This week, in honor of men’s fashion week in NYC, we are highlighting the Fashion Focus menswear titles. You used to know these as the Collezioni Close Up set. Recently, however, a new publisher bought the series and changed its name to Fashion Focus.
I’ve posted above the cover of the new menswear runway shows edition, which is called Fashion Gallery. This provides the same sort of runway coverage and trendspotting as the old Close Up titles did. Usually the images are arranged by designer and city. We posted this because the fall menswear shows are nearly here. To the left, some looks from Gucci.
Most of the old Close Up titles have transferred into the new title. This includes Fashion Focus Bags & Accessories: Man, Fashion Focus Denim & Street: Man, Fashion Focus Formal: Man,Fashion Focus Knitwear: Man, Fashion Focus Outerwear: Man, Fashion Focus Outerwear: Man, Fashion Focus Shirt: Man, and Fashion Focus Shoes: Man. The first issue of each of these titles has arrived, so you can request them at the PERS desk when you next come in!
These titles are all published twice a year, in response to the runway shows of seasonal collections. We purchase these through one of our international magazine sources, OPR, Magazine Cafe, or Around the World.
If you can’t remember the list of all the new Fashion Focus and Fashion Gallery titles, we have it on the Periodicals Research Guide:
In honor of Pride month, we show off this cool title:
This title, published in San Francisco, is officially called DotFourTwoNine. It’s published 5 times a year, and was begun in 2013. The title is an old LBGT code for “gay”, based on the letters G-A-Y on the phone dial. Founded by and aimed at LBGT professionals, the primary goal of this title is to inspire confidence and provide professional inspiration and advice for members of the LGBT community.
The publishers’ intention is to encourage professional and creative ambitions among the community by publicizing trailblazers in the entertainment, arts, political, and tech arenas. Their secondary goal is to promote professional networking as well. Both print and website address finances, leisure activities, design, and everything entertainment. Layouts include coverage of the art scene, films, poetry, painting, fashion, and photography.
The magazine itself reflects the most current publishing trends. Some sections are printed on matte paper with light, minimalist typefaces, and watercolor header illustrations (e.g. the page above) Other articles are printed on glossy paper, and feature lush, hyper-real photographs of art, or fashion, or the celebrity under discussion. Whimsical illustrations abound. Most of the ads are designer menswear, cologne, and “men’s” accessories. The articles address a range of artists and celebrities, both past and present, and provide an interesting window into current pop culture.
I had a post on new magazines planned to publish today, but I am setting it aside for now. Because of the affinity that FIT has always had for the LGBT community, and the importance of New York City in their struggle for equal civil rights, I feel that Pride Month must be celebrated here as well.
Many of you know that the Gay Pride movement began just down 7th avenue from FIT, June 28, 1969, when the police raided a bar called the Stonewall Inn. This place has become a landmark where people gather to celebrate or commiserate important occasions. The shooting in Orlando, FL, on Sunday June 12, at the Pulse nightclub brought New Yorkers to this spot by the hundreds.
6/27/2016: I think it worthy to add this note: On Friday, June 24, President Obama declared that the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park across the street, and several of the connecting streets where protests spilled out from the bar itself.
We cannot quantify the involvement of the LBGT community with the fashion and arts communities, but a quick look through our catalog suggests the importance of fashion as a means of camouflaging or demonstrating one’s identity. Conversely, involvement of so many LBGT people also suggests that these are the people at the heart of our fashionable identities.
Not surprisingly, then, we have books on homosexuality, transgender, and fashion. The most recent in-depth study remains the exhibition catalog for the Museum at FIT’s 2013 exhibition,