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Go behind the scenes with Suzy Menkes, fashion's leading authority, for in-depth interviews with the fashion industry’s most influential designers, thinkers and executives.
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Creative Conversations with Suzy Menke‪s‬ Suzy Menkes

    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 4.8 • 44 Ratings

Go behind the scenes with Suzy Menkes, fashion's leading authority, for in-depth interviews with the fashion industry’s most influential designers, thinkers and executives.
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    HERMÈS, NADÈGE VANHEE-CYBULSKI

    HERMÈS, NADÈGE VANHEE-CYBULSKI

    For episode 7 of season 3, our guest is the Hermès Creative Director - Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski.
    Hermès has a deep history, founded on horse saddles, but now famous for its neckties, handbags and increasingly for its discreetly elegant clothes.
    It is not just a mighty and classy brand, it is also a family business of six generations.
    Co-chairs of Hermès today are two cousins: CEO Axel Dumas and Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Vice -President, Artistic Director and son of Jean-Louis Dumas, who revolutionised Hermès and grew it as an international luxury company.
    The current designer has become part of the family. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski - whose name reflects the variety of her background - talks to Suzy about how she is developing the brand as “quiet luxury”. Call her a purist or a gentle spirit, the designer’s aim is to move the brand forward, with imagination and intelligence.
    The artisanal roots have run deep in the house of Hermès since 1837, with over 20 artisan crafts workers now producing, as well as Ready To Wear, fine-jewellery, lipstick, furniture, perfume, watches and, of course, those famous handbags.
    The company, known for their warm orange colour, which is not listed with Pantone, maintains a responsible ethos to the planet ensuring traceability, certification protecting and preservation. The Hermès artisans also work on ‘petit h’ - a concept which ingeniously transforms remnants of leather silk crystal, and porcelain, horsehair, buttons and metal, into brand new objects.
    Hear Nadège talk about her timeless and witty design, and approach to colour and form, what Hermès stands for, and how its horsy history has always galloped ahead in fashion, making Nadège an exceptional designer for a famous brand.
     
    Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash
    Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton
    Music by @joergzuber
    Graphics by Paul Wallis
    To find Suzy's articles visit https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/suzy-menkes 
    ...find Suzy on Instagram @suzymenkes and Twitter @thesuzymenkes

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    • 34 min
    STERLING RUBY S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA.

    STERLING RUBY S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA.

    For episode 6 of season 3, artist Sterling Ruby explains to Suzy why he was invited to take part in Paris Haute Couture with his label S.R. STUDIO. CA. LA. COUTURE and how he went from a construction site to constructing haute couture. Crossing the boundaries of art - by using fashion as an artistic medium of self expression.
    Coming from a hippy and punk background, Sterling Ruby talks about the challenges he faces as an artist and designer in achieving an urban feel, working on the surface of materials with bleach, minerals and hand dying - pushing the boundaries between artistic mediums.
    The artist first dipped his ‘brushes’ in the fashion world when Raf Simons and he met and forged a relationship, which took them to Dior and Calvin Klein and beyond on a route of ‘Americana’.
    Hear from the artist himself, Sterling Ruby, on his approach to couture and his rise to fashion through the art world. 
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    Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash
    Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton
    Music by @joergzuber
    Photograph Courtesy of Melanie Schiff
    Graphics by Paul Wallis
    To find Suzy's articles visit https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/suzy-menkes 
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    • 48 min
    LEONARD LAUDER

    LEONARD LAUDER

    In episode 5 of season 3 Suzy is joined by Leonard Lauder - the chairman emeritus of Estée Lauder who is known around his company as "Chief Teaching Officer”. And for good reason.
    As the brand turns 75, Leonard Lauder has written a book The Company I Keep : My Life in Beauty published by HarperCollins. Apart from discussing his latest volume, he will also reveal how much he learnt from his mother Estée Lauder herself - and how he built a special connection with philanthropy, and with the world of art.
    Leonard Lauder, who lives with his photographer wife Judy, discusses how he made Estée Lauder the General Motors of the beauty business - with multiple brands, product lines and multinational distribution.
    Does the current beauty boom in tough times have parallels with the earlier post-World War boom? Or is it technology which has encouraged us to buy make-up online whilst we are all stuck at home?
    Leonard tells us from his own lips how Estée set the standard, and how he has taken it to the future.
    Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash
    Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton
    Music by @joergzuber
    Graphics by Paul Wallis
    To find Suzy's articles visit https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/suzy-menkes 
    ...find Suzy on Instagram @suzymenkes and Twitter @thesuzymenkes

