Boys boys boys

Step aside Agynes, Jourdan and the rest, the boys are muscling in. News just in of HERO, a new twice-yearly glossy showcasing the best male models from the international agencies. Not sure who’s behind it but anyone brave/crazy enough to launch a glossy mag in the currant climate gets my wholehearted support. Check it out here.

Mag wars

The debate regarding trad media vs online cotinues to rumble on. I swing both ways on this one – I need Fashionista and Grazia Daily for my hourly fashion fix and the glossies for the shoots and meatier articles. There will always be room for paper in my life so the news of two new magazine launches is welcome. Stylist, coming this autumn, is set to be a free UK weekly published by the same publishers as Shortlist and aimed at the ‘affluent ABC1 women in the 20-40 age bracket’ (i.e. the Grazia market – yikes, competition!). Meanwhile, Grazia launches its French edition on August 29th*. Ah, you French fashionistas, you don’t know what a treat you’re in for. Fantastique!


Idea Books – I die

Wow wee. I finally made it to the Idea Books pop-up shop at St Martins Lane hotel. If you know Dover Street Market, you’ll know Idea Books. It’s the vintage book/magazine bit on the ground floor that is always heaving with vintage mag porn of the Interview/Ritz/Vogue variety alongside lots of lovely rare fash-art book finds. So the pop-up shop in St Martins Lane is like a bigger, sexier, even more enviable version of that. Put it this way: I’d happily live there.

As an added bonus, the pop-up shop has been installed in collaboration with Vitsoe shelving. If you’re a shelving snob like me, that will mean something to you, if not you can get a close-up of the shelves (and some books) here.
Shopkeeper-on-duty and co-owner David, kindly indulged me in letting me take a few snaps for the blog, despite my rather clumsy attempt at small talk (sample quote: “your books are very expensive, do you have anything cheap?” Cringe.) Anyhoo, the shop is open until the end of the month – go check it out, you’ll die.