Blogging, and reading other people’s blogs, has slowly replaced reading magazines for me. I still subscribe to my two favorites, Lucky and Vogue, and will pick up French Vogue as a special treat every now and then, but for the most part, I superficially flip through them, and they pile up on my coffee table un-absorbed.
I read on a few blogs about a new women’s magazine coming out of the UK called The Gentlewoman, and was really interested in picking it up. By the same people who put out Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman promised to present fashion intellectually, a switch from the frivolous, socialite and consumerism heavy magazines I usually flip through. Interesting…
After searching for a few weeks, I finally found the first issue (ever!) at a local magazine stand, and made some time to read through between blogging. The magazine approaches fashion and lifestyles by paying attention to, and dissecting details. Interesting women are interviewed about specific aspects of their lives deemed important to them (from tidiness, to correspondence, to intimacy), and fashions are broken down to their main elements (from deconstructing the hair knot, to detail shots of garments made to look like paper). I felt a little more introspective after reading through the interviews, and found the detailed fashion and beauty close-ups fascinating. I love details! All in all, an interesting read.
My favorite article was of course, “Tall ‘n Small”, which was just a pictorial of two friends, one short (5’2″), and one tall (6’0″), modeling similar styles. The juxtaposition of their heights, anonymity, and stylings on the two different body types really caught my attention.