that I can't change. I can't change my bra size. They're natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can't change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It's what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great."
- On feeling comfortable with her body growing up: "In Miami, boobs are fantastic. I was so proud of them. I was so excited. Are you kidding? I'm in Florida, and I'm constantly in bikinis. I was like, Yes! Killing it! All the girls on the beach are gonna be so jealous!"
- On making it big: "If I'm going to make it as a model, I've got to be a celebrity. My work seems to be my priority at this point in my life. I never set out to be on the runway. I feel like I trust my career path. Acting I'm very interested in. I'm American — more is more!"
The winner and runners-up of the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have created capsule collections for J.Crew that will launch later this month.
The Elder Statesman's Greg Chait — who won this year's prize — Tabitha Simmons, and Jennifer Meyer have all created limited-edition products for the retailer, which will be available on J.Crew's website starting May 22. But on May 8, shoppers who can't wait that long will be able to sign up for access to shop the collaborations one day early.
J.Crew's collaborations with winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund are becoming a bit of a tradition. Last year, the brand played host to capsules from Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, and Creatures of the Wind. In 2011, it sold exclusive wares from Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Billy Reid.
Stay tuned for more details and pictures from this year's trio of capsule collections.
Above, Chait, Simmons, and Meyer. Photo courtesy of J.Crew
Buried in a story about a Condé Nast cocktail party Tuesday night is the news that Anna Wintour has hired Hildy Kuryk, former finance director of the Democratic National Committee, as the new communications director at Vogue.
Kuryk, according to WWD, will replace Megan Salt, who is leaving the magazine for Amazon Fashion. But even though Salt hasn't left yet, Kuryk gave reporters the "no comment" line in regards to Vogue's upcoming move from 4 Times Square to One World Financial Center in 2015.
Before coming to Vogue, Kuryk cut her teeth in political fundraising, first as a finance consultant for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential run, and later as the finance director at the Democratic National Committee. It's doubtless that Kuryk interacted with Wintour, one of the Obama campaign's top fundraisers, in both of these roles. It's also doubtless that she was good at her job: Politico named Kuryk one of its 50 people to watch in 2011.
Carey Mulligan channeled her Great Gatsby character, Daisy Buchanan, for the cover of Vogue's May issue, which is available on April 23. Inside the publication, she talked about working on the "exhausting and quite overwhelming" production in Australia and shared her excitement about her acting success. While waiting for the movie to hit theaters in May, Carey is also settling into her new home in London that she bought with her husband, Marcus Mumford. Here's more from Carey Mulligan in Vogue:
- On moving into her new London home with husband Marcus Mumford: "I still haven't moved everything into my grown-up house. My mum and I were in my bedroom last night because that's where all my stuff went when I got back from Sydney. We were tearing through, trying to find it [her Gatsby workbook]. I had Marcus check at home. I think I've lost it."
- On filming The Great Gatsby: "It was crazy and exhausting and quite overwhelming, the biggest, craziest production I've ever been involved in."
- On her acting success: "It's unsettling that you get exactly what you wanted. Not like some version of it, not a slightly lesser version of it, but exactly. You're like: This is weird. It is weird."
It's only been three weeks since Anna Wintour took on her much publicized new role as artistic director at Condé Nast, but word has it she's already planning some key hires.
Fashionista confirmed on Wednesday that Wintour had hired former Teen Vogue beauty and health director Eva Chen to help with "several projects" at Lucky, where Wintour has reportedly been spending a lot of her time of late. (Last Week, The New York Post reported that the magazine's editor in chief, Brandon Holley, was among the first to reach out to Wintour for help following her promotion.)
Page Six reported today that Wintour is on the lookout for a new head of public relations, preferably with a background in business or politics, to replace Vogue's outgoing director of communications, Megan Salt. Salt will leave the magazine on May 10 to take on a new job at Amazon Fashion.
When the fashion set throws a baby shower, they do it right, as is evidenced in Vogue Daily's Power Shower feature. Inspired by the exquisite Manhattan shower thrown for Russian stylist and fashion director Anya Ziourova, Vogue's Chloe Malle rounded up 15 of her favorite gift ideas for a most fashionable mom-to-be. Click through to see what's on her list!
Gluck (above at left), who had been at New York for a decade, will replace Vogue's longtime managing editor Laurie Jones starting April 8. Jones left the magazine at the end of February after 20 years there. Coincidentally, Jones also came to Vogue from New York, where she'd spent the previous 20 years of her career. (While at New York, Jones hired Wintour as the magazine's fashion editor in 1981.)
Elsewhere in the magazine industry, Joanna Coles, who'd been hard at work restructuring her staff at Cosmpolitan, has hired Shopbop head stylist Aya Yanai as the magazine's fashion director. Michelle McCool, who had been Cosmo's fashion director for 10 years, left the magazine just last month. Yanai has worked in fashion glossies in the past: before Shopbop, she was the senior fashion editor at Teen Vogue and fashion director at Nylon.
Photo: Jon Gluck in 2010.
Michelle and Barack Obama's new Vogue interview proves they're just as cool as you probably suspected. In the April issue, which features the first lady looking vibrant on the cover wearing a midnight-blue Reed Krakoff sleeveless dress, the Obamas joke about hitting the clubs, quote Beyoncé, and share how they approach their marriage with teamwork.
When asked about DC critics who complain that the Obamas are antisocial, Michelle cut off the president before he could answer and said, "Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they're growing every day." Although, the president might just go out on the town more, now that his daughters are becoming teenagers. He told Vogue: "Now that they want less time with us, who knows? Maybe you'll see us out in the clubs.” Then the president added, "Let's put it this way: I did an awful lot of socializing in my teens and 20s."
As for his marriage, Barack sees his wife not only as a supporter, but also as a partner. He said, "I think it would be a mistake to think that my wife, when I walk in the door, is, Hey, honey, how was your day? Let me give you a neck rub. It's not as if Michelle is thinking in terms of, How do I cater to my husband? I think it's much more, We're a team, and how do I make sure that this guy is together enough that he's paying attention to his
As for his fashion, Michelle has helped the president ditch his 20-year-old khakis. "Michelle's like Beyoncé in that song," the president explained. "'Let me upgrade ya!' She upgraded me." Michelle chimed in: "The girls and I are always rooting when he wears, like, a stripe. They're like, 'Dad! Oh, you look so handsome. Oh, stripes! You go!'" Check out the cover and a photo from inside the issue now.
Photo by Annie Leibovitz. Courtesy of Vogue.
The rumors were true: Vogue today revealed that First Lady Michelle Obama is indeed the star of its April cover and, as suspected, she's wearing a Reed Krakoff dress selected from her personal wardrobe.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot the cover in the White House's Green Room, and also captured Obama wearing a sweater and ball gown from Michael Kors. In another portrait, the first lady drapes her arms around the chest of a seated President Obama in the Red Room.