Friday, November 14, 2008

Vogue UK - December 2008

With my obsession over magazines, having two magazines packed in the luggage and one in my handbag didn’t stop me from buying Vogue’s Fantastic Fashion Fantasy while waiting to board on plane.

Vogue's Fantastic Fashion Fantasy is all about exploring the unimaginable, the extraordinaire.

Editor Alexandra Shulman acknowledges the repeated cycle of having Kate Moss as their cover star, but she explains why Kate Moss has to grace their cover yet again.
“…The image of her lying there in clouds of Dior silk tulle seemed so appropriate for an issue dedicated to the fantastic that we used it alone on our gatefold cover.” (Instead of just a featured in “Unbelievable Fashion”).

The ‘Tale of the Unexpected’ fashion spread, that I earlier claimed to remind me of Wicked, is actually inspired by Road Dahl’s classic tales such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factories and James and the Giant Peach.
The photo shoots stars Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter photographed by Tim Walker, accompanied by Sophie Dahl’s writing about the power of imagination.

Jordan Dunn and Lily Donaldson models for “Unbelievable Fashion” showcasing best fashion pieces from various designer and time, each one uniquely created beyond the imagination’s boundary.

Four writers also contributed fashion fairytales to the Fashion Fantasy issue. I wished they have more; especially with Klaus Haapaniemi’s illustration. surrounding the text, the magazine suddenly looks like a book of fairy-tale collection.

All the ‘Fantasy in Vogue’ articles, like ‘Karl Lagerfeld’s Secret Ball’ and designers’ doodles in ‘In My Dreams’ are worth checking out. I’m amazed by Helen Storey’s idea about creating a dress using molecules and particles. The dress only last in a mere 9 seconds or less; the preparation took at least 3 years.

Aside from the Fantasy and imagination elements, Vogue’s Eye Spy section let us take a peek on world’s most fashionable events and parties during the fashion week. Editor Alexandra Shulman interviewed Miss V (Vogue’s regular Vogue Spy columnist) and found out how she scored a job that literally pays her to party all day all night.
Sarah Harris tried to work wearing haute-couture pieces, from Armani Prive, Atalier Versace, in every-day life. The result: she couldn’t enjoy lunch as much and received a lot of attention from women, envied.

I think this issue is worth buying and worth keeping – ignoring the all-skinny models and the unaffordable items featured. After all, this issue is celebrating the unusual, the unimaginable. The pretty cover and various ‘Fantasy in Vogue’ articles is really something to look at. The magazine also makes a good in-flight reading material, especially if your flight happened to show an extremely boring movie and offered no other entertainment.

[P.S, My limited internet connection doesn't allow me to upload pictures in instant. I'll try to upload some scanned pages from the magazines whenever possible.]


frankie-lou and tallulah said...

i always like UK Vogue best.. i buy it more than Aus Vogue.

frankie-lou and tallulah said...

thanks for the vote.