this picture is the covers of 2008 Vogue Nippon (not American Vogue because firstly, I couldn't find it, and secondly, it's ugly) condensed into one image. I happened to have this image saved on my computer because I think it can serve as a really interesting perspective as a stylistic analysis of magazine covers.

speaking of Vogue...

I can't remember where or who mentioned the article in the Times about Vogue, I know I read it somewhere else as well, but the article came up on fashion week daily so I read it in its entirety; as a (magazine) journalism major with an obvious affinity and care for fashion I found the article interesting. Written by Cathy Horyn the article is aptly titled "What's Wrong with Vogue?", the article focuses primarily on Anna Wintour, (obviously) the current editor of US Vogue, and is sprinkled with some pretty solid evidence in favor of Wintour but in disfavor of the magazine's evolution, particularly since the recession. Mentioning that Wintour might have been replaced by French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld (Devil Wears Prada as a foreshadow? or, since it happens to be based, supposedly, on Wintour herself, could this have already been a possibility? interesting.), Horyn does briefly touch on the rising trends of fashion blogging among other trends to which Wintour has steadfastly denied mention or recognition in the magazine. Not to beat a dead horse by repeating in entirety what Horyn explains in her article, I've copied my favorite quotes out of the article:

"The very qualities that set Vogue apart — consummate fashion judgment, a comfortableness with ideas in the shallow pool of celebrity and weight-loss articles — now seem to be narrowing its view, like an aperture shutting down."

"There are too many stories about socialites — or, at any rate, too few such stories that sufficiently demonstrate why we should care about these creatures."

"It’s embarrassing to see how Vogue deals with the recession. For the December issue, it sent a writer off to discover the “charms” of Wal-Mart and Target. A similar obtuseness permeates a fashion spread in the January issue, where a model and a child are portrayed on a weekend outing with a Superman figure. Is a ’50s suburban frock emblematic of the mortgage meltdown?"

The only question is does Wintour even care?
I guess we'll have to see.

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