Before leaving for New York, I loaded up my iPhone and tote bag with some truly excellent articles, books, and zines. They really came in handy when I found myself lost on the G train, stuck in the back of a cab, or standing on a street corner trying to look busy when I was actually just way too early for a meeting. Here are a few of my favourite fashion-related reads; enjoy!
When We Were “Seventeen”: A History In 47 Covers
Jane Hu traces the history of Seventeen from the initial editor-in-chief, Helen Valentine, to its current, shall we say, flawed state. I was fascinated to discover that Seventeen began with such a noble goal—to talk with teenagers, not at them—and was inspired by Valentine’s original directive to readers: “Say you agree with SEVENTEEN or disagree violently, say we’re tops, say we’re terrible, say anything you please—but say it!”
Portrait of the Artist as a Postman
Kermit Oliver is the main character in this real life fashion fairy tale from Texas Monthly‘s October issue. “There once was a postman who designed scarves for Hermès,” Jason Sheeler begins, a seemingly simple premise to this article. Oliver sorts mail by night and paints impossibly beautiful Hermès scarves by day, but it’s not just the odd juxtaposition of his two careers that make this article so compelling. Sheeler tells us a story about art, race, class, family, and genius, and on the day that I read it, I became one of those people in New York who cry in public.
On Saturday, the Wornettes and I visited the New York Art Book Fair to see their legendary zine tent. We spent some time speaking with the people behind Original Plumbing, an amazing zine that describes itself as “the premier print magazine dedicated to the sexuality and culture of FTM trans.” I picked up the Fashion Issue for the WORN office and highly recommend it.
What have you been reading lately? Tell us in the comments!