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Nylon is the best magazine ever. Period. This magazine breaks the mould of traditional fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue to provide an interesting, original and intelligent take on fashion, with a heady mix of music, film and travel thrown in.
Advantages: Nylon always presents celebrities in a different way to other mags (previous cover stars include Mischa Barton, The White Stripes, Ashley Olsen and Christina Ricci). The stars are always made up in photos that have an interesting composition, and the interviews are never wholesale adorations of the celebrity like usual (in particular check out the scathing review on Lindsay Lohan). There is a strong DIY ethic to the magazine, and it always appears homegrown. It features a lot of upcoming bands - the kind you'll be loving about a year later and will remember this is where you heard about them, and indie flicks rather than your mainstream rubbish. My favourite section of the magazine is its 'behind-the-scenes' features. It takes a look at the making process behind fashion items such as MAC make-up and Burberry bags, which is interesting and original. The great thing about Nylon is that it never dumbs-down for its readers - it is not the sort of mag that will give you tips on dieting or tell you how to flirt - it is for people who already know who they are.
Disadvantages: Nylon is pretty expensive, for £3.95 it is more expensive than the majority of glossies and is about half the size. Added to this the extreme amount of adverts, and you don't always feel like you're getting your moneys worth.
NYLON was one of the original 'edgy' fashion magazines based in America and has inspired 'Dazed and Confused', 'Lula' and 'frankie' among others. It's role as a trailblazing magazine has been based on it's choice of coverstars (though it's become more commercialised of late), photoshoots and approach to fashion which is encapsulated in one word 'individual'.
NYLON is never boring and a beautiful magazine to read. It's not the weighty tome that Elle and Vogue are but if you like to read a magazine that feels good on your hands and fingertips, you're in luck. It has a range of regular features - looks inspired by films/music as diverse as the Breakfast Club, Pulp Fiction and Blondie, reviews of makeup and other bodycare and fashion shoots that are always original and inspiring.
The magazine also has an interest in the literature, films and music beyond the 'next big thing' sphere, so much so, it often comes across a little cooler-than-thou with features on big Myspace bands, celebrities likes Cory Kennedy and little arthouse films but it does show you that there's more out there and makes it accessible to a wider audience.
Okay, so the tone can be a little smug and self-assured and it's frustrating looking at t-shirts that cost a hundred dollars, these are downsides to every fashion publication but personally, I find the demin issues a letdown every year without fail. However, if you're a demin lover, you'll be in heaven!
If you are wondering 'Why the hell call a magazine NYLON?!' I can explain this to you. 'NY' stands for New York and 'LON' for London. There, that's that sorted. Even though the offices of NYLON are based in New York City the magazine covers the scene from London and they seem to know more hip things that are happening in our country than we do! The magazine is very refreshing, stylish and sophisticated, yet pop and casual enough. The fashion spreads are wonderful thanks to supermodel Helena Christensen, who is the creative director of the magazine. The articles are great and feature up to the minute people such as model/actress James King, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, Bush singer Gavin Rossdale and designer Vivian Westwood. NYLON is a fantastic inspiration for fashion stylists, photographers, artists and journalists everywhere since the ideas are unique and the layout is original. Designers such as Clements Ribiero, Miguel Androver, Helmut Lang and Betsey Johnson have all been featured in here and outfits are mixed with vintage for a personalised appearance. Even though this is a fashion and beauty magazine, do not expect it to have anything on losing weight and 'How to get that Guy before Christmas'. It won't. Even though this is a magazine with great articles do not expect the interviewer to ask Sarah Michelle Geller "So, how do you stay so trim?" and "Do you diet". They won't. Topics such as exercise, dieting and anything else that women really don't need to hear about all the time are not in this magazine. That would just be too ordinary for NYLON after all, it is an innovative magazine. Of course models are featured in this magazine but that doesn't stop NYLON from featuring people like you and me in it. As well as fashion spreads and interviews, Nylon also have reviews on books, films, music and travel. <
br> I used to think that Vogue and Elle were the best things to read......I was SO wrong.