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---Why I Bought This---
I enjoy magazines (well some) but now seldom get out or have any bought - so when I had a chance of a subscription and of getting three issues for £1 I thought I would give this one a go - working out at 33p each for me it had to worth having.
Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine that is published monthly Condé Nast.
Founded in 1892 in the USA. The British edition has been published since 1916.
A large heavy glossy magazine.
Lots of colourful adverts.
Approximately 340 good quality pages.
4 perfumed pages.
£4.10 per month.
Well I was really pleased to get my magazine delivered. It was very heavy and promised a lovely time of browsing.
I was really pleased with the perfume pages - one was perfumed down the side, another had a sample of perfumed card in an envelope and the other two had foiled sample sections - the Linda McCartney L.I.L.Y was especially nice, although searching online I then saw how expensive it was!
The magazine was interesting to flick through - seeing lots of expensive adverts, though many are done in such an 'arty' way that there seems more effort put into the photo shot rather than showing the actual article being advertised - or perhaps I am just out of touch.
Lots of well known brands had their adverts: Ralph Lauren, Prada, Dior, Gucci etc.
I enjoy looking at fashions and make-up, even if I cannot afford then, but I would not say I was very keen on the way everything was presented.
There was little that I wished to read - well very little to read at all really. There was a few pages towards the back written about Boris Johnson, which I did read, as I find him quite amusing, but other than that there was nothing.
I will enjoy flicking through my next two issues when they arrive, and also being able to sample new perfumes, but overall it is not something I would particularly want to buy, even it was cheaper than its current price.
Maybe this is just me, I can never seem to find an enjoyable magazine, and the ones that I do seem to like are way too expensive - but this is not one of them.
2 Stars - good quality paper and printing and a lot of it - but not my cup of tea..
---Would I Recommend?---
No not really - and I do not think it is something my circle of friends would appreciate either.
Now, this review is not about the actual magazine itself, as personally, I don't think I've ever done more than glance over a copy of Vogue whilst sat in a waiting room. However this is more about the subscription service which they offer, and I have recently emptied my pockets for. My sister is very much a fan of Vogue magazine, as she is a little fashion follower, and I thought as she can rarely afford the magazine, that a subscription would be an excellent choice.
Okay, so for those that like their facts and information, here's a little bit of knowledge on Vogue;
It's based on fashion and lifestyle (telling you what to wear, how and when and how to live life like the rich...basically). It has a wonderful readership of eighteen countries and one region, and can be found in the United Kingdom for £4 on the shelves (yes, I do think that is a HUGE amount to spend on some text, some photos and essentially a lot of advertisement, but each to their own).
I won't go into any more detail than that I'm afraid, it's all I need to know, and if you would however like to know more of the history of Vogue then please do look it up, I just don't feel it's of importance to this review.
Okay, so back to the subscription. On the Vogue website they give you two options for subscribing to their magazine, they are;
6 months by direct debit at £19.50 with their free gift (it is currently a very overpriced bath and shower oil with a retail price of £34.75) and you also get the first 10 issues at only £19.99.
This I thought was a pretty good deal, it means that the first 10 issues are only costing £1.99 each, and then the following issues will cost £3.25 (which isn't THAT much of a discount, but isn't bad compared to subscription option number two).
OR YOU CAN...
Get 12 issues by credit or debit card for £48.00, meaning each issue will cost you the shop price (personally, I also thought the idea of a subscription was that it would be cheaper and therefore entice you into purchasing a years worth, rather than buying the odd copy in store. But what do I know...)
So yeah, looking at that you can guess which one I picked to give away my money to, the cheaper one! One thing I do rather like about the subscription options is that you can pick which month you would like the subscription to begin on. Now, I had a super brainwave, and for as long as my sister likes Vogue she'll get a copy of it, as at the moment I've bought her 18 months worth for her 18th birthday. This should run out January 2012, so there's Christmas done for December 2011, and so on and so forth.
And to end your subscription, you simply cancel it with your bank (which a lot of banks will allow you to do online if you have online banking activated) and just let them know you no longer want it. So even though it's an overpriced magazine, it does make a good gift for someone who does like it, and one that is a gift that keeps on giving (oh how cheesy, I know, but that makes birthdays and Christmas simple for one family member, if only my father was so easily pleased!).
I have been buying and reading Vogue since I was about 16. I used to get it every few months when I was doing my A Levels and stopped buying it when I went to university as it was too expensive. The copies I had read I used to keep in a big pile and then if I was researching for images for an art project, I used to go through the magazines with scissors and cut them to shreds.
