Vogue Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary
I have always been intrigued by the appearance of Vogue magazine’s jaw-dropping September issue. A crane is needed to pick it up. Only then can one sit down and try to read. I say, “try” because this year it clocked in at slightly over 2 lbs. (I know because we had a weigh-in.) That’s a lot of heft to hold and turn.
This has to be some sort of record I thought to myself. Not on your life. It wasn’t even a contender. The September 2012 issue had an astounding 916 pages and weighed in at 4.5 lbs. It was the largest edition of Vogue – ever.
LET’S TAKE A PEEK INSIDE
The current issue celebrates Vogue’s 125th Anniversary (or birthday) so I decided to take a real close look at this 774-page behemoth. I like to read in-depth articles and discovered that the editorial doesn’t begin until page 629. Before this, there are umpteen pages of advertising and within this section are 140 pages of congratulatory messages from Dior, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain and many others. I found these pages really fun to read. Most were very creative and witty.
A 12-page section for melijoe.com on “non-glossy” stock, featuring back-to-school children’s clothes, caught my eye at once. Why? I’ve just been shopping for apparel birthday gifts for a four-year-old. I had one reaction: sticker shock! Does a child that age really need an $80 sweater?
LET’S HEAR IT FROM THE EDITOR
Since Vogue is so skewed to advertising the Editor’s Letter from Anna Wintour doesn’t appear until page 232. She is the wunderkind who became editor in 1988 at the ripe old age of 38 and is responsible for producing these very large editions.
The word “vogue” is “style” in French. This publication is generally described as a fashion and lifestyle magazine that began as a weekly newspaper in the United States in 1892 and cost 10 cents ($2.67 today). Now, it’s a monthly that is owned by Condé Nast and has a circulation of 1,231,931.
The British Vogue was the first international edition and was launched in 1916. As of today, there are 22 international editions with the launch of Vogue Polska in Polish scheduled for early 2018.
In October 2016, the magazine reported that, “Vogue endorses Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.” This was the first time in its entire history that Vogue supported a presidential candidate.
LET’S SEE WHAT WE HAVE IN EDITORIAL
I must confess I only skimmed the pieces on Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar-winning actress; Serena Williams, the world’s best female tennis player and Nicole Kidman, Australian actress, simply because I’ve already read a great deal about these three high-achieving individuals. I did, however, read every word on the piece that begins on page 666 about Oprah Winfrey. She’s a powerhouse that I met back in the day, and liked immediately, because she’s personable, focused and always looking ahead. She reports that she’s done “37,000 interviews over the years.” A terrific read.
There were shorter pieces on Iman, the lovely model and widow of David Bowie who is now 62 and doesn’t look a day over 35. And a second one on the striking Megyn Kelly, the newscaster, that featured an extremely unflattering photo – this was a mystery to me.
Overall, I’d say that this 125th Anniversary issue of Vogue was a roaring success – even though my right arm is killing me.
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Last week we introduced you to the newly opened Hudson Yards and provided lots of basic, down-to-earth information. CLICK HERE for a fantastic video of the grand opening ceremony (sound on/full screen). This week we’re going to focus on the shops and restaurants you will find as well as “The Vessel” (New York’s answer to the Eiffel Tower) and “The Shed” (a performance and exhibition space that expands and contracts).
No matter where you are in the world today, it seems one cannot escape politics. As I do not want this post to be an oxymoron, my goal is to keep it on topic - politics in fashion?. It was not that long ago, I cancelled one of my previously beloved fashion magazines (and as you read this, it wasn't American Vogue). Without thinking twice, I cited the reason being that I was a subscriber to this magazine because it used to be about fashion, now it was about fashion and politics.
On April 15, 2019 a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Since I had seen this magnificent structure in my early twenties I found this horrific news very upsetting. I was grateful that we had scheduled an outing to the recently opened Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan. It was a welcome distraction because this creation of a “brand new neighborhood” was overwhelming. I have 10 pages of typed research notes that I plan to break down into bite-sized points to give you a quick overview of this astounding venture.
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