Vogue Puts Size 10 Prada Pump In Mouth with Profile of Syrian First Lady Tuesday, Mar 1 2011 

On Friday Vogue published an overindulgent online style icon profile of Syrian first lady, Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad; the profile is scheduled to also appear in the March print version of the magazine. To anyone who has been watching the news with any regularity lately that first statement is a bit hair raising.

I think what is most alarming is the timing. According to Max Fisher’s article for the Atlantic, Vogue Defends Profile of Syrian First Lady, this shoot was done towards the end of 2010, the profile certainly could have been held for a slightly better moment, one in which several countries in the region were not in the midst of grand-scale upheaval.

What was Anna Wintour thinking; did she have a momentary lapse of reason and judgment?

The Vogue piece went on to step its Prada-laden toes into foreign policy territory it didn’t belong in, stating , “Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East…” Let’s leave that assertion to people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Perhaps Vogue is a corporation of Paris Hilton wannabees who only salute what glimmers, shines, and poses with a pretty face. I care about fashion as much as the next woman but there is a time for thoughtless odes to vanity and there is a time to show restraint. If Vogue was intent on printing the article they should at least have waited for things to die down in Africa.

Following printing the article Vogue really should have apologized and pulled it, even if only for the sake of tact, but instead they have gone on to defend the piece which will soon be available in print for posterity.

Check out the full piece, Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert, on Vogue’s website and Max Fisher’s article, Vogue Defends Profile of Syrian First Lady, for the Atlantic.

Launch of “Industrie” Magazine: Featuring Anna Wintour on Cover Thursday, Apr 29 2010 

Fashion industry queen, Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine, and star of the documentary film, The September Issue, graces the cover of Industrie Magazine’s launch issue.

It seems that Wintour must be doing some image re-modeling as social media and interactive consumer building strategies have overtaken the once ad-heavy fashion industry. This will mark the second attempt, following her role in The September Issue, to identify herself with her consumer base, at least to a marginal degree.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Wintour hater, just noticing the marked shift in her public image, that’s all.

Time will tell if putting Wintour on the premier issue will help or harm the launch of Industrie, a magazine which purports itself to be “The world’s first culture of fashion magazine.”

Though I still have a soft spot in my heart for Vogue, I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t merely the final death rattle of the print world in its last-ditch attempt to oust fashion bloggers from the top spot.

Specific information regarding this story obtained from Editor Rebecca Alexander’s April 28, 2010 blog post on Fashion Indie .