There are fashion magazines, and then there are indie fashion magazines. The difference is simple: creativity without boundaries. Free to fill their pages with artsy editorials and envelope-pushing spreads, independent glossies serve as pure inspiration. Click through now to see our favorites—and be sure to let us know which ones you like best! Who says print is dead?
If Carine Roitfeld’s departure from Paris Vogue caused you to shed some tears, dry your eyes, because CR Fashion Book might be even better. This bi-annual magazine focuses on showcasing rising talent—you’ll remember Kate Upton was its first cover girl—through fanciful fashion stories. Issues center around themes, such as birth and hope, which in turn are featured in each spread. For its third issue, available on newsstands now, Roitfeld shocked everyone by putting a pregnant Kim Kardashian on the cover.
Helmed by British stylist-turned-creative force Katie Grand, Love is the perfect concoction of fashion and fantasy. Visually arresting covers and editorials feature of-the-moment faces like Georgia May Jagger and Elle Fanning. Simply stated: it’s for the girl who loves to play dress up.
By fashion insiders, for insiders, this offshoot of the limited-edition book publisher Visionaire is one of the biggest risktakers of the group. Provocative editorials, featuring big-name celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Cameron Diaz, are a constant every quarter. And as if you needed another reason to love this mag, funny man-about-town Derek Blasberg is a regular contributor.
Fun fact: there’s a wink on every I-D cover. Fun fact number two: Kate Moss has been the mag’s cover girl 13 times. Focused on youth culture, the magazine is a testament to what’s happening in the fashion world right now, and is known for scouting new talent on the streets of London as well as innovative photography and styling. Snag the magazine's The Street Issue, featuring the lovely Selena Gomez, now!
Founded in 1969 by Andy Warhol, the mag gets its nickname, “The Crystal Ball of Pop,” from its series of intimate conversations with some of the biggest names. You’ll find candid interviews between everyone from Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg to Lena Dunham and Claire Danes. If you’re a fashion-loving gal with your finger on the pulse of pop culture—which movies you should see this month, the new album you need to download, and the up-and-comer everyone is buzzing about—then Interview is for you.
Straight out of London, Dazed and Confused—not to be confused with the equally amazing 1993 film—is the first-born in Jefferson Hack’s empire, which includes other notable indie titles, such as AnOther, AnOther Man, and Nowness.com. Not just for the fashion obsessed, the magazine covers all things culture-related, from the coolest new reads and tech news to buzz-worthy indie darlings, like cover girl Elizabeth Olsen, and is one of the few indie magazines published monthly.
Imagine you gave free reign to some of the world’s most influential photographers, stylists, and artists to do whatever they want—complete freedom of expression. That’s Purple Fashion. Sure, it’s an investment at $50, but with incredible spreads from fashion heavyweights like Terry Richardson and Mario Sorrenti, consider this a coffee table essential.
Think of this magazine as the grown-up glossy sibling to Dazed & Confused. Another Jefferson Hack production, this cult favorite offers its readers cinematic fashion features and stories with an intellectual bent.
Full disclosure: this magazine is not for the fashion faint at heart. Leaning towards the more avant-garde, Pop embraces an experimental approach to fashion editorials—think: less pretty and more gritty, printed on thick, glossy paper stock. That being said, with three uber-talented Fashion Directors on the masthead, including Stevie Dance formerly of Russh and Sara Moonves formerly of T, the magazine delivers impeccable style in spades.