What happens when a major fashion magazine's puff piece on the wife of a dictator is made embarrassing by current events? Simple: pull the article and pretend it never happened. The article is quite embarrassing, and even the author "said it was “horrifying” to have been near the Assads". Why did the article appear in Vogue, then? It's easy to say that the fashion world is disconnected from reality, but there is more to it than that. The Atlantic hints at the real problem: The fashion world is elitist, but there is something else: its entire preoccupation is aesthetic, and no political movement has been more preoccupied with elitist aesthetics than fascism. It's made obvious every time a John Galliano opens his mouth about Hitler, but if fashion now appears so grotesque, it is because fascism is no longer the radical new option for the future as it used to be portrayed, but the epitome of decadence. In the absence of self-confessed fascist leaders, the fashion world is drawn to the expression of raw power, of which Syria is but one example.