Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Would You Turn Down The Cover of Architectural Digest?
This is my cover. Well not the whole thing. I just did the flowers and the photo styling for the photo shoot for the entire spread for the designer Timothy MacDonald. And I have another AD spread too, doing the styling and flowers for the designer Mary Meehan. Maybe one day I'll post that entire spread as an ode to New York decorators of yesteryear.
The reason I am showing you this, is because I read a sister bloginista's entry today at Decorno. The link is listed so just click it and read her article "Dear AD."
All the comments got me thinking. Oh yeah, about that drooling AND thinking thing. Decor blogs are eye candy for sure, but there's some good writing going on too, so if you stop to read, you just might have a thought in between drooling at the pretty pictures.
Anyhow, the comments were all a good old shit kicking bashing of AD, and with good reason.
If your eyesight is good enough to see the date on the cover shown, then I hate you, no I mean you can see that this is an issue from some years ago.
There was no fashion as decor happening then. No bloginistas. No Kellys; no Ruthies; no Jonathan Adlers; no eBay. Oh yeah, there was, but they were called Mrs. Goldstein (or our grandmothers or mothers), and a junk store or a flea market or a garage sale (where my mother or grandmother would never dream to shop). Or else AD did a spread on the actual homes of actual fashion designers like Geoffrey Beene or Bill Blass, mixing fashion and decor for the reader.
There were no fashion mags cross dressing as decor/design mags, like we have now with Domino, Elle Decor, O at Home, etc. Vogue and Harpers Bazaar included home decor editorials back then.
We had House Beautiful. We had House and Garden (way before it became the hip mag we all miss). And we had Architectural Digest.
As a young business woman with a design concern, I was thrilled to get anyone to print a picture of my work. It brought me a sense of pride, and it brought me business. Remember there were no digital cameras, no inter net, and a blog to self publish. Somebody had to ask you to be in a magazine.
Now everyone is an expert about design and decor; everyone is so savvy; everyone has an opinion. It's all been sped up, and distilled via HGTV and the inter net, and via the new fashion decor magazines as catalogs. We learn fast without having to do much leg work.
So for all the smarty pants bloginistas who hold their nose when they see AD, if AD, or a designer who gets a spread in AD, asked you to be in it, what would you say? No thank you I'll just wait for Debbie Needleman, or maybe for the editor of that Jesus magazine on the dentist's coffee table?