What Happens When A Magazine Closes Up Shop (Goodbye & Thank-you Lucky)

By: Emily Y.

Because I am the best Editor in the world, here are some scans from old and beloved issues of Lucky Magazine, which recently (officially) closed down.

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Above: from the March 2010 issue of Lucky

It’s official–Lucky magazine is over. It has been a long, drawn-out death of sorts, and while I admit the magazine was far from perfect, it was definitely a favourite of mine. And I’m not the only one. Lucky was a very, very big deal. It made fashion fun and accessible in a way that no other fashion magazine had managed to accomplish before hand.

Lucky was founded by Kim France, and I think the magazine was best and strongest under her reign (2000-2010). France is a feminist, so no wonder I always loved Lucky. Lucky aimed to be inclusive and accessible, not the odious “aspirational” feel that so many other magazines go for. There were never any pieces that catered to the male gaze (“dresses he’ll love!” ” looks to catch his eye”, and other such pieces), it was just about working with what you’ve got (both figure and budget-wise) to look your best.

Lucky was the first thing I would recommend when people approached me saying some variant of “I really like your style, and I myself want to learn how to dress better, how do I do that?” And I would simple tell them “Read Lucky.” I still say my favourite fashion book is the Lucky Style Guide.

From a fashion perspective, the last three years in particular were pretty weak fashion-wise (i.e., thin in inspiration), and I would say it was at its strongest 2006-2011. But I really loved this magazine. It taught me how to dress, easy style tips, and even how to write about fashion.

Fortunately, not only was I a fan of Lucky, I was an obsessive documentarian of this publication. I currently have about six huge binders filled with pages of old Luckys from 2006-early 2014. That’s right–I went through each old issue I had, and painstakingly exacto’d out the best pages. I have them sorted by year, and each is in a page protector. And you know what? It was totally worth it. These scans are a mere handful of the Lucky inspiration I have hoarded away, but a good sampling of just how good it was over the years–enjoy!

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Above: from the April 2010

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Above: from the March 2007 issue

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Above: from the November 2009 issue

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Above: from the November 2010 issue

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Above: from the September 2008 issue

 

Thank-you Lucky for years of inspiration, and for teaching me how to dress.

Learning Vintage Colour Combos

By: Emily Yakashiro

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Sometimes you just get lucky. There I was, in a used book store in Powell River, BC, when I came across this vintage gem, Showing Your Colors: Designer’s Guide to Color: Coordinating Your Wardrobe by Jeanne Allen. For a mere four dollars, it is now part of my little home library and hot damn do I love this book–I just had to share some scans of the book for your viewing pleasure.

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Published in 1985, Allen explains that the book’s purpose is to show off possible colour combinations for outfits for professional designers and non-professionals alike. Allen would know–according to the bio at the back of the book, she was a designer for Marimekko at the time!

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She starts the book by showing off colour combinations, focusing on one colour in particular as shown above with Candy Blue, Olive Green, Red, and Bright Navy (all pictured). She does this for 95 colours, explaining the do’s and dont’s of possible combinations.

The age of the book is revealed with certain attitudes towards certain colours that have shattered since. For example, Lavender Blue (not pictured), “is a wonderful mixer that should be used only in bottoms or as an accent color.” Almost quaint, no?

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On the other hand, some of Allen’s opinions stand the test of time. Of Yellow Green (not pictured) she says, ” Don’t buy too much of this color–yellow green will be as ‘out’ next year as it is ‘in’ this year. If you love this color but feel hesitant, perhaps a pair of anklets is the best investment.”

Allen also takes into careful consideration skin tones and certain colours, not unwise given the extreme popularity of seasonal colour analysis, which would have been in its heyday when this book was published. For example, readers are warned away from colors like Khaki, “because khaki’s yellow tone is difficult for most complexions to handle, keep this color away from the face.”

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After we work our way through the colours, Allen tests her theories by showing off colour combinations in standard 80s outfits. How great are these little drawings?? For those of you who favour tomboy style, never fear, Allen has you covered with outfits like the ones below:

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Allen rounds out this fascinating guide with a “Color Gallery of Accessories,” in which she encourages readers to,” study the way small amounts of color are used to alter and accentuate the personality of the garments,” see an example below. All in all, a charming guide–I wonder how much of her theories we could see in practice on today’s runways!

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FURTHER READING :

Fashion Flashback: Seasonal Colour Analysis for Clothes and Skin Tone

 

 

We Would Have Been Pantalette Suffragettes!

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This is a scan from the latest issue of BUST*, their Dec/Jan 2014 issue. This gem is by “Museum of Femoribilia” columnist Lynn Peril.

Women, pants, and power have been mixed up together since suffragist Amelia Bloomer paraded around in “Turkish trousers” in the 1850s […] Women in pants and other imagined abominations of post-suffrage world (men watching babies or doing housework were two popular themes) were frequently depicted on the picture postcards of the era.

-from “Full Bloomers” by Lynn Peril

 

Women wearing pants are still an issue–just think of all the intense critiques focused on Hilary Clinton’s pantsuits, or how Kate Middleton very rarely makes a public appearance in anything but a skirt or a dress. Last December even, news broke that Mormon women were protesting the unspoken rule that they not wear pants to church. It just goes to show that what we wear is powerful and can be very political, and our ability to wear something often comes from the tireless activism of women before us. Here at The Closet Feminist, we’re pretty sure we would have been Pantalette Suffragettes ourselves, and are grateful for feminists getting out there and wearing what they want.

BONUS: Watch Hilary Swank, Anjelica Huston, and Vera Farmiga engage in some serious activism while looking seriously stylish as the suffragettes in Iron-Jawed Angels.

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