More Vogue Reports

Despite the August issue being rather thin, I practically devoured it. I don’t think I flipped through anything. I seriously thoroughly looked at practically every page. And while it was the “age” issue, I loved the articles this month. They are inspirational and depicted powerful women who have found the balance between chic and seriousness. I’m glad that Anna Wintour stepped it up this month. Fashion is expanding its scope and I love the new modern movement. Moreover, I loved the Vogue point of view. I’ll even post it here since it was so good.

“It took American women a whole, but we’ve finally taken on board a certain truth:
How we feel about ourselves has more than a little to do with how well we care for ourselves. And that most definitely includes how we dress. Style isn’t imposed on us by the Establishment. It’s a daily affirmation of, well, our joie de vivre. We are each a painted butterfuly, with a different pattern to our wings.
The concept that adornment can–like capoeira-yoga classes or a devotion to esoteric whole grains–engender well-being is especially good news for anyone older than, so, oh, 29. It’s never been more true that you are only as old as you feel. You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of tastefully restrained suits the minute you pass 35. You don’t have to hide your punk-rock light under a bushel because you’re over 50. Just ask Patti Smith.
Does that mean that average grande-mere should reveal her legs in walking shorts? Obviously not. Discernment and bare-knuckled self-critique go a long way. (Why not try a pair of chic patterned stockings and a leather pencil skirt, Nana?) The message we hope you’ll take home from this issue is that any woman can translate the runway trends to her own benefit today. The best fashion–finally, honestly, for real this time–truly is ageless.”

How could you not like that? That essentially captures what I’ve been saying about fashion for a long while now. Women should not have to choose between looking good and getting ahead in her career. “Looking good” is all relative anyway. But essentially fashion is not a frivolous as many make it out to be. I adore this issue. Not only is a model on the cover, but it also has empowering articles (that one about Marissa Mayer is here) and simple (but tasteful!) editorials. Not to mention I really liked the ad campaigns since this is basically the debut of Emma Watson for Burberry.

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