Through the looking glass

magazines are tricky. they can stimulate thoughts on colors, combinations, proportions, sending you off in 8 different directions with new ideas (hopefully your own ideas) or they can lecture to you ad nauseam about what they think you should have, and, if you're in a susceptible mood, after absorbing the not-so-subliminal shopping list of what you don't have, it might even carry over and infect how you feel about what you do have. a little exposure to newer, fresher clothes can cast a dark cloud over the tried-and-true. who's to blame for that, editor or reader?

what if a magazine featured clothes that you already have? what if you saw a beautiful layout based on clothing you've had for well over a year? would that feel tired and uninspired, or would it reinvigorate your appreciation for what you have?

how would that make you feel about your clothes?
how would that make you feel about the magazine?

10 comments:

-h of candid cool said...

it would make me appreciate what i already have. occasionally, i like to go through my closet and try things on and try on different combinations.

readysetfashion said...

for about 10 seconds I would feel a bit territorial and then totally reinvigorated.

greying pixie said...

This is interesting and an experience I have had many times. I have often designed and made clothes which initially I have tried on myself and even worn and incorporated into my wardrobe. Subsequently they have been photographed on models for various reasons, including magazine fashion slots.

I have always loved to see how the stylist and/or photographer has interpreted my work. It is always interesting and stimulating and good to know when your work/clothes can appeal to a wider audience.

Only once did I get offended, when one of my pieces was worn on a fashion slot on a daytime TV chat show and they decided to put it on a man! It looked awful and the presenter (now a well-known UK celebrity who shall remain nameless) had only horrible negative things to say about it.

Unfortunately I had no control over the situation as it was the retail outlet organizing the publicity.

But in answer to your question, I would never feel territorial about my clothes, just proud to be one of the cognoscenti.

Carlene said...

I'd love it! Love it so, so much! I just don't want to have to see my pants on Erin Wasson, know what I mean?

laia. said...

i agree with readysetfashion about feeling territorial for a bit. but it would be rad.

i think my favorite part of living in a place with discernible seasons is the fact that i pretty much rediscover my wardrobe every couple of months (i put summer stuff away during winter and vice versa)

and that being said, its always nice finding stuff i own in magazines, it's like a secret compliment.

Duchesse said...

I have a dream that this would happen not for the validation but for the fresh eye on styling what I have.

The magaizne would be "sane" instead of "Who would pay $7, 500 for THAT?"

a. said...

that would ROCK! i would love it if someone raided my closet and used it for a magazine full of fashion spreads! that is what i try to do myself (i mean not the fashion spreads, but the putting together of unusual/new combos from what i have already) and i just don't think i'm the best at it.

enc said...

I think I'd feel inspired, and invigorated. I'd love to see what someone else would do with the things I already have, because I'm in such a rut.

editor said...

i definitely agree on the territorial point. i would love a magazine that styled older clothes - not vintage, just things they have already pushed/promoted in years past. that would be a magazine that addresses their readers, rather than just accommodating their advertisers. presumably their readers do not throw out everything they own with each new issue and restock their wardrobes, so i would like a magazine that takes responsibility to address the existing wardrobe of their readers, and not just fill the pages with buy-buy-buy messages. i'm not a realist sometimes.

landis smithers said...

i think i'd miss the frisson of the new in the mix. fine with some of the old, but without the fresh impact for the eye, it would probably feel a little "what not to wear".