VANITY FASHION PLATES: Despite being infamous for frumpiness, journalists didn’t do half badly on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list, which this September appears in the new forum of the magazine’s first-ever Style issue. Page Six’s Richard Johnson gets a shout-out for keeping his “offbeat Manhattan-prepster cool” while the gossip column was “under siege” in a payola scandal. Other journalists on the list include Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, Zac Goldsmith (The Ecologist magazine), Fran Lebowitz, Vogue style director Alexandra Kotur and Tatler’s Isabella Blow, and Anna Piaggi, who were both named to the category of “Fashion Originals.”

After only a brief hiatus from her last VF cover of December 2005, Kate Moss is on the cover again, clad only in a white fur hat, white gloves, and black knee-high boots. For her pains, Moss gets a Best-Dressed Hall of Fame title, an honor shared this year with the likes of Jordan’s Queen Rania, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, Giancarlo Giammetti of Valentino and hostess Connie Wald. Newly minted fashion and style director Michael Roberts, who was hired away from The New Yorker in April, takes credit for the choice in the magazine’s Behind the Scenes column: “Kate, I decided, had to be on the cover of the Style issue, because she is the most-followed style icon of our time.”

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West and David Beckham are among the others on this year’s list, along with Prince William and Gwen Stefani.
Irin Carmon

This story first appeared in the July 31, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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