Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Harper Bazaar UK & US - Oct 2008

A quick visit to the magazine shelves this afternoon left my mind undecided between these two.

UK Harper Bazaar cover looks really glamorous with the close-up shot of Liv Tyler. It makes me want to bring it home and probably adore the cover itself for a long, long time. As seen on the cover, the colour of black dominates the magazine fashion spread. Photoshoot includes Liv Tyler, Dita Von Teese and a few others whom I have forgotten by now. The issue also seems to have an obsession with winged eyeliner and fake eyelashes from Viktor & Rolf (Shu Eumura) which suits perfectly with the theme 'Black'.

Moving to the brighter colour, US Harper Bazaar has more variety in its content. Ranging from Beauty at Every Age starring Blake Lively, Rihanna and SJP, shopping tips from the experts, article on Kristen Dunts, Laura Bush (looking extremely weird and creepy) talking about 'the afterlife' (that is life after presidency) and the fabulous fashion spread starring Emma Watson and UK designers (see it here).

For almost the same price, which one would you buy?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Cover: Vogue Australia November

First look to Vogue Australia November cover featuring Catherine McNeil.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fashion for Wizards

Harper Bazaar together with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and UK designers have cast a spell to blow your mind away... These are absolutely stunning!

Harper Bazaar US October issue (Kristen Dunst on cover)

I haven't quite decide which one is my favourite...They're all good. Maybe the Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Vivienne Westwood? I don't know.

Snippets: Girlfriend AU is turning 20 today and the latest issue is out. Off to uni for now...agh.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Glossy Bits: Agent Provocateur, Edward Cullen, NY I Love You

Fashion Week is indeed the busiest time of the year for magazine editors and the fashion-minded. It's been very busy week for me as well - which explains why I have no post related to Fashion Week (hasn't got the time to catch up with it).
As the end of semester is drawing near, the next 5 weeks would be packed with completing assignments. But I'll try to keep up.

Glossy Bits for this Sunday... Saturday... (completely mixed up the day, what's wrong with me)

Trailer of the star-studded movie, NY, I Love You, coming in 2009. Reminder: Blake Lively, Shia LaBeouf, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansonn are in this movie.

Brit It girls, Daisy Lowe and Peaches Geldof are in the latest Agent Provocateur campaign, Tableaux Vivant. If you're bored and don't really mind watching a slightly raunchy stuff, go to the AP website and there's an interactive video section called The Season of the Witch.

And lastly, for Twilighters Team Edward: Robert Pattinson is in the October issue of Interview Magazine, getting interviewed and photographed in pants hanging off his hips.

The interview says: Twenty-two-year-old Robert Pattinson fondly recalls his time living in a “cool little ex-crack den” in London with best friend Tom Sturridge. He’s joking (we think) about their bad behavior as struggling young actors. “We spent the better part of a year just getting drunk every night,” Pattinson admits. “I don’t know if that counts as ’struggling.’

Next year, Pattinson will star as the young Salvador Dali (artist) in Little Ashes, a Spanish drama.

[credit: Agent Provocateur & Just Jared]

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Nylon Cover: Looking Pretty

Sit up and get over Zac Efron being on Teen Vogue cover (sorry to mention this again & again, but I have personal issue -couldn't even face the person at the cash register when I bought it ;p). Nylon October issue is looking pretty with Zooey Deschanel on the cover. Straight after the TV issue in September, this month issue would be the It Girl issue featuring Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Coco Rocha, Abigail Lorrick, Lou Doillon, Geldof sisters and Kennedy sisters.

Good start & we'll see if it lives up to the expectation.

[pic credit: zooey-d.net]

Friday, September 12, 2008

Teen Vogue: Young Hollywood Issue

"Don't judge a book by its cover." Yet I still can't get over my disappointment to see Zac Efron on Teen Vogue Young Hollywood issue.

My reasons:

1. Young Hollywood issue should give the spotlight to the fresh, new talented faces.
Zac Efron is a bit 2006 and erm, overrated?

2. Teen Vogue's readers are mostly female (91%). We would like to see someone, preferably female, who we can aspire to from the Young Hollywood issue. Or probably someone who has an enviable fashion style.

3. Vanessa, Zac Efron one issue after another? Doesn't look right to me. Talking about Disney Invansion.

So when I picked up my copy, I immediately jumped to the Editor's Letter, demanding a good explanation why Zac Efron is in the cover.

