I am probably "too old" to read Lula. I say that jokingly, because ageism is stupid. I do recognize, however, that the intended audience probably doesn't include working 35-year-olds. The magazine often features fragile-looking, melancholic child-women, and yes, it is sometimes a little disturbing. But I still find myself drawn to Lula's dreamy, softly shot imagery - probably because it is distinctive and different.
I have the world of trouble finding fashion magazines in my current surroundings. The supermarkets stock only Finnish fashion mags, which aren't all bad - in fact, I quite like Trendi and Olivia. Occasionally the bigger supermarket here has British Marie Claire, which I haven't bought (I still have a bone to pick with them after they, years ago, asked to interview me for a story about women's body issues, but then drew back their request after I told them that my issue had to do with being too skinny, not too heavy - they didn't think skinny could possibly be a problem). Anyway, long story short: I currently lack the option of going to a store to pick up a fashion mag after work. I haven't been a super-active fashion magazine reader in a few years - in the US I subscribed to a couple of magazines, mostly because they were so cheap. But I like looking at fashion in print form, and I still have occasional cravings. Sometimes the online imagery just isn't quite enough.
I'm thinking about perhaps subscribing to some fashion magazines, even though it is quite expensive for where I live. I just feel deprived. I've considered Lula and The Gentlewoman (the latter of which I have never seen in print, but it sounds fascinating), and even the Aussie mag Frankie, which I hear a lot of good things about. It would be cheaper to subscribe to some American magazines, but I am completely over US Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Glamour seems too shopping-centered, and Elle seems to lack focus. I once loved Vogue Italia, but it just seems too high-fashion and artsy for me - same with Vogue Paris. It's been so long since I've read British Vogue or Elle that I have no idea if they'd be my cup of tea. So perhaps I will try to get Lula or/and The Gentlewoman shipped to my countryside neck of the woods. Any other suggestions, my dear readers, of magazines that combine smart and pretty?
Lula pictures via thefashionspot.com