Known for their featured iconic fashion spreads, celebrity interviews, industry insights and coverage of high-profile fashion events, luxury editorial fashion magazines have a rich history that dates back several decades. These magazines have been significant to shape the fashion industry and a global platform for designers, photographer, models, and stylists to showcase their work. While traditionally these magazines have been in print publication with their glossy pages and high-quality editorial content, the modern-day picture is becoming more digital with exclusive membership and subscriptions to digital editorial content.
These magazines have been a key catalyst in shaping aspirations and trends for the common men and women, once where there was no other way to learn about who wore what and the latest in fashion, these magazines took centre stage to set trends in high profile societies. They bring a wealth of information, trends and inspiration for fashion enthusiasts, industry professionals and anyone who is interested in the world of the high-end fashion.
There are several leading magazines both online and in print that provide authoritative coverage and insights into the industry, let’s dive in:
Considered the most influential fashion magazine with Anna Wintour leading it as the Editor-in-Chief for over a couple of decades now, collectively Vogue and Anna have shaped some of the worlds most talked about fashion trends and styled exclusive celebrity covers to make the top news in the world. First published in 1892 as a weekly newspaper, Vogue is arguably the most famous fashion magazine in the world. The leading magazine was then taken under the umbrella brands of CondeNast Publications in 1909 the magazine has steered its focus largely towards women and soon dictated the fashion world with its trends as soon as Anna Wintour took over.
Today is has a digital platform that is covering wide range of fashion events, designer profiles -country specific to one’s taking over the global stage and industry news.
Harper’s started in 1862 and is known to be America’s first fashion magazine that targeted the upper middle class. Known for their unique content that is curated well, polished, and informative. With their headquarters in New York the brand is present in over 20 countries taking note of the exciting fashion events across countries and publishing the same in their monthly magazines, blogs to their digital platforms now.
They consider themselves to be the style resource for ‘women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture’
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This French magazine was started in 1945 with a core focus on women’s fashion. Elle means ‘she’ or ‘her’ in French. Within a few years of their establishment, they built a slogan that translates in English as ‘if she reads, she reads Elle’. Elle has been published in 44 countries and is considered as a coveted magazine globally. They cover fashion, health, fitness, beauty, travel, food, and a lot more about the world’s current events that directly co-relate with women in one or more of the above-mentioned categories. They also have Elle Sustainability Awards, Elle Influencers Awards and others in India that set them apart to recognize leading talent and support them.
Gentlemen’s Quarterly – GQ – is one of the iconic magazines that has a strong authority on men’s fashion, style, gadgets, health, culture, music, travel, sports, books and much more. GQ is an American monthly men’s magazine based in New York and founded in 1931. For decades GQ has been a premier men’s magazine and has its own unique powerful design working with finest photographers in the world and award-winning writer to reaching million of men globally.
In the recent years the fashion media landscape has undergone a significant transformation with the rise of digital platforms, this shift has pushed brands to launch their digital publications and create online platform to reach a wider and broader audience. In our digital era, there are many digital publications that offer dynamic content, interactive features and real-time update to the audience, lets take a look at some of these top digital luxury editorial fashion platforms to follow:
a. Business of Fashion (BoF)
One of the most famous digital platforms is BoF that covers a range of topics in the fashion industry, from business, designer shows, in depth research, emerging trends to sustainability issues and solutions. They offer in-depth analysis and articles, interviews with industry leaders and comprehensive coverage of global fashion events.
This digital platform covers luxury fashion, streetwear, art, and design. It offers a unique blend of editorials, trend reports and features on emerging designers – that attracts people to the platform making it a go-to platform for fashion-forward individuals.
They have an emphasis on featuring streetwear and contemporary fashion, offering a mix of fashion, culture, and lifestyle content. Featuring the latest fashion release, brand collaborations and interviews with influential fashion experts.
Dazed Digital is a digital counterpart of the Dazed magazine and is highly popular for its cutting-edge fashion, art, and youth culture content. They showcase innovative and pioneering editorials, profiles of emerging talents and explore the intersection of fashion with music, film, and art.
Follow these magazines to gain a wealth of information on the global trends, information on major fashion events, industries impacting the fashion sector and learn from the industry professionals. If you aim to become a subject matter expert, we highly recommend you apply for MBA Luxury and Fashion Management at MBA-ESG Bangalore where you will gain a global perspective with opportunities like educational visit to Paris, French pedagogy, learning from French industry professionals and faculty.