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Elle is a women's magazine focusing on fashion but also covering areas if modern lifestyle and thinking for (it feels) young or youngish women most people featured being on the younger side of life.
The magazine comes out every month near the beginning of it at a current cost of £4 an issue. I didn't have to pay for my recent issues however because I received a gift subscription.
The magazine is roughly A4 sized with around 400 pages. As you can imagine this makes it pretty heavy. It is too awkward for me personally to carry around to read on the go. I mainly read magazines at home so I don't particularly mind that.
I will describe the contents of the September 2015 issue to give you an idea of the publication. There is a lot of adverts in the magazine but this issue heralds new fashion season so there is more than usual - twenty one double pages of them from various designers before you even get to the issue's contents page. They usually also have other adverts from different brands dressed up as articles and described as "Elle Promotions". There are four such in the issue I am looking at now. Personally I find this a bit much.
The magazine also showcases the latest fashionable clothes and accessories from designers and High street sources. Their version of High street in their High Street edit feature is not somewhere like Primary or New Look but more middle market retailers. A range of personal styles are showcased with a tone that you should express yourself and wear what you find comfortable not slavishly follow trends. The words in features encourage readers to try new things - in this issue unusual shades of colour - but to whatever degree they might personally like.
There are travel features, beauty how tos, interviews with people in and outside of fashion and book reading selections in each issue and regular features on fitness particularly running. This issue recommended books are non fiction and fashion and beauty focussed but other issues have had general new fiction ones which I have used and enjoyed. The interviews are in my opinion rarely very interesting.
I think fashion lovers will enjoy the magazine but others probably won't find quite enough to want to buy it every month or subscribe.
I don't normally buy a lot of magazines but my sister recently off loaded a bunch of old magazines she had already read and there was several copies of 'Elle' among them. My review is based on my opinions of the April, May and July 2015 copies of the magazine.
I was a bit shocked to see the price of the magazine was £4. I do think this is a lot of money for a women's magazine. However, the magazine is fairly thick and large. The first thing I noticed going through my copies was that the magazine contains a LOT of advertising. This might be for perfumes, clothing brands, make up, booze, jewelry, fashion accessories or other things but the adverts are literally on every other page and take up either on whole page or a double spread. Some adverts are inserted into the thin pages of the magazine on a cardboard sleeve which makes you unable to just flick past it. I have to assume that whoever buys this magazine is actually wanting to see these vast amounts of advertising, possibly for inspiration of what's en vogue? I personally find them a bit pointless, especially since most of what's being advertised is out of my budget! One nice thing about the adverts is that some of them contain samples which are stuck to the page. There were make-up, shampoo and perfume samples in every magazine I read.
The magazine features a few articles and interviews from various stars. These are quite interesting and revealing. There are also fashion ideas and articles showing the latest trends, including pictures of celebrities wearing such items. There are also articles telling you 'how to wear' a certain fashion item. There are also articles about women's issues such as dating or health issues. These are of a good quality in terms of writing style.
I personally do not find this magazine very appealing. I think it's aimed at fashionistas and rampant consumers, neither of which am I. I found it a chore to wade through all of the pretentious advertising . Massive pictures of well lit nail varnishes don't really stir my senses but it may be of interest to other readers who have a strong interest in looking good and wearing the 'right' fashion.
Elle is a monthy fashion magazine.
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Elle is a very thick magazine and has glossy pages and a glossy cover. It doesn't come inside a plastic bag unless there is a free gift. On the front is a celebrity modelling designer clothes and make-up and they get interviewed inside. The background colour on the cover is usually very muted, such as grey, white, grey-lilac, grey-pink or cream.
When you open the first page there will be a double-page advert on designer clothes. On the next page this is the case again. And the next. And the next! You have to plough through about fifteen pages of adverts before you reach the contents. You then have more adverts, Elle subscription service, more adverts, and then an article with another large picture! If you don't mind loads of adverts and enjoy looking at them like a picture book (I know I do) then you'll probably enjoy this magazine. But if you bought it becuase you want to read something, then you've gone for the wrong thing because Elle has a small to medium amount of articles in it. If you bought it thinking it would have high street clothes in it, then you're mistaken as most of the fashion features feature designer clothes that only the filthy rich can afford. This is the same case for beauty. But, if you don't mind looking and admiring all the photos (like me) then this is quite a good magazine.
Elle is priced at £3.60 an issue. I think it's worth it, because I love spending hours looking at all the adverts and photos.
