SUZY MENKES: FIRST COLUMN FOR VOGUE
We love Suzy Menkes. As Antony put it, “She cares. Suzy goes to everything unlike the other lazy fuckers in the industry.” Nicely put. As devout Menkites, it would be impossible for us to ignore her first column for Vogue, where she has recently joined as International Editor. And what do we glean from this column? The grande dame’s mantra no less, which is: “no bitching”. Menkes slams the bitchiness so rife within contemporary fashion criticism, particularly prevalent on social media sites such as Twitter. "If there is something mean to be said in 140 characters, there is always someone ready to dish the dirt," she says. Menkes describes her own take on fashion criticism as offering “thoughtfulness as opposed to meanness and analysis rather than knee-jerk reaction” in her writing. So fashion cats, put your claws away. Suzy says so.
By Ted Stansfield