Welcome back to our regular feature, Magazine of the Week. We took a summer hiatus, but now, just like school, we’re back. In honor of the revamped menswear title L’Uomo Vogue, it is our first MoW of the fall.
L’Uomo Vogue is the Italian edition of Vogue produced at men, not women. It was founded in 1967, when Vogue was expanding to address the world. It’s first editor was Flavio Lucchini, but it really settled into a commanding position in menswear magazines under the 28 year editorship of Franca Sozzani, the legendary Vogue Italia editor. Ms Sozzani died in December 2016. Shortly afterwards, Vogue’s publisher, Conde Nast, announced the end of the editions she had long overseen: Vogue Gioiello (jewelry), Vogue Bambini (childrenswear), Vogue Sposa (European bridalwear) and L’Uomo Vogue. The last issue of the menswear title was November/December 2017.
Under Sozzani, L’Uomo Vogue became known for exquisite, visionary photographic layouts as well as representing the Italian menswear industry to the world at large. The New York Times credits Italian tailors for creating a menswear ready-to-wear industry as well as keeping the image of masculinity desirable and attractive. L’Uomo Vogue celebrated “the vanity and beauty of a man” long before most of today’s menswear titles, or their editors, were even thought of.
This summer the new editor, Emanuele Farneti, announced that L’Uomo Vogue would once again bring its menswear vision to the world. This time, however, the title will be written and produced in English, “the international language”. The new editor has also expressed an intention to depict inclusive ideals of masculinity. The first new issue was published in June 2018 and the title will be published 4 times a year from now. We are currently rushing to resubscribe in order that our FIT folks won’t miss a single issue.