Monday, January 26, 2009

Recession/Internet vs.The Glossy Glossy

Between the recession and evolution of the internet, fashion magazines are in deep water declining in size by the second with Vogue leading the pack. This to me, is quite a tragedy. Though i have replaced almost every other dead technology in my life with the internet, fashion magazines still completely have my heart (especially Nylon). Eventually my eyes grow tired of staring at visual display units - and appreciate anytime away from electrical equipment exhibiting image generated pixel poop. Therefore, I need magazines.

As media agencies and analysts predicted, the first quarter of 2009 proved to be a bloody one for magazines. According to figures published today by Media Industry Newsletter, the large fashion and beauty titles saw an overall 22 percent decline in advertising pages in the first three months of the year, a reflection of the recession impacting print. From the high-fashion to the more mass titles, the dismal numbers demonstrate to what extent advertisers are staying on the sidelines until things improve.

Allure, for example, saw a 35 percent drop in ad pages to 214 pages in the first quarter, while Vogue declined 28 percent, or 218 pages, to a total of 563 for the period. Glamour declined 22 percent to 291, and W posted a 40 percent drop, or 218 ad pages, for the quarter, carrying 322 pages. Glamour’s 291 ad pages this quarter reflect a 22 percent slide. And as same-store sales at retailers continue to slide, shopping magazine Lucky saw a 35 percent contraction in ad pages, raking in 203 pages for the first quarter. The Condé Nast-owned titles do not discount their page rates to advertisers, a stance that in the short term could deter some advertisers (Condé Nast also owns WWD).

At Hearst Magazines, Town & Country has seen a 30 percent decline in the quarter: The magazine carried 247 pages for the first three issues of the year. Harper’s Bazaar carried 396 pages, a 21 percent decrease compared to 2008, while Cosmopolitan’s 305 pages are 48 pages, or 14 percent, below last year’s total. O, The Oprah Magazine reported a 20 percent slide in pages, to 305. Marie Claire is off 16 percent, totaling 214 ad pages. Meanwhile, Elle dropped 26 percent, gathering 435 pages through March. In Style, whose publisher, Lynette Harrison Brubaker, is leaving the Time Inc. title, reported a 29 percent drop in paging, to 436.

Lightweight March Issues

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bad Move

ohhh pete wentz...
i would hate these boots on a woman, let alone a man. i mean you just had a baby, lets try to be a good example and not make bad decisions such as this.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand is back with their third full legnth album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand which contains 12 tracks of pure sonic debauchery- catchy. seductively rhythmic songs that are flat-out grooves, meant to soundtrack a very very naughty night. The album is scheduled to be released January 26th.

Ulysses is the first single off the album.


Spring/Summer 2009 Lookbook

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lady Gaga... WOOF

I usually don't fall asleep until at least 2... I can be somewhat of an insomniac and considering that Ben and Nala pass out around 9 (Ben is like a grandpa, and Nala well - she's a dog) I am extremely bored at night. As I was flipping through the channels I came across Lady Gaga performing on Leno. You really just have to watch... woof

I understand that people have this fascination with "standing out" being a "trendsetter" trying "new things" but this is just FOUL. Nylons over your thong? Did you forget your ruffled polyester stretch skirt and ice skates with the boot covers? I mean, ice skaters are the only ones that still wear exposed flesh colored nylons, right? You have the number one song in the country, hire someone that can come up with something better than this! I just don't understand.

there are so many other issues in this video that i am not even willing to write about because it will take to long. i'll just leave it at: tights, keyboard break, jiving dance moves... everything.

(and the worst part is... she has the slouch crotch - where tights slide down in middle.. ladies you know what i'm talking about. yikes)

Lily Allen - The Fear

Noisettes - Don't Upset the Rhythm

Noisettes are an i don't know what kind of band from London comprising singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa, guitarist Dan Smith, and drummer Jamie Morrison. Their first single off their album Wild Young Hearts (to be released March 30th) is Don't Upset the Rhythm. I can't even begin to describe how amazingly unique and interesting the lead singer's voice is, so i think you should just check them out for yourself.

the BIRD and the BEE

Who are they?
Inara George - vocals & Greg Kurstin - everything else
Greg and Inara met a few years ago. Discovered a common love of jazz standards...nerded out for a couple of hours playing every song they knew...and then wrote and recorded a record together and so on. Kurstin, a producer and keyboardist has worked with Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beck, The Flaming Lips, Kylie Minogue and Red Hot Chili Peppers and is also a member of the band Geggy Tah.

Sounds like
A futuristic 1960's American film set in Brazil...
their new album Ray Guns are not Just the Future will be available January 27th

Radiohead - Weird Fishes by Tobias Stretch

I saw this video about two months ago and never posted it. Radiohead decided to outsource their video duties via animated video contest. i couldn't stop watching...

Radiohead - Weird Fishes - by Tobias Stretch

Coldplay - Life In Technicolor II