Living in the part of the world where only fast fashion lives, is a little bit sad. Specially when only one issue of Vogue September arrives on a local news stand, and when I get to be that lucky that I manage to buy it, I get even more sad.
Yes, I am sad.
With all the fashion editorials in it, all the interviews and stories I feel much as an alien in the small city, small country where I live.
I speak several languages, which is one of the few good things that I got from my education and previous jobs, so I can read American, British, German, Italian and French magazines.
Vogues were always my number 1. I still dream of working there.
I don’t know if it is because of the changes at the top of the Italian and British magazines from the beginning of the 2018. but the two became far better then the American. If you ask me.
Anna Wintour was really the one to admire, I couldn’t let go of her Vogue issues and I keep them as my biggest treasure for more then a decade.
Maybe it was the Grace Coddington that used to bring that freshness and flame to editorials, and her absence is felt in every page.
Maybe the American society changed, with new politics and new scandals, so with that the fashion magazines changed too.
Anna Wintour has to play along with the politics. Along the ones that have the money. If this is the case, maybe it’s time for her to leave.
But if her aesthetics and fashion ideas of the present are the ones seen in her Vogue issues lately, she should definitely leave. Asap.
Too much advertising, not enough editorials and stories important and relevant for today. Diversity, equality, gender issues, size and cultural issues, ethnicity, in one word: multiculturalism and liberalism that I always admired, is missing from US Vogue issues. Yes ok, Beyonce was the cover star of American September Issue but I felt nothing special about it.
Yet, September Issue of British Vogue with Rihanna on the cover got me to buy it. Maybe I’m not objective enough since I love Rihanna and her free spirited style, but at the end I bought British not American September Issue.
That’s why Edward Enninful is my new creativity and diversity, soul and mind feeder. As he said to The Washington Post :
He describes himself as European, African and British — in that order. “If I wasn’t all those things I don’t think I’d be able to do what I do or see the world the way I do,” Enninful says. “I see it from the perspective of ‘the other.’ Maybe that’s the strength of my work.”
Is British Vogue the next-generation fashion bible, as The Washington Post concludes its article, 100 years old magazine featuring people with diverse backgrounds and history?
I want to believe it is.