September is Vogue Magazine’s biggest issue of the year and much anticipated by the fashion public and insiders alike.
Because of their sure-fire pop culture cachet, celebrities are now fashion’s sought-afters as Vogue seeks to sell magazines to a fading mass audience (see below). Close on the heels of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter broods on the cover of this month’s 832 pages and you will need a quick lesson in fashionspeak just to comprehend the conversation.
Fashionspeak is a subtle language all its own that comes in two forms. There’s fashionspeak, meaning what your clothes say about you without you having to say anything, but then there’s a whole lexicon of phrases and terms used to describe this. For instance, there’s Beyoncé mooning readers with her transparent Versace gown — no translation needed — while “ultimate streamed collage” is fashion writing’s attempt to make verbal sense of it all. The following primer should help demystify the discussion, but not for long:
Mass audience: an audience made from a bunch of niche audiences.
Niche audience: a piece of the mass audience.
Empowering: an adjective employed by fashion writers to make women believe they’re more than just a pretty face.
Seismic shift, meteoric rise, bombshell blowout: earth-shattering adjectives employed when Beyoncé cuts her bangs.
Juxtaposition of iconographies: I don’t know.
Styles morph: one minute Beyoncé is wearing something, the next minute she’s not
Metatextual: Don’t know
Matted wet hair: What Beyoncé is wearing with her couture gowns. You have to know who Marilyn Manson is. If you don’t, look him up. There is not enough space here to explain him.
Restless dazzle: Don’t know.
Ultimate streamed collage: Still don’t know.
Patricia Gannon covers society for the Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LITE Center overflowed with dignitaries as Lafayette gathered to acknowledge its own Hurricane Katrina and Rita heroes. Guests of the VIP reception enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine prior to speeches by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and retired Gen. Russel Honoré, plus a program of film clips and a preview of the documentary “The Cajun Navy.” “This is a wonderful way to recognize the love the people of Louisiana gave,” said Blanco. Afterwards, emcee Trent Angers of Acadian House Publishing unveiled “The Terrible Storms of 2005” and a book signing followed. Among the many attending the 10th anniversary memorial were Sen. Fred Mills, Richard Zuschlag, Jim and Nancy Prince, Mitch Landry, Katrina refugee Kathleen Gannon, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Allan Durand, Don Allen, and yours truly, whose Katrina reportage made it into the book.
Fall Exhibition Opening
The Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum opened its fall exhibition on Labor Day weekend and the crowds came. On view through January are “Imprinting the West,” organized by Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana, “Art Under the Big Sky,” and Lafayette’s own Robert Dafford’s “Expulsion of the Acadians.” Sodexo appropriately catered the jalapeno poppers and Southwest eggrolls, and realizing their manifest destiny were photographer Philip Gould, Mayor Joey Durel, Carolyn French and Mike Huber, both recently returned from Romania; board member Randy Haynie, John and Melissa Blohm, and Ann and Eddie Palmer — who doesn’t love a man in a gray, pinstripe suit.
‘Within Her Own Narrative’ Opens
Oil Center Frame Shop & Gallery 912 owner Jeromy Young gave another of his classy receptions for artist Jessica Moore. Moore recently returned from Lubbock, Texas with her newly-minted M.F.A. Moore has big business plans, one of which is to open her own place, Achilles Print Studio. “A lot of artists, when they get out of school, don’t have a place to go. We have some good work.” Some of Moore’s good work included “Girl & Horse,” and among the connoisseurs were Ed Debuisson, collector and former Lafayette school superintendent Burnell Lemoine, Baton Rouge’s Alecia Davis and pretty-in-black Brittany Gaubert.