What I’m Reading Right Now…
Once a magazine junkie, always a magazine junkie. Recently I’ve been so engrossed in my website that finding the time to read or even just look at the photos of print magazines has been null and void. I miss them. So last week after dinner at Kenmare, I stopped by the Lafayette Smoke Shop and more than satisfied my fix. I must have bought 20 magazines! Now I still don’t have time to read them all, but I did glance through most of them. And what a delight. I found some really interesting articles and great photography…
The first that struck my eye was The Last Magazine. I’d never heard of it before but I love the title and the photo of the beautiful woman on the cover. It’s not a glossy magazine, but rather a tabloid full of interesting stories about fashion, art and culture. One of the first stories I came upon was about Ryan Korban and his interior design work. It just so happens that I recently posted a story on my website about Edon Manor, the beautiful shoe boutique that he co-owns and designed.
They also had a beautiful photo shoot of Benjamin Millepied, principal dancer and and critically acclaimed choreographer for The New York City Ballet. I love Benjamin and what he’s brought to the NYC Ballet. You can flip through the magazine virtually by clicking here – very cool concept.
Now that I am focusing a lot on men’s fashion – it’s evolving so much – I had to buy VMAN. The cover features actor Alexander Skarsgard – devastatingly handsome. I flipped through the magazine and saw a piece by Derek Blasberg on Shamballa Jewels. It was a brief article, thank goodness – I don’t have time to read through the long ones – but the jewelry caught my eye. First, because it was unique. Second, because I love yoga and the name of this line is connected to the spiritual energy known as Shamballa. I thought hmm, it would be nice to wear this jewelry – maybe not in yoga class – but out and about to remind me to keep my center.
And speaking of yoga, I read A Yoga Manifesto in The New York Times Style section last Sunday. It’s about yoga teachers who have become stars. I don’t need a star teacher – though I have been on retreats with Rodney Yee and he is special. When I do practice, I go to Kula Yoga on Warren Street downtown. It’s fab – there are no stars, it’s just great yoga.
VMAN also had a small article about Ron Dorff – a sportswear line for men. It’s hot and my friend Claus Lindorff from Paris is working on the brand, so I was happy to see he got some press.
And of course I purchased some fashion magazines – L’Officiel with Cindy Crawford on the cover. Somehow the foreign magazines just do a better job with their photo shoots. The issue is dedicated to fitness – which is more of an American obsession, but the photos of the models in sports gear made me think that maybe I should jazz up my exercise wardrobe…
Now on to Purple Fashion. While I know Olivier Zahm, I must confess I never bought his magazine until now. It’s really amazing – the photo shoots are risqué – as you can imagine – but so creative. The magazine is huge. I loved the portraits section they did for the Women’s Fashion section. It’s 70 women from 5 different fashion cities – New York, London, Paris, LA and Tokyo. Some subjects I knew, others I didn’t.
I especially liked the shots of jewelry designer Pamela Love and filmmaker Chiara Clemente (of my Inherited Beauty Chic List) by Ari Marcopoulos.
And actress Stella Schnabel photographed by Mario Sorrenti, as well as Daphne Guinness and Lauren Santo Domingo by Max Farago.
Olivier defines their collective style in this excerpt: “It’s psychological, intimate, sensitive, sexual, sometimes a bit hysterical. And it’s spiritual – in the symbolic sense of the color purple (my favorite, by the way). Purple style can be funny, obsessive, and strange but it’s never stupid. It can be expensive, but it’s not ostentatious. It can be sexy, but it’s not necessarily vulgar. It can be trendy and classic at the same time, but – most importantly – it has to be innovative and surprising.” I thought this was poignant and authentic, as his message is for Purple.
I also bought Another Man and Dazed & Confused – but frankly I haven’t gotten to those yet! And I didn’t even mention the Financial Times, which I love. Vanessa Friedman sheds another light on fashion and I always look forward to her columns – highly recommended. Plus, the paper’s How to Spend It section is a must-read for me every weekend.
In addition to all of this, I can’t wait to pick up Industrie Magazine this week, with Anna Wintour on the cover. It’s all about the culture of fashion – an interesting direction.
As I noted, it’s often hard to find the time to read through print when you’re running around and online all the time. But here and there, I try my best to see what’s happening. The print magazine world is not dead – they offer another perspective on fashion.