The language of fashion

Have I told you about my friends? Knowing of my habit of buying fashion magazines every time I travel, they don’t even ask me anymore if I want them to bring me an edition I usually don’t find here from their journeys and instead have made a habit of it too and surprise me as it happened last week: Vogue Italia, Vogue Russia and Harper’s Bazaar Russia, all October issues and all arriving from their mother countries. I speak Italian, so there was no problem there, but Russian I don’t and although I enjoyed the fashion pages and the editorials, I felt I was missing on a lot from those editions.

I’ll just enumerate a few subjects approached in the Russian issues: fabulous Jane Fonda, aged 74 and wearing the Stella McCartney dotted sheer dress, Ewan McGregor, the beginnings of the Gucci house, Emilio Pucci and a short interview with Tommy Ton (in Harper’s Bazaar), a history of the Max Mara coat, interviews with Tomas Maier, Christopher Bailey, Peter Copping (Nina Ricci) and Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli (in Vogue). And these were only the ones I figured out what they were about, I am sure there are so many more things worth learning about tucked in those pages that I wish I could understand.

Do you sometimes feel trapped in the language barrier when it comes to fashion? Or are there some magazines so visually powerful that you feel fashion is truly an international language? I have to admit that this was the first time I fell in the first category, the first time I didn’t understand absolutely anything from the language an edition is written in and I really felt that the beautiful photos, styling and clothes didn’t fill in the gaps left by the undecipherable words.

photos by me from: 1-4,7,8-Harper’s Bazaar Russia, October 2011; 5 (having on top my previously talked about Roeckl gloves),6-Vogue Italia, October 2011

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