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IDOL Magazine Issue 4; THE KITSCH ISSUE

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£6.00

PUBLISHER: 
IDOL Magazine

COVERS: Toby Leonard @Select, Flo @Select, Photographer Michael Furlonger, Stylist Christina Daly, Make Up Artist Claire Mulleady, Hair Stylist Sarah Jo Palmer, Props/Set Designer Lorna Kelly, Nail Artist Chelsea Dager.

PRINT RELEASE 
SEPTEMBER 2012

SIZE: 
A4, 188 pages

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WITHIN 10 DAYS AT YOUR DOORSTEP 
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THE KITSCH ISSUE

Heading into Issue 4, all I could think about were trashy trends we all hate to love and love to hate. The team decided there could be no better title for this issue than ‘Kitsch’ - we listed our takes on the word. One that stuck with me throughout was: “It’s literally “in your face” or nothing!”

From the 1940s when women smoked, drew stocking seams and wore the same lipstick as their favourite movie stars to the 1990s when bad wallpaper became cool again and we saw the evolution of retro fashion – ‘Kitsch Culture’ always had undeniable appeal. What was once crass middle-class taste became an ironic trend that constantly re-invented itself.

Who said kitsch was bad?

It was certainly a great influence and inspiration on this issue’s editorials, which came to include titles like ‘Little Tart’, ‘Lick It’, ‘Almost Famous’, ‘Young Ready Legal’ and ‘Mami’. Not to mention our cover shoot ‘Plastix’ – what I imagine would happen if Andy Warhol met Ken and Barbie.

From the outspoken media darling that is Sharon Needles and Vice
sweetheart Karley ‘Slutever’ Sciortino to the ‘Fabulous Fabergés’ and new Bond recruit Ben Whishaw - this issue has celebrated everything kitsch, fabulous and fun.

We spoke to designer duo Leutton Postle, eccentric hat maker David
Shilling and the menswear designer with a great sense of humour and an even better sense of style Marlon Gobel.

In our Music section, we chatted to Jake Shears and Babydaddy from
glam-disco band Scissor Sisters, pop duo BIGKids, multi-talented singers and producers Ghostpoet and Grimes, and Stockholm’s latest spawn of talent Elliphant.

We looked at kitsch in Art & Culture with toy collector Selim Varol, Colette creative director Sarah Lerfel and ‘practitioner of the absurd’ Andrew Logan.

We created film features with photographer turned film-maker Lauren
Greenfield and model turned actress Agyness Deyn. In a new addition to the Film section entitled ‘Coming Soon’, we researched a rundown of the most exciting films to be released this season.

And finally, we have chosen to dedicate this issue to Mr. Gianni Versace. Fifteen years on from Gianni’s death, and he never left. He gave the world kitsch like never before and for prices never imagined. His influence reached far beyond his family and the mosaic-encrusted house in which he was killed. This man firmly stamped a neo-classical Medusa on the 80s and 90s and pretty much everything since.

Papi of Print, King of Kitsch – Gianni, we salute you.