With the caveat that the old Up The Nose Shot is sort of hard to like — it feels inherently snooty, and/or as if the subject is trying to figure out if her apartment smells sort of musty right now — I essentially like this and am VERY sad that the Andrew Lloyd Webber/T. Swizzle profile wasn’t written in verse. (It’s “a conversation,” and is bylined “by Vogue,” which makes me feel like something weird happened behind the scenes of this article; my prediction is that ALW was supposed to actually write the piece, and then did not, and someone at Vogue had to basically take it over and he or she spent a LOT of time complaining to their friends and family about this and also at some point said the words, “ugh, I knew I was going to have to do this.”) As with all UK Vogue cover profiles, the entire thing isn’t online, but we DO learn that Judi Dench will buy you candy, which is valuable intel.
That out of the way, the bigger takeaway from this cover comes via Edward Enninful’s Instagram (a sentiment that is repeated in his letter from the editor in this issue):
“On the first cover of a new decade, Taylor wears archive [Chanel] from the Métiers d’art Paris-New York 2005/2006 collection. I wanted to put vintage on the cover of Vogue because we all have to do what we can to contribute to the conversation around sustainability. Buying better and buying less is what I believe in. Welcome to the ’20s!”
Leaving aside the fact that I technically would not call something from 2005 “vintage” — that’s only 15 years old! — I think this is very cool. It must be hard to juggle the pressing issue of sustainability with the business need to sell ads, i.e., new stuff to people, when you are in Enninful’s position. But that jacket, as he points out, is a classic. That is absolutely the sort of thing you only need to buy once, and will wear always, and I think it’s interesting and responsible of major fashion magazines to (a) acknowledge that this is how most real people actually live, in that most of us are not splashing out for a whole new wardrobe every season and also we generally like a lot of our clothes (ideally) and wear them multiple times, and (b) challenge themselves to make rewears interesting, stylistically. I am dying to see more rewears on the red carpet; I think it would be so fun (and honestly it might get you more attention than a new dress) if people would drag out gowns we’ve seen before, and style them differently. Make it happen, people!