The Look Book Book

I'm totally late on mentioning this but "The New York Look Book: A Gallery of Street Fashion" finally hit the stores a couple of months ago. As I mentioned before this is one my favorite parts of NY Magazine so I'm giddy that they put a fabulous book together to commemorate the magic. Here's some of their coverage from the launch party:

New York Magazine Look Book Archive


A city of Magazines by The Swedish Museum of Architecture

I need to order about 200 of these :(

(via Creative Review)


Best Flickr Find EVER!

The other night I was surfing for old Hollywood pics on Flickr and my mind was blown. User vieilles_annonces has assembled an impressive collection entitled Black History Seen Through Magazines. It's one of the most extensive galleries of vintage black mag scans that I've come across online. I can't even deal!

[Flickr] vieilles_annonces - Black History Seen Through Magazines



As a lady, once you leave adolescence the magazine world begins to neglect you when it comes to supplying appropriate man eye candy. So before I shine V Man's balls any further (and I will because their new issue is intense) I have to give some spotlight to a new mag that carries on the Tiger Beat torch.

JAM is the kind of operation that my friends and I always talked about putting together but never did out of sheer laziness. Just nice hot guys that you'd see on the street or at a concert. Using a Q&A format and ogle worthy photo spreads, they feature gentlemen of the indie/hipster persuasion without moving into that skeezy territory that Sweet Action liked to dabble in (side note: I mean no disrespect to Sweet Action, I appreciate what they're doing but some of those dudes look like straight up goat molesters, for real). Imagine if JTT grew up, ditched the bowl haircut, got all artsy and developed the appropriate amount of smolder. That's the JAM man...but maybe a little cuter actually. That was so wrong. Sorry, adult JTT.

Anyway, as a bonus they've got a some center fold action, a comic strip and their fabulous "Girly Crush" spotlight (this issue taps DJ extraordinaire Justine D). In a market drenched with women's mags who'd rather profile Jessica Simpson on a mechanical bull than an actual hot guy, JAM is a total breath of fresh air. To order a copy and check out some bonus dudes visit their site: www.myfuckingjam.com

[JAM] Official Myspace page


Vogue Re-imagined: Two Ways

Resist the Vogre!

1. Andree Volkmann (via F&ART)

2. "How I’d Sink American Vogue" by Partick @ Creative Review


That white background and disposable camera snapshot shadow only means one thing kids...

It's Terry time! With Barack Obama (yes, please)!

Barack on Vibe, changing the world in ladies pants everywhere. Courtesy of the Crunk & Disorderly

Two things:
1. I have a love/hate relationship with Terry Richardson. On one hand it's so refreshing to see his raw look among a sea of Annie Lebowitz portraits but on the other hand, i really don't need to see photos of random chicks blowing him. But, y'know, that's just me. That's my journey.

2. The combo of Vibe, Terry and Barack is a like a little care package to remind other candidates of how cool they aren't. John Edwards is doing his best Bubba impression on the latest issue of Esquire and while I like him overall, it's really not quite as effective. Maybe he should recruit Terry for a GQ cover involving Jessica Alba, American Apparel rompers and a pot of jam. For good measure.

[Vibe] Official Site
[Esquire] Official Site
[Terry Richardson] Official Site (I'm gonna go ahead and guess that half of the site is nsfw)


Ok, so maybe I mislead you...

Out of all the mags doing viral video/web 2.0 stuff (at least out of the ones that I read) NY Mag is probably my fav. The Look Book is pretty much one of the main reasons that I ended up subscribing (that and I like to seethe over obnoxious real estate developments here in NYC) and even though it's gone down hill a bit in print the Video Look Book more than makes up for it:

and I've recently discovered that their fashion director Harriet Mays Powell is kind of awesome:

Their entire video section is definitely worth a run through. They've got a little something for just about every subject covered related in the mag...


It's been on a million other blogs...

so why not go for 100,000,0001. I present to you The Simpsons + Linda Evangelista + Harper's Bazaar:

Love it.

via faith on oh no they didn't


Magazines come to life, yay!