Elle is a magazine that originally started in France, and it is a devoted fashion magazine. While there are celebrity interviews, it is low on articles, and fills up its pages with fashion photos and beauty advice. It is very thick, and costs £3.60. But you can subscribe to it, and get each magazine for just £1.69- plus lots of free gifts, which is a really good deal if you are a devotee.
In many of its recent issues, Elle has also provided a small extra guide to fashion- including a guide to the catwalks, and one with the best high street clothes. I found these really good, but often you can't find the clothes featured in every store, and they can be sold out online.
The best bit (in my opinion) about Elle is the beauty "how to" sections. These will explain, in easy to understand language, how to recreate catwalk looks in your own bedroom. I found them really easy to follow, even when doing complicated quiffs (the end result was very impressive) and they don't require you to have loads of expensive products to recreate.
Elle also has a very good website with up to the minute information on what to buy and where to get it from. Although a lot of the designer stuff is unaffordable for most, they do mix high street and high fashion- a Miss Selfridge shirt is on the website next to an Alexander McQueen skirt. The website also ahs loads of great competitions!
Elle was first published in France in 1945, "Elle" means she in French, it was not until 1985 that it was published in the UK, and today it is read in over 60 countries.
It is true that it doesn't have many articles in it, but I'm more of a visual person so i love looking through and admiring all the beautiful clothes :D, its a great magazine if you want inspiration for a new outfit or for an art project. It's wrong to say you don't learn anything about fashion, because you learn from looking at the pictures, you can see what goes with what, and a nice new way to wear your make up. for me, Elle doesn't tell me what i should look like it just gives me ideas. The printing quality is excellent and the layout is well thought out.
After first trying vogue i found Elle a much better magazine, at £3.90 vogue is higher priced and about half the size, they both contain a lot of adverts but most are from leading fashion designers and are nice to look at. I would suggest subscribing because it will be a lot less expensive than buying separately.
The only other criticism i have is that most of the clothes are far to expensive and they need to look at some normal clothes for few pages.
Advertised as a fashion magazine it could be more accurately described as a catalog, but its a great resource for anyone serious about fashion.
I started reading Elle last year, when they had an offer of a 12 month subscription for £12. At £1 an issue, this is great value compared with the usual £3.60 price tag.
For your money, you get a monthly fashion magazine, which is usually around 300pages.
The cover will usually feature a celebrity, rather than a model, which seems to be a trend of fashion magazines in the last few years. The cover will usually have some headlines and information about what is in the magazine, although when you subscribe, the covers don't have the additional writing.
The magazie itself usually features one main celebrity interview, some lifestyle articles, some guest writers, regular columnists, arts reviews, and of course, lots and lots of pictures and articles of all things fashion. There will be photoshoots, pictures from catwalk shows, and photos of different clothes and accessories and where to buy them.
I really enjoy reading Elle every month, I'm interested in fashion and shopping, and I much prefer reading about this to reading other magazines filled with celebrities falling out of night clubs. Elle does feature some celebrities, but it will usually be an interview with them and some really good pictures, as opposed to the papparazzi shots that the likes of heat magazine etc buy. They also usually feature people who I find far more interesting, such a Hollywood stars, rather than Kerry Katona and the like.
I am quite a shopaholic, so I like seeing their pick of what's in the shops each month. Unfortunately, quite a few things in there will be way out of my price range, but they always include a good selection of things from the high street. Every few months, they also include a devoted "high street shopping guide" as an additional magazine, which always has lots of nice pieces at good prices.
The only negative thing I would have to comment about Elle is the pages and pages of advertising. I know magazines can command a lot for advertising space, but to be paying £3.60 for the magazine, which is quite a lot, and then have to look at all the advertising, is a bit of a shame. If a magazine wants to make a lot from advertising, I think they should lower their price to the consumer. However, for me, paying just £1 per issue, I'm not too bothered.
Overall, I would say that Elle is an enjoyable fashion magazine, and I think anyne who enjoys fashion and shopping would find it interesting. I think it is a little expensive, considering the amount of advertising in it, but if you can find a good subscription deal I would recommend it. When my subscription ends, I would still buy Elle for the regular price, although I probably wouldn't buy it every month.
I'm a regular subscriber and I really enjoy getting Elle each month.
It is definitely a fashion magazine and regularly has beautiful fashion spreads and plenty of articles on new looks and styles out there as well as all the shopping information you could ever need!
It does have a wide range of designer labels and high street featured (although mostly the high end of the high street).
