What’s Wrong With Vogue?

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  1. ellastica

    ellastica Well-Known Member

    Jul 7, 2010
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    What’s Wrong With Vogue?

    By CATHY HORYN DEC. 31, 2008

    Lars Klove for The New York Times

    NO one at Vogue, least of all its editor in chief, Anna Wintour, could have been seriously stung by a recent letter from a reader complaining that the magazine was in a rut. After all, Ms. Wintour chose to publish the letter, which chided the magazine for featuring the same women — “Gwyneth Paltrow, Caroline Trentini, Gisele Bündchen, Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller, blah, blah, blah,” as the reader, Kathryn Williams of San Diego, said. “I could make a calendar of your cover girls, and it would probably repeat year after year.” She added: “Let’s face it: Vogue is getting a bit stale. It is a pity, too — because the magazine is still much better than the others.”

    What is remarkable — given the rumors last month that Ms. Wintour was going to be replaced by the French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld — is that she was able to include not merely a critical view but one that accurately identifies the problem with the magazine. Vogue has become stale and predictable, and it has happened in spite of some of the best editors, writers and photographers in the business. And it has happened in spite of a leader who “only cares what readers care about,” according to a long-time staff member.

    Because of her intimidating presence, heightened by an almost unvarying personal style — the bob, the sunglasses, the extra armor of her Cheeverish clothes — Ms. Wintour, 59, is considered the ultimate fashion editor. In fact, her instincts are really those of a journalist. She has periodically updated Vogue over the last 20 years to reflect changes in the world and in women’s lives. She has introduced new photographers, beginning in the late 1980s with Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel. At the same time she has a deep respect for the work of Irving Penn, as if she knows that Mr. Penn, however contemporary his pictures, is part of the mysterious link to Vogue’s — and fashion’s — past.

    TIME OUT In January, deep into a recession, models are portrayed on an outing in ’50s suburban garb | Credit Lars Klove for The New York Times

    SOURCE nytimes.com
  2. tigerrouge

    tigerrouge don't look down

    Feb 25, 2005
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    I was about to say: "why has Vogue published a letter in 2019 with criticisms that were valid sometime around 2009?" when I saw the date that article was first published.

    Imagine a moment when US Vogue's problems amounted to having Sienna Miller on the cover too many times for some - probably most - people's tastes.

    Whereas in 2019: What's right with Vogue?
  3. magsaddict

    magsaddict Active Member

    Oct 25, 2016
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    how things change. The past decade has been catastrophic for print. Strange to read this and realise that the biggest problems back then were stale cover stars and content. Now its more like.. can we afford to still print 12 issues a year?

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