Hold my calls, please: Today I'm following Glossed Over's liveblog of Vogue's September issue. Smart/funny L.A. writer Wendy Felton cracked open the magazine at 10 a.m. PDT; keep refreshing the page to see her critique-in-progress.
She's off to a promising start:
10:01 a.m.: The cover. Charlize Theron looks...well, pretty much like she always does. (After last year's Keira Knightley monstrosity, that is high praise.) It also promises "smart splurges," which I'm guessing means stuff most people still can't afford. Now can I open this?
10:05 a.m. Ads! Giorgio Armani's channelling a goth Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde, Saks Fifth Avenue has a man holding a chair on his head (which is just further evidence that I will NEVER completely understand fashion), and Marion Cotillard's in a Lady Dior spread. Is that Catcher in the Rye in her bag?
10:08 a.m. Everyone in this Gucci ad looks like they're on drugs. And not in a good way.
10:09 a.m. There's a fully clothed woman and a naked man in the YSL ad. Progress?
And a little later on:
10:30 a.m. Hey, a huge fold-out for Gap! Looks like they're doing denim this season!
If anyone doubts that liveblogging a 584-page magazine is hard work, check out Wendy's previous Vogue-a-thons: 2007 and 2008. Last year's 798-page (!) tome took almost six and a half hours of Wendy's blogging time.
* As opposed to The September Issue, which so far has opened only in New York.