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I picked up this magazine called SO-EN while in Tokyo this past summer.  (I think that is the name, not sure though, most of it was in Japanese)   I loved the quirkiness of the editorials. The first two photos are of vintage.  I wish more magazines would use vintage in their editorials.  I know–advertising and all that, but still, it's so nice to open a magazine and see something truly different…

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These, I just liked…

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How great is this white shirt?

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Wish we could see more of this outfit…I like the Victorian look of the next photo…

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Lastly… I Hope you all are having a great weekend!  Still raining here…

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  • ava
    October 4, 2009 at 11:28 am

    wow! those are all so incredible!

  • Karolinka.cy
    October 4, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Photography is such an amazing art, and the most amazing part of it is that this art is for everybody: some participte by doing others by watching 🙂 And I love those magazines photos when one art-photography meets another-fashion/style! I love your blog!
    Regards from Cyprus

  • SE
    October 4, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Oh, the magic and beauty of a romantic white shirt. For a while I tried to convince myself I had to give them up as not being age appropriate. So I went out and bought the basic white button-downs and tried to stick to those. But I don’t wear them because, well… they’re BORING.
    Back to my beloved poet blouses. Where do the age appropriate “rules” come from anyway?

  • Cruz
    October 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Tell me about it, we definitely need to see more vintage in eds. I love the photo with the white shirt, and the styling in all of these is so great!

  • stephanie
    October 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Yes, it is called SO-EN! Great magazine. I discovered it when I was in Tokyo too, and managed to find it back here too. That white shirt is Ann Demeulemeester (of course!) Beautiful blouse but it drowned me unfortunately.

  • Anna
    October 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I love the first two photos, the clothes are beautiful. 🙂

  • Roz
    October 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Yes, it’s definitely called SO-EN!
    And yes, isn’t it such a fabulous collection and reflection of style in fashion,as well as art..
    I was lucky enough to come across it early this year, as I modeled for a shoot in their June 2009 issue.
    I was so pleasently surprised to find that most of the clothes chosen by the stylist I wore wear either vintage, or vintage inspired. The shoot sat very well with the quirky and overall indivual style of the magazine.
    I was so taken with the magazine that I’m still considering seeing if I can get a subscription (even though A- I could only look at the pictures, and B- It would probably get a fortune to get it sent to the UK!)
    The pictures you’ve chosen here are particularly beautiful. And the first floral outfit is beautifully styled.

  • Prêt-à-Porter P
    October 4, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    i really like the 3rd

  • B a la Moda
    October 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I love anything that comes from Japan. I really like their magazines and their looks. Even if this ed is vintage, it has something else to it that other vintage eds don´t have.
    B* a la Moda

  • sybille
    October 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    i endlessly adore those last four

  • KD
    October 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    The first two are quite interesting but the model’s smile looks really fake. I love the picture below the white shirt picture. i.e. the fourth one.

  • Jane
    October 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    i love the white shirt too and the beautiful black hat……soo stylish!!

  • Pearl
    October 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I couldn’t agree more on the use of vintage, it is really quite uninspiring to see the same key pieces styled in the same way in magazing, after magazine. This editorial is so intreguing, and I feel more people could relate to designer/ vintage mixes as it really is what most of us do!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • judy aldridge
    October 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    KD–I agree about the smile. I think her teeth are kind of messed up. This could explain the funny smile….she needs a good orthodontist.
    Glad everyone like the pictures. Now that I’m home, I wish I had stocked up on more magazines.

  • Hanh,Life-in-Travel
    October 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Those are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Style Odyssey
    October 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    totally incredible! i am gushing over all of these photos, which are really inspirational and beautiful.
    so the poet shirt is Ann D, someone stated…no wonder it’s so amazing. lately, i’m obsessed with japanese and belgium designers’ work.

  • Tina
    October 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    The Japanese magazines provide so much inspiration! I lived in Tokyo in the 90s for a short period and would just hang out on a side walk bench and people watch. Some of my best memories! A businessman actually stopped and threw up in front of me one morning, apparently he’d been out drinking all night. That’s the Japanese for you 🙂

  • Jill
    October 4, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    How is Carol doing? Heard Swine Flu is very bad in Southern U.S…

  • judy aldridge
    October 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Jill–Thanks for asking! Carol is so much better. 😉

  • anN
    October 5, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Yes, it is called SO-EN, used to be a fan of it…. always find victorian inspired and vtg feeling in it..Most of the times, the magazine features the local designers with quirky and beautifully styling…
    I love the japanese mag and how they pay attention to details 🙂

  • Ally
    October 5, 2009 at 12:38 am

    ahhh I love So-En! I have a subscription to it at the moment and its great, but very expensive in Australia. But it is just so good I’d rather pay the extra for the top quality editorials.