Since mags like New York, Paper and Good are beginning to create a seamless experience between their pages and the online world, I'm going to start featuring the best and worst of magazine viral videos (you tube or otherwise). Nylon has especially been excelling at the print/web hybrid concept, so they get first dibs. Their MySpace issues are becoming the highlights of their yearly turnout and Nylon TV gets cooler with each upload. Here are some of my recent favorites:

In related news, the Mag Hag You Tube page is kind of bootleg lookin' right now but please do stay tuned. Check out the favorites and mag related subscriptions, add it as a friend, write snarky comments. Go nuts. The same goes for our MySpace page too!


No, I'm not over it.

More on the shanking of Jane from the writers of the aforementioned “How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time” in the NY Times today. Which I totally don't only read for the Style and Arts sections:

[New York Times] A Women’s Magazine That Tried to Be Otherwise

And from a Gawker, the touching story of employees flipping their shit before the 6pm deadline to bounce from the Fairchild building:

[Gakwer] The Last Frantic Moments Of 'Jane'


That's what happens when you make a deal with the devil, homie...

Jane says:

It doesn't feel like the magazine I launched is shutting down...For quite a while, and increasingly so, I've looked at the magazine as something very separate from me and from what I started out to do. There were still glimmers of things I started out to do. And I'm not saying what I was doing was necessarily better, but it definitely changed quite a bit. I'm sad for the people there, for sure.

For more:
[Radar Online] Jane on the Death of Jane


"What, no more boobies?" A tribute to Jane

The beginning and the end. Courtesy of the Drew Barrymore Collective and Searching Bones

So it turns out that Jane didn't cancel my subscription after all. I knew they wouldn't let me down. Phew! Buuuut then there's the bad news. According to Radar, Gawker and just about every other blog on the planet, it seems as though the whole magazine is kaput. Downer.

Jane Pratt first demonstrated her awesomness with the even more amazing (yet unfortunately titled) Sassy magazine. It was like an editorial version of Angela Chase but, well, dare I say, sassier (coincidentally the only remnants of my former Sassy collection is a cover with Claire Danes. Aw.) Sassy folded and Ms. Pratt launched her namesake mag in 1997, the same impressionable year that I entered high school. I didn't think much of the first issue but after about a year I became sucked in. The fucked-up-chic layout and snarky disposition genuinely made me look forward to my 20s. Yes, I'm serious.

Jane always seemed to position itself as the anti Cosmo, with Jane herself even once proudly proclaiming to Ms. Magazine that her future venture would be an "ethnically, culturally and sexually -- as in orientation -- diverse ... bridge between the old Sassy (radical, chic, funny) and Ms. (intelligent, feminist)." Weeeeelll, not so much. From the very beginning, Jane quite consistently fell short of it's ideals. Was it Ms. or Sassy? Hells no. But it still maintained a certain level of cool that made it a refreshing alternative to most other ladies mags.

There was a dark dark (DARK!) era that I will not fail to mention. It was an strange period where suddenly Pamela Anderson had a monthly column, and if I'm not mistaken, ended up on the cover twice in one year. There were many additional grievances, too many to mention. Suddenly the mag had forgotten whatever roots it did have. This is also around the time that I interned for Jane's editorial office...for a week...and then quit. After Jane Pratt herself peaced out on her own creation, the format got really schizo. I nearly canceled my subscription on several occasions...but was too lazy to pick up the phone and do so.

The recent nabbing of Kusum Lynn as fashion director (from Nylon, another one of my former free labor gigs) helped Jane move in a more promising direction. It sort of became Nylon + Jane in a blender (with a dash of Bust) and actually worked out beautifully. If you could ignore lame cover girls like Avril Lavigne and a selection of awkward article missteps it was still a really good read. But alas, Conde Nast/Fairchild Publications only saw the loss of $$$$ so there wasn't much else to do. I understand that it's run it's course but at the end of the day, I still hate to see a decent mag die.

So on that note, I bid Jane a fine and somewhat respectful farewell. In the future I look forward to reading More Magazine, taking up wine tasting, and dedicating myself to cougarism. Good night.

