This month, I was pleasantly surprised by fashion publications, in particular two periodicals, Vogue and Nylon, that of late I’ve been a bit harsh about.
First up: Vogue. The beautiful cover featuring Rachel McAdams was the first clue that this issue was directed at Vogue’s younger demographic.
The standout piece of the rather thin issue (they all are this month), was the fantastic editorial entitled “Already Famous” that paired fun pieces from established designers like Bottega Veneta and Jil Sander with members of indie-becoming-mainstream groups like Vampire Weekend and MGMT. The entire concept of the editorial was genius for several reasons. First, it clearly appealed to the college age and 20′s sect. In fact, if you’ve never read an issue of Vogue, I think this would be a great starting point for you. Second, it was a great way to introduce the musical groups to Vogue’s older, established demographic. Music and fashion go hand in hand as it is important to always be pushing boundaries with both. So, it follows fans of cutting edge fashion would also enjoy learning about what’s new on the music scene. Finally, with the exception of model Sasha Pivovarova, everyone featured in the editorial was male. So, I really enjoyed getting to see so much men’s fashion on Vogue’s pages.
The rest of the issue was great, but of course I can’t fail to mention what has become the very controversial profile of Lara Stone. If you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks, Lara Stone is a size 4 model who Vogue featured in a story about how it can be difficult to find work and how she is treated in the industry. The media has come out in a full force attack against the article because they are angry that anyone should feel sorry for a size 4 model- or something like that. Which I think is ridiculous because facts are facts. No matter how much you dislike it, the fashion industry currently likes very thin models. In my opinion, all Vogue was doing was giving Lara a chance to tell her story. I didn’t think the article showed any bias on the subject. I would love to see more articles in Vogue that do tell the personal stories of models in the industry. So bravo, Vogue, who cares what the Today Show thinks?
Next up, is Nylon. This month’s issue had me rethinking my stance against the magazine in recent months. They almost (not quite) convinced me that Hilary Duff was a suitable cover girl choice.
Of course, the first thing that caught my eye about the cover was the promise of the free 27 song download from iTunes!!! Woohoo!!!! I’d figured we would have to wait a whole year for free music from the fashion magazine that keeps me somewhat educated about music outside the Top 40. If you want the download- and I know you do- check it out here . This go around, Nylon’s free download includes music from the Animal Collective, The Horrors, Lissy Trullie, Sufjan Stevens, and many more.
The rest of the issue reminded me how I fell in love with Nylon first with pleny of pop culture inspired fashion. But Dear Nylon, is it really too much to ask that your next cover girl not be a former Disney Channel star?
Speaking of former Disney Channel stars, Elle also went that route this month with Britney. The cover that featured the newly revived superstar with her two boys left me unsure of how I felt about the whole thing. On one hand, it’s great that Britney seems to have her life back together. On the other hand, Elle is supposed to be a serious fashion magazine. I don’t think Britney has ever had a serious fashion moment in her life.
The interview and photo shoot with Britney was pretty standard. I was more interested in the feature on Lady Gaga. Now there’s a pop star who appreciates the most avant-garde fashion. (You can argue if it’s true appreciation of art or if she just likes being weird for weird’s sake.)
As always, the trend pages were fantastic with this month’s pages featuring pieces from the Spring 2010 lines.