  • Kay
    October 5, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I wish I had the confidence as you do to allow my own daughter to have a boyfriend, but I’m scared of all the things she could get up to. Love to see different parenting techniques, especially from such a fantastic mother daughter duo. Thanks for amazing posts.

  • MªÁngeles S.T.
    October 5, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Japanese style is incredible, fantastic editorials!!

  • Heini
    October 5, 2009 at 6:35 am

    UUU, these are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Carissa
    October 5, 2009 at 8:02 am

    love these pics. their editorial is amazing!

  • Dru
    October 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Yes that is indeed So-En, it’s one of the best Japanese magazines around (apart from FRUiTS, but that’s about something completely different). I’ve always loved the way they style and present the outfits- like they’re part of an image, rather than the whole point of the image, or advertorial so to speak.
    Hope Carol gets well soon!

  • M.E. Ster
    October 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Your white shirt image inspired me. And at lunch today in LA, I kept seeing them on the groovy girls. I love the crisp yet romantic feel. Thanks for showing us your amazing taste! M.E.

  • Julia
    October 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    The Victorian look in the second to last photo is divine; I will be wearing my hair like this model tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration–your blog is one my very favorites. I’m forever checking for updates 😉

  • Miss Head Over Heels
    October 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I like the white shirt. It’s so nice.

  • Charlie
    October 6, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Love the white shirt! The sleeves and the detailing on the front is wonderful.
    PS-I hope your daughter Carol is feeling better.

  • http://modernboom.blogspot.com/
    October 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Hey Judy,
    Love the fashion spreads. I agree, American magazines
    need to add some vintage where appropriate.
    I especially love the way the typography is integrated with the fashion. It’s so beautiful and textural. It adds to the beauty
    of the overall design.

  • Mariko
    October 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

    SO-EN magazine is published by the most prestigious fashion institute in Tokyo, Bunka Gakuen. The best fashion magazine when I was growing up in Japan was OLIVE which has been discontinued more than a decade ago but still has cult-like following. I think the fashion editors and stylists moved to SO-EN afterwards but their distinctive style was really first started at OLIVE and I’d love to get some old back-issues if possible.
    Thank you for sharing the magazine and I really enjoyed reading about Tokyo — made me homesick!!!
    New York, NY

  • Isa
    October 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Those are spectacular photos. Amazing. … and I’d love to have that white shirt for my own! Mmmm!
    xo Isa

  • e_ting
    October 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    When I brought some back from Japan, mom spotted the cover and said “wow I can’t believe So-En’s still around” – she told me that So-En is one of Japan’s older fashion mags. They used to feature patterns so you could go make clothes yourself (what many people used to do in Asia up till the 70s) – my mom used to buy the mag religiously. As ready-to-wear replaced DIY/tailoring as the norm, So-En went more into fashion forward styling. btw, the words So-En roughly mean “garment/costume garden” in Japanese.

  • Jules
    October 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I am always amazed by Japanese. They are so awesome. =D Thanks for sharing this beauty.
    A Writers Den
    Brown Mestizo

  • just the ticket
    October 7, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I had swine flu and missed two weeks of uni/work a month ago, so I know exactly how poor Carol feels. I hope she’s better really soon.
    I was just about to comment and say that I thought the white shirt was Ann Demeulemeester (http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd45/beckzlj/anndemeulemeester.jpg) but somebody already did! I love, love, love that shirt. It’s so dreamy and light, and seems to look windswept and disheveled even when the person wearing it is almost motionless.

  • eLLy*ClickClock
    October 7, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Judy! guess what? I had a dream that I called you last night! haha* It was so bizzare! Did you have a weird day yesterday?
    Anyways…LOVE all of the above looks! The white peasant looking top looks like something you could do for Atlantis Home. =)

  • Britte
    October 7, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    God Superfly is so boss… she kills in the vintage. People check out her style… she has a beautiful voice!!!

  • e_ting
    October 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    When I brought some So-Ens back from Japan, my mom saw them and said “I can’t believe it’s still around!” – she and my aunt used to buy them religiously for the clothesmaking patterns that were once the focus of the magazine. They were really into making their own clothes back then (when RTW wasn’t so widely available in Asia) and still have some fabulous (and now vintage) DIY pieces made from So-En’s patterns. Btw, “So-En” roughly translates to “costume/garment garden” – such a cute name.

  • elvina
    October 8, 2009 at 3:11 am

    so-en is my fav magazine!!! so glad u picked a copy up and like it 🙂