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I like the idea of Vogue better than the celebrity-obsessed rag it's become.

  • Dec 9, 2008
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Strange as it may sound, Vogue is like an ex-boyfriend with baggage. I can't deny the luxury and occasional brilliance of the photo spreads. But it usually falls flat, especially compared to French and Italian Vogue, not to mention the independent fashion magazines (like Flaunt, Tokion, Blackbook), that don't blush at a risk beyond Japanese deconstructionist dresses. But perhaps my biggest criticism is the magazine's turn away from fashion. Ever since Giselle, I feel like Vogue has just given up on major models. There are too many boring celebrities on the cover nowadays -- and, to me, that's just not high fashion (yes, I love Naomi Campbell).

But, why the slamming review? The truth is that I used to be a subscriber (1997-2000). From the ages of 12 to 15, barely old enough to fit into the clothing, I read about Karl Langerfeld, Miuccia Prada, and Alek Wek religiously.

And then I stopped. This was probably around the time that Voue altered its course, making a conscious decision to focus on more celebrity reporting. Personally, this also coincided with the time that I got into independent publishing -- and saw a world beyond Conde Nast. So, this is my mixed, complex review of an ex that I've never totally forgotten. It's not the best, though certainly not the worst, in fashion magazines. Yet, I feel like I can't quite go back to the days of reading Plum Sykes and finding, as I nibbled on my Fruit Roll-Ups, my first taste of ironic, female sass.

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July 27, 2009
Haha, "like an ex-boyfriend with baggage" is an interesting way to describe Vogue!  It's unfortunate that Vogue chooses to cover more celebrities than actual fashion model nowadays (same with W Magazine, too).  Even Sartorialist has gone down the same path (instead of covering regular people on the streets, they cover quite a bit of fashion insiders now).

Good for you for reading Vogue when you were 12-15 though.  When I was that age, I wasn't even reading Teen Vogue, I was reading stuff like Seventeen :x
 
July 19, 2009
I agree, plus lately Vogue, as well as many other fashion magazines, have been dominated by advertisements. I've counted more pages of ads than content so many times. Have you found a different fashion mag to substitute for your Vogue drought?
 
April 19, 2009
I can't say I've ever actually read anything written in Vogue... however... I do pick up a copy from time to time for inspiration as a photographer.
 
December 17, 2008
I have to say, I have to agree. That latest Jennifer Aniston cover (with the "uncool" quote) was just kind of ridic. Also, I think Vogue could be a lot more inclusive of the designers it features in its editorials, not always just Oscar, Narciso, etc etc.
 
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Vogue initially began as a bimonthly publication in 1892 and at the turn of the century in 1909 when Condé Nast acquired the title, subscription rates began increasing.  Editor, Diana Vreeland, directed the emphasis of the magazine towards youth culture and the energy of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and launched the career of young modelets such as Twiggy and Penelope Tree. 

During the 70s the emphasis shifted once more with the arrival of a new editor-in-chief, Grace Mirabella, where major changes were corresponding to the shifting trends of their target audience's lifestyles. 

Current Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour took reign in 1988 where she has protected the prestige of the influential fashion publication.  Wintour has made fashion more accessible thus increasing readership. 


 

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