The December issue is more often than not, a relatively thin one. It’s a quiet time of the year for fashion, what with the shows being over and the Spring/Summer shooting season starting. It’s not exactly quiet in the offices of fashion magazines and design houses, but it certainly is ‘quiet’ in terms of how the magazine looks: fewer pages and definitely less advertising compared to September issues.
Looking at the latest December/November issues of publications such as Harper’s Bazaar UK and American Vogue, I can’t help but notice parallels in their contents (at which point I wonder if is there really nothing else to talk about in fashion. But surely that cannot be. One only has to scan the crop of top fashion blogs to see that there is always something happening in fashion. That’s what makes it exciting, afterall). In US Vogue’s November 2013 issues, I was particularly drawn to this article by an American writer whose family relocated to France for her husband’s job. The article was my favourite within the magazine, withstanding the fact that there are several other interesting albeit shorter pieces. Danzy Senna’s (I don’t know whether this is just a pen name) candid and heartfelt account about her experiences living in Paris for a year, bringing up two children in a different culture, really struck a personal note. Having lived in countries as a complete foreigner before, I know how that feels like.
Apart from the written pieces, the other pull factor within American Vogue is inevitably the fashion spreads; they capture the spirit and beauty of fashion perfectly. Of all the shoots in this issue, the one by Craig McDean below is my favourite. The movement and dynamism of the garments, as well as the colours and shapes of the clothing, are brilliantly rendered by his lens. How stunning do these models look too! The styling by shoe designer/fashion editor Tabitha Simmons is obviously top-notch as well. I think I am also just constantly amazed by its spontaneity. It reminds me also of the importance of keeping things fresh and of course, real.