…Which one would you choose and why?
I would choose Vogue because I believe in the words:
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Vogue encompasses the fantasy of fashion – how by reading an article or looking at a page on clothes can whisk you away from whatever situation you are in, and you can imagine wearing the clothes and feeling beautiful about yourself.
I myself know that I can’t wear the clothes but I can imagine how they would look on me and how they would feel. In the October 2008 issue of vogue, ‘Fantastic Fantasy Fashion’ was the theme throughout the special edition, it had Kate Moss on the cover covered in warm green fur. Throughout the issue was certain aspects of ‘fantasy fashion’, like a fashion fairy tales and costume balls fantasy photo shoot, articles on how to feel special and glamorous.
That edition of Vogue to me encompassed a fantasy about fashion, you can read a fairy tales on a fashion brand and immediately get swept in it. It can make you feel glamorous about yourself (even if you stuck on a desert island) and lighten up how you feel about yourself.
Now being stuck on a desert island, I imagine myself to be very lonely and to be completely isolated from western civilization (how will I cope without Starbucks?). To have a pigeon post as my only form of communication with the outside world is a very lonely experience, I imagine this being like the world of Harry Potter where on summer holiday when Harry would return to his muggle (non-magical) guardian and his only link to his ‘magical life’ would be his devoted owl sending his parcels and letters from his school friends.
I would have a camp fire burning and I see the endless sea wave crashing with no land or anything else in sight, then out of the blue in the distance I see my pigeon post flying toward me. Suddenly I wouldn’t feel so alone anymore and for the first time in a while as the bird brings me my publication, something that will feel my heart with joy and my mind with fantasy. Turning once again to the words of Coco Chanel; ‘A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.’ With a copy of Vogue, I am both.
(Its feel nostalgic to read old portfolio written works, this was an article I wrote when applying for my uni course of fashion journalism.)