Over the past few months, the rumor mill has been churning out gossip about Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour being replaced. While Condé Nast, which owns the magazine, has denied this, many are taking the opportunity to criticize the magazine. In Thursday’s New York Times, fashion critic Cathy Horyn writes that the magazine has become “stale and predictable” over the last few years. Vogue hasn’t changed with the times or the technology, and it covers the same set of people every month. I don’t subscribe to Vogue, for many of the reasons Horyn discusses, but I’m usually pleasantly surprised when I pick up a copy, but not by “10 Best Dressed” lists. Stories such as this month’s “Shaping the News” about women in television are intelligent and applicable to women, whether they shop on 5th Avenue or at Wal-Mart. However, with its advertising pages down 9.6 percent in 2008 compared to the previous year, more than most magazines, it might be time for Wintour to make some changes to the fashion Bible.
Are you a fan of Vogue, or would it take a drastic change to make it more interesting to you?