Official news:
[Reuters] Conde nast cosing down Jane magazine
[Gawker] Rumor: 'Jane' Magazine Folds

Sassy, sassy reactions:
[NY Mag Online] ‘Sassy’ Girls on ‘Jane’ Closure: People Don't Care About Mags Anymore
[Feministing] Jane is dead
[Confessions of a Casting Director] Jane Magazine RIP
[Mag.nificent] THIS JUST IN: Jane Magazine Folds
[Missbehave] Holy Crap

I feel you, I do:
[Salon.com] Jane's Affliction
[Bitch Magazine Online] 10 Things to Hate About Jane


Things I've learned....

since slacking off from my blog for over a month (in no particular order):
  • I want to marry all of my favorite blogs and have their babies. Several of them are edging their way into my heart next to magazines at a rapid rate. This civil union will be performed in Massachusetts by Reverend Google Reader.
  • The best magazine to judge the (pointlessly fabricated) battle of NY vs. London, is the one that's dedicated to New York itself. Respectively.
  • Jane has not only ended my subscription without the courtesy of one of those "last chance, re-subscribe for one penny a month and get a free tote bag" notices, they're also showing their affection by competing for the title of Titty Mag of the Month (nsfw). Good luck to them!
  • W is totally open to putting fabulous people over size 1 on the cover....provided that the person only gets a 3 page spread....and all of the photos are from the chest up....baby steps, people.
  • The Gossip's Beth Ditto shows W how it's done (nsfw...maybe).
  • If you were slighted by Chloe Sevigny in high school (perhaps she stole your boyfriend or your Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper), then there's a good chance that Bust will give you an opportunity write a feature article on her. And the best part is that it won't be awkward at all.
  • Everyone needs a classy magazine rack.
  • Iway inkthay Iway eednay away ewnay oggingblay ervicesay (Blogger can't read Pig Latin, shhhhhhh).


I hate Kate Moss

but I love this shoot (by Ryan McGinley) for the upcoming June issue of W:

More Mag Hag updates coming soon...possibly... And I still don't like Kate Moss. So there.

More Pics...
[No Good For Me] In the Blink of An Eye: Ryan McGinley and Kate Moss for W


Magazine Incest Forever

CEC was right, Charlotte Gainsbourg has officially been on the cover of just about everything this year. Next month, Buns & Ammo and Good Housekeeping.

[FADER] Issue 41 - Totally Projecting
[Bust] Official Site
[Paper] The Reluctant Muse
[Planet] Official Site
[You Tube] Lemon Incest - Serge Gainsbourg
[You Tube] Charlotte Forever


NYU / Writing for Magazines / X32.9527 / Non–Credit / $580 / SUMMER 2007

Writers, I know that it's difficult to squeeze out several pages worth of interesting info from celebs but from now on, you are no longer allowed to begin your article describing how the subject enters your world unless he/she Evil Kenivel's a vespa scooter through the window behind which you stand. I've been reading magazines for a long time and consequently reading the same interview intros for just as long.

We generally don't know need to know that Mischa Barton is late meeting you, or how Owen Wilson walks into the lobby of a Motel 6 in Duluth, Minnesota, or that Rene Zellweger is wearing lime green gouchos and appears frailer in person. Seriously people, stop.


Why is this issue even printed on paper?

After the private jet landed safely, did they drive you to the shoot in one of these babies, Leo?

And don't forget to return baby bear Knut back to central casting, he's SAG now.

[Vanity Fair] The Green Issue

Dear Bust Magazine,

Ok, I haven't received your latest issue in the mail and I'm concerned. You're pretty much my favorite magazine, like ever. Charlotte Gainsbourg is on the cover and I think there's an Amy Winehouse interview in there so this would be a bad time to stop sending me issues, ladies. Omg, it's true, plus Jennifer Saunders and Iggy Pop!

I didn't get a warning thingy in the mail, asking me to re-subscribe. What did I do wrong? Bust, don't do this. Baby, I'm sorry. I was just looking at Missbehave, it didn't mean anything. I didn't even subscribe (errr yet). C'mon, think of all the great times we've had together: the Amy Poehler interview last year, all the 'Guys We Love' issues, Betty Dodson's use of the phrase "butty hole." You have my credit card on file, charge that sucker, I don't care. Lifetime subscription, the works! Just come back :(

[Bust Magazine] Official Site

Enough about titties...

