An Ode to Suzy Menkes (more specifically, to her poof)

According to one of my favorite fashion sites, The Cut, Suzy Menkes is leaving her position as fashion critic at the International New York Times to be the International Editor at Vogue, where she will acting as critic and reporter for their international site.  In honor of her momentous career transition (she was at The International New York Times, previously The International Herald Tribune, for 25 years!!!), I want to take a minute and reflect on her iconic hair. Before there was Snooki, there was Suzy.  Who knew Snooki was so sartorially savvy?  Ladies and gentlemen:  Suzy Menkes’ Poof: A Retrospective.

Closer to the poof's inception

A signature look is born.

A glimpse at the inner workings of the poof.

A glimpse at the inner workings of the poof.

A poof with a view.

A poof with a view.

Some serious 80s glam poof.

Some serious 80s glam poof.

Dueling signature looks: Menkes' poof versus Grace Coddingtons' red curls

Dueling voluminous signature locks: Menkes’ poof versus Grace Coddingtons’ puff.

Signature look showdown the second:  Menkes' iconic poof versus Wintour's iconic bob

Signature look showdown the second: Menkes’ iconic poof versus Wintour’s iconic bob

True story:  I rant into Hamish Bowles in the subway station at Times Square 42nd Street several years ago.  He looks just as dapper in person and smiled at me generously as I tried to not to blatantly fangirl. That’s one item checked off my fashion bucket list…

The poof goes incognito under a fascinator.

The poof goes incognito under a fascinator.

The accessorized poof.

The accessorized poof.

Power poof.

Power poof.

And with that, I’ve run out of poof-related puns.  In all seriousness, congrats to Suzy in her new role!  I’m looking forward to reading more of her deeply insightful perspectives on international fashion 🙂

That said, I found this tidbit to be of note:

“Whatever the cause, her departure marks the third high-profile exit from The New York Times’ fashion and style section in recent months. Last October, former fashion critic and reporter Eric Wilson left the Times to take up a position at InStyle. Then, at the end of January, former fashion editor Cathy Horyn, left the newspaper. Now, with Menkes’ exit, the Times will have lost its most authoritative fashion critics.” (source: The Business of Fashion)

I can’t help but wonder what’s next for the Times style section…thank goodness Bill Cunningham is still there!!

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