Sunday, June 10, 2007

What's What: According to the Teen Vogue Staff

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I sometimes cannot stand Teen Vogue. Its articles are mostly ridiculously trivial (not to mention hypocritical), its fashion spreads are recycles of shoots past, and the overall tone is overally self-congratulatory. However, I always find myself buying the newest issue because I am in love with A) their layout (genius genius genius--can you tell I'm a bit inspired by them?), and B) their snapshots of real girls and real rooms. I stumbled across their Team Vogue website whilst I was doing research for my job and my love/hate relationship with Teen Vogue was manifested on its 11 page feature: Staff Polaroids. What I love: the addicting and fun to read mini interviews and pictures. What I hate: That they're all dressed the same. Oh, and quotes along the lines of "Oh, I say 'Hennes & Mauritz' instead of H&M. It's much more sophisticated." What they love, apprently: Black Wolford tights (opaque, textured, sheer, whatever).

7 comments:

lc said...

i LOVE teen vogue; i actually think their editorials are terrific, although their price points are not realistic for very many teens. i like the size of the magazine the best - mini!

sarah said...

oh my GOD you are so right. you totally spoke my mind just then. when i saw your title i was like ehhh teen vogue... and then you proceeded to be EXACTLY RIGHT. you literally took the words out of my mouth. i read it for the rooms and the stylish-random-girl thing at the end. and their layout is perfect. i must ask you though... do you read NYLON? it is the ultimate magazine. ultimate.

connie said...

I do read Nylon, and I love how it assumes its readers are intelligent, fashionable, confident women who don't need to be told how to get eat well or dress trendy (although, its articles are sometimes a bit esoteric and waaaay too obscure).

But I love old Jane (with the Prattster) the best.

brookiebee843 said...

i love teen vogue because the focus on fashion and feature so many real-life girls, like you mentioned. i also love their D.I.Y. section

Bethany said...

I hate the Teen Vouge is becoming Pre-teen Vouge. Practically every girl in the magazine is under 15.

Sandra from Sweden said...

Haha, here in Sweden you would not be considered very sophisticated if you said "Hennes & Mauritz". All the young dudes say H&M and all the grannies, a, well my 85-year-old granny anyway, stick to the Mauritz part ;p

Sorry abour all the comments btw. Byt I just found your lovely blog this day so I have a looot to catch up with :D

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