Inventory is a great magazine for designer. Out of Vancouver, Canada it allow you to get a different perspective of the fashion industry. They let you to know what's in the mind of creators and how they achieve it. It shows you the how, why, that other magazine lack. I think there is a fair balance of getting inspired by what's in fashion magazine and it's imagery but one thing that put the scale back to horizontal is reading about the people behind this giant industry. In the latest one they went over to Red wing shoes and got a nice article out of there with amazing shots on how they do it.