Friday, December 31, 2010
As you know, I got back from San Diego yesterday night. I had a pretty good time, disregarding the fact that every single teenage girl there felt the need to wear mini shorts and UGGS. It was 60 degrees. Wear UGGS when it's below freezing and you're alone and need to go to the supermarket.
The hotel we stayed at had this really great in-room mini bar but of course everything in it cost about 1000000 dollars. You had to pay $5 to use the "first aid kit" which was basically a plastic bag containing a couple band aids, a piece of cotton and these disinfecting wipes.
These were cute even though it's kind of illegal for me to drink the contents.
"Intimacy Kit" and gummy bears in a jar SHAPED LIKE A GUMMY BEAR.
My dad took this one. I think it's worthy of a postcard.
Since it's just a matter of hours before the New Year, I thought I would list some things I would like to do by the time December 31st, 2011 rolls around.
- Buy a pair of Camilla Skovgaard saw heel wedges using newfound babysitting money.
- Familiarize myself with more prominent fashion photographers' work. Enough of Juergen Teller, Steven Meisel, and Terry Richardson, for now at least.
- Subscribe to Dazed and Confused. How great would it be if I gifted my school a subscription?
- Read Vogue France and Vogue Nippon regularly.
- Buy something from Forever 21, or at least walk into the store. I have never done this and don't actually want to, but I feel like it's a rite of passage.
- Look at every single Fall 2011 collection from New York Fashion Week on style.com.
- Sew more.
- Go to Los Angeles and walk down the Sunset Strip. And eat at The Rainbow.
- Practice fashion illustration more, maybe like 20 times more frequently than I currently do which is about once a month.
Here's some extra ones I thought of:
- Travel to Prague and/or Italy
- See Motley Crue live
- Do more community service regardless of the credit I get for school
- Walk the Freedom Tunnel (maybe; I don't want to get arrested).
Models.com is featuring the best of 2010 in models, editorials, campaigns and covers. You should check it out HERE.
Happy New Year's Eve!
Posted by isna at 4:00 AM
Thursday, December 30, 2010
To me loaded is right up there with Playboy in the 1950s and Rolling Stone in the 1960s. It changed the magazine industry completely and even more than that it weaved itself into the fabric of society.
Derek Harbinson, editor of loaded between 1997 and 1998.Who remembers loaded magazine? During my weekly browse through amazon I came across a book called Getting Away With It: The Inside Story of Loaded by Tim Southwell. Along with the infamous James Brown (journalist not the singer) and Mick Bunnage, Southwell created loaded which was a publication that celebrated British men having the time of their lives. Unlike their counterparts, Arena, GQ, Esquire and For Him (later rebranded as FHM and found success as a loaded imitation) which took themselves very seriously, loaded took a lot of pleasure in making fun of themselves. The publication launched in 1994 selling just over 59,000 and went on to sell an almighty 400,000 plus in 1997. This was in an era where men's magazines were relatively new so it is no surprise that Southwell has touted loaded as the greatest magazine that the world has seen and of course being a respectable journo he set out to document his experience in a book which was published in 1998.
Cool Britannia what with the explosion of Oasis, Euro 96 and loaded were right in the midst of it all and capturing it. The publication was so influential that not only did male magazines start copying them it also inspired the launch of female publications such as Minx that were aimed at ladettes. Tim Southwell and James Brown became friends in 1992 while celebrating their beloved Leeds United defeat Stuttgart in the European Cup in Barcelona. Whether it was the elation of seeing their team win or the high energy of all the drink and atmosphere in Spain but this got their creative juices going and they came up with an idea for a men's magazine.
Southwell takes us through his experience with loaded from working on the dummy in order to test the viability to working round the clock to launch the first issue and recruting talented writers, editors and designers. He also shares with us the highlights of working on a publication which was a huge cultural phenomenon and gave birth to the lad culture which became a manifest of the 90s. Interviewing many a celeb and being interviewed by the media to talk about the success of loaded or on lad mania. He comments on what it was like being part of the loaded team with the plethora of titles at IPC towers and how inspiring it was to bump ideas with a crazy, wacky, creative bunch of like minded misfits. The book is a compelling look into the world of magazines especially the synergy it takes to run a successful one. Oh and let's not forget the politics that were involved and creative differences, Southwell bumping heads with Brown in the typical deputy editor does all the slog while the editor takes all the credit scenario. There are stories from members of the loaded crew such as Martin Deeson, Michael Holden and Bill Borrows. Southwell"s writing is just right and his prose is totally engrossing and I was hooked from page one. In addition, loaded really takes me back to the 90s when magazines were being launched all over the place and when things were pretty damm cool. loaded is still being published but is now a mere shadow of itself with circulation figures of 50,000 recorded this August.
Getting Away With It: The Inside Story of Loaded is available to buy from amazon.
Check out the clip above with James Brown from the Inspiring Entrepreneurs event at British Library, called Hot Off the Press from a few years back.
Posted by isna at 6:02 PM