Be Gentle, Be Still


Much has been made of the name that the female counterpart publication to Fantastic Man.  Yes, the Gentlewoman is finally here and yes, the name that some love or hate has stuck.  It launched with a very dignified cocktail party in Paris a few days ago where every woman looked like a Gentlewoman and every man was Fantastic… rendering me at a loss as to why I was there.  Still I had to pick up a copy before it hits the shops some time next week (22nd I believe…)  

The name is in fact a reference to a turn of the 20th century magazine of the same name that in some ways informs elements of the content.  In the same way that Fantastic Man isn't a FASH FASH fashion magazine, The Gentlewoman is very much about broadening the scope of style by presenting individuals as they are, not styled up dramatically but as strong beings who speak volumes with their natural modes of expression.  It's not about being heavily cerebral either as the first portion opens up by asking different women such as Louise Gray (below), Daisy Lowe and ice cream supremo Kitty Travers about modern planning, transport, food and yes, housekeeping, hence why I said The Gentlewoman of old may not be completely dead/defunct (on an unrelated note, maybe I should pick up a copy the Rachel Johnson- transformation of The Lady magazine).  


Alasdair McLellan's depiction of a Power Sessions (styled by Jonathan Kaye) sets the tone for an issue jam packed with quiet power.  Power here is reconciled through beautiful knitted bra and knickers by Dolce & Gabbana, Alaia and Pringle of Scotland… working out never looked more appealing to a gym-o-phobe such as myself.


The star piece of course belongs to the cover feature; portraits of Phoebe Philo by David Sims and a lengthy article by editor in chief Penny Martin that I read and re-read.  Both the portraits and the piece delved into the strengths and vulnerabilities that Philo faces as a re-emerging creative director, resurrected by her role at Celine… 



Models and faces are by and large eschewed for 'real' women within fashion such as Gill Wilkins, a fashion editor at British Vogue…


…or artists like Catherina van Eetvelde, photographed by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Olivier Rizzo.


Princess of the Night/Princess Julia also shows a slicker side to her style here in frocks by Celine and Alaia.


My favourite part in Fantastic Man is when they focus on details like the 'Bow tie' or the 'shirt collar'… things that in menswear are probably more tantamount to a look but I guess there's no reason why this shouldn't also be the case in womenswear.  This issue, it's about the knot and so we get perfectly pristine hairstyles that are actually pretty good solutions to the insane amount of hair I have (I lopped off a chunk at the beginning of New York Fashion Week and it has all grown back already… ) 


I loved the lines depicted by these still life shots by Qui Yang…loved that they used the ragged lines of the Meadham Kirchhoff S/S 10 glitter tees…


Are you into shorts or short shorts?  It's this kind of pragmatic editorial that sort of reinvents the demonstrative nature of magazines of old…  apparently both short people AND tall people can wear shorts… BRAVO!


21 Replies to “Be Gentle, Be Still”

  1. Oh this is so beautifully stylized though I am missing some colour. I can’t wait to pick this up myself, I haven’t read a “big” magazine that was interesting in years.

  2. Wow those pictures of Eniko Mihalik working out look so cool, correction EVERY picture here looks cool, and what a great idea for a mag√óD
    thanks for sharing

  3. I cannot wait to get my copy of this! Silly Northern places not stocking it…
    I’ve been waiting for this for ages, so looking forward to it!

  4. very nice posting with good photo….but need some if all photo would have some color..then it would be looks fine

  5. I love the quality of the photos. Sometimes magazines get so glossy. There’s something real about these.

  6. It looks amazing, I think I would buy it even just for a beautiful photos.

  7. I was hoping it would be just a ‘fantastic’ as FM…Although, I’ll have to wait for the steamboat to pull into Sydney (with all the OS magazines) before I can sink my eyeballs into it!

  8. I hope they are selling that book here in our country! Seems interesting…

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  10. indeed, both short n’ tall people can wear shorts. Thanks for mentioning it since I didn’t even notice the first time reading it.

  11. I love all the photos. I thought the hair was especially nice 🙂

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