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November 21, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Look New York: Spring 2009

The fashion world is constantly evolving and reinventing itself—trends rotate in and out as often as the models chosen to wear them. At Look, we pluck out the most intriguing people, moments, and ideas from this cycle of perpetual motion. Our focus is on what remains in the collective consciousness after the dizzying whirlwind is over: what people will still be talking about in the months to come.
On the Cover: Anna Selezneva backstage at Gucci, Milan, September 24. Photograph: Firstview

Journal

Standouts

Every season has its firsts-among-equals—important pieces that crackle with newness.

The Face of the Season

Those eyes! Those cheekbones! Meet modeling’s newest “It” girl.

The Girls Have It

Four more of spring's most heavenly creatures.

Before and After

Amazing what a few hours and some hot rollers can do.

Who's the Weirdo in the Second Row?

It’s Brüno, a.k.a. master provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen.

Spring’s Stars

Five young designers whose only link is their outstanding collections.

Hooters T-Shirts for Everyone

He's got critical acclaim, but Alexander Wang would rather eat Big Macs with his old friends.

Unwalkable

Shoes are past the point of reason and into ankle-breaking territory.

It's the Economy, Darling

Dressing up when the Dow is down.

DOCUMENTARY

Sideshows

Photographer Benjamin Lowy took a break from covering war-torn countries to cast his lens on the fashion world.

Report

Ladies Love Lanvin

And its endearingly self-deprecating designer, Alber Elbaz.

The Supes

The greatest model cabal of our time is still hard at work and looking very, very good.

Setting the Scene

At some shows, the backdrops were so remarkable it was hard to focus on the clothes.

The Show of the Season

Marc Jacobs’s collection for Louis Vuitton was a dazzling, kaleidoscopic shot of adrenaline.

Plotted

Let other magazines chart population and the GNP.

Runway Slideshows

Spring's Essential Trends

This season, the hair is upswept and the eyes are hidden, but toes are peeping out.

Beige Is the Foundation

Hard to believe a noncolor can do so much.

Patterns Are Magical

And clashing is an outdated concept.

The Handbag Is, in Fact, in the Hand

And you will want to hold on to these.

The Old Frontier Is New Again

Not exactly Laura Ingalls Wilder’s wardrobe.

Vitamin C Is a Dress

Spring's warm and happy color had the runways looking like a Florida orange grove.

Modesty Is History

Remember the idea that clothing was supposed to cover you? So old-school.

Out of the Kitchen, Into the Closet

More flirtatious waist accessory than cooking necessity, the apron adds a layer.

Jewelry Is a Craft Project

Break out the beads and yarn.

One and You’re Done

Convenient and inconvenient in equal parts, the jumpsuit is back.

Small Trends, Big Impact

Micro-trends might not have shown up everywhere, but they still had major influence.

Swing, Swang, Swung

Cowboy, flapper, hippie, high tech—who knew fringe had such a big vocabulary?

Men Will Shed the Obvious

Some trends are already in many closets, while others don’t cost a thing.

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