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The Spring Fashion Issue


Who is fashion for? Not so long ago, real fashion existed only for the very few—wealthy people with access to the best showrooms and shops. Opinions were for designers to have and others to ape. In this issue, we take a look at who fashion is for now. Ask Jessica Simpson, and she’ll tell you it’s for anyone with a hundred dollars or so to spend. Ask Alexander Wang, and he’ll give you a very specific idea of the Wang girl. read more [+]
Why Fashion Keeps Tripping Over Race

The paint-chip problem, revisited.
By Robin Givhan

Sartorialist The Street Is Their Oyster
The Sartorialist and Garance Doré, in a very rewarding ménage à trois—with fashion.
Charting the Style Blogs
WangWomen of Wang
With a posse of model muses, and high-fashion mentors, Alexander Wang knows where his girl’s at.
PortfolioReady or Not, Here They Come
Photojournalist Jeff Mermelstein’s Fashion Week portfolio.
KiernanKiki’s Closet
Eleven-year-old Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka loves to talk clothes.
BoxingFight Like a Pretty Boy
Where male models go to prove they’re not Ken dolls.
Galliano“Do You Smell Gin on Her Breath?”
John Galliano’s search for his muse.

The ArrivalsSome spring for everyone: What we saw at the shows.

There was an exceptionally exciting variety on the runways for spring: Many shows opened with white suits, but just as many followed up with rich, saturated color—some of it electric and neon. There was just as much embellishment (graphic floral prints, rich Chinese silk) as there was restraint. Inspiration came from punks (Balenciaga) and ballerinas (Chloé). And, in keeping with the something-for-everyone theme, women can choose to bare backs or fronts this season. That is, when they’re not swathed in feathers.


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