Controversially, I'm not a huge fan of Vogue. Previously, from the age of thirteen until I was eighteen, I had subscribed to Vogue and read it religiously each month. My walls were covered with torn out editorials and adverts as a source of inspiration, both for my style and my future career. I still have my two waist-height stacks of Vogue magazines in my room, as well as all my wall inspiration now in my precious inspiration scrap book. However, almost three years ago, I cancelled my subscription. I felt that my beloved Vogue no longer satisfied my lust for creative, and let's face it, dark fashion. Although I am aware that, of course, fashion is a commercial industry, I felt that Vogue was lacking in creativity in it's fashion spreads, and there was little to actually read in each issue. Perhaps I was too immature and narrow-minded at the age of eighteen to appreciate that, ultimately, the aim of stylists and editors, along with publicists, is to sell fashion first, not creativity.
Almost three years, and several jobs and internships in the fashion editorial and public relations industry later, I decided to buy the September Issue of British Vogue. As the infamous film 'The September Issue' states: "September is the January of fashion." September is the transition from summer to autumn, the beginning of new academic year. A time to reinvent, rejuvenate and reevaluate. September Issues of Vogue are notoriously the largest and most anticipated. I am a self-confessed lover of Autumn / Winter, of the dark colours and rich textures. So I cast my previous judgements of the Fashion Bible aside, sat down with a pretentious soy no-sugar caramel latte and rekindled my love of Vogue.
British Vogue September Issue 2014 boasts 460 pages of fashion, style and beauty on it's cover, graced by model d'jour Cara Delavigne. Personally, I think the cover image could have been stronger, however this didn't deter me from parting with just shy of £4 for the issue. Flicking through the plethora of adverts at the beginning of the magazine that had previously irritated me, I have to note that the Autumn / Winter campaigns are incredibly strong this season, commendably Louis Vuitton shot by Annie leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Bruce Webber.
As previously mentioned, one of the factors that aided my decision to cancel my subscription to Vogue was the lack of interesting, readable content. September Issue 2014 reconciled this. I was intoxicatingly enticed by the features 'We'll Take Manhattan' (p. 358), 'Never The Bride' (p. 235) and 'The Magic of Lipstick' (p. 409) which respectively inspired my future career plans, confirmed my standing beliefs of the masogyny of marriage and affirmed by love of lipstick.
My other main reason for neglecting Vogue was it's lack of creativity. This issue most definitely renounced that! The cover advertised 'Kate Moss [styling] Lara Stone', and as Kate Moss is still fairly new as contributing fashion editor of Vogue, this was her chance to showcase her styling talent. She most certainly delivered! The fashion spread entitled 'The Wolf In Her' featuring Lara Stone, was shot by Mario Sorrenti, and portrays a fairytale-esque story of the heroine, featuring the luxurious fabrics and colours of Autumn / Winter and guest starring some beautiful wolf, or wolf-like dogs. A combination of greyscale and rich jewel toned images makes this 12 page fashion spread unmissable. Another fashion story that stood out due to it poignant message was 'Join Our Club' (p. 372) styled by Kate Phelem and shot by Alasdair McLellan, that reflects on the retro tempo running across fashion houses for AW14.
Overall, British Vogue September Issue 2014 has reignited by obsession with the Bible of fashion and has even made me contemplate re-instating my subscription - and even investing in an iPad in order to always have the digital copies with me no mater where I am! Well Done, Team British Vogue. Another one bites the dust and sells her soul to the Devil wearing Prada....
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