Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Fashion Bible & Its Disciples

       For years Vogue has been considered the 'Fashion Bible'. For years Vogue has been considered  the undisputed leader of all that is fashion. Elle, Harper's Bazaar and even InStyle have established their own respective places within the fashion industry but Vogue still remains the forerunner in fashion magazines. No other fashion monthly has ever managed to balance commercial appeal and high fashion editorials quite like Vogue and for that reason it is and, no doubt, always will be the 'Fashion Bible'. 

       However, alongside Vogue, exists an array of unique disciples. Alongside Vogue exists a selection of biannual and bimonthly treats created to satisfy and fulfil our fashion-led desires. Exotic surprises laid out for us to devour on demand. Magazines, which, whilst not as commercial as their monthly counterparts, stand out in their quirkiness and deserve recognition. Thus, by the means of this blog, I am going to write about a few of my favourites. I am going to promote Vogue's most notable disciples.


       Wonderland is the magazine, which is perhaps most famous for its utterly stylish fashion editor, Julia Sarr-Jamois. Luckily for Wonderland though, it is the magazine equivalent of its fashion editor. Both are visual feasts for the eyes - Sarr-Jamois for her eccentric outfit combos and Wonderland for its out-there styling and both are intelligent forces to be reckoned with - Sarr-Jamois for her creative concepts and Wonderland for its down-to-earth features and interviews. The magazine acts as an advert for all things visually pleasing and with its bimonthly release it never fails to  impress.


      i-D. From the infamous wink face, as pictured above and in its logo, to its playful photo-shoots, i-D is the rare fashion magazine that never fails to find the humour in fashion. Inside every issue is a witty theme played out through an array of anecdotes and editorials, be it Lights, Camera, Action or Whatever the Weather and each is as intriguing as the next. What's more i-D never shies away from promoting up and coming models and talents and, in doing so, allows them, like their celebrity counterparts, to decorate the news stands with great success.


      Hunger is the newest of Vogue's disciples and yet, in spite of this, is no less impressive than its peers. It is the love child of photographer Rankin - a portfolio of his work and, whilst this may seem somewhat self-indulgent - because, well, it is - Rankin makes up for it with his talent and the unique content of the magazine. From Tilda Swinton poetry to unlikely interviews, Hunger intrigues and engages its reader throughout its multitude of pages. Moreover, the photography is stunning and with no adverts at all this biannual magazine is well worth its on-sale price.


        Much like Hunger, LOVE is a biannual magazine which works exclusively with a photographer and, much like Hunger, it gets away with it. Within its 7 issues on the news stands, the photographers Mert & Marcus have captured Beth Ditto - not to mention most of the world's top models - naked, Kate Moss and Lea T engaged in a kiss and Linda Evangelista aged 46 proving that she's still got that je-ne-sais-quoi. Within its 7 issues LOVE's editor Katie Grand has ignored commercial formulas in favour of controversy and creativity and for that reason is part of something rather special.

       So there we have it: four of Vogue's most notable disciples and, with the end of the month looming, new issues await us all. In fact, LOVE hits the stands July 31st - happy reading everyone.

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