Summer Fashion Goes Into Mourning

From left: Vika Kuropyatnikova for ; Liya Kebede and Raquel Zimmermann for Lanvin fall 2008 campaign; Linda Evangelista in Italian Photo: Courtesy of Dazed & Confused, Courtesy of Lanvin, Courtesy of Italian Vogue

Despite all the sunshine, fashion's dealing us a dark summer. In August's Dazed & Confused, Philippe and Césarie Yard shot Vika Kuropyatnikova in an eight-page, girl-only editorial called "Dark Arts," posing on what looks like a jailhouse deathbed, complete with her clutching dying roses against her chest. Then, Steven Meisel shot the new fall 2008 campaign for Lanvin with Liya Kebede and Raquel Zimmermann creeping through a cemetery setting. And who can forget the Yves Saint Laurent tribute in Italian Vogue's August issue, also shot by Meisel, which captures the industry's heartbreak after the death of one of its biggest stars? Though not the cheeriest way to welcome fall, it's a beautiful one nonetheless. —Sharon Clott