I really enjoy the articles, there is generally a big spread on a woman in the media spotlight and then other articles on health, beauty, living etc.
I enjoy the different opinion pieces and it sometimes covers more controversial topics. There is generally something on the latest fads and it does review these honestly.
The back page is the home of the column 'Mademoiselle - Confessions of an Elle Girl' and I find this witty and entertaining and a fun read.
I think this is one of the best fashion magazines out there. Not so slavish about 'society' types as other magazines and has a lot of interesting articles throughout on all sorts of topics.
As a subscriber I get different covers to the news-stand which has no text, just the name Elle at the top. There are also special offers such as film previews - sadly so far I've not made any of them!
I'm surprised Elle has got such a low rating on dooyoo- it's my favourite magazine! I can't wait until it comes out every month, it's a real treat! It has to be said that it is a FASHION magazine, so it may not be for everyone.
I have divided my points into advantages and disadvantages...
:) Fashion! For every fashion lover, you can't beat Elle. It is jam packed with hardcore, runway fashion. There is no 'dumbing down' or filler features, it's high fashion at it's best!
:) Fashion forward They don't mind talking about Winter fashion in July at Elle- it's a bible to all fashionistas who live for fashion.
:) Freebies, discounts and competitions- Every issue always has a great freebie, from bags to even tops! There's also always discounts and freebies such as manicures and haircuts, and they run lots of competitions in the magazine and on the website.
:) Suppliments- There's always a catwalk, accessories and high-street shopping supliment= lots more fashion and reading! Woop!
:) Clear sections- Reading through the magazine is great, you know what section you are in, what to flick to, and it's a really satisfying formula.
:) Good beauty coverage- Many magazines skim on beauty coverage but Elle always highlights the hair and makeup looks from runways and gives the beauty gossip on new products in each issue.
:) Great editorials- Elle aren't as crazy or adventurous in all editorials, many are there to demonstrate current trends and fashion in a beautiful, imaginative way
:) Interesting stories- There are real-life stories in Elle, but they are inspiring and memorable, rather than some crazy scandal that you can get in other magazines.
:) Celebrity and fashion people news- There's often interviews with fashion designers or high figures in the fashion world. These are relevant, such as pictures of their homes or their style tips.
:) Some humour!- There's a funny column in each issue called Madmoiselle which is very funny! It's by a mystery fashion figure, I still can't figure out who it is!
:) Adverts! I personally don't mind many adverts! I find fashion adverts to be beautiful and inspiring. there really isn't that many, especially compared to most magazines. At least in Elle, none are for random, cheapie products or food!
:) Often a large issue- Elle takes over an hour to read if you're interested in reading it all!
:( Adverts- Some people dislike adverts and will skip straght past them, so if this is you, they might be a little annoying. Really no more than any other magazine though!
:( Maybe you want more?- As Elle is all about fashion, some people might want a bit more variety from a magazine.
As with all magazines it depends what you're after as to how you're going to rate it. Elle ticks all the boxes for me. Of all the glossy fashion mags it is the only one that manages to strike a good balance between high-end designer and high street clothes and beauty products. You will be able to afford half the things in it and the other half are just there for lusting after. And all for only £3.50 a month.
There tends to be one celebrity feature but other than that, if it's celebrity gossip you're after, you would be better off with a weekly like Look or Grazia. Regular features include high-street must haves, designer of the month and 10 rules of style according to a different celebrity each month.
One thing that may put people off is the sheer weight of the ads. It depends whether you like looking at new season Gucci or D&G? Despite that though, it's an easy read and offers practical advice on how to work the new trends coming from the catwalk.
I never really buy a regular magazine, but decided to pick up the latest issue since it had Alexa Chung on the cover and I needed something thick to read while in the hairdressers. Elle has always been one of my favourite magazines, but costs too much £3.50 for me to want to buy it religiously every month. I like the fashion articles and youthful outlook, and the way it's set out with clear insights into trends and their key pieces. They also have Chloe Sevigny as a columist, who has a great sense of style but perhaps doesn't always consider the incomes of it's readers. It features many of my favourite designers, such as Giles Deacon, Louise Goldin and Luella. It also interviews fashion insiders about their favourite London haunts and has a variety of articles on fitness, fashion and what to read or see at the cinema.
Of course there are many adverts, but that's to be expected in most magazines, and they tend to be right near the beginning and end. At least you can see all the designer's campaigns in one place if that's what you're into.
I may subscribe for a bit as there's an offer for £12 issues for £12, which seems like a good deal. After that I won't mind reading a friend's copy or just checking out the website.