::sigh:: I've never been big on Orlando Bloom but these guys sure know how to make a bitch smolder to the point where I might change my mind. I totally didn't do a "Titty Mag of the Month" for March (oh whoops) and I'll probably "forget" for April so lets just try this instead.

I heart V Man. Their spreads are consistently beautiful and polished (refer to the Mag Hag banner this month) but the thing that really makes this quarterly a must purchase is the fact that it's pretty much a glorified celebration of man-pretty. I'm especially amazed by how they're still taking the Details route by pretending that they're a magazine for straight men when that's obviously not the case. My favorite piece in the Spring/Summer issue is the step-by-step profile of male ├╝ber model Tyson Ballou's workout routine.

Yeah, its a really great "read." He almost achieves Blue Steel when he's doing push-ups. I must also point out that I'm fond of the combination of matte and glossy paper on the cover. All the way class.

So V Man, I salute you with an honorary "Titty Mag of the Month" title. You've earned it....by bribing me with hot guys. But whatever, that's totally cool.

It's a Man-Pretty Party!!!
[V Man] Official Site
[IMG Models] Tyson Ballou Portfolio


Lead me out on the moonlit floor...

Here's your tidbit of the moment:

"Some things worth noting about Tim Mosely [Timbaland]: The one song that always cheers him up is "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer."
- GQ Magazine, March 2007

Stop right there. Don't even read the rest of the article. That is the single most important piece of information you'll ever need to know. The next time you're at a club, freak dancing to "Promiscous Girl" stop for a moment and visualize Timbaland and Nelly Furtado waltzing to the soundtrack jam from "She's All That." Yeah, you're welcome.

Extended Reading:
[GQ Online] The Genius Steps Up


Oh, that's what happened to V Man...

March 20th, yes!

[V Man] Official Site

Indie actresses do interpretive dance to Morrissey in their East Village gardens apartments...Celebrities are just like us!

I totally forgot to get the Chloe Sevigny House & Garden issue! It was just such a random combo that I had to have it. On a related note, I also never secured a copy of the V Man issue with Ryan Gosling on the cover. And what the hell happened to V Man anyway? I will investigate this further.

More stuff:

[House & Garden] HG Videos - Chloe Sevigny
[House & Garden] Features - Gallery - Chloe Sevigny
[V Man] Official Site

So I have to actually update this blog?

Like regularly? Ohhhhhh, that's the whole point, you say? Right. I see. Ok, well then. I feel silly ::coquettish laughter::


I haven't read VIBE since like '01...

so check out Four Four's dead-on review of VIBE's 150th issue special. Rich keeps it real. Really real.

Bring back Emil or continue to suffer, VIBE

Rich Knows Best:
[Four Four] Bad VIBE


Titty Mag of the Month: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

This begins another tradition here at Mag Hag (cus "we're" a real office here, with interns and a water cooler). Now technically, SI gets this coveted title by default since their Swimsuit issue only comes out once a year but I feel like this one is a special case. Blogs and message boards have been blowing up on this issue because of the surprise cover girl, Ms. Beyonce Knowles:

People seem to be in a tizzy about this because:
A. The cover is usually set aside for “professional models” (cus you have to earn that spot, with a Masters and everything.)
B. They’re Beyonce haters
C. They’re ‘women over 90 pounds’ haters

But you know what? No matter how much I try, I can't resist Beyonce... I kind of wish that she could exist in a bubble where she kicks out a nice jam once in a while but mostly gets photographed opening bottles of champagne with Jay-Z in St. Tropez. So this cover has worked out really well for me.

Secondly, I'm also a big fan of the mid/late-90s SI models, especially Laeticia Casta (pre-dissaperance), Rebecca Romijn (pre-Stamos), and of course, Tyra Banks (pre-bat shit craziness). They were each uniquely beautiful, funny and they had the tendency to eat food. It was a winning combination. Though I don’t imagine that Beyonce is Sarah Silverman in the humor department, I welcome her cover after a few years of vacant ladies. Take a look back at the glory days, people:

Side note: does it makes sense that Sports Illustrated has a swimsuit issue with no athletes AND went for a "music theme" within that said issue. Probably not but I'll go along with it for now.