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    • 35 min
    PHILIP TREACY

    PHILIP TREACY

    Behind the story of the little boy who sneaked over to use his mother’s sewing machine is a man who has had a profound effect on famous fashion houses: from Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel to Ralph Lauren, Valentino to Gianni Versace.
    Making hats not just for his friends, like fashion lover Isabella Blow and designer Alexander McQueen, but also the Royal Family, plus all the clients he has across the world - some formal, others wild and wonderful - it is Philip who describes the hat as "not only an accessory, but a visual indicator."
    The secret of Philip Treacy’s success is not his connection to fame - although well deserved - it is his extraordinary talent. This is all currently displayed in a large-scale exhibition of his hats at the Erarta Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which has people queuing round the block to see it. 
    Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash
    Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton
    Music by @joergzuber
    Graphics by Paul Wallis
    To find Suzy's articles visit https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/suzy-menkes 
    ...find Suzy on Instagram @suzymenkes and Twitter @thesuzymenkes

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    • 48 min
    WES GORDON FOR CAROLINA HERRERA

    WES GORDON FOR CAROLINA HERRERA

    Wes Gordon, the Creative Director of Carolina Herrera, talks to Suzy about dressing Kamala Harris in a white suit on November 7th 2020, the historic evening she became the first female Vice-President Elect of the United States of America.
    The choice of designer and the fresh, bright white pants suit was a powerful symbol of the new attitude of President elect Joe Biden.
    As the Carolina Herrera company celebrates 40 years in business, Wes Gordon reveals to Suzy what it’s like dressing actors from a young Meghan Markle to Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow and how he’s dedicated himself to the Herrera legacy, supported by Puig, the Spanish fragrance and fashion group.
    The 33 year old designer discusses his passion for flowers, nature and lively sense of colour, contrasts within the sophistication of the New York studio.
    Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash
    Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton
    Music by @joergzuber
    Graphics by Paul Wallis
    To find Suzy's articles visit https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/suzy-menkes 
    ...find Suzy on Instagram @suzymenkes and Twitter @thesuzymenkes

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    • 39 min
    ANDREAS KRONTHALER FOR VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

    ANDREAS KRONTHALER FOR VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

    This week I am joined by by Andreas Kronthaler the designer, otherwise known as Vivienne Westwood’s husband.
    Andreas talks to me about transforming the story of sex, fun and punk into a thoughtful and successful brand. It now has a goal of activism, sustainability and a mission to persuade people to shop wisely and consciously.
    What did Andreas bring from his Austrian roots? Was he inspired to study jewellery from the influence of his blacksmith father? And how did he move from jewellery to fashion?
    Andreas - usually leaving the talking to Vivienne - reveals unexpected details of the Westwood tale we thought we knew so well.
    Produced by Natasha Cowan @tashonfash
    Edited by Tim Thornton @timwthornton
    Music by @joergzuber
    Graphics by Paul Wallis
    To find Suzy's articles visit https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/suzy-menkes 
    ...find Suzy on Instagram @suzymenkes and Twitter @thesuzymenkes

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Todd_Watkins ,

The Best by The Best in the Business

It’s so fantastic to hear Suzie interview having only read her reviews. Proper conversations with cultural and historical referencing! A real treat! Bravo!

primh82 ,

Brilliant Series

Suzy’s content continues to surpass everyone else’s

Eugene Yeap ,

Sweeping insight into Fashion

Suzy Menkes’s creative conversations are thought provoking and provide an exclusive insight into the faceted world of fashion. Representing admirers of industry creatives, Suzy is on the nose in raising particular subject matters, motivation and experiences we are eager to hear more of. Thank you Suzy and Natasha.

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