The other day I was talking to my sister on GTalk (she lives in UK) about my fantasy for fashion magazines and went on rambling my irrevocable love for Vogue. Instead of agreeing with me she just stated that how all people associated with fashion only limit themselves to magazines and do not ‘broaden their horizons‘.
People say that Vogue is the bible for the fashion world. I agreed. But then I think about people obsessing over it makes me feel a little stupid. Lately I have been feeling that fashion magazines is just one perspective of fashion. The runway is a different world. Fashion magazine advertise the runway. Their articles are based on it.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”– Coco Chanel
[Last year’s ‘zines, from left: More,Sugar, LadMag (was free),Elle, Elle Vogue]
“Magazines talk about fashion so that they can sell to appeal to audience.They want their demographic to talk about it or have the same language about fashion as them.”
-Santu Misra, Editor of Y Magazine.
But are magazines sell-out? Do the only believe in fashion which pleases the public as a whole? (I am not talking about you, Tavi)
The other problem my sister also stated (who hates fashion too) that books like ‘The Teen Vogue Handbook‘ only talk about getting internships in Teen Vogue specifically. It will always urge you to get the internship in their office and then ramble about all the things which attracts girls.
Many Most of us do not get a chance there because it is meant for people in The States (one of the major reasons that we envy them) and then we always regret buying the book because it depresses us! I won’t say that the book is not an exciting read. It has got great feedback from leading designers and editors. But it is only subjected to Vogue and nothing beyond.
I am sure that many of you will disagree with me. The purpose of this article is definitely not to ‘insult’ magazine (except LadMag, which sucks BTW) but to just think for a moment. When do we actually read fashion literature instead of the new issue of Hello?
I assume that this article will get a lot of negative feedback because I talked to some two-three people about the topic and they all disagreed with me. But one of them did say to write it and get to know how people actually feel. The photo shown is shot by me and are my magazines (I stopped buying them this year because I got a little addictive and drained my allowance). I know that the photo quality is horrible but I am working on it.(I am definitely going to photography hell!) But one of my friends is going to teach me how to actually take good photos so I suppose that this blog will get more personalize touch from this summer!