So, with all this said, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2007, “we” salute you. Maybe one day I’ll have one of my interns widdle you a statue to mark this fine occasion.

More photos and info after the jump (i hate that expression)....

Extended Reading...on titties:
[Dlisted] Beyonce in Sports Illustrated
[SI.com] 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Who says that I don't read books?

First of all have you ever read a Vanity Fair article? Its like a novela. Also, books about magazines are still books. Therefore I do read something other than magazines. Um, so there. And on that note:

Last Magazine
by David Renard


How Sassy Changed My Life
by Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer


Best of Smash Hits
by Mark Frith

I'll leave this to CEC:
» smash hits was, unwaveringly, the greatest pop magazine of all time
» and it all went shit in the late 90s
» but neil tennent from the pet shop boys was the editor in the early to mid 80s
» like pre-PSB
» so hot


Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 07: still empty-handed

I've been to 3 newsstands, a magazine store, and one nutso discount magazine dude on the street. Somehow a scratchless/non-creased copy continues to allude me. Boooo.


GQ: 50 Years

2007 marks the 50th anniversary of Gentleman's Quarterly and I've been immediately reminded why I only started reading it about 5 years ago...

You've come a long way gentlemen, congratulations. For more gems like these, check out GQ online's monthly poll leading up to June’s (predictably massive and Mag Hag coveted) anniversary issue. This month's theme is "Debut Appearances." You can vote for your favorite or at least the one that makes you wince in embarrassment the least (cough cough Clooney cough cough). In exchange for your vote you'll be up for the chance to win a European ski vacation in "the Alps." I wonder if this is an all-inclusive package that involves a bottle of mulled wine, a fireplace and the Cosby sweater of your choice. Fingers crossed.

Extended Reading:
[GQ] The GQ 50th Anniversary Cover Contest


Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 07: and so it begins

Tomorrow, I intend to obtain my very own copy of the new Vanity Fair Hollywood issue. I almost bought it on Friday but all of the copies at the newsstand on the way home were, to be honest, unacceptable. Busted, even. I don't do scratches and creases. Just, no. Until then, have a looksie at some behind the scenes shots by Kathryn MacLeod. And if you really want to ruin it for yourself, Faded Youth has pretty much scanned all of the important stuff. My predictions were right: 98% Lebowitz. To Be continued…

Pictures, yay:
[Vanity Fair] The 2007 Hollywood Portfolio: Behind the Scenes

NEW FAVORITE: Missbehave

Launched last year, it's sort of like if Complex and Bust magazine had a baby while they were in high school but recklessly left it on Mass Appeal's doorstep to raise. The most recent issue has Lily Allen on the cover, who's whole image pretty much sums up the mag itself: limited edition kicks, cute dresses, doorknocker earrings and a penchant for shuttin' a bitch down if needed. They're really after my own heart. To top off the slick fashion features and fittingly "urban chic" (I really don't know what that means, I just made it up) art direction, their writing style is refreshingly blunt and hilarious. Enjoy this little snippet from the article "DILF Hunter: Clive Owen" by Mary H.K. Choi:

Some little conniving bitch gets to be Clive Owen's daughter's friend. Stupid Cow. God, she probably makes tons of totally transparent excuses to pull a pop-in, sliding ever so close to Clive, all scantly clad and nubile. I hate her, yet admire her gangsta. Without the geographic inconvenience, the wife and that goddamn restraining order. I would indisputably do the same. Stupid extradition.

Wasn't that delightful? Between calling Clive Owen's daughter's hypothetical friend a "stupid cow" and the phrase "I hate her, yet admire her gangsta" I'm about ready to apply for another internship. Ok, that's a lie. But if this were two years ago during my heady unpaid labor days, I'd be all over it.

Extended Reading:
[Fred Flare] Interview w/ Editor in Chief and co-founder, Samantha Moeller
[Missbehave] Official Site
[Missbehave] Official MySpace Page