December 31, 2006

Style resolutions for 2007

1. Replace lots of casual, disposable purchases with a few (expensive) timeless, unique pieces.
2. Edit wardrobe to absolutely perfect pieces for more closet space.
3. Get thinks altered to fit perfectly - nothing is worse than ill-fitting dress clothes.
4. Spend more wisely and a little more frugally. Consider having a fashion budget instead of purchasing indiscriminately.
5. Enjoy the hunt.

December 29, 2006

The end of teen fashion magazines...

[Sorry for the lack of updates in December! I was away in SE Asia and some of the countries seem to block blogger websites!!]

Anyway, I found out the other day that Canada's only teen fashion magazine, Fashion18 (owned by St. Joseph Media), is going online-only and ceasing publication. I don't read it or subscribe, so I didn't know exactly when that happened, but it must have been in the last few weeks.

Like the fate of American counterparts Teen People and Ellegirl, the magazine will maintain an online staff and website because that's the direction that this demographic is (supposedly) heading towards. So then I wonder why magazines like Teen Vogue and Cosmogirl! are still doing really well? Also, what happens to women's magazines when this generation grows up?

December 7, 2006

Model Ethics...?

Is it great that magazines are being more realistic or terrible that we're regulating the industry so religiously? Maybe I'm just biased because I'm a 00 and have size 4 feet and can't buy nice shoes except here in SE Asia...

[FROM Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12-06-06)]

Cosmopolitan magazine in the U.S. has already picked up on the changing thinking. Kate White, editor-in-chief, recently created a policy against running illustrations of women who are too thin. "We were looking at some illustrations for the magazine and I thought, 'We just have to put more meat on their bones,'" said Ms. White, who rejected the drawings and ordered up new ones. "In photographs, we make a real effort to use models who are not extraordinarily thin, but it's tricky because fashion models tend to be thin," she said. Starting with the February issue, Cosmopolitan illustrations of women now have to feature women who look like they wear a size 6 or 8, she adds.

December 5, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen...rev your credit cards!

Sorry for the lack of updates...have been getting married, going to SE Asia for my honeymoon, and writing papers about the commercialization of fashion media online (ie websites for editorial magazines serve as shopping sites in some cases) and research methods (ew).

Anyway, just so you know Top Shop is now shipping to the US and a host of other countries worldwide. Cheers!!