What I found: Nada. Not a single word about Zac Efron is mentioned.
Instead Amy Astley decidated a paragraph about Kat Dennings & her upcoming movie.
"Rising star Kat Dennings... Starring alongside Juno's Michael Cera in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, one of fall's smartest comedies."

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist also scored two-page advertorial, courtesy of Teen Vogue Chic Clique.

The article titled "Everybody Loves Zac", told us about his upcoming projects and the attention he gets from paparazzi, that Zac hasn't quite got used to.

The Young Hollywood stars includes the boys from 90210 (Dustin Milligan certainly looks amazingly good compared to his role in "In the Land of Women" (2007)), Selena Gomez, Eleanor Tomlinson (Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging) and Harry Threadaway.

Overall, the issue has not much to be excited about (unless you're a fan of Zac Efron, then squeal excitedly for the photoshoot).
I've got a feeling I have seen the fashion spread somewhere sometime ago.
Good effort for the snippets on new TV series - The Privileged, 90210, True Blood (vampire reigns) and Fringe.

And lastly, I'm a bit over the fact that Teen Vogue often put 'people with the top-end connection'. The article "Super Fan" is about Colby Jordan, Philip Lim's luckiest interns.

How did she get the internship? Her mother's friend, who happened to be the president of Bergorf Goodman, called Philip Lim and tada, she's got an internship.
Hopefully they would not put less this kind of tale in the upcoming Fashion at Work issue.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fashion Journal #87

Alright, if you are asking, when is she actually gonna talk about 'real' magazine? Bear with my current obsession with free magazines, because there's quite a few exciting ones circulating right now. And I'm lovin' it.

Fashion Journal is a regular free fashion mag distributed around Australia. It mainly features a vast range of Australian designers & labels, but there's also some international . So if you're after something fresh & edgy, it's fun to flick through this street mag.

The content of the magazine is quite standard - (about) 50 pages dedicated to a mix of fashion spread, beauty products review, interview with people in the fashion industry and snapshots of events going on around Australia.

In this issue, FJ talks to Glenn Coleman of Nana Judy, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the band Dirty Laundry. Some names that probably you're not familiar as yet, but it's worth noticing.

Although it's a street mag and some people think street mags are filled with crap, FJ fashion spread proves that great amount of serious effort goes into the production.

FJ is not a gender-specific mag, there's a nice combination of articles for her and for him.
What's not to love?

My advice is to grab them quick because usually there's none left within first week after its distribution.
[pic: fashionjournal.com.au]

P.S, Thanks to everyone who's been visiting my blog so far, give comments, exchange links, be (the first!) folower...Uh oh, I'm excited. Keep an eye, there's more to come.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sportsgirl: the Lift Off issue

Sometimes with so many magazines I wanted to buy with little money I have, my only option is to pick up whatever -is-there-for-free.
Sportsgirl catalogue is one of my favourites.
Last weekend, Sportsgirl opened its biggest flagship store on Bourke St, Melb. The store will be the ultimate place for a Sportsgirl experience with stylist, make-up artist and DJs on set.
While I haven't got a chance to visit their brand new store, I'm quite contented with their latest catalogue, "The Lift Off" issue.

Different from the back issues where it mostly just featured fashion spread, this issue has a lot of snippet articles, making the catalogue more magazine-like (which I absolutely love).

Articles include:
Sportsgirl's model profiles, 8 Ways with a Scarf and Make-Up tips from the make-up artist.

The promotion of their online presence is clearly noticeable. Jumping online, Sportsgirl has got a blog, photo gallery and event details.

While I'm not a regular at Sportsgirl, I do like their approach to market their products.
And what I do love more than anything else? The catalogue, of course.
For more: Sportsgirl; you know you want to.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Zac Efron on Teen Vogue & GG Soundtrack

Zac Efron for Teen Vogue's 2008 Young Hollywood issue?
No way. Why him?
Vanessa last month, Zac this month. Teen Vogue should have put both Zanessa together in one cover.
Teen Vogue October 2008 hits the newsstand in Sept 9th.
[Pic from JustJared].

"OMFGG -- Original Music Features on Gossip Girl" will be available via omfgg.com on Tuesday (Sept. 2), with a CD to follow on Oct. 28.Among the artists featured on the soundtrack are the Virgins, the Republic Tigers, Phantom Planet, the Kills, the Ting Tings and Junkie XL. [Billboard.com]