Independent fashion magazines like Out of Order and Hero On the Cutting Edge


Walk into any magazine store in New York these days and prepare to be bewildered by a wall of unfamiliar fashion publications. Once obscure titles like The Gentlewoman and 032C, which pioneered a resurgence in independent print, now share storage space with dozens of newer and even more obscure magazines, each offering their own niche perspective. on fashion – from the irreverent to the fearless. Here’s a guide to seven cutting edge print fashion magazines.

SYSTEM; $ 18

WHAT An inquisitive title from London which aims to decode the workings of the fashion industry. Discreet bigwigs like Rei Kawakubo and Nicolas Ghesquière offered interviews.


CONTENTS A selection of images by Bruce Weber curated by Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman; an interview with Joseph Einhorn, the founder of the social shopping site Fancy.

CONTRIBUTORS Fashion-oriented types of art like Hans-Ulrich Obrist and art-oriented types of fashion like stylist Melanie Ward.

ADS Up-and-coming designers like JW Anderson and Repossi, alongside established brands like Chloé and Diesel.

FROM THE EDITOR “We were drawn to those people who live in their own unique world: places rich in identity and character that cannot – or will not – adapt to the increasingly homogeneous limits of fashion,” says the letter from the editors.


WHAT An international glossary based in New York, Stockholm and Paris that showcases the work of stylists and photographers on the brink, as well as powerful industry players seeking to collaborate with them.


CONTENTS An eight-page fashion report featuring comically windswept hair; an interview with the designer of women’s clothing at COS.

CONTRIBUTORS Make-up artist Maki Ryoke, photographer Paul Wetherell and magazine vet Fabien Baron.

ADS Well-known design brands like Patrik Ervell, Opening Ceremony and a fragrance from Inez & Vinoodh.

FROM THE EDITOR “It’s less about naming all the trends and more about putting a certain mood in your heart,” said fashion director Brian Molloy.


WHAT An underground zine, everything except the kitchen sink, based in Madrid and London, which explores the alleys of style.


CONTENTS A five-page page dedicated to Central Saint Martins alumna Erin Hawkes, with photographs of models on the street, carrying thermos and bags of groceries; an interview and photo collage by Larry Clark.

CONTRIBUTORS Skate photographer Patrick O’Dell, actress Chloë Sevigny and musician Jake Shears.

ADS Spanish fashion brand Clean; the Japanese street bible Fruits; American clothing.

FROM THE EDITOR “Homemade as tasty as bread, and created with joy, love and devotion. Like a newspaper or an orchard, ”said Adrián González, editor and artistic director.


WHAT A fashion art title based on ‘a dorm room in Yale’ and New York with a pansexual and arty look.


CONTENTS An 11 page fashion page photographed by Gus Van Sant featuring two handsome brothers in vintage kilt frolicking in a swimming pool; an interview with Dennis Hopper.

CONTRIBUTORS Larry Clark, Tierney Gearon and Johan Lindeberg.

ADS A handful of global brands like Chanel and Cartier, as well as smaller outfits like Jason Wu and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Gallery.

FROM THE EDITOR “Content that exists beyond seasonal interests,” said Dorian Grinspan, 21-year-old editor (and senior at Yale).

MONO.KULTUR; 7 euros (about $ 10)

WHAT Pocket-sized and intimate, this publication based on brain-interviewing Berlin takes an anti-commercial approach to the increasingly market-oriented style industries.


CONTENTS A 2009 issue was singularly devoted to Dries Van Noten, presenting complete looks from the archives and a long tête-à-tête with the Belgian designer.

CONTRIBUTORS Performance artist Marina Abramovic; the fashion brand Bless.

ADS Nothing. For an issue on Ms. Abramovic, there was a single ad for her institute, MAI, on the back cover.

FROM THE EDITOR Editor Kai von Rabenau’s mantra: “One number, one artist, one conversation. “

HERO; 13 $

WHAT A London menswear magazine that romanticizes the macho ideals of skateboard culture and biker gangs.


CONTENTS Interviews between men like Christian Slater and Tony Hawk; campy fashion editorials like an eight-page shoot of actor Nolan Gerard Funk in exactly the same pose (sitting on a stool against a pink background).

CONTRIBUTORS Guys like Bruce Weber, Mr. Slater, and Hedi Slimane.

ADS The men carry heavyweights like Raf Simons, Kris Van Assche and Balenciaga.

FROM THE EDITOR “We started Hero because we felt the menswear magazines lost their spark just as menswear became exciting again,” said Fabien Kruszelnicki and James West, the co-editors.

ALL; 23 $

WHAT A sprawling Brooklyn visual diary inspired by “great minds like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Buddha and RuPaul,” the magazine says.


CONTENTS A portfolio dedicated to Katherine Bernhardt, a Brooklyn-based artist who creates jarring expressionist paintings based on glossy magazine images; a 10-page editorial featuring a 9-year-old fashion plate (and cover star) named Sayer Birch.

CONTRIBUTORS Photographer Chad Pitman, hair prodigy Holli Smith, and artists Tony Cox and Brian DeGraw.

ADS Nothing.

FROM THE EDITOR “An exercise for this first issue was to use fashion imagery – or inspired imagery – as visual dialogue,” said founder Benjamin Sturgill.


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