“I think the media has some responsibility to bear for people becoming more conservative. Many parts of the media have created the situation where uninteresting fashion can thrive.” -Rei Kawakubo (WWD)
I love this quote because it rings so true. When we look at fashion magazines these days, controlled by the advertisers whose sole purpose is to sell product, it’s not hard to notice a lack of innovative clothing and interesting brands. Instead, we are faced with the same names and items over and over again.
There are a lot of smaller magazines that try and feature less “conservative” fashion, but it is hard to navigate through the vast number of independent fashion magazines (print and online) that do this. New titles pop up so frequently, and with those types of magazines being both hard to get ahold of and with expensive cover prices, they aren’t always a sound investment. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the big name magazines, like Vogue and Elle, actually featured some uncommercial fashion?
And before you call me out for being a hypocrite (because I tend to favour commercial fashion in my catwalk reviews), I am not asking that ALL clothing in magazines look like the above. Just a bit. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?