July 2011

LOVE

Condé Nast Publications

  • Vogue House, Hanover Square
  • London,

44 00 7729 2770

http://www.thelovemagazine.co.uk/

Twice Annually

$35.98 per year

What is LOVE? LOVE is a very edgy magazine, distributed twice a year from the roster of influential titles from the Condé Nast publishers who also publish VOGUE, Glamour, and GQ. Fashion's legends as well as emerging profiles appointed at recognized design houses and luxury brands are interviewed. Supermodels in the emperor's new clothes, pop culture's misfits, and celebrity offspring also included.

What difference does LOVE make? The world's first transgender model Lea T. with Kate Moss kissing on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2011 “Androgyny Issue” recycles the notion of cross dressing and what it means today. Dialogues with designers are on the verge of almost being uncensored with candid conversations that do not shy away from controversial subjects. Riccardo Tisci, featured Head Designer of Givenchy, was one the first to introduce Lea by including her in his Fall/Winter 2010 advertising campaign and putting her on the catwalk. “All revolutions start out small,” he says. “I'm not saying me casting campaigns and talking in magazines is going to change the world, but drop by drop you make an ocean…People stop and change their way of thinking, and that's important.”

LOVE is unconditional. In an effort to breed tolerance by exposing unconventional identities and redefining concepts of beauty, LOVE experiments not only with dress, but also with the psychology of dress. Models used for editorials – both effeminate and masculine – wear designer clothes that are made for the opposite sex, yet once worn do not discriminate challenging readers' perspectives.

Reviewer: Glenda Ronduen, FIDM Library Staff Member