As I written about before I sometimes feel icky when I read too many conventional fashion/women magazines. There is something about that all too smooth surface, the celebrity worship, the cult of youth and consumption and that constant talk about body and weight that leaves me feeling a bit disgusted. Another peeve is that constant push for improvement, you and your life are never really okay, there are always 10 things you can to do improve [insert whatever].
Still it’s a hard reading habit to kick. But I’m always on a lookout for magazines that has a more genuine and less surface obsessed take on things. Therefore I got curious when I read an interview with the editor of the new magazine The Gentlewoman (in the excellent Swedish magazine guide SID). It’s a British publication that takes itself and the people they feature seriously, without making it boring. In this issue (no 2) there are great interviews with Yoko Ono, Ashley Olsen, Meena Pathak (the driving force of the indian curry paste brand Patak) and photographer Ines von Lamsweerde among others. After reading the magazine from page to page I felt really inspired and like I have learned new things. Some interviews and their subjects were so good that I found myself returning to the same pages. Plus I don’t think I have ever seen such a balanced blend of ethnicity and ages in a magazine. Clearly this must have been a conscious choice from the editors.
There are also several fashions spreads, but the fashion is a bit too minimalistic for my taste. Plus some spreads tries too hard to look edgy, and end up looking a little silly. But that is redeemed by an beautiful almost origami like presentation that really piqued my interest. Who knew that folded clothes shot in black and white could look so appealing?