Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mug Shots: Magazines Put Their Best Face Forward

In a recent post, resident Manila-based fashion blogger and Marc Jacobs muse, Brianboy, points to the recent trend of fashion rags using closely cropped photos of models faces as covers. The phenomenon doesn’t exactly translate to the likes of stateside glossies such as Glamour, Elle and Vogue, which have all subscribed to a slightly different prescription for covers season after season (the 3/4, hand-on-hip body shot topped off with a blow-out). While the look is nothing new, Bryanboy asks: why the resurgence now? And, more specifically, is the trend’s resurfacing during the current financial crisis coincidence, or not?

“The world is going through a crazy financial turmoil. Are these ‘face-only’ covers a result of a cost-cutting move? It’s cheaper to shoot in a studio rather than an elaborate set…” he writes. And, if that’s the case, given the increasingly temperamental print industry, can “magazines sell issues based on faces and just faces alone?” The answer remains to be seen, but in the meantime we take no issue with the trend as long as covers like this Liv Tyler stunner are kept in the mix.

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Alisa Gould-Simon is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.