Sad Times for the World of Fashion in Print

If you have followed my various jewelry and style-related columns over the years, you know that I am a devoted reader of fashion magazines. These days there is an overwhelming amount of social media coverage of actual and would-be fashion influencers, to be sure. Yet fashion magazines provide inspiration in showcasing fashion in a permanent, readily accessible archive utilizing the fashion savvy of editors, writers, photographers, and all the many other members of the magazine staff who create something memorable and extraordinary in every issue.

I noticed that some of the magazines went to seasonal issues early this year, as the effect of the coronavirus grew. It was only this month that I became aware that several of my favorite fashion magazines may be or are being shut down entirely.

It has been surprisingly difficult to obtain information about the closures, and I’m still not entirely clear as to whether the closures affect worldwide editions of these publications, but I understand that the venerable Harper’s Bazaar – in print since 1867 – along with Elle magazine and InStyle – three of my favorites – have been affected. I will report further in future posts.

Coronavirus Closet Review

As we all shelter in place in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, now is the perfect time to take on a review of our resources. Checking the kitchen pantry, cleaning supplies and paper goods are top priority projects in assessing what we have and what we might need, to be sure.

With those tasks under control, it is worthwhile to take on a review of the resources in our closets. It’s the perfect time to go through our wardrobes and determine what works and what doesn’t – what is flattering and useful; which pieces only take up space. Whether or not you think every item should spark joy, you can assess what pieces don’t merit closet or drawer space.

In a closet review, you may come across garments that are tried and true but which have become the tired workhorses of your wardrobes and might be ready to be replaced when the time is right. You may find shoes or handbags that can use a good cleaning or minor repairs. Some items may be ready to be retired immediately.

Assembling donations for your favorite charity can provide a sense of connection to others. And in these trying times, that connection can help us not only to survive, but also to thrive. 

Be well and stay connected.