Think you can write your own magazine? Vice wants to give you a shot. They've titled their latest issue The ______ Issue - as in, you can call it whatever you want. They know you love a good DIY, they know your submissions will be about fashion and they're dying to see what you, Fashionista readers, come up with. The core of the challenge lies in the feature story. The winner, aka the best writer, gets either an internship at the magazine or $1000 - winner's choice. The top one hundred entries receive a year's subscription and because it's Vice, there will be loser prizes, too. Have you been dying to tell the world your theories on the evolution of Balenciaga? Are you bursting with fashion criticism? Have you spent the year drawing comparisons between Christophe Decarnin and Christopher Kane? Do you think you know the fate of our prehistoric Fashion Week traditions? Here's your chance to share - have fun! (And tell us if you win).
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Vice Sent a Reporter to Fashion Week On Acid; Here Are the Funniest Highlights From Her 'Trip'
This year, Vice sent someone to London Fashion Week on acid. Yes, you read that right. Vice convinced their friend Elektra to take a hit of acid and then sent her to the tents and then sat back and let the whole ridiculous, hilarious trip unfold in front of them. The show was Topshop Unique, and the observations were--as you can imagine--choice. Here are some of our favorite parts from poor Elektra's trip:
Vice's Awesome New Show Fashion Week Internationale Investigates All Those Other Fashion Weeks
Vice's fashion coverage is not exactly traditional. For example, there was that time they had a reporter attend a London Fashion Week show while tripping on acid. And that time they had Terry Richardson shoot a group of scantily clad full-figured gals for their photography issue. And Fashion Cats, the best book ever published. And there is also of course the popular "Dos & Don'ts" column. On Thursday, Vice will launch their biggest fashion project yet--a web series called Fashion Week Internationale, which is meant to explore the "world of fashion that exists outside the superlative catwalks of New York, London, Paris, and Milan." In each episode, Charlet Duboc, a charming British Karlie Kloss lookalike with a truly enviable '90s clothing collection, goes behind the scenes Vice-style of a different fashion week, many of which are in some pretty unlikely locales. Last night, we had the pleasure of attending a screening of the first two episodes at Vice's Williamsburg offices. The first was Pakistan's Islamabad Fashion Week (fashion literally used to be banned there), followed by Full-Figured Fashion Week, which takes place right under our noses here in NYC. Both episodes, while extremely different, were incredibly eye-opening, thoroughly entertaining, heartfelt and, at times, hilarious. We got a chance to sit down with Charlet (who I feel like could be the next Alexa Chung) and Vice Global Editor Andy Capper to chat about fashion, Jersey Shore, how the series came about, the craziest things they saw and did and what they hope to accomplish with the show. Click through for that and a sneak peek at Fashion Week Internationale!
The National Magazine Awards Nominations Are Out: Vice Gets Its First Nom, Vogue Gets Snubbed
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has just announced the finalists for the 2012 National Magazine Awards, and among the usual suspects (The New Yorker and New York), there were a few surprises. For one, Vice received it's first ASME nom, for General Excellence no less, alongside The New Yorker, New York, Bloomberg Businessweek and GQ in the General-Interest Magazine category, which is kind of the equivalent for getting nominated for "Best Picture" at the Oscars. It's certainly a feat for the magazine which started out as an underground publication that prided itself on being anything but mainstream. We'd like to think it's all thanks to the mag's fascinating exploration of canine bondage, or their coverage of London fashion week on acid, but you know, that could be just us. Also of note is that only two fashion titles--Glamour and W--got nods for General Excellence. W received more ASME nominations than any other fashion mag in 2011, and 2012's list confirms that EIC Stefano Tonchi is indeed on a roll--much to the chagrin of competitor Vogue, no doubt.