I managed to get a good deal on a subscription to Vogue a few years ago. The deal at the time was 12 editions for £16 which is a massive saving off the £4plus cover price. My subscription was set up swiftly and my first magazine arrived in the post around six weeks after I had returned the subscription card. I had a letter from Conde Nast to confirm the direct debit too so I can vouch for their efficiency as far as the subscription to the magazine goes.
Thereafter, I received the magazine around 10th of each month. I find there is a massive change in the thickness of the magazine. Some months it is really slim- less than a centimetre thick when you look at the spine. Other months it is really heavy. September/October is a good month to buy Vogue at these editions are normally the largest.
The magazine is on glossy paper and I find in most editions there are a selection of pages inside that are cardboard with adverts on for perfumes- the companies obviously pay Vogue a small fortune to have their advertising spreads printed on special card inserts. This takes me on to my main bug bear about Vogue: the sheer volume of full page adverts.
When you open the magazine, there are atleast 17 pages of adverts before you get to any writing. In the May 2010 edition, the first half of the contents page is on page 18. 8 pages later, there is the second half of the contents page. Then there is two sides with text on across the next 19 pages! The first article starts on page 41. The magazine is pretty much all full page photos of advertising campaigns for companies like: Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Lancome, Chanel, Gucci, Armani etc.,
Not all the pages are numbered so if you are trying to find a certain article, it may take you a while and also if you are reading something interesting, quite often the article will end mid sentence and you have to flick right to the back where the very end inches of all the articles can be found. You would think they would tell their journalists to have a word limit or they could edit the articles to fit on two or three sides.
The emphasis of the magazine is fashion- top end Haute Couture and Boutique High Street fashion (Jaeger, Monsoon, Karen Millen...places where you would not get much change from £300 for a dress). I find their catwalk coverage is less than it used to be. Sometimes there is a supplement with the magazine where the top catwalk looks are collated.
Vogue has a food section, a classifieds section and a horoscope section. There are many many editorial full page spreads of one model in one dress. I have found now every issue of Vogue has a Hollywood star on the front. They used to just be about models and quite wealthy people wearing Haute Couture that none of us mere mortals could ever hope to afford! Vogue used to be more of a fairytale read about billionaire heiresses in £100,000 plus dresses for the ball. Now it is about Gwyneth Paltrow or Sienna Miller holding a Louis Vuitton handbag or Danni Minogue on if she has a lifestyle guru or if she does yoga etc.,
In my opinion, by trying to merge Hollywood actresses and High Fashion whilst ensuring all the models look super healthy/ airbrushed, Vogue has shot itself in the foot a bit as it is just not as special as it used to be. You used to be able to buy it and see pictures of dresses and accessories/ jewellery you could only see yourself buying if you won the lottery. It was the stuff dreams were made of. Now, I prefer Elle as Elle seems to be stepping into the gap Vogue has left.
Strike a Pose
Vogue is a monthly magazine aimed at people who are seriously into their fashion. According to an article I read, Vogue was described by book critic Caroline Weber in The New York Times in December 2006 as "the world's most influential fashion magazine." It is published in 19 different countries and was founded as a weekly publication by Arthur Baldwin Turnure in 1892. When he died in 1909, Condé Nast picked it up and slowly began growing the publication.
Vogue is published in Britain monthly and costs £4. It is quite a large magazine so even though it's a bit more expensive than other style magazines it's worth it as I think it has more content.
Vogue is definitely an upmarket style magazine. You definitely do not get any sex or relationship quizes in this magazine. For me the advertisements are reason enough to buy this magazine. The first 20 pages or so of each publication feature big glossy photos of exclusive brands and their wonderful, beautiful, shiny offerings. Examples of companies who advertise in this magazine include Tiffany, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Armani, Gucci, etc, the list goes on. To see and be seen in Vogue is truly when you have made it in the fashion world.
A lot of the articles in this magazine have to do with fashion obviously, but they definitely have a sophisticated take to them. I think Vogue is definitely for the upper classes/rich as they are the ones who can afford the goods on offer and know alot about the people who are being talked about in the magazine but sometimes for us mere mortals it is great to just look through the photos and dream about all the beautiful things we will never be able to have.
However, they also have articles on politics, charity and current issues facing women today. For example in this months issue (April 2010) there is an interview with Camila Batmanghelidjh who is the founder of Kid's Company, a childrens charity that I have done some work for in the past so I really enjoyed this article.
The fashion spreads are truly artistic and are sometimes more about the photograph than the clothes they are trying to showcase. This month features Kate Moss in a variety of different linen, cotton and raffia clothes.
In the United States the current editor-in-chief of American Vogue is Anna Wintour who it has been said was the inspiration for the film The Devil wears Prada. For the younger reader there is Teen Vogue.
