We had Sassy and Jane, two kick-ass alternative girl-power magazines, back in our day, but they sadly no longer exist. What’s a 2012 girl to read if she wants more than the latest info on hair, style and makeup trends? THESE. Behold, our favourite fashion/entertainment/generally awesome magazines for fashion/film/art/music-loving gals like yourself. They can usually be found at any Indigo store in Toronto but if not, try any Maison de la Presse (99 Yorkville Avenue, 400-622 College St., 2068 Queen E.) or Gateway Newstands location (for Worn, check this list). Note: some are a bit on the pricier side than others but hey, that’s what after-school jobs, allowances and birthdays are for! Which one is your favourite?
Lula, Girl of my Dreams
Lula is a wickedly pretty, dreamy, soft-focus look at fashion and the cool, inspiring peeps who contribute to it, from designers, models and photographers to writers, actors and musicians. It celebrates the make-believe, girly-girl world of dressup, cupcakes, cute dresses and fairy tales and fills its pages with interviews with, and articles on, amazing, hard-working, creative women. The fashion spreads are romantic and fantasy-like and the content is intelligent and one-of-a-kind. The stuff daydreams are made of.
Worn Fashion Journal
Does thinking about fashion get you really excited? Do you like learning about styles from other eras, like the ’20s flapper dress and/or ’50s fashion? Does the idea of studying fashion, the history of it, fashion in other cultures, etc., make your heart beat a little faster? Do you love finding and wearing vintage clothing? Ya, so do the amazing women behind Worn Fashion Journal, a small, independent, Toronto-based magazine about all of the above and more. Worn is the answer to those of you looking for more than what TeenVogue has to offer. The Globe and Mail calls it “the style bible for fashion nerds.” We call it one of our favourite magazines ever. Get your learn on with Worn; it’s like going to school, but obvs way cooler.
Another celebration of awesome, creative, inspiring women, The Gentlewoman is high-quality photography and journalism focused on personal style and the way women around the world look, think and dress. There are profiles on actresses, jewelry designers, businesswomen, singer-songwriters, fashion editors, anyone well-known and not. It’s incredibly inspiring to read about these women who have made names for themselves in their respective fields through their talent and style. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll be one of them someday!
Probably the closest to your typical fashion magazine but like, better. Covering everything from pop culture, celebrities, fashion and beauty to art, technology, design, travel and a ton of awesome music, Nylon is like TeenVogue’s hipper, always-in-the-know, edgier older sister. Nylon will keep you up to date on totally cool music you didn’t even know existed until they told you about it, the latest fashion collaborations, street style blogs and under-the-radar labels to stock your wardrobe. They write wicked articles on things like everything you need to know about the ’60s. And it puts the coolest “of the moment” girls on its covers, like Elizabeth Olsen, Zooey Deschanel and our Girl Crush of the Month, Florence Welch.
Interview isn’t really a fashion magazine but it deserves a spot on this list anyway because it’s wicked awesome (not just awesome or wicked but both combined into one über adjective, which is like, whoa). Founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, Interview is pretty much exactly as it sounds: interviews. But not just any interviews. Interviews with some of the most creative people in fashion, art and entertainment from around the world. Kind of like The Gentlewoman but more mainstream and covers everyone, not just women. Musicians, models, actors, pop stars, designers, everyone you can think of as well as those you can’t.
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