With eyes recently directed overseas during the chaos of fashion month, our Fashion in the Media class was inspired to explore the differences in American and global fashion media. I choose to focus solely on print publications for this assignment.
I will say, it is hard to sum up global fashion media, and even American media, by just observing a select few publications. Each magazine, writer and publisher has their own voice and takes on news worthy events in their own way. To narrow the spectrum, I focused on Fashion, produced in Canada, and Marie Claire, produced in New York, for their similarity in tones and audience.
Initially, the covers hosted parallel features in their neutral backgrounds, large typography and a well-known celebrity on the cover. In other countries, it is still common to have models on the covers, but it is becoming the norm to feature profit driving celebrities. Although, Fashion does have a cleaner appearance with less typography, keeping the focus on the star.
Their content is also very similar. Each publication informs readers about a variety of topics starting with fashion then continuing on to beauty, feature stories and the arts. One topic that stood out to me in Fashion was their section covering Fashion Careers. I really loved how the magazines voice was not talking down to the reader in a prestigious way but wanted to encourage you like a friend. They talked about trends in a very wearable tone by using images from the runways but were not directly reviewing each show.
Where I noticed the most difference was within the imagery and advertising. There was remarkably less advertising throughout Fashion. The ads were not repeated and kept more strictly in the front of the magazine. It was also much more cluttered with the imagery. They tried to filled the entire page with repetitive images versus leaving white space. I understand the importance of taking full advantage of each page, but it’s also important to leave the page clean and visually appealing to the eye.