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The Vogue Factor

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  730 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously sacked after thirteen years in the editor�s chair at Vogue Australia. Here she tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry.During a career at Vogue that spanned twenty-five years, Clements rubbed shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Crown Princess Mary ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Melbourne University Press (first published February 26th 2013)
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I felt like I was reading a very long Oscar acceptance speech.

Despite being the editor of Vogue Australia for thirteen years, The author was remarkably humble. I like her for it. I enjoyed the little anecdotes about how difficult it was for the team to get seats at the fashion week shows (Vogue Australia being low in the pecking order of fashion magazines).

However most of the book was filled with comments about famous people she met and how awestruck she was. Every paragraph seems to mention a
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This might be better titled Revenge on the Vogue Factor. Kirstie Clements, longtime editor of Vogue Australia was unceremoniously ousted from her position in 2012. This book is her revenge. What's missing is anything about Vogue. She worked her way up from receptionist to editor, yet this reader gets no sense of the inner workings of the magazine. How does one get produced? What choices are made? And why aren't there any pictures?

Clements does seem gaga over celebrities--She loves Cate Blanchett
Arra Abella
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fashion enthusiasts
It has always been a dream of mine to work in the fashion industry, specifically on the events, styling, and of course, writing. As I saw this on Netgalley, I couldn't just pass up the chance and requested for it immediately. Luckily, I was approved! The book is screaming VOGUE. Well, of course it was! It is on the title but it was more than that. A girl would know exactly what it is all about the moment she heard that particular word. It was like programmed in our being as women to immediately ...more
Charming Language
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously dumped from iconic fashion magazine Vogue after 25 years’ service; 13 in the editor’s chair. She wasted no time in signing a book deal to have the last word on the incident, but this is no bitter autobiography. As she says in one of this book’s many quotable quotes “How you conduct yourself on the way out is more important than how you went in” – and The Vogue Factor shows Clement to be a perfectionist and consummate professional. This colourful memoir of a b ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
After having read a couple of depressing books about the imminent self-destruction of planet earth, due to human greed and stupidity, I was in need of some relief. I thought that whatever the problem was with Vogue, I could handle it easily.

Turns out, this book was also depressing, although on a different level. Vogue target readers are wealthy, carefree VIPs, interested in haute-couture and luxury. Unfortunately, due to the deterioration of our economy, the number of readers who can only dream
Kate Elizabeth
I thought this book would be a juicy tell-all, kind of like "The Devil Wears Prada" but without pseudonyms. Instead, it's a mostly boring recollection of Kirstie Clements' time at Vogue Australia that I found interestingly only because I work in print media. Clements is ridiculously tone-deaf and frequently unaware of the contributions she makes to the problematic world of fashion that takes itself painfully seriously. Some of my favorite quotes:

"There was some negative coverage regarding Alice
Jul 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Let's play a drinking game. Take a shot every time Kirstie Clements:

- name drops a famous fashion personality
- reminisces about the bygone era of fashion because it's all bloggers and instagram now
- flies a thousand miles for an all-expense paid 'conference' in some luxury european hotel
- comes across as bitter and patronising

I mean where is your personal story? I know nothing about the author except for the fact that she got married and had twins. Can you elaborate on how you became the editor
Fiona Taylor-davis
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fascinating insight into the world of magazine publishing. I loved Vogue Aus under Kirstie Clements, still deciding if I like the title under the new editor.

Clements comes across as an inspiring and strong woman, yet relate-able. Seems like the sort of woman who would be a great boss and mentor. Her personal anecdotes are entertaining and her insights are sharp and intelligent.

