Hamish Bowles is the only editor who matters

Hamish Bowles is the only editor who matters
“Hamish Bowles was brought up far from the glamour of aristocratic life in Hampstead, an area of north London that was comfortably middle class and rather left wing. His father was Vice Provost of University College, London; his mother was especially interested in photography and antiques” writes BoF’s Colin McDowell on Vogue’s International Editor who defines an era.

“By the time he was 14, Hamish Bowles knew precisely what he wished his future to be. He entered the British Vogue Talent Contest and he won a special mention… He went on to study fashion journalism at Saint Martin’s School of Art (now Central Saint Martins). And this is when his good luck clicked in” adds McDowell on the ambassador of lifestyle, the man whose title is “Hamish for Vogue”. Following are some of Bowles’ insightful and really unpretentious quotes. Please enjoy.

“Possessions. The very word is potent – suggestive as it is of ownership both material and erotic. To possess. Possession. Possessed.

I was a fashion editor for years in London before I came to ‘Vogue,’ and I spent my life arranging the folds of a ball gown skirt for a picture and pinning fabric and using all those stylist tricks. And you don’t have to do that now because they can do it in Photoshop”.

I have a confession to make. In the beginning, I did not understand the Kate Moss phenomenon.

Signing #VogueLivingCountryCityCoast with @chloemalle @rizzolibooks @rizzolibookstore very glamourously snapped by @bergenbags @shelleywanger @voguemagazine

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We’re obviously in a strange environment where practically anyone can set themselves up as a pundit of sorts. It’s all about sorting the wheat from the chaff, and I’m very interested in reading different points of view, and certainly different generations than my own that have such a very different world view.

I think there’s much more fashion competition in the more junior levels of the fashion department. And that’s exciting and stimulating to see, because it’s ‘Vogue;’ it’s great to see people dressed originally and with great style and panache. It wouldn’t be ‘Vogue’ otherwise.

I started collecting couture when I was about 10 or 11 years old, and the very first piece I bought was a Balenciaga suit from 1962.

I have Tom Ford, Gucci, Saint Laurent, McQueen, and odd pieces that I’ve just acquired because I happened to have come across them and felt they have some historical resonance.

I found myself at dusk in the bewitching Roman city of Jerash with H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan one year, and scrambling with hardened paparazzi to get an image of the Princess of Wales in a tiny Nepalese clinic in the foothills of the Himalayas another.

Singing for me has always been a joyous but private pleasure that connects me in a lyric thread to my beloved grandmother Alice”.

Mauve on mauve at the newly unveiled @thewebster @lamaisonpierrefrey velvet wearing @mrlarsparis #laureheriarddubreuil

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