As news broke today that Bauer Media is closing its 22-year-old men’s monthly glossy magazine title Arena (thankfully Homme Plus will continue) it is just more evidence that times are tough for magazines right now. The closure is the latest bad news to emerge from an industry struggling against an economic downturn induced advertising slump. So, I think it is time that we celebrated some of the ones that are still standing and provide us with glossy stimulation. Just where would we be without magazines to covet and salivate over? I certainly don't want to imagine such a depressing world! With this in mind we will strive to shine the spotlight on some of the highlights in publishing world as cause of celebration and hope that they continue. First up...Dazed.
Dazed is one of the many magazines that I dip my toe in to test the waters every so often (Arena was another example...if I could have I would subscribe to many, many publications but I have to stand strong against my magazine urges otherwise I'd be broke) and I'm glad that my toe was wetted this month because the issue is very strong indeed. The latest issue contains some great menswear features and some of the best editorials that I've seen for some time. The best of the lot has now come online for our viewing pleasure as well as some unseen images and a film by Pierre Debusscher.
Carlotta Manaigo and Robbie Spencer explored the idea of humans mutating with furniture and created some wonderfully weird and dreamlike looks in the process. There are certainly times throughout my everyday where I'd love to be able to mutate myself in to a soft furnishing of some description and how lovely to disguise myself as stylishly as the ones shown here.