8/30/2011

LONG LIVE PRINT

I'm a really big advocate for print magazines. For me, fewer things are more enjoyable than curling up with a fresh new magazine over a mug of hot chocolate. Magazines have a way of captivating the senses in a way that blogs that never will, and this isn't a bad thing! There's always room for intelligent, insightful discussions about fashion and stunning editorials. Here's some of my favorites!



LURVE. No talk, just photos.  Gorgeous full-page editorials and next-level styling that relies on statement pieces, not layers of prints or colors. The ultimate eyecandy magazine.





The Gentlewoman. A magazine that celebrates the working woman from a practical and approachable point of view. I love reading the interviews of inspiring diverse women from all walks of life; fashion, film, music, art, politics, literature, journalism. The editorials are styled to reflect how women dress in the real world, no lofty glamour here! Possibly the closest thing to a feminist fashion magazine (without writing specifically about feminism).






Lula. This magazine is a delight for the senses. I'm not really sure what else I can say about it that hasn't been said before, so I'll just direct you to Nicolette's excellent write-up. She really captures its essence rather eloquently. My favorite issue is #7, pictured above. It celebrates the spooky girl who wears black and finds beauty in the darker side of things. Obviously this appeals to my interests.







BLEND. Definitely my favorite magazine right now. I eagerly await each new issue and block out an entire evening to read and reread it from cover to cover. It's an oversized Dutch publication that blends (heyo!) fashion with art and music and brilliant writing. BLEND talks about fashion from a wide-eyed, optimistic perspective and celebrates the best of it. Completely not pretentious in the slightest but it still manages to feel like your impossibly cool friend who is always gushing with exciting things to share with you. The editorials are some of the most creative in print today - always cutting-edge with the contemporary appeal of visual art. I always feel like a "hip" "in-crowd" person when I finish reading an issue of BLEND, and that (temporary) ego boost is worth the cost of print alone.

All of these magazines (except LURVE) are available at Quimby's Books in Wicker Park. Please consider supporting an independant local bookstore.

It's worth mentioning that while these magazines greatly inspire me, there's nothing in print today that is written from an explicitly feminist point of view. Fashion and feminism have a long history of at best, ignoring one another, but they can (and SHOULD) coexist peacefully. Luckily Isabel is well aware of this gaping hole and wants to make a difference, but she needs your help! You can watch her video and vote for her every day here to help her get started with the first feminist fashion magazine.

What are some your favorite magazines? Do share!

17 comments:

Laura said...

Those magazines are gorgeous! And I definitely agree, curling up with a good magazine or book beats reading something on a computer screen any day. Currently the only magazine I receive is Nylon but I'm anxious to search out different avenues of inspiration!

Lydia said...

Wow thanks for introducing me to some awesome new mags! I am def checking out "Gentlewomen." Your blog is really awesome!

Lucinda said...

A good magazine is still something to be treasured. I'm always trying to track down Blend and Dansk but except for specialty magazine stores it can be tricky in Australia. I wish your local bookstore was my local!

Amy Creyer said...

Yes yes yes.

This might be my favorite 'informative' post on Latterstyle. I credit you with introducing me to Blend, which is fantastic for all the reasons you mentioned.

Amy Creyer said...

I forgot to add that I love i-D Magazine too, that along with The Gentlewoman and Lula are my 3 'must have' fashion magazines.

readysetfashion said...

beautiful selections. all are exceptional! i love how 'the gentlewoman' nails it every time, and there's only been 3 issues.....

i have to say i am most anxious for vogue paris each month now that emmanuelle alt is running the show. all the years dealing with ms. roitfeld has paid off. her vision reminds me of harper's bazaar under the reign of the immortal liz tilberis in the 90's. i can't wait to see what more alt brings to the magazine.

other then that they are all my favorites!

MONSIEUR MAIKI said...

i love your mags!

Caroline Ergy Erg said...

These all look amazing, nice to see something different from your usual fashion mags. Woo for Isabel's magazine too!
xxx

Claire said...

I agree that fashion magazines have something that blogs really can't replace, and I seriously love magazines. Sad part though, I can NEVER find any of the good ones where I live! (I know what a tragic life, haha). Anyways, these look really incredible!

Jessie said...

Such a nice post,Blend magazine looks gorgeous!

Ol3nka said...

You've totally inspired me to head over to Quimby's this weekend. And you're right, feminism and fashion should coexist together... *sigh* someday they will.

Sheena said...

I am also an advocate of print magazines as well and I hope that no matter how far we go into the future, they never cease to exist.

I also love Lula and a good issue of i-D magazine, but now I think I'll have to travel over to Quimby's to check out The Gentlewoman and Blend!

D♥R said...

Awesome!I'm also fashion magazine addict! Love the gentlewomam

Amber said...

Lula is one of my favorites... I really love it, but I have such a hard time getting my hands on an issue where I live.

I've never heard of the others. The Gentlewoman looks good.

Magnet said...

I've always freaking adored magazines and being a graphic design student of course, I still like them. Some of my favourites would be i-D, Lula, idn, yen, frankie, oyster, vogue italia..... the list goes on and on and on and on. If I was loaded I'd be subscribed to a shit load.

wobblinbetty said...

being a designer that works mainly for print I feel a special excitement everytime I hold a mag in my hand. My lates addction is "Novembre" by Maxime Buchi, already founder of Sang Bleu, my fav mag ever!

la Vinia said...

These look interesting to me - especially Lula and Blend. I'm more WAD or i-D focused :)
You're right, nothing compares with reading some good fashion stuff..on paper!