Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Not counting Celia Holman Lee and Jackie Lavin, old Irish ladies aren't given much opportunity to get their legs out in public. No bad thing really, because when they do bare all, it always looks a bit wrong, a bit 'divorced auntie at a wedding.'
That said, I'd like if Irish magazine editors starting taking a few more chances with both their cover girls and their styling. This vacant blonde 19-year-old thing is getting a bit stuffy and mundane. It's all too safe.
A magazine cover should be a talking point, it should fling itself off the shelf. Most of the covers I've seen in newsagents recently just sit there with all the sparkle and personality of a speaking clock voiceover by Andrea Roche.
A blank stare, a watery interview and a designer dress will no longer cut it, especially now when everyone and their mother is on the lookout for a spark of inspiration, something to sow the seeds of a new outlook, anything, anything fresh.
For me to part with my hard-earned cash, you're going to have to make me feel like I want to be part of something. Your magazine must have something I need, and right now I need ideas, a new concept, something to aspire to. You have to make me want you.
Inspiring is not Sile Seoige blabbering about being "best friends" with all of her 28 sisters. Inspiring is 62-year-old Diane Von Furstenberg wearing heels, fishnets and a Martin Margiela coat made out of blonde wigs on the cover of Purple Fashion Magazine's S/S issue looking like she's about to burst with pure, unadulterated joy.