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The September Issue

2011 February 28

While I was sick on the couch this weekend, I finally got around to watching The September Issue, the movie documenting the creation of the September 2007 issue of Vogue. I thought the movie was interesting, but I was hoping for some kind of revelation or to learn something new about the way the magazine is produced. Anna Wintour remains an inscrutable rail of a woman, skinny and cold, and the fashion is still beautiful, and completely inaccessible.

Creative Director Grace Coddington was my favorite part of the movie. In one scene in Paris, she talks about how she never thought she would end up where she is, how she feels as though she’s somehow been left behind because she’s one of the last romantics. She began her career as a model, and she was beautiful.

One of the things that the movie made me think about was the recent debate taking place between style bloggers and fashion magazines–basically, whether or not style bloggers are relevant to the high fashion world, and if they have a place in it at all. Style bloggers are becoming more and more visible in the fashion world, with several of the most successful bloggers getting sponsorships from big name designers such as Coach. Tumblr sent a group of bloggers to New York Fashion Week, where they got to meet Oscar de la Renta, lunch with Simon Doonan, and attend fashion shows. But as visible as these bloggers have become, I think there’s a very important difference between most style blogs and fashion magazines. Style blogs are written by real women, with real bodies, real closets, and real budgets. The clothing in fashion magazines is more in the realm of fantasy, the kind of beautiful things that belong in a museum or on the red carpet–not in the office or at a friend’s party. I have room for both in my life, and I think I speak for most women when I say that.

What do you think? Are style blogs threatening fashion magazines?

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  1. Raquel permalink
    February 28, 2011

    I don’t think style blogs threaten fashion magazines for the very reason you mention: blogs are written by women living IRL, whereas what we see in magazines is fantasy–fashion as art. What we see on blogs is out there on the streets, being worn, and is accessible and affordable. But perhaps what makes them seem like a “threat” to fashion magazines is that style blogs give voices to thousands of normal people, who write about what they like and don’t like, and the fact that because they’re so accessible, lots of people love to read them and form communities around them. I think there’s room for both to happily coexist.

    Also, that 1962 cover of Vogue is stunning. So much more appealing and luxurious-looking in its sparseness than modern-day magazine covers, which I find loud and cluttered.

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