Elle is a glossy magazine full of fashion and articles about fashion. It is good for anyone working in the fashion industry that needs to keep up to date and for those women who are genuinely fashion-obsessed.
I felt it was full of adverts so never bought it but hubbie picked up a copy on the train for me last night so I thought I'd read it. I did an interesting test first. I held it in one hand and just let the pages flick through from back to front. I have to say it failed my readability test. I did not notice one article. It was all adverts! Like I said, if you need to keep up to date with the fashion industry then I'm sure a collection of adverts will help. but if you actually want to read about fashion and learn about fashion, I'm not sure this magazine would be much use.
When I settled down to read (well first of all, FIND) the articles, I found them to be lacking in any detail or anything of interest. To be honest, didn't really tell me anything about fashion even.
A rip-off. Far too many articles. In the copy I have, you do not even reach the contents until page 15! So that's 14 pages of glossy adverts straight off! You then have to wait until page 31 for an overview of what will be on Elle's website this month. Then more adverts... page 50 then has a quick Q&A session with a few A-listers of the fashion world (I've not heard of any of them!) More adverts... I flicked another 50 odd pages and still did not come across an article. Cannot flick anyone. If I look at one more picture of an emaciated drug-addicted model with her baps out, I will be forced to go upstairs and make myself sick. I cannot believe I ate a whole bowl of cereal for breakfast... with semi-skimmed milk... Oh the shame!!
£3.50 per month. Honestly - just go and walk around by some billboards. It's free and you'll get some exercise!
I never usually buy elle but was tempted into it this time because of the free top it had with this months issue. It is not a fantastic magazine but at £2.80 for a nice top you should buy it. It is a slash necked vest top which almost looks like it has cap sleeves on it. It is black and has a Elle tag on the side by the waist and will fit sizes 8-12 (which is a little unfair really.) The reason why I am going on about the top so much and not about the actual magazine is because the mag is really not that good. The articles failed to say anything of significance and did not hold my interest at all. The mag's flavour of the month model is Sophie Dahl (who I'm not interested in at all and who's face annoys me), the fashion shoots are not useful or particularly impressive artistically and all the clothes and products featured in the mag are not accessible to most people as they are expensive or just too difficult to find. It is also full of adverts, much like other big magazines such as vogue and marie claire. However, they do give away good freebie's and this will encourage me to keep an eye out for it next month.
If you are in fact a supermodel, then Elle is the magazine for you. It is full of adverts, the clothes featured are always way out of the price range of most women in UK & the models are far too thin, shiny & glamorous! It doesnt represent the average British woman that's for sure. If you win the lottery however, you might want to buy it just to see what clothes you can now afford. I can't think of a time when I've actually enjoyed reading Elle. Perhaps I'm just not glam enough to appreciate it.
I generally read books because since I was young I had the opportunity to find them at home without buying anyone. Now that I'm leaving on my own, I have started to buy books but I have also realised that I love magazines too. It's not exactly the some thing as reading a pleasant book of course, but it has got a different duty: it takes my mind away. Elle is my favourite magazine. It is full of colours and full of articles that describe the V.I.P.'s life. The last one that I read contained a long article on Madonna. It's strange but I was quite curios to know more details about her real life. Maybe because I like to imagine that Madonna has got more or less my same life, which I know it's rubbish. But the article at list lets you discover her weakness and this makes me feel better. The beauty pages offer a huge product category which are generally the best in the world and if you are a bit vain fashion and style probably will catch your attention. There is always the health page with very good suggestion to loose weight. But it's something that you never follow. As soon as I buy a new edition I immediately look for the horoscope. I know it's stupid but it's an other way to take my mind away.
I genuinly cannot understand why anyone with half a brain would opt to buy this rubbish magazine! I wouldnt class it as a magazine - a picture book would be more apt - and I certainly wouldnt pay for it! For anyone who has browsed through a copy of Elle, you'll no doubt have noticed that on average there is at least 3 to 4 full pages of designer advertisements for every one containing anything readable. And when you do eventually find a page containing a so called article, you'll be faced with at least half the page taken up with a picture! The magazine not only had crap content, but it is bulky beyond believe! The copy I had, had over 300 pages, about 2 1/3's advertising! The fashion and items shown are also a joke! Most of the stuff would be aimed towards the very well off and totally unaffordable for the average person! I find it rather insulting actually that this company charge about 3 pounds for the privilege! They obviously rake it in through advertiser's fees! What a complete rip off!