My favorite time of the year has come. It’s not even september and most of all the september issues are already out and available for sale. I can’t wait to be a millionaire and go out and buy ALL OF THEM -someday (one can dream you know?). So here’s the selection of what I’ve found until now. Let me know if you have any images available so we can add them to the list. Enjoy!
What’s the charm about Vogue? Is it the insane amount of products that come free or as a sample to the editors? Is it the fashionable pieces walking down the aisles of the real offices? Or is it the perfect silhouettes that cover the glossy pages of the beautiful magazine? I think all of these reasons count, as part of the charm isn’t it? But, honestly after three months as an official insider, for me is not the products, or the heels walking downs the aisles. It’s the people who build the beacon of hope for the fashion and contemporary art lover (let’s not forget for the one who can afford a $4.99 monthly luxury).
This group of people includes designers, artistic directors, creative minds and great editors. They’re all so different that you don’t even imagine how human can they be. It is a little bit like The Devil Wears Prada, in a way that they’re unbelievable experts in what they do. But, the thing is that people who reads the magazine only knows about the ones who are in charge of the big positions. Among them, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Kelly Talamas, Emmanuelle Alt, and Andre Leon Talley.
Now, what about the rest? Who are the writers or the editors-at-large? Where are they, and why they’re not known because of the very own credits of the magazine? What about the assistants, the marketing directors and even the photographers who assist to every single event to document every single outfit and face that goes through it? I think the socials section is not enough, and honestly sometimes it is more charming to only know the name and the face instead of the real person who writes and designs. If you have worked inside this industry you know what I mean.
To know the person indirectly is more fun sometimes. You get to know the fun and bright side of the genius who writes that monthly essay that might give a little twist to a part of your life. Some of my favorites? Hamish Bowles from Vogue USA and John Heilpern from Vanity Fair USA (clearly my favorite magazines and newspapers are from the US). I’ve got to know them not only because of the essays they write for these amazing magazines, but because of a source that has become a little more exclusive as time has gone by. The New York Times presented them to the audience, in a real human way. Yes, they talk about their love for the publications areas, the fashion clichés and their daily routine, but what’s more interesting about these profiles is how they made their own way to the top.
There wasn’t any family name involved, or any beauty stereotypes at the time of hiring. They were hired because of their true talents, and they were promoted because of the outstanding job and constant innovations. They were able to transform an insipid subject into a really interesting and fulfilling one. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and check out the columns by these authors, a.k.a. Out to Lunch with John Heilpern in Vanity Fair or the selected story by Hamish Bowles in the monthly Vogue (one of the most interesting ones and personal favorite, was an interview and personal course with Formula 1’ driver Lewis Hamilton).
The list is really long, and let’s not forget about the people who doesn’t write, but photograph or design exclusively for these publications. Always, when reading a magazine, no matter your choice, check the credits column at the beginning. Check the collaborators columns and always look a little further for the designers’ profiles. They work their a** off everytime they’re called for a feature, and believe me, you’ll be more than surprised to know who they are and where they come from.
Check out The New York Times, that allows you to read 20 free articles per month, or The Business of Fashion, that with their new area of the BOF500, features an insane amount of stories behind the big labels. Also Vanity Fair and W Magazine allows you to access the cover story and the main ones online for free every single month. I’m not kidding. I’m not a great follower of The New Yorker, but I know they have great essays. I’ll have to get my eyes around those essays some time soon. And if you want even more details for free, go ahead and check Voguepedia.com, which gives you a really wide selection of stories about the most recognized Vogue personalities ever.
Read the books that the magazines recommend. You might find a lot of interesting personalities that might inspire you to a better life. I know they don’t always read the books, the ones who recommend them, but as far as I’ve read them, they’re all have been really good and insanely interesting. You’ll get to know authors from all around the world, and actually support a literary project.
If I keep writing this post, I might exceed the boring line, so I’ll leave you with this information for now. It’s all useful and again, incredibly interesting. Because of reading these magazines and newspapers, you might get a chance to get the dream job that you always wanted. You’ll never know. Never underestimate the unexpected results. They happen to everyone, the thing is that we don’t always get to know.
The good thing about blogging is that you can talk about almost anything that crosses your mind. You can complain, inform, or just post an image that you love. The goal for some bloggers is to get discovered and become an online sensation. For me? It’s just about informing the latest stuff around the fashion world, and the news that I truly admire and want to consult on a later future. (And talk about my current life and achievements in its own way).
Keeping it real, clear, and straight, I love Vogue Magazine. I really do, but I love other magazines as well. (Those have amazing work and really need to be shown to the entire world). There’s one thing that has been going on around the journalism world and specially around the Condé Nast International family, and it is the fact that fashion magazines, do not talk about fashion on every page of the issue anymore. They’re adding politics, news, economy, and basically stuff that move people and motivate you to start a better tomorrow.
One of the magazines that do this constantly and that is NOT focused on fashion and style is Vanity Fair. They have amazing essays, and the information is really accurate. Because of them, I’ve known so many new characters among the news and journalism world. One of them, who does a simple job and was introduced on a previous issue, is David Downton. You’ll know who he is in just a few seconds. Keep reading.
He is an artist that sketches celebrities and publishes his work on famous magazines and websites. He has portrayed people like Cate Blanchett, Michelle Dockery and Karlie Kloss. He uses watercolors and does it in a range of time that he pictures them in the best moments or at least in a time that they look stunning. He does the work before presentations, shows, or just before a photoshoot that soon will be published in a famous magazine.
Downton applies simple and minimalistic silhouettes and what’s the best of it? His work is memorable. He takes the beauty and transforms it through an artistic perspective of reality. He emphasizes not only the form of the body, but the piece that they’re wearing, either if it is jewelry or a collection dress. I’ve seen from Oscar de la Renta dresses to Jason Wu authentic pieces. Check his work out. His work is for the drawing, fashion, and art lovers.
Every now and then, during work hours I have a couple of minutes off, either to take a break or to do anything outside the office. This week, when all the September issues started coming in, I had the fortune to receive the latest edition from Vanity Fair (Princess Diana is on the cover). What I loved about this issue was the fact that most of the articles are emphasized on the fashion world, making a concentration on the industry side (it’s the ‘style issue’ of course!) . The most recognized fashion personalities such as André Leon Talley, Mario Testino, John Galliano, and Christian Lacroix are the ones featured on the main articles.
From the whole magazine, the article that I absolutely adored was the essay by Tim Sheaffer, featuring a ‘sort’ of interview with the genius and shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik. You’ve seen his stuff in almost every movie, but how can we forget about the royal blue wedding heels in the movie Sex and The City, worn by the iconic character, and true fashionista, Carrie Bradshaw, portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker.
What caught my eye about this article was the true authenticity about Blahnik. He doesn’t follow any trends, and he doesn’t have an obsession or an emphasis for skinny feet or skinny girls. The article is funny in its own way. Blahnik doesn’t like wine, and he has an original piece of almost every single shoe he has designed. The article is brief and easy to read. It made me laugh and appreciate a new side of the amazing designer.
Read it! I know you’ll love it! Click here for full article.