November: a month of fireworks, knitwear and, of course, (whisper it) Black Friday. As ever, there was a lot going on in the cultural, political and fashion worlds too, so much so that it can be hard to keep up. In case you missed them the first time around, these are the articles you need to read from November, from all corners of the web.
Edward Enninful Unveiled His First Issue of British Vogue
In January this year, an announcement was made that shook the fashion world: Alexandra Shulman was to step down from her position as editor-in-chief of British Vogue after 25 years in the role. Then in April the news came that Edward Enninful, previously of i-D, Italian Vogue, American Vogue and W magazine was to be her successor; a gay black man in a position held by white women for 100 years.
It’s safe to say that the excitement to see how he would revolutionise the magazine was palpable and the fashion world will be watching his next moves very closely. This month Enninful’s first issue hit newsstands with Adwoa Aboah in a 1970s-style headscarf and blue eyeshadow combination as the cover star. Read Enninful’s first Editor’s Letter here and Alexandra Shulman addressing accusations of having run a ‘Sloanie club’ in an interview with The Guardian here.
The Fashion World Mourned Azzedine Alaïa
On 18th November 2017, the news broke that legendary Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa had died, aged 77. Independent (he famously eschewed the traditional seasonal calendars), creative and with an obsessive attention to detail, Alaïa was considered a true artist, and became renowned for his form-fitting dresses (one need only reference Cher Horowitz’s iconic line “You don’t understand, this is an Alaïa!” to sum up the true importance of this designer). Carine Roitfeld, Katie Grand, Marc Jacobs and more paid their respects in an article on Business of Fashion.
Australia Voted to Legalise Gay Marriage
On 15th November 2017, 61.6 per cent of Australia’s voters told the government they wanted to legalise gay marriage – the last western country in the world to do so. The result is non-binding, but it sends prime minister Malcolm Turnbull a strong message. Dazed sat down with Australia’s young LGBTQI+ community to find out how they feel about the vote, activism and their experiences. Read the full article here.
Ben Tallon Illustrated Coggles’ Christmas Campaign
With an impressive CV that list WWE, The Guardian, Channel 4 and Unicef amongst a list of clients, Manchester-based illustrator, author and podcast host Ben Tallon is a bit of a force to be reckoned with – not to mention hugely talented. He just so happens to be a lovely bloke (and a bit of a potty mouth), as we found out when we went to speak to him ahead of him taking over Coggles with his Christmas critters. Read the full interview here.
Words by Angharad Jones