Which side are the covers of fashion magazines moving?

In theory, newspaper and fashion magazine covers ought to depict the cultural and societal changes that are occurring. A newspaper is intended to portray what is in the streets, homes, or other locations where the world projects itself in a utopian or dystopian, realistic or metaphorical fashion through clothing, photography, content, and styling. The idea is that you tend to be very critical of fashion publications, especially when a publisher chooses to explore subjects that seem unrelated to frivolity, the original sin of fashion. There were numerous discussions that occurred on the various covers displayed by some of the most significant newspapers in the globe as the month of issues approached.

If in August 2020, Vogue Portugal created a commotion when it unveiled a cover for their “Madness Issue,” which, by touching excessively, suggested the setting of an insane facility (?) The year 2022 was recognized faces, which is closely related to the topic of mental health. Serena Williams, the tennis player who has won 23 Grand Slams overall and is second only to Margaret Court in all of tennis’ history, was honored in the September issue of Vogue America. Balenciaga and in the account of a woman who made the decision to quit the tennis industry permanently. “I’ll miss being this tennis-playing version of myself. And you will be missed,” she said to Vogue. In the most metaphorical sense, this farewell should conclude with the introduction of a common fashion-related perspective, transliterated into an imagined that can withstand the words “Fashion’s New World” that linger over the cover. The covers have possibly altered; “they are now more sensational, more concerned with social issues, and perhaps closer to reality. But one has to question if this is merely a brief misunderstanding that removes fashion from the realm of aesthetics because the historical period requires it, or whether it represents a more significant shift.”

The Edward Enninful-designed cover for the latest issue of British Vogue, featuring a Linda Evangelista portrayed by Steven Meisel and approving Photoshop for a cosmetic procedure of her face deformed by surgery intended to remove excess fat, is even more contentious and undeniably more impactful. The subject of accepting time as it passes may seem unimportant in the face of Linda Evangelista’s overwhelming beauty, even when any font style that tries to evoke the haziness of the new is missing. In the interview with Vogue, she says, “I couldn’t suffer that misery anymore. I knew I had to make a change, and the only change was to speak the truth.”‘What truth are we talking about?’ Antonio Mancinelli, a fashion journalist, questioned himself. “Making a person who has lived a life of glory relive those days is the cruelest thing you can do to her. At 57, it is not a speech of acceptance or gender; if a prominent guy had been in his place twenty or thirty years earlier, we would have said the same thing. [..] This cover is a moment of the end , not a gift.” Finally, we have the cover of Vogue Italia, which featured an unreleased photograph of Gigi Hadid. Her photograph was originally directed by American editor Grace Coddington and the photographer Rafael Pavarotti’s. According to the cover story, the new world of fashion involves a significant departure from previously trodden paths in an effort to give the fashion story portrayed by Vogue Italia a less institutional tone.

Which, straying outside the realms of traditional publishing, is emphasized: for its third issue, Perfect Magazine revealed a photograph of Nicole Kidman wearing a full look by Glenn Martens for Diesel. According to journalist Mabel Casalini for Grazia , “The photo—a sneak peek from the shot signed for the magazine by photographer Zhong Lin—has that strength that only the unexpected and the surprising know how to deliver.””However, this unsettling thrill that the Oscar-winning actress gives us at the end of this summer makes me reflect on how really fashion can (but not necessarily should) be disconcerting, when she does her job: it can be enough for such an outfit to question the definite, to untangle the cards, to make people think about the possibilities, or even just to imagine alternatives [..]” Even though it’s not necessary, let’s keep in mind that being upset is always a possibility. Get active, try to be someone other than who you are, and use your chameleon skills.“ Get out of your comfort zone, as you would say today. But can fashion magazines really tell us something new or, more trivially, really engaging?

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