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Fashion Magazines: The Good, The Bad, and The One You've Never Heard Of

I really enjoy a good fashion magazine. And while I like many of the newsstand variety (Vogue, W, Elle and Marie Claire in particular), sometimes it can start to feel like you are seeing the same editorial over and over. How many times can one see Caroline Trentini jumping in the air in front of a white background? (Ms. Wintour, please take note.) So I'm always on the lookout for something new. Today I thought I would share some of my non-newsstand favorites, as well as a...disturbing discovery of a magazine. 

V Magazine is hardly unheard of. It's been around since 1999 as the young, hip sibling of Visionaire. V is issued less frequently than its' newsstand contemporaries; the issues are released in line with the fashion seasons. It not only highlights fashion, but music, art, architecture and literature - I heard about Die Antwood from V, a find of which Mr. BF is particularly fond. I particularly enjoy the magazine for their progressive, unique editorials, and their wide(er) variety of models. Of note: the January 2010 edition featuring plus sized models.

If you want to feel good about yourself, I would steer very clear of New Beauty. This hand gernade of a magazine was in my gift bag from the Stylefixx event about a month back. It's basically a magazine all about plastic surgery, featuring whole spreads on things I didn't even know could be wrong with you. For example, one editorial suggests that the tip of your nose can make you look old. Another point blank asks, "Are Bigger Breasts the Answer to your Problems?". Look, I'm not against plastic surgery - I think we should do the things that make us feel good about ourselves, and if getting a little work done makes you happier with yourself, go forth and go under the knife. But a whole magazine dedicated to finding new things that are "wrong" with you? Pages and pages of suggestions to spend lots of money so we can all look exactly alike? Who chose this standard of "new beauty"? 

Finally, I'm excited to share this gem with you - Friends, meet Chelsea. I love this little book! Created by Chelsea Fairless and Megan Hart, the magazine contains all sorts of pearls: from interviews with designers, Heathers references and freaky / awesome LOL Cats fashion illustrations. Trust me, reading it is a real pleasure!

What are some of your favorite magazines? I'd love to hear your suggestions!

V Magazine: (subscriptions available)
Chelsea Magazine: (purchase online)
New Beauty Magazine: (at newsstands)
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  1. chelsea looks awesome!!! where do you get it? my favorite, when I get my hands on it, is Vogue India or Genlux, which is LA-Based, but I can usually find it at Trident on Newbury.


  2. @Scorpion Disco Oooh, I am going to have to try Genlux - thanks for the suggestion! You can purchase Chelsea here:

  3. i love those cats sketches! too funny! my favorite magazine is NYLON, it's no hidden gem, but I love it! I can actually read the articles & am interested unlike most other fashion magazine. Plus it has lots of music in it too :)


  4. @brittany leigh You know, I really need to subscribe to Nylon. I always enjoy it when I purchase it. Great suggestion!

  5. LOVE that Heathers reference! I'll have to see if I can pick one up at B&N maybe?

  6. @Erin Blair Gobin Right? I read that and 1988 suddenly came flying back to me. I don't know if Chelsea is at B&N, I think you may just have to purchase online? Here:

  7. I read so many mags... In fact, I often don't even have time to read 'em all. I'll bulk buy them, look at photos and bin them (bad I know!).

    My favourites are Vogue, V, Harpers Bazaar, Elle and LOVE


  8. Yes!!!! I completely agree with what you said.. I love Trentini and she is one of my favorite models, but Anna is always having her jump in almost every damn picture! Funny thing is that I have been reading V for a few years and have read New Beauty and I loved that one as well.. Although the products they advertise are so expensive!

    All the best, Angel

  9. Anonymous7/11/2011

    I'm going through the same thing right now! I've gotten so bored with the usual magazines I buy. Chelsea looks amazing! I love magazines that really go all out with their art. It's such a nice change and perfect for inspiration. I'll have to find it somewhere so I can check it out.

  10. Totally agree with you about Vogue. It seems like they keep recycling the same models and the same concepts. The model thing especially irks me for some reason. I'd love to see a few different faces occasionally!

  11. @Miss A I'm not sure if I can get LOVE here; I need to look into that - from what I have seen of it, it looks great!

  12. @Jaclyn I know you can get Chelsea here: It's small, but you will love it!

  13. Heather references AND cat people in designer clothing? Sign me up!!! it's so outlandish it is totally awesome.

  14. You know you are so right. I always gravitate to the same magazines, and they all basically have the same stuff. Next time I'm at a magazine rack, I'm going to try and look at new ones too...hmm a magazine about plastic surgery...definitely not for me!

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