MEMORIES OF VOGUE: Getting fired from Vogue Australia last year wasn’t such a bad career move for Kirstie Clements, who has a new book coming out just nine months after the release of her memoir, “The Vogue Factor.”
Clements’ account of her 25-year career at Vogue Australia, 13 of them as editor, proved a bestseller in Australia, reprinting twice and selling 13,000 copies so far — in a market in which selling 5,000 copies is considered a successful launch. Editions have also been published in the U.K. and the U.S.
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Such was the buzz in the lead-up to the book’s February launch that Clements was signed that month by the same publisher, Melbourne University Press, to a new two-book deal — the first installment of which, “Tongue in Chic,” is due out Nov. 1.
With cover art by Candace Bushnell’s preferred illustrator, Melbourne-based Megan Hess, Clements’ second crack at chronicling the corridors of Condé Nast’s marquee title Down Under is less biographical and more “salacious” than “The Vogue Factor,” said Clements.
Clements’ insider accounts in “The Vogue Factor” of, notably, the efforts to which models go to be “Paris thin” fascinated the media in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.
“By just telling the truth, yes, you tend to lift the lid in this industry,” said Clements, who lasted far longer at Vogue than the architect of her dismissal in May 2012, News Corp. Australia chief executive officer Kim Williams, who stepped down last month after just 20 months in the job.
“Vogue is Vogue,” Clements added. “I mean, you think, well, it’s [just] Australian Vogue.…But you are privy to all the stuff that other Vogues are. [‘Tongue in Chic’] is more observational and crazy reflections on those aspects of fashion that are so outrageous. When you look back, you think, ‘Oh my God, really?’ I wanted to do it while it’s all still fresh in my mind.”