Vogue is much more than a fashion magazine, and over the years has come to represent a certain way of life, comprising of features on fashion, art, TV, film theatre, food, travel...
Fashion is, of course, what it does best, and is often referred to as 'the bible' for budding fashionistas. You'll find incisive and authoritative coverage on the shows of the season, helpful tips on achieving the key looks of the season and up-to-the-minute interviews with the designers themselves.
My favourite section, however, is the 'spy' section, containing all the latest news and gossip on 'people & parties'. This section tends to cover the month's most exciting club launches, store openings, fashion shows and film premieres.
The editorial itself is flawless. Simple fashion features are written with flair and intelligence. The writing is informed, yet imaginative.
The styling is, as you would expect, the best that you will find in any women's UK publication, quirky and quintessentially British. The photography is also stunning, yet less 'artsy' then the magazines European counterparts. British Vogue regularly calls on the likes of creative legends such as Mario Testino, David Bailey and Nick Knight to adorn their pages.
Vogue has recently raised the price of their magazine from £3.90 to £4.00. Yes, it's very expensive for a magazine, especially when you consider you can buy a paperback for only a couple of pounds more but, in my opinion, it really is worth it, just perhaps not one to buy every month!
Vogue is the grandmother of fashion magazines, through wars and the countless changes in society, fashion and culture it has continued to offer a fabulous view of amazing fashion.
It has beautiful fashion spreads and also has articles on arts, fashion, world stories and interviews with the industry movers and shakers.
The focus is on high fashion - no primark here! Although they do feature the high street and some items do make the cut - generally from stores like Reiss, Banana Republic, All Saints etc.
Some of the spreads are works of art in their own right and they always have the best photographers, make up artists, hair stylists and models in the world, Mario Testino, Nick Knight etc all regularly shoot for Vogue.
Getting the cover has made the career of many models!
I enjoy the articles, the fashion and the style of the magazine.
It can be a little exclusive and there is a definite group of people who are regularly featured and there is a focus on a society group.
There is a tendency to assume all readers spend a fortune each season on the latest Miu Miu boots or Missoni jumper. However what's wrong with a little daydreaming!! It does mean though, that any article on 'more dash than cash' or saving money in credit crunch times is definitely out of touch and a bit patronising!
Deffinately my favourite fashion magazine available to buy in the stores.
Generally I get put down for looking though a magazine at clothes I can't afford but it is always nice to dream isn't it? And even if I can't afford a single item accept from a couple of items in the new 'more dash than cash' section, I feel looking at the clothes from the designers gives you a better idea of what is in fashion rather than looking at a less flattering copied version of something. I feel that Vogue does in fact teach a lot more about fashion than any other magazine. It allows you to see how fashion is intended to be worn by the designers themselves.
Although the magazine is mainly adverts and pictures of stunning women in exquisite clothing there are a lot of interesting articles within the magazine, people who think this magazine is all pictures and no writing you are wrong. Each article is based around fashion and many give an insight into the world of fashion and the lives of those involved.
All of the articles are real which cannot be said for many other trashy magazines. They give useful information which can be used to make women feel good about themselves rather than stories about women with their brothers children. There is no celebrity gossip about peoples personal lives only their views on fashion.
The magazine comes out once a month and usually sells for around £3.90 which I think is a fair price. In general the magazines tend to be thick and full of beautiful clothing any woman would wish to own.
I must admit I have a subscription to this magazine and I await the start of my month and become genuinly excited when I hear the thud at my front door as the new issue falls onto my floor. I wouldn't recommend any other magazine for those interested in fashion and would strongly encourage people to buy vogue. Each issue can flicked through or read thoroughly quite a few times before it becomes dull reading the same thing over.
There is no other high-end fashion magazine quite like it.
OK...so what if you can't afford a single item in this magazine bar one of the free perfume samples stuck to one of the ads? Who cares when you can drool over all that couture and imagine life as a rich socialite (who are the only people that can afford this sort of gear!)?
Vogue is fashion royalty. It's worth a buy if you want to keep abreast of new trends but you will need to do all the translation to highstreet yourself. You might find the odd item for under £100 but most things in here cost more than £500. Like Elle (see my review), it's heavy in ads and is one of the more expensive glossies. It doesn't stop me subscribing, although I would say only 1 out of 3 issues is a true diamond to treasure. Use it for inspiration in the true sense of the word.
