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Saturday, October 8, 2011

The September Issue

I will not keep you thinking too long about the title of this blog. Yes, it refers to the American Vogue Magazine's September Issue. There is a movie in that name that is like a documentary style film about Anna Wintour, the chief editor of American Vogue, Grace Coddington, the creative director, and staff who make Vogue Magazine the masterpiece it really is. Why is the month of September issue of American Vogue Magazine so powerful? Well for starters, the size of the issue is very intimidating. It is the largest issue every year and it takes a lot of work and money to put together. The movie, The September Issue, shows you what you do not know about how magazines are assembled for fashion and business lovers. But there is a lot more that goes into magazine production that was left out of the movie and only perceptive viewers can notice. It was the psychological and emotional aspects and contributions everybody from the models, to the photographers, designers, and planners put into the magazine. I love acquiring magazines and I cannot tell you that I truly understand the hard work that makes it possible for the magazines to appear on the shelves of stores on a weekly basis. But what I can tell you is that I have looked, listened, learned, seen, and come to the conclusion that it is not easy at all. If you see me in an argument on fashion and I'm pretty riled up, you should know that I am standing for fashion magazines that are not given enough credit. Some people think it's all about assembling models and taking pretty pictures. They forget that the planning takes a while and to bring a vision to life is an extraordinary thing to achieve. As an artist, I think about a picture in my head. If I am able to interpret that in paper or canvas, I celebrate afterwords. If photographers or clothing designers are able to translate their thoughts and visions to the physical, they feel that they have achieved a lot. If you're not into magazines, do not ruin the intellect or vision that goes into producing magazines by ridiculing it. Appreciate the fact that some people are glad to have others make it for them. These magazines are cheaper than hiring stylists or sometimes paying for counseling. Yes, there are advice columns in these magazines if you look. If you're interested in trends, they are there. New products - ones that are good and bad for you, you can find them. If you just want to make a collage with pretty colors and nice outfits, well all you need is a pair of scissors. I don't look at Fashion magazines as the holy bible but I certainly look at it as a work of art that actually serves many purposes I'm interested in. Fashion magazines can do this for you and more.

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

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