September Fashion Magazine Cover Bingo
Even though we are in the thick of summer, the fashion world is about to get all pumpkin spice latte on us. Soon we’ll be blasted with images of cosy sweaters, boots, and yes, hot drinks all set to a backdrop of turning leaves.
The September issues are the thing, you know. As the covers roll out, those of us fashion nuts will be dissecting who is featured on the cover (and who isn’t), who took the images (and who didn’t), where, when, under what circumstances. Basically, getting all inside baseball for each and every one of the choices made. But before I do, I try to remind myself that while fashion is incredibly complex, it’s also fun, too.
This season, I’ve decided to play a silly game of September Fashion Magazine Cover Bingo. I know I can get a bit cynical and overly critical at times. It’s because I care and I think things matter. That can all be true but I also believe that I never want that little kid who loved fashion, plastered ads all over her bedroom walls, saved up for annual fashion magazine subscriptions, and played dress-up longer than the average to ever go away. Thus, I play to keep her spirit alive.
Enter bingo. As each cover is released, I hope I can knock off one of these squares. At the end of the month, I’ll see how my ridiculousness played out.
Will you play with me? Get out your bingo stampers – I’m using lipstick for mine - and make it fashion…
No person on the cover, cover
Multi generations of women on same cover
Bad photoshop on cover
Inclusion of an LGBTQ person where their identity is not the main feature
Political person on cover
Blonde, Caucasian actor with nothing current to promote
Dog with Human
Lizzo, give her a cover, would you?
A fella on a women’s magazine
Women over 60 years of gloriousness
A family cover
A “comeback story” cover
* FREE SPACE *
Taylor Swift? Always a safe bet, right?
The “diversity” group shot
An “I’m sorry” cover
Wildhorse cover (someone we didn’t expect)
A “regular” person on the cover
Inclusion of a differently able person that isn’t basic or trite
A child (or group of all children)
A makeover cover
The WTF cover (we’ll know when we see it)
The “I’m almost naked but it’s still fashion” cover
If I’m being honest, I adore the parade of September Issues. It’s a great way to see what each of the publications think is important and thus try to tell we plebs what we should think is important. It’s a fascinating dive into the business strategy and point of view. Sometimes they are pushing us forward, more progressively. Other times they give us tired, old news. Wah wahhhh. It’s up to all of us to tell them with our eyes, clicks, and wallets how they did.
Come October first, we should compare cards and see what we each stamped - or lipsticked - off. Bingo!