A few magazine things:
-I suck at keeping no-shopping pledges. Bought Flaunt and the new issue of Vogue Italia the other day.-Flaunt is cool. I love some of the art features, and the interview with Limi Yamamoto is aMAzing. I had no clue she thought so differently from her dad about fashion, or that Yohji kind of forced her into design. There's an article written by Thakoon which I didn't really get-it's about inventions, and one is a robot that adjusts sizes for fittings for designers, which I guess makes sense and is practical but I think if I were I designer I'd want to see the girl wearing the clothes. But I'm not a designer. Interesting to read his writing, anyway. I'm surprised they didn't jump on the SO MICHELLE OBAMA LOVES YOU deal like, uh, everyone else. The fashion editorials aren't really my thing and there's weird blood naked people stuff which is, uh, also not my thing, SOMEHOW. It goes on my bookshelf along with the other magazines I will never cut out of.-Vogue Italia is AMAZING. SERIOUSLY EPIC. For one, Kristen McMenamy is KILLING it in every single page with which she graces her beautiful face. The pictures in her feature and the cover all work so well together but still stand on their own like...things that stand on their own and are good at it (this is the vocabulary what I've learned from Seventh Grade Language Arts Class for Average Students, prettymuchyeah.) There's also a bajillion page spread with pictures and an article on Milla Jovovich and Sasha Pivov-pavlova (her new name after I discovered the dish in London,) both of which are MAH GURLS and I love them greatly. There is another spread with paintings of/pictures from the aw 09 Comme des Garcons collection, which I actually might have to tear out and frame, other than that, the magazine will remain unripped for all eternity. Other features: Rosario Dawson, an article by Toni Morrison, a few other great editorials and an art piece that kind of blew my mind. I don't know who or what it was about but the photos are crazy good, like some Kellogs cereal that I'm sure has used that term, "crazy good," at some point or another. I somehow can't even manage to hate the paparazzi pictures of models walking around and wanting privacy that the magazine features, and I think stuff like that is probably one of the stupidest things magazines do.
I'm just gonna go right ahead and say the articles are good too. I don't, uh, know Italian. But my mom does, or did, at one point. So nevermind. Any translators? Hehhhhh.
BUT WAIT! The magazine costs $16, but you also get a nice glossy supplement mag with pictures from all of the aw09 shows. Nice to have in print, especially for inspiration journals, and they don't waste paper with stupid and unopinionated reviews like SOME MAGAZINES. (Robin Givhan 4evz.) Anyway, I'm glad I didn't spend $20 on the hugeeee aw09 magazine I think Elle came out with a couple months ago-it was thick and nicer than this edition, but, uh, you know, $20. This Italia Vogue pack was $16 for the whole lot.
BUT WAIT AGAIN! (do I sound like an encylcopedia salesman yet? This is the encyclopedia to your LIFE though. So stop whining and learn how to be awesome, I mean GEEZ.)I would've spent $16 for this alone.
So last year, as ya'll know, Vogue Italia did a "Black Issue," which featured only black models and actresses. This year they did it using Barbies, and the articles pay homage to both black women in fashion and, of course, Barbie, since this year was her 50th anniversary. The editorials are amazing, the styling is great, and though I haven't been too fond of the clothes they've been making for Barbie in recent years (why no Sophie and I do not spend hours until 4 in the afternoon on her laptop playing Barbie.com makeup and dressup games what no) they made a lot of them look awesome and got to use clothes from decades ago (or so I presume) and all the styling is just rad and MAKES SENSE, which some editorials in REAL PEOPLE magazines do not. Like, hi, I'm on the beach, except this is my coat that isn't even ironic, just stupid. I've only read the Diana Ross article (they have one, you guys!) but whatever, the writing can be crap, the pictures are too good. It's also the perfect not-too-big-or-too-small (oh yes we are referencing GOLDILOCKS now, people) size. It's like a little book. And I have flipped through it and basically eaten every page a number of times now and am still not bored with it.-The July issue of Dazed & Confused is probably not available any longer because I think the new issue is out already but I'm glad I got it a couple days before the new one. Vivienne Westwood interview James Lovelock about Global Warming, David Lynch and Dangermous and Sparklehorse (hmm, one of these names does not belong in the mythical creature category, WHICH ONE?) Micachu and David Shrigley talk about art and music, Antony Hegarty and Riccardo Tisci talk about each other and this seriously beautiful fossil/bone/Georgia O'Keefe-like bolero that RicRic made AntAnt.IS THIS NOT EPIC.
The issue has good editorials like always and little interviews.
THIS I PLAN TO BUY TOMORROW IF I CAN SCRAPE TOGETHER SOME CASH:It's in 3-D! I don't even know who any of the people on the cover are but IT'S IN 3-D! *4th grade flashback to 3-D issue of Nickelodeon Magazine arriving in mail*
Nah, it'll be way better than that, of course. And no I never subscribed to that magazine for two years WHAT STOP INTERROGATING ME.
Also, I bet 2,469.99 bones that they use the Mario Schwab 3-D dress somewhere here. If I win I can afford that Yohji book I was telling you guys about the other day! Yep, the $3,000 one!
And lastly..I don't know if this is still around either but it's rather great. Lots of tiny interviews on basically every page-Raquel Zimmerman (she rocks), Mama Westwood (she rocks harder), two random teenage boys talking about Jack Kerouac and Aggy Deyn and getting drunk in the snow and being cool accompanied by two random pictures of them drunk but not in snow, crazy makeup artist Alex Box (she's eccentric and crazy though I don't think makeup and clothing can't exist without the other), Todd Selby (I adore him), the guy that started that magazine Wooooo (he's funny), Terry Jones (haven't finished that one yet), The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (marry me, Karen), Susan Boyle (I don't even know), and Alek Wek (I had no clue she was from Sudan!) (Speaking of, go support Clothing With a Cause! Please!) among others. One editorial about simply the color pink is awesome. Not bad for a 300th issue.
Well that's that. After the 3-D one I'd better refrain from buying any more for a month or so..September is coming up and September is the thickest!
I also am going to take a hiatus for the rest of the summer...there's not that much time left and I don't want to spend it on the Internet. If I get bored I'll post (expect this to happen a lot) but I want biking and reading to come first when I have nothing else to do. So uh, have a good rest of the summer, though you'll probably see me pathetically writing again here soon!