Harpers’ Bazaar says, ‘we mean business’

A few weeks ago I had a meeting with a photographer who was bemoaning the state of the magazine industry. “No one has any money, they’re all slashing their budgets, it’s a nightmare,” he droned. Oh dear, I thought. It wasn’t news of course, I know many magazines are so skint they are hardly doing any shoots, but buying in pictures from their sister editions in the US. Dire. So today I brightened when I bought the March issue of UK Harpers’ Bazaar. Bloody hell, I could hardly pick it up. It’s huge – not only thick (360 pages) but supersized, almost as big as W. And the content this month is great – Roisin Murphy’s fashion picks, a scrap-book style catwalk roundup, interviews with Sofia Coppola and Luella Bartley and a profile of YSL.

The fashion shoots aren’t my bag (way too grown up) but I did like the Balmain dress with the nomad headscarves and the girl with the naughty cigarette.

To me the supersizing is a good move. If the offline magazine industry is seriously threatened by online publications then this sends out a clear message – “We’re significant and we’re here to stay”. Amen to that.

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9 Responses to Harpers’ Bazaar says, ‘we mean business’

  1. Ondo Lady says:

    Wow Harpers UK is getting a lot of love. Is it that good? I am a real mag hag but I admit I have never bought a copy. I will have a flick out of curiosity.

  2. Make Do Style says:

    Yes I need to get this as I’ve heard nothing but good reports and I do need to embrace grown up dressing I’m in danger of regressing to 16!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    i was really impressed with Bazaar this month, more so to the fact i managed to score a £12 year long subscription, so for £1 per issue i was floored with the content.

  4. WendyB says:

    I need to see some truly beautiful magazines to distract me from the bad news elsewhere.

  5. KimLeeStar says:

    YES!!!!!! I must go out and buy this!!

  6. Sister Wolf says:

    I hope to god I can find a copy in Los Angeles!

  7. a. says:

    ohmygoodness, i am so excited to get my hands on this!

    roisin, emily, sofia, yves, alexa…i could go on.

    sounds like a fabulous issue.


  8. July Stars says:

    Worth buying just for the Roisin Murphy picks. Not a magazine I usually pick up though. What do you think of the new LOVE?

  9. Liberty London Girl says:

    Someone’s gunning for Glenda’s job, doncha think? I’d say that issue was a calling card to Cathy Hearst if ever I saw one. LLGxx

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