Few happy things are going on behind the scenes at print magazines these days, but December's fashion books didn't show it — they were delightful. There are resort ads and resort clothes to drool over. An avant-garde British Vogue editorial showcased the pieces of our wildest fashion fantasies. Model Karlie Kloss channeled her dark side for a brooding, eerie spread in i-D. And Vogue presents some mighty fine male ballerina ass. Literally. On the downside, Gisele disappointed in Elle, albeit through no fault of her own, and Duncan Quinn has a rather disturbing ad. Click through to see all that and much more.
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Best Model - Ali Stephens in 10
Ali Stephens gives new meaning to raccoon eyes in this makeup spread in 10. We think she's drop-dead gorgeous. The Uber-sexy wet look feels a little awkward considering she's only 17, but she owns it.
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Best Photographers - Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer for 10
We feel like Claudia and Stefan are often underrated, and this spread in 10 is a great example of their work. It's dynamic and humorous, and we can feel the emotion behind model Hanne Gaby Odiele's whiff of that takeout bag.
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Best Resort Ad - Dolce & Gabbana
We've been seeing many more older ladies in fashion spreads lately. Good on Dolce & Gabbana for boldly putting them in an ad. In swimwear, no less.
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Best Ass - Roberto Bolle in Vogue
Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle pranced into this month's Vogue to unabashedly flaunt his ample behind. Don't ask questions -- just go with it.
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Best Spread - British Vogue
Clothes from left, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Hussein Chalayan, and Viktor & Rolf. Shoes from left, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Christian Louboutin, and Alexander Wang. Go ahead. Die.
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Most Disturbing Ad - Duncan Quinn
We came across this in City and were immediately disturbed. Duncan Quinn makes bespoke suits, but who's looking at that when the woman looks like she was drugged and dragged to the woods for strangling?
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Best Casting - City
Guys! The model in this fashion spread is legal to drink in this country! And incredibly striking at that. Kudos, City.
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Most Surprising Celebrity Comeback - Keri Russell in Details
Well, hello there, Felicity! We never thought Keri Russell would step back into the spotlight and the bathtub at the same time. Not to mention trade her chunky sweaters for nipple-exposing bedsheets and wet tees.
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Most Gratuitous Breasts - Rock & Republic
This is an ad for Rock & Republic. The toplessness feels unnecessary. Discuss among yourselves.
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Most Disappointing Spread - Gisele in Elle
Gisele is, like, the sexiest woman alive, but you'd never know it from these pictures. We think the biggest problem might be the set, which reminds us of Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" video (in a bad way). Also, we like Gisele better without stripes of soot in the outer corners of her eyes.
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Best Man Shorts - Michael Kors
Anyone have any laundry lying around?
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Most Overexposed Item - Christian Dior Leopard Dress
Many fashion magazines couldn't resist puffing air up this Christian Dior dress from the 2009 resort collection, as you see at left in i-D. Somehow V magazine managed to restrain itself.
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Most Brooding Spread - 'Bad Girls, Sad Girls'
Karlie Kloss is freaking you out, isn't she? On the left, she wears a cloak by Giles and on the right, she wears a Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit.
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Worst Makeup - Solage Knowles in Paper
We get that she's trying to be quirky and Paper-y, but Solange Knowles needs a weed whacker for those eyelashes. And she probably shouldn't have stuck bits of Post-its on her face
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Best Hat - Louis Mariette in Quintessentially
Behold the glorious work of Louis Mariette in Quintessentially. Fire hazard, shmire hazard.
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Most Improved Celebrity - Beyonce
We didn't like her in Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, or Thierry Mugler. But we think Beyonce looks great in this gorgeous spring 2009 Rodarte dress. Now, can she keep it up? Suspense mounts.
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Worst Ad - William Rast
Justin Timberlake looks like a cater waiter, and Erin Wasson is trying to be ... Daft Punk? We're confused. Help us, Justin.
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Worst Props - W
This spread in W is meant to showcase the reasons to celebrate the USA. But we question whether Jell-O and giant fake hot dogs on the sidewalk should fall into that category.