Inspiration. It’s essential to any type of artist. We all have something that excites us, motivates us to create, and reminds us why we love our craft. For me, it’s magazines. When I slide my hand across a cover and flip through the glossy pages, I feel like I’ve stepped out of my ordinary high school life and into a glamorous, high fashion world. As I read on, my mind starts buzzing with ideas like, “I love how that [insert designer item here] was styled by [insert genius fashion director here]… and if I recreate the look it’d be perfect for [insert occasion here].” Seeing how different magazines interpret designers’ work is what really excites me and fuels my passion for clothes. Ten years into the future, I see myself on the road to becoming an editor at an influential publication. But until that time comes, I’m attempting to get my hands on every magazine possible and develop my voice as a writer through my personal blog, The Style Child (http://thestylechildblog.com)
And now, I give you my all-time favorite magazine covers, plus how they’re inspiring my work at FIT:
I love when young, successful girls are featured on magazine covers rather than the same recycled mega-stars. Just as their careers were taking off, models Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, and Ali Michael covered TeenVogue’s February ’08 issue.
For my magazine project, I wanted to feature someone who, like these three girls, posses both beauty and intelligence. I chose Elle Fanning, and picked a quirky photo of her shot by Terry Richardson.
Another one of my favorites is the premiere issue of the Harper’s Bazaar “New Look,” which dropped this past March. The strong type pops out against the simple white background, a look I’m trying to emulate for my cover.
I love the color scheme of Leighton Meester’s Nylon cover. I’m using similar tones of red, orange, and yellow to create a warm, vibrant feel in my magazine.
Until Next Time,