November 21, 2008 Issue
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
Every season has its firsts-among-equals—important pieces that crackle with newness.
Those eyes! Those cheekbones! Meet modeling’s newest “It” girl.
Four more of spring's most heavenly creatures.
Amazing what a few hours and some hot rollers can do.
It’s Brüno, a.k.a. master provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen.
Five young designers whose only link is their outstanding collections.
He's got critical acclaim, but Alexander Wang would rather eat Big Macs with his old friends.
Shoes are past the point of reason and into ankle-breaking territory.
Dressing up when the Dow is down.
Photographer Benjamin Lowy took a break from covering war-torn countries to cast his lens on the fashion world.
And its endearingly self-deprecating designer, Alber Elbaz.
The greatest model cabal of our time is still hard at work and looking very, very good.
At some shows, the backdrops were so remarkable it was hard to focus on the clothes.
Marc Jacobs’s collection for Louis Vuitton was a dazzling, kaleidoscopic shot of adrenaline.
Let other magazines chart population and the GNP.
This season, the hair is upswept and the eyes are hidden, but toes are peeping out.
Hard to believe a noncolor can do so much.
And clashing is an outdated concept.
And you will want to hold on to these.
Not exactly Laura Ingalls Wilder’s wardrobe.
Spring's warm and happy color had the runways looking like a Florida orange grove.
Remember the idea that clothing was supposed to cover you? So old-school.
More flirtatious waist accessory than cooking necessity, the apron adds a layer.
Break out the beads and yarn.
Convenient and inconvenient in equal parts, the jumpsuit is back.
Micro-trends might not have shown up everywhere, but they still had major influence.
Cowboy, flapper, hippie, high tech—who knew fringe had such a big vocabulary?
Some trends are already in many closets, while others don’t cost a thing.
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