Vogue is the ultimate high-end fashion magazine. It regularly has fashions A-list stars adorning its cover (this month it is Kate Moss) and features interviews with designers like Roland Mouret and Marc Jacobs. It always covers the major fashion houses and shows, but the best thing about Vogue is that it showcases up and coming models and designers. For fashion lovers it is the perfect gateway for trends - it is always ahead of the game, and although the clothes on display are always horrendously expensive (£240 for a Valextra belt?!?!), it is still a great place to get ideas for looks, and the clothes are always put together well. This is not the kind of magazine to find a serious political debate - article topics include the perfect eyebrow shape and why you should never lend people clothes. Another downside to Vogue is the amount that it relies on funding from adverts - in this issue there are 19 adverts before you even get to the editor's letter. Priced at £3.80 it is average cost-wise for this kind of magazine, and you do get a lot for your money.
This is a high fashion glossy magazine. A few articles in there but mainly adverts. It is £3.80 per monthly issue, which is extortionate if you consider how many adverts there are in there and how little writing.
Vogue promises much on the front cover but doesn't really deliver. The articles tend to be short and not very in depth. But at least there are some articles! Unlike Elle which is literally entirely advertising other than the odd page of a very shallow poorly researched piece. Vogue has articles on beauty products as well as clothes.
The pages are A4 size so if you do want a magazine to browse at the adverts, they are nice and big.
Overall I guess it is a good way to keep up with fashion if that interests you but it is all high end stuff that most people could not afford. Here's an idea, save £3.80 a month by not buying it and go out to treat yourself to some new clothing in Primark!
It's not too bad a read but pretty shallow and hugely overpriced.
Recently I have been watching a programme called shopping is my life aired on the BBC. I'm addicted to fashion shows and if the word shopping is mentioned. .... well I'm simply hooked. The show taught me a few things. m a glossy lover. I admit I can't survive without my celeb gossip fix. I want tI'm a shopaholic! Not on the scale of alot of the women that appear on the show as I don't have their incomes and the only reason I'm not as bad as them is because I don't have their income , given half a chance I flipping well would be!
The one thing it did make me sit and think about is how much do I really want or need what I buy. How much stuff do I buy purely cos it's a bargain and if it was full price would I purchase it etc. So it revolutionised my shopping habits to be honest and the way I thought about things. So I sat down one day and worked out how much money I waste on silly stuff I could do without. My magazine subscriptions were out of control. Heat, New, More, and of course Vogue.
I'm not a book lover to be totally honest. I'd love to be but I'm not. I have the attention span of a nat. I'd rather know who's sleeping with who, who's wearing what and where celebs been hanging out. Tuesday when all my publications hit my welcome mat is a happy day for me! However I cut my subscriptions down. I'm getting same stories in different magazines half the time lol
The one thing I couldn't part with really was Vogue. My Mother picked up and leafed through last months copy saying its full of adverts and a waste of £3.80 a month to me snatching it back shouting £45.00 a year is nothing for glamour darling.... (I do get slight discount for a year subscription of course).
Well it's beautiful. It's art. Yes full of adverts for the likes of Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton,Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Dkny, Burberry, Dior, Rolex, Roberto Cavalli, Armani, Versace and many, many others including a rather lovely fridge actually of all things but this is where it gets interesting for me. I forget these are adverts. Usually they are two page glossy spreads of gorgeous scenery and just lovely professional photographs. Vogue is where you get to see the top models such as Naomi Campbell strutting their stuff who are known for working for such and such designer. What is also nice is the magazine isn't so crass to plaster prices all over the photographs either. There are sometimes prices in the back of vogue but usually stockists details rather then anything so obtrusive.
From the moment I open Vogue I'm in another world. It's a big heavy book with a slightly hard cover and of course glossy. My only criticism is they always put a stunning model on the front who looks almost anorexic. I say almost as I have to be fair in this observation the models they use arnt as skinny as in some magazines I have seen but still they never have a decent pair of boobs and a big bum and are almost androgynous but hey this is the fashion world darling and we all know that designers want coat hangers and not real women! Pages in the magazine really do vary depending on their adverts but lets face it they can fill the magazine. What designer doesn't want to be seen in Vogue? They are queuing up but there's on average of about 200 pages of which over 3 quarters are adverts. So if your interested in really what is hot and what styles you should be looking out for to be a trendsetter then this magazine is for you.
For me it's like looking at stuff I shall never own. For the rich and famous (yes famous people do apparently read this too lol) it's a life style magazine. Shows you WHO you should be wearing rather than what items you should be seen in. Though usually information of what is hot on catwalks is given and a guide to colours etc.
Now stories in the magazine are really limited. There are no gossip articles and most of the stories are usually on very successful women and normally you've never heard of them. Very rare is a nitty gritty story in the main these are positive stories.
