Vogue Hommes Japan is saying goodbye after four years of existence. The autumn/winter 2012/13 issue will be its last. This was announced by Fashion director Nicola Formichetti on his Tumblr page last Tuesday.
Formichetti, also a creative director at Mugler and fashion director at Uniqlo, said that Vogue publishers Condé Nast will be switching its men’s publication from Vogue to GQ Style. The Chinese, Brazilian and US editions have also ceased publication, closing shop within five years of their respective launches. Vogue Hommes Japan was the Japanese counterpart to its hugely successful L’Uomo Vogue , the Italian Vogue for men. Many considered Vogue Hommes Japan to be a style bible for men and this move will be felt as a huge loss in the Japanese fashion industry.
Formichetti, who is also a long-time collaborator of Lady Gaga (who has been on the cover of the magazine), said that each issue gave him a chance to “collaborate with the best creatives in the world”. He was happy that through the magazine, they were able to push the boundaries of fashion. He also hinted that his next venture in publishing will be with his two colleagues from Vogue Hommes Japan: Shun Watanabe and Junsuke Yamasaki. “In this digital world, I still love making magazines,” he said.
[ via Telegraph.co.uk ]