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Bullet Point Bullshit: September Issues

August 22, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, hasn’t it?

Below in concise bullet point form is the breakdown of the in the September issues starting with Harpers Bazaar (which has definitely put on a bit of healthy weight since last year’s).

Advance apologies for the rubbish photo quality…

Harpers Bazaar

  • I hate starting with a negative, and of course this isn’t Harpers’ fault but I have a major issue with those ‘special’ ads that waste expensive thick cardboard and practically force the reader to that page. Perhaps the image below will better explain what I mean:

Well yes, of course it had to be Fendi, didn’t it? It’s so darn irritating. Unless I rip the cardboard page out or lean my entire body weight on the other side of the mag, I can’t casually browse without landing right bam smack in the middle. Its a bit like the kid in the school play who has to overshadow the rest by singing the loudest. And you know what? I still have no desire to buy Fendi this season. Right, rant over and on to the next:

  • On the Fashion File pages, Amanda Harlech waxes lyrical about her addiction to white shirts and how she plans to wear them this season. *Yawn* -  how many times are we going to read about Amanda Harlech’s love for the white shirt and Chanel? We know mate, we know…
  • On a more positive note Clare Coulson writes a great piece about Emilio Pucci designer Peter Dundas (who I have been a big fan of for a while). Coulson describes his style as ‘laid-back surfer with rock-star charisma’. Couldn’t have said it better myself
  • This picture of Kate Moss as part of a piece about the ‘Primrose Hill Set’ has me insanely lusting over a lavender crushed velvet coat for winter:

  • Overall fashion editorial quality? 6/10 (wont ruin it for you guys and let you see them for yourselves. Let me know if you agree with my scoring!) My greatest disappointment is the Maciek Kobielski and Vanessa Coyle ‘Woodland Spirit’ editorial. I feel like it lacks a bit of emotion and with everyone doing woodland themed shoots, doesn’t stand out in the slightest.

Vogue

  • I’ve been questioning for a while if bloggers are now as equally on the pulse as magazine editors. After seeing the Raquel Allegra piece on one of the ‘In Vogue’ pages, I had to award a very large brownie point to us bloggers. Raquel Allegra has been blogged about to death and just as we’ve moved on, Vogue adds their stamp of approval. Here is Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast fame in hers:

  • On the ‘Style Spy’ pages, model Jamie Bochert makes me jealous with detail on her extensive Ann Demeulemeester wardrobe and trips to NYC’s vintage heaven (no, it really is heaven) Melet Mercantile. If you ever find yourself in the city of neon and chrome, it would be a tragedy not to book an appointment and go.
  • On the Vogue Diary page, there is speak of yet another Biba comeback but this time exclusive to House of Fraser as the Buyer of Structured Settlement Payments. I have two questions: 1) How many comebacks can a brand have? and 2) Why do money making scroungers feel the need to revive a brand that should have been laid to rest at its peak? Biba will never be revived in the way it deserves which is sad but true. Now bury it and leave it alone.
  • Frances Bentley writes a witty article about the power of meditation. I like her cynical tone and honesty of being afraid she would be labeled a ‘hippie’ followed by acknowledging its benefits. I particularly familiarize with what she has to say in regards to the power of breathing and swimming. You know when you are really relaxed and underwater, you  aware of your own breath and it is just so so soothing?!  Unfortunately the article goes all ‘Vogue’ on us and suggests £600 meditation clinics. If I’m spending £600 on learning how to control my breathing, I will have bigger issues to worry about but thanks for the sound advice, Vogue.
  • On the other end of the financial spectrum, Emma Elwick-Bates gets my budget juices flowing with these £10 faux suede Primark beauties:

  • Editorial scoring? 7/10. Nothing new but nothing bad either. Plus, any Kate Moss editorial will always add at least 1 point for me. No, I’m not ‘over her’ yet.

Elle

  • My favourite September Issue quote has to be via plus-size model Crystal Renn’s interview with Claire Matthiae on her recent walk for Chanel Resort;  “I remember going up to Karl [Lagerfeld] later that night to say thank you. He said ‘Honey, you’re so young you know. There will be many more moments.’ I was like ‘No Karl, trust me, this is my moment’”.
  • Uber stylist Arianne Philips divulges just enough information on her lifetime collaboration with Madonna to keep you interested but not enough to form an opinion. Apparently Madge is a ‘No-woman’ more than a ‘Yes-woman’ and that the two have heated disagreements. How much would you pay to be a fly on a wall for one of those arguments?
  • The Elle team have me successfully convinced that I need these Alexander Wang boots and a pair of leopard print high-top trainers:

they do NOT have me convinced on these Betty Jackson disasters:

  • Editorial scoring? 4/10. The editorial content is bang on point as usual but the shoots don’t have me convinced…
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2010 12:15 am

    great fashion pieces!

  2. August 24, 2010 7:53 am

    ooohhh where to start. With you on cardboard ad inserts. i rip them all out, no paper is too thick for my fingers. I love Harpers Bazaar and Elle but their main fashion shoots never do it for me. Sophia Neophitou has made a bit of difference because she uses difference photographers but on the whole I flick through them. I love Elle’s shopping pages – always amazing. And Vogue is just perfect in every way apart from the bland covers.

  3. Saskia permalink
    August 25, 2010 1:26 am

    Agree with all of the above! Hope to see a part 2 with iD and Dazed et al

  4. Paulier permalink
    August 25, 2010 4:06 am

    I’ve recently started a blog, I’m not ready to show it yet but just wanted to let you know that layersandswathes has been a huge inspiration :)

  5. August 25, 2010 5:47 pm

    Do a review of Love! I really can’t afford the currency exchange price unless it actually lives up to the hype…

    • August 25, 2010 6:13 pm

      Will be doing that soon! Going away for long weekend so expect it some time next week (not a massive fan of LOVE so far so we will see) xo

    • Justine permalink
      September 6, 2010 2:02 pm

      Ew, are you really blogging Primark?

  6. Evan permalink
    September 6, 2010 8:00 pm

    Those massive cardboard ads piss me right off! I’m totally with you on that one sista! As for the poor editorial ratings… I think you could give em’ more credit than that?!

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