When it comes to fashion magazines, I am, admittedly, a big ol’ hoarder. If you’re like me, it pains us to even think about throwing them away. In the den, in the corners of closets, in the garage (true, we can no longer park cars there) and on every bookshelf are stacks upon stacks of American and British Harper’s Bazaar, and every iteration of Vogue—British, Italian, Japanese, and French. I have pristine (many unwrapped) copies of Numero, Pop, 10, Flaunt, Love, and Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Trend. Sure, I’ve not opened most of these issues in years, but I intend to…really.
Another heartwrenching reality is that some of our most valued print titles like Glamour are closing. Among them, one of my favorites, Interview, shuttered earlier this year, only to be revived (thank you Peter Brant) last month. I’m hoping there are enough readers who cherish the tactile experience of flipping printed pages to fan the narrowing flame.
We count our blessings that Genlux is still printing after fifteen years. It’s a passion project fueled by those who share a love of fashion, photography, and by our featured subjects, who, for the most part, are advocates of giving back. One such story is the young Mason Grammer (p16), the daughter of Kelsey and Camille Grammer, who’s described by her model agent, David Todd, as the new It girl. She’s endured childhood challenges (parent’s divorce playing out on reality TV, Camille’s cancer) only to emerge stronger and with an inspired drive to help others. Sadly, just a few weeks after we photographed Camille and Mason at Camille’s beautiful Malibu home, it burned to the ground.
Also featured in this issue are two young actresses polishing their chops on hit TV shows. Jessica Parker Kennedy (p44) is the small screen’s newest superhero starring on The CW’s The Flash, and Victoria Konefal (p30) is the stunner who stars as Ciara Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. Talk about longevity, Days has been running every week since 1965.
Now, let’s journey into the future, where you happen to catch an episode of Antiques Roadshow. As the camera pans across a mountain of magazines, the expert on the subject of ephemera waxes ad nauseam about their pristine condition. He asks the mandatory question: “Any idea how much this collection might be worth?” Then, he says, “I would place a value on your collection of Vogue, Bazaar, etc., at about $500. However, this breathtaking collection of GENLUX magazines is, well,” he says, choking back tears, “priceless.”