In a world where the longevity of the fashion magazine is constantly under the threat of being taken over by their online counterparts, it may come as a surprise to see the launch of not only the first ever Vogue Turkey this month, but a new luxury magazine - The Gentlewoman. Stemming from the creators of the ever popular Fantastic Man, it's sister title aims to take the focus back to quality editorial articles rather than letting the visuals do the talking - but that's not to say the magazine doesn't look beautiful, too. The first issue sees Penny Martin, editor in chief conducting an exclusive interview with woman of the momentPhoebe Philo, whilst other features include model Daisy Lowe and Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima.
"We wanted to make something that really demands to be read, that women can sit down and enjoy reading." Martin told Grazia. "Fashion magazines have become extremely visual recently and that’s great – for that. But our mission was to restore quality to editorial – long, substantial articles about really fantastic women with something to say. We’ve worked very hard to capture the way women talk to each other, which – as you know, is different to the way women talk to men or men talk to men. We want that intimate, familiar, let-your-guard-down style. We also wanted to try and break down the dreadful cliché that women aren’t funny." Having already sold out twice in the uber cool Collette in Paris, the biannual magazine will launch in RD Franks, London today and nationwide from the 22nd of March.
The British Fashion Council has announced the names of the recipients of its designer support initiative under its NEWGEN MEN scheme. Launched earlier this year, the initiative aides designers by providing funding to enable them to showcase their work at London Fashion Week, as well as access to use of the BFC Catwalk Show Space at Somerset House. Like its sister scheme, NEWGEN, which is sponsored by Topshop, NEWGEN MEN is sponsored by Topman and follows on from the MAN show, which offers designers similar sponsorship and business assistance.
This shortlist for the coming autumn/winter 2010 NEWGEN MEN includes Carolyn Massey, whose designs have been described as "quintessentially English", Christopher Shannon, known for his "luxe sportswear inspired collection and wearable collaborations with Eastpak and Topman, as well as LFW credentials having shown as part of the MAN initiative'", James Long, for "his ability to push the boundaries whilst creating truly wearable pieces", and J.W. Anderson, whose "intriguing silhouettes and romantic detailing have affirmed his stature as one of the most promising emerging menswear designers in London."