There are of course features. The magazine I'm looking at now contains a piece on costume jewelery. These pieces are not the kind you find in Primark however! The model is wearing a necklace for £1,420 and a crystal bracelet for £795! Another article is trying to tell me a must have blouse will set me back around £1300!
There are also promotional pieces within the magazine. Like they will have an article on about eye make up and how soft and gentle tones are the in thing written by a woman with a nanny (don't know why it was said but it was lol) and then you realise they are trying to sell us Revlon make up. Nothing in the article tells us hints and tips it just talks about how Madonna and Jlo can get away with the look etc. Lots of name dropping but go on within the articles and lots of pretentiousness to be frank lol. There is of course a list of beauty must haves that tells us what colour nail varnish we should be wearing and giving us makes that cost an arm and leg to buy and usually some kind of hair article telling us we should be buying something like a protection mist for a hundred pounds! Quite honestly the only thing I can afford is the magazine lol
There really isn't many things to read in the magazine. It's the sort of magazine to look at in the bath with a Lush bath bomb dreaming of being rich one day. If your buying it for reading value then I think it's a disappointment. It's rather hoity toity and snobby. If you want so you you get to know the difference between a Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga and to spot the chavs from trendsetters then this if for you! I love it! lol
There really isn't much more I can say about the magazine as the magazine doesn't really have a lot in it to review. It's like a nice picture book that's easy on they eyes!
I would describe Vogue as a 'coffee table' magazine, a magazine that one would feel proud of display and feel proud that they read and owned a copy. As soon as you say the word Vogue, you think glamour and high fashion.
As soon as you open the magazine there is several pages of advertisements of high fashion shops. Most of these are very unabtainable for the 'normal' woman. Most of the clothes, shoes and accessories worn by the models in the fashion pages are extremely expensive.
I don't read Vogue that often because I feel I can't relate to most of the stories or the people in it. I think a lot of the appeal of Vogue magazine is the fantasy aspect of it. You are able to look at the pages and imagine what it would be like to own the clothes, shoes or that bag. However, if like me you're very unlikely to ever be able to afford that then I don't think you are best suited for this magazine.
When I first read Vogue I was outraged because I thought it would be just another magazine with glossy pictures of beautiful women who I could never be like. However Vogue is much more than that. Vogue contains debates on issues such as rape in India and it also addresses general diseases which are more common than you think. It was only after reading an article entitled "whats eating you?" that I realised I have problems with eating known as 'sabotage dieting' Vogue has helped me to look past the beautiful women dressed in clothes I could never wear and see the vulnerable person that I am. It has helped me to realise that I will never be like them howvever much I try and that I must like myself for who I am, not the lbs I can lose in a day, I can't keep living like that. Slowly and surely I became addicted to Vogue. This isn't a bad thing, sure it means an extra £36 a year but it has given me my stability back. Although there are always pictures of beautiful girls now I can always find something I can actually wear and It pleases me more than losing weight and that is an ireplacable feeling. I recommend it.
I used to be so in awe of Vogue. Just of buying it! - it had such a glamourous and expensive air. I still get a kind of thrill out of buying it, because it is so completely unreal. For as long as you're reading it you can pretend that you live in a completely different world where spending a month's wages on a handbag is a perfectly rational thing to do. There must be so few people who actually live the lifestyle of the typical 'Vogue' bird, but thousands of people still buy it - it's pure escapism. It's also quite a laugh really - the quality of the actual journalism is abysmal (probably because the writers' heads are so far up their asses they can't see their computer screens properly). But the fashion pages are beautifully produced, if a bit inaccessible, and they are spot-on at predicting trends a couple of months in advance. It all depends what you buy fash mags for I guess - to get ideas for things you actually want to buy yourself, or to see what 'fashion' as an industry is doing. Personally I have never bought anything I have seen in Vogue, but I have certainly translated images into their charity-shop-and-Hennes-form. The priciest of the glossies, I wouldn't recommend Vogue unless you really are a die-hard clothes freak, or to drift away if £3.10 seems more reasonable than a week in the Maldives...
I want to comment on the so called fashion magazines available. Most of these fashion magazines contain more advertisments than anything else. They cost alot of money and what we the consumers actually pay for is mainly ads. I actually did a project on fashion magazines at college and my findings reflected the fact that these magazines contain too many adverts. They should include more information, tips, advice and articles. There are many fashion magazines available on the market these days but they all have the same problem. They cost too much but don't contain enough information. These include the magazines Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, She to name only a few. Fashion magazines are one of the most expensive types of magazines around. One of the reason sput forward for this is because the are glossy. But if such high prices are being charged, then I suggest that they include quality information.