I hope she continues writing as a fashion commentator and author.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I like the writing style of Kirstie Clements in this book. I take this book as a glance into Vogue magazine world. It wasn't that surprising but of ofcourse not dull.
Cassie Robinson
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was a surprisingly good read. Kirstie Clements is witty and open throughout the entire book and very likeable. It definitely reads as an ode to the 'good old days of publishing', but for someone who has always been a fan of magazines in general, I found her insight into the industry fascinating.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading about Kirstie's Australian childhood and ascent up the ranks of Vogue Australia. Having never been to college, her becoming the editor-in-chief was quite an achievement. She had basically done almost every other job at Vogue AU and was a natural for the choice. I also enjoyed reading about the fashion world, attending shows, being a foreign fashion correspondent. I love magazines. I think they are wonderful. I also love books. So books about magazines are even better! It was al ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was an interesting book, and I enjoyed to learn more about Australia's fashion industry. The author writes about Australian talents models, photographers, stylists, designers and locations. I also admire her for never badmouthing her former colleagues or any other person she worked with. While she tells stories about arrogant models or mean photographers, she does not name them. It's her integrity that is so special about her.
She writes about her early days as a receptionist, photo shoots o
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
If want to write a book, I expect you to want to tell a story. I fail to understand how a bunch of anecdotes can be made into a book. Maybe she thought it was interesting just because it was coming from her. Like the reader is waiting with baited breath to lap up anything she has to say. Endless lists of names and people that she ever encountered found their way into the book. I can't deny she did give her all to her job and she rose through the ranks based on her great work, and that was great ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
In spite of the fact that I don't much like memoirs (okay, I hate them), I actually enjoyed this. Two reasons: it was short and sweet, and it was also a really good look behind the scenes at an international edition of Vogue. Also, and I can't say what version you will read, the one I had was simply beautiful to hold. The published did a great job making it a stylish and pleasurable read aside from what was inside, which isn't as common as it should be.
Debbie Manning
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was a lucky Goodreads winner. I loved traveling around the world with Kirstie, and seeing the fashion industry through her eyes. I think my favorite chapter was the one about the time she spent with the Dutch royals. Some of her name dropping went over my head as I'm not a fashion insider, but not so much that it wasn't an enjoyable read. Although the book starts off with the author being fired (not a spoiler), after reading the book, I'm sure she's landed squarely on her feet.
Verity Challinor
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
As a whole I liked it. Would I read it again no. It was an interesting insight into the fashion world, But after a while the book turned into a list of name dropping. Not to metion telling everyone how wonderful everything and everybody was. I did kind of want more dirt to be dished. Worth a read, but dont go running to the shops in desperation to pick up a copy.
Nicola Watkinson
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was really interesting - less Devil Wears Prada bitching and snobbery, more honest hard work and dedication, as well as a clear love of fashion. For someone who also has a great appreciation for the fashion industry and magazine writing, this book gave me an insight into both worlds, and the ways in which they have changed since the 80s. Exciting, informative, and a quick read.
Angie Eikens
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was torture. She came across as selfrighteous and bitter and extremely condescending.We get it she spent alot of years at Vogue therefore she knows what's best for it. It just came across as a final up yours to Vogue for firing here. At best it was horrible.
Roma Wirecka
Nov 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
It was the worst thing i have read during this year. It is like a child sits with his crayons and writes simple words. Nothing makes sense and stories are ended before they even began. Shame.
Fiona James
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is vogue! It is funny Face and Diana Vreeland, it is grace and elegance. There is none of the cattiness of Devil Wears Prada here. Just Vogue in all it's fabulous glory. Revel in it!
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Kirstie Clements, editor of Vogue Australia for thirteen years, details her time working her way up to Editor-in-Chief from celebrity encounters to the grunt work of putting together a magazine.

I don't regret reading this book but neither was I particularly moved. Clements's experiences are definitely interesting to read about, but that's about it. The parties are glamorous, the celebrity meetings are incredible (high tea at The Plaza with Estee Lauder, anyone?), and the style impeccable, but I
Elsie Grimes
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
A lot has been said about the apparent demise of former Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements who was unceremoniously dumped from her post almost a year ago after twenty five years of service at the magazine, with thirteen of those years spent in the editor’s chair. Thinking back on that particular day as I sit and write this review I distinctly remember discussing the difference between Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue at the time with fellow colleagues of mine at fashion week, only a couple of days ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nudna opowieść o karierze redaktor naczelnej australijskiego "Vogue". Dałem się zwieść logo wydawcy. Książka nie oferuje żadnego ciekawego insiderskiego wejrzenia za kulisy. Ot, pani opowiada o swojej karierze od fotela recepcjonistki po fotel redaktor naczelnej. Wszystko fajne, grzeczne i nudne. Nawet na temat swojego zwolnienia pani opowiada w sposób mało wiarygodny. Wszystko było dobrze, niezła sprzedaż, reklamy - żyć nie umierać. Ale robotę straciła. Dodatkowa gwiazdka, że autorka nie próbuj ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The petty digs and self-deprectating style was irritating to read however the book gave an interesting insight to how a fashion magazine, especially one owned as part of a portfolio with many international versions, is conducted.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! It gave great insight into the fashion world and a behind the scenes look at Vogue! ❤ ...more
Emma McD
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing for a deeper insight into the fashion industry. It's pretty factual but could be seen as having a biased viewpoint, but I loved it either way!
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Książka średnio pokazująca świat mody. Jedynie drogę autorki przez różne stanowiska i różne pisma związane z modą.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good for anyone interested in fashion
~ elizabeth

2.5/5 (Stunning cover on this edition, très Vogue.)

I mulled over the rating for awhile, initially awarding 3 stars before deducting one. As an editor-in-chief of one of the world's most elite magazines, Clements has such a unique niche to write a memoir, particularly considering her abrupt dismissal. She comes across as incredibly modest yet passionate about what makes Vogue, well, Vogue. This is particularly transparent in what she considers Vogue-worthy content: tapping in to her national re
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anna Wintour once remarked in one of those Vogue documentaries that people tend to mock the fashion industry because they are insecure outsiders- well, I don't think I'm insecure, but I definitely do not understand it and maybe that is where the incredulous and slightly derisive attitude I have towards 'The Vogue Factor' is coming from. Part of it also stems from Clement's writing which is rich with names (I think I reached peak exhaustion where she's attending a dinner in New York and it's a ba ...more
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Kirstie Clements is a best selling author, editor, journalist, consultant, and key-note speaker, with vast first hand experience in the luxury industry. Kirstie worked for Condé Nast International and Vogue for more than 25 years and was editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia for 13 years (1999-2012). She has written articles and columns for numerous publications, websites and newspapers and most rece ...more
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