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some people in the business think that magazines are going to become a thing of the past. i hope this never happens. i love magazines!

i only subscribe to one magazine, australian vogue, and choose the rest (3-4) spontaneously each month. i rely on the australian vogue for my wool fix during the us bikini-obsessed months of may-august, which is their winter. in my plot to foil the seasons, i also discovered that despite the powerful dna, australian vogue has a different take on fashion, and it's refreshing. i like the extra attention paid to japanese designers as well. unlike us vogue, i actually read 70-80% of the articles.

but reading the magazines isn't essential to my enjoying them. on my last trip, i located this wonderful magazine shop (top pic), athenaeum boekhandel & nieuwscentrum (spellcheck is going crazy right now). i asked the shopkeeper there for some dutch fashion titles and she quickly selected 3 for me: B612, LINK and CODE. i plan to sit down this weekend, if not sooner, and sink into them, a wonderful extension of my trip.




are your sources of fashion all home-grown or do you ever cross borders?
which do you prefer, and why?

16 comments:

GenX Theorist said...

Ah ha, I will have to check out AU vogue...I've been pondering the vogues wondering which one I'd like outside of American. Despite being of international flavor, I've been painfully USized when it comes to fashion mags...subscribing to Vogue, Elle and Bazaar. (And The New Yorker). I've always wanted something else, just not sure where to start.

I do love magazines so. I would never give them up. It all started with Sassy in 5th grade, then Teen, the Seventeen. Then Elle. Then Interview and finally Vogue. I remember employing all the beauty tips from Seventeen - my bathroom was a mess of bath products, makeup and hair rollers. Ah, those were the days. :)

editor said...

i started, at who knows what age, with french marie claire that a friend would give my mom when she was done with them. i loved seventeen too. those scrubbed-faced, long-haired models. they looked so healthy and beautiful.

i really did just pick australian vogue for the seasonal advantage, and now i love it.

V*Kstro said...

given my 2 cents of a man's percepective. i don't see how magazines will ever stop publishing. i myself am addicted. and i to read almost all the articles. Esquire and Details are my fav and of course, GQ is a must. they do not only cover fashion. they do have substance. if i just want fasion, i'll stick to ANTENNA www.antennamag.com and CODE www.code-mag.nl, both great fashion magazines. i also find myself in bookstore looking at all the magazines from abroad, here in miami you don't see a lot the fashionistas as in other cities of the world.

Carlene said...

I don't know why I don't look at fashion magazines from elsewhere, but I never even think of it. I do love shelter magazines from the UK and Australia, even though they are very expen$ive. I have a subscription to InsideOut (Aust.), and pick up Living Etc. (UK) every month without fail.

I do read and usually buy many, many (too many) U.S. fashion magazines though. Some months I cut back, but it never lasts. I'm an addict, from an early age. I have even purchased a stack of magazines from my youth on eBay; they're a riot.

You know what, that alternate season idea is a good one; however, I really don't need a reason to buy more magazines. Oh, also, I think I may have hurt my back reading the Sept. U.S. Vogue in bed.

Iheartfashion said...

For non-U.S. magazines I like Australian Vogue too, and usually buy French Vogue, UK Vogue, Elle and Bazaar and sometimes Italian Vogue. Yikes: I'm just realizing how much money I spend on magazines every month!
One of my favorite things about travel is buying foreign fashion glossies too. I got some fun ones in Paris last time that I've never seen here.

editor said...

v*kstro - no vogue homme?

carlene - one advantage to foreign magazines is the reduced temptation to buy the stuff you see. i love british hair magazines - they come in a mini size, nice glossy paper throughout, some fun hair tips and loads of great pictures and very independent ideas about hairstyling.
ps i'll just say it. sept. vogue is simply too big.

iheartfashion - the british magazines are fun. can you read the french or italian? i don't go out of my way to buy a magazine i can't read unless i'm traveling, then, like you, i scoop up the local finds (in amsterdam a woman was asking at the shop about american people magazine while i was drooling over the special local goodies.), but i will make the acception for vogue nippon. and i've bought the japanese magazine "fruits" on occasion - it covers punky/spunky street style.

Candid Cool said...

I enjoy Harpers Bazaar, Menswear Magazine, but a lot of times I prefer the imports or the lesser known magazines.
-h

Teresa said...

I LOVE 10 magazine. French 10 too. And Numero. W. Lula. Nylon despite it's infatuation with anything Cory Kennedy. French Vogue, Vogue Italia for the Meisel-ness. Teen Vogue because I love Kimball Hastings. God I spend way too much on magazines every month.
As a kid I read a lot of Ellegirl, now that was a respectable teen magazine that unfortunately went under.

V*Kstro said...

for me BRITISH MAGZ ARE THE BEST! and yes of course vogue homme!

Iheartfashion said...

My French is passable (enough to read Vogue anyway), my Italian less so (sometimes Vogue Italia comes with unintentionally humorously translated English text: ie "runaway" for "runway"), but it's still worth it for the photos.

editor said...

teresa, what do you think about teenVogue?

v*kstro - did you ever read cargo? is that the one that folded a year or 2 ago? what's your ideal men's magazine?

iheartfashion - loads of english words and expressions all over the dutch and german magazines i've seen. just in the middle of an article, which only increases my curiosity but never advances my comprehension about the piece. lol
i totally agree, fashion knows no bounds when it comes to language.

Candid Cool said...

ou 10 is a good one. i saw it once & i enjoyed it. i read one article & it had a huge impact on the way i dressed
-h

kunsthaus said...

I used to spend a lot of money on magazines. Now I have really reduced my spending. I buy one German magazine every month that I really like and otherwise it rotates every month. Sometimes I will buy the same magazine for a couple of times but then won't buy it for a while again, which is a lot of times because of the costs involved because I prefer buying magazines from other country which often cost a lot more here in Austria. Mostly however I nowadays prefer to buy bi-annual magazines anyway, which of course isn't that expensive over a longer period of time as buying 5 monthly magazines every month.

editor said...

kunsthaus - i didn't even think about the bi-annual magazines that i love. mostly pure runway volumes. i hang on to those for years and years. they are very $$, but well worth it.

e said...

hi! as an australian i NEVER buy australian vogue. i think the australian edtion is so derivitive: most of the stuff is lifted from the american and british vogues, so i get them instead and get it first hand, in the orginal package. i also subscribe to american harpers bazzar (again, the australian one is using american fashion shoots). i use fot also get american luck and glmaou and allure. i love magazines and keep them all and i wish m local newsagents would carry even more interantional editions than they do!

editor said...

lol, noooooooooooo it soooooo is not derivative. yes, there is A LOT of recycled material, but there is definitely a different slant to the articles (it's not like they lift them all and just change all the "colors" to "colours"). lucky - that doesn't torture you with all the us-based shopping?