Alternative Fashion Magazines
There’s an online magazine for every quirk: I find one out literally every day. Everyone wants to be their own editor in chief, interview their own style icons and flip through the pages of their own creation. Well, I’d love to but if feels like too much work, and I love my blog just as it is!
Glossy Fashion Magazines
Another big issue is that 20 something years old women don’t relate with what they find in the newsstand anymore. I think about it every time I’m at the airport: what’s the first thing you do when you have to wait for your flight? You buy a stack of magazines. I read more magazines in that tiny time frame than I do in a whole month!
Fashion magazines are crossing the lines. If you happen to belong to an alternative scene, you really have a few choices: well, you have none. Try browsing magazines in a shop: they will all look the same, and say the same things in a different way (if you’re lucky). Same ads, same faces, same models, same actresses, same singers, same graphic, same fonts, same everything!
I’m not even starting on the body image issues: just have a look at the photo right below. Ostrich-like necks, unnatural positions, boring fashion and the list goes on. Boring. On my Macbook screen you can see a Rebelicious Magazine’s page: eye candy!
Alternative Online Magazines
If you really want an alternative to fashion magazines, this is the way you have to go! I’m not talking about blogs, cause I’m sure you already know everything about them!
- Rebelicious Magazine a cute magazine funded in 2010. You can read it for free online, download it in pdf or buy it in the flesh through the website! It has a cool graphic, and the main colour is pink, how could I not love it? (I am currently writing for their blog. Go check it out!)
- Alt Fashion Love black lace? Corsets? Black lipstick? This is the right magazine for you. It is quite famous in the alternative world, and I managed to grab a copy at the last London Edge. I don’t like the choice of black/white and the graphic look in general, but the content is definitely worth it! Have a look at Gothic Beauty as wel; it is a print magazine, and not an online mag like most of the alternatives magazines you can find around!
- Coilhouse The history of online alternative magazines. Too bad it is on hiatus, and we don’t know if and when it is going to be back again! It’s written by a team of wonderful ladies including one of my favourite bloggers Zoetica Ebb; it’s bursting with big art pages, enticing colours, alternative fashion and interesting articles. Coilhouse we miss you!
- Style Noir “The world’s largest dark style magazine”. I think the name and description say it all! They always do an accurate analysis of fashion, brands, shows, designers, trends. If it’s dark, black, minimal and obscure, you will find it on Style Noir!
- Bizarre Magazine This one needs a chapter on its own, cause it’s not online, but it’s a magazine. Even though we share a passion for the word bizarre, their idea of bizarre goes a bit too far for me. If you ever flipped through their pages you know what I mean. I happen to have one issue in my hands, and beside a number of latex-sheathed vixens, tattoos and performers of any kind you can find deformed bodies, pages of corpses portraits, a nice wall painted in splattered brains and so on. Well, you get the point. Mainstream media usually pair up Women and Cars, Bizarre pairs up Women and Guts. A thing that you need to have to read that magazine!
- Bella Morte Magazine The lovely Sonja explained us what the magazine is about:
“Bella Morte is an alternative fashion magazine. We celebrate the entrepreneurs in the industry, and try to get the name of the little guy out there. We feature MUAs, Hairstylists, Makeup Artists, Models, Photographers, Designers, Artists, and Body Painters every issue. We do not feature nudity, with the exception of 3 special editions we put out in Sept., which is the premise of suicide girls. Bella Morte uses highly stylized sets and would fit in as high fashion with an alt twist.“
- Auxiliary Magazine Organized, accurate, this alternative magazine provides what’s missing in the mainstream print. “That is why we’ve created Auxiliary Magazine; an online and print magazine dedicated to fashion, music, and lifestyle with a darker aesthetic. There are no other boundaries than that. That is the strong point of alternative culture; and we hope to include it all.” The amazing thing is that everyone can contribute: shall we give it try?
- Some more magazines I like or that don’t fit into any other category: Hunger Magazine, The Avant-Garde Diaries, Harlow Magazine, Fiend Magazine, Vice, AnOther Mag, Alt Citizen Magazine .
Do you know more alternative fashion magazines? Please share them with us!
Last but not least, with this article I don’t want to say that I don’t like some printed *mainstream* magazines: I do, and I read some of them. But sometimes I grow tired of looking at the same campaigns, fashion shows, names and columnists. I’m really upset because I love the glossy paper feeling, and I just would like to have the chance to buy the magazines that I love in paper and flesh 😉 ! (Someone did it tho: I love Hunger! It’s easy if you already own Dazed and your name is Rankin!)
What do you think about it? Do you like reading fashion magazines or do you prefer to get updated online?
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Hey, it's Elisa, founder of styleonvega.com. I'm a social media specialist by day and blogger by night (honing my multitasking skills since 2006 ;). I'm an atypical Italian, freedom lifestyle advocate and modern spirituality enthusiast. Feel like we could get along? Join me just above this box or get in touch with me on Facebook or Twitter.