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  1. Belle on Heels
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    6:27 am

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    Belle on Heels said...

    i have heard SO many people say the september vogue is nothing more than an ad for fashion's night out. no one reads vogue for self-righteous congratulations. ughs!

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  2. Paula
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    6:36 am

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    Paula said...

    my ex-boyfriend always told me "any VOGUE is boring, except the Italian VOGUE". He introduced me to the one hair salon where "W" had been waiting for me right there on the coffee-table in 1992.

    It depressed me, watching how Anna ditched so many genious stories Grace had created for the September issue! oh Grace ….

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  3. JMW
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    6:46 am

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    JMW said...

    I remember the first time I discovered W – I was 14, babysitting for our new neighbors. The wife was a graduate of FIT and I poured over the issues of W for hours (this was when it was published newspaper-style, folded in the center).

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  4. little augury
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    6:49 am

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    little augury said...

    great great article- here is where grace http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/100823-grace-coddington-memoirs.aspxis-
    thank god this should be outstanding.the idea of getting the most pages in a Sept issue read-"ads", is what really drives Vogue. I like british vogue much better.

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  5. North of 25A
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    6:53 am

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    North of 25A said...

    I thoroughly enjoy your writing style; I smiled and I learned a thing or two that I probably would have otherwise missed. Thanks!
    Best,
    Colleen

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  6. Jan
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    7:08 am

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    Jan said...

    Being one who hates fashion magazines (and never passes up a chance to make fun of her husband's subscription to Women's Wear Daily), I found "The Women of Mad Men – both the full skirted, floral, 50s gals, and the sheathed, monochromatic 60's – got bitten by vampires and moved to Red Hook, Brooklyn. Where they knitted some things in tweed" to be hilarious. (I'm sorry, but show me a magazine that showcases clothes for short, voluptuous middle-aged women and maybe I'll change my mind.)

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  7. Mouse
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    7:11 am

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    Mouse said...

    Ha ha ha. "If I want really good boring essays on culture, I'll read the New Yorker." Exactly! Nothing in Vogue is readable anymore, and Elle is going that way, too.

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  8. Worthington
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    7:32 am

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    Worthington said...

    @JMW – totally agree about how W used to be. It is sad that ads now run a good publication, my Mom and I talked about the old format of W recently!

    Thanks for the shoutout! M is hysterical, so glad you shared the hilarious quote with all!

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  9. hostess of the humble bungalow
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    7:38 am

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    hostess of the humble bungalow said...

    Magazines rarely represent the middle aged female who wants wearable clothing to suit her lifestyle.
    Give me a magazine that does that and I'll subscribe…
    I am so tired of looking at skinny, air brushed models in artsy fartsy creations…(I sound angry, your post as touched a nerve!)

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  10. That’s Not My Age
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    7:41 am

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    That's Not My Age said...

    For me, Vogue (UK edition) has become a bit of a habit. It's nowhere near as good as it was but I have a subscription and so I let it pile up in the corner of the room.

    I won't be going to the Fashion Night Out either, and I'd love some Jessica McCormack jewelery.

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  11. Mel
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    8:05 am

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    Mel said...

    Does anyone else wish Stacy London would go away? Her snarky demeanor is unbearable.

    Clinton Kelly can stay. At least he is a bit more kind.

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  12. Deja Pseu
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    9:51 am

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    Deja Pseu said...

    I picked up the September Vogue on a whim over the weekend and was sorely disappointed. Nothing to see here folks, move along. (And yes, *irritating* amount of promotion for FNO, which Wendy B will cover quite adequately for my interests.) Will be on the lookout for W.

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  13. Susan Tiner
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    10:01 am

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    Susan Tiner said...

    Now I know what to read on the flight to NY. Thanks!

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  14. DocP
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    10:17 am

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    DocP said...

    Agree about the September Vogue. While we all love the fall ad campaigns, the editorial content seemed to do almost nothing bout advertise FNO. Haven't seen W yet.

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  15. Charlotte
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    10:21 am

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    Charlotte said...

    I feel like Anna Wintour is past her prime. Vogue's foreign outposts are heads and shoulders above the original. Tragic, because it used to be the other way around back when Anna operated on an almost frightening level of genius.

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  16. metscan
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    10:59 am

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    metscan said...

    I have minimized the magazines I buy home. I agree with Hostess. These fashion magazines offer us" oldies " so little, excluding some bags and shoes.

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  17. LPC
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    11:19 am

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    LPC said...

    Belle – I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that I'm not the only one who noticed:).

    Paula – Oh Grace indeed.

    JMW – I remember the folded W too.

    little augury – Thank you for that. Her memoirs should be fascinating. I see she's collaborating with a photographer too.

    North of 25A – Thank you so much.

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  18. LPC
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    11:22 am

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    LPC said...

    Jan – ;)

    Mouse – Spare us all from too many people saying uninspired things about culture.

    Worthington – Please thank M for us:).

