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Joan Juliet Buck on Vogue Profile of Asma al Assad

Joan Juliet Buck's Vogue Explanation, Jason Wu's Cat Fancy, and Michael van der Ham's Olympic Designs



Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.

  • Former Vogue writer Joan Juliet Buck explains the circumstances of her glowing profile on Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad in the magazine's March 2011 issue — which was published in the midst of the Middle East's Arab Spring revolutions — in a new article. "There was no way of knowing that Assad, the meek ophthalmologist and computer-loving nerd, would kill more of his own people than his father had and torture tens of thousands more, many of them children," she writes. [Newsweek]

  • Stella McCartney wasn't the only British designer who created clothes for the London Olympics. Michael van der Ham designed performance costumes for Friday's opening ceremony. "In total we worked on 300 costumes, divided into about 35 different styles," he said. [Vogue UK]

  • Self-avowed cat person Jason Wu says whoever wears his upcoming lower-priced line Miss Wu is probably a feline fan, too. "Cats are chic! It’s called a catwalk, not a dog walk," the designer said. [Fashionista]

  • An analysis of executive compensation in fashion reveals that JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson is among the best paid people in the industry, making over $53 million in 2011. [Racked]

  • Writer Suzy Gershman, author of the Born to Shop series of travel guides, died last week of cancer. She was 64. [The New York Times]

  • Writer Michele Gerber Klein is reportedly working on a biography of American couturier Charles James, who's famous for dressing Marlene Dietrich. [Page Six]

Photo: Asma al-Assad photographed by James Nachtwey for the March 2011 issue of Vogue.

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