This is true about Vogue...but some of the things in there I think are pretty to look at but wildly impractical to make or wear(for me....and my boobs). Makes me feel like an old fuddy duddy--and I'm 26!
My LYS usually has a rack of current magazines for sale. You could go to yours and check a few out to see which has the best patterns and then subscribe to it.
I'm subscribed to Knit1 Magazine, which is a pretty funky teen magazine. I also LOVE KnitScene, published by Interweave Knits. It has beautiful stuff, unfortunately it's news stand only, and you can't subscribe to it.
ON's: Water bottle cozy; socks in Knit Picks 'Frog Prince'; 4th pair of Bella's mittens
Try the magazine called Rebecca...it's geared towards younger more modern looks. I love it but personally couldn't wear a lot of the designs (you know...you get a lot of curves after a couple of kids...)
I usually get Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet (when it's out), Vogue Knitting and a couple of British magaznes -- Knitting and Simply Knitting (Simply Knitting usually has a gift with it; stitch markers, knitting bag, teaser magazines for Rowan, etc.).
I get Knit.1 and Crochet! sometimes too, though I think the designs are a little more hit-or-miss with those.