24 July 2007

I'd go out with Eva, too


In case you hadn't heard, Jane, one of the small handful of wry, extraordinarily well-written, substantive-but-not-too-substantive fashion magazines has been "let go" by its parent company, Condé Nast.

I wasn't robbed by a shortened subscription or devastated because Jane was the magazine at the center of my if-I-could-have-any-job fantasy (that would be Marie Claire), but I am nonetheless heartbroken both because the writing was that good and for as long as I can remember, it - along with Lucky - served as my reliable, get-me-through-my-layover one-two punch.

With its subtle feminist message, salacious word-choices, generous mix of low, mid and high fashion promotion and the audacity with which its writers intruded upon celebrities' lives instead of simply recycling the tired "tell us how you became so fierce!" fare you find in every issue of People, Glamour and Cosmopolitan, Jane will no doubt go down in periodical history as the foul-mouthed tomboy of the fashion mag crew.

The hot foul-mouthed tomboy with a brain, ambition, glowing skin and a fantastic rack, that is.

Considering its reputation and penchant for being much more Betsey Johnson than Anna Wintour, it's only fitting that for its farewell issue, editor-in-chief Brandon Holley chose as her cover girl the saucy, "I work hard for my body and yeah, I like it" Cuban treat that is Eva Mendes.

Enjoy, and be sure to remember those three magic words...

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9 comments:

brown rowergirl said...

I'm so sad about Jane's folding. I did have a subscription and have had one for the past four years. There's nothing like it out there.

Eva looks amazing, especially in that second one. That lip curl! Ooh la la!

Noelle said...

Jane is my favorite magazine. I'm so sad that they're folding :( Thanks for the tribute.

Alison said...

Speaking of Marie Claire...the beauty staffers were outside the Farragut North metro yesterday taking pictures and conducting interviews for their monthly spread where they picture women saying something they like about themselves. Either September or October is DC month.

Anonymous said...

Great tribute piece!

intern in the city said...

I always liked their music recommendations and interviews best. The fashion/beauty advice was so-so, but you're right on one point: the writing was very distinct (like someone else's...a DC blogger, perhaps?).

There's nothing like it out there. Sad.

denver fan said...

Love Eva! Love(d) Jane. Since you recommend Marie Claire so highly, I guess I'll give that one a go now.

tom h said...

Welcome back Jo.....Hope you had a great time....missed you....Eva is OMG gorgeous.........

heels in NY said...

I agree... Jane was my favorite for good music, sassy comments and not as much fluff as the others... so sad to see it go...

(Even if my fiance was making fun of me reading a fashion magazine last night as he himself flipped through it while I finished a chapter of Harry Potter before bed...)

Arjewtino said...

I've seen this magazine on my living room floor all week and hadn't read it despite the cover. I can't believe my girlfriend didn't tell me what kind of pics were inside. I think we should break up.