Despite living in an age where print media is ‘dying out’ and favourite publications are turning to digital- there’s something I’ll always cherish about flicking through the pages of exciting interviews, discovering something new and folding dog eared pages to remember to take note of something later. Online is brilliant, has offered me endless opportunities and a career- but print really was how my whole love and ambition for this funny old industry started.
For years growing up I was dedicated to Girl Talk and Smash Hits, before quickly moving onto the NME and Company- where I still hoard boxes of those magazines across the last ten years under my old bed (during interning there and becoming a total veteran in collecting them), where some have picked up Vogue’s and Elle’s- stacking them back to back, month by month and year by year.
In short, I feel pretty sentimental about print. Even when I was studying art, mags like Nylon would be my first port of call for illustration inspiration- and I’d constantly find myself fingering the pages for beautiful portraits to sketch and recreate. It was the first magazine that I saw combine music, fashion and beauty- my three biggest loves, and made me realise that an interest in fashion isn’t exclusive against your taste in anything else. It felt like an ultimate ~cool girl~ read, and after hearing that this months would be their last print issue, it made me feel a little nostalgic. I spent a lot of my teens in fashion cupboards, running around town with suitcases of samples (sometimes for editorials, once for La Roux) and even found myself freelancing for them before this blog and I went full time.
So, naturally, I thought I’d put together a little post celebrating a handful of my favourites (perhaps ironic typing this on a blog)- but if you’re after some wintry afternoon reading- let me point you in the right direction…
When Helen first contacted me way back in 2011 to write a style piece for her new magazine, Lionheart, I couldn’t quite believe it. Somebody trusted me enough to write something? For THEM? Six years later I’m still writing a little piece in their gorgeous publication- and I owe a lot to Helen for re-inspiring me with writing with her gorgeous magazine. With each issue themed around a word- be it shapes, art or home; the magazine is filled with thoughtful, warming prose and pieces- and makes for the perfect afternoon inspiring read.
Red is more of a recent discovery for me, and it’s only really been in the last year that I’ve made sure to pick it up without fail (to the point where I now have a subscription too)! I honestly think that Red has the best fashion in any glossy magazine, and admire the balance of high end and high street, as well as the incredible eye for styling they always seem to get so very right. Additionally, they always have the most inspiring features- be it with interesting women, recipes or think pieces- and I’d recommend anyone to have a nosey.
Another magazine I’ve recently started picking up on the regs is Sunday Girl. Made up of a mix of candid yet curated style fashion shoots, collaged style mini features on inspiring women across various industries and beautiful photographs too. It feels almost like the ultimate coffee table read, and their shoots always inspire me endlessly- serious visual kudos!
Last but not least is, of course, Nylon. Having read this magazine for over 8 years, I vividly remember it’s iconic music issue with Karen O on the front which pulled me in quicker than a pair of yellow skinny jeans and Nike dunks. Everything they publish from interviews, to beauty pieces or fashion is all so perfectly shot and styled- and although I’m feeling remarkably sad that this is the last print, their website is packed with amazing content, so I highly recommend bookmarking that too.