Last February, Vogue magazine published a piece of puffery titled “A Rose in the Desert” about Syria’s first lady, Asma al-Assad. Written by Joan Juliet Buck, with photographs by star snapper James Nachtwey, the fawning article praised the Assads as a “wildly democratic” couple who had made Syria the “safest country in the Middle East.” A year later, Vogue returns to form with with Storm Troupers, a fashion shoot by Annie Leibovitz that features the US National Guard delivering aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy accompanied by, among others, supermodel Joan Smalls showing off a Proenza Schouler leather jacket and skirt.
The Saskatchewan-born fiddle player, Karrnnel, has a better sense of taste than Vogue. The video for his “101″ composition was was shot in and around New York City and, “In light of recent events and with gratitude for the people we met and neighborhoods we spent time in, a portion on sales from every download of ’101′ will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross Hurricane Sandy USA Fund,” his website states. Now, that’s style.