    Hostess – I don't mind if the magazines don't want to show people who look like me, as long as the people they do show inspire me somehow. And all I ask is 2-3 items that spark my appetite.

    That's not my age – Maybe I will try the British version instead.

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  19. LPC
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    11:25 am

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    LPC said...

    Mel – Yes, I prefer Clinton too. His persona and his fashion sense.

    Deja – Ah, let's all make sure to hang on Wendy B's every word! Of course I do already, but still:).

    Susan – My pleasure! Have a good trip.

    DocP – See what you think.

    Charlotte – I think that's what it is. Anna just isn't too inspired any more by the magazine, so she finds the real world stuff of FNO more exciting.

    Mette – And yet whenever they launch a magazine focused on the over 40's it fails. Why, I wonder?

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  20. RoseAG
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    11:58 am

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    RoseAG said...

    Just finished Vogue yesterday, and I agree it's not all that exciting for a September issue. However I have to wonder if it's because it's done what older women always gripe about, and focused on real women and the world instead of exclusively on cutting-edge fashion.

    Princess Caroline is my age and I enjoyed the spread about her daughter Charlotte. I'm not quite sure what the horse-stuff she does is called, but it focused on something the daughter does, as opposed to her looks, and she's not half-naked either.

    Love'em or Hate'em, the Democrats did put a long-time minority legal figure in as Attorney General, and they covered Eric Holder fairly – the idea to try terrorists in Manhattan was a flop but it had to be conisdered.

    I didn't know that Halle Berry has diabetes, or that diabetics who're dependent in insulin can get off it with diet and exercise, but apart from that possibly mangled medical information I thought they covered her as a woman and not as a sex-object.

    If I buy another magazine this week I'll look for "W" and check it out, but overall I wasn't that deeply dissapointed with Vogue.

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  21. Preppy 101
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    1:36 pm

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    Preppy 101 said...

    1st: I need W in my mailbox.
    2nd: Thanks for this lovely written piece – as always. I might envy your original metaphors, similes, and overall writing style a bit ;-) I appreciate it a lot! xoxo

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  22. Anonymous
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    1:52 pm

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    Anonymous said...

    As someone with a dusty advertising journalism degree, I still read Vogue for the ads.

    StacyfrPgh

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  23. The Preppy Princess
    August 23, 2010
    08/23/10
    4:06 pm

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    The Preppy Princess said...

    This is one stellar writing piece Miss LPC, I loved every single line. Twice, because I wanted to soak it all up. I remember the folded W coming into the house and for years lived to see the September Vogue. While it still sets the pace in some respects, it was left in the dust on others, as you and many of your fab commentors (sp?) point out.

    You do a fabulous job getting at what's underneath the glossy pages. Neither publication piques our interest of late, and we just let the W subscription lapse 2 months ago, it had become completely irrelevant.

    Great job!
    tp

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  24. Jill
    August 24, 2010
    08/24/10
    6:34 am

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    Jill said...

    I had a subscription to almost every fashion, shelter, cooking, and travel magazine around. Finally, I decided to winnow them down to a manageable number. Just the ones I love. Vogue and W didn't make the cut. Elle did.

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  25. Buckeroomama
    August 25, 2010
    08/25/10
    2:55 am

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    Buckeroomama said...

    I'm not into LV, but I absolutely love Loewe. I usually don't like conspicuous branding on clothes or accessories, but Loewe's logo does not come across to me as a logo. It's discreet even when conspicuously placed.

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  26. LPC
    August 25, 2010
    08/25/10
    8:26 am

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    LPC said...

    RoseAG – Thank you for your intelligent perspective.

    Preppy 101 – Thank you so much. I appreciate your support enormously.

    Stacy – I know what you mean:).

    TPP – Thank you. I too have read these magazines for years.

    Jill – Interesting. I've never really read Elle. I will give it a shot.

    Buckeroo – Yes, they make their logo more of a flourish than a billboard.

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  27. Belle de Ville
    August 31, 2010
    08/31/10
    11:52 am

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    Belle de Ville said...

    "Boring essays on culture. If I want some really good boring essays on culture I'll read the New Yorker."
    BRILLIANT

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  28. SPLENDEROSA
    September 6, 2010
    09/06/10
    9:51 pm

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    SPLENDEROSA said...

    Did you notice, as I did, that LVMH just simply did not advertise in Sept Vogue, hoping to prove that Vogue is irrelevant. Huge statement. Still laughing at your comparison of the recent 2 issues of W & Vogue. I've got every fashion magazine stacked to the ceiling and, really, the exotic spreads, focusing on apparel in much too bizarre way turns me off completely. I don't read a word of the printed matter – why? It's boring. But I do love Grace Coddington & she writing her memoirs. Yes! xx's

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  29. Maggie
    September 12, 2010
    09/12/10
    6:42 am

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    Maggie said...

    Confession: I do not like fashion magazines. But how welcomed and included